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Measure E Passage!, 2021-22 School Year Highlights, Retirements, Board Updates, and Summer Reading Suggestions
Dear LCMSD Community,
Breaking News . . . Measure E (LCMSD’s parcel tax) passed with 76% voting yes! Our schools depend on community funding and we greatly appreciate your support through the parcel tax, SPARK, and PTO/A. Thank you!! I also want to extend great appreciation to our Board of Trustees and CBO, Paula Rigney who began this process over a year ago. Additionally, I want to thank Sara Ryba for chairing the campaign, as well as Annie Sherman, Jaime Heaps, Daniela Kratz, Cate Castonguay, Kate Lowe, Jessica Foley, and Michael Pearce for the key roles they played in the campaign efforts. These election results demonstrate the great support for our community schools - thank you!
It is so exciting to be gearing up for the 8th grade graduation and 5th grade promotions today (yesterday for Neil Cummins!). We wish our 8th graders much success as they move into high school and will miss our families graduating out of LCMSD. As we approach summer vacation, I wanted to take a moment to share my appreciation for all of the students, parents, staff, and community members that make LCMSD such a special place to learn and grow. This has been a great year with many highlights and accomplishments:
Wow - this year has been quite a success! On behalf of the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District, thank you to our Board, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, community members, and of course our students!
Congratulations on not only persevering through these unprecedented times, but doing an extraordinary job in the name of our children.
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.
Below are some end of the year LCMSD announcements:
Education isn’t just a job, it is a passion, it becomes your identity, it is the fire inside you to make a difference in the lives of children and families. Thank you for your dedication and service to the profession. Your impact will last for generations. Congratulations to this year's retirees:
Board Updates – Trustee Election
For the November 8, 2022 election, LCMSD will have four open seats on the Board of Trustees; three of which will be four-year terms and one will be a two-year term. Interested candidates may file paperwork with the Marin County Elections Department between July 18 and August 12. Here is information on becoming a Trustee. Additionally, please know you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com for further information. The next Board Meeting is scheduled for June 16 where there will be an LCAP and budget public hearing. Trustees will also vote on the Grand Jury Report, Extended Learning Opportunities Plan, and UPK Plan. A COVID update, as well as a LCMSD/RUSD interdistrict permit update will be provided. On June 17 the Board will meet again to vote on the LCAP and budget. The Board Meetings will be held in person at 6:00 pm (6/16) and 8:30 am (6/17) in the Hall Library; no RSVP required. The meeting will also be live streamed via Zoom (link; passcode - lcmsd). Please know, public comments will only be taken by in person attendees; public comments via Zoom will not be available. We hope to see you there!
I've been asked by a number of parents what students should focus on during the summer. Below is my number one recommendation:
Read, read, and read more! Just because it is summer, that doesn't mean your student should take a break from their 20 minutes of reading per day. Please see the excellent advice and resources below from our LCMSD Librarian, Joy Lynn King.
Reading and engaging with books and text is always important, but perhaps even more so over the summer. According to Booksource, “Students who read during the summer gain an average of 1 month of reading proficiency. Students who don’t read lose an average of 2-3 months proficiency and over time, those lost months add up to years.” Access to books and student choice is key. Students are motivated when they can choose books they are interested in and reflect their personal interests.
Have a great summer. So long 2021-22. That’s a wrap!
Board of Trustees
Annie Sherman, President
Eric Schmautz, Vice President
Monica Cañas, Clerk