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From the Superintendent

Superintendent Report

June 13, 2017

The 2016 -17 school year is almost wrapped up which means summer has arrived.  Looking back it’s clear to see that there are many student successes to celebrate.  Meet Mia.  Mia is a first grader who arrived in Ms. Chavez’s classroom in April.  Mia could not read and had already at the young age of 6 had a very disruptive life.  As of today, and due to the love and commitment of Ms. Chavez, Mia is reading at grade level.  We don’t know if Mia will be with us again in the fall, but the greatest gift, the gift of reading, was bestowed on Mia walking into Ms. Chavez’s classroom in April. 

On June 9, 2017, 184 seniors crossed the stage at Eagle Stadium to receive an EPHS diploma.  What’s that diploma worth to an 18 year old?  There are successes to celebrate at both ends of a K-12 education and every step in between.  What an honor to be part of growing our young people!

In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for May 2017, as well as tying this work to the four major characteristics of improved school districts –   1. effective leadership   2. quality teaching and learning  3. support for system-wide improvement  4. clear and collaborative relationships highlights are:

  • URCEO (Upper Rogue Center for Educational Opportunities) graduation.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Weekly Stand Up meetings for district office employees’ check in.  (1,4)
  • Celebration of Life for former board member, Olive Landsburg.  (1,4)
  • Rotary meetings.  (1,4)
  • Conference calls with local legislators for session updates.  (1,4)
  • Employee termination hearing.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Level III Grievance hearing.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Teacher Appreciation Week.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meetings with past and present school board and budget committee members.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Mentoring aspiring leaders.  (1,2,3,4)
  • CTE program visioning meeting.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Grants Pass High School Industry Tour.  (1,2,3,4)
  • AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) guest speaker.  (1,2,3,4)
  • DLT end of the year retreat.  (1,2,3,4)
  • The importance of ARTS in the schools presentation.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Recruitment, preparation, and finalization of two directors’/cabinet level positions.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Participation in Bullying Prevention Panel for Channel 12.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with Child Welfare representatives.  (1, 4)
  • TRE and EPHS focus walks to calibrate administrative practice to better support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Parent meetings to discuss student transfer requests and student behavior issues.  (1,4)
  • Conference call with Governor Brown’s office to discuss presentations at the OSBA Fall Convention.  (1,2,3,4
  • Thursday site visitations to support teaching and learning. (1,2,3,4)
  • District Budget Committee meetings.  ( 1,2,3,4)
  • Southern Oregon superintendents’ meeting.  (1,4)
  • Preparing for the end of year JCSD9 excellence awards celebration.  (1,2,3,4)
  • EPHS plant sale.  (1,4)

As we wrap up another great school year, let me thank all of the positive, hard working professionals, including our distinguished board members, who make a difference every day and make it happen for students.  Let me also thank all of the positive, supportive, families and community members who support JCSD9 and send us such great kids.  This has been our best year yet!



Cynda S. Rickert
Jackson County School District 9 - Eagle Point

541-830-6200 (fax)


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