Superintendent Messages

  • Reopening Message

    Though my tenure begins in challenging times, my experience with the Sunnyvale community has taught me that we have the resilience, compassion, and creativity to pull together and to emerge stronger and more united than ever, but such an outcome will require us all to move forward as one.

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  • Farewell Message from Dr. Picard

    It has been a genuine pleasure to work alongside you in serving our children. I am grateful to you. I am also grateful for the children themselves, for infusing my work with joy every day.

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  • Special Message from the Sunnyvale School District

    At this moment, we each must decide what we can do – individually and collectively – to drive change…meaningful, deliberate change.

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  • SSD appoints Dr. Michael Gallagher as new superintendent

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  • Superintendent Search Webpage

    Please check this webpage for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding this process.

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  • December Message: Helping all children become enthusiastic proponents of their own learning journeys

    I think being an educator is the best job in the world. We have the rare honor of helping children develop from curious school newcomers to confident, sophisticated learners.

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  • September Message: The power of story

    Children need to know that their stories have value, just as they themselves are innately and immeasurably valuable.

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  • Retirement Message

    It has been an honor and joy to serve this district, students, and families, for all of these many years.

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  • June Message: Embracing and Celebrating Diversity

    Our single greatest asset is the diversity of our student body; when our children join us each day, they bring the world directly to our doorstep, enriching our classrooms and offering an array of perspectives that contribute to every student’s learning.

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  • March Message: Giving a boost

    As educators, we now know that to offer that sameness in opportunity, we must embrace the differences in our students and give that all-important boost to those students in need.

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  • December Message: Thank you for supporting Measure GG

    With your vote for Measure GG, you told our children that they matter — a message that will resonate for decades to come in our community, first in our bright and modern classrooms and ultimately through student voices as they step forward to take their places in the world.

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  • September Message: Welcome back to a new school year!

    This year, we consulted the real experts — the children themselves — to learn what behaviors they especially appreciate from their teachers. No two answers were the same, but there is one message we heard loudly and clearly in every child’s statement: when it comes to working with children, every interaction matters.

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  • June Message: Sophisticated World Citizens

    I will always advocate for our children, yet I know that the greatest gift we can offer them is the ability to advocate for themselves — to shape their own futures in a world of their own design.

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  • March Message: Measures of a quality school

    A quality school is one that not only successfully supports all students with the traditional subjects but also nurtures the whole child and instills all of the traits necessary to be successful in the 21st Century.

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  • December Message: Student Leadership

    Our district motto, “learn today, lead tomorrow,” reflects our belief that today’s students will be ready to lead as they grow into adulthood. The phrase is true — our children have vast potential, and they are certainly learning during their school days; however, they are not waiting until tomorrow to put their leadership skills to work!

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  • September Message: The Year Ahead

    We are preparing for a great school year and are honored to be serving your family.

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  • June Message: Cultural Proficiency

    There are countless benefits to becoming a culturally proficient learning community and paramount to this we believe that every student gains a stronger education when differences are respected and embraced.

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  • March Message: Civility

    Civility creates a safe environment in which the most impassioned debates can occur, leading to deeper understanding and tolerance even when disagreement lingers. Civility builds relationships, and relationships can lead us to solutions that we could never reach in isolation.

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  • Special Message: District adopts sanctuary schools resolution

    We pledge not only to protect personal information but to do our best to ensure that all children and families in our district are treated with respect, dignity and given every opportunity to achieve.

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  • January Message: Growth Mindset

    Here in the Sunnyvale School District, we are helping students to establish a growth mindset — the belief that they can succeed, even increase their intelligence and expand their talents, through hard work and perseverance.

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