As we approach the final handful of weeks in the current school year (last day is June 9), we at Foresthill Divide School are extremely proud of the education we have provided to the students at our school despite the significant challenges of the pandemic. We as a team have strong beliefs (backed up with our efforts, actions, and results) that the best education for our students is the one that is served in person by our teachers. As of the publication date for this article, we will already be in Teacher Appreciation Week taking place on May 3 – 7. Please be sure to acknowledge and recognize our fabulous teachers in your own way throughout this week.  

Equally as important to the care, support, and education of our students are the classified staff of the District and school. Please also be sure to acknowledge and recognized our wonderful classified staff during the following week for Classified Staff Appreciation Week taking place on May 10 – 17.

Foresthill Union School District (FUSD) News: The next FUSD Board meeting is Monday, May 10 starting at 6:45p. Due to the current COVID-19 (C19) landscape, the meeting may be held via Zoom teleconferencing rather than in-person at the school. Access information will be on the District website no later than Friday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the June Board meeting will be in-person at the Foresthill Divide School.

The Callen Group is doing a final reach out to the community for applicants to serve on the 7-11 Committee to gather information as well as to review and analyze options regarding our old elementary school. Under California law, the committee must have at least seven (7) members and no more than eleven (11) members. Applications are available in the front office or at the following link and due no later than the extended deadline of May 6 at noon. The first of numerous Wednesday evening monthly meetings is now set for June 2, 2021 at 5:30p.m. with the final report due to the Board in November 2021. Community members, philanthropic organizations, and businesses owners are strongly encouraged to apply.  

As part of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process to get input and feedback from various stakeholder groups regarding the expenditures of State funding, a survey is available for community members for the district to gather feedback regarding services provided in the current school year, services desired in the new school year, and areas of interest for the expenditure of funds. To complete this very important survey, please drop by the school between 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekdays to complete and submit the form no later than Monday, May 10 at noon.

As a venue for interactive discussions regarding school matters, a Superintendent/Principal Forum

for community members has been scheduled for the district to gather feedback regarding spending priorities for our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the next school year. Also for discussion will be spending priorities for COVID-19 related funds from now until the end of the next school year. Access information is below.

Wednesday, May 12 @ 6:00p: Click here to join FDS meeting ID 530 367 3782 (Password if required: (0512) if you are reading this article electronically.

Phone Access: (669) 900-9128 | (346) 248-7799 | (312) 626-6799 (Password if required: 0512)

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Foresthill Divide School (FDS) News: I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Kattenhorn will return to her former position as Principal effective July 1, 2021. This change in the leadership structure for the District and school site is a strong first step in securing a sustainable and successful future for our students, families, and staff. Though our FDS team and I have made massive improvements at school in our almost two years together, there are still many more improvements to be made. They cannot all be resolved at the same time. However, the strategic change in the leadership structure will enable Mrs. Kattenhorn and I as a team to resolve those matters together more timely and certainly more efficiently and more effectively. Please know that the transition will be a multi-year process, and that Mrs. Kattenhorn and I will be collaborative in that development. We have already been working diligently together and will continue to do so through the summer to plan for a fabulous new school year.

FDS is about midway through State testing of our students in grades 3 through 8. We look forward to the conclusion of the tests in the next several weeks and will thereafter be in high anticipation of the results that will be available in the Summer.

After almost ten years, FDS is bringing back Summer School. Our Summer School program along with the Extended School Year (ESY) program will be in service from June 14 through July 9. We look forward to extending learning opportunities for our students through both of these programs.

What to expect for the next school year? Return to (better than) normal is the expectation. As the current school year is winding down, planning has already started for the new school year. More and more of our traditional routines are returning to our campus including the setting of the school bells for the start and end of each day along with the daily Pledge of Allegiance. On May 17, FDS will be back on its regular bell schedule rather than the current one used that was specifically crafted and designed only for our times in the COVID-19 landscape. Going back to our regular bell sooner in this school year rather than later at the start of the new school year will enable all of us on campus to work out hurdles and obstacles due to still having to operate within the C19 landscape. Through refinements and improvements over the subsequent weeks, the system should be ready to go upon our return in the new school year. I will continue to provide updates regarding our “Return to (Better Than) Normal.”

FDS students, families, and staff remain steadfast in their commitment to the culture of positivity, can-do spirit, supportiveness, and kindness in the most challenging times of our lives. I would like the community to continue its commitment with our school and families in exhibiting the same positive culture throughout Foresthill as well…for the sake of our children’s success.

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