Leading toward a supportive learning environment

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!

July 2022

I am hopeful you have enjoyed your summer and were able to make some great memories with family and friends.

Our Leadership Focus theme this year is “We Choose Happiness.” Our theme reflects our District’s commitment to providing a safe, healthy, and engaging learning environment. We want to focus our students and staff on having positive mindset and habits in order to find happiness, balance, and good health. When we are happy—when our mindset and moods are positive—we are smarter, more motivated, and thus more successful.

“Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing.” (John C. Maxwell).

There is always excitement at the beginning of a school year, especially for our new students and staff. The many programs, events and activities result in student connectedness and help build the culture on our campuses. Connecting to one’s community is essential for success both in and out of a classroom.

“While successful culture can look and feel like magic, the truth is that it’s not. Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It’s not something you are. It’s something you do.”

(Daniel Coyle, The Culture Code)

Culture doesn’t just happen; it is cultivated by the efforts of individuals recognizing its value on our campuses. I ask that you make it a priority to be a part of the culture on your campus by having positive thinking and positive “doing” in an effort to work toward the shared goal.

Please reflect on these quotes and recognize that your actions, whether you are a student, staff member or part of our community, help foster a safe, healthy, and engaging learning environment for all. You will reap the reward of the connections, relationships, and ‘magic’ gained while “doing” your part and in turn, Happiness Will Choose You.

As a collective group, we all play a different role and we all make a difference.


Dr. George Sziraki

PUHSD Superintendent

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

Desirée Atkins
Executive Assistant


Dr. Sziraki began his service with 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.