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Superintendent's Message

Dear BOUSD Families,

 

Welcome to another exciting school year at Brea Olinda Unified School District! I would like to express what a privilege it is to lead a district dedicated to providing an enriching learning environment for student success.

 

Our theme for the 2018-19 school year is “Value-Added Education.” This concept will be one that we explore all year long as a district. We are challenging ourselves to look at every conversation, every interaction, and every educational opportunity as a means of adding value to the experience our students and families have when engaging with the school district. The concept of “value-addedness” can be as big as a new program offering providing additional opportunities for our students and it can be as small as the way you feel after hanging up the phone when dealing with one of our employees. Students and families matter to us and we want to find a thousand ways to communicate that every day.
 
Engaging you—our BOUSD families—and our community members with transparent, consistent communication will continue to be a major focus of our district this year. In order to enhance communication with students, families, staff, and community members, BOUSD is excited to launch some exciting new tools including:
 
  • New District and School Websites: With a fresh, up-to-date look the new district and schools websites boast a simplified layout in order to make navigation clearer and more engaging for users. The new websites are also fully responsive, meaning they adjusts to fit any size screen, desktop or mobile device, seamlessly. Most importantly, the new websites prioritize accessibility in order to provide equal access and opportunity to users with disabilities, including compatibility with commonly used assistive technologies.
  • New District App and Two-Way Communication Platform: We are thrilled to launch a new mobile app and two-way communication platform from Sangha. Based on a "parents-first" model, Sangha is a personalized engagement platform that reinvents the way schools and school districts interact with parents. The application provides actionable calendars that cut through the clutter by delivering only the most pertinent and relevant information to parents. Sangha's system also goes beyond traditional messaging and enhances online communication with private two-way chats between teachers and parents. We are starting with a slow rollout and encourage feedback from families as we fine tune the platform to best meet the needs of the BOUSD community.
  • Online Data Confirmation: Online Data Confirmation allows BOUSD parents/guardians to update student information through the Aeries Parent Portal throughout the school year.

 
Together with teachers, parents, students and staff, we will continue our tradition of excellence this school year. On behalf of the Board of Education, we wish the entire BOUSD family an exciting and successful 2018-19 school year.

 

Sincerely,

Brad Mason, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools