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Superintendent's Message - January 2019
Posted 1/1/19

January 2019 - video

The  month of January is usually known for making “New Year’s Resolutions”. This might mean breaking old habits, starting new endeavors, or committing to bettering ourselves and our community. As you know, Fremont Unified staff, parents, and students have been participating in input gathering activities for our district’s Portrait of a Fremont Graduate campaign. Over 100 different stakeholder groups submitted ideas to consider, which we then put into a survey to narrow down the lifelong traits and skills we want to instill in our students before they move on to the next part of their lives.


The survey yielded nearly 4,000 responses: 46% of respondents were FUSD students; 39% were parents; and 14% were staff. While all of the items listed are important--and we will keep each of them in mind as we educate our students--the following characteristics rose to the top with over 75% of respondents saying that these should be the highest priority for Fremont Unified to focus on:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Post high school options and how to access them (college & career readiness)
  • Thinking critically/independently
  • Learning from mistakes/failures
  • Making good/rational decisions
  • Managing emotions/stress/mental health
  • Problem solving
  • Being accountable for one’s actions
  • Truthfulness/honesty
  • Responsible for self/others
  • Kind, compassionate, empathic, considerate

In the spirit of the new year of 2019, we will finalize the campaign this month by creating a visual representation contest for our students to participate in and bring the finalists to the Board for adoption as our emblem of what it means to be a Fremont Graduate. Then, the hard work begins: consciously aligning our resources, intentions, projects, and educational programs to the qualities we are resolving to in our district.


I want to thank everyone who shared their thoughts during the outreach sessions, the survey, and in the upcoming visual representation contest. Have a great start to 2019!


Portrait of a Fremont Graduate