ENGAGE ▪ CHALLENGE ▪ NURTUREJeremy DeckerSuperintendentBOARD OF TRUSTEESPRESTON ADDISONJACQUE GARRISONERIC HIGGINBOTHAMTODD LANDSCECILE 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 (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 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.
At Washington Middle School, we are using the Reading Wonders curriculum for 5th and 6th 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, Band and Health to include Computer Programming, Engineering, 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 2018-19 school year, we will be offering the following elective courses:
- Construction, and Advanced Sustainable Construction
- Spanish I, II, III, IV (AP)
- Intro to Digital Photography, Digital Photography
- Art, Studio Art (AP)
- Culinary Arts, Farm to Table
- Advanced Media and Publications
- Modern California
- Business Management
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 2018-19 school year, EVERY student in grades 2-12 will have access to a Chromebook at all times. 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 seven 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 dubbed the “Makerspace”. The old autoshop is being transformed into a room stocked with the state of the art technology, a virtual reality station, a green screen for filming, sound room for voice overs, and computers with high powered programs. This room is being dubbed the “Design Lab”. The old woodshop has been transformed into a 21st century “Build Lab”. Not only will it have the same tools found in traditional woodshops, but it also contains a laser cutter, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, a shop bot, a Glowforge, and two Carvey’s. The Build Lab has a roll up door so large projects can be wheeled in and out. Construction on this project was completed in December 2017.
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, Boosters, CARE foundation, Cloverdale Arts Alliance, 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.
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