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Superintendent's Letters


May 16, 2022

Dear San Mateo-Foster City Community,

I hope our community is staying healthy as we enter the final stretch of the 2021-2022 school year. Annual California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing season is upon us and I’d like to thank all of our wonderful teachers for preparing our students for this important milestone. We expect to have CAASPP test results by the end of July and the district will be publishing our first L3 Outcomes Report in August. The driving force behind the Live, Lead, and Learn or L3 Outcomes Report is to bring a high level of transparency to our community. We want all stakeholders to be able to access information about how children are doing in their schools. All public school districts in California are required to publish SARC documents, but they’re difficult to read and lengthy. The L3 Outcomes Report will be aligned to our Strategic Plan and focus on visually presenting the most salient information related to student achievement, equity, and wellness.


The Strategic Plan is now 2 weeks away from being publicly shared. Throughout this process, the focus has remained on achieving our three (3) goals related to achievement, equity, and wellness. Below are a few of the exciting Strategic Plan actions/services that will help us achieve these goals:

Some Draft Actions/Strategies Included in the upcoming Strategic Plan:

  • Initiate a professional development plan that supports teachers, classified staff, language & literacy teachers on special assignment (ToSAs), and site leaders to implement foundational literacy supplemental curricula.
  • Strengthen the district’s literacy assessment system (to align with ELA curriculum & instructional shifts 
  • Initiate a five-year professional development plan that supports teachers, classified staff, math ToSAs, and site leaders to implement core SMFC math program, including math routines, EngageNY (K-5) and Illustrative Math (6-8) curricula, and common formative assessments--focused on grades 3 and 6-8.
  • Implement sustainable math intervention programs (Math Boost) to support unfinished learning and develop positive math mindsets of targeted students--focused on grades 3rd/4th/5th and 6th/7th.
  • Implement ST Math as an at-home math resource for all K-8 students.  Provide two Community Outreach workers to track usage data and call families to support
  • Initiate a 5-year professional development plan that supports elementary teachers and site leaders to deepen implementation of I-ELD/D-ELD strategies and structures to ensure access and engagement with grade-level aligned texts and tasks for multilingual students--focused on 4th/5th grades.
  • Create a District Culturally Responsive Curriculum & Practices (CRCP) Task Force. Establish a series of meetings from August 2022 through May 2023 to elevate educational partner voices (including especially students and families) to arrive at clear definitions of CRCP. Create a presentation for the Board of Trustees indicating a set of recommended focus areas for the remainder of the Strategic Plan timeline.

Stay tuned to future newsletters for more information!


In the strategic plan, the first building block focuses on family and community engagement. The district is committed to creating a culture in which parents, school staff, and community partners work together to facilitate student growth before, during, and after the school day. This allows for a collective approach to educating our students at SMFCSD. I have been visiting families at various elementary schools to engage in conversations about the concept of warm demands. 

There is an emphasis on speaking directly with parents and guardians about how the district can better support student educational success. Since we began our Footstep2Brilliance and ST Math district-wide engagement efforts, the district has added two Community Services Specialists to support families in assistance with technology, troubleshooting login issues, and guide parents on how to support their children during the usage of the programs.

We are almost near the end of the school year, let's finish strong!

Diego R. Ochoa

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