Superintendent's Letter - June 30th, 2021

  • Community and Parents

June 30, 2021
Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,

Thank you for your continued support as we have operated summer school for our students this past month. Some of our schools will continue with programs through the month of July as well, so please check the school website for information if this is of interest to you. Also many of our schools will be holding Kinder Kamp for entering kindergarten students. Please check the website of your child’s school for more specific information about this program as well. It is a great warm-up for our children entering kindergarten, especially if this is their first time in a school setting.

Registration for next school year is still underway. If you need to register a child who will be new to our district, all registration is available on line. Please check our website at www.westside.k12.ca.us/enrollment for that information.

If you are interested in working in Westside Union School District, we have openings currently for teachers, instructional assistants, LVN’s, office staff, and others. Again, you will see our openings on the district website, and you can apply online through EdJoin. Please check it out, and if you are interested, don’t hesitate to apply.

As many of you know, Juneteenth has been established as a national holiday. The declaration of this holiday was shortly before the June 19th date, and didn’t allow enough time for necessary negotiations. The holiday for the 20-21 school year will be on July 2, 2021. Most of our offices will be closed in honor of this holiday. However, if your child is enrolled in a summer school class that will be meeting on July 2nd, school will still be in session. Beginning next school year, this holiday will be held on the designated date in June.

Monday, July 5, 2021, all of our schools and district offices will be closed for the July 4th holiday. We hope that you and your family enjoy some time to rest, relax, gather and have time to spend together.

Throughout this past school year and the 19-20 school year, the district has seen a larger than usual number of our employees reaching retirement age, and deciding to leave their work to pursue time for new adventures and challenges, and frankly time to rest. Many of these employees have spent their entire careers with Westside Union School District, and while we celebrate their new opportunities, we will really miss them and the wonderful work they have done with and for our students. Coupled with that, we’ve had a higher number of our employees choosing to leave California for other states, jobs that have opened near families, and some just to try something different in a new locale. We also will miss our colleagues and wish them the best of luck. Change has remained a constant throughout these past two years, and is reflected in both our staff, families and students moving for new opportunities.

Just yesterday we were able to complete our school administrative staff for the upcoming school year. The chart below shows the principal and vice principal assignments for 21-22:

Anaverde Hills Rebecca Davis Shine Khalifa
The IDEA Academy Tom Morreale Sandy Jones
Del Sur Reyna Smith
Justin Holtfreter
 
Esperanza Andrea Paxton Renee Hofmann
Gregg Anderson Academy Jessica Kott
Kristin Kruizlnga
 
Hillview Middle Jonathan Weber Laura Anderson
Joe Walker Middle Felicia Goldovsky Ana Penaloza
Leona Valley/DL Tom Morreale Sandy Jones
Quartz Hill Trudy Valenzuela Noelle Zuaro
Rancho Vista Jennifer Slater-Sanchez Kat Conner
Sundown Amy Brouwer Shameka Andre
Valley View Erin Belcher Sylvia Borg-Otting
Westside Academy Tom Morreale Sandy Jones

You will note that we plan to operate distance learning programs at two different sites, open to all district residents. Those sites are Leona Valley School, which will serve K-5th grade students, and Westside Academy which will serve 6th-8th grade students. We hope that these programs will serve the needs of families that found distance learning worked well for their children and wanted to remain in that kind of instructional setting.

Congratulations to Esperanza, Leona Valley (K-5) and Sundown Schools on earning 3-yearaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our staff put in a great deal of work in self-study about the school programs, identifying programs that were working, ones that needed to be improved, and those that needed to be added. At this point every school in the district has earned this accreditation, and we are very proud of the designation and the work it took to earn it. In the coming year, Anaverde Hills, Del Sur, Joe
Walker Middle and Quartz Hill Schools will be working on their second accreditation.

Many of you have asked about our reopening plan for August. We do plan to reopen our schools on August 4th in full time status--meaning classes lasting the entire regular school day. Some have indicated concern with mask wearing, and at this point, indoor mask wearing for schools is still required. However, outdoor masks are not required. Please remember that the health directive that we must follow are set by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and/or the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). These requirements are the same for most schools in the state, except in those counties where more
stringent requirements have been determined. So, we are looking forward to students returning to school in August.

Volunteers will also be allowed to return to our school sites in August. Please check the website for the ID picture schedules. Please remember that you cannot be a volunteer unless you have gone through a screening process, which is also described on our website.

Thanks again for allowing us to work with you and your children. Please enjoy the rest of your summer break, and we’ll look forward to your return in August.

Happy 4th of July.

Sincerely,

Regina L. Rossall
Superintendent

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