Superintendent's Message to the Community 5-3-2021

Superintendent's Message to the Community 5-3-2021

 
Good Afternoon, I’m Jeff Harris, the District & County Superintendent of schools for Del Norte County. We have quite a bit to go over today.
 
First, we have some great news, our teachers and our District have been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 22nd year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.
 
On a similar note, over the past few weeks, we have been gathering nominations for Classified School Employees of the Year, and I want to thank everyone who nominated one of our outstanding colleagues for this recognition. CSEA and the District met to review nominations and selected the following finalists to move forward to the statewide competition.
 
Paraprofessional- Cindy Pimental
Clerical and Administrative Services- Debbie Mann
Transportation Services- Priscilla Herrera
Food and Nutrition Services- Loni Salvaressa
Custodial and Maintenance Services- Jeanette Zebal
Technical Services- Dan Gustafson
Skilled Trades- Ray Sherwin
 
We want to congratulate these and all of those nominated as classified employees of the Year, and thanks to all of our classified staff for the work you do every day.
 
May 3rd through the 7th is teacher appreciation week, and May 16-22 is classified employee appreciation week. We think, though, that one week isn’t enough time to celebrate the dedication and work of teachers or classified educators. That’s why we’re turning May into Educator Appreciation Month. It’s a chance to recognize all of the excellent educators of Del Norte County and the amazing work they do on behalf of their students. So please, if you see a teacher or classified staff member this week, tell them thank you for everything they do.
 
Also, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Tune in to our podcast this week as we talk about Mental Health Awareness Month with local partners and discuss what supports are available for students and families in our community.
 
Each year, the State requires that school districts update and/or develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). This means that the school district must gather input from a variety of stakeholders to determine the goals, actions, and budget priorities for the district. Most of the funds addressed in our LCAP are what are called supplemental and concentration funds. These funds are based on the number of economically disadvantaged students, foster youth, homeless students, and students who are English Learners. We are asking that everyone in our community take a quick survey to help with the LCAP process. This survey is designed to get your input about how our district should prioritize its needs and focus its efforts over the course of the next few years. The survey will be open for responses for one week: May 3rd to May 7th.
 
You can find the survey at lcap.dnusd.org
And remember too, to get the most up-to-date information on school and COVID-19, check the link in the post below.
 
That is all for this week’s Monday update, and hope you have a healthy and safe week ahead. Thank you