Supt eNews Jun 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

In this issue:
  • Thanks for a great year
  • Trustees to review, possibly decide on boundary scenario
  • GMS Lounge earns Project Cornerstone award 
Thanks for a great year!

Last week, I had the privilege of attending several end-of-the year events. I saw the pride in the faces of students, families and teachers as eighth-graders walked across the graduation platform. Families celebrated students reaching English language proficiency after many long months and years of work. Kindergarten parents beamed as students celebrated the end of their very first year. Fifth-graders celebrated their promotion to middle school. There were parties, potlucks and presentations and many personal milestones.
Thank you for all of your support of our students, teachers, staff and schools. Our community is as strong as our schools, and our schools are strong because our community is invested in our students. We are grateful for your support.

- Ayindé
On Thursday, Trustees review elementary school boundaries Options A and B
The Board of Trustees will consider elementary school boundaries Options A and B for potential approval on Thursday (6 p.m., Graham Middle School MUR).  To view the presentation, click here. Additionally, the Board requested additional information to consider about how demographics might change if potential boundaries are shifted, especially in the Castro neighborhood. To view this data, click here.
Community input
This spring, 708 community members participated in an online exchange of ideas about boundaries. They shared 1,421 thoughts and assigned 34,799 stars to relevant ideas.  The results are in, and we are launching the discover phase. Visit the website to review the results and comments about the aspects of each scenario that the community appreciated or felt concerned about.
Adjustments to elementary school boundaries are intended to relieve overcrowding at some schools and provide for the opening of Slater Elementary in 2019-20. The Student Attendance Areas Task Force members have worked for 18 months reviewing District demographic data and working to produce these boundary scenarios.
To view the maps and information about boundaries, please click on

GMS Lounge earns Project Cornerstone award
The Lounge at Graham originated when Graham's Project Cornerstone team (a group of caring adults) came together to create a calm space for kids to relax and connect. On Oct. 24, 2016, the team converted room 40 into "The Lounge."  
It provides students with options on ways to de-stress (offering soothing sounds and visuals and relaxing activities). Inspired by Project Cornerstone and supported by parent volunteers and the PTA, it has grown into a wonderful program creating a welcoming environment at Graham. An average of 40 students visit each week.
Randi Ross and Laura Norris recently received Project Cornerstone's Trailblazer Award at the annual volunteer celebration for their work in establishing the Lounge.

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