Superintendent Sara Noguchi
Sara Noguchi, Ed.D
Update - September 10, 2018
We are off to a good start to the school year. As I visit different schools, attend various meetings, and meet principals, teachers and families at Back-to-School Nights, I am enjoying my time learning about the culture and traditions of MCS. It is clear we have a dedicated staff and supportive community committed to student success.
I have heard many say they feel that there is a new energy and change is in the air. In a recent meeting with representatives from MJC, CSU Stanislaus, SCOE, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Stanislaus Community Foundation, we discussed the need and desire to work together to ensure we create the conditions for our students to be successful. By coordinating our efforts, we can guarantee that we build the bridges needed for our students to navigate through MCS and into college and/or the work force. I am excited about the opportunities before us, and the future it will bring to our community.
As I continue on my “Learning Journey,” I have begun a series of "Focus Groups" dedicated to learning stakeholders' perceptions of MCS - what's working, and where there are "gaps" that need to be addressed to improve student outcomes. Together with a team, we will use the information gathered to identify a direction for MCS and develop a three-year strategic plan. More information on the "Focus Groups," including how you can get involved, is available on mcs4kids.com.
Finally, twice each year, we hold “Principals' Summits” where principals present an analysis of their schools’ student achievement data and outline the leadership plan to address LCAP and site goals. Summits started last week with our junior high and high school principals.
It was exciting to hear their plans as they work through the cycle of continuous improvement to build stronger instructional and engagement programs for students. Key focus areas are improving attendance and chronic absenteeism rates, raising academic achievement, and supporting teachers in the classroom. I look forward to seeing growth at the next round of Summits in January.
Please follow me on my learning journey on Twitter @mcssuptnoguchi.
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