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            Strategic Plan
             2009 – 2014
     Board Adopted: March 9, 2009
What is a strategic plan?
 A strategic plan is a
  document that guides
  an organization into
  the future. It is based
  on core beliefs leading
  to vision. Vision leads
  to mission and mission
  leads to goals and
  actions. Actions bring
  the vision closer and
  closer to reality!
            What is a vision?


 A vision is a compelling
  description of an ideal future
  state. It serves to inspire a call
  to action.

 When you take a dream and bring it into
  the light of day, it becomes vision! From
  the vision we create reality.
  Ripon Unified School District
               We believe:

 Students are our first priority.
 All students are capable of learning.
 All people have a right to an
  environment that feels safe and
  accepting both physically and
  emotionally.
 Individuals are entitled to the support
  and opportunity needed to realize
  their own unique potential.
  Ripon Unified School District
                We believe:

 That life skills, as well as academics,
  are critical for a successful future.
 That integrity, honesty, problem-
  solving, and decision making are the
  core of our success.
 That our supportive community is
  essential to our high quality schools.
   Ripon Unified School District
                        Our Vision

The Ripon Unified School District is committed to offering
   the highest quality education in the San Joaquin
   Valley. We provide a safe, positive, and stimulating
   environment where students are our first priority.
   Our district has state-of-the-art facilities that
   exemplify pride of ownership. Technology is cutting
   edge and abundant in all areas of the curriculum. It
   is accessible to students and staff both at school and
   at home, keeping the district competitive. We
   recognize that mutually beneficial relationships are
   essential between the district and community. Our
   children enjoy coming to school 
  Ripon Unified School District
                Our Mission

The Ripon Unified School District is
  committed to working together with
  parents and the community to
  provide a high quality education. The
  district will create a safe learning
  environment characterized by trust
  and respect. We ensure that each
  student will be a contributing citizen
  in an ever changing diverse and
  global society.
Ripon Unified School District
           Our Motto




           We
          Expect
        Excellence!
Ripon Unified School District
        From Our Students



       We can do better

           Because

        We are Ripon!
     Ripon Unified School District
          Our 2009 – 2014 Goals for Instruction


 By 2014, the Ripon Unified School District
  and all of its schools will have high
  academic achievement as measured by an
  Academic Performance Index at or above
  900.
 The district, each school, and each
  subgroup will exceed the federal AYP
  standards.
 Each district school will achieve at the same
  high level.
  Ripon Unified School District
      Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Instruction

 Assess district current practice as
  aligned to the nine essential elements
  of effective schools. Use California
  Dept. of Education standard tools
  including the Academic Performance
  Survey, the District Assessment
  Survey, the ELSA (English Learner
  Support Assessment) and the Least
  Restrictive Environment Survey.
Ripon Unified School District
   Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Instruction

 Devote staff in-service days and
  collaboration time at Ripon High
  School and selected elementary
  schools to implement Explicit Direct
  Instruction (EDI) and other
  instructional strategies including
  effective academic language
  development strategies for English
  Language Learners (WASC Action
  Plan and RUSD district goal)
  Ripon Unified School District
         Our 2009 – 2014 Goals for Structure

 By 2014 our district will enjoy state of the
  art school facilities with cutting edge
  technology in every classroom, media
  center and office.
 By 2014, our school schedules and
  resources will include intervention times
  and strategies to prevent any student from
  falling behind his or her grade level peers.
 By 2014 our district will have secured the
  fiscal future of the district and assure that
  we have adequate human resources
  infrastructure to meet our goals.
  Ripon Unified School District
        Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Structure

 Take all necessary steps to provide an on-
  time balanced budget with a positive
  certification for the budget year and two
  subsequent fiscal years.
 Explore avenues to increase funding
  through grant applications, development of
  one or more educational foundations, fees
  for services, inter-district transfer policies
  and practices and research into voter
  approved local funding options.
Ripon Unified School District
    Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Structure

 Develop a facilities master plan and define
  financing options for:
   modernization of existing facilities,
   upgrading the network infrastructure and
    technology resources, (WASC Action Plan)
   planning for growth, and determination of
    direction of growth planning for Ripon High
    School, and
   assess and plan for impact of Manteca
    developments within RUSD boundary.
  Ripon Unified School District
          Our 2009 – 2014 Goals for Culture

 The Ripon Unified School District will excel
  in each of the 4A’s – arts, activities,
  athletics, and academics.
 Our schools will be characterized by an
  atmosphere of mutual respect and
  understanding based on the inherent value
  of every individual.
 There will be regular, on-going, two way
  communication between the district, its
  schools, its parents and the community to
  assure participation and a sense of
  belonging for all.
Ripon Unified School District
     Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Culture

 Communicate and implement the district
  strategic plan through the following:
   Development of a shared vision and mission at
    each district school aligned to the district vision
    (WASC Action Plan)
   Development of a Strategic Plan brochure and
    posting the plan on the district website and
    public access channel,
   Annual community goal setting meeting each
    January to report on progress and identify next
    steps.
   Ripon Unified School District
          Action Steps for 2009 – 2010: Culture

 Increase student access to UC/CSU a-g requirements
  and increase number of RHS graduates eligible for 4
  year university admission (WASC Action Plan)
 Provide gang awareness training for staff at all levels,
  particularly grades 6 – 8.
 Consider adoption of an anti-bullying policy and
  provide training in prevention and intervention in
  bullying behavior including cyber-bullying.
 Explore parent notification products for telephone and
  e-mail notifications of emergencies and school events.
 Determine costs and consider implementation of
  AERIES Browser Interface and Parent Portal access for
  elementary schools.
  Ripon Unified School District
               References

 Inventing Better Schools by Phil
  Schlechty for our development of
  beliefs, vision, mission, goals and
  actions
 Good to Great by Jim Collins for our
  BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)
 Whatever it Takes by Richard and
  Rebecca DeFour to challenge our
  thinking about instruction and schools
  Ripon Unified School District
           Your Strategic Planning Team

Students                 Parents

Michelle Ambrose         Stephanie Hobbs
Madison Hardin           Teri Hardin
Blake Escobar            Leslie Coen
Hayden Jackson           Roger Valdez
Matthew Uecker           Alicia Uecker
Brent White              Kate Sausedo
  Ripon Unified School District
           Your Strategic Planning Team

Teachers                 Classified

Cam Burton               Galen Christensen
Kathy Woodson            Marsha Silva
Sherri Huff              Mary Machado
Robyn Udavi              Jody Landa
Susan Taylor             Jeff Hardenbrook
Ted Schut                Roxanne Smith
  Ripon Unified School District
          Your Strategic Planning Team

District Leadership     Community Members

Ernie Tyhurst           Eldon “Red” Nutt
Jack DeLiddo            Richard Bull
Lance Morrow            Jennifer Johns
Warren Council          Erica Ramos
Kathy Coleman           Danielle Pierce
Donna Clark             George Condon, Ph.D.
  Ripon Unified School District
           Strategic Plan 2009 - 2014



 The Board of Trustees, Administration,
      Faculty, Staff and entire school
    community commit to focusing our
       time, resources, and attention
towards achievement of the goals in this
     plan. Join us each January as we
   assess our progress and plan for the
                 next year.

				
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