Welcome Back 2016-2017
This summer I had the chance to attend a concert where “The Sun Kings” were playing outdoors. For those of you who have never heard of The Sun Kings, they are the best “Tribute Band” for the former Beatles. They are amazing and especially when they are backed up by a full symphony orchestra playing all the original George Martin arrangements. They don’t dress up like the Beatles or try to imitate them but rather, play their music and sing their songs as true to their memory. As I closed my eyes and tried to envision George, John, Paul and Ringo (and yes in that order) there were several songs that had particular meaning for the world we live in today:
“All You Need is Love” could easily be our motto for the year. Living in a loving family and in a kind world does wonders for the development of children. “Let It Be” tells us to let go of the things we cannot change but instead work to make a happier and more peaceful world a reality. “Here Comes the Sun” is a song that rejoices the coming of spring or new beginnings. Each year we have the opportunity to start anew and the vision of a sunny beginning inspires us all! Finally, “With a Little Help From My Friends” brings it home for us in Burlingame. Without you, our families, community, and friends, we would not be celebrating another wonderful year in the Burlingame Schools!
Summer has been a busy time for BSD Facilities and Maintenance crews. All of our schools had energy efficiency project work done this summer. New windows were installed at Roosevelt and Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS). Washington School was painted and site improvements were made at Roosevelt, Franklin and BIS. Check out the new playground striping at Franklin and new gates at BIS!
We are also very pleased to announce the opening of Hoover School and the new building at BIS for the 2016-2017 school year!
“We are BCE” and we are extremely proud and thankful to the community for the $1.9 million dollar grant we will receive for the 2016-2017 school year. The “Big Check” will be presented at the annual Burlingame Spirit Run on Monday, September 5, 2016. The BCE grant provides an enriched program that includes the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), professional development for teachers in science and math, Second Step a social and emotional learning program, instructional aides for grades 4 and 5 to support differentiation of instruction and new for this year, an additional noon supervisor for each of the elementary schools. We are currently posting for these positions and will be interviewing over the next several weeks. If you know of anyone who is interested please contact Vikki Ouye, Human Resources Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hiring Update for BSD
Good News! Early last spring the District proactively researched ways to attract and hire quality teachers. Teachers with math, science, Spanish bilingual, special education and foreign language credentials are difficult to find. The Burlingame School District devised a plan to offer a signing bonus to teachers who have credentials in high demand. The District also partnered with the Association (BEA) to give additional years of credit to experienced teachers so BSD would be more competitive offering positions to veteran teachers. District Staff attended multiple job fairs last year in anticipation of hiring needs. We selected and interviewed a pool of candidates for elementary and middle school positions and had a majority of the teachers we needed for the 2016-2017 school year hired by the start of June. We only have one vacancy we were unable to fill. Ari Brown, our middle school music teacher moved out of the area. Kyoko Yamamoto enthusiastically took his position at the middle school. We are currently looking for a part-time elementary music teacher. The District and music team are looking for a quality candidate that will work well with our students, staff and families. In the meantime, we are starting off the year with an innovative schedule that will allow all students to receive the appropriate music and band classes (albeit organized differently) until we fill the position with the right person.
Press Release from the San Mateo County Office of Education: School District Water Testing in San Mateo County
On Friday, August 19, 2016, the San Mateo County Office of Education will send a press release to the community regarding water quality. The Burlingame School District had all of our schools tested last year (with the exception of Hoover). Aqua Chemists, a water testing company located in San Jose, took first-draw samples from our schools in spring 2016. All of our schools were found to have safe drinking water. Hoover will be tested this year once it is up and running. If you have any questions please contact Tim Ryan, Director of Facilities at email@example.com.
We are very happy to welcome our students and families back for another great school year. We look forward to “Challenging the Leaders, Thinkers and Creators of the tomorrow.”
Very Truly Yours,
Dr. Maggie MacIsaac
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 3,400 students in grades TK-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.