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Superintendent's Message

May/June 2017

As the end of the school year rapidly approaches, we are all reflecting on the wonderful year of accomplishments and joy we have experienced. I’ve witnessed amazing innovation going on in classrooms at every school, engaged and enthusiastic learners from Pre-K through 8th grade, dedicated teachers, staff and parents who all bring something truly special to the this district.


In April, the district participated in the #LoveMySchoolDay challenge. Teachers, staff and parents tweeted about what they love about their school. The positivity spread, and in one day, over 500 tweets (and 1,100 likes) were sent describing the love everyone has for Union schools. Twitter is one way to see and experience the great learning going on at our schools. If you haven’t already signed up, try it out, follow our schools, and take a look at our district hashtag #usdlearns.


For links to all school twitter handles, visit www.unionsd.org/apps/pages/socialmedia.


We are also incredibly proud that Dartmouth Middle School and Union Middle School were recently announced as recipients of the prestigious Gold Ribbon School Award. Both schools are models of excellence, the award serving to recognize the amazing work of teachers, classified staff and administrators who are so committed to our middle school students.


This year has also brought the start of the Makerspace construction at our elementary schools. The labs at Alta Vista, Lietz and Oster are slated for completion by the end of the school year.  The labs at Carlton, Guadalupe and Noddin will break ground during the summer. Students and teachers looked on with excitement as the installation of the labs began and we all await with great anticipation for the innovative activities that will be conducted by our students in the upcoming months and years.


I wish all of our Union families and staff members an enjoyable and relaxing summer and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on August 16.




Denise Clay