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Welcome Back To School: California Bus Laws And A Message From Glen Billington, YUSD Superintendent

Sierra News Online would like to welcome all new and returning students to the start of the 2019-2020 school year!

Please be advised that all classes for the following school districts begin tomorrow, Thursday, August 15th:

  • Chawanakee Unified School District
  • Yosemite Unified School District.

An important message about buses and flashing red lights:  As every Californian should know, when driving, you must stop when you see a school bus flashing its red lights. You must also remain stopped as long as the red lights are flashing. See California Vehicle Code CVC §22454 for details. Failure to stop could result in a $1,000 fine and the loss of your driving privileges for one year. The only exception is if you are going the opposite direction down a roadway with a center divider. Even then, slow down!

A welcome back to school message from Glen Billington, YUSD Superintendent: 

Hello Families, Faculty, & Community,

As we move into the 2019-2020 school year, there are a number of developments that I want to share with you. First and foremost is the adoption of new curriculum in grades K-8 for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and History / Social Science. The district will implement a new curriculum bundle from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt that provides both traditional textbooks and digital editions. The digital editions are much more than an online copy of the book, they contain links to videos and other online resources that make the materials very engaging.

Second, new and restructured staff is in place that will enhance our program. One of the highlights of our staffing changes is a new middle school teaching group at Coarsegold Elementary. This team will be made up of some outstanding existing staff including Kim Lawhon, Jody Burnette, and Kearsten Hymer who have changed grade levels and the continued service of Robert Jackson. We are very excited about this new team. Additionally, Dr. Stephanie Osowski has taken the helm as principal of Yosemite High and EdOps, and we are looking forward to a great year under her leadership. New staff is in place at every site.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Anne Flanagan as trustee for Area 1 which serves the Rivergold area. Anne has served on the PTO Board at Rivergold, as a weekly classroom volunteer and as a member of the District Budget Committee among her other contributions. Anne was interviewed in open session and selected during a Special Board Meeting on August 8th at Rivergold School and will be sworn in during the August 19th Board Meeting. We are looking forward to her passion, insight and dedication as a member of the Board of Education.

The staff and leadership of Yosemite Unified School District are committed to providing our students with an outstanding education. We are working to help our students, your children, develop as scholars, citizens, and caring people. Working together with families, we can provide our children with the tools they need to lead successful, fulfilled and productive lives.

Thank you, and we look forward to a great school year ahead!

Glen Billington,
Superintendent of YUSD

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