LCAP Survey Time - February 17 -24
The week of February 17 - 24 is the time to complete our LCAP Survey. The LCAP Survey will provide you the opportunity to give your thoughts and ideas to help us continue to improve on our programs that serve our students. If you need any assistance with the completion of the Survey we are holding an LCAP Survey Support Event this Thursday night February 23rd at the Margaret Parson Room at the Library from 6:00 - 7:30. We will have translators and day care available. See you there!
It's all about "Mindset"
This past month I asked our Leadership Team to read the book "Mindset" by Carol Dweck. In my opinion, "Mindset" is a must read,but especially parents and educators. The book identifies what is a "fixed mindset" vs. what is a "growth mindset". The following are just a couple of excerpts out of the first chapter:
- "Believing that your qualities are carved in stone - the fixed mindset".
- "The growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts".
- "Although people may differ in every which way - in their initial talents and aptitudes, interests, or temperaments - everyone can change and grow through application and experience".
- "Benjamin Barber, an eminent sociologist, once said, "I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures .... I divide the world into the learners and nonlearners.""
- "For children with the growth mindset, success is about stretching themselves".
Join our efforts in developing a school culture/climate that is focused on a "Growth Mindset"
EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING EXERCISE HELD AT WINTERS HIGH SCHOOL ON JANUARY 21, 2017
This past Saturday morning at Winters High School a group of student volunteers participated in a emergency response training that was coordinated by Winters PD and included public safety agencies from around the area. I am thankful for the work of our local agencies and their commitment to being prepared to serve and protect.
Happy New Year!
On behalf of the Winters JUSD Team, I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year. I hope this year marks the beginning of remarkable era of success, happiness, and growth.
As we say goodbye to 2016 I would like to highlight just a few of the many successes our district accomplished this past year:
- The revision and implementation of the Local Control Accountability Plan. The plan has brought numerous resources and supports to our staff and students.
- The continued efforts to increase the availability of technology to our students. We are now 1-1 with digital tools for our students.
- The successful completion of several Measure R facilities projects highlighted by the modernization of Winters Middle School.
- The passing of Measure D by our community in November for future High School facility projects.
- The creation of a new logo that connects our long standing success and our community ... "Rooted in Excellence"
- And much, much more!
Looking ahead to 2017, I see a continued commitment to growth and providing the highest quality education possible. Our district will continue to refine and improve on educational programs, facilities, and services to assure we are "Inspiring & Cultivating Pathways to Success".
As our staff and students head off to Thanksgiving Break I am reflective of the many things I am thankful for in my work here in Winters:
I am thankful and honored for the opportunity to serve as the Superintendent of our District.
I am thankful for the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and committed educators.
I am thankful for our staff that assure our schools are ready and safe places for our students, staff, and visitors.
I am thankful for the numerous parents and community members that are dedicated to support the needs of our students.
I am thankful to work with a district and community that value each individual for who they are and what they are capable of being no matter their background or circumstances.
..... and much, much more!
On a personal note: I am thankful for my family and am excited to have us all together in the coming week. As many families do, we will take time to share the many things we are thankful for and be assured I will share how thankful I am to be able to serve as the Superintendent at such a wonderful school district and in an amazing community.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you for supporting our schools!
I have now been the Superintendent of the Winters Joint Unified School District just shy of a year and a half. In this time I continue to experience the dedication of our community to the work of the District. This community cares deeply about our schools and has a commitment to providing the best for the youth. Yesterday, Tuesday November 8, 2016 was no different. The community once again supported a Bond measure to improve the quality of our school facilities. I want to personally thank everyone and assure the community that their commitment is appreciated.
WMS Measure "R" Modernization Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
On October 31, 2016 a ribbon cutting ceremony at Winters Middle School took place to celebrate the completion of the Measure R modernization projects. The entire student body and staff were in attendance for the occasion. This event marks the completion of another project completed and supported by the passing of Measure R Facilities Bond. Next up is the Winters High School Career and Technology Classroom Facility.
The Winters Joint Unified School District has been providing dedicated and excellent educational services to local students since the formation of the District. Currently, the District educates approximately 1,55o students at the District’s six schools. It is through the hard work and dedication of teachers and staff that directly contribute to the education and success of our children.
Our schools are outdated and upgrades and renovations need to be made. Although we passed Measure R two years ago, our work is far from done. Aging classrooms and facilities, especially at the high school, must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Faced with outdated classrooms and the need to bring school facilities up to current standards, the District and Board of Trustees decided to place Measure D, a school improvement general obligation (G.O.) bond measure, on the November 8, 2016 ballot to modernize and renovate our aging schools. Please click on the link below to see the Frequently Asked Questions sheet.