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Superintendent

Superintendent’s Letter - April 22, 2016

Dear SMFCSD Community,

The San Mateo–Foster City School District has several personnel vacancies for the 2016-2017 school year including a Chief Business Official (CBO) and five school site principals. At the Board meeting on April 21, 2016, I had the very great pleasure of bringing forward our CBO, two new site administrators to our district and a change of placement for one of our veteran administrators.  (Two additional principal appointments are anticipated to come to the May 5, 2016 Board meeting.)

Let me begin with our CBOCarolyn Chow comes to us highly recommended by the County Office of Education and from Las Lomitas where she has served as the Chief Business Official for the past 8 years.  Because Las Lomitas is a smaller district, Carolyn has had the first-hand experience of not only overseeing but actually doing much of the work related to fiscal services and facilities.  Las Lomitas had also passed a bond and Carolyn worked with the community on the facilities master plan.  We are delighted to have Carolyn Chow in the SMFCSD.

For College Park Elementary our selection process narrowed the field to Steven Chuang.  Steven is a Mandarin speaker.  He comes to us from Philadelphia where he developed a Mandarin Language Program at his school.  This was a program that had little fiscal support from the district level so Steven searched for funding and received a Federal Language grant, he made connections to China for support with international connections, created curriculum and supported the teachers in establishing this flourishing program.  He jumped on a plane to come out here twice for the interview process as he sees leading College Park as being a dream come true.  Steven Chuang is thoughtful, intelligent and also comes highly recommended. We look forward to working with him to continue the positive program at College Park.


For Parkside Montessori School, we are pleased to bring forward Melinda Fore.  Melinda has been a successful principal at both the elementary and high school levels in districts in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County.  She has also served at the County Office of Education as the Administrator of Student Services.  I personally know Melinda’s work as she was the Principal who opened Gateway, a Community School for at risk high school students, while I was serving at the San Mateo County Office of Education.  Opening this school was considered risky yet, not only did it open, it has become a model of what Community Schools can be.  This success is a direct testament to Melinda’s visionary leadership, positive connection to her staff and dedication to her students.  We welcome Melinda Fore as the Principal of Parkside Montessori. 

And, finally, as you may know, one of our openings is the Bayside STEM Academy which is becoming a K-8 school with complex program needs.  In working to ensure success, I have decided to transfer the Principal of Brewer Island, John Cosmos, to the position of principal for the Bayside STEM Academy.  John Cosmos brings many strengths to STEM.  He has been a successful principal at both the elementary and middle school level.  He has worked with a diverse student body and understands the needs of language learners.  The process of building a school program is challenging and John has that experience in building the IB program at Borel.  I do know that John will be missed at Brewer Island Elementary School and the first week of May we will to work with the staff and parents to fill that vacancy.

We will continue to keep the community informed as we bring on our new staff members.

Sincerely,
Dr. Joan Rosas, E.d.D.
Superintendent

 

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Q:  How do I pre-register my children for school?

A: Please visit the Registration page for information about pre-registration.

Q: What school is closest to me?

A: Use the SchoolFinder to find out. You can also look at the district map.

Q: What are SMFCSD's Magnet Schools/Programs?

A: Yes. View the list of Magnet Schools.

Q: How old must a child be to enter Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

A: To be eligible for Kindergarten, the student’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1.  To be eligible for TK, the student’s 5th birthday must fall on or between September 2 – December 2.  Attend a SMFCSD Kindergarten Information Meeting in November/January to find out more about what to expect - Kindergarten & TK Information Meetings.

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