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       ENGAGE ▪ CHALLENGE ▪ NURTURE

       Jeremy Decker
    Superintendent
     
     
     
    BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    PRESTON ADDISON
    JACQUE GARRISON
    ERIC HIGGINBOTHAM
    TODD LANDS
    CECILE PETERS
     

    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 four schools: Jefferson Elementary (K-4), Washington School (5-8), Cloverdale High School (9-12), and Johanna Echols-Hansen Continuation High School (11-12).

    We are a District that 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 (5 th  and 6 th  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 using the Reading Wonders 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. In addition, our test scores in 3 rd and 4 th grade exceed the Sonoma County average.

    At Washington Middle School, we are using the Reading Wonders curriculum for 5 th and 6 th grade students, as well as utilizing Eureka Math school-wide. The District has invested heavily 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.

    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 employing a Work-Based Learning Coordinator at our high school in order to provide more opportunities for our students to engage in internships and job shadowing. For the 2017-18 school year, we will be offering three new classes: Maker (Year 2), Construction Technology, and Farm to Table.

    • Maker (Year 2): Our new Maker class is combining building products ("engineering") with artistic expression. Students will work with paper, electricity, cardboard, metal, and more to engineer products that not only serve a purpose, but are aesthetically pleasing.
    • Construction Technology: Our new Construction Technology class will provide students
      with hands-on building experiences as well as have them learn how to utilize computer
      programs for home design.
    • Farm to Table: Our new Farm to Table elective will teach students the basic principles of
      plant physiology and function as well as soil science. In addition, students will learn to
      grow, harvest, prepare, and cook foods.

    These classes are in addition to Drama, Band, Digital Photo, Media/Publications, Art, AP Studio Art, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, Culinary Arts, and Maker (Year 1). 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.

    The District has made a significant investment in technology to ensure that our students are prepared for the world that awaits them upon graduation. For the 2017-18 school year, EVERY student in grades 3-12 will have access to a Chromebook at all times (Students in Grade 2 will have 1 Chromebook per every 2 students). In addition, students in Grades 7-12 will be bringing their Chromebooks home with them so that they can access information to be better prepared while school is in session. A Chromebook is a powerful technology device. When each student has a Chromebook just for his or her own use, the device can be personalized to meet individual interests and learning styles. Chromebooks include a camera, wireless internet, and access to all sorts of easy-to- use software applications (known as “apps”). Chromebooks also come with built-in features that make learning easy and enjoyable for everyone. Internet access at home is not required. Chromebooks are easy to carry and their batteries last a long time, so learning can take place anywhere.

    We have undergone a transformation of sorts due to the passage of the Measure G bond in 2011. In the last six years, 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 decrease the electricity we draw from the grid, and ultimately reducing our carbon footprint. We have also installed new marquees at each school site to better communicate with our community.

    With the final Measure G funds we have renovated our dilapidated woodshop and autoshop classrooms, that were 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, such as 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 21 st  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 be completed at the end of August, and open for student use on October 1 st.

    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  

     
    97 SCHOOL STREET  |  CLOVERDALE, CA 95425  |  PHONE 707.894.1920  |  FAX 707.894.1922
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