Jerry Almendarez  


    #CJUSD: A community that builds its future together!

    Thank you to the many people on every level at the Colton Joint Unified School District who continue to dedicate themselves to educating our students, strengthening our community and innovating our way through the 21st century.

    Kudos also to those who continue to embrace the important challenge of being future ready. More and more educators across our district are using technology as a tool for classroom engagement, professional development and collaboration. This leads to even more innovative methods to help students in critical areas such as our key charge of literacy. In CJUSD we know that readers are leaders, and we also know that not everyone gets there in the same way.

    We also know that a successful classroom today does not look the same as it did in decades past. As curriculum changes and teaching delivery methods evolve, so must the spaces where we learn and teach. With this in mind, we are updating our district’s Facilities Master Plan to chart the vision and themes that will guide future facilities projects. While many of the projects we prioritize will need to wait because of limited funds, the plan we draft will give us a cohesive, well-thought-out roadmap built with input from our Board of Education, district administration and staff, parents, students and diverse representation from the community. Meanwhile, many of our imaginative teachers take advantage of flexible seating options that allow students to move beyond traditional rows of desks to configurations that encourage collaborative learning.

    CJUSD’s team also launched several innovative firsts during the 2016-17 school year, exciting projects to serve our students, community and staff even better.

    More than 400 of our educators kicked off the year at our first daylong CampEd, attending workshops on important topics including educational technology, integrating standards, IEPs, classroom culture and so much more. This is an exciting example of how we continue to learn and grow together as professionals. It was a huge success and a great way to kick off the year.

    Students from schools throughout CJUSD attended our first district-wide CJUSD College and Career Fair in October at the Gonzales Community Center. The College and Career Fair maximized the resources of our dedicated Community Cabinet, which continues to thrive. The event brought an amazing array of business, government, trade and educational partners together in one place to help students plan and make their futures happen. These are the opportunities to connect with each other that truly benefit both students and community members.

    In January we began holding Adult Education classes for the first time in a number of years, offering our adult community members an opportunity to pursue high school diplomas, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, United States Citizenship and Adult Basic Education. These programs are designed to help adults increase their earning capacity and open new opportunities.

    On behalf of all of Executive Cabinet, and the Board of Education, I want to thank everyone in the CJUSD community for their support and dedication. I look forward to continuing to learn, innovate and grow together.

    Jerry Almendarez