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Superintendent's Welcome

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I'd like to welcome you to the Merced Union High School District (MUHSD). We are a diverse district located in the central San Joaquin Valley of California. We have six comprehensive high schools and four alternative education schools, which serve approximately 10,000 students.

The MUHSD works to provide a relevant education for all. A relevant education means that every student walks off the graduation stage each June able to articulate his or her next step in life and has the skills to attain his or her goals. We have worked collaboratively with the community to develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) of which we can be proud. Its theme is opportunity and support. Opportunity in that we are implementing new Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways to enable students to explore their interests. Support in that we offer multiple tiers of intervention and community wraparound services. The number one goal is for students to be BOTH college and career ready. MUHSD offers robust, rigorous programs and curriculum to help students become creative critical thinkers, collaborative teammates and effective communicators. It's a shift in education; we focus on knowledge AND skills, while exposing our students to different kinds of career pathways.

Along with a strong core academic program, our students are highly encouraged to participate in the life of their schools. All of our campuses have student involvement levels of 80% or higher. Our principals and staff understand that athletics, band, drama, AG, student leadership, campus clubs and community service are foundational to developing students of character, grit, and civic responsibility.

Our remaining LCAP goals include, school climate (providing safe and engaging campus environments), providing equitable access (ensuring high outcomes regardless of social or cultural circumstances), and recruiting and retaining highly-qualified, well-trained staff. Both our classified and certificated staffs are highly-skilled and continuously work to improve their craft.

These goals are encased by our value system: building capacity among staff through cutting-edge professional development opportunities, maintaining technology-rich environments for effective delivery of instruction, involving stakeholders to ensure the overall success of all aspects of the district, and ensuring fiscal integrity.

Our district staff is comprised of many lifelong residents of Merced County, which speaks to our commitment toward the communities we serve. I am honored to serve the students, staff, parents, and communities of the MUHSD. #MUHSD

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Goals for the Superintendent

Goals for 2018-19 (In Progress):

Goal #1

Improve opportunities and outcomes for special populations including, English learners, special ed, foster youth and homeless students.

Goal #2

Research options and plan for facility improvements at all sites.

All Goals for 2017-18 Completed (see below):

Goal #1- Develop alternative schedules for students (7-period day)
LCAP Priority- All Students College and Career Ready

Goal #2- Update and Revamp Counseling Services
LCAP Priority- Equitable Access

Goal #3- Develop a Leadership Academy
LCAP Priority- Recruit and Retain Highly Qualified Staff

Goal #4- Create Five-year Facilities Plan
LCAP Priority- School Climate

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Alan Peterson
Merced Union High School District

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