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Dear Friends of East Side Union High School District,
 
As I enter my eighth year as Superintendent, I am both proud and humbled to have served the past 29 years in education. We are fortunate to have tremendously talented and dedicated teachers and staff in our district. A new school year offers every student who walks through our doors a world of opportunities and I wish each and every one of them a bright and successful future!
 
Last year, we committed ourselves as a district to building capacity amongst all staff members to ensure that equity and inclusion are essential principles of our school system.
 
Specifically, we set a goal to build capacity to attain where:
 
  • ALL students are welcomed as they are
  • strengths and areas of growth for all students are known and supported
  • adults positively respond to the social-emotional, wellness, and academic needs of every student
  • ALL students are provided tasks that demand production through and beyond Depth of Knowledge 3 (DOK 3) so that they can communicate like a scientist, mathematician, historian, artist, literary critic, and more
 
In support of building equitable communities, we developed a Uniform Behavior Response Matrix to address appropriate interactions in the classroom, we asked staff to reflect on how to respond to bias via implicit bias training, and we restructured our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) to add counselors to our support system for students.  Thank you for your participation in these efforts and your adjustments in practice to address the issues of disproportionality that affect our ability to build equitable communities.
 
This year, we will continue with efforts to encourage ongoing reflection, professional growth, and explicit practices to build equitable communities.  We will again address classroom responses to adolescent behavior by introducing practices and strategies to keep students in their learning environments and classrooms even when students are having difficulty entering classrooms ready to learn.  We will offer online guided reading opportunities for you to continue your reflection on the impact and response to implicit bias, share strategies for restorative practices, as well as build out structural reforms for added student supports.  Invitations for your participation will be coming soon.
 
In addition, we will have to continue to build equitable communities under fiscal constraints.  The impact of expenses versus revenue will need to be addressed during this coming year.  Over the past years, the Board took action to compensate staff in a fiduciary responsible manner to honor the work of staff within the constraints of increased expenses.  These actions will now have to be reconciled with future costs in a manner that allows the District to continue to serve our community and remain fiscally solvent.  I say this to you because over the next nine months we will have to work together as an organization of educators to adjust our system to build equitable communities within the realities of our financial situation.
 
In the short term, we will address how to best communicate student progress and grades and increase communication and monitoring of student progress through increased counseling.  We will also work to build equitable communities and respond to the State’s informed decision to include ethnic studies into high school programs.  These opportunities will allow us to reflect on graduation requirements, the nature and focus of our academic programs, and build equitable communities where students are welcomed, known, and supported.  If done successfully, we will be able to analyze our graduation requirements and make a decision that will both build equitable communities and address our fiscal realities simultaneously.
 
The reflection on bias and the adjustments you have already made to build equitable communities, including the changes you will continue to make, are sincerely appreciated. I invite you to join me this year as a participant in building equitable communities and be ready to engage in an analysis of our system to support our students in an empowering and financially viable vision of the future of East Side in which we all can engage to bring our students to novel success.
 
It will be an exciting new year! We, as an organization, are working hard to transform how we educate our children and serve our community. Thank you in advance for your continued support and hard work for our East Side Union High School District community.
 
Sincerely,
 
Chris D. Funk
Superintendent
 
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"Education is the great equalizer. As Superintendent, I recognize that our greatest challenge is to ensure that every student will meet or exceed grade level standards based on local, state or federal assessments. This must be our mantra. However, our educational system has become one of privilege and not one of a right that every child deserves, especially low-income students of color. We need leadership that brings back the privilege for all students and holds the entire organization responsible for attaining the goal of providing every student a world-class education regardless of their economic, gender or cultural background."

 
Chris D. Funk, Superintendent
East Side Union High School District
 
  
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Office of the SuperintendentTop of Page

Name Position Phone
 Chris D. Funk
 Superintendent  408-347-5010
 Mary Guillen  Executive Assistant  408-347-5011
     
 Linda Ornelas  Director of Marketing & Public Engagement  408-347-5014
     
   Main Number  408-347-5000 
   Superintendent's Office - Fax  408-347-5015
 
 
 

News and InformationTop of Page

For the latest news and information on East Side Union High School District, access the links below.
 
 
Read the latest newsletter and news releases.  Also available are archived newsletters and news releases from previous years.   
 
The Board of Trustees and administrators of the East Side Union High School District are deeply committed to improving its schools.  We are committed to providing support for each and every child to be successful, in school and in life.  We are committed to giving our students the tools and skills to thrive in the global economy and to be life-long learners who can successfully adapt-and contribute-to society's changes.
 
Read about the latest happenings in the Bond Program in our quarterly newsletters and find out about upcoming grand openings and groundbreaking events at East Side. 
 
The East Side Budget Communicator newsletters are designed to keep District staff and community informed about the latest news and updates around budget, finance, and other issues which impact staff and the District.  The newsletter is presented three times a year,  Fall (October), Winter (February), and Spring (May). 
 
Education beyond high school is becoming more and more necessary in order to make a wage that would support a family.  Yet, not all students graduate high school prepared to enter college or post secondary options.  In order to ensure all students are prepared for success in college and careers, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status the US Department of Education, along with The Council of Chief State School Officers and The National Governors Association, embarked on a mission to implement the Common Core State Standards in all states. 
 
Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
When Governor Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law, it changed the rules on how state money is allocated to school districts and how districts can spend those funds.  LCAP stands for a Local Control Accountability Plan, which each school district must write to explain its goals and strategies for improving achievement for all students. The plan details how these funds will be used to increase and improve services for students.
 
Read the updates on the progress of negotiations/collective bargaining between the District and Union(s).  Also available are archived negotiations updates.