It has been another terrific week across our district. Classroom routines are solidly in place and students are diving deeper into content in all subject areas. What stood out in nearly 50 classroom visits this week is strong and growing work in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in our district. Our students are high performers in math and our teachers continue to be dedicated to that area. We have not talked as much about our growing integration of technology. Our new English Language Arts program at Miller Creek is the amazing, fully integrated Amplify program run through Chromebooks in the classrooms. Vocabulary work, higher level reading comprehension, writing, note taking, and more is all built into the program. At Dixie Elementary, teachers have already found creative ways to use our new Apple TV presentation systems. For example, I observed the integration of a YouTube video on California Geography in 4th grade classrooms. At Mary E. Silveira, I saw 4th and 5th graders happily engaged in their engineering challenge of the week. They were working in teams with limited resources to build the tallest towers. Science is also highly valued in the district. Over the past couple of weeks I have seen lessons from K-6th grade and I am struck by the high level of discussion in the classrooms, and the commitment to environmental science. STEM is alive and well here, providing miles of smiles and high level learning for students.