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October 2021 | Union School District's Monthly Newsletter

Dear Union School District Community,

Happy October USD! It is hard to believe we are well into our third month of the 2021-22 school year. This school year has been a time to celebrate and express ongoing gratitude for being together each and every day in person. We are committed to provide opportunities for all students to make personal connections and develop positive ongoing relationships. As adults, when we look back at our childhood and school memories, we remember the feelings and relationships that we built at school with our teachers and classmates. Each year is a building block in life, and in USD, we celebrate our students and strive to provide our students with the space, time and tools to develop in many areas of learning.

In USD, we continue to integrate and focus on students learning collaboratively, building healthy relationships, and connecting with their peers. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important and vital component of learning for all of our students. There are endless opportunities for our students to build upon these skills at school in addition to the home setting. Collectively, we share in the goal to support and provide all students the tools to develop these skill sets. It is an ongoing process that is explicitly taught and discussed for students to learn in the process. In all of our schools, we are intentional about the integration of Social Emotional Learning as it provides lifelong skills and building blocks that will help students be successful as well as navigate and problem solve challenges they may experience in life.

I am proud that our schools in USD and our families have a strong partnership in educating and supporting the academic and social development of our children. As such, we want to ensure that we spend time together focused on the social emotional learning tools that can be utilized in and out of the classroom. In the upcoming weeks, each school site principal will be sharing information and resources about the Social Emotional Learning curriculum and tools.

The entire USD community is a collaborative team in support of every child. Thank you for your continued partnership.

Kind regards,

Dr. Carrie Andrews


Message from Superintendent Dr. Andrews - October 2021

USD Parent and Guardian Learning

Union School District is proud to offer numerous and varied Parent Education opportunities throughout the year. We plan to cover topics of interest within the areas of parenting, childhood education, social emotional development, and more. Follow to receive update alerts and check back often to view new offerings.
USD Parent Education Page

View the current offerings for USD parents/guardians organized by the Learning & Innovation Department.

USD Highlights


At the 5th Grade Annual Fruit and Veggie car races, students worked to design and build their model given the material of their choice. Kindergarten learned about the life cycle of an apple and got to do some tasting and categorizing of the different varieties.


It's election season at Guadalupe! Student Council candidates are campaigning this week and will give their speeches this Friday. In a great show of school spirit, Guadalupe has over 60 student candidates for leadership positions.

Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences

Elementary parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner and will be held beginning November 8th. Conferences provide a time to learn how your child is progressing in their learning and to review their growth targets for this year. Please note that this year, our fall conferences will be held virtually. In the next several weeks, you should receive information from your child’s teacher along with times to sign up for your conference.

Important Dates to Remember

  • October 11 - School Board Meeting (6:00 PM)

  • October 12 - K-5 Parent Math Night (6:00 PM) - Learn more.

  • October 21 - Great California ShakeOut - Earthquake preparedness.

  • November 1 - Staff Development Day - No school for students.

  • November 8-10 & 15-19 - Elementary Conferences - Minimum day schedule.

  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No school.

  • November 12 - Local School Holiday - No school.

Community Events & Resources

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Union School District

Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings

Vickie Brown

Doug Evans

Jennifer Petroff

Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Dr. Carrie Andrews