Dear Old Adobe Union Families,
Our staff cannot thank you enough for your tremendous support of the Old Adobe Union schools, the teachers, and of course your children. We know how busy life is in the 21st century and we appreciate all of the time you give to communication, special events, classrooms, school volunteering, and daily interaction with your child about school.
Math has really taken off in Old Adobe Union in the last couple of years. Students are gaining skills in problem solving, articulating mathematical thinking, understanding deeper concepts, strategy and numeracy in math games, working collaboratively, and basic math numeracy. When math presents itself, feel free to put your children on the spot. Math is all around us and it can be quite motivating for students to see how much it impacts our daily life.
With over 550,000,000 words read this year, Old Adobe Union students are reaching new heights in independent reading. Every school in the district set a new “high score” and many of our students read over a million words each this year! We continue to build our support for balanced literacy teaching in our classrooms. We want our students to become avid readers, skilled writers and lovers of language!
We hope that you agree that your children are having quite a bit of fun along with all of this hard work. I had the pleasure of attending music concerts from across the district and progress has been impressive. Several long time members of the community commented that this is the strongest it has been in over a decade and we are just getting started! This year was also the fifth year of our outstanding physical education and Healthy4Life program. With SPARK training and materials and a great team approach, our PE techs work with all Old Adobe Union students for about 100 minutes a week. We are also proud of our running clubs, Zumba classes, and culminating Eastside Relays event.
I will also proudly say that we LOVE field trips. With our teachers’ passion, our terrific transportation department, our curious and well behaved students, and our super chaperone parents, we took advantage of learning opportunities throughout Petaluma and beyond. In the upper grades this included some overnights including the unmatched Old Adobe Union 6th grade outdoor education camp. Field trips, visual arts, libraries, we’ve got it all and will continue to build on these strengths next year.
As you are probably aware, Old Adobe Union has been adding students rapidly. Painting, new windows and driveway facilities work at Old Adobe Elementary follows the modernizations at Loma Vista (2013), La Tercera (2014), and Miwok Valley (2016). In the past couple of years we have also added solar power to four sites, play structures to all five sites , asphalt work in several areas, and other projects. We appreciate the community support for the facilities bond which made it all possible, and the cooperation with which all of the work has proceeded.
Speaking of the bond, in the November 2018 election we will be seeking public support for an additional bond that will provide for continued expasion and upgrades to our exsisting facilities. Our 2012 district master plan for facilities includes many projects that remain unfinished. We are excited that our initial survey showed broad community support for the new bond.
We also have focused on developing unique programs at every school in the district. This began with the launch of the “in district” charter schools several years back and has accelerated over time. We now have developed the first STEM elementary school in Sonoma County (La Tercera), an outstanding TK-6 Dual Immersion school (Loma Vista), an excellent Music and Arts showcase school (Sonoma Mountain), an Ecology and Arts school with a world class garden (Old Adobe), and a Project-Based Learning and Expeditionary school (Miwok Valley). These focus areas offer choice for families, but also an opportunity for the staff and parent community to focus on something unique and special to build learning around during the elementary years. We are having fun with it and the progress has been impressive.
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 independent reading 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.
School starts August 15th. Get ready for another great year!