Office of the Superintendent
CJUSD themes for 2018-19: Literacy, Technology & Community
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I know it will be another great year of working together toward a bright future for all our students.
We have many new faces joining our CJUSD team this year as well as many advancing to new positions within the district. Congratulations to all. To each of our newcomers: Welcome to CJUSD. You will love it here. We have a wonderful, caring team of professionals dedicated to serving one of the most amazing communities anywhere. We also have a lot of inspiring innovation happening in CJUSD. There are too many to name, but I want to mention a few highlights.
We continue to excel in using technology to enhance classroom instruction, community and staff engagement and collaboration. You will hear more this year about “Digital Equity,” an initiative to ensure that all students have access to technology both inside and outside of the classroom, regardless of their demographics. This follows the Future Ready Pledge that the Board and I took on behalf of our district, representing our commitment to develop personalized learning environments using integrated technology. CJUSD has drawn national attention for its forward-thinking strategies in this area, thanks to our many innovative and hard-working teammates.
Literacy continues to be a key priority. Each school and classroom supports this charge in numerous ways. At the district level, last year we started our CJUSD Family Reading Con with guest authors and literacy-themed activities to engage families and encourage the love of reading. Look for it to be even better this year.
I will also visit various schools for my Superintendent’s Student Book Club. For high school students, this year’s book will be The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore. For students in grades 4-6, it will beThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan Mealer and William Kamkwamba. It’s a chance for our district’s executive leadership and members of Community Cabinet to connect with and encourage our students in an educational setting, and I continue to find it one of the most inspiring things I do.
Community Cabinet also participates in our career readiness efforts by supporting in special events such as our CJUSD College and Career Fair and through numerous connections between our high school College and Career Pathways and local professionals and organizations. We will celebrate Community Cabinet’s 5th Anniversary at the first meeting of the year, 10 a.m. August 22 at Joe Baca Middle School. Join us if you are able.
Whatever your part in the district, please stay connected. Join the conversation and help us learn from each other by following your colleagues on social media like Twitter. Find me on Twitter or Instagram - @JerryAlmendarez – and the district on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook – @ColtonJUSD.
You can also keep up on district and school site news by downloading our district app. Find it in the App store or on Google Play by searching for “Colton Joint USD”.
On behalf of the Board of Education and Executive Cabinet, welcome to the 2018-19 school year. I look forward to working together to reach the highest potential of both our students and ourselves as professionals.