May 19, 2017
Dear Elk Grove Unified Parents, Guardians and Families,
It is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of another school year. Preparations are underway for promotion and graduation ceremonies across the district. This year holds particular significance for me and my family as my youngest son is set to graduate next week. I’m amazed at how fast the past several years have gone by. Congratulations to all the families celebrating milestones this year. We have more than 5,000 graduating seniors and I look forward to shaking the hands of each one.
Our teachers, staff and administrators take great pride in our district’s 94% graduation rate and 96% attendance rate. We all realize that without the support and engagement of parents and families, achieving those high percentages would be tough to accomplish. We thank our parents and other family members for your support and continued involvement. It truly takes a combined effort by families and schools to support Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Learning in our schools.
It is both our vision and mission to provide the best education and learning supports for your child and we will continue to set a high bar for our students who already outpace, outperform and outshine many of their peers throughout the Sacramento region and across the State. I witnessed such successes during several student award ceremonies this spring ranging from the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation’s Spotlight on Excellence where 180 seniors received $209,195 in scholarships to several National Elementary Honor Society Induction Ceremonies. Each of these events further confirms the efforts of our students, staff and communities to reach the high standards we set to achieve.
As you may be aware, we recently had a significant fire at James Rutter Middle School. The challenges associated with the fire provided further evidence of the strength of our team. School and district staff along with community partners came together to ensure the school environment was safe and that learning continued. Out of the destruction, new classrooms will rise. I want to personally thank everyone involved with the recovery efforts and look forward to the site improvements slated to start this summer.
Our success in many areas gives all of us much to be proud and thankful for. Before I conclude, I want to assure you that the safety and well-being of every student on every one of our campuses is our number one priority and we will continue our coordinated efforts to ensure the safety of our students. Thanks to your support of Measure M, we will begin work on many upgrades and improvements at sites across the District as identified in the Facilities Master Plan. These improvements will include safety and security elements as well as improvements to learning environments. Your advocacy was appreciated by all.
Thank you for a wonderful 2016-17 school year and I look forward to meeting with you at upcoming events. Enjoy your summer!
Christopher R. Hoffman
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