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Dave Valenzuela - Superintendent

541-862-3111  ext.5222

Shelly Quick - Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

541-862-3111  ext.5217



Dear Three Rivers School District Students, Staff and Families,


Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  It is a profound honor to once again have an opportunity to serve this amazing school district as Superintendent.  I am a product of TRSD, I have a daughter poised to graduate from a TRSD high school this year, and I am a lifelong resident of Josephine County, giving me a unique sense of investment and pride in everything we do on behalf of our students here in Three Rivers.  We have the most dedicated and passionate staff, and they are eager to meet the needs of the students we serve.  It is very clear to me why our teachers, administrators and support staff show up to work every day.  They are here to improve the lives of kids, they show up to add value to our greater community by investing in the lives of our youth and they are here because they love what they do.  As we embark on the upcoming school year we have three main goal areas that we are focusing on as a school district: Graduation, High Quality 3 C's (communication, customer service & community engagement) and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) & Trauma Informed Care


Graduation is a broad goal and impacts everyone from kindergarten to our senior class.  I have been asking TRSD educators a question lately; what have you done to help a student toward graduation and success after high school?  We all should have an answer, every day for every student.  The School Board is dedicated to developing clearly defined subgoals that support graduation and success after high school.


High-Quality 3C's is all about how we as a district articulate and interact with our families, our local school communities and Josephine County business communities.  21st century schools do not exist inside the 4 walls of a classroom and we would be doing our students a disservice if we limited our educational perspectives to only our campus borders.  In addition, we feel strongly that a school and school district is here to serve.  Obviously we are here to serve students, but we also strive to serve the greater community in many ways.  Our local school communities should feel a strong connection and membership to our local schools.  This is where the concept of high-quality community engagement and customer service come into play.


ACEs and Trauma Informed Care could be the goal that binds the other two goals together and ensures that we are able to meet the needs of all students in our district.  Our local School Board, Administration, Teachers and Support Staff are dedicated to the concept of ACEs and providing Trauma Informed Care to our students.  What are ACEs and what is Trauma Informed Care?  ACEs refers to the study of how childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on learning and social interaction in a school environment.  As such, early experiences are an important public health issue and a direct link between ACEs before age 18 and the impact on lifelong health.  Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and framework that involves understanding recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma.  Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological and emotional safety, helping those who have experienced trauma rebuild a sense of empowerment.  In short, ACEs is the science that helps us better understand our students and Trauma Informed Care is how we, as a school district, actively support our students and community.


I am very much looking forward to this school year.  There is a renewed sense of urgency among the staff in Three Rivers to provide more opportunities and produce better outcomes for the students we serve.  Please take time to engage in your child's school this year.  I invite you to observe the wonderful and amazing things that are happening in classrooms across the district.


Respectfully,

Dave Valenzuela, Superintendent

Three Rivers School District