State of the District Report

Informe del Estado del Distrito


The State of the District report was created by Dr. Michelle Rodriguez after her first 100 days as Superintendent.  We invite you to take a moment to read this report.  


State of the District Report



El informe del Estado del Distrito fue creado por la Dra. Michelle Rodríguez después de sus primeros 100 días como Superintendente. Le invitamos a tomar un momento para leer este informe.


Informe del Estado del Distrito




Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent  



2016/17 End of Year Message


As we are ending the year with our promotions, graduations and celebrations, I want to take a moment to thank you for the tremendous work that you did for our students, families, community and staff everyday and throughout this school year.  I enjoyed becoming part of the PVUSD family as I visited each and every school site and each department at least three times this year.  I look forward to staying connected to you and the work that you do everyday. Together, we can accomplish great things for our students!


I am committed to understanding the unique work of all of our staff. Through the "A Day in the Life of" events, I spend an entire day each month with a staff member to see the District from their perspective and provide some immediate support or changes.  This year, I was able to work with Raul Gonzales as a lead custodian at Ohlone Elementary, Perla Garcia in Food Services in the Central Kitchen and at Mintie White Elementary, Barbie Gomez as a special education bus driver, Erin Kirkpatrick as a roving VAPA teacher at Radcliff Elementary, Xerna Cornett as an instructional assistant at Duncan Holbert, and Amanda Martinez as a health assistant at Calabasas Elementary.  I learned so much from each and every one of them.


We will continue to prepare the District for your return and for a successful 2017-18 school year. I appreciate the staff who will continue the hard work during the summer supporting our students, community and staff.  Facilities and Maintenance and Operations will be completing major renovation and construction at 50 projects at 27 sites and will finalize the nine 21st Century learning environments (STEM labs, Maker Spaces) during the summer to ensure our facilities are prepared for our students’ return in August.  Food Services will have the Community Feed program for four weeks where daily any community member under the age of 18 can come to our 9 summer school sites for both breakfast and lunch.  Extended Learning will provide additional enrichment to over 3,000 students at the elementary and middle schools in the areas of STEM and the arts.  Migrant students will have an opportunity to participate in the Academic of Language Arts and Science (ALAS) and a five-week fitness program.  40 migrant students will have an opportunity to go to Washington DC as well as 30 high school students will enroll in Cabrillo College English class.  Both Early Childhood Education and Adult Education will continue ensuring the success of our students as well with summer programming. Many of the middle schools will be doing a new Jump Start Program for their incoming sixth grade students. There will also be a Bridge Program for the first time at Watsonville High School to support incoming freshmen to be successful as they transition to high school. 


Because our students…

have needs, we must work collaboratively.

have choices, we must be their best option.

are individuals, we must be accommodating.

have urgency, we must be swift.

are unique, we must be flexible.

have high expectations, we must excel.

High Expectations, High Rewards: The Time is Now!



I hope that all staff will have a chance to take a short rest to enjoy family and friends. We have a demanding profession, but it is one that provides such great meaning to our life and has an everlasting impact on our students.  We hope to see you at next year’s district wide breakfast on August 15th at Aptos High School’s Performance Arts Center’s Atrium.












Please feel free to e-mail us at or contact the office at 786-2135, and we will gladly assist you.


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Alicia G. Jiménez, Executive Assistant




The Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) is unique in Santa Cruz County.  PVUSD is the largest district covering 150 square miles and teaching over 19,000 students. The district’s student population has over 45% English learners with a significant percentage of our students classified as migrants. The District is divided into three zones with the North Zone covering Aptos, the Central Zone covering from central Watsonville to Aptos, and the South Zone covering central Watsonville into north Monterey County. We deliver our educational program at our sixteen elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools, five charter schools, seventeen children's centers, a continuation high school, an adult education school, and two alternative schools. 


Student achievement is the District’s highest priority.  Over the past few years, student achievement has increased steadily throughout the district as measured by test scores on the annual state tests.  Further evidence of progress is also shown in the steady increase in each school’s Academic Performance Index (API).  Three schools in the North Zone have also been recognized for awards with one receiving national honors and two identified as distinguished schools at the state level.


While doing well with growth oriented State standards, the District has not done as well on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) federal standards. The NCLB standards focus on English Language Arts and Math and require every student subgroup to meet specified performance levels.  The District has now developed a plan which aggressively addresses the improvement needed in Language Arts and math.  This includes the consistent delivery of standards based curriculum and effective use of data to measure progress and identify areas where interventions are needed. 


The District has identified an intervention team made up of top administrators, board members and a State consultant.  This team is working with seven selected schools to identify action plans and provide needed support to enable those schools to meet their performance targets.  Work is also being done with middle schools to increase the effectiveness of their instruction and to provide interventions to further support student progress.  The District also has an extensive extended day program with after school programs operating at every school.  These programs are articulated with the day programs to provide further support to students. 

Our nationally recognized New Teacher Project provides ongoing coaching and support to improve instruction for new teachers.  Extensive staff development is provided for teachers at all grade levels to enhance their skills and to enable them to better meet the needs of their students.  


PVUSD has excellent Adult Education, Migrant Education, Extended Learning, and Special Education programs.  Alternative education programs and charter schools exist in order to best serve our students.


Over the past 9 years, the District has brought to our community almost $180 million for over 40 construction projects.  These include new facilities as well as modernization projects which were funded by aggressively soliciting State and Federal funds.  PVUSD is one of the statewide leaders in obtaining funds to build and modernize our schools. 


The District staff and Board of Trustees work with parents and the community to mobilize all possible resources to ensure quality learning and safe and clean schools for our students.  We encourage you to visit your neighborhood schools.