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Superintendent's Message ~ March 2018

Dear Burlingame School District Community,

Welcome Back! I hope your week off was enjoyable. The
weather was remarkable and perfect for just about any activity
planned. The best part of an "Almost Spring Break" is catching
up with family and friends in the snow, at the beach or just in
beautiful Burlingame!

March Meetings & Working Toward a Better Education System

Over the break I did a good deal of reading. One of the articles I read referred to
the constant quest for the "silver bullet" in education. The urge to find that one thing
that results in a constant churn of leadership and initiatives that are short-lived and
that result in equally short-lived gains. One of the things I love about our district is
the legacy of leadership starting with the School Board, Principals and teachers.
We have implemented many important initiatives in our school district that have
now become deeply embedded in our day-to day-practice. These practices
result in a wonderful education for our students!

The other day I was conversing with a new parent and realized they had no history
about the district. Happy to answer questions she had, I realized how far we
have come over the years. I wanted to take a moment to look back at our
successes in order to inform our next steps as we move forward with staff and

Common Core Initiatives:
English language Arts (77% of students proficient and above)
Math (75% of students proficient and above)

Social Emotional Learning (Second Step Curriculum)
Restorative Justice Practices at BIS (Research based method for helping students
change their behavior)
Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) -Integrated Art Program, Chorus and Musical
Instrument Program TK- through Grade 8
Innovation and 21st Century Skills

March is the month we need you to participate in "Working toward a Better
Education System." It is time for everyone to join in the conversation. There are
several very important dates to choose from or you can attend all of the "March
Meetings." Please note the dates, times and descriptions below. In addition,
detailed information about some of the upcoming events is included in this

March 5th - SWUN Math Informational Meeting
8:45am Washington School and 7:00pm McKinley School

Meet Si Swun and the coaches who support our teachers and students. A "Handson"
opportunity for you to hear about and see what math instruction looks like.


March 8th - All School Art Morning/Afternoon/Nights
Please join us for an "All School" art celebration!
Franklin Elementary ~ 8:00-8:30am and 3:00-3:30pm
Hoover Elementary ~ 8:00-8:30am and 3:00-3:30pm
Lincoln Elementary ~ 3:00-4:00pm
McKinley Elementary ~ 6:30-8:00pm
Roosevelt Elementary ~ 3:00-4:30pm
Washington Elementary ~ 3:00-4:00pm
Most schools will have an artist visiting! Some artists include: Daniel Barash, Bella
Fernandez, Juan Manzo, Nicole Sumner and Rebecca Yarbough.

March 21st - 7pm - BIS New Multi-Media Center - Learn about funding and
the District Goals that drive the use of BSD resources.
This is an opportunity
for parents to see how we have progressed or continue to need to work on goals
as a district as identified by our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP plan
mandated by the State) and provide input for next steps. The Superintendent,
Assistant Superintendents, Directors and all the school site Principals will be there
to lead group discussions on goals, metrics, results and next steps. Join us!

March 29th - 7pm - BIS New Library/Media Center - Innovating for Impact!
Parents and community members are invited to the official launch of "Innovating
for Impact!", Burlingame School District's innovation initiative. Bruce Duncan, BSD
Director of Innovation will share information regarding district approaches and
efforts to enhance the "learner experience" and enrich our students' learning
outcomes. Attendees will be provided opportunities to submit questions,
contribute input and ideas, and to connect with possibilities for ongoing
participation in this work. This event will be held in the new library/media center at
BIS from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, March 29th.

Hope to see you all at several if not all of our March events.


Dr. Maggie MacIsaac

BSD Superintendent


BSD Board Liaison Committee
The School Board voted to create a "District Liaison Committee" where staff,
administration and two school board members meet regularly to discuss district
goals and implementation plans. The Committee will offer an opportunity for staff
members to converse with the board and discuss how we work together to
improve student learning across the district. The following staff members have
volunteered to represent their school sites on the Committee:
Burlingame Intermediate School - Bronia Whipp
Franklin Elementary School - Stephanie Price
Hoover Elementary School - Jennifer Jordan
Lincoln Elementary School - Chelsea Griffin
McKinley Elementary School - Aileen Falvey, David Martel, Elaine Tarango
Roosevelt Elementary School - Kerry Callahan
Washington Elementary - Jane Stevenson

The Board is still looking for Classified Staff representatives to join the committee.
If you are interested please email Kirsten Diktakis,
kdiktakis@burlingameschools.org. Our first meeting will be on Monday, March
26th from 3:30-4:30pm at the District Office.

Superintendent's Biography

Dr. Maggie MacIsaac has a varied and extensive background in public education. She has both site and district level experience in several districts that range from rural to urban, small to medium size, and all with high performing, second language learner and diverse populations. She has extensive experience in organizational leadership and has moved many difficult initiatives forward by engaging constituents in a process that supports communication, problem-solving, and consensus.

Dr. MacIsaac has served as a teacher and principal on the elementary and secondary levels. For the past six years, she has served as the Superintendent of Burlingame School District, a high performing district with approximately 3,500 students in grades Preschool-8. Prior to serving in Burlingame, Dr. MacIsaac served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the K-12 Dublin Unified School District. Before she served in Dublin, she was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Lafayette School District. Like Burlingame, the Lafayette School District is a high performing small K-8 district with strong community and parent participation.

In addition, Dr. MacIsaac has been an adjunct professor in the Teacher Education Department for Alliant University in San Francisco. Dr. MacIsaac earned her Bachelor’s from California State University, Northridge, and Master’s from California State University, Hayward and her Doctorate from the University of La Verne. Her dissertation focused on principal leadership and the implementation of after-school programs that support student achievement and success. Dr. MacIsaac has presented at a number of conferences including the Association of California School Administrators, The National Social Studies Conference, National Educators Association, New Teacher Center and the LEAD Program for Administrators.

Dr. MacIsaac and her husband Patrick have three grown children. Both of their sons graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and their daughter graduated from UC San Diego. Their oldest son works in the medical profession and their youngest son is a Fire Captain in the Bay Area. Their daughter is an educator. Dr. MacIsaac enjoys hiking, biking, and running. She especially enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.

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