Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Antioch Unified School District Receives $75,447.24 Check From PG&E
The District completed the replacement of the Energy Management Systems (EMS) at both Deer Valley High School and Black Diamond Middle School. The EMS systems control the Heating and Air-conditioning at the sites. The ability of these new systems to reduce electrical use prompted the rebate.
A Message from Superintendent Donald Gill
On behalf of the Antioch School District Board of Education, I would like to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year! For those of you who are new to Antioch Unified School District, welcome to the family and for all of our returning employees, students, and families welcome back! I want to thank all of the AUSD team members who worked so hard during the summer to prepare our facilities and manage the myriad of details that are required for a successful school opening. It is our hope that the summer season fulfilled every expectation that you had for it back in June and that you are rested and rejuvenated for the new school year. These past few days, I was able to visit a number of school sites while different trainings were in session and I seized the opportunity to say hello and offer welcome back greetings to a number of you.
The back-to-school season is a special time of year for our employees and for the families and students we are privileged to serve. Many experts say that this is an exciting time to be a part of the California Public School System and I whole heartedly agree . Our state legislators have taken the lead throughout the nation by making some significant Policy U-Turns. For example, we have new academic content standards in the form of the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, new student assessments with the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, new expectations for all students to be college and career ready, a new finance system with the Local Control Funding Formula, and a new accountability system with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
If you haven’t had a chance, I encourage you to take some time and visit the AUSD webpage and read through our LCAP. In it you will find an array of programs and services, suggested from our community stakeholders to meet the academic and social needs of our low-income, English learners, and foster care students who generated the additional allocation of funds to the District. The AUSD LCAP offers a comprehensive report on our goals and progress indicators as well as our actions and expenditures. Until you have a chance to read the complete plan, here is a sampling of some of the programs and services contained in our LCAP that will be implemented this school year.
- Elementary libraries will be open full time for the first time in many years;
- Every elementary school will have a dedicated counselor to provide social-emotional support to our students;
- Every middle school will now have an opportunity program to assist students who are struggling in the regular classroom setting;
- Every elementary school and middle school will be staffed with at least one reading teacher to assist emerging readers;
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) classes will be available at each middle and high school;
- Every elementary school will once again offer instrumental music programs to expand visual and performing arts experiences for students;
- Schools will receive funding for afterschool arts;
- Additional musical instruments will be purchased to ensure students have access to quality instruments in good repair; and
- Offices will be staffed with bilingual office assistants to assist students and parents with limited English.
As we all busily prepare for the beginning of the school year, I want to make sure that you know that both the Board and I wish you the best of success for a productive and fulfilling new school year!
Student Recipients of Seal of Biliteracy
Two Great Ways to Stay Connected
Parents and Students,
AUSD is pleased to offer two complementary web-based services to enhance communication between home and school. Information about both may be found on the school and District webpage. SchoolLoop provides webpages to teachers that make available current information from the classroom including course syllabus, handouts and classroom activities. In addition, at our middle and high schools you will be able to track assignments and grades with the addition of SchoolLoop Gradebook. Self-registry for SchoolLoop is available on the school homepage.
Home Access Center (HAC), which is part of the Student Information System, allows parents and students to view schedules, attendance, report cards and other data related to school records. You may have received user name and password information at registration time for the Home Access Center. If not, please contact your child’s school for assistance. We look forward to working together as a team to advance student achievement. Thank you.