Superintendent’s Letter – Welcome Back for the
2019-20 School Year!
Dear TVUSD Parents, Students, Staff and Community Members, I’m excited to welcome you to the 2019-20 school year. We look forward to a year of inspirational learning and growing for students, teachers, staff and our Community. As we look ahead at the new school year I think it’s
important everyone has a clear understanding of our purpose. The Governing Board has developed Board and
District goals which help us stay on pace and helps guide us in our
decisions. The Board and District goals are:
- Student Achievement - Support
students so they demonstrate quantifiable academic growth across content
- Fiscal Responsibility - Maintain
financial effectiveness and transparency to ensure support of student
- High Quality Professionals - Retain and
recruit high performing staff.
- School Culture - Enhance school educational climate through continuous
improvement on each school’s safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment.
- Community Engagement - Collaborate
with parents and the community to gather input, and to develop
“If you have a common purpose and an environment in which
people want to help others succeed, the problems will be fixed quickly.” Alan Mulally - former Ford CEO
I think this quote captures our philosophy towards culture,
people and student learning. For those that don’t know, I grew up in Detroit. My dad was a
researcher at GM’s Tech Center. I feel a strong connection to this quote
from Alan Mulally. He was an
extraordinary leader who led Ford through the 2008 recession in a manner that
was truly special. (https://youtu.be/JXPSYC5xE0A)
Our schools and teachers are working in collaboration through
Professional Learning Communities (PLC), by grade level and subject groups. As
our PLC groups meet and work on their plans they focus on, and keep coming back
to, these four critical questions:
1. What do we want students to know and be able to do?
2. How will we know if they have learned it?
3. How will we provide intervention when students have
not reached mastery?
4. How will we extend the curriculum when students
As we move through the school year we will be providing
updates, with hard data, regarding our collaborative efforts at our Board
meetings. This year we will be introducing new Math curriculum (K-6th) at Agua Caliente Elementary, and Tanque Verde
Elementary. The math curriculum is now aligned and will help to ensure
our students have a great foundation and are prepared from year to year to
build on their knowledge base. We’ve had a very productive Summer of learning. Our
staff has engaged in a number of professional development opportunities:
Day Challenge PLC Training
You’ll see some new administrators on our campuses this year:
TVHS - Assistant Principal /Athletic Director Mr. Gary Lewis
EGJH - Assistant Principal Ms. Elizabeth Egan
ACES - Ms. Chris Rietz is now the Principal and Ms. Sandy
Herfken is the new Assistant Principal
District Office Student Services Director – Ms. Tiffany Hodge
We have continued to strengthen our relationships with the
business community as well as our faith based community. We meet
regularly to collaborate on projects, and brain-storm on mutually beneficial
opportunities. We’re learning about
compassion, support, kindness, and the power that we gain when we share with
each other. Welcome Back - Let’s have a great year!
All my best, Scott Hagerman, Ed.D.
“Coming together is the beginning.
Keeping together is progress. Working
together is success.” Henry Ford
P.S. To view some of my dad’s patents and research papers,
see the links below: