Dear CUHSD Community,
As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, I am proud of the significant achievements of our staff and students. Through the hard work and dedication of our staff, we’re making gains when it comes to college and career readiness and modernizing our facilities to improve learning environments for our students.
This school year, we’ve implemented several programs to better prepare our students for their college and career aspirations. For the first time, we created a dual-enrollment partnership with West Valley-Mission Community College District (WVWCCD) to bring free community college courses to all of our comprehensive high schools. This semester approximately 200 CUHSD students enrolled in a course. The program offers free enrollment to community college courses such as kinesiology, political science, and business. The courses can be used toward transfer credit, a career technical education (CTE) credential or certificate and CUHSD graduation requirements.
Our job is not to just prepare students for college, but to also prepare them for careers directly after high school if that is the path they choose. This school year we expanded access to career technical education by providing three new CTE courses at our sites, accounting at Prospect High School, business at Leigh High School and agriculture mechanics at Westmont High School. We now have at least one career pathway at each of our school sites and will have a total of 16 districtwide next year.
We’ve not only made great strides academically but also vital safety and facility improvements through the use of the Measure AA bond. Through rigorous local oversight, we have already completed a third of the planned building projects in just two years, which is a great accomplishment that saved millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Some of the completed projects this year include a new music room at Del Mar High School, new softball dugouts and scoreboards at all comprehensive sites and a new lunch area at Prospect High School.
As part of an ongoing effort to strengthen campus safety, we also implemented a new visitor management system in our schools that allow us to electronically screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers coming into our schools.
I want to thank all of the CUHSD community for your continuous support and for entrusting your child’s education to us. I hope you have a great summer and I look forwarding to working with some of you in the coming year as we work together to ensure all students have what they need to construct their futures.