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Important Information on Release of Confidential Student Data

February 19, 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

We want to make you aware of a recent court case in which the California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered by the court to release all the student data that CDE has collected on general and special education students since January 1, 2008. This case has received significant attention and is impacting all school districts across the state.

 

As a parent/guardian, you have the right to object to the disclosure of your child's protected personal information and records by notifying the court in writing by April 1, 2016. To notify the court, parents/guardians may complete and mail in an Opt-Out Form from the CDE website: Opt-Out Form.  The form must be sent via regular mail to the court by April 1, 2016 (return address and instructions are at the bottom of the form).

 

Please note that Orinda Union School District was not involved in the lawsuit, and is not the subject of any of the suit's allegations. OUSD is not involved in this release of data, nor collection of the objection form. Also, please be aware that our district no longer collects student social security numbers. Instead, we use a state-issued unique student identification number.

 

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

 

Click here to read State Superintendent Torlakson’s message regarding this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Kathy Marshall

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4/1/16

The past two months have been among the most active in our school year. While the fine details of teaching and learning continue to take place each and every day in Orinda classrooms, many other activities have been occurring at the district office as a result of district and community meetings. I would like to share a broad-stroke view and key highlights of current initiatives and programs:

 

FACILITIES PROJECTS

Facilities projects are currently taking place at each school site utilizing funds received from the 2013 Pulte Project (Fund 40), Developer Fees (received as a result of new housing developments), Prop 39 Energy Efficiency, and Clean Renewable Energy Bonds.

 

Our district has contracted with Sun, Light, and Power to install solar panels at each of our schools. The process to install solar panels began in 2014 following a series of school-community meetings that helped to establish a priority list of facility projects. This was followed by a feasibility study conducted by solar energy consultants, Terra Verde Renewable Partners. Terra Verde assisted the district in qualifying for Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREBS) which will fund the project from the PG&E savings at no cost to taxpayers. The CREBS bonds are being used to provide solar panels at all five school sites this summer. Plans are in process for construction to begin on June 13, 2016.

 

A webpage has been set up to keep parents and the community informed about the progress of the solar installation.  Click on the constructions project webpage to learn more about the background of the solar project and other projects taking place in Orinda Schools.

 

LOCAL CONTROL ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN (LCAP)

An essential component of the LCAP process is gathering input from our stakeholders throughout the development of the Plan. During the months of March and April, our district staff is consulting with parents, teachers, students, and community members to develop the annual update for the LCAP. The district LCAP goal focus areas are:

  • Student Achievement
  • Professional Development
  • School Safety & Climate
  • Instructional Technology

Opportunities for additional parent and community feedback will be gathered through school site surveys, and between May 10-31, we will receive and respond to public comments. The Plan is scheduled to be presented to the school board for approval in June. Please visit our LCAP webpage for continuing updates.

 

ORINDA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL

BLOCK SCHEDULE FOR 2016-2017

On March 14th at their regular meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the implementation of a block schedule at Orinda Intermediate School for the 2016-2017 school year. The transition to a block schedule for OIS students has been an ongoing process that has included research, school observations, a three-week pilot, surveys and meetings with OIS teachers, staff, site council, union leadership, and the OIS Parent Club. The new block schedule will be discussed in more detail at the upcoming fifth grade Parent Information Night on April 21 at 7:00 pm in the OIS multipurpose room. All fifth grade families are invited to attend.

 

TENTH ANNUAL ART AMBASSADORS EXHIBIT

Students from all five Orinda schools will have artwork on display from April 4 - April 30 at the Orinda Library Art Gallery. For the past ten years EFO, the

Lamorinda Arts Council and Orinda art teachers have been working in partnership to create this gallery experience for students. The theme "Then and Now" will also feature early and current works by Miramonte High School students. The opening Artist Reception for the Tenth Annual Art Ambassadors Exhibit will take place on Wed, April 20, 4:30-6:30pm at the Orinda Library Community Center. The reception will include a "welcoming" performance provided by the OIS Jazz Ensemble followed by a choral student performance and an opportunity to meet the student artists. Click here to view the flyer.

 

CA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS (CAASPP)

The district will be administering the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) this spring. Our district testing window is April 25 - May 27. More information, with a link to the Practice Tests, is posted on the CAASPP Testing Page of the district website.

 

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE SPRING BREAK

In recognition of the hard work, support, and dedication of our employees, parents, and community partners, I am mindful of how wonderful a break can be! Schools will be closed April 4-8 and will resume Monday, April 11.

I wish all of our staff and families a safe and enjoyable spring holiday.


Sincerely,

Kathy Marshall

Interim Superintendent

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2/19/16

February 19, 2016

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

We want to make you aware of a recent court case in which the California Department of Education (CDE) has been ordered by the court to release all the student data that CDE has collected on general and special education students since January 1, 2008. This case has received significant attention and is impacting all school districts across the state.

 

As a parent/guardian, you have the right to object to the disclosure of your child's protected personal information and records by notifying the court in writing by April 1, 2016. To notify the court, parents/guardians may complete and mail in an Opt-Out Form from the CDE website: Opt-Out Form.  The form must be sent via regular mail to the court by April 1, 2016 (return address and instructions are at the bottom of the form).

 

Please note that Orinda Union School District was not involved in the lawsuit, and is not the subject of any of the suit's allegations. OUSD is not involved in this release of data, nor collection of the objection form. Also, please be aware that our district no longer collects student social security numbers. Instead, we use a state-issued unique student identification number.

 

For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court visit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

 

Click here to read State Superintendent Torlakson’s message regarding this matter.

 

Sincerely,

Kathy Marshall

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2/9/16

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The Board of Trustees is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Carolyn Seaton as the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District. Dr. Seaton currently serves as Executive Director of Human Resources for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Dr. Seaton will begin serving as Superintendent on May 2, 2016. She will succeed Dr. Joe Jaconette, who has served as the District’s Superintendent for more than eight years.

 

The process of selecting the next Superintendent for Orinda was truly a community effort. The Board is extremely grateful to everyone who contributed their ideas and opinions during the search process. This input was critical in helping guide the Board in making this appointment.

 

The input from the community indicated that the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District must be a dynamic, confident, skilled and articulate leader who can establish a collaborative culture. The community input also established the importance of selecting a Superintendent who is visionary, progressive and forward-thinking.

 

The Board unanimously concluded that the clear choice for Orinda is Carolyn Seaton. “The Board conducted a thorough search based on extensive input from our community,” said Board President Julie Rossiter.  “Carolyn Seaton rose to the top of an impressive field. She truly embodies the leadership characteristics most valued by our community.”

 

The Board found that Dr.. Seaton has an inspiring vision to move our already high-performing district forward on a path of excellence. Her unique combination of experience, skills and values will serve our District and enhance opportunities for all our students. The Board was incredibly impressed with Carolyn's dedication to listening to all viewpoints, her ability to solve problems, her skill at communicating effectively with all stakeholders and her interest in increasing the leadership capacity of those around her. She is experienced in leading schools to create and build upon strong programs, and to develop them into extraordinary learning opportunities that exemplify superior standards of student achievement and community.

 

Carolyn Seaton is in her 32nd year as an educator.  She began her career in public education as an elementary school teacher in Texas in 1984, where she served as a fifth grade teacher, an elementary science specialist and a gifted programs specialist.  Prior to her current position in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District as Executive Director of Human Resources, she served in Manhattan Beach as a middle school teacher, as assistant principal and then principal of the middle school, and spent nine years as the Executive Director of Educational Services.

 

The Board received a compelling tribute from a teacher in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District that speaks eloquently to the type of leader we welcome to Orinda.  Citing her compassion, personal touch, kindness and warmth, the teacher remarked at how Carolyn left an indelible mark on her teaching practice.  She closed, "Carolyn Seaton is truly a gem, and I believe she would be an invaluable asset to, and phenomenal leader for your school district."  The Board could not agree more with the teachers, staff and parents who have collaborated with Carolyn in the past and who highly recommended her to our community to help shape the Orinda Union School District’s next chapter in an ever-changing world.

 

Dr. Seaton received a B.A. in History from Southern Methodist University, an M.A. in Education from the University of North Texas, and her Ed.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her doctoral dissertation is titled “Transformational Technology Practices in K-12 Schools.”

 

“I am honored to serve as Orinda Union School District’s next Superintendent of Schools,” Carolyn Seaton stated.  “I look forward to partnering with district, school, community, and business organizations to expand the educational opportunities available for our students.  I am passionate about teaching and learning and committed to providing Orinda’s children with the educational experiences that will best prepare them for college, career and life.”

 

Please join us in warmly welcoming Dr. Carolyn Seaton to our community.

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2/1/16

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I wish to thank the Orinda school community for your warm welcome and enthusiastic response to my appointment as the Interim Superintendent for our district.  It has been an honor to work with many of you over the past four years in many facets of our curriculum and instructional programs. I now look forward to an even broader landscape of opportunity to serve and support the other important areas for our district, our schools, and the greater Orinda community.

 

While we are all embarking on the exciting transition toward welcoming a new superintendent, I will continue to guide our education-focused community into the future. We will strive for continuing excellence in our curriculum and programs for students, high quality professional development for teachers, strategic planning for the future of our facilities, and address our technology needs while being mindful of our expenditures and fiscal resources. 

 

I will work diligently each day to strengthen our relationships and ensure that our ongoing efforts for collaboration flourish in an atmosphere of respect, innovation, and creativity.

 

At the core of all that we do, I will continuously ask the same question at the onset, “What will be best for Orinda students?”

 

This simple question, and the answer, is essentially informed by our Mission:

 

Building on a tradition of educational excellence and strong community support, we will inspire and challenge each student through strong academics and continuously improving programs that will develop the character and abilities needed to shape an ever changing world.

 

I will pay close attention to the needs of our school communities and the goals that our Board, staff, teachers, parents and community envision for our schools. I will communicate these aspirations to the new incoming Superintendent.

 

I offer sincere appreciation to our Board of Trustees for their vote of confidence and the trust they have placed in me. I offer my heartfelt thanks to our leadership team, our teachers, our district and site support staff, and our community partners.

 

To the students, teachers, staff, and families of Del Rey, Glorietta, Sleepy Hollow, Wagner Ranch, and Orinda Intermediate School - you inspire me each and every day.  Each one of our schools is a dynamic and progressive learning community. We will continue our journey on the road to excellence by bringing out the best in each other and ourselves. 

 

I am honored, and humbled, to continue in this leadership role as your Interim Superintendent.

 

Sincerely,

Kathy Marshall
Interim Superintendent
Orinda Union School District

 

“ A great preparation for tomorrow is the best use of today.”

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1/22/16

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The Orinda School Board is pleased to announce the selection of Kathy Marshall as Interim Superintendent, pending the successful negotiation of an employment agreement and Board approval of the agreement at its next regularly scheduled meeting on February 8, 2016. Ms. Marshall will serve as Interim Superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Joe Jaconette on January 31, 2016, and will continue in that role until the District’s incoming Superintendent joins the District.

 

Ms. Marshall is currently the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Orinda Union School District, and has served in that role since 2011. Prior to joining the Orinda School District, Ms. Marshall had a long and distinguished career as an educator. She spent fifteen years as a teacher before moving into a number of administrative positions, including elementary school principal, district GATE coordinator, categorical program director, county special education program manager, GATE coordinator on special assignment for the CA Department of Education and, more recently, Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the Novato Unified School District.

 

Ms. Marshall has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration, a Multiple Subjects Credential, a Designated Subjects Credential, and an Administrative Credential. She received her certification from the Association of California School Administrators (“ACSA”) Superintendents Academy in 2010.

 

When considering options for the transition, the Board recognized the remarkable talent and experience on the District’s leadership team. Ms. Marshall is highly respected throughout the community as an accomplished educational leader. Her appointment as Interim Superintendent will ensure the District maintains momentum on its goals and conducts business consistent with its mission. “Kathy Marshall’s experience, positive influence and leadership will be crucial in maintaining consistency and continuity in the school district during this transition period,” said Board President Julie Rossiter.

 

Ms. Marshall will also continue in her role as Director of Curriculum and Instruction during the Interim Superintendent period. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Orinda School District during this transition period, and I am confident we will continue on a path of excellence,” Ms. Marshall stated. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Marshall in this new role.

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1/19/16

The Board of Trustees is pleased to report that its search for the next Superintendent of the Orinda Union School District has reached the final stages – on schedule and with a sense of excitement. The Board hopes to introduce a new Superintendent to the community on February 8, 2016 at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

The process of selecting the next Superintendent was truly a community effort. It began last fall when the Board selected the search firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct the superintendent search. Based on community input received through numerous stakeholder input meetings, a community forum and an online survey, the Board of Trustees accepted a Leadership Profile Report identifying the desired qualities of a new superintendent. The Board of Trustees is grateful to the over 400 parents, teachers, administrators, staff, students and community members who contributed their ideas and opinions during the search process. This input was invaluable for the Board in the process of selecting the next Superintendent. The Leadership Profile Report served as a guide for the Board in the next steps of the search.

 

The Board then began the confidential phase of the search, receiving a wide range of highly qualified candidates for review. After a thorough screening process, the Board interviewed five candidates during the first week of January. Three finalists were then brought back for additional interviews. The Board selected a final candidate on Saturday, January 16th. The selection remains confidential as the Board conducts the final phases of the reference-checking process and pending negotiations of an employment agreement. We ask everyone to please respect the confidentiality of this final phase.

 

This is a time of exciting change and transition for our District. At our January 11th board meeting, we held a reception honoring our outgoing Superintendent, Dr. Joe Jaconette, who will be retiring at the end of this month after serving our District for eight years. We have identified interim leadership for the transition, and we will introduce our new Superintendent in the near future. Please expect more announcements in the days ahead.

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12/17/15

We are happy to report that the Orinda School Board’s search for the next Superintendent for our District is proceeding on schedule. Advertising and recruiting for the position have been conducted, and we are entering the next phase of our search process: the interviews.

 

At a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, the Board met with Bill Levinson and Barbara Young from our search firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates.  The first part of the meeting was an open session, during which HYA reviewed all aspects of the first and second interview processes and discussed the remaining steps in the search.

 

The second part of the meeting was a closed session to review the questions for the first interview and to present the slate of recommended candidates to the Board.  We are pleased to report that 35 completed applications were submitted by candidates.  After reviewing and analyzing the applications, HYA conducted screening interviews with 11 of those applicants.  Based on those interviews, HYA narrowed down the list and presented us detailed briefs on the slate of candidates they identified as most qualified for the position.

 

The Board’s first round of interviews with the finalists is scheduled to take place January 7-9, 2016. Second interviews will take place January 13-16.  Please refer to the Superintendent Search Calendar for more details. The Board is very excited to begin this phase of the search, and is extremely appreciative of the support of our community as we move along in this process.

 

In conjunction with our search for a new Superintendent, the Board at its December 14th regular board meeting approved by a 4-1 vote the Seventh Addendum to the Superintendent's Employment Contract. The Seventh Addendum restructured Dr. Jaconette's contract to clarify his compensation.  This restructuring gives the Board more opportunities in its negotiations with a new Superintendent.

 

Under Dr. Jaconette's employment contract, which was entered into with the District in 2007, he was provided a base salary amount and an additional amount of salary in lieu of health benefits. The language in his contract providing this additional amount specifically states that it is included “as salary.”

 

By restructuring the Superintendent’s contract, the Board is not increasing Dr. Jaconette's salary.  Dr. Jaconette has always received his base salary plus the additional salary amount. The restructure merely reflects the fact that the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) recently changed some of it rules, and allows the District to honor the terms of its agreement with Dr. Jaconette.

 

This year, CalSTRS changed its definition of "creditable compensation,”  which is the phrase used to indicate compensation used in a retiree’s benefit calculation.  From 2015 forward, certain benefits, such as cash received in lieu of health and welfare benefits, are no longer included as “creditable compensation” when calculating CalSTRS retiree benefits. However, in making this rule change, CalSTRS gave school districts a one-year window to restructure their employment contracts to reflect the value of this previously-included benefit in their employees' base salary.  Since Dr. Jaconette’s contract specifically provides for this additional amount of salary, the Board approved a restructured contract that reflected this contract language.

 

Please continue to watch for updates and to check on the Superintendent Search page on the OUSD website for more information as we proceed with our Superintendent search process. Thank you to all who have participated in this important process.

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