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FCUSD Last day of School, Graduation 24-25

Dear FCUSD Community:

Congratulations to our graduating seniors, our students moving up to the next grade level, and their proud families on this last day of school! 

We have enjoyed keeping you informed this year and look forward to the next school year. District communications will continue through the end of June, after the final Board Meeting of the year, and will resume later in July.

Communications for 2024-25
Next year we plan to implement new and robust tools for communication. When receiving important, urgent, and celebratory information, please let us know how you like to be informed. PLEASE TAKE THIS BRIEF COMMUNICATION SURVEY.

As you know we began this spring with a redesign and relaunch of our District and school websites. We appreciate your patience and feedback as school site staff have been working diligently to learn a new website management system, upload and sort content, and make their school’s website a user-friendly experience.

While school site staff will be off for summer break, the core team at the District office will continue to update and refine our websites so you can find the information you need. There is still time to let us know your thoughts on the website. Please fill out this form to share your feedback.

Graduations and promotions  
Graduations and promotions are taking place this week. 🙂🎉

We are happy to announce that we will livestream graduations for Folsom High School, Cordova High School, and Vista del Lago High School. The graduations will go live on the links below once the ceremonies begin. You may watch online or on cable television.

Graduation Live Stream Schedules:

Folsom High School: Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m. 

Cordova High School: Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.  

Vista del Lago High School: Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.  

UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

  • June 6 – Board Meeting
  • June 20– Board Meeting

Thank you all for being partners in student learning. 


Board Briefs and Updates, May 17

Dear FCUSD Community,  

Please read today’s Board Briefs and Updates. 

FCUSD Communications 

We strive to keep our FCUSD community informed with important news and celebrate the successes taking place on our campuses. As we near the end of the 2023-24 school year, and look towards the next school year, we want to hear from you on ways that are important for you to receive school and District news and information.  

Please take a moment to complete a ThoughtExchange Communication Survey. Your feedback is anonymous, and you are encouraged to review other thoughts and rate them. Your participation will inform our upcoming communication methods and strategies. 

Click here to participate in the 2023-24 FCUSD Communication Survey. This survey will stay open until the end of the day May 24, so please return often to review and rate thoughts. 

Student recognitions 

Student Board members Van Merrill and Matthew Mellijor were recognized and thanked for their dedication and time spent in governance leadership over the past year. As leaders of the Student Advisory Board (SAB), they also presented an update on student leadership over the last year which you may see HERE. We look forward to the next Student Board members for 2024-25, to represent schools in Folsom and Rancho Cordova. They are…

  • Van Merrill - Cordova High School
  • Mia George - Folsom High School 

Students who’ve achieved outstanding academic achievements were also honored. A detailed list may be found HERE and a picture of them HERE. 

Spotlight on mental health support at FCUSD 

One in six youth have a diagnosable mental health condition. We work to connect students with the wellness care they need, so they may thrive in school and reach their full potential. 

Did you know that at FCUSD we have…

  • 16 Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) 
  • 5 Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • 6 SCOE Mental Health Clinicians
  • 5-7 Master or Bachelor in Social Work Interns each year (16 to 24 hours per week) 

Learn more about our Student Wellness HERE. 

Land Acknowledgement

“A Land Acknowledgment is a traditional custom that dates back centuries in many Native nations and communities. Today, land acknowledgments are used by Native Peoples and non-Natives to recognize Indigenous Peoples who are the original stewards of the lands on which we now live” (National Museum of the American Indian, 2024). 

The Board adopted a Resolution Regarding the District’s Land Acknowledgment Statement which is attached.  

Learn more about Land Acknowledgements by clicking HERE. 

Graduations and promotions next week 

As we prepare for next week's graduations and promotions, we celebrate our incredible graduates and students heading to the next step in their educational journey. 

We are happy to announce that we will livestream graduations for Folsom High School, Cordova High School, and Vista del Lago High School. The graduations will go live on the links below once the ceremonies begin.   

Graduation Live Stream Schedules:

Folsom High School: Thursday, May 23, at 7:00 p.m.  
youtube.com/@folsomtimes

Cordova High School: Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. 
youtube.com/@AllTownMedia

Vista del Lago High School: Friday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.  
youtube.com/@folsomtimes 

UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

  • June 6 – Board Meeting
  • June 20– Board Meeting 

Board Briefs and Updates, May 3

Dear FCUSD Community: Please read below for Board Briefs and updates. Information includes:

  • New websites redesigned and launched
  • Announcement of new Superintendent
  • Board meeting highlights
  • News and updates of our schools and students

All school websites, including the main District website, have been redesigned and relaunched as of today. The main website URL remains www.fcusd.org

School website URLs have changed. Finding your school website is easy. Head over to the main site. At the top right corner, you will see SCHOOLS. Click on that drop-down link to find your school’s website and bookmark it for future reference. Or, to see a complete list of new school website URLs please see the attachment.

While we're enthusiastic about the launch, we recognize that creating a great online experience over 37 websites takes time. As such, we ask for your patience, understanding, and helpful feedback as we continue to upload information and improve the websites in the coming weeks and months. 

Visit our new website to take a look. In the pop-up message, you will find a link to provide feedback.

FCUSD names the next Superintendent

As a follow-up to last night’s announcement at the Board Meeting, Erik Swanson has been named the next Superintendent. Check your email for the full announcement or visit our Facebook post HERE.

The District will host two meet-and-greet events for the community to meet Mr. Swanson. All are welcome to attend.

  • Wednesday, May 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mills Middle School, 10439 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova
  • Friday, May 10 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Vista del Lago High School, 1970 Broadstone Parkway, Folsom

Welcome Mr. Swanson to Team FCUSD!!

School Facility Improvement District (SFID#3)  Advisory Committee Recommendations

The Board appointed the SFID #3 Advisory Committee, made up of community members from Rancho Cordova and Folsom, to make recommendations concerning solutions for building new schools south of HWY 50. The committee has been charged to address the following topics:

  • Locations of new schools that meet the needs of both cities.
  • Ensuring equitable distribution of funding remaining for Measure M.
  • Methods to fund facility costs, including the issuing of new bonds or increasing taxes in excess of $500 per $100k of assessed value using Measure M funds.

The committee met on March 11 and April 15 and will meet again on May 20. Staff will provide an update on the committee’s recommendations at an upcoming Board Meeting.

School Resource Officer contracts renewed

The Board approved the School Resource Officers (SROs) Agreements with the City of Folsom Police Department and Sacramento County Sheriff's Office for the 2024-2025 School Year.* You may read them by clicking on the links below:

*Agreements will have updated language to state each city will have two (2) SRO assignments.

Land Acknowledgement Statement update

Approximately three (3) years ago, FCUSD began the development of a Land Acknowledgment Statement. Work began with researching examples from surrounding districts and public agencies. During this time the Native American Parent Advisory Committee (NAPAC) expressed interest in collaborating with FCUSD staff on initiatives to support Native American students, including potential grant funding through Title VI. 

District staff is working in collaboration with NAPAC members and anticipates a final recommendation for a Land Acknowledgement Statement to be presented to the Board for consideration at the May 16 Board meeting.

News and updates 

Williamson Elementary highlighted: In the Loop with the Supt! 

Step inside the dynamic classrooms of Williamson Elementary School in the April '24 edition of the "In the Loop with the Supt." video series. Join Superintendent Sarah Koligian, Ed.D., to explore student development through vibrant classroom activities, special programs promoting positive behaviors, and after-school learning opportunities.

Watch the video by clicking HERE to witness the impact of collaborative teaching practices and discover how Williamson Elementary fosters a supportive environment for every student to thrive. 

SAB International Night unites the community

Dozens of families and students joined for an evening of unity as the Student Advisory Board (SAB) hosted its 2nd annual International Night at Cordova High School. From traditional musical performances to cultural exhibits and a captivating fashion show, the evening was a testament to the talent and dedication of the diverse students and staff, who shared their cultures with the community. See photos of the evening HERE.

FCUSD at Kids Day in the Park

Team FCUSD was out at Hagan Community Park over the weekend, connecting with hundreds of children and families at the 34th Annual Kids Day. The 'Super Science' themed event, sponsored by the Cordova Community Council, provided free interactive games and activities for children. District school and department staff were present to share educational opportunities and resources FCUSD schools provide for our community of learners. Take a look at the gallery of photos HERE.

UPCOMING REGULAR BOARD MEETING DATES:

  • May 16
  • June 6
  • June 20

Folsom Cordova Unified School District Announces Next Superintendent

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Erik Swanson as its next Superintendent.

At the May 2 Board Meeting, the Board approved a 3-year contract with Mr. Swanson, who will take office on July 1, 2024. The current Superintendent Dr. Sarah Koligian announced her retirement earlier this year and will continue in her role until June 30, 2024.

“I am honored to work with our Board of Trustees in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District,” Mr. Swanson states. "I am excited to join a team that envisions empowering all students to thrive through educational excellence. Throughout my career, I've focused on fostering school experiences in which every student feels seen, safe, connected, and included. The commitment to excellence in academic and social emotional programs, as outlined in FCUSD's mission statement, aligns with my commitment to support the conditions in which each student can reach their full potential."

The Board of Education collaborated with education search firm McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., to seek the next Superintendent, which involved extensive community outreach to collect input from parents, employees, community members, and other vital stakeholder groups regarding their preferences for the incoming Superintendent. Considering community feedback as documented in the Stakeholder Input Report (attached) the Board reviewed 36 internal and external candidates and narrowed them down to a shortlist of 10 candidates through a rigorous screening process and a series of interviews conducted on April 20 and 21. The Board unanimously selected Erik Swanson as the finalist and the best fit for our District.

Board President Tim Hooey states, “The Board of Education is thrilled to welcome Erik Swanson as the next Superintendent of FCUSD. During the search process, the Board agreed on five criteria we were looking for in a new Superintendent: an effective leader, an operational manager, a visionary and innovative leader, an educational equity leader, and a communicator and collaborator. Mr. Swanson has demonstrated himself to be an exemplar in all five categories throughout his career.  We believe Mr. Swanson will work to create the best environment for all students and staff in FCUSD to thrive.”  

Erik Swanson currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the Teaching, Learning, and Leading Center at the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE).  His work is focused on leading direct technical assistance to districts across the state.  In this role, Swanson is focused on supporting Superintendents and Education Services teams throughout California to improve equitable learning outcomes for all students.  While at CCEE, Mr. Swanson has become a Compassionate Systems Master Practitioner from MIT and works with the experts at the Carnegie Foundation for the advancement of teaching, using improvement science in education. 

Before joining CCEE, Mr. Swanson served as the Assistant Superintendent of Education Services in the Stockton Unified School District. In addition, Mr. Swanson has served in the roles of Superintendent for St. Hope Public Schools, Principal for Monterey Trail High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District, and Principal for middle schools in Sacramento City Unified School District and Twin Rivers Unified School District. Other accomplishments include completing certification in the National Superintendents Academy in 2018 and as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 Administrative Credentialing Coach for the Sacramento County Office of Education.  

“I applaud the Folsom Cordova USD Board of Education for their selection of Erik Swanson as their next Superintendent” states Dave Gordon, Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools.  “I know Erik, and I know well how his leadership in our County over the past two decades has benefited students.  He is a tireless, compassionate, and imaginative leader who supports his staff and focuses on excellence for every learner.  He is a great match for a district dedicated to providing a world-class education for every student.” 

Mr. Swanson earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, his Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from the University of San Francisco, and has completed all coursework for the Leadership for Educational Equity Program from the University of California, Berkeley.

Mr. Swanson is a Sacramento native and a third-generation alumnus of Sacramento High School. Erik and his wife Frances, a third-grade teacher in the Twin Rivers Unified School District, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary last year and they have two teenage daughters.  

The District will host two meet-and-greet events for the community to meet Mr. Swanson. All are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, May 8 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Mills Middle School, 10439 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova

Friday, May 10 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Vista del Lago High School, 1970 Broadstone Parkway, Folsom

Board Briefs and Updates, Sept 22
September 22, 2023
 


April 19, 2023, FCUSD Message Update
2024 2025 Registration for Extended Day Programs
March 8, 2024 Board Briefs and Updates
February 16, 2024 Board Briefs and Updates
February 9, 2024 - Upcoming safety presentations; substance abuse, internet safety
February 2, 2024 - Board Briefs and Updates
February 1, 2024 - FCUSD response to Folsom PD arrest
FCUSD Procedures: Drug Detection Dog Searches
January 19, 2024 - Board Briefs and Updates
January 10, 2024 - Board Briefs and Updates
January 8, 2024 - Special Board Meeting, Study Session on Facilities - Part 3
December 15, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
December 13, 2023 - Pilot Dress Code
December 6, 2023 - FCUSD Message and Revised Board Meeting Dates
November 17, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
November 3, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
October 20, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
October 17, 2023 - FCUSD Statement on the conflict in Israel/Gaza  
October 11, 2023 - OCR Press release
October 10, 2023 - Special Board Meeting, Study Session on Facilities - Part 2
October 6, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
October 4, 2023 - Nationwide Emergency Alert Test
September 22, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
District Media Response September 15, 2023
September 8, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates
August 25, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates 
August 21, 2023 - Special Board Meeting, Study Session on Facilities
August 16, 2023 - Message to the Community - hot weather and classroom cooling  
August 11, 2023 - Board Briefs and Updates - First week of School!
August 7, 2023 - FCUSD first day of school tomorrow and summer recap
August 2, 2023 - FCUSD message of Safety measures at our schools
August 1, 2023 - Important! First week of school information
July 27, 2023 - First week of school information