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Superintendent's Opening Message



August 1, 2017


Dear TUSD Community,

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year—one that guarantees increased equity and opportunities for our greatest assets—your children, our students.  Like all parents, my single greatest priority is meeting the needs of my children and being a positive role model in their daily lives— and I believe TUSD staff works hard to provide the same for every student in every classroom. This year, our staff will reflect on the following three questions:             

This year, our staff will reflect on the following three questions: When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one?  What is the right thing to do?  Remaining focused on these will remind us of how important it is to ask the right questions, live in the present moment, and act on behalf of others.


The 2016-17 school year will mark my 29th year in education, and I continue to be motivated and confident about the expectations and rigor we now place on our students and ourselves as educators.    TUSD’s 1,497 staff is committed to connecting all students to our schools and programs, knowing that relationships and conversations create genuine and meaningful support for student learning.   New standards, increased technology, and a shared understanding to meet all students’ needs every day will lead TUSD in the 21st Century.   


Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) continues to assess the needs of all students while providing guaranteed experiences and enrichment that will further their college and career preparation.  Through our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, students’ needs continue to be determined and prioritized, including the allocation of resources to support student learning in core classes, STEM, Career and Technical Education, and the Visual & Performing Arts.  All input is valuable, and TUSD’s Planning for Action is now specifically targeted toward Opening Doors for More and securing safe and engaging learning environments for students and staff.   A successful bond measure this November will contribute to fulfilling District and Community priorities.


Communication remains a top priority to ensure all stakeholders effectively engage in open and honest dialogue.  At the end of every day, the amount of time and effort we spend on communicating with one another will measure our true worth and further our collective gains.  Parent and community input will continue to be valued and sought, both at school site and District levels.  To consider how you might participate in helping advance TUSD, I encourage you to read our Strategic Plan and LCAPs and provide feedback to our leadership team.  Each of us has an obligation to be our best self while working on behalf of the very best—our students.  It’s a commitment and honor to do so.




Dana Salles Trevethan,