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Thank you, Mrs. Ettenberg

On Friday, November 18, 2016, Ina Ettenberg finished her last day as the Learning Center teacher at El Camino School in the GUSD. Her retirement begins today, November 21, 2016.

This weekend Mrs. Ettenberg was honored as Educator of the Year by the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce at the “Goleta’s Finest” program. The video below is her acceptance speech.

Thank you Mrs. Ettenberg for your service to the children of our community. Thank you for your passion and dedication, and for representing the excellence we see in GUSD every day from the employees and leaders that make our school district the extraordinary place that it is!

Message to the GUSD Community / Mensaje a la comunidad de GUSD

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GUSD is a diverse and welcoming community. We strive, not only in difficult times but every day, to represent the values of caring, acceptance, and compassion. We seek to demonstrate these values to the children and families we serve. We place the safety and security of our student population as our first priority, and we believe that our values and priorities are reflected most clearly through our actions.

In recent days GUSD employees and elected Board members have been paying careful attention to the needs of students and families. While we are, indeed, an exceptional community, we are not a perfect one. We acknowledge the presence of concerns and uncertainty among many of those we serve. We recognize that some children have experienced anxiety about the changes we are experiencing nationally, and we see that some have reported interactions with others that don’t reflect our community’s values. When that happens, we believe our values will guide our actions. We are committed to resources that support those in need and confirm the principles in which we are grounded.

Some have suggested that a message to our community that provides assurance of a safe environment and outlines the resources we provide for children and families would be appropriate. Others have suggested that the support we provide is effective; they are confident that our actions alone are sufficient. They believe that the inherent safety and compassion of our district and community are so well ingrained in our day-to-day culture that a written reassurance is not necessary.

It makes perfect sense to honor both these perspectives.

If your child is experiencing anxiety or inappropriate interactions with others in the school community, the classroom teacher or the school principal is the best first resource.

The employees and elected Board of GUSD are proud to be part of this remarkable community. Our values and actions are a reflection of each of us and we are committed to keeping them at the heart of our work.

Not just today. Every day.

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Un mensaje a la comunidad de GUSD

GUSD es una comunidad diversa y acogedora. Nos esforzamos, no solo en los momentos difíciles, pero todos los días, por representar los valores de cariño, aceptación y compasión. Buscamos demostrarles estos valores a cada niño y familia que servimos. La seguridad de nuestra población estudiantil es nuestra prioridad principal, y creemos que nuestros valores se reflejan más claramente por nuestras acciones.

En los últimos días, los empleados de GUSD y los representantes electos de la Mesa Directiva han estado prestando atención especial a las necesidades de los estudiantes y sus familias. Si bien somos una comunidad excepcional, no somos perfectos. Reconocemos la presencia de preocupaciones e incertidumbre entre muchos de los que servimos. Reconocemos que algunos han experimentado ansiedad acerca de los cambios que estamos experimentando a nivel nacional; y vemos que algunos han reportado interacciones con otros que no reflejan los valores de nuestra comunidad. Cuando eso sucede, creemos que nuestros valores guían nuestras acciones. Estamos comprometidos con los recursos que apoyan a los necesitados y confirman los principios en los que estamos basados.

Algunos han sugerido que sería apropiado mandarle un mensaje a nuestra comunidad que describe los recursos que ofrecemos para los niños y las familias además de garantías de seguridad.Otros han sugerido que el apoyo que ofrecemos es eficaz; están seguros que nuestras acciones por sí solas son suficientes. Ellos creen que la seguridad inherente y la compasión de nuestro distrito y comunidad están tan arraigadas en nuestra cultura cotidiana que una reconfirmación por escrito no sería necesario.

Tiene todo el sentido respetar ambas perspectivas.

Si su hijo/a está experimentando ansiedad o interacciones inapropiadas con otros en la comunidad escolar, su maestro/a o director/a es el mejor primer recurso.

Los empleados y Mesa electa de GUSD están orgullosos de ser parte de esta comunidad extraordinaria. Nuestros valores son un reflejo de cada uno de nosotros y estamos comprometidos con mantenerlos como el núcleo de nuestro trabajo.

No solo hoy. Cada día.