Interim Superintendent Craig Rydquist (Interim)
Interim District Superintendent
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
What an exciting year to be a student in Modesto City Schools! Not only are we celebrating our sixth year of increasing graduation rates, we are kicking off our Future Ready Initiative, 1:1 device program, at all of our high schools. Following years of planning, preparation and a pilot program at Davis, we are excited to be able to provide every high school student with an HPx360 to use in class and at home for school-related work.
Research shows that 1:1 device programs increase student engagement and decrease the achievement gap. With technology part of everyday life, we must ensure our students have the confidence and skills to tackle the ever-changing technological landscape.
Another big change for our students is the new K-6 and 9-12 English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum. Teachers on the K-6 and 9-12 curriculum adoption committees piloted two or three different products last year, and recommended curriculum for board approval. The new K-6 “Wonders” curriculum includes embedded Next Generation Science Standards and History/Social Science Standards, and supports for struggling students and English learners. The new 9-12 “StudySync” curriculum is completely digital. With digital curriculum, the vocabulary, reading, writing and grammar are all integrated. Students cache, or save, material to their device so they can complete their homework without access to WiFi. We will pilot 7-8 ELA curriculum in the 2018-2019 school year.
The state continues to use our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) as a model for other districts to follow. Each year, we implement programs and strategies with deeper sophistication, resulting in positive outcomes for students. In the 2016-2017 school year, we increased parent participation with 91% of K-6 families attending a parent/teacher conference, decreased suspensions and expulsions and increased student access to visual and performing arts opportunities.
I look forward to another year full of student success stories!