Culver City Unified School District

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Superintendent’s Message

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District Goals: A Mid-Year Reflection

December is an exciting month for our schools, with many celebrations and performances bringing 2014 to a close with great hope and optimism for 2015. This is also an important time for our district, staff, students and families, as we review and assess our individual and collective progress. Report cards, parent-teacher conferences, and progress reports provide an ideal opportunity for personal and meaningful communication about our shared goal and responsibility – learning.

As a district we must also continually assess our own performance. Our fundamental purpose – the reason we exist - is to ensure high levels of learning for all students. With this clear sense of purpose at the forefront of all decisions we make, our three primary areas of focus are:

           Student Success

           Resourceful and Responsible

           Family Engagement and Community Partnerships

Our visual representation of these areas of focus (see this document) reflects the “above and below the green line” work of Steve Zuieback. Simply put, research affirms that effective and impactful organizations are intentional and thoughtful about structures and systems (above the green line) as well as culture, beliefs and relationships (below the green line). This representation of intentional work both “above and below the green line” demonstrates our commitment to learning and investing in ALL the factors that impact learning – from federal and state mandates to partnerships that ensure the basic needs of all children are met; from training and support for the implementation of common core to the development of a strong, trusting relationship between “labor and management;” from responsible and transparent investment of district resources to a continuous commitment to a rich, inspiring art pathway for all students.

Indicators of Progress for Our Areas of Focus:

Below are a few highlights of our progress to date:

  
Student Success:
  • Transforming Math Teaching and Learning K-12: Our Cognitively Guided Instruction and Math Leadership Corps inspiring growth and innovation

  • Successful implementation of our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP): Increased resources for all schools with targeted support for struggling learners

  • All school grade level teams/departments functioning as Professional Learning Communities: Teacher teams identifying essential standards, developing and sharing assessments and working together to provide intervention and acceleration to all students

  • Systemic response when students struggle and/or already demonstrate mastery: CCUSD schools implementing dedicated intervention and enrichment time for all students

  • Collaborative and effective implementation of Common Core: Intensive professional development and support for all CCUSD teachers

  • Deepening support for the Whole Child: Expanded services, resources and partnerships to ensure students are thriving physically, socially, emotionally as well as academically; promoting the fact that every moment matters through “bucket filling” and meaningful celebrations

   
Resourceful and Responsible:
  • Master Facility Plan in Action: Successful Bond; Oversight Committee selected; Hiring of Program Manager for bond projects (December); multiple summer projects completed at all sites; multiple projects currently underway

  • Effective implementation of Local Control Funding Formula: Ongoing monitoring and updating of district impact on state funding and accountability model

  • Needs Based Investments: Increased investments in technology, safety, and personnel

     

  
Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
  • Creation of the Culver City Compact: Document with diverse stakeholders (business, higher education, elected officials, etc.) committing to the success of ALL children – “from cradle to career”

  • Expanded partnerships to serve the Whole Child: Back Packs for Kids at all CCUSD schools; Summer Lunch Program expansion results in over 4500 meals served; College-going culture for all CCUSD 5th graders with CCEF; Implementation of Pursuing Victory with Honor for CCHS Athletics

  • Meaningful impact by district-board-community teams: Environmental Sustainability Committee; Culver Needs Team, Citizens Budget Advisory Committee

 

These examples only reflect a portion of the work being done on behalf of CCUSD children on a daily basis. Additionally, these samples reinforce the attention we give to both above and below “the green line” – providing essential services, resources and structures within a collaborative, trusting, caring and enthusiastic environment.

On behalf of the entire CCUSD team, thank you for partnering with us to ensure your child and every child thrives in CCUSD. Success for All Takes US ALL!

Best wishes to you and your loved ones this Holiday Season.


Dave LaRose



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Upcoming Events

CBAC Meeting
Date: 12/10/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: CCUSD Board Room
CCUSD/City of Culver City Liaison Committee Meeting
Date: 12/9/2014, 4 PM
Location: Culver City City Hall. Patacchia Room 9770 Culver Blvd.
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 12/9/2014, 7 PM
Location: District Office
CBAC Meeting
Date: 11/19/2014, 6:30 PM 8 PM
Location: CCUSD Annex
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