Thursday, August 20, 2015

Welcome to 2015-16!

Dear RVSD Families, 

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire Ross Valley School District Community, welcome to the 2015-16 school year!  We look forward to working with you as partners in bringing the highest quality educational experiences to all our amazing RVSD students. Whether you have been part of our District for years or are completely new to RVSD, 

I am confident you will find our teachers, staff and administrators to be professional, knowledgeable, dedicated, caring, nurturing and supportive.  Our mission is not merely the successful mastery of content, but also the development of happy, skilled, insightful, inquisitive, inspired and engaged young people, who appreciate their unique talents, learn to compensate for their equally unique challenges and forever celebrate the diverse gifts they will contribute toward making our world a better place.  

Our children truly are our greatest natural resource and I want to thank you, up front, for entrusting yours to us; we can’t wait to see them (and you) on August 27th! In beginning my second year as your Superintendent, I look back on 2014-15 with gratitude and forward to 2015-16 with excitement and anticipation. Through the leadership and district-wide focus of our five-member Board of Trustees and the hard work of our teachers, RVSD is successfully meeting the rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards.  

At the same time, and with the generous support of our parents and YES Foundation, we provide a deeply enriched learning environment that is embedded with music, art, poetry, literature, science, technology, engineering and much more.  Our class sizes remain comparatively small by California standards and our school sites are being updated and improved thanks to Measure A, which voters approved in 2010.   Not only will we have new parents, students and families joining us this year, we will also be welcoming a number of new faces to our RVSD team.  Each of our new colleagues brings unique skill sets, knowledge, experience and expertise to our community and I know you will enjoy meeting and getting to know them. 

As you contemplate the year ahead and how you will become involved in our collective journey, I am reminded of the words of author and educator Roland Barth, who wrote, “Ultimately, a school’s culture has far more influence on life and learning in the schoolhouse than the state department of education, the superintendent, the school board or even the principal can have.”  I agree.  It is the culture or climate we create at school, for all our students, faculty, staff, administrators and parents that sets the tone for everything else to follow.  We are all responsible for the culture and climate we establish in our schools and throughout RVSD.  For 2015-16, let us continue building a culture and climate of possibility for our entire school community. 

In closing, I want to thank you for all you have done, do and will do to support your child as he or she spends the next ten months with us.  Thanks especially for being part of our broader RVSD family and I look forward to meeting you in the year ahead.   

Let’s have a great year! 

Rick E. Bagley, Ed.D.