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Superintendent Wayne's welcome back message
Posted 8/25/19

Dear HUSD Community,

Superintendent Wayne speaks

We are ready and excited to welcome students (from our traditional schools) to the first day of school on Monday, August 26. While our four year-round schools have been in session since late July, we also want to welcome them back to the new school year. 


This time of year is always full of excitement as students return to school to greet familiar friends or step onto a school campus for the first time in their young lives. Bus drivers, teachers, crossing guards, nurses, principals, food services staff, and the rest of the school and district support staff are ready to welcome them. 


During the summer break, we have been busy making important upgrades to school sites. You may return to the school to see some physical improvements to the school, including roof repairs and new paint. In some cases, critical safety upgrades, such as fire alarms, were completed during this time. Other school communities will notice more drastic changes. We were excited to celebrate the grand opening of Cherryland Elementary on August 20 where 750 students will begin their school year. The demolition of Harder Elementary is also complete and the rebuilding of that school is moving forward. Our high schools are seeing the continued progress of the new STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) buildings, which we expect to be completed during this school year. It’s important to note that we’re not done yet. Measure H funds are allowing us to continue improvements to school facilities as we move forward. 


As superintendent, I’m particularly proud to be heading into the 2019-20 school year with a three-year strategic plan. Our diverse community of students, families, staff, and community partners put in over 700 hours of evening and weekend work to develop a plan that offers some clear direction for our district. As a result of this process we have developed a new vision statement, mission statement, and four priority areas we want to focus on as an organization. You may go to learn more about how we plan to address deeper learning practices, promote relationship-centered schools, work towards service excellence, and achieve operational sustainability. 


Yesterday, our entire team of certificated staff came together to hear about our strategic plan, get a little inspiration from some incredible students, and reconnect with colleagues. Our HUSD educators—some who have been dedicated educators for over 30 years and others who are just beginning their career at HUSD—are energized and ready to begin the school year.


I am also a parent and just dropped my oldest daughter off at college. It was an inspiring, nerve-racking, and ultimately wonderful experience. Our goal is that all HUSD students and families have this opportunity. It is a reminder of the important charge we have as educators. 


We are ready to provide a safe and joyful environment that will allow our students to reach their full potential and be proud to be Made in Hayward.



Dr. Matt Wayne