TUSD administrators, faculty, and staff have the essential responsibility of educating nearly 24, 000 students each year. We do this with a combination of dedication, perseverance, and commitment in order to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators, engineers, teachers, artists, and community leaders. TUSD can proudly boast a 96% graduation rate, one of the highest in the State of California. Our students are constantly being recognized for their academic and extra-curricular achievements. Whether they are being accepted to the college of their choice, or receiving honors in debate, choir, robotics, athletics, or dance competitions, our students are able to achieve their goals because of our talented team of teachers, classified employees, and administrators who work tirelessly to ensure their success. I have always said that our goal is to maximize student achievement. We are able to accomplish this goal because our educators focus on growth models for each individual student, making certain their educational needs are met. Last month we celebrated the week of the teacher, the nurse, and the classified employee, please remember to thank them for their unwavering commitment and service.
I am very excited that a record 12 schools – Adams, Anza, Arlington, Arnold, Fern, Hickory, Riviera, Seaside, Towers, Victor, Wood, and Yukon Elementary Schools – are the recipients of the 2016 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. These schools were chosen because they represent learning centers where students succeed as a result of dynamic teaching and collaborative learning communities.
Additionally, we are fortunate to have an engaged parent population who enhance our school learning environments. The hundreds of parents that volunteer countless hours at our schools and support classroom learning with their time are a priceless resource. Our active parents have helped us build our parent partnerships collaboratively, for the benefit of all our students. Together, our schools, our families, and our community should be proud of the exemplary work they do.
As this school year wraps up, I would like to express my appreciation to all of our community partners for their unparalleled support of our District. I look forward to a busy summer of planning for the upcoming school year. I hope everyone enjoys their summer and see you in September.