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Superintendent Report

November 13, 2019

Dear D9 Community, As we complete the first quarter and distribute the first round of grade reports for the school year, I’d like to revisit a change that was made last year.   The District added employability skills to the grade report since research shows employability skills, or soft skills, are the key to workplace success. For our K-5 students, these are called Skills for Success while in grades 6-12 these skills are called Employability Standards.  

According to OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development), “the world no longer rewards people for what they know—Google knows everything— but for what they can do with what they know. Global education today needs to be much more about ways of thinking, involving creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making; about ways of working, including communication and collaboration.”


In reflecting on the Superintendent’s work for October 2019, as well as tying this work to the four major characteristics of improved school districts –   1. effective leadership   2. quality teaching and learning   3. system-wide improvement 4. clear and collaborative relationships highlights are:

  • Administrative focus walk  at SCS.  (1,2,3,4)
  • SOESD Superintendent Association meeting and Off the Record Regional meeting in Klamath Falls.  (1,2,3,4)
  • OSBA Fall Regional Meeting/Dinner at Inn of the Commons.  (1,3,4)
  • Principal Data Reviews with Cabinet.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Mentoring Principal Marinucci for CAL (Continuing Administrative Licensure) from SOU.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Preparing and sharing ODE’s release of Annual School and District Profiles.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Guest speaker in Mr. Samhammer’s freshman AVID class.  (1,2,,3,4)
  • Monthly check-ins with three school administrators that I’m mentoring.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meeting with auditors to discuss annual district audit. (1,4)
  • Planning with Directors and two board members regarding collective bargaining.  (1,4)
  • Interview with Apple Marketing/Research regarding EPSD9’s 1:1 iPad success.  (1,2,3,4)
  • On-going conversations regarding Elk Trail.  (1,4)
  • Updating Administrative Journey Map.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Future Ready Education Conference in Southern Oregon hosted by President Linda Schott of SOU.  (1,2,3,4)
  • HB3499 (English Language Learner) evaluation conversation with Mrs. Ginny Walker.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Butte Creek Mill conversation initiated by EP/UR Chamber of Commerce President, Bob Pinnell.  (1,4)
  • Eagle Point Women’s Club Luncheon.  (1,4)
  • Showa, Japan, EP sister city, conversation with City Councilor.  (1,4)
  • Monthly check-in meetings with Directors.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Fourth annual Thanksgiving Challenge.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Updating EPSD9 Leadership Journey Map.  (1,2,3,4)
  • United Way WILL luncheon/fundraiser to improve women’s and children’s lives.  (1,4)
  • Student transfer requests conversations, meetings, follow up.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Leadership/team building development.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Meetings with community members and business leaders.  (1,4)
  • Meetings with past and present school board members.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Site visitations every Thursday to support teaching and learning.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Review Oregon CIP (Continuous Improvement Plan) with Director Jones.  (1,2,3,4)
  • Conversation with All Care Health about future possibilities.  (1,2,3,4)
  • District Office Fall Potluck...Delicious!  (4)
  • Happy Halloween with trick or treaters from Hillside Elementary.  (4)

Besides being the first grading period for schools, November is also a very special month for all of us to pause and give thanks.  I am deeply thankful for the privilege of serving EPSD9 as the superintendent and to work with the wonderful team of educators who are committed to do great work for every student, in every class, every day!  Thanks to everyone who works TOGETHER to accomplish this very important mission. Respectfully, Cynda S. Rickert

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Cynda S. Rickert
Eagle Point School District 9 - Eagle Point
541-830-6200 (fax)