denise clay September Superintendent’s Message

The 2016-2017 school year began with a with a burst of enthusiasm as our teachers, administrators, and classified staff came together the Monday before school started to welcome in the new school year.  We celebrated successes of the past, welcomed new members of the USD Family, and aligned our vision for the start of the school year.  As a team, we are dedicated to supporting the success of every child in our care.

A great deal of work goes into the opening of school.  Our deepest gratitude is extended to the following staff for their outstanding efforts to make the first day of school a successful one:

-Classified staff at the school sites ensured that campuses were well-maintained, cleaned, and that organizational details were covered (i.e. supplies, class lists, enrollment).

-Teachers at each of the sites prepared their lesson plans, organized their resources, and decorated their classrooms.

-Site administrators finalized schedules, began calendaring school events, and prepared welcome back activities for staff and students.

-District office staff worked behind the scenes to ensure each school received necessary resources and supports.  The business office staff processed purchase orders, payments, and payroll.  Our human resource department hired over 35 teachers and 12 classified staff to ensure all sites had appropriate staffing.  The maintenance and operations department ensured facilities were safe, operational, and that summer repairs were completed. Our educational services department and technology department worked to ensure that our educators had the training, the curriculum, and the technology to begin teaching on day one.

The Board of Trustees and I are proud of the herculean efforts of every USD staff member to prepare for a smooth start of the school year.  We are also proud of the results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment that were made public the last week of August.  Below is a chart with the results of the assessment that was given in spring of 2016:


The combined efforts of our dedicated staff in Union School District have contributed to the successful start of the new year and the continued success of our children.  We look forward to another banner year!


Denise Clay