Nothing from May 6, 2016 to June 5, 2016.
Think Different. Be Different. Make a Difference.
“Every Student Matters” is our motto for the Parlier Unified School District. As an English teacher, I served Parlier Unified for 10 years. Over the last 4 years I have served in the capacity of Parlier High principal and district office administrator. Today, I am proud and honored to be the Superintendent and lead the district in which I was brought up as a child and taught as a teacher.
It is because of the diligent work of our employees, students, parents, staff, and active community members that Parlier Unified is helping to re-launch and re-birth Parlier into a 21st Century District.
Furthermore, our foundation as a successful district will be measured by how well we implement PLC’s, utilize Instructional Rounds to find and address problems of practice and bring uniformity to our district, use technology to push curriculum further up the SAMR Model (substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition), strategically implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), and utilize data to drive our instruction. In doing so, we will collectively change the culture of our district.
Truth be told, the heavy lifting started approximately 4 years ago. More recently, the springboard occurred July 2015 when each administrative site team was directed to present their state test results and develop a plan of action for the upcoming 2015-2016 year.
Proof that the road we have taken is making a difference:
- 503 students are now eligible for reclassification (previous highest number of reclassified student was approximately 120 for the 2005-2006 school year)
- Our district ADA is 96.34% (the state average is 95%)
- Our Sped Department was recently commended by the FCOE
- We are on the verge of becoming a PBIS Gold Ribbon district. Our referrals, suspensions, and expulsions continue to decrease.
- The CTE opportunities for our PHS students continue to grow along with our relationship with VROP.
- Early data from our 1s tInterim assessments indicate that our students have now scored higher halfway through the school year this year with half the standards having been taught. This in comparison to the results after all standards had been taught at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
- Consistency in lesson delivery from school site to school site
In addition, Parlier Unified will continue to work on its SOFT SKILLS. The way in which we treat others (students, parents, co-workers, community members, etc.) directly reflects what others believe Parlier Unified School District is about. With that being said, the maltreatment of others is unacceptable. Our professionalism is required daily.
In closing, let us continue to work together to think different, be different, and make a difference in the lives of our students. Because, Every Student Matters!
Edward M. Lucero