Superintendent Sara Noguchi
Sara Noguchi, Ed.D
Welcome to the Second Half of the 2019-2020 School Year!
I am excited to join you in beginning our work for the second half of the year to ensure that learning and student successes continue across all grade levels.
As you know, at Modesto City Schools, we place great value on helping our students succeed both academically and in life, as they make positive progress in their learning journey. Each year, as we ring in the New Year, we see this as an ideal opportunity to check-in with students and families to ensure that our scholars are on-track, prepared and ready for the second half of the year.
On December 9, I gave a presentation to the board discussing my Superintendent evaluation goals, which directly correspond to the District Strategic Goals. It’s also important that I emphasize all of the work that’s being done “beyond the goals.” I encourage you to take some time to review the board meeting presentation and the video so you can stay informed and updated on the team priorities.
A few of the “Beyond the Goals” highlights that I was most excited to share included our plans for the 2020-2021 school year to launch JROTC at Beyer High School; add two additional transitional kinder classes; and implement three STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) “feeder patterns” (learn more about these items in the meeting video). I was also excited to share the plan to expand junior high athletics and begin junior high activities. One item still in the “exploration” and feasibility research phase is providing early morning drop-off and care at our elementary school sites – I am hopeful we can add this item to the list of things starting next year as we move forward in our effort to become a Destination District.
As we enter the second half of the year, you will continue to notice a focus on attendance awareness and reducing chronic absenteeism. At the time of my mid-year goals presentation, our attendance rate improved .45% and our chronic absenteeism rate improved 2.56%. Our students who receive special education services have made even greater gains – with a Districtwide improvement of .86% in attendance and 4.14% in chronic absenteeism. Looking forward, I’d like to see these numbers sustain and improve even further due to the direct correlation of positive attendance levels to the success of our students’ learning and education outcomes.
One thing is certain – As staff, students, and parents, we can only accomplish all that’s on our plates by working as a team and maintaining open communication that transcends across all organization departments. I promise to continue my active listening journey in order to receive your feedback as we identify ways to better improve our operations and synergy.
I appreciate everyone’s commitment to making sure that ALL students at Modesto City Schools are provided with tools, resources, opportunities and choices to support their individual paths to be successful – something that you, as the local community, students and parents, have come to expect from a trusted organization like MCS. I look forward to the coming months and celebrating our successes and milestones, as well as identifying our areas for improvement. Rest assured, all that you are doing on a daily basis is meaningful, important work that I hope you are proud of. I’m confident that our cohesive efforts will move Modesto City Schools even closer to becoming a Destination District.
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