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HogeboomSan Rafael City Schools is comprised of two distinct and separate public school districts: the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District, which are designated as San Rafael City Schools under the Charter for the City of San Rafael.

These two legal entities are governed by a single Board of Education, with administrative oversight and management by a single district administrative and support staff. This long-standing governance structure is a model of efficiency and effectiveness, maximizing the public's fiscal resources by combining the oversight, leadership, fiscal management and day-to-day operations into a single leadership team.

The Superintendent of Schools is the "Chief Executive Officer" of the organization, responsible for the administration and management of all district operations based upon the philosophy and direction of the five-member publicly elected Board of Education.  

Jim Hogeboom began his tenure as the Superintendent of SRCS at the start of the 2019-20 school year. The Superintendent's Office staff includes Assistant Theresa Allyn who supports both the Superintendent and the Board of Education.  The District's Communication Director Christina Perrino is also located in the Superintendent's Office.

Members of our community can contact individual members of the Board of Education, and/or the entire Board through this office. The Superintendent's Office is open during the same regular business hours of the Central Services Office.

MONTHLY MESSAGES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Last month, San Pedro Elementary School staff arrived at school early in the morning to find a "Got English?" sign (pictured to the right) had been put over their school marquee facing the street. San Pedro has an enrollment of 522 students: 98% are Hispanic, 85% are English learners, 85% are socioeconomically disadvantaged and 24% are homeless. Almost all of San Pedro's students are bussed to the school from San Rafael's Canal neighborhood. San Pedro mirrors the racial segregation that is apparent in almost every elementary school in our district. Over the past six months, as I've met with people and listened to a wide variety of concerns and issues in our schools, segregation almost always arises as a major concern. 

Of course, the issue of segregation is prevalent not only in San Rafael and Marin, but also in our state and our nation. It is a very difficult subject to address, and little progress has been made to solve this complex problem. I am very proud that here in San Rafael City Schools, we have been willing to address this issue, along with other equity issues, head on. Last year, the District undertook an equity audit of our high schools conducted by Education Trust West, which is a research and equity-driven organization focused on promoting equity in our school system. You can read their full report here, which includes an executive summary. 

This year, we have convened a task force to look at their findings and to develop a "blueprint for action," and we will present their recommendations to our Together 2023 Advisory Group as we build our three-year strategic plan, which will ultimately be presented to the Board of Education for approval. One of the elements of the plan will include recommendations for how we can begin to address the issue of segregation in our schools, such as looking at school boundaries, bussing and school programs. We invite parents, students and community members to participate in this process, which can be seen here.

We are making steady progress with our Together 2023 planning. Thanks to extensive feedback from our community, we have identified three core values that define what we believe in for our District: equity, community and joy. I hope these core values resonate with you; I know they inspire me to want to work hard to make sure we are demonstrating these values every day. Equity has been a core value in SRCS for a long time, and much work has been done to ensure that our schools are working for all of our students. In the past, we have worked with the National Equity Project and with the Pacific Education Group to hold "courageous conversations" about race and participated in numerous trainings and discussions about the impact of race on the opportunity gap. Currently, our school and District administrators are working together to develop plans to address racial bias in ourselves and in our schools so that we can do a better job of making sure all of our students are learning and growing at high rates. This semester, we will also train a cadre of student leaders to be strong advocates and give them increased voice through a program called SOAR: Students Organized Against Racism. 

Which brings me back to the incident at San Pedro I raised at the beginning of this communication. Ignoring the racist implications of the sign for the moment, let's discuss the numerous advantages of being bilingual. If I had a magic wand and had one wish, I would wish that every single one of our students had the tremendous economic and social advantage of being bilingual upon graduation. Not only is there ample research about the positive impact on the development of the brain of learning two languages at a young age, but there are certainly a plethora of compelling reasons to know more than one language. In our global and interconnected world, the ability to communicate with others in their language opens up many doors, not the least of which is to directly learn from others with a different perspective. Furthermore, the world is hungry for multi-lingual speakers, not only in the field of education but in all fields, including business, the military and the social sciences. It is a competitive advantage that I wish all of our students will obtain. Not only do I want all of our native Spanish speakers to learn English, I want all of our native English speakers to learn Spanish (or other languages) as well-this benefits every single one of us. Towards this end, planning has been underway to open another dual immersion program in SRCS in the near future and I can't wait for us to begin this adventure! 

In this New Year, I encourage us to embrace our differences. Let's celebrate all the cultures - the customs, traditions and languages - that make us such a rich and diverse country, one that has always included immigrants in our community and understood that they have so much to offer all of us. San Rafael is a microcosm of the changing demographics in the county, state and nation, and we can lead the way towards equity, community and, yes, joy, if we open our hearts and minds to accept and support all of the children in every one of our schools in our amazing school district. 

Sincerely, 
Jim

As we wrap up the first semester of the 2019-20 school year, I want to thank the entire community for such a warm welcome these past several months! I am especially grateful for our students, teachers, staff, families, partners and community members for the many successes and accomplishments we have collectively achieved so far this year - and I know there is so much more to come.

Please take a moment to view this short video, which hopefully reflects how grateful I am to be a part of the SRCS community.

Have a wonderful Winter Break - take care of our kids, take care of each other and take care of yourself!

Sincerely,
Jim

Yesterday morning, I was visiting Sun Valley Elementary before school and came upon two fathers and their fifth-grade boys out on the basketball courts. The small group was busy throwing a football from each end of the court, trying to make it through the hoop - and they impressively succeeded a few times. Evidently this morning ritual had been going on with these boys and others for quite a few years. The dads and I talked about sports, the trials of middle school and our own teachers when we were in school, and how we still remembered both the good and bad things from so long ago. 

As I strolled away from our conversation, I felt so grounded, connected and at ease. Such a simple interaction, yet so impactful. Why was this? I realized that I am so busy, and so needing to check my cell phone all the time, and always heading to my next meeting or appointment, that I rarely just make the time to hang out and talk with people in a meaningful way. My whole life I have strived to be present in the moment, and to really be there, yet I rarely achieve this goal. Connecting with others-our students, our children and each other, is so important, yet so overlooked. Making the time for our daily or weekly rituals is essential. I always look yearningly over at groups of people at coffee shops, usually older folks, who obviously know each other well and who meet together on a regular basis. Their ease of conversation and humor grounds them and connects them to one another. 

As I have spent time in our schools these past few months, I have seen these connections and rituals happening on a daily basis, and I have seen our staff and students really being present in the moment (and not just during mindfulness exercises). Reading, playing dodgeball, telling stories, tutoring each other-students are engaged in the moment most of the time. It is only as we get older that we start worrying about tomorrow and letting go of the present. We have so much to learn from our students, and from two dads throwing a football around on the playground with their children. 

As you take time with family and friends this Thanksgiving week, make sure to put the phone down, revel in some rituals and be present in the moment with the people who count most in your life. I feel blessed to be able to work in San Rafael City Schools with you all and hope everyone has a relaxing and restful holiday. Remember to take care of our kids, take care of each other, and take care of yourself!

Sincerely,
Jim

"A team is not a group of people who work together. It is a group of people who trust each other." 
- Simon Sinek, "Begin With Why"


Since I came to SRCS in July, I have spent most of the past three months meeting with students, teachers, classified staff, Board members, parents and community members to hear their perspectives about what is working well and what we need to work to improve. The majority of the community has been complimentary about the great people in the District and the positive and welcoming environment that exists. I've also heard that most schools and people have been doing their own thing, and that we need to work together towards a common vision and goals. As the quote above states, just because people work together doesn't necessarily mean they are a team. Teamwork is much more than collaboration; it entails common commitment, faith in each other, honest feedback, and a willingness to go the extra mile for our friends. This is one of our key goals for this year.

We started to work on improving our teamwork at our Board of Education retreat and our administrator Leadership Team retreat, both of which were held in August.  We are reading is "Dare to Lead" by Brene Brown, and much of what she talks about is identifying our key values and knowing what we stand for; building trust with each other; and being willing to have honest and meaningful conversations. We have been doing work around looking deeper in to trust and identifying and practicing those behaviors aligned with trust such as reliability, confidentiality, boundaries and gratitude. 

Last week we held our first District-wide Advisory Team meeting, which brought together over 60 individuals for the purpose of building our District vision and three-year plan, which we are calling "Together 2023." Our key stakeholders were invited to the meeting: students, teachers, classified staff, principals, District administrators, parents, and labor partners. Many of our community partners  Canal Alliance, 10,000 Degrees, Marin Promise, College of Marin, Envision and others - joined us for our kickoff event. It was a really fun and energizing meeting as we started off with a six-word story from each group, explained our process for coming up with a vision and plan for the District.  We dove into selecting our District core values for each table group. This was hard work, but was also invigorating and galvanizing. We will continue to get input from our stakeholders to narrow down our key core values into ones that truly resonate and define San Rafael City Schools. 

Our next step will be to determine the most important skills that we want our students to master before they graduate. San Rafael High School has been working diligently on their version of the "Graduate Profile" and we will work to come to consensus on District-wide skills to provide clarity on what is expected of all students. Finally, we will set our goals and determine the key strategies to help us accomplish them. All of this work and planning should take about a year, and in the end we will have a very strong plan that was developed with an abundance of input from all of you.

"Together 2023" is the perfect slogan for our primary work this year. We are so much stronger and more effective when we come together, build trust and work collaboratively. I have seen many examples of this in my short time here: the Friday morning donut meetings at Terra Linda High School; over 200 parents coming together at San Rafael High School for the first English Language Advisory Committee meeting in support of their students; the Venetia Valley School ice cream social; the "Start with Hello week" at Glenwood Elementary School; the upcoming Challenge Days at Davidson Middle School; and at our HeadsUp Carnival on October 12 when our entire community will come together at San Rafael High School's campus. Being inclusive with one another and making sure our students feel a strong sense of belonging and connection is the key to our success. We still have our work cut out for us. Too many students still eat lunch by themselves. Too many teachers still teach in isolation. Too many adults and kids don't feel part of the "team" and feel alone. 

This school year, let's make a commitment to come together, to reach out to one another, to take risks, to be open and vulnerable, and to really make a personal connection with each other and our students. I can honestly say that I have truly felt this positive outreach from so many of you in my short time here in SRCS, and I am excited to build on this. And remember - take care of our kids, take care of each other and take care of yourself!

Sincerely,
Jim

9/23/2019
As our new school year is underway, student safety is a top concern. This is also fire season, and it is important that schools and families prepare for potential wildfires and power outages and their impact. Anticipating these occurrences, we will be sharing a series of updates to keep you informed about our school safety protocols and to help you and your family prepare. 

This update provides information and resources related to protecting student health when air quality is poor due to a wildfire or other disaster. Click here to read the previous communication on PG&E's Public Safety Power Shutoff program and what it means for our schools.

With recommendations and guidance provided by the Marin County Department of Public Health, the Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) and school districts have produced recommended Air Quality Guidelines to assist with our planning and response as air quality issues arise. 

Click here to read the Marin County Air Quality Outdoor Activity Overview for Schools, which are the general guidelines that SRCS will use when making decisions based on our own district circumstances. 

Furthermore, the California Department of Education, in conjunction with other state health and air resource agencies, has shared additional Air Quality Information and Resources for schools and families. Click here to view the document, which features information on: 

  • AirNow.gov, the air quality measurement monitor that assesses air quality as is recommended by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the California Air Resources Board, and the U.S. EPA.; 
     
  • Masks and their limitations. When the air is unhealthy, the best option is to reduce physical activity and stay indoors with windows and doors closed; 
     
  • Recommendations for ensuring cleaner air at school; and
     
  • Considerations from CDE regarding the decision around closing school.

These steps and guidelines have been developed based on best practices from our own local experiences and from recommendations from the California Department of Education, air quality districts and public health professionals statewide.

Thank you for your support and partnership in helping us be prepared!

Sincerely, 
Jim

9/18/2019
As our new school year is underway, student safety is a top concern. This is also fire season, and it is important that schools and families prepare for potential wildfires and power outages and their impact. Anticipating these occurrences, we are sharing a series of updates to keep you informed about our school safety protocols and to help you and your family prepare. 

This first update provides information and resources related to PG&E's "Public Safety Power Shutoff" or "PSPS" program. As you may be aware, PG&E has shared that for public safety, it may be necessary for them to turn off electricity when gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with heightened fire risk, are forecasted. This precaution is meant to help reduce the risk of wildfires. Please see the important information here about what this means for our schools.

Thank you for your support and partnership in helping us be prepared!

Sincerely, 
Jim

I am so excited to be here! I have never felt so welcomed in any district I have been in and am so jazzed to be here and to begin this new school year. I realize that I have only moved 10 miles down the road from Novato, but San Rafael already feels like home and I want to thank everyone in our community and our District for making me feel so much a part of the team. I want to share my thoughts on three questions:

  1. Why am I here?
  2. Who am I?
  3. What are my top priorities?

WHY AM I HERE?
People often ask me why I decided to come to SRCS, and there are three main reasons: 

  • the amazing people who are here; 
  • the strong community and parent support; and 
  • the close match between my skills and strengths and the District’s needs. 

One of the big reasons I am here in San Rafael is because of our Board of Education, and I believe it is essential that we have a strong governance team in place to address the many challenges we face. I have been very impressed with all five of our Board members, and I have really enjoyed getting to know them. I also want to thank the Board for their confidence in hiring me. This week, after many months of public discussion and input, our Board voted to adopt a new map of trustee-areas by district and approved a map that was drawn by one of our former Venetia Valley students. In 2020, SRCS will become the first school district in Marin to vote by the newly designed trustee areas instead of voting “at-large.” I was very impressed with the way our Board listened closely to our public comments during our community meetings and Board meetings, and this input led to a smooth and unanimous decision that reflected strong community input. This is the kind of school board that I want to work with.

I also work closely with our District staff, including administrators, classified staff, principals, and assistant principals. Over the past few months, I have been able to meet with administrators from across the District and have come away impressed with their professionalism and their commitment to our students and SRCS. I have also spent some time with our labor partners: SRFT, SRTA and CSEA. Last week, we were able to come to a tentative agreement with our high school teachers, and I looking forward to having the contract approved. 

School districts are built on trust, collaboration and strong relationships, and I have seen great evidence of this in my short time here. My plan for these first months is to meet as many people as possible on a kind of “listening tour” to determine what is going well and what areas we need to work on for improvement. Now that I have met with most of our staff, my next step is to reach out to our community partners, parents and students to also hear their perspective on how things are going. I look forward to meeting you in the coming months.


WHO IS JIM HOGEBOOM?
Hogeboom means “Big Tree” in Dutch, and that kind of fits me! I grew up in the East Bay and went to San Ramon High School. From there I went to Cal Berkeley, following in the footsteps of my parents and my two older sisters. I had been a huge Cal fan since I was a little boy, going to all the football and basketball games every year. After college I didn’t know what to do with my Political Science degree, so I interviewed with some firms on campus and was hired by Boise Cascade Office Products. 

While I enjoyed the challenge of sales and management at Boise, I realized it wasn’t really my passion – which led me to getting my teaching credential at San Francisco State and beginning my teaching career at Tamalpais High School. After that I went to Novato to be the Assistant Principal at Hill Middle School; had a brief stint at Davidson Middle School; opened Cooley Middle School in Roseville; and then went to work as the Assistant Superintendent in Corvallis, Oregon. I have been the superintendent in Lucia Mar Unified on the Central Coast and at Novato Unified, and love being a superintendent. 

The two things that matter most to me are equity and personal growth, and these values are at the core of what I believe and what is important to me. I trust you will see evidence of this as we spend more time together here over the coming years.


WHAT ARE MY TOP PRIORITIES?
The first item on my agenda is to meet with as many people in San Rafael as I can to better understand what is going well and what can be improved. I will report out on the results of my “listening tour” this fall. We have already set our top four goals for the year based on data we analyzed last year. There are specifics to the goals, but overall, they are to:

  1. Improve Student Achievement
    1. Increase our graduation rates
    2. Increase our math and English results
    3. Decrease our suspension rates
    4. Decrease our chronic absenteeism rates
  2. Build a culture of excellence that is supportive and positive through trusting relationships 
  3. Establish a common vision by partnering with the greater community to create a strong General Plan 2023
  4. Balance the budgets 

Finally, we must focus on closing the opportunity gap and making sure all students are achieving their full potential. Equity is a top priority for SRCS, and we must meet the challenge. 
These are difficult times in America on a number of fronts. It is imperative that we all pull together to create a vision of excellence here in San Rafael, that we take care of our students in every way; that we provide for their physical and emotional safety; and that we work together to achieve our goals. I am thrilled to be in SRCS, and look forward to meeting you all in the coming year. Thanks in advance for your support and confidence, and I look forward to an amazing school year for our students.

Sincerely,
Jim
 

Superintendent of Schools
Contact Jim Hogeboom  Jim Hogeboom District Staff
Superintendent's Office
Contact Theresa Allyn  Theresa Allyn (415) 492-3233 Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
Contact Christina Perrino  Christina Perrino Communications Director
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The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians and community members may wish to organize parent organizations and/or booster clubs for the purpose of supporting district co-curricular and extracurricular programs (“school-connected organizations”), such as athletic teams, debate teams, musical groups, and other activities that provide a positive source of involvement for students consistent with the district’s vision for student learning.  

Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1230 regarding School Connected Organizations were approved by the Board in January 2017 to guide the process for which a community group can request that the Board authorize them as a School-Connected Organization.

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