Superintendent’s Message

Board Meeting – May 11, 2020

  • Welcome to our Board Meeting.Dr. Jannery
  • This past week Gov. Newsom moved some retail businesses, parks and beaches into Stage 2, modifying the state’s stay-at-home order. This is part of a larger four-stage process that would eventually lead the state to full reopening. At this phase we have begun to see certain changes with restrictions. The renewed energy in our county is promising, but we cannot become complacent. Our state is phasing in Stage 2 incrementally; at this time, schools are not included to reopen, and we are a significant distance from being able to return to the types of in-person events that create a normal community feel.
  • One of the prevailing indicators marking our county’s ability to loosen stay home orders any further is a recorded 14-day period without a COVID-19 related death.
  • Until we reach this point, our state and our county will not allow school campuses to loosen current orders further, so we are not yet able to begin returning to campus. We urge all members of our community to continue following the guidance of the county health and state officials.
  • Here are staff and student recognitions:
  • It’s that time of year for Employees of the Year announcements. We typically host and Employee Recognition sponsored by our Grants & Communications office. This year we are approaching it a bit differently. If you are an employee of the year, retiring, or you have completed 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 or 45 years of service to SUHSD, information is forth coming.
  • Let’s celebrate our Employees of the Year:
  1. Teachers:
  • Andrea Arroyo – (ELM) Alyssa Graham – (NCM) Nicole Kranzberg – (SUH)
  • Louis Marrone  – (AVA) Brett McCarty – (GJH) Tina Tom – (CVM)
  1. Counselor:
  • Kristen Ereno – Counselor of the Year –SCGA – 2020 (ELH)
  1. Classified:
  • Samantha Barba –Office Technical & Business Services –  CSEA Chapter 471 (MOA)
  • Janet Molina–Paraprofessional – CSEA Chapter 731
  • Carolina Zimmerman – Confidential – 2020 (Fiscal Services)
  • Richard Morrell – NAGE – 2020 (Maintenance)
  • Irma Hurtado-Ornelas- Operation Support Services – CSEA Chapter 258


      1. Management:


  • Julissa Gracias, Principal SoM


  • Congratulations to Olympian Girls Wrestling Coach Chandra Peterson for being named Prep Coach of the Year!


  • SUHI Assistant Principal Alex Salazar completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership! Congratulations Dr. Salazar!
  • The Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair did happen this year. Over 800 students submitted their projects; 574 of those projects were accepted. The top 100 winners were recommended to go on to the California Science & Engineering Fair, but like many other events, the state competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Nonetheless, we did have one Sweetwater student was recommended to the state finals – congratulations to BVH senior Aurora Czajkowski, teacher . In addition, we had several students who were recognized with Professional Society Awards:
  • American Chemical Society Award: Lukky DeGuzman – CVM, Teacher Ms. Tom
  • Association for Women in Science Award: Dayna Coates – RDR, Teacher Mr. Osuna
  • BD “Advancing the World of Health” Award: Lukky DeGuzman – CVM, Teacher Ms. Tom
  • Marine Technology Society: Alayda Guerrero – CVM, Teacher Ms. Saclauso-Caro
  • NASA Earth and San Diego County Water Authority Awards: Aurora Czjakowski – BVH, teacher Dr. Mardahl
  • San Diego Post of the Society of Military Engineers: Sabrina Sanchez – BVH, teacher  Dr. Mardahl
  • Society of Women Engineers: Alondra Villa – CVM, teacher Ms. Saclauso-Caro
  • Broadcom Masters Nominee for Chemistry: Jenevie Bella – CVM, teacher Ms. Tom.
  • Like I mentioned early in my message, we will follow state and county guidelines as we address how to move forward within the COVID-19 environment. We have accomplished so much in such a short time during the outbreak of COVID-19. We were able to do that because we share a common purpose. All of us are working to keep everyone as safe as possible. We have stayed at home, except for essential reasons, to keep everyone safe and healthy. In our district, schools and offices were closed. We listened together, we learned and are still learning together, and we rediscovered what unites us. We figured out how to serve meals to students. We figured out how to provide instruction via distance learning. We figured out how to continue the daily operations of a large urban district remotely and safely, including completing the Third Interim Budget Report in tonight’s agenda. Governor Newsom also made a statement about schools reopening in late July or early August, whether distance learning or brick and mortar. As we know, our school year already opens in late July, but will that be possible? At this time, we don’t know for sure; however, as time marches on, we need to be prepared for a variety of scenarios.
  • Keeping that in mind, we are moving forward again with a shared common purpose and goal: to open the 2020-21 school year in late July or early August with detailed plans to address a variety of educational and operational options. As with every major plan or strategy with the potential to have far-reaching impacts, it must begin with foundational knowledge and guiding principles.
  • We have created a working document with four guiding principles:
  1. We will plan for a reinvented sense of normal operations on the first day of classes
  2. We will, in everything we do, work to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of students, staff and the community
  3. We will incorporate LCAP goals into our overall plan
  4. We will think through unintended consequences that may alter our plans, create planning scenarios and communicate clearly at each step.
  • That is why I am sharing this plan tonight with all staff and the community. There are four working groups that will be meeting and focused on responding to the guiding questions. These questions come from the County Emergency and Recovery Planning Team and Hanover Research resources, as well as other resources being developed during the crisis. The moment we closed schools, the guiding questions were already being discussed and developed. The four work groups will identify solutions/answers to the questions in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Health and Safety, Family and Community Engagement, and Systems and Equity as a common thread throughout the process.
  • As you can tell, the four work groups are aligned with our four LCAP goals  because as we looked at the questions, it made sense to approach it from that common understanding. The same Cabinet member who is responsible for the LCAP goal updates at Board Meetings will be the facilitators of these work groups. So far, we have shared the plan with our labor leaders, principals, directors, and Board members. We invited our labor leaders and other leaders to pick and join one of the four work groups to get started. The group membership will grow to include other staff, students, families and community stakeholders. We will have two-week check-ins to monitor the assessment, status and development of each group’s work.
  • We appreciate how we have approached our work together, as a district, during COVID-19. It is apparent that resiliency, self-reflection and empathy are the common traits we are exhibiting as a Sweetwater community right now, combined with a sense of moral purpose to do the best we can for the students and families we serve!
  • We have lots of work ahead of us! We have a staff and community who are willing and capable of reinventing or reimagining our new normal with unlimited possibilities.
  • We invite everyone to join together to make that happen!
  • Opening School 2020-21 – PDF
  • Reso_4673 Classified Employee Week – PDF
  • Resolution_4675_Mental_Health_Awareness – PDF

Thank you all and please stay safe!


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