October 2020 Newsletter

Falling into the school year rhythm

Wiseburn families and friends,

We've officially been back in school for one full month. That means one full month of adapting to distance learning, of Zoom calls and classes, of making office spaces out of kitchen tables, of using digital tools to create a virtual classroom. And while the challenges of pandemic life look different for each of us, we are all doing what we can to maneuver these strange, uncertain times.

We're so proud of the way our students have risen to the challenge, and continue to give their all to a new way of learning. Our parents and caretakers deserve a standing ovation, too, for the support they've shown their students and the district since this pandemic started. Families, we know this has not been easy. Throughout this newsletter, you'll find resources, a source of positivity, and a commitment from the Wiseburn Unified School District to support you and your students. This month's newsletter is a little more full than our typical newsletters, but with the start of the year in full swing, we wanted to share resources to help families maintain their momentum as we enter the fall season, and to give information on who to contact if and when you need more support.

We'd be remiss to not also mention our heartfelt thanks to our dedicated teachers and staff, who have all worked tirelessly to pivot to distance learning and continue to provide the high caliber education Wiseburn is known for. This year, at the annual staff-wide State of the District, we awarded the Certificated (Teacher) of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year award to every single teacher and staff member. Because the truth is, every single person on the Wiseburn team worked extremely hard to ensure that students received the best services and the most effective counseling services possible amid a global pandemic, and they provided much needed support to our families.

We are endlessly grateful to our teachers and staff for all they do, every single day, to fulfill Wiseburn's core mission. We are also thankful that the Wiseburn Education Foundation kindly capped off our celebration by rewarding a $100 mini-grant to each certificated employee so they could purchase some materials to support distance learning.

As we look ahead toward fall (and flu season), I just want to note that we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We are exploring options to bring back students in small cohorts, for special needs assessments, or other considerations of equity, while still following state-wide mandates and prioritizing the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We are taking into consideration all of Wiseburn's unique needs and being cautious in our approach based on what we now know about the virus at this point in the pandemic. As information becomes available, we will inform families of any opportunities for in-person instruction they can opt into as the situation permits.

Finally, I wanted to share that progress is underway for our renaming of 138th St. School. We're in the process of starting a Community Advisory Committee, which will hold community conversations and provide input on potential names for 138th St. School. In this moment, we're also looking at the names of our other schools, and exploring options to survey the community on their thoughts on other renaming campaigns. Regardless, we want to be thoughtful and methodical, and apply the right effort and energy to the renaming process since the name will be with us for a long time into the future.

With that being said, our priority remains focused primarily on supporting our students and community through the pandemic. We will remain steadfast in our mission here at Wiseburn, and we thank each of you for your patience and support as we enter the month ahead.

With gratitude,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D., Superintendent