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