Superintendent's Newsletter

October 2019

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From the Desk of Superintendent Dr. John Baker:

Dear RCSD Community,

I’d like to start this monthly note to you by highlighting one of the many votes that our Board of Trustees has made this month.

You probably have read the recent headlines of the youth epidemic regarding electronic cigarettes. Always focused on what is best for our students, the RCSD Board of Trustees approved a new resolution this month regarding the health and wellness of all RCSD children. The Board unanimously approved Resolution No. 12: Resolution Declaring Public Health Emergency Needing Action Now: Epidemic Youth Use of E-Cigarettes at the public School Board meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. While we don’t serve high school students in RCSD and we certainly are not a public health department, we are responsible for our students, their academic performance, and their overall well being. We have seen cases of middle school students using e-cigarettes at school and this resolution is important to our community because a student whose health is compromised obviously cannot learn.

The intent of Resolution 12 is to call attention to the harm this trend is doing to our youth, including our very own children in Redwood City. As policy makers, by approving this resolution, our Trustees are teaming up with other local lawmakers to help our youth before we witness tragedies such as what we’ve seen at the national level. If you have questions and are looking to learn more about what experts are calling this new epidemic, consider attending this Stanford Medicine event at Kennedy Middle School in November.

I’d like to close this note by saying a special thank you to our school principals this National School Principals Month. All of us are getting adjusted to our new smaller school district with larger schools. As our schools grow back to what they were several years ago, our school principals are playing a key role leading their communities during this year of transition. So, as school principals everywhere celebrate the month in their honor, our RCSD principals deserve not one but two pats on the back for the job that they are doing this 2019-20 school year.

We are very fortunate to have leaders of their caliber in RCSD and for that I #thankaprincipal.

John Baker

RCSD News and Headlines

RCSD Students Outperform their State Counterparts

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Redwood City School District students are staying ahead of their peers as they outperform their state counterparts for the second consecutive year. See this year’s results here.

RCSD Parents Invited to District Workshops on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

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The workshops are part of a larger scope of presentations centered around the school district’s new Board policy on creating safe learning environments for all students including transgender, gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students.

A number of workshops for parents have been scheduled throughout the district and parents are invited to attend any of the following identical presentations.

  • Monday, Oct. 28. - Roosevelt School - 6:00-7:30 pm
    Parents from Clifford, Cloud, and Roosevelt schools are invited this evening. One session will be held in English and a second one in Spanish.

  • Monday, Nov. 4 - MIT - 6:00-7:30 pm
    Parents from Adelante Selby, Garfield, Henry Ford, Hoover, Kennedy, Mandarin Immersion, MIT, North Star Academy, Orion Alternative, and Taft are invited this evening. One session in English will be held in the gym and two sessions in Spanish will be held in the auditorium.

You can read more about the workshops here and check the complete Board policy here.

School Board Approves New Tenants for Vacant Facilities

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The facilities became vacant after the Board of Trustees voted to merge and move programs and consolidate schools as part of a community engagement process after a loss of 2,000 students in six years. The enrollment decline is due to families moving out of the Bay Area as a result of the high cost of living and three charter schools that operate within the RCSD attendance zone.

The three properties and the newly approved tenants are as follows:

  • 815 Allerton St. - Creative Learning Center with an average revenue of $591,756 annually

  • 3150 Granger Way - Stratford Schools with an average revenue of $1,418,036 annually

  • 909 Roosevelt Ave. - Kidz Konnect, Building Kidz, and L’ Academy, and Touchstone with an average revenue of $1,309,991.20 annually

Learn more here. The future tenants now move to the City of Redwood City for final permit approval.

Grants Help Fund Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations Across the District

You might have seen the newly installed EV stations at several of our schools. Funded by grants, the charging stations at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School, Clifford School, Hoover Community School, and Kennedy Middle School are available for staff and public use. Check out the EV stations here.

Issue 4 of RCSD Connections Features Newly Recognized Programs

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In issue 4, you can read in depth stories about how two RCSD programs are the perfect example of the district’s mission: Educating Every Child for Success. Did you miss issues 1-3? Check the complete library here.

2020-21 Registration and School of Choice Timeline

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Parents of students who will be new to RCSD next school year should take note of these key dates to enroll or fill out a School of Choice form for the 2020-21 school year! You can also download the printable timeline here.

Join the RCSD Team

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Would you like to work while your children are in school? RCSD is looking for great employees to join our team! Our current openings are for six-hour instructional assistants, substitute teachers, and we're also looking for a grounds specialist. Please visit human resources at the District Office, 750 Bradford St., to apply or click here for our current opportunities.

November 4: Coffee with the Superintendent: McKinley Institute of Technology (MIT)

Monday, Nov. 4th, 8:30-9:30am

400 Duane Street

Redwood City, CA

November 5: Coffee with the Superintendent: Kennedy Middle School

Tuesday, Nov. 5th, 8:30-9:30am

2521 Goodwin Avenue

Redwood City, CA

November 6: Regular Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7pm

750 Bradford Street

Redwood City, CA

November 11: Veterans Day: No School

Monday, Nov. 11th, 8am-5pm

All RCSD schools

November 20: Regular Board Meeting

Wednesday, Nov. 20th, 7pm

750 Bradford Street

Redwood City, CA

November 25 and 26: Parent Teacher Conferences: No School

Monday, Nov. 25th, 8am to Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 5pm

All RCSD schools

November 27: No School

Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 8am-5pm

All RCSD schools

November 28 and 29: Thanksgiving Holiday: No School

Thursday, Nov. 28th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 29th, 5pm

All RCSD schools

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