Dear La Tercera Neighbors
Thanks to the passage of our school bonds, La Tercera Elementary School will undergo renovation construction during the summer. This year, the construction will be in two phases:
Dear Old Adobe Families,
We hope that you’ve enjoyed a wonderful summer break! We have been busy this summer while you have been on vacation, but are eagerly looking forward to your arrival back on our campuses.
When you arrive at two of our 5 different schools, the first thing that you may notice is the new play structures at Sonoma Mountain and Old Adobe. These new play structures are simply amazing to look at and will be even more wonderful to explore. These two new structures mean that all our campuses now have modern and improved playground facilities for children as we have already completed installing new structures at Loma Vista, La Tercera and Miwok Valley recently. We have also been working hard on finishing new portable buildings at Loma Vista. We also have installed new portable buildings and are working on refurbishing existing spaces at Old Adobe. Our district is growing and these buildings will help us meet the expanding need for new classroom space. We were hoping to have these building ready by the start of school, but we have experienced the typical construction delays and are a few days behind schedule. Our staff has prepared some temporary classrooms for students in our existing spaces at these sites. We ask for your patience and understanding as we will move students and teachers into these new and spacious classrooms as quickly as possible. In addition to great classrooms and playground, our busy summer has also included construction projects that will add incredible tile mosaics to the Sonoma Mountain entrance area and a brand new running track at Old Adobe. These projects are due to tremendous efforts by local artist Sueann Bettison Sher and a multi-year fundraising effort by the Old Adobe PTO.
Before students arrive on our campuses on Wednesday, August 16th, our teachers and classified staff will already have been hard at work. Besides preparing classrooms by hanging poster paper for bulletin boards and planning engaging lessons, our teachers have been demonstrating their commitment to lifelong learning by attending district professional development training focusing on Science, Language Arts and Math. Our classified maintenance staff have been busily cleaning and repairing facilities while our office staff organize mounds of student files and work on class lists. It truly takes a dedicated and year-round district staff team to have our schools ready for students come Mid-August.
We believe our district is special, and each year we go the extra mile to prove it. Our community, and our Board of Trustees, has made a commitment to educating the whole child. All of our students receive music, PE, and library time. Over the past couple of years we have made language arts and math a focus, and each school has developed a unique school theme. We challenge our students academically, support them socially, and provide encouragement and guidance to help them grow into the amazing future leaders we know they can be. Parents are our partners in this work with active involvement in the classrooms and special events, as well as ongoing support for the school programs. We urge you to continue involvement, or jump in this coming year if time allows.
Don’t forget, school starts Wednesday, August 16th. Please check our website at oldadobe.org and link to your specific school for school information and the school calendar. We can’t wait to start our new year together!
Interim Superintendent, Old Adobe Union School District
Dear Old Adobe Union District Families,
We are writing to inform you that Dr. Jason Lustig Yamashiro is leaving his position as Superintendent in our district. He is accepting the Superintendent’s position with the Dixie School District in Marin County.
We want to acknowledge everything that has been accomplished under Jason’s administration. We have articulated our curriculum to evolve with introduction of the Common Core. We have actively integrated technology into our classrooms and refurbished facilities throughout the district. We have deepened the theme focus at each of our unique campuses and reintroduced long lost programs like music, physical education and counseling district wide. We have built more trusting relationships, creating healthier and more robust schools to serve the children of our district, thereby better serving our community at large. Our district is growing again and the sentiment mirrors our core mission to help the children of Old Adobe Union learn and flourish. We have accomplished so much, and send Dr. Yamashiro off with many wishes of future success.
We remain committed to providing a high quality 21st century education for the students of this district and it is our pleasure to introduce you to the educator who will be charged to continue all of this work. The Board of Trustees has agreed to a one year contract with Mr. Craig Conte to serve as our interim Superintendent for the coming school year. We are excited about this opportunity because Mr. Conte has served as our Director of Curriculum for the past 4 years and has worked closely with our Superintendent on all of our initiatives. Craig has supported all of our accomplishments to this day,
Craig brings 22 years of teaching experience, all here in our district. He has served in two interim Principal positions, negotiated from both sides of the table for 18 years, and has served as Director of our much beloved Outdoor Education program for 20 years. From the Curriculum position, Craig has managed the implementation of our student data system, common core based report cards, teacher led instructional adoption, and established technology training for students and teachers. He has also managed documentation and reporting for many of our programs.
The Board of Trustees has confidence in Craig’s managerial ability and believe that his strong classroom foundation will help us continue building momentum in our district. He has earned the respect of this Board and everyone within our district. We look forward to a prosperous year and hope for many more to come.
With our regards and gratitude,
The Trustees of the Old Adobe Union School District