I am in awe of how our staff and community have rallied together to support each other through the PG&E power shut offs, and the monitoring of air quality caused by the fires.
Our students and staff have been personally impacted, and yet, they continue bringing a sense of optimism to our district. We have come together to support families that have lost power at home in order to minimize the stress they are experiencing.
Although these times can feel uncertain, we maintain a commitment to keep schools open. We believe that students are safest in an environment that is supervised, structured, and where they are experiencing valuable instruction.
Thank you, community, for showing your support and standing together during difficult times. This demonstrates the true spirit of our district and its foundation of building each other up and strengthening the educational experience of our future leaders.
Mary E. Streshly, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Sequoia Union High School District
Dear SUHSD Community:
With another successful school year underway, we are excited to kick off a series of school site and community events that will inform our current district initiatives and shepherd our vision and preparation for the new school year. The key priorities that we are addressing this school year include strengthening quality instruction, bolstering equity through access to rigorous and engaging coursework, implementing MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support), and promoting alternative programs and small school environments.
As part of our continuous and rewarding journey to strengthen quality instruction, we are again launching our Fall Instructional Rounds at all sites. Instructional rounds help educators review data gathered from classrooms and develop theories of action, with everyone involved learning with and from one another about what works to improve student achievement. The fall semester also ushers in our season of community engagement nights, parent/student/staff [Panorama] surveys and governing board site visits as part of our annual efforts to gather feedback on our district goals, student and staff experiences and community interests.
I encourage you to participate in your student’s education and voice your valuable input in ways that suit your schedule from online surveys, PTSA gatherings and teacher conferences to principal’s coffees, open houses and board meetings. All voices assist us in shaping how we can better serve our students. There is no better manner by which to receive input than to hear it directly from you.
In this month’s newsletter, we are highlighting our district's commitment to meeting the needs of every student through our various course offerings and partnerships. From specialized programs, such as “Stepping up for Independence” and the expansion of elective offerings at Redwood High School, to the focus on the Multi-Tiered System of Support “MTSS - A New Framework for Success,” we believe that we are on the right path towards improving the academic opportunities for all of our students.