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   Jeremy Decker
Superintendent
 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
KAREN SCALABRINI
TODD LANDS
DIANNA MACDONALD
JACQUE GARRISON
VICKIE HEGARTY

 

On behalf of the board of trustees, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Cloverdale Unified School District. The Cloverdale Unified School District serves approximately 1450 students at its five schools: Jefferson Elementary (K-4), Washington School (5-8), Cloverdale High School (9-12), Eagle Creek Community Day School (9-10), and Johanna Echols-Hansen Continuation High School (11-12).

We are a District who prides itself on engaging, challenging and nurturing our students. We are proud to offer our students fantastic teachers who are knowledgeable, compassionate, and forward thinking. We also provide our students numerous forms of technology to prepare them for a world that is constantly changing. In addition, our class offerings are numerous, and ever growing.

 ·         At Jefferson Elementary and Washington (5th and 6th grade), we have a robust STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) program. Through this program our students get early exposure to enrichment classes centered around Art, Computer Programming, Engineering, and Music. In addition, we are currently piloting new curriculum for Language Arts instruction, and utilizing the award winning Eureka Math program to teach mathematics. We have also partnered with FOSS to deliver high quality daily science instruction at the elementary level.

·         At Washington Middle School, we are also piloting new curriculum for Language Arts, as well as utilizing Eureka Math. The District recently invested $20,000 in 2015-16 to upgrade science equipment to support hands on learning through inquiry-based labs. In addition, we have expanded our middle school elective offerings beyond Drama, Art, Public Speaking, and Health to include Computer Programming and Spanish in an effort to ensure our students are prepared for the challenges that face them in High School and beyond. We will also be piloting a one to one technology initiative with our 8th grade students with the plan to eventually have one device per student district-wide in the future. This will allow for even greater differentiation in the classroom, and learning will truly be personalized so students can move at their own pace.

·         At our comprehensive Cloverdale High School we have amazing teachers who prepare our students for life beyond High School. Speaking to this point, in 2015-16 we earned the prestigious Gaston-Caperton award, given to only 50 high schools in the entire country. The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll recognizes schools for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students; expanding access to higher education by providing students with rigorous academic offerings and innovative college-preparation programs; and demonstrating significant and consistent growth in the number of traditionally underrepresented students and low-income students taking college-level courses, and applying to four or more colleges.

 We have increased our elective offerings significantly over the past few years, and are happy to be adding a Work-Based Coordinator to our high school in order to provide more opportunities for our students to engage in internships and job shadowing. We will also be offering a “Maker” class this year to provide more hands on building/learning opportunities for our students. These classes are in addition to Drama, Band, Law and Order, Digital Photo, Media/Publications, Art, AP Studio Art, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, Culinary Arts, and Computer Programming. We also utilize UC Scout, an online program, to allow our students to enroll in many other college prep courses that are not traditionally offered at CHS.

 We have undergone a transformation of sorts due to the passage of the Measure G bond in 2011. Our classrooms have received new ceilings, flooring, lighting, tackable wall surfacing, and interior paint. In addition, the windows have been replaced at all of the school sites to reduce the District’s energy use footprint. We have purchased technology, and upgraded our infrastructure so the technology can be utilized properly. The Cloverdale High School football field has been improved with the addition of beautiful new bleachers. Also at the High School, we have installed new cabinets and countertops in the science room, and the hallways have been upgraded with the painting of the lockers. In addition, we have reduced our water footprint through the upgrading of our irrigation systems, and landscaping with drought tolerant plants. Finally, we have installed solar panels at Washington school to reducing the electricity we draw from the grid, and ultimately reducing our carbon footprint. We have also installed new marquees for each school site to better communicate with our community.

 With the final Measure G funds we will be renovating our dilapidated woodshop and autoshop classrooms, that are currently being unused, into state of the art flexible hands on learning environments. The old autoshop is being transformed into a room stocked with the state of the art technology. This room will be outfitted with 3D printers, a green screen for filming, sound room for voice overs, and computers with high powered programs. Essentially, this room is being dubbed the “design” space. The old woodshop is being transformed into a 21st century “build” space. Not only will it have the same tools found in traditional woodshops, but it will also contain a laser cutter, MIG welder, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, and vinyl cutter. Each room will have a roll up door so large projects can be wheeled in and out. Construction on this project is set to commence in December 2016, and be completed for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

 Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the amazing community support that exists in Cloverdale. You will be hard pressed to find a community that supports their school district like our own. Through the Kiwanis, Lions, and Rotary Clubs, CARE foundation, or the person walking down the street, you will find a support network like nowhere else. I encourage you to visit our schools, and be involved in your child’s education in any way that you can. Our partnership is an essential component in preparing your child for the world that awaits them upon graduating from High School.

 If you are thinking about a move to Cloverdale, or simply want to learn more about the school district, please stop by my office. My door is always open to you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Decker
Superintendent 

 

 
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