State of the District 2019

Posted by Leighangela Brady on 5/27/2019 8:00:00 AM

This month I completed my final State of the District presentation for 2019, and I am extremely proud of our District's achievements. For the past three years, we have been focusing on four main themes: building a strong vision, challenging the status quo, becoming a more sustainable district, and bolstering engagement of our students, staff, families, and our National City community.

Our vision is built on the foundation of a strong mission statement developed through an inclusive strategic planning process. Our promise is to provide our students with a world-class education, in a safe and nurturing environment, and prepare them to compete in a global society. This promise led to our refreshed vision of exceptionally prepared learners; innovative and compassionate world citizens. Last year we kicked off our vision work with our #BeExceptional campaign, promoting high expectations for all.

This year we focused on innovation and compassion by looking at our past practices, and refreshing our focus to align to our evolving world around us. We have been challenging the status quo by piloting updated classroom furniture options and trying out several variations of flexible learning spaces. Approximately 20% of our classrooms have updated interactive white boards, with a full District roll-out scheduled for this summer/fall. New furniture is being ordered for our school libraries, and a full classroom furniture refresh is on the horizon.

In addition, we are committed to developing social and emotional skills of our students. Teachers are committed to building Positive Behaviors and Intervention Supports (PBIS) in classrooms, and our site-based counselors provide weekly Sanford Harmony lessons to all students. This work led to seven of our schools receiving the Silver PBIS award from the state and three schools received the Bronze award.

Our green efforts are also picking up speed. Student pilots are in the forefront of rolling out best practices across the District. This school year, we have eliminated plastic straws and replaced the traditional spork packet with utensil and napkin dispensers. Increased recycle efforts are underway at several schools, additional school gardens are being built, and food waste audits are being conducted. A green team has been established, and student councils are electing green commissioners. 

Lastly, we believe that meaningful engagement of all stakeholders is critical to the work we do. Thank you to our staff, parents, and community partners that contribute to our amazing District. What is happening in #NSDnow is truly remarkable, and I am proud to be a part of it.