Superintendent Sara Noguchi
Sara Noguchi, Ed.D
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
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Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year – a year that will look much different from what we have considered our “norm,” but I’m also confident it will be a year to remember. It’s time for us to embark on new adventures together, despite the uncertainty that surrounds us every day. The start of a new school year is still an exciting time, not only for students, but for families, and our staff as well. One thing that remains constant is that we are all in this together, and we WILL get through this year as a strong team, here to support one another.
I’d like to sincerely thank our families for entrusting us with the education of your children. We are grateful for this honor and privilege every school year, but especially during a global pandemic. Speaking on behalf of MCS staff and the Board of Trustees, I can testify that we all believe in our community’s youth, and we take great pride in helping them discover their potential. It's what motivates us every day, and, although it may look different this year, it still energizes us and fills us with optimism and hope.
Being a parent myself, I understand the challenges our students and parents are facing, given this is far from a traditional launch of a school year. However, I want to reiterate that all of us at MCS remain fully committed to “Every Student Matters, and Every Moment Counts.” No matter the circumstances, we will consistently deliver on that promise and do our best to help our students make progress as they advance in their learning journeys.
As we begin this new school year in an online setting, we do so with a renewed focus and commitment to supporting student academic achievement through quality and rigorous distance learning education that addresses the needs of ALL our students, regardless of grade level.
I’m grateful that we have amazing teachers, support staff and site administrators who have adapted so quickly to distance learning. They have participated in thousands of hours of professional development and learning through virtual platforms so they can be prepared to guide our students through distance learning. Today, teaching and learning will look, sound, and feel very different, but one thing remains the same: our Board of Education and all members of our team are committed to unlocking the potential of every student we serve.
Rest assured, it is our goal to reopen schools when it is safe to do so based on guidance from our County Public Health Officer. The health and safety of our students and staff remains one of our highest priorities. MCS already has rigorous protocols in place to sanitize our sites and has taken action to implement safety measures to protect staff and students. However, for us to reopen schools, we need the entire community’s help to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please do your part and wear a mask, wash your hands and stay six feet apart. Together, we can make a difference!
I realize we are all experiencing our own unique challenges as we navigate the many changes this pandemic is causing, but please know that you are not alone and there are people here to support you. If you are feeling stressed or need social-emotional support, it’s OK to use your voice, seek help and tell someone that you need to talk. MCS has several social-emotional support resources on our website at www.mcs4kids.com, as well as through our hotline at 209-492-6000, option 3.
Again, welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are hopeful to welcome students back in-person in the future once we can safely reopen our schools. In the meantime, we are looking forward to the opportunity to deliver a stellar education via online distance learning as we fulfill our promise to educate our students and uplift families in the Modesto community. We appreciate your support and continued faith in Modesto City Schools, the Destination District!
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