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SUSD Mission Statement

We will graduate all students to become contributing citizens with the knowledge, self-discipline, and ability to act responsibly. We will provide our graduates with the foundation to earn a living and to be life-long learners by providing rigorous academic and quality career-technical education programs.

Superintendent's Message

Sierra Unified has a long and proud tradition of providing a quality education for every student. We believe that every grade level, every classroom, every lesson, and every child deserves our very best effort, and nothing less than our best is acceptable. Our mission statement speaks to graduating students with foundational skills that provide options and opportunities for future endeavors of their choosing - academic or technical education. We fully understand that the construction of these foundational skills begins on the first day of kindergarten and the path to graduation begins there.

We fully accept our responsibility to support each child in realizing their full potential and do our utmost to engage all students in meaningful and relevant learning. We provide rigorous academic curriculum, a variety of co-curricular opportunities, and high interest career-technical education programs. We are proud of the academic performance of our schools and continue to strive for improvement daily. We are proud to offer an academic system that utilizes data analysis to ensure that students are learning, coupled with support and enrichment, ensuring the best opportunities for learners of all abilities. Honors and Advanced Placement Courses at the secondary level are successful because of the solid foundational layers of a strong elementary program. Sierra High was recognized for having the top SAT scores in Fresno County in 2009 and the third highest in 2010. All comprehensive schools have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. The District Academic Performance Index currently stands at 814. It is the continued focus on academics and co-curricular programs that lead to the acceptance of Sierra High graduates into top universities and academies across the country.

Our youngsters have opportunities to participate in athletics through the Mountain Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF), agriculture education through 4-H, and can access theater experiences though the community-based Tollberry Theater. Again, the opportunities initiated in those early years, allow students at the secondary levels to compete for league, county, and state championships. We believe that co-curricular opportunities build important life skills of team-work, personal responsibility, and commitment and that they are essential to every student's education. It is our commitment to maintain high quality co-curricular opportunities for the students of Sierra Unified.

The students and staff of Sierra Unified are fortunate to enjoy broad parent and community support. The Parent-Faculty Associations of Foothill elementary School and Sierra Junior High Schools support student projects, field trips, and augment student activities in such a way as to make the organizations a critical part of the student experience. Sierra High School students benefit from the support of the Ag Boosters, Music Boosters, and Athletic Boosters; groups comprised of parents of current and former students who work tirelessly to ensure their success by undertaking fundraising activities, volunteering their time at events, and lending their expertise to advise and coach students. Community organizations such as The Sierra Foundation, Volunteers in Public Service (VIPs),  Friends of Auberry Library, and The Inter-Mountain Rotary support the students of Sierra Unified in enumerable ways. From fundraising to provide grants, to providing volunteers for school improvement projects, to outreach in arts education; our community organizations are an integral part of the education of Sierra Unified's students. We are truly grateful for their support.

Sierra Unified is a great place to be!

Respectfully,

Melissa Ireland, Ed.D.