August 17, 2022
Dear GUSD Families,
Welcome to the 22-23 school year! Together, all students, staff, parents, and community partners make up our vibrant educational family. The Goleta Union School District values a sense of interdependence and collaboration that generates community respect. GUSD has established a long-standing reputation for excellence, consistently happy, involved families, and solid evidence of student success.
High quality public education is the greatest hope for our future. The Goleta Union School District strives to be the best example of that hope. As we step into the 2022-23 school year, we expect that our schools will cultivate happy, well-rounded children who are kind, caring, and curious to learn about the world around them. Happiness is not about being blind to the negative in our environment; it's about believing we have the power to do something about it. That belief leads to a future filled with hope. Work worth doing is not easy, and we can expect the work to be difficult. "Difficult is a far cry from impossible. The distance between these two lies hope. Hope is born again in the faces of children." --Maya Angelou
As we prepare for the return of students, I will meet with GUSD staff. I will stress the importance of belief in the potential of each other and, most notably, in the students we serve. I will expand on two points. One is collective efficacy. Research supports that when a group of educators develops the mindset that they do indeed have a significant impact on student learning, there are higher levels of academic achievement. The second point is the power of belief. Students will perform at the level expected by the teacher. Positive expectations affect performance positively, and negative expectations influence performance negatively. This phenomenon is known as the Pygmalion Effect.
Every student deserves to have a teacher who believes in their brilliance. Every child should have adults who see the beautiful potential that needs to be nurtured, encouraged, and challenged. Through care, acceptance, and unwavering belief, GUSD students will thrive in our schools as they proceed into a bright future filled with endless hope.
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Department Staff and Contact Information:
Dr. Diana Roybal
(805) 681-1200 x2201
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