Dear WSD Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! Although this year will look different from the past years due to COVID-19, I am looking forward to a successful year ahead because we have great students, teachers, staff, administrators, and community that will work together to ensure the best experience for our students.
Throughout the year, we will continue to focus on student achievement, offer various programs for our students, and create a culture of collaboration amongst all the stakeholders as we navigate through this historical time. I am grateful to the collaborative efforts of our employee associations, parents, administrators, and staff for all their hard work in implementing successful openings of our hybrid instructional program in addition to offering a virtual instructional model.
For those unfamiliar with our district, Westminster School District (WSD) is becoming known as a “destination district,” meaning that parents from outside our district are choosing to send their children here because they recognize that we offer innovative, forward-thinking programs that will set their children up for success. In fact, in most recent past years, WSD was one of just 26 districts in California (out of about 1,000) to be named an Honor Roll School District, a national program recognizing high-performing schools that improve outcomes for students.
Additionally, WSD has received two prestigious awards, Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association (CSBA) for our Dual Language Immersion programs in Vietnamese and Spanish. WSD became the first district in California to offer a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Academy as well as offer a Vietnamese dual language program in preschool and transitional kindergarten. We are also proud to be the first district in Southern California to offer a Spanish dual immersion toddler program and a Spanish dual immersion infant program. Students in our dual language programs will graduate from our district being bilingual, biliterate and bicultural and WSD is leading the way in ensuring our youngest learners are on the path to success!
In addition to Vietnamese, Spanish, and English, our students have the opportunity to learn a fourth language in WSD: Coding. We have a deep commitment to computer science and coding and we are transforming learning through our leading-edge educational technology. We are proud of the extensive training we provide our teachers who are well versed in the latest advances in educational technology that enhance instruction. We understand that every child is unique and has his or her own interests, strengths, and talents so we work hard to provide engaging programs that spark the interest of every child.
Again, welcome back, and thank you for entrusting us with your child’s education. We will work every day to inspire each student to achieve his or her greatest potential. I wish you a year filled with happiness, learning, and success!
Dr. Cyndi Paik