Superintendent's Message


                                                                                                                     August 2017

Dear Parents of the Woodlake Unified School District,

Education never stops. Many of our staff members receive professional learning throughout the summer which benefits us in helping each of our students achieve to a greater level. And when you drive around Woodlake, you are able to see all the maintenance repairs that take place while students are not in school. While we did not have any major new construction projects this summer, we believe in taking great care of our wonderful existing facilities and provided the necessary maintenance for this to happen.

The Common Core State Standards remain as our benchmark for learning in a rigorous and complex manner. We are excited to tell you that high speed Internet is now available for each of our students in WUSD! While this has been a lengthy process, we believe this capability for our teachers and students will be just the sort of addition to learning that will take our students to the next level in terms of College and Career readiness. Students in grades 2-12 will be taking laptops home, and those younger students in K-1 will continue to work with tablets at FJ White Learning Center. Please keep us informed on how your students are progressing with the use of the laptops at home.

Math, English Language Arts and English Language Development have been and will continue to be a focus at all of our schools, especially in our lower grades. Our three overarching goals are:

Each student will be reading on grade level by the end of third grade and maintain reading on grade level each year as measured by the Developmental Reading Assessment or designated district assessment.

Each English Learner will become proficient in four years as measured by the English Language Performance Assessment of California.

Each student will master grade-level mathematics standards as measured by the designated summative assessment.

We want our youngest students to learn to read, our upper elementary students to read to learn, and our College and Career readiness to begin seriously in grade 6. With the high speed Internet access, our students will be more able to compete in a global society, and we remain cognizant of our role in improving our students’ quality of living for a lifetime.

We all know that learning begins at birth and that parents are their children’s first teachers. We are proud to partner with you as your student moves through our system. Regular school attendance is a must, so make a goal of having your student attend school every day. This is especially critical with our youngest (Kress and FJ White) students because regular school attendance is the #1 predictor of academic success. Please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher or principal when you have questions or concerns. You also may contact me at 564-8081 extension 8112 if you have any questions about district-wide matters.

I look forward to making 2017-18 an outstanding school year for you and your student!


Drew S. Sorensen, Superintendent
Woodlake Unified School District