Leading toward a supportive learning environment

Happy New Year and Welcome to the Spring Term of 2023

January 2023

I hope the Winter Break provided you all with the opportunity to create special memories with family and friends and enjoy some well-deserved rest.

As we embark on the last term of this school year, I am hopeful that each of you are continuing to embrace the theme “We Choose Happiness”. Simply walking our campuses and seeing our students thrive fills me with joy. I am truly thankful for the efforts of our staff who create and maintain learning environments that enable our students to be successful. When State test results were announced last October and our scores were some of the best, I literally received calls from Superintendents throughout California asking how we did it. Those calls bring me great happiness and pride!

The Spring Term provides opportunities for students to participate in many extracurricular activities, preview and select courses for the following school year, and for our seniors, prepare for graduation and their next step. It is important to be involved in school activities, understand college/career path options, and most importantly, prepare for life after high school.

At the District level, we welcome new Trustees, Casey Jeffreys and Jessica Spaid, as they join the Board of Trustees. They will be infusing new perspectives and working collaboratively to ensure that each of our students are successful in attaining their academic goals and personal dreams. If you have an opportunity, please introduce yourself and welcome them at your back-to-school event.

During the coming months, please take care of yourselves, others and find happiness in each day. As I have said before, I couldn’t be more proud of all of our communities. Students, staff and families...thank you for being a part of this District.

With gratitude,

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.