As a Matter of Fact!

District Newsletter - Vol. 2, Issue 2 - September 25, 2020

Superintendent's Message

Hello SOMSD Family,

I hope this correspondence finds you and your loved ones well. As we reflect on this unprecedented first month of school, I would be remiss to not recognize the herculean (if not heroic) effort of our teachers and administrators to make our virtual start a success. We also want to recognize and thank our students and parents for your patience, trust, and support as we travel on this journey together.

Please be aware that we as District leaders meet daily to review our current circumstances and discuss how we can improve the learning experience for our students and teachers. Although we are thoroughly immersed in ensuring the success of virtual learning (it has become all-encompassing), we are indeed still moving forward expeditiously preparing with a goal of returning to our school buildings as soon as it is safely possible.

Educationally Yours,

Dr. Ronald G. Taylor

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Student Highlights

Highlighting the accomplishments, service, and work of our District students.

District Updates, Reminders & News

See updates, reminders, and news regarding important District, school and partner information.
2020 - 2021 Google School Year Calendar

As the District works on finalizing the 2020 - 2021 School Year Handbook, SOMSD Families can access our virtual google calendar for District and school-level events from September - December.

2020 - 21 Technology Distribution for Virtual Learning

If your child is in need of a District-issued Chromebook for virtual learning please contact the Technology Department via email ( you will be contacted and given a specific date and time for pickup.


Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 7:30-9pm

This is an online event.

Join us for a presentation and Q and A on:

  • Talking about the 3 things parents and kids can do to thrive and build resiliency during these challenging times.
  • Dealing with meltdowns and frustration while navigating remote learning.
  • Recognizing anxiety in our children and helping them process fear associated with COVID. Regulating disrupted sleep patterns that may have been thrown off track during months of unpredictable schedules.
  • Helping to mitigate feelings of social isolation.

Nancy Kislin, LCSW is a leading expert in helping parents, educators, and communities cultivate resilience in kids in an age of uncertainty. Nancy will provide us with guidance, sharing the latest research, and give examples of how to assist your children through many of the challenges facing them today - including isolation, virtual learning, anxiety and depression.


Direct Link:
Event Password: TKdMM88iqr2


Call-In #: 408-418-9388

Meeting Password: 8536688

Access Code: 173 936 9964

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2020 - 2021 Instructional Guidebook for Families

The 2020 - 2021 Virtual Instructional Guidebook for families is a working document and will be updated as needed.

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