Dear Folsom Cordova family:
As we kick off a new school year, I continue to reflect on some of the personal stories of achievement among last year’s graduates. Students like Cordova High’s Karen Buenrostro, who heads off to UC Santa Barbara this fall to become a pediatrician. Or Nicholas Williams, who left Vista del Lago High with the tools he needs to one day become an aerospace engineer. It’s these stories of success, and the hundreds more like them, that demonstrate the ultimate return on our investments.
We are grateful for the efforts of our dedicated employees to help students realize those dreams. We continue to invest in resources for our teachers and students so that every child has a personalized pathway to pursue their dreams. Over the past year, we have restored and created positions that support every child’s learning - from academic coaches to intervention teachers - who help identify each student’s strengths and areas for improvement. We will continue to provide specialized staff and campus training to promote a positive school climate and support students’ emotional health. And we are accelerating our efforts to strengthen academic pathways and business partnerships that help students attain real-world experience and skills before they graduate from school.
Consistently providing an excellent education also means offering the best technology and facilities available. That’s why we’re proud to start the school year with a 3:1 student-to-device ratio in every school, part of our multiyear plan to reach 1:1 by 2017-18. In the meantime, large-scale and long-overdue modernization projects at some of our oldest Folsom schools - thanks to voters’ generous approval of Measure G in 2014 - are now under construction. We’re also using those bond proceeds - starting at Folsom Middle and Folsom High - to install new LED flat-screen presentation devices - interactive tools teachers and students can use to create multimedia lessons and presentations, videoconference with remote locations, and much more. I encourage you to visit our website for regular updates on exciting facility and technology improvements.
It is our commitment and expectation that when we reach the end of this school year in less than 10 short months, we’ll be celebrating even more success stories like those of Karen and Nicholas - students prepared and eager to race after their dreams. A heartfelt thank you to our staff for your tireless work and sacrifice to help students achieve. And thank you to our families and partners who support learning at home and in the community. At Folsom Cordova, we know that when we all work together, great things happen for our students.