Community invited to talk about schools

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Unified School District will hold a Community Conversation from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8. at the Carlsbad High School Library, 3557 Lancer Way off Monroe Street. Parents, students, teachers, business people, community members and other interested partners of the schools are invited to attend this free event. Spanish translation will be provided and childcare is available. Reservations are not needed; everyone is welcome to attend, learn and participate.
The Community Conversation will be facilitated by Education Trust-West, an organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through college.
“The Community Conversation’s goal is to solicit input from various district stakeholders that will help guide our strategic planning over the next few years,” Assistant Superintendent Suzanne O’Connell said. “We want to involve a full cross-section of members of our Carlsbad community in the development of a blueprint for educational excellence, particularly in the realm of expectations regarding what all students should know and be able to do when they graduate from high school. This college and career readiness high school reform process embraces all students.”
To begin the Community Conversation, Education Trust-West will present information about the importance of preparing all district students for college and a career. Against a background of California statistics, pertinent data relating to the district will be shared. During a 70-minute breakout session, attendees will be asked to provide their input on college and career readiness for all students.
The information gleaned during the event will be studied and utilized as the District moves forward with future steps. A report to the community ultimately will be generated.
“We are at an exciting time in our district’s history,” said Superintendent John A. Roach, Carlsbad Unified School District. “Venerable Carlsbad High School is in the midst of a massive renovation that will enhance teaching and learning throughout the campus. Next fall, we hope to begin grading the site at College and Cannon for an additional high school. Most Prop. P modernizations have been completed district-wide. Now, at this juncture, we are poised to make sure that what happens within each classroom at each school prepares every student to flourish in life as an enthusiastic, confident learner. I passionately believe that we can achieve that goal by ensuring that all students are prepared for college and career.”
For more information on the Dec. 8 Community Conversation, contact Assistant Superintendent Suzanne O’Connell at (760) 331-5013 or at socconnell@carlsbadusd.net. Information on Education Trust-West is available at www.edtrust.org.

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