It has been an honor to serve as Emery Unified School District’s superintendent for the past two years and I look forward to many more years. I have spent my entire professional career working to ensure that every student reaches their full potential, first as a teacher and then in various administrative positions. This year, however, has presented great challenges in educating students.
Prior to the shelter-in-place order in mid-March of this year, Emery was enjoying continued success as a result of the ongoing dedication of our educators and community. The community has consistently showed a willingness to support the district, including as recently as March when they passed a Parcel Tax. As a result of this ongoing support, the District had the following success in 2019-20:
- 100% High School Graduation Rate
- Highest growth on standardized testing in Alameda County for English Language Arts
- College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) District Honor Roll Award for increasing course offerings and academic success
Now we are called upon as a community to create a welcoming and safe climate as we find our way through a pandemic. I know we have work to do before every student across the District reaches their full potential. I have spent the summer meeting with stakeholders to devise a plan that addresses the needs of our students in these unprecedented times. The district’s Reopening Schools Committee worked on plans for both distance learning and a hybrid model. I am confident that our staff will work diligently to provide an impactful distance learning program and prepare for a "phased in" hybrid model when our county meets the State’s criteria for in person instruction.
Strong relationships with you, our students and families, forms the foundation of what we can build on for a lifetime of learning and success. The strength of our community and the dedication of our educators can transform Emery USD into a district known for meeting this challenge head on.
Quiauna Scott, Ed.D