As I conclude my first six months as Superintendent and we end the 2021-22 school year, I want to thank our students, families, and staff for their tireless support this year. Returning to in-person learning presented a unique set of challenges, but we pulled together to keep schools open while ensuring the health and safety of our community.
Since I started in January, I have met with dozens of employees, families, and community members and have been so impressed with the dedication of the South Bay team, the resilience of our students, and the support of our parents/guardians. This year, we started discussions on the community experience (customer service) and communication (including social media) and continued work on equity, connectedness, and parent engagement. We welcome the participation of our families and encourage everyone to join a PTA, attend a campus event, and join a District-level committee. Your voice is important and we value your contributions!
We had much to celebrate this year! In July, we were finally able to open the new VIP Village Preschool! It was a thrill for staff to welcome students to new classrooms and see activity on the site’s new playground. In March, we rededicated the Jose Montano playground at Berry School and recognized the ongoing impact of Jose’s generosity to the campus. Also in March, we hosted a Grand Reopening of the new, modernized Emory Academy. It was exciting to see all the improvements that were made to one of our oldest sites.
On June 9, we say farewell to 862 sixth grade and 234 8th grade students. Congratulations on your achievements and best wishes for future success! We are also saying goodbye to several retiring staff members; thank you for your many contributions to South Bay students, families, staff, and community!
Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to welcoming students back to school for the 2022-23 school year on July 25!