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Message from the Superintendent

February 2020

Spring is quickly approaching and we are as busy as ever in Santa Clara Unified!

This month we are immersed in SCUSD Vision 2035, our strategic vision work. An important part of this is your input, so we are holding community meetings across the district in our second round of community input sessions. In this round, we seek feedback on the early themes emerging in our Graduate Portrait, Educator Portrait, and the district Systems Shifts that will lead to the successful implementation of the vision. Our community-wide feedback session was held this past Saturday, February 8, where we had over 100 students, families, staff, and community members join us for an activity-filled afternoon. Thank you to those who came out - there was a lot of excitement and great conversations about this work. We look forward to concluding the face to face sessions this week as we hold several more special sessions with students, staff, Family Resource Center, special education, and the north of Highway 101 communities.

See the full list of dates, times, and locations on our Vision 2035 webpage. If you are unable to join us at these meetings, please consider taking our survey which will be sent out by email and posted on our webpage on Wednesday, February 12. If you would like more information about our strategic visioning process, visit our SCUSD Vision 2035 webpage and follow along on our Vision 2035 YouTube playlist.

January marked my first 100 days as the new superintendent of this amazing district and I paused to reflect on what I’ve learned so far. First and foremost, Santa Clara Unified is a family! The dedication, purpose, and passion for the success of our students and colleagues is a common desire. Themes that I’ve identified through conversations with the community and in reviewing survey feedback is reflected in themes we are seeing emerge through strategic visioning guiding coalition work. I encourage you to provide feedback via our survey. 

It is through our SCUSD 2035 visioning and strategic planning process that we will continue to support programs that will prepare our students and staff. To that end, we will have to make changes. As we move into the implementation of the SCUSD 2035 vision, we must evaluate programs and activities to determine how these contribute to the outcomes that will prepare our students for success. I have no doubt that, with our dedicated SCUSD family, we will take teaching and learning to new heights as we strive to make SCUSD a world-leading educational community. 

Mark your calendar, and join us on March 28th at Mission College for our 2nd Annual STEAM Expo and Community Installation of SCUSD Vision 2035.

Message from the Superintendent Dr. Stella M. Kemp