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Wiseburn Unified School District

Renaming our schools

Wiseburn families and friends,

In a recent school board meeting, Wiseburn revisited our ongoing renaming efforts for 138th St. School, and explored the possibility of renaming other schools in our district as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Originally, the names of our four schools were selected over 65 years ago. Since first temporarily renaming 138th St. School last year, our community has mobilized around the exciting opportunity to collectively select more timeless namesakes that will align with the values of our tight-knit, inclusive, and welcoming community.

As we formally launch the renaming process, we would like to hear directly from you, our students, alumni, parents, caretakers, staff, and the community at large.

Based on the school board policies for naming facilities, we can pursue namesakes for our schools that represent one of the following:

  1. Individuals, living or deceased, and entities that have made outstanding contributions, including financial contributions, to the school community
  2. Individuals, living or deceased, who have made contributions of statewide, national, or worldwide significance
  3. The geographic area in which the school or building is located

If you have more time and interest, we invite you to also fill out this survey by June 30, 2021. In this survey, you can submit ideas for names and your rationale. Responses may be anonymous, but you may share your name and sign-up for additional updates on the process if you choose.

Starting this summer, we are launching a citizen advisory committee to further explore the data and submitted names. This representative committee will hold deeper discussions, narrow the prospective names, and make name recommendations to the school board in the fall. As the committee reviews names, we will be guided by our mission statement, district assurances, and board policy on naming facilities.

We appreciate the feedback and enthusiasm we have heard from our community so far as we embark on this exciting opportunity. We’re looking forward to collaboratively uncovering names that best represent us, now and in the years to come, and thank you for your input in this process.

Thank you,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D.
WUSD Superintendent