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10/2/17

September 29, 2017


This week the California Department of Education released the results of last spring’s 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This is the third year of CAASPP online testing for California’s public school students in grades three through eight and eleven. Scores on these assessments fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met.


Orinda Union School District serves children in grades TK through eight. Of the third through eighth grade students tested, 86% of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, and 84% met that same benchmark in mathematics on the 2017 CAASPP assessments. Orinda Union School District’s scores place it among the top of all CA school districts in both ELA and math.


Orinda USD Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Seaton commented, “Our students’ scores on the 2017 CAASPP assessments in ELA and mathematics reflect outstanding teaching, strong instructional leadership, involved and supportive parents, and engaged students. The latest CAASPP assessment scores are one of many examples that reflect the robust and vibrant educational communities that exist at all five Orinda USD schools.


Orinda USD Board President Jason Kaune added, “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate our students and thank our teachers and staff for maintaining these achievement levels. The Board remains committed to providing the resources and support necessary to continue a long tradition of excellence in our Orinda public schools.”

 

David Schrag, Director of Curriculum and Instruction noted, “We are lucky to be in a place where teachers, parents, and our school community collaborate to provide a rich and engaging educational experience for all of our students. We are extremely proud that our students are showing strong progress on the CAASPP assessment. While we strive to provide an exceptional academic experience for all Orinda USD students, we are equally inspired to support students in becoming creative, ethical, and compassionate human beings.”


Mr. Schrag will be presenting an overview of Orinda’s CAASPP results to the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on October 9th. To view comparative CAASPP results by school or district as published by EdSource, click here. To access the State Superintendent’s press release on the 2017 CAASPP results, click here.

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8/25/17

Pictured from left to right are Del Rey Head Custodian Steve Eydam, Board Vice President Carol Brown, Superintendent Carolyn Seaton, and Board Member Cara Hoxie

 

At the Welcome Back Luncheon held on August 18, 2017, all employees who have completed 5, 10, and 15 years of service in Orinda were recognized with a special pin. Beginning with the 20th year of service, employees who have completed 20-24 years in the District were acknowledged and honored with a 20 year pin. OUSD staff who completed 25-29 years and 30-34 years of service received their 25 and 30 year pins, respectively. Steve Eydam, Head Custodian and the heart and soul of Del Rey School, was honored with a standing ovation and his 35 year pin for his phenomenal 39 years of service to OUSD.  

 

5 Year Pin

Scott Adams
Ashleigh Briant
Michelle Brobak
Sue Carpenter
Tracy Champion
Erin Crowe
Linda Edley
Judy Huston
Dawn Kurisu
Greg Mazmanian
Susan McGill
David Morritt

 

10 Year Pin

Josh DeFeo

Carina Hanley

Sue Hoover

Michelle Kalafatis

Maple Lai

Kathy Schwarz

Kirsten Theurer

Rebecca Wilson

 

15 Year Pin

Mike Agers

Michelle Bournonville

Annalisa Brucker-Harrington

Shirley Glotch

Cindy McCullough

Eric Page

Susan Randall

 

20 Year Pin (20-24 Completed Years of Service)

Jim Bartleman

Connie Boero

Sebastian Broekman

Kim Burris

Susan Chapple

Terry Eubanks

Karen Fazio

Laura Foxworthy

Kathy Frenklach

Lona Hornbuckle

Stacy Howard

Debra Jockisch

Suzy Kisch

Anne Marie Kniel

Ron Langer

Carol Levin

Alfred Machacon

Tricia Newhart

Chris Ortiz

Katherine Palmer-Collins

Ron Pickett

Julie Ritzman

Patty Rostampour

Alison Waterman

 

25 Year Pin (25-29 Completed Years of Service)

Sue Boudreau

Niva Dotan

Adam Miller

Mark Mortenson

Atalya Rubin

Anita Scalise

Terry Schrittwieser

Ray Szeliga

Patsy Templeton

Susan Weiss

 

30 Year Pin (30-34 Completed Years of Service)

Cheryl McNair

Nga Nguyen

Mary Risso

Colleen Sullivan

 

35 Year Pin (39 Years of Service)

Steve Eydam

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News

10/2/17

September 29, 2017


This week the California Department of Education released the results of last spring’s 2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. This is the third year of CAASPP online testing for California’s public school students in grades three through eight and eleven. Scores on these assessments fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met.


Orinda Union School District serves children in grades TK through eight. Of the third through eighth grade students tested, 86% of students met or exceeded standards in ELA, and 84% met that same benchmark in mathematics on the 2017 CAASPP assessments. Orinda Union School District’s scores place it among the top of all CA school districts in both ELA and math.


Orinda USD Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Seaton commented, “Our students’ scores on the 2017 CAASPP assessments in ELA and mathematics reflect outstanding teaching, strong instructional leadership, involved and supportive parents, and engaged students. The latest CAASPP assessment scores are one of many examples that reflect the robust and vibrant educational communities that exist at all five Orinda USD schools.


Orinda USD Board President Jason Kaune added, “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate our students and thank our teachers and staff for maintaining these achievement levels. The Board remains committed to providing the resources and support necessary to continue a long tradition of excellence in our Orinda public schools.”

 

David Schrag, Director of Curriculum and Instruction noted, “We are lucky to be in a place where teachers, parents, and our school community collaborate to provide a rich and engaging educational experience for all of our students. We are extremely proud that our students are showing strong progress on the CAASPP assessment. While we strive to provide an exceptional academic experience for all Orinda USD students, we are equally inspired to support students in becoming creative, ethical, and compassionate human beings.”


Mr. Schrag will be presenting an overview of Orinda’s CAASPP results to the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on October 9th. To view comparative CAASPP results by school or district as published by EdSource, click here. To access the State Superintendent’s press release on the 2017 CAASPP results, click here.

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8/25/17

Pictured from left to right are Del Rey Head Custodian Steve Eydam, Board Vice President Carol Brown, Superintendent Carolyn Seaton, and Board Member Cara Hoxie

 

At the Welcome Back Luncheon held on August 18, 2017, all employees who have completed 5, 10, and 15 years of service in Orinda were recognized with a special pin. Beginning with the 20th year of service, employees who have completed 20-24 years in the District were acknowledged and honored with a 20 year pin. OUSD staff who completed 25-29 years and 30-34 years of service received their 25 and 30 year pins, respectively. Steve Eydam, Head Custodian and the heart and soul of Del Rey School, was honored with a standing ovation and his 35 year pin for his phenomenal 39 years of service to OUSD.  

 

5 Year Pin

Scott Adams
Ashleigh Briant
Michelle Brobak
Sue Carpenter
Tracy Champion
Erin Crowe
Linda Edley
Judy Huston
Dawn Kurisu
Greg Mazmanian
Susan McGill
David Morritt

 

10 Year Pin

Josh DeFeo

Carina Hanley

Sue Hoover

Michelle Kalafatis

Maple Lai

Kathy Schwarz

Kirsten Theurer

Rebecca Wilson

 

15 Year Pin

Mike Agers

Michelle Bournonville

Annalisa Brucker-Harrington

Shirley Glotch

Cindy McCullough

Eric Page

Susan Randall

 

20 Year Pin (20-24 Completed Years of Service)

Jim Bartleman

Connie Boero

Sebastian Broekman

Kim Burris

Susan Chapple

Terry Eubanks

Karen Fazio

Laura Foxworthy

Kathy Frenklach

Lona Hornbuckle

Stacy Howard

Debra Jockisch

Suzy Kisch

Anne Marie Kniel

Ron Langer

Carol Levin

Alfred Machacon

Tricia Newhart

Chris Ortiz

Katherine Palmer-Collins

Ron Pickett

Julie Ritzman

Patty Rostampour

Alison Waterman

 

25 Year Pin (25-29 Completed Years of Service)

Sue Boudreau

Niva Dotan

Adam Miller

Mark Mortenson

Atalya Rubin

Anita Scalise

Terry Schrittwieser

Ray Szeliga

Patsy Templeton

Susan Weiss

 

30 Year Pin (30-34 Completed Years of Service)

Cheryl McNair

Nga Nguyen

Mary Risso

Colleen Sullivan

 

35 Year Pin (39 Years of Service)

Steve Eydam

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5/11/17

May 11, 2017

 


 


The Orinda Union School District is excited to announce the appointment of Mr. David Schrag as its new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved his appointment at their May 8, 2017, Board Meeting. Mr. Schrag will begin on July 1, 2017.


Mr. Schrag started his career in education as a fifth and sixth grade teacher in the Hayward Unified School District. He was quickly recognized as a teacher leader and mentored colleagues in the areas of differentiated instruction, assessments, coordinated team teaching, and cross-age tutoring by students. Following eight years of service as a teacher, Mr. Schrag was hired as the Vice Principal of Ralston Middle School in the Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District. Since 2007, he has served as Principal of Stanley Middle School in the Lafayette School District. Under Mr. Schrag’s leadership, Stanley Middle School was honored as a California Gold Medal School and twice as a California Distinguished School.


Mr. Schrag earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Davis, and his Master of Arts in Education, Administration, and Policy Analysis at Stanford University. He has demonstrated success in shaping a school culture that focuses on the success and health of the whole child. As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mr. Schrag looks forward to implementing a collaborative approach through which all stakeholder perspectives will be honored and will contribute to building and executing a shared vision for all of Orinda’s K-8 students.


When asked about his new position, Mr. Schrag expressed his enthusiasm to begin this important work. “I'm greatly honored and excited to be a part of the Orinda Union School District team.” Added Schrag, “Orinda USD represents educational excellence, and I am deeply committed to upholding the District’s and community's high expectations for its schools. I am indebted to the Stanley Middle School community in the Lafayette School District for providing me with the opportunity to work with amazing students, staff, parents, administrators, and community members for the past ten years. I am very proud of our many collective achievements and look forward to implementing what I have learned in my new position.”


The position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction was posted in February following the announcement of revered Orinda USD Director Kathy Marshall’s retirement. An impressive sixty-five candidates submitted applications. Mr. Schrag was one of eight candidates selected to interview before a committee comprised of administrators, teachers, and parents. He emerged as one of the finalists interviewed by the Superintendent and other District leadership. Ultimately, Mr. Schrag was recommended to the Board of Trustees to fill this important vacancy because of his vision for teaching and learning in Orinda schools and his impressive record of innovative, student-centered initiatives in Lafayette.


Jason Kaune, Orinda Union School District’s Board President, stated, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Orinda USD, I am delighted to welcome David Schrag to our District. David’s background and experience make him a perfect match for this position. I am confident that he will collaborate with all members of our school community to build upon the lasting legacy of Ms. Kathy Marshall.”


“Several outstanding candidates applied for this position,” stated Dr. Carolyn Seaton, Superintendent. “Mr. Schrag impressed me as an exceptional instructional leader, a colleague who will work extraordinarily well with all employees, and as an educator who always places students first in his decision-making process. He possesses the organizational, communication, and technical skills required to be highly successful as Director of Curriculum and Instruction.”


David Schrag resides in nearby Walnut Creek with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children.

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