About the Superintendent
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Beginning his seventh 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 won two national awards from the College Board 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/Hospitality 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, a past NUSD graduate, and a student currently attending a district school.
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Message From the Superintendent
Now is a great time to spotlight Natomas Unified’s many successes this school year, look ahead to next year, and thank our dedicated teachers, classified staff and managers for the difference they make every day in the lives of our students.
Natomas Unified will enter the 2018-19 year as Sacramento County’s leading school district in the percentage of students completing college entrance requirements for the UC and CSU systems. Three of every five NUSD graduates can choose to attend a four-year California college or university.
Over the past five years, the percentage of students eligible for UC or CSU admission has climbed from 42% to 62% — an increase of 20 percentage points. NUSD now has the county’s highest percentage of college-eligible students in five student groups tracked by the state: African American, Hispanic, White, Two or More Races, and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged.
Excellent work by our staff is reflected not only in that state achievement data but in many other NUSD accomplishments in 2017-18, including:
· Redesignating nearly one of every five English Learner students to English proficient, expanding their horizons and future opportunities. Our redesignation rate ranks third in Sacramento County, exceeding the state average by nearly 4 percentage points.
· Opening Paso Verde School to serve K-5 students initially at an interim North Natomas campus with a STEAM-focused curriculum — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Planning began this year on a permanent Paso Verde campus along Del Paso Road.
· Completing two-story classroom buildings at Natomas Park Elementary and NP3, and enhancing Heron School with six newly built middle school classroom, two science labs, and a video production studio.
· Supporting Career Technical Education program by expanding the Culinary Arts teaching kitchen and adding indoor and outdoor dining areas to the Hospitality Pathway at Discovery High. Planning has begun on two new CTE pathways – Public Safety, and Construction and Trades.
· Beginning the conversion of American Lakes, Bannon Creek and Jefferson elementary schools into K-8 campuses that will enable students to develop, nurture, and gain from relationships at one campus from Kindergarten until they begin high school.
· Continuing our emphasis on college and career readiness by releasing our first-ever District Progress Report – a one-stop shop for achievement data – and by launching “On Track to College” letters to provide families with information about their student’s progress toward graduation and UC/CSU eligibility.
· Emphasizing creation and maintenance of 21st-century learning environments through the updating of our Facilities Master Plan and the development of a 15-year Deferred Maintenance Plan to anticipate future facility needs.
· Earning statewide honors from the California School Boards Association for an extensive and wide-ranging program by the Nutrition Services Department to teach students about nutrition, cooking and healthy eating. Nutrition Services also was awarded a federal grant to create two campus teaching gardens.
These are just a few of the highlights this year, and already, there’s plenty to look forward to in 2018-19 NUSD will reduce K-3 class sizes to a 24-to-1 target. Add Special Education teachers and other social-emotional support staff. Employ a full-time campus safety specialist at each K-8 school. Add Transitional Kindergarten at Heron. Other changes are coming, too, consistent with our emphasis on preparing all students for college and career.
We’re honored to serve you, we’re grateful for the hard work of our staff, we’re pleased with this year’s accomplishments, and we’re excited about the 2018-19 year and the student successes that lie ahead. Thank you for your support of NUSD schools.
Superintendent Chris Evans