Superintendent Message

Dear Families and Staff,


On behalf of the Governance Team, our staff and myself, welcome to a new school year! The 2017/18 school year will be an exciting year of learning for our students and staff.


We want our schools to be safe, engaging, academically challenging, supportive learning environments. Sebastopol's children have undeniable potential to achieve at high levels, and they come to school motivated to learn and succeed. We expect ALL of our students to be successful, regardless of background, ethnicity, or special needs.


As we prepare for the coming year, I want to take this time to highlight specific key happenings the district is undertaking this year. This summer the district has engaged in many facility projects including roof repairs, LED lighting installation, landscaping and more. Plans are still underway for the new multipurpose room at Brook Haven.  


Furthermore, we will continue to improve and support services and programs at all school sites.  This includes implementing a new Language Arts/ELD curriculum district-wide; improving services for struggling learners; providing enrichment experiences for all students; maintaining counseling at both sites; continuing to enhance the use of technology; supporting the implementation of Year 2 Restorative Justice/PBIS training for staff and supporting intervention measures in literacy and math. Finally, we will continue promoting student wellness, physical activity and healthy daily meals by offering more choices, including a vegetarian option every day.


This new school year we welcome Vice Principal, Sara Gramm. She has been a teacher in the district for the past 17 years, attended our schools herself, and is a parent in the district. She will be serving both sites and will assist with curriculum implementation. Please join us in welcoming her.


Our district’s broader goal is to prepare our students to thrive in today’s 21st century global economy. As a progressive district that is an integral part of its engaged and diverse community, Sebastopol Union School District graduates all of its students as globally-minded citizens, critical and creative thinkers, skilled collaborators, and fully-engaged learners who achieve academic excellence and are socially and emotionally resilient. We accomplish this with inspired teaching of a rigorous and meaningful curriculum in a dynamic learning environment where we support and challenge every student in partnership with families and community.


A new year presents a new opportunity to engage, create and inspire new ways of learning and thinking for every child who will enter our schools. I am proud of the work we are doing in Sebastopol Union to prepare students to graduate from our district ready to compete and succeed in high school and beyond. 


I encourage and invite parents and community members to be engaged in our schools and thank you for your support of our district. 





Linda Irving, Superintendent