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Superintendent's Message


 

Welcome Back to Another School Year!

September, 2016

Happy New Year and welcome back to another school year in the Paramount Unified School District. Teachers, administrators, Board Members, and staff were so very happy to see smiling faces returning to classrooms. The first day of school is always filled with excitement, anticipation and high expectations for all.

The summer was occupied with all kinds of necessary preparation in order to provide a quality education in a clean and safe environment for children. Teachers participated in trainings to sharpen their teaching skills and content knowledge; our Nutrition Services department in partnership with the City of Paramount ran a summer program that provided nutrition for all Paramount students interested and activities to keep them occupied. Our Facilities and Maintenance departments cleaned, repaired and constructed new playgrounds and new fields in select schools.

This summer we also received results from the State on the performance of our students on the standardized tests they took last year. Student performance increased in mathematics and language arts! We are pleased to know that we are on the right path and students are experiencing success. We also know that we have much more to do. We are committed to continued efforts to help our students achieve at higher levels.

Our Board of Education voted to place a bond measure on the November elections ballot. The Bond Measure will be able to provide much needed repairs to classrooms, College and Career courses for high school students and more technology to be used by students and teachers, among other things.

Please know that in the Paramount Unified School District we value your support as parents and community. Among the strongest support mechanisms parents and family members can provide is ensuring positive attendance. In order for us to educate our students, we need them to be present. Every day of an absence means significant loss of learning for your child. In the early years, when students miss school, they are falling behind in learning how to read and write. Obviously, we do not want them to fall behind. It takes a lot of effort for them to catch up. Parents also set behaviors and habits for students at this early age. If students are allowed to stay home when they could be at school, they will not feel that 100% attendance is important to their education. This way of thinking may continue through their middle and high school years. We know every parent and family member wants their child to succeed. Your expectations for them can benefit from this consistency, that YOU expect them to be in school everyday!

Thank you for helping us educate your child and ensuring their success. Together we can make a difference in their lives forever. Have a wonderful new year.

 

Dr. Ruth Pérez
Superintendent

 


A New Year Ahead

August, 2016

As we prepare for the upcoming school year we are excited about the opportunities that Paramount Unified School District students will experience. At Paramount we wish to provide ALL of our students with unique educational opportunities that will broaden their thinking and open doors for them to explore and accomplish more for themselves and further their education.

The summer is spent in deep and concentrated preparation as teachers engage in learning and practicing teaching techniques that will help students develop their skills in the new California State Standards, specifically skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. We want our students to excel in these skills as it will help them in their future no matter what college or career pathway they choose.

As we approach a new school year, we are all eager and excited to guide what’s next for Paramount Unified School District. We are working at developing a Strategic Plan that will direct our work as we develop and implement the programs and support our students need to be successful and for parents to assist their children. As we continue to work on this plan, I will share with the community the District’s goals and action plans created for the future of our District and students.

We look forward to your involvement and support to serve our well-deserving students.

Dr. Ruth Pérez
Superintendent

 



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