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October 17, 2019

Guiding Coalition

Ojai Unified School District is striving to enrich the school experience of our students every day. One of our areas of focus is place-based education and developing learning that is locally-rooted and community responsive.

As part of this work we have identified four values broadly held by our community that we are working to incorporate into our school system. These values are Creativity, Environmental Stewardship, Wellness, and a Culture of Inclusion.

We are forming a team of powerful and enthusiastic volunteers to build a guiding coalition to collaborate with us in each of these areas. These coalitions will survey our current assets, work together to produce ideas for how we can enhance what we have, and present a strategic plan for advancing our work.

Each Guiding Coalition will be comprised of up to 12 representatives, from diverse backgrounds and stations. Current staff, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to apply. Each Guiding Coalition will meet four to five times over the school year for a one-year term of service.

Applications are Due November 1.

The Ojai Unified School District is striving to enrich the school experience of our students every day. One of our areas of focus is place-based education and developing learning that is locally-rooted and community-responsive.

As part of this work we have identified four values broadly held by our community that we are working to incorporate into our school system. These values are:

Creativity and arts

Environmental Stewardship

Wellness

Inclusive cultures

We are forming a team of powerful and enthusiastic volunteers to build a Guiding Coalition to collaborate with us in each of these areas. These coalitions will survey our current assets, work together to produce ideas for how we can enhance what we have, and present a strategic plan for advancing our work.

Each Guiding Coalition will be comprised of up to 12 representatives, from diverse backgrounds. Current staff, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to apply. Each Guiding Coalition will meet four to five times over the school year for a one-year term of service.

Click here to apply. Applications are due November 1.

Thank you so much.

Tiffany Morse, Ph.D.

Superintendent

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August 21, 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another school year! Your Ojai Unified family has been busy while you were away, coordinating our "Engage to Impact" summer series of community discussions on building schools for the future. Our lively meetings provided a collaborative forum and focused on what matters most to our community, parents, students and staff. We also hosted a "Meet and Greet/Conozca y Salude" event to encourage our community to visit and idea-share together.

Measure J construction projects have been underway all summer, and when you visit you will see completed painting and roofing projects at all school sites, new HVAC systems, new classroom window blinds, improvements to the Matilija gym and locker rooms, resurfacing of the Nordhoff track, as well as the beginning of our new Nordhoff Media Center. For more information on Measure J projects, finished and still underway, please visit https://www.ojaiusd.org/o/ojai-unified-school-district/page/construction-projects--2

The energy on our campuses is palpable, and our staff is recharged and ready to provide a wonderful learning environment for students. First our hard-working custodians thoroughly cleaned each school site. Our devoted teachers and administrators have been planning and preparing for the return of our students. Our enthusiastic counseling team has been making sure that every student has the best possible course selections. Our office managers have been registering new families. Our Nutrition Services staff has been creating new, healthy and delicious recipes, including new plant-based entrees that will be available on all campuses. Finally, our much-appreciated PTAs, PTOs and NPA are gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer exciting events and programs.

We are indeed a joyous and caring community ready to serve our students. A member of our student advisory committee said it best, OUSD “... is like a family, where we all take care of each other.” We know that a great education is the cornerstone of our community, and together there is nothing we can’t achieve.

Let’s make it a great year!

Dr. Tiffany Morse

Superintendent