August 16, 2019
Dear Folsom Cordova families:
Welcome back to another exciting school year! As a parent of four grown children, I have fond memories of this special time of the year. The energy, excitement, and sometimes anxiousness of the unknown. What I do know is how important those first impressions are to building positive relationships with the caring adults on campus. During my visits to schools this week, I have been so inspired by the positive connections our students, families, teachers, and support staff have been making with each other and with our students.
Not only does that support happen in the classroom, but our Facilities, Maintenance and Operations teams have also been hard at work all summer modernizing and maintaining our schools so that they continue to provide the most up-to-date learning environments for our students and educators. This includes more routine projects, such as roofing, painting, replacing HVAC units, new concrete and black-tops, and moving portables to schools. And it also includes some larger-scale projects you have probably seen while driving around town: extensive modernization at Folsom Hills and Theodore Judah elementary schools and Cordova Lane Center, a new multipurpose room at Sutter Middle School, a new softball complex at Mills Middle school, and the start of construction on a new building at Folsom High School that will support our Career and Technical Education pathways, such as manufacturing, engineering, and science.
Last year you may recall that I asked our schools to focus on the “ABCs” of Attendance, Budget, and Culture. While we will continue to maintain these priorities, I expect you will be hearing more conversations at your schools about our focus on “Climate 2.0.” What is Climate 2.0? I believe it is an even deeper emphasis on relationships - with our students, with each other as employees, and with ourselves through the self-care needed to best serve our students. Modern pressures are taking a toll on the emotional wellness of young people today (watch and listen to the voices of some of our high school students here). Team FCUSD is committed to doing all it can to create schools that are not only physically, but also emotionally safe for all students.
You can learn more about these efforts throughout the year by staying connected with us: for news, announcements, and inspiring stories from our schools, we have our District Digest e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, just to name a few. Student grades, attendance, schedules and more can also be found in the Folsom Cordova mobile app.
We recognize that our parents, and caregivers are our students’ first teachers, and we value our partnership in helping our children achieve their dreams. Here’s to many more months of excellence this school year!
Superintendent Sarah Koligian, Ed.D.