Principal's Message

August, 2014

Dear Parents:

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year! I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you and share some important information about our school district. I am from Kailua which is a small town on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I attended Hawaii public schools from Kindergarten through graduation from high school and then matriculated to the University of Hawaii where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Communication as well as a Professional Teaching Diploma in Secondary Education with a major in English. After I moved to California, I received my California Teaching Credential and Educational Leadership Credential from San Jose State University. I have 30 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher and leader in public education. While I have no children of my own, I cherished the 150 “children” I had each day for the 13 years I was a teacher.

 

I am thrilled to be part of the Albany Unified School District and serve as your Superintendent. One of the most important goals I have is to get to know you, our schools and our community. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year. To kick off the new school year, I have scheduled three “Meet & Greet” events:

  • Board Meeting 8/12 from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Albany City Hall (revised)
  • Community Dessert 8/25 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Park
  • Board Meeting 8/26 from 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Albany City Hall

 

Watch for news about the Back to School Night directly from your child’s school.  Back to School Nights is an important opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and to preview the planned program of instruction for the year. Mark your calendars now for these important Back to School Nights dates:

  • Ocean View, Cornell, & Elementary Schools is September 11, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.;
  • Albany Middle School is September 18, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; and
  • Albany High School is September 17, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

 

Our focus in the Albany Unified School District is to ensure that all students are academically successful, that we support the whole child and that we communicate and lead together. This year, the focus will be:

  • To continue to improve teaching and learning;
  • To ensure that students are provided the necessary intervention and support programs to be academically and socially successful; and
  • To ensure that our students are provided a comprehensive educational experience with expanded opportunities for engagement, enrichment and academic growth.

 

As parents, you are critical partners with the District in your children’s education.  We know that your involvement makes a difference. Together, we can maximize the learning potential for all of our students and insure that each one is successful. We look forward to you joining us in this important partnership.

 

We wish you the very best as you and your family begin this new school year.

 

Sincerely,

Val Williams, Superintendent


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Albany Community:

I begin this journey as Superintendent of Albany Unified School District in a climate of exciting change, and I can’t wait to start! With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards that requires universal standards for all students, I am confident that AUSD will continue its tradition of academic excellence for which Albany is well-known. The AUSD Board of Trustees and district staff have created strategic initiatives and goals that are focused on student achievement, supporting the whole child and effective communication with all stakeholders.

I am also excited to join a district that has a long history of providing a safe and nurturing environment, and one that focuses on providing a well-rounded education for our students. From quality music and art programs and strong educational technology to librarians in each of our schools and highly qualified science and physical education specialists, the students in Albany are provided a rich learning environment preparing them for 21st Century learning.

I began my career as a middle school English and Speech teacher in Hawaii in 1985 then moved to California where I taught high school English at Valley Christian High School in San Jose and 11 years in the East Side Union High School District.

I have extensive experience as a site administrator, beginning as an Associate Principal at Independence High School in San Jose in 1998 and then spending five years as the Principal of Wood Middle School in Alameda.

I transitioned to the Fremont Unified School District, where I served as both the Director of Student Services and the Director of Certified Personnel. I currently serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources in the Dublin Unified School District, where I oversee hiring, recruitment, evaluation and personnel administration for one of the fastest-growing school districts in Northern California.

My leadership style is based on trust, respect, collaboration, empowering others, and good old fashioned hard work. I am also a firm believer in supporting the health and wellness of our Albany staff and know the value of balancing work with family, outside activities and personal growth. While I am not the poster child for practicing a well-balanced life, in my spare time, I am an avid runner and yoga practitioner.

I spent five (5) exchange days at AUSD during the months of May & June and thoroughly enjoyed my brief visits and tours of the school sites (see photos). I spent the remainder of my time gathering operational knowledge from staff at the District Office. I officially took office on July 1st.

Meetings with students, staff, parents, and the community are scheduled, and the tentative schedule is listed below.

• 8/12/14 – 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting – (1st Board-Hosted Reception with the Community)
• 8/25/14 - 12:00 Noon - All Staff BBQ
• 8/25/14 - 2:00 p.m. – Dessert with the Community
• 8/22, 23, & 25 –Site Orientations (TBD)
• 8/26/14 – 6:00 p.m. Board of Education Meeting - (2nd Board-Hosted Reception with the Community)

I look forward to taking on the leadership as the Superintendent!

Valerie Williams


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District Information

​​AUSD Staff, Parents & Community:
After Saturday’s​ ​6.0 earthquake, a careful inspection was conducted on all AUSD sites. We are pleased to report that damage did not occur at any of our sites. Please be assured that students will be safe when returning to school on Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Also, please remember those in the areas affected.

Superintendent Williams
Superintendent Val Williams invites all to a "Dessert with the Community" at Memorial Park on 8/25/14 - 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Upcoming Events

Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/9/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 9/23/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 10/14/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting
Date: 10/28/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: Albany City Hall 1000 San Pablo Albany, CA 94706
Board of Education Meeting THURSDAY
Date: 11/13/2014, 7 PM 9:30 PM
Location: CORNELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM) 920 TALBOT Albany, CA 94706

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