Welcome to the new year, Foresthill! As I reflect upon 2019, it is with tremendous pride that I think about the hardworking and caring teachers and staff that support the students and families of our school. Though we have had many successes in our short time together, I know that we as a team have our best days ahead of us as we approach the second half of the school year. I know that we as a team will continue to engage in our cycle of continuous improvement to provide the best possible educational experience for our students and families. I know that we as a team are committed to a fabulous 2020. It’s going to be a great year, Foresthill!
No…the above is not a misprint. It is just a stroll down Memory Lane of my article from a year ago. Welcome to the new year, Foresthill! As I reflect upon 2020, it is once again with tremendous pride that I think about the hardworking and caring teachers and staff that support the students and families of our school. Despite the pandemic that lead to the closure of all Placer County schools on March 16, some of our best days were indeed ahead of us as meals have been and continues to be provided in servitude to our students and the youth of our community during the most challenging of times. Despite the Coronavirus, we as a team were resolute in the engagement of our cycle of continuous improvement to provide the best possible educational experience by quickly pivoting from traditional in-person instruction to Distance Learning only in March 2020 and then pivoting again to in-person instruction along with Distance Learning at Home (DL@H) in the following September. What our educational program looked like in March was nothing like anything prior. What our educational program looked like in September was nothing like March. What our educational program looks like now is nothing like September. The tenacious engagement of our cycle of continuous improvement has brought us new and evolving teaching methods, adaptive operational procedures on campus, and significant increases in technology which includes dedicated Chromebooks for all FDS students, iReady education software, and support software such as Zoom, Google Drive, and Screencastify. Despite COVID-19, our team remained committed to a fabulous 2020 which resulted in our school providing one of the highest (if not the highest) percentages of in-person instructional hours per week on campus to students in the region. Despite the uncontrollable, our team without lament focused on controlling the controllable that lead to a great year. No…not a great year in the traditional sense…but a great year in the sense that we endured together as a team all of the trials and tribulations thrown our way while providing the best possible education and social support for our students. As Superintendent/Principal, I had the pleasure on a daily basis of watching our students learning in the classroom, children laughing with pure joy while playing, climbing, swinging, and running during recess, pupils exercising during PE, and all on campus enjoying the company of each other…in person. I choose to believe that 2020 was a great year. I choose to believe that 2021 will be significantly greater…ideally…in the traditional sense.
Foresthill Union School District (FUSD) News: At the last Board meeting on December 14, a presentation regarding the “Real Property Surplus Process” was provided by The Callen Group. The overview was the exploratory first step in reviewing potential options for the vacated Foresthill Elementary School site. More information will soon be provided regarding the process and next steps in future Board meetings.
The next FUSD Board meeting is Monday, January 11 starting at 6:30p. 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, January 8 at 5:00p.
Foresthill Divide School (FDS) News: The bell from the old elementary school has been moved and is now in safekeeping. Per the recommendation of Trustee Ordway, the bell will eventually be resurrected on the FDS campus at a location to be determined. Stay tuned!
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.
Here’s to a fabulous 2021!