Superintendent Sara Noguchi
Sara Noguchi, Ed.D
Looking Ahead - February 2021
The continual stream of news and updates surrounding COVID make it difficult to see what may be waiting for us beyond the pandemic. Our rapidly changing environment forced us to put off large-scale plans and live day-to-day, thinking only about what is within arm’s reach. Although there are a lot of unknowns, we must look past what’s right in front of us and start focusing on what lies ahead.
Before we march on, it’s important for us to look back to see what we left behind when the pandemic started nearly one year ago. One of those items was the re-design of departments and divisions. Transportation, Early Childhood Education and Alternative Education need additional focus to ensure we are supporting our students and families efficiently and effectively.
A second item we will focus on bringing back to the forefront is the junior high program enhancement plan. In an effort to increase engagement on our junior high campuses, we were previously creating plans to expand athletic programs and other student-focused activities. I’m happy to report that we will work to get some of these enhancements up and running for the 2021-2022 school year.
Now, looking ahead, as much as we’d like to pretend the past year didn’t happen, we must address the learning loss – academic and social/emotional – our students have suffered. Cabinet members are working together to create a Learning Mitigation Plan for the spring and summer. I’ll share more details as they become available.
I am also excited to see the recommendations from the Counselor Task Force. Led by Student Support Services Senior Director Danielle Hinkle, this Task Force has been charged with identifying the key elements of a comprehensive counseling program. Members are working through what our students need, how we get there and what barriers we must overcome.
We also look forward to expanding the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to more elementary schools. The District received additional federal COVID-related funding that will help make this happen. MTSS has proven to be an effective way to address individualized student needs. This will be a huge win for students, teachers and sites, so I am looking forward to seeing these additional supports rolled out soon.
Together, let’s set our sights on the horizon and start planning for what lies ahead. We will exit this pandemic stronger and wiser.
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