Superintendent Chris Evans
About the Superintendent:
Beginning his sixth year at Natomas Unified, Supt. Chris Evans oversees a growing, diverse district of 15,000 students located several miles north of the Capitol. Since his arrival, NUSD has received World School Authorization for its International Baccalaureate Diploma, Primary and Middle Years Programmes. The district also has been selected to offer the AP Capstone Diploma program at Natomas High; has seen Two Rivers Elementary chosen as a Caifornia Distinguished School by the state Department of Education; and has been named by the College Board to its Gaston Caperton Honor Roll for providing rigorous academic opportunities to underrepresented students. NUSD is committed to providing students with numerous college and career readiness options, ranging from Culinary Arts to Robotics, Engineering, Visual Arts, Business/Marketing, Broadcasting, and a pathway to Health-care careers. Mr. Evans’ Sacramento roots extend back to his college days, when he attended CSU Sacramento. A Natomas resident, the superintendent is the proud father of a recent NUSD graduate and two other students currently attending district schools.
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Message From the Superintendent
With the school year now in full swing, we have a lot to be proud of in Natomas Unified, starting with our teachers, classified staff and managers. We’re grateful for their commitment and thankful for the impact they make every day in our schools, classrooms, and in the lives and learning of our students.
Natomas Unified already has accomplished a lot since the 2017-18 school year began in August:
- To enhance students’ learning environment, we’ve completed a two-story, 10-classroom building at Natomas Park Elementary, and we’re finishing construction of six classrooms and three labs at Heron School. We’ve also expanded the teaching and demonstration kitchen for Discovery High School’s Culinary and Hospitality pathway, and we’ve added indoor and outdoor cafes to the campus.
- We’ve launched an exciting plan to create a pipeline by investing in high-quality, diverse future teachers, with an eye also toward recruiting Math, Science, and other hard-to-fill positions. Diversity targeted by the program includes candidates who are bilingual, who live in zip codes similar to Natomas, or who have a track record of supporting underserved students. NUSD will provide financial and other supports to help qualified college graduates earn their teaching credential.
- Our Nutrition Services Department earned statewide honors from the California School Boards Association, a Golden Bell award, for reaching out and teaching students about nutrition, cooking, and healthy eating. Director Vince Caguin and his staff have spoken to classrooms, led farm field trips, held special campus events, provided campus farmers markets, and helped to organize school culinary clubs. They’ve even launched an after-school “Cooking with Kids” class at one school, and they’re creating gardens to grow fruits and vegetables at two campuses.
- The Friday Night Live Club at Inderkum High was named state champion in its efforts to save lives by advocating against drunken driving, distracted driving, and teen use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco. Among hundreds of FNL clubs in California, the Tigers were recognized as “Chapter of the Year.” Inderkum’s club has won county honors for four straight years.
NUSD proudly released its first-ever District Progress Report recently, a transparent, one-stop shop of data highlighting where we are succeeding, where we are making progress, and where we need to improve. Performance is tracked annually over three years, overall and among student groups, making it easier to spot district-wide trends such as a rising graduation rate, falling dropout rate, and steady increases in completion of a-g college admission requirements. The DPR should be looked upon as a progress report, not a final grade, and its data shows much work remains to be done in NUSD. To track change, the report will be updated twice a year.
Thank you parents, guardians and stakeholders for your continued support of NUSD schools. By working together, we can continue progressing toward our Board-approved Vision of preparing all graduates for bright, productive futures in college or career. It’s an honor to serve you, and we look forward to finishing the school year strong in the months ahead.
Supt. Chris Evans