Superintendent's Welcome - August 2017
Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,
Welcome Back Everyone! We are truly looking forward to an exciting year ahead filled with new connections with our students, families and colleagues. We are appreciative of our new language arts materials, continued building plans at our middle schools, a new elementary school in Foster City, the opening of a K-8 STEAM/STEM program at Bayside Academy, the development of two Montessori programs at North Shoreview Montessori and Parkside Montessori and so many innovative ideas coming from our newly energized SMFC Education Foundation and parent groups throughout the District!
ur emphasis must continue to be a two-pronged approach focusing on the improvement of the academic achievement of all students in the San Mateo–Foster City School District and the development of social and emotional safety nets. Academically, we are continuing to develop a high quality math program throughout the District. We have beautiful, new language arts textbooks in all of our classrooms and our English Language Development program is already positively impacting student achievement. Dr. Trudy Arriaga, Retired Superintendent and Professor, is working with our District to delve deeply into our policies and practices to help us find additional avenues to improve student access and achievement.
As stated above, of equal importance is the work that our school sites engage in to ensure that our students are supported. Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports along with Restorative Practices are important frames to utilize when we need to intervene or respond to students in need. This year a new Countywide Suicide Protocol and Threat Assessment will be implemented which adds to the resources available to our staff and students should the need arise.
In order to support our students’ academic growth and well-being, they do need to be in school. We have noticed that a number of our students meet the definition of being chronically absent by missing 10 percent or more of the 180 days in a school year. Let’s challenge ourselves to improve this statistic and ensure that our students arrive at school on time, every day.
Our District is in continued negotiations with the San Mateo Elementary Teachers Association (SMETA). Mediation began in the summer and we are hopeful that this process will lead us to a positive resolution.
As for our facilities, you will notice that all of our schools’ wireless capabilities have been upgraded over the past year and this summer the phones and paging systems are being improved. When complete, District staff will have the ability to make emergency announcements from any phone on the campus at any time. Several of our schools had roofing, painting and flooring projects completed and a special thank you goes out to our Maintenance and Operations staff for madly preparing our schools over the summer in order to be ready for the start of the new school year.
I look forward to seeing you at your schools or district wide events throughout the year and invite you to keep up with the latest San Mateo–Foster City news throughout the year by utilizing the following mediums:
- District Website – www.smfcsd.net
- SMFCSD Newsletter – Emailed home monthly, you may also sign-up at www.smfcsd.net
- Community Reports – Mailed home to all residents in San Mateo and Foster City and available on our website
- Facebook – Like us @SanMateoFosterCitySD
- Twitter – Follow us @SMFCSD
- School Newsletters/Email Blasts
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.