The Magnolia School District is committed to educating the “whole child” with a focus on rigorous academics as well as the arts, music, and technology for all of our students. We view our parents as partners in education and we offer many opportunities for them to be involved in the education of their children. We are committed to providing a quality education to all students and ensuring that our staff members have the training and resources they need to be successful.
The beginning of the 2020-21 school year has started and there is no doubt it is unlike any other school year we have had in our past 126 years. Last year when we quickly transitioned to Virtual Learning, we did so over the weekend. We closed schools on March 13, 2020 and reopened for Virtual Learning on March 16, 2020. Even though we are continuing with Virtual Learning this year, we have provided our staff members with comprehensive training based on their input and other areas we identified. We are using innovative programs and technology to help our teachers and support staff provide high quality instruction throughout the day. Our students all have access to Chromebooks and other digital devices and we have provided Wi-Fi hotspots to hundreds of our families. The instructional day is highly structured and daily attendance is taken and grades will be given to all students.
We are prepared to transition back to In-Person learning as soon as it is safe to do so as determined by both County and State Health Officials. We have three instructional models: Virtual Learning, Blended Learning, and In-Person Learning. All three of these models utilize the same daily schedule, which will make it easier to transition from one model to the other based on the Test Positivity and Case Rates of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). When we do move from Virtual Learning to our Blended Learning and/or In-Person model we will provide at least 10 working days notice to our families and staff members so that everyone has time to successfully make the transition.
We continue to be an extremely high-performing school district. Last year the Learning Policy Institute at Stanford University identified us as a Positive Outlier. We also received a prestigious Golden Bell Award by the California School Boards Association for our Long-Term English Learner Program. This year we are a finalist for another Golden Bell Award for our Summer STEM Academy, and we should know soon if we will be granted the Award.
Our Board of Trustees recently approved our new Mission and Vision. Our Mission is “To inspire ALL students to extraordinary achievement every day.” Our Vision is “An unwavering focus on innovative and engaging learning experiences that prepare students for college, career pathways and life success.”
The challenges we have all faced due to the Coronavirus are unprecedented; however, we continue to meet those challenges by providing innovative and progressive ways to train our staff, teach our students, provide high quality food that is prepared daily in each of our nine kitchens, keep our schools and facilities safe and clean, and partner with dedicated and generous organizations to do everything we can to help our students and their families.
Thanks to our exceptionally talented and dedicated staff members, the Magnolia School District continues to be A Great Place to Make a Difference.
Frank Donavan, Ed.D.