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Superintendent's Update - August 2018

Dr. Joan Rosas, SuperintendentDear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

Welcome back!  We are excited to begin the 2018-2019 school year! 

Over, the last three years, our community has worked tirelessly to provide a high-quality educational program with systems to support student wellness in every school.  Regular assessment practices, new materials for math and language arts, new technology, English Language Development programs in all schools, specialized reading programs in all of our elementary schools, specialized programming for students with special needs, counseling and intervention supports and parent engagement are just a few of theWelcome Back to School Image foundational building blocks that schools have set in place or enhanced.  As we move forward it is essential that we maintain what we have started and move student achievement forward for all of our students by reviewing each child’s progress through a culturally proficient lens, continuing our work with student wellness and safety and increasing parent engagement through communication and site activities.  We are proud of the innovative programs in our district and want to increase those opportunities in the areas of STEM and the arts. 

We are very thankful to the San Mateo Foster City Education Foundation for presenting the Board with a check for $90,000 which will be used for the music program in the District.  They have also actively sought grant funding which, combined with the $90,000, was double the amount provided to the District last year.  We thank President Colleen Sullivan and the Education Foundation Board for their efforts and I encourage you to review their new website and support their initiatives. The annual Run2FunD is set for September 23 at Hillsdale High School.
 
Even with these efforts, our District continues to face an ongoing structural budget gap of $5 million.  The Board of Trustees has placed the Excellence in Education Parcel Tax Measure on the November 2018 ballot to address this deficit and to attract and retain teachers, provide outstanding reading, writing, math and science programs, enhance STEM options and support arts programming.  To learn more about this measure, visit our 2018 Parcel Tax Measure page.
 
Prior to leaving on summer break, staff once again reviewed safety measures at our sites.  In order to be better prepared, all management attended a training on how to support student safety in case of an active shooter threat and several staff members and police officers from both San Mateo and Foster City became trainers through an intense program conducted this summer at one of our school sites.  We will roll out additional training for students as we open the school year. 

Sincerely,
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
Superintendent