Canyon Country Magazine reached out to Sulphur Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Catherine Kawaguchi to find out what’s new this year. The SSSD has four individuals taking new posts as principals:
Heather Drew, principal at Leona Cox Community School. She was the assistant principal last year at the school.
Julie Martinez, principal at Canyon Springs Community School. She was an assistant principal in the Eastside School District.
Eric Guerrero, principal at Sulphur Springs Community School. He was an assistant principal in the Eastside School District.
Dr. Marie Dacumos, principal at Mitchell Community School. She has more than nine years of administrative experience, from being a principal to coaching other principals.
Special Projects for this coming year include:
-Implementing a new English Language Arts Adoption. “We had over 80 teachers pilot two programs last year, and then together they worked to select Benchmark Advance as the new curriculum that will be used in our classrooms,” Dr. Kawaguchi said. “The curriculum is aligned to the California State Standards and all of our teachers have been trained to use this program.”
-The 2nd Autism Program at Leona Cox Community School. Last year the first such program opened at Leona Cox. “We are excited to be able to offer a state-of-the art program for our children,” the superintendent said.
-A state preschool program at Leona Cox. “This program will also allow our children with special needs to have the opportunity to be mainstreamed,” she explained. “It is critical that we work together to continue to provide the best for our children, no matter what their needs are, and Sulphur Springs is committed to doing this.”
-Construction at Pinetree Community School using Measure CK dollars. “We want to thank our voters for supporting (us) with the passage of this Measure, since it will support the construction of new classrooms to replace portables, construction of a Learning Center that will house the Library, Multi-Media Center and Makerspace lab for all the students, and a new administrative building,” Dr. Kawaguchi said. “We have also constructed a new playground for the children that is open to the children now.”
Sulphur Springs School District was founded by Thomas and Martha Mitchell and their neighbors, the Langs and the Stewarts, back in 1872. The district continues its history of almost 150 years of expansion and development according to the needs of local residents.
Dr. Kawaguchi added: “We are excited about this coming year, and we look forward to working and collaborating with our families to continue to bring an excellent education to all of our children.”