The Live Oak School District is pleased to welcome new and returning students and families to the 2017-18 school year. We hope you and your family had a wonderful and restful summer break.
As we begin this school year together, I call on students and staff alike to continue our work teaching students the growth mindset. When students are using a growth mindset they believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Students will learn that brains and talent are just a starting point. This perspective requires that we view mistakes as learning opportunities. The long-term outcome of approaching learning this way is a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for accomplishment throughout life. We have parent and staff workshops planned to support the development of growth mindset.
Learning is our goal as we continue to build on our strong foundation of effective instruction in every classroom. We have in place systems of support – both academic and social/emotional – that will allow us to continue improving student learning and achievement. These efforts together enhance positive school culture across the district. I am excited about the renewed and growing energy occurring districtwide.
This summer, we continued to develop leadership capacity at all levels. Teachers and staff participated in various professional development opportunities throughout June and July, including the S4C Math Institute, the FOSS science training, and our Back-to-School Google Classroom Kickoff, to name a few. We will continue in-depth teacher professional development through instructional coach support in grade level/content specific lesson study.
Our students live in a world of complexity. We are committed to preparing them for this by teaching them to think, collaborate, and create. Teachers jointly plan lessons that increase student engagement by taking the focus off teacher-led lectures and instead, put it on student-led conversations and collaborative projects. We also prepare our students for the 21st century workplace by increasing their access to technology. Our 1:1, 8th grade Chromebook initiative at Shoreline will be expanded this school year to include 6th and 7th graders. All of our elementary schools have technology access for students.
To learn about our strategic vision, please visit our website and refer to our LCAP document. We are excited to begin this school year, and we are ready to engage your student in deep and meaningful learning. Our committed team of teachers, staff, and administrators have an incredible year planned. My Cabinet team and I will be visiting school sites regularly throughout the school year. We look forward to making a personal connection with you and your student, and partnering with families and the community to ensure every school and every student succeeds.
If I can be of help to your family during the school year, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 831-475-6333 or, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tamra Taylor, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Live Oak School District