Leading toward a supportive learning environment.

George S. Sziraki, Jr., Ed.D.

PUHSD Superintendent

Lisa Burlison 
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent PUHSD Board of Trustees 
& Student Board Members

Kristin Conner 
Public Information Officer

Mission Statement:

"Committed to student learning through teaching excellence in a supportive environment."

Happy New Year!
A  Continued Focus on Education Equity
and the California Dashboard

Dear PUHSD Community: 

Let me begin by wishing you a Happy New Year!  This time of the year provides us the opportunity to pause, become refreshed, and think about our commitment to the promise of the future and to check in with students and families to ensure that we are honoring their academic pursuits and ensuring our student are college and career ready.  Please take the time to review the California Dashboard and celebrate the many accomplishments highlighted for the PUHSD. 

Fast Facts About the California School Dashboard
The  California School Dashboard  features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress and suspension rates. 

 - The Dashboard is part of California’s new school accountability system based on 2013’s Local Control Funding Formula. 
 - It is the next step in a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing and placed the focus on equity for all students.

Why a new system and a new tool?
California is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing.  California’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate ready for college, careers and life. For schools to reach this goal, teachers, parents and the community need clear and useful measures of progress.  

What’s different?
In the past, accountability systems for districts and schools relied heavily on test scores. But one test taken on one particular day doesn’t provide a complete picture of all the ways schools are helping students succeed.
Meeting goals will take a united effort, and through local control you can be part of the decision making process.  In the new year, please join us at one of our Local Control Accountability Planning meetings.  
To learn more about California’s accountability and continuous improvement efforts, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/dashboard/ .

Sometimes overlooked is how important the role we have to champion the positive work of the schools.  In our daily routines, it is easy to overlook the influence that these positive stories bring to our students, our work as a school district, and ultimately, our legacy.  Please join me in this daily commitment to share and celebrate our children and our successes!

Together in Education, 

Dr. George Sziraki
PUHSD Superintendent

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Dr. Sziraki began his service to Placer Union on July 1, 2013. He brings to the Placer Union team extensive experience in teaching, coaching and administering in a high school setting. 

He became Assistant Superintendent of the Merced Union High School District in 2008. While in that position---instituting and directing new initiatives in instructional improvement---the MUHSD showed strong growth in the areas most often cited when measuring quality of school districts. 
Dr. Sziraki loves the high school environment, looks forward to the challenges ahead, and will forge forward in addressing the district commitment to student learning by creating supportive environments for students and staff. 
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