Dear LCUSD Community,
The unifying feature of this newsletter edition is for each LCUSD administrator to explore the Challenge Success initiative via the lens of their site or department. As I reviewed the articles, I was inspired by the districtwide effort to examine LCUSD programs and ensure that what we are delivering to students emphasizes our commitment to their academic, social, emotional and physical well-being. I hope you will take the time to peruse the newsletter and learn more about Challenge Success and how we are personalizing the work to best fit the needs of the LCUSD Community.
Wendy Sinnette, LCUSD Superintendent
Newsletter Table of Contents:
Emily Blaney's "The Gift of Failure" reflects on the parent education night featuring author Jessica Lahey and the message about the positive gains when students develop their own solutions and are not always rescued by adults around them.
Jim Cartnal's "Questions" seeks to answer questions about what challenging the definition of success means and goals for the partnership with Stanford.
Tammy Jackson's "Parenting Guidelines" shares the nine parenting guidelines from Challenge Success, a parenting book recommendation, and her personal reflection of motherhood.
Carrie Hetzel's "The Uniqueness of Each Child" offers seven ways to encourage a child's uniqueness.
Karen Hurley's and Amy Marcoullier's "Finding Balance with a Little Downtime" explains the concept of Playtime, Downtime, Family time (PDF).
Anais Wenn's "The Definition of Success is Changing" reports on a current college admission officer's response to the definition of a successful student and how that has changed over time.
Debra Cradduck's "LCUSD Elementary Homework Committee" explains the purpose behind the newly formed homework committee.
Ian McFeat's "Challenge Success: Homework, Boosterfest, and the Scramble for Africa" gives insight on how he spends his day, an update on the LCHS homework committee, and the recent success of Boosterfest.
Jarrett Gold's "Challenge Success in Action at LCHS 7/8" offers a report on the recent trip to Stanford by the LCHS Challenge Success Team and how the daily later start time has impacted the classroom.
Kip Glazer's "Restorative Justice and Challenge Success" explains the research behind restorative justice and the implications on student success and empowerment when student discipline is truly a learning experience.
Lindi Dreibelbis' "The State's New Definition of Success" covers the changes in how districts' will measure progress towards annual goals and how this is no longer about a single, annual exam.
Mark Evans' "Budgeting for Success" connects the dots between Challenge Success, school budget, and our District priorities.
Jamie Lewsadder's "Voice, Choice, Revision, and Redemption" reviews a key chapter in Dr. Denise Pope's book, Overloaded and Underprepared, when thinking about instructional applications to help students focus on learning over grades.