Integrity, Innovation, and Inspiration
Welcome back to an exciting 2016-2017 school year! I hope that everyone has enjoyed their time off surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. The summer months are a perfect time to slow down, relax, and self-reflect. I’m certain that many of you traveled up and down the state, to the coast, into the mountains, across our nation, and some of you voyaged into foreign countries. Yet, some may have embraced a “staycation”, enjoying the confines of your own home, family, neighborhood, close-by activities, and attractions.
Whichever the case may be in regards to your time spent over the last few months, we are excited to have you back at Parlier Unified. Walt Disney said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Throughout the years, the employees of Parlier Unified have made this district a special place to work. Our teachers, custodians, cooks, secretaries, bus drivers, and all dedicated employees have become an extended family to generations of the Parlier community.
It’s true. Parlier Unified is transitioning to a 21st Century educational institution. Common Core State Standards Curriculum is being streamlined across the district. Teachers and support staff are receiving innovative professional development that will help take our students’ success to the next level. Offices are moving away from pencil and paper processes and into the digital age to increase maximum proficiency and productivity. Classrooms continue to increase in their opportunities for students and staff to utilize technology. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math) is becoming a reality. Yet, it is important to note that in order to accomplish our present goals and be able to move to the future, as Walt Disney said, “…it takes people to make the dream a reality”.
In closing, in order for every Parlier Unified student to have an opportunity to succeed, we need our employees, the Parlier Unified family, to continue to see our kiddos not only through our eyes, but also through our hearts. Their success is our success. With the unified hearts and minds of the employees of the Parlier Unified School District, every family that calls Parlier Unified home will have the opportunity to be successful now and for generations to come.
Edward M. Lucero
Parlier Unified School District