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4/4/18

March 28, 2018

The Orinda Union School District (OUSD) Board of Trustees recognizes that attracting and retaining the most talented teachers, staff, and administrators is of utmost importance to maintaining educational excellence. Unfortunately, limited state funding for OUSD teacher and other employee salaries has not kept pace with the cost of living in, or commuting to, Orinda. 


At their recent March meeting, the OUSD Board approved a resolution to partner with Landed, a San Francisco-based startup that helps school personnel purchase homes through a down payment assistance program. The program provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per household, in exchange for a portion of the gain or loss in the value of the home when the home is sold. Landed’s down payment support will be available to all teachers, administrators, and staff who have worked for Orinda Union School District for at least two years and can contribute their own 10% down payment. 


“Orinda is one of least affordable cities in the Bay Area,” noted Orinda Union School District Board President Carol Brown. “Without innovative solutions like Landed, most of our educators cannot afford to live in or near our community. We believe Landed will be a valuable tool to improve district retention by providing educators with a pathway to home ownership.” 


OUSD Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Seaton added, “Orinda Union School District receives among the lowest per pupil state funding of all public school districts in California. Consequently, it is challenging to offer competitive salaries for our teachers and other employees. Fortunately, Landed offers an opportunity to provide Orinda teachers and staff with assistance for a down payment on a home at no cost to the district.” 


Last year, Landed received a $5 million investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help educators in three public school districts on the Peninsula buy homes. Thanks to subsequent partnerships with large foundations, Landed has established the U.S. Educator Housing Fund to bring down payment support to educators in expensive cities around the country. Since its founding in 2015, Landed has already helped over forty educators purchase homes in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and other cities across California. 


“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Orinda Union School District,” said Landed Head of Engagement Nikki Lowy. “We believe in upholding the essential professionals who uphold all of us. While we recognize that Landed is just one of many solutions needed to address the housing crisis in the East Bay, we’re excited to offer a new tool to help Orinda educators live in or near the beautiful community they serve.”


An informational session will be held with Orinda Union School District employees in April. In the interim, interested OUSD educators can apply for Landed support today at www.landed.com/interest. 


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About the Orinda Union School District 
Orinda Union School District is one of the highest performing school districts in the State of California. Orinda USD serves approximately 2,500 students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade at five school campuses— four elementary schools and one middle school. Three Orinda USD elementary schools have been honored as 2018 California Distinguished Schools: Del Rey, Glorietta, and Wagner Ranch. Orinda Intermediate School was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2015. Del Rey Elementary School earned National Blue Ribbon School status in 2015. All five Orinda USD schools have been honored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence as California Honor Roll Schools based on student achievement data. In addition to outstanding students and excellent teachers and staff, Orinda Union School District is extremely fortunate to have a high level of parental involvement in the schools and strong community partnerships as evidenced by the support provided by Parent Clubs, the Educational Foundation of Orinda, and the City of Orinda. More information about Orinda USD is available at http://www.orindaschools.org.


About Landed 
Landed is on a mission to help essential professionals, starting with educators, build financial security near the communities they serve. One of the ways we do this is by investing equity alongside educators when they are ready to buy a home. We call this shared equity down payment assistance. Here's how it works. Recent news coverage about Landed can be found in the Wall Street Journal, on NPR, and in the San Jose Mercury News. Helping great educators become homeowners keeps them in the classroom and improves student outcomes. That's why Landed is financially supported by great organizations like the DRK Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. More information about Landed is available at www.landed.com.

 

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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

4/4/18

March 28, 2018

The Orinda Union School District (OUSD) Board of Trustees recognizes that attracting and retaining the most talented teachers, staff, and administrators is of utmost importance to maintaining educational excellence. Unfortunately, limited state funding for OUSD teacher and other employee salaries has not kept pace with the cost of living in, or commuting to, Orinda. 


At their recent March meeting, the OUSD Board approved a resolution to partner with Landed, a San Francisco-based startup that helps school personnel purchase homes through a down payment assistance program. The program provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per household, in exchange for a portion of the gain or loss in the value of the home when the home is sold. Landed’s down payment support will be available to all teachers, administrators, and staff who have worked for Orinda Union School District for at least two years and can contribute their own 10% down payment. 


“Orinda is one of least affordable cities in the Bay Area,” noted Orinda Union School District Board President Carol Brown. “Without innovative solutions like Landed, most of our educators cannot afford to live in or near our community. We believe Landed will be a valuable tool to improve district retention by providing educators with a pathway to home ownership.” 


OUSD Superintendent Dr. Carolyn Seaton added, “Orinda Union School District receives among the lowest per pupil state funding of all public school districts in California. Consequently, it is challenging to offer competitive salaries for our teachers and other employees. Fortunately, Landed offers an opportunity to provide Orinda teachers and staff with assistance for a down payment on a home at no cost to the district.” 


Last year, Landed received a $5 million investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help educators in three public school districts on the Peninsula buy homes. Thanks to subsequent partnerships with large foundations, Landed has established the U.S. Educator Housing Fund to bring down payment support to educators in expensive cities around the country. Since its founding in 2015, Landed has already helped over forty educators purchase homes in San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and other cities across California. 


“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Orinda Union School District,” said Landed Head of Engagement Nikki Lowy. “We believe in upholding the essential professionals who uphold all of us. While we recognize that Landed is just one of many solutions needed to address the housing crisis in the East Bay, we’re excited to offer a new tool to help Orinda educators live in or near the beautiful community they serve.”


An informational session will be held with Orinda Union School District employees in April. In the interim, interested OUSD educators can apply for Landed support today at www.landed.com/interest. 


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About the Orinda Union School District 
Orinda Union School District is one of the highest performing school districts in the State of California. Orinda USD serves approximately 2,500 students from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade at five school campuses— four elementary schools and one middle school. Three Orinda USD elementary schools have been honored as 2018 California Distinguished Schools: Del Rey, Glorietta, and Wagner Ranch. Orinda Intermediate School was named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2015. Del Rey Elementary School earned National Blue Ribbon School status in 2015. All five Orinda USD schools have been honored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence as California Honor Roll Schools based on student achievement data. In addition to outstanding students and excellent teachers and staff, Orinda Union School District is extremely fortunate to have a high level of parental involvement in the schools and strong community partnerships as evidenced by the support provided by Parent Clubs, the Educational Foundation of Orinda, and the City of Orinda. More information about Orinda USD is available at http://www.orindaschools.org.


About Landed 
Landed is on a mission to help essential professionals, starting with educators, build financial security near the communities they serve. One of the ways we do this is by investing equity alongside educators when they are ready to buy a home. We call this shared equity down payment assistance. Here's how it works. Recent news coverage about Landed can be found in the Wall Street Journal, on NPR, and in the San Jose Mercury News. Helping great educators become homeowners keeps them in the classroom and improves student outcomes. That's why Landed is financially supported by great organizations like the DRK Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. More information about Landed is available at www.landed.com.

 

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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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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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