Welcome Back Staff - 2022-23

Welcome Back Staff - 2022-23
Posted on 08/05/2022

Greetings Colleagues,

While it may be hard to believe, the 2022-2023 school year really is just around the corner!  Some of you may not have had much of a break this summer due to working in the summer school program or working to prepare our schools for students coming back this fall.  Whether you enjoyed a break over the summer or worked, I am hopeful you feel rejuvenated and excited for the start of the school year.

We are all aware recent years have been challenging.  As educators, we have felt instability, the impact of insufficient support and resources, and at times, underappreciated for all of the work we have been doing.  COVID-19 created a challenging environment.  The past couple of years are not how it is supposed to be in education!  That being said, thank you for not giving up and for coming back (or just starting with Eureka City Schools) to make our schools a better place to grow and learn.  What you do each day is important to the future of our students and our community.

According to Phil Boyte, “School culture does not start with students, it starts with us, the adults.”  As such, I am challenging you, despite the setbacks we have faced in recent years, to come to school on August 22nd with a positive attitude.  Students mirror the environment they are in, and if it is positive, they respond in kind.  Attending school is either an experience people merely survive, or it is the time they begin to truly thrive!  Societal trends and pressures influence the culture in our schools, and without culture caretakers, social influences will be the primary definers of our school’s culture!

To kick off the new school year, I look forward to seeing each of you at our back-to-school meeting on Wednesday, August 17th.  Upon arrival, please come to the Eureka High School Auditorium Foyer where you will be welcomed by your principal or supervisor.  A continental breakfast will be available at 7:30 a.m. in the hallway/foyer adjacent to the auditorium.  At 8:00 a.m. we will proceed into the auditorium for our meeting.  A full schedule of professional development for the week is enclosed and posted on the website.  Please note the Eureka Teachers Association (ETA) is inviting members to attend a voluntary meeting in the cafeteria before the 8:00 a.m. official welcome. The Classified Schools Employee Association (CSEA) is also holding a voluntary meeting in the Rose Garden at Eureka High School.

To set the stage, our staff has been meticulously working to prepare our sites for the school year ahead.  I would like to extend a big “thank you” to our teams and the work they have done to prepare for the upcoming school year!  As you arrive on August 17th, please note the construction of the new Jay Willard Gymnasium, eliminating the large lot in front of the old gym as a parking option.  The District Office (Marshall) parking lot is available in addition to street parking and the staff parking lot off of Del Norte Street.  Please allow a couple of extra minutes to find parking and to walk to the auditorium.


Fred Van Vleck, Ed.D.