2018-19 Fall Update

from Newark Unified School District Educational Services

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

Classes are in session and schools are humming with the excitement of eager learners, excited educators, and well-prepared staff.

I am the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, which is the department that oversees curriculum, instruction, assessment, student enrollment and placement, parent engagement, Special Education, student services, technology, teacher induction, and behavioral/mental health services in Newark Unified School District.

My team and I send updates to teachers and staff with news and upcoming events. We would like to send you community-oriented updates and further develop our relationship with the students, parents, guardians, teachers, staff, community members and leaders who live, learn and work in Newark.

Please let us know what you'd like to hear about in future messages! We can be reached at contact.edservices@newarkunified.org or found at https://www.newarkunified.org/departments/educational-services/.

In community,

Leticia Salinas

Associate Superintendent of Educational Services

Newark Unified School District

2018-19 News, Resources, Information

New K-12 Math Curriculum

We are excited to announce such BIG news! NUSD has adopted a new comprehensive Common Core Aligned K-12 math program, Big Ideas Math. Kindergarten to 12th grade teachers received training over the summer and new student materials have been delivered to the school sites.

Big Ideas Math is a research-based program providing a focused and coherent curriculum for students in elementary, middle and high school. There are a number of online resources and tools for teachers, students and parents/guardians. We encourage you to utilize these resources to support your student's math development.

For more information about Big Ideas, please visit www.bigideaslearning.com.

Technology Rollouts, 1:1 Tech in NUSD

Our Information Technology department worked through the summer to deploy new tech across NUSD.

The final installment of a district-wide Chromebooks rollout was completed with carts for NJHS and NMHS. This achieves the goal NUSD set in 2016 of reaching a 1:1 student-to-technology ratio for grades 3-12. We're also starting to refurbish and replace our original Chromebooks, which are over five years old. This will ensure students have access to fast, updated machines.

We are starting installations for a district-wide projector project. We expect to complete this project within a few months and have this tech available in every classroom.

Equipment is arriving for a district-wide wireless upgrade primarily funded through federal E-Rate dollars. This will provide a faster and more up-to-date wireless system at all school sites.

Get Involved!

There are many ways to support your students and NUSD, and we appreciate the help! Ask your student's teacher and check in with front office staff for projects that directly impact your student's school.

At the district level, there are committees and recommending bodies that need parent, guardian and community member input.

Save the Date!

NUSD is hosting our annual Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Community Event on Thursday, January 24, 2019. We will offer two sessions: a morning session from 9:00am to 11:00am, or a repeated session that evening from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. More information will follow, but ALL NUSD community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Find out more about the LCAP here.

How Was Your Summer? Ours Was Great!