Superintendent's Monthly Message

By Dr. Jacqueline M. Horejs

August/September 2013



When the school bell rang to welcome our children to the 2013-2014 school year this week, it heralded the start of Union School District’s 150th year of serving this community.  In 1863 with the Civil War in progress, early settlers who came to our part of the valley after the Gold Rush expressed their support for the Union by naming the new school district “Union School District.” USD grew from a one room school house built on skids, so it could be moved to various locations, to a district of 17 schools with a peak enrollment in 1969-1970 of 10, 587 students.

Today, Union School District stands proudly on a firm foundation of excellence. We started the 2013 – 2014 school year serving over 5,350 students in 9 schools. Our enrollment has grown steadily in the past seven years, corresponding to our dramatic increases in student performance results. We have become a leader in innovative and effective instructional programs and activities, and our students, parents, and staff are second to none. 

This, our 150th year, will be a year of celebration. We plan to honor those people who have contributed to the success of our district. On November 14th, to coincide with the month USD was officially established, we will have a celebration of our 150th birthday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Union Middle School. If you have contact information for former students, staff members, or others who should be invited and honored at this celebration, please email me at We have a lot to celebrate this year; I hope to see you all at the birthday party!