Dr. Sean A. Cianfarano, Superintendent
August 17, 2015
Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Shareholders:
I hope our students are having an enjoyable, safe summer and finding some time to reflect on the many positive accomplishments of last school year in Lone Pine Unified School District. They are a testament to all of our shareholders, board members and especially our students! I am honored to work alongside everyone on our team of local people committed to kids! It is with great anticipation that I look forward to working alongside students, parents/guardians, and shareholders, as we rapidly approach the 2015-2016 school year starting for our students on Monday, August 24, 2015. Parents and Guardians should have already received welcome back packets from our school sites with important dates, documents, and information. Enclosed you will also find a copy of the district calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. I would like to express my appreciation for our students, parents/guardians, and other shareholders as we embark on another exciting school year together focused on celebrating teaching, learning, and increasing overall student achievement by design for all in Lone Pine Unified.
We are all excited about the prospects of this upcoming school year. We have all “teamed up” as a unified staff to now offer more electives for our students in 2015-2016 than in last school year, and some other past years, even with our limited number of employees. I am very proud of our small staff’s commitment to buying into the system, being flexible, and working diligently to now offer family consumer science (home economics), drama, floral design, multimedia, German, logic games, keyboarding, technology and professional skills electives, in addition to agricultural mechanics, agricultural construction, agricultural science, art, physical education, Spanish, music, and other exciting elective courses for our kids!
Each school site has exciting new offerings for this upcoming school year geared at increasing overall student achievement by design. Three Advanced Placement (AP) courses will now be offered at Lone Pine High School for potential college credit during the 2015-2016 school year, including AP Calculus, AP English, and AP Spanish. All students enrolled in AP Courses will now be required to take the end of year AP Test for potential college credit. Additionally, for the first time, Lone Pine High School will be paying AP Testing fees for all students enrolled in AP Courses to cultivate college and career readiness for all. Combine this with our new elective offerings, as well as our award winning FFA Program and opportunities for high school students to learn invaluable trade skills such as welding, fabricating, construction building, and ranching, and I would say that we are educating the whole child with 21st century skills essential to succeed in today’s world at an ever increasing rate. Sierra Alternative Learning Academy will continue to provide an essential second chance for our high school students to learn, develop, and achieve with even more project based learning opportunities slated for this upcoming school year.
Lo Inyo Middle School Staff has gone above and beyond to work extra preps by moving to seven periods, and now offering a smorgasbord of electives to engage and cultivate the whole child, like never before in Inyo County with such a small staff. These MVP’s are stepping up to the plate for our kids and they inspire me beyond words. My wife Toni and I cannot wait until our own children are in middle school to be able to experience this level of heart, and dedication that has been invested by staff to “turbo charge” our middle school program for kids! Kudos to Principal Heidi Torix, Bob Heist, Brandy Rost, Nadine Harry, Sara Gaston, Vicky Porras, Elizabeth Stewart, and Rachel Boyer for making this all happen for our students by design. In fact, all of Lo Inyo has taken their game to a new level with Thinking Maps and new math adoptions K-8. Elementary teachers have found new and innovative ways to reach our students and help them to achieve our new 21st Century Common Core Standards. We are continuing our cutting edge pre-academic intervention and response to intervention program that was started up last school year to increase reading fluency, comprehension, and early literacy, as well as provide essential personalized instruction for our students. While it is hard to top last year, I am confident that this year will be the best one ever at Lo Inyo!
Classified staff has also propelled student achievement by ensuring that facilities are sanitary, technology is up to speed, transportation is safe, fleets of vehicles are running, students are well nourished, offices are welcoming places, and that our students are aided in achieving. Our classified staff is an integral part of Lone Pine Unified’s Mission to equip every student with the tools they need for academic, personal and social achievement.
The board and I are appreciative of all the work that you put into increasing student achievement as students, parents/guardians and shareholders on an unstoppable mission for kids! We are a school district unified by continuous improvement and excellence, largely because of our team members and the unwavering local commitment to our students. Words cannot express my appreciation and admiration for all of you. Welcome back, it is going to be a great year!
Your Partner in Education,
Dr. Sean A. Cianfarano, Superintendent