Culver City Unified School District

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Superintendent's Message

August 23, 2018


Dear CCUSD Families,


Welcome back to school and to the start of the 2018-19 school year! I hope that this summer was fun and that you and your family were able to spend time doing, seeing, exploring and more than anything else, enjoying time with each other. The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for students but for families and our staff as well. Maybe this is your first year in CCUSD and you are excited to see what the new year brings. Perhaps you are a graduating Centaur this year and looking forward to what may come your way as it relates to college or the start of a new career. Regardless of how or where you start the school year, it is my sincere expectation that this year is a great year for you and your family.


We have had many summer projects happening in and around our campuses this summer. After two years of construction, Robert Frost is completed and it is absolutely beautiful! I hope that you will join us on September 29, 2018 for the Robert Frost Opening Gala. We now have a world class venue to showcase our incredibly talented students. The middle school and high school library spaces have been completely remodeled and are now very conducive to studying. Whether you are studying independently or having a study group, which can now take place in one of the new study rooms, you will find this to be a great space. The foundation for the new eight-classroom science building has been laid and the walls are now going up - soon (in 2019) we will have the addition of a wonderful new space for the middle school and high school science classes.


Phase One of our Middle School and High School classroom air conditioning projects was also completed this summer. Air conditioning was also installed in our El Rincon and Farragut classrooms - now all five of our elementary schools have air conditioning! Additionally, Makerspaces at Lin Howe, El Marino and La Ballona are ready for students to explore and innovate!


It has not been easy and there is still more work to do, but we do greatly appreciate your patience through this process and we thank you for creating the opportunity for all of this to happen. These are your bond dollars at work! Your participation in passing the Measure CC Bond ensures that our CCUSD students have environments that are conducive to learning, as will your support of future endeavors.


Last school year, through meaningful work with our school board, we were able to identify five areas of focus that are critical to developing a dynamic learning community. They are:

  1. Effective Instruction and Leadership
  2. Safe and Respectful Environments
  3. Academic Achievement
  4. Engaged Students, Community and Stakeholders
  5. Optimized Resources

We will work together to build upon these focus areas to more clearly define who we are as a CCUSD community. This will allow us to discover together what is needed to not only sustain all of the great programs and opportunities that we already have but to discover how we can create and provide more for our students. We not only want our students to learn and grow but we also want them to make a positive and profound impact on this world. In order to accomplish that, we must foster life and learning opportunities for our students to collaborate, think critically, be creative, be inclusive and learn from failure.


Success for all does take us all, all of the time. We are an incredible and unique community that is highly invested in seeing all of our students thrive. I am not only a proud Superintendent but also, and just as importantly, a proud CCUSD mom.


Looking forward to a great year!



 Leslie J. Lockhart