Superintendent Binks' Message to Begin the 2021-2022 School Year
On behalf of the entire Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District team and our Board of Education, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The last 18 months have offered time to reflect and evaluate much of what is important to us and one thing has remained, our team’s desire to make a difference in the life of each child. Whether your child is returning to in-person learning or participating in our alternative education programs, we will continue to provide safe and innovative experiences that will help shape them for a lifetime.
As each of our 13 schools prepare for a full in-person return on August 12th, you can rest assured that they are doing so with your family’s health and safety as the top priority. Our team has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure we are able to continue providing a high-quality and engaging education program that encompasses the full scope of childhood growth.
For those of you with children participating in either of our alternative education programs, we are enthused to show you the advancements we have made to better accommodate a greater variety of families.
Our educational programs and support systems for mental health and social-emotional learning have expanded rapidly incorporating new technological supports increasing the overall efficacy of our ability to provide the resources your family needs. We will also soon be announcing brand new before and after school programs that we hope you will take advantage of.
We will continue to diligently monitor local conditions and work closely with state and county health officials to respond quickly if circumstances change. In addition, we will share updates on a regular basis to ensure every parent is equipped with the most current information.
I want to personally thank you for your ongoing support and your continued efforts to keep our district successful. There is truly no better community than the one I get to call home in Yucaipa-Calimesa. I look forward to seeing YCJUSD students thrive on campus this year!
Get to Know Me - Superintendent Binks
Cali Binks has been in public education for 31 years; 13 of those years have been spent as a superintendent, currently leading the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. Superintendent Binks is driven by a passion for students and always places everyone above herself. She consistently spends time to ensure that not only the staff and students are well and taken care of but also serves on the board of a local non-profit organization she co-founded in the Yucaipa-Calimesa community that cares for families with children facing homelessness. Cali wears her heart on her sleeve and strives to take care of those around her.
Get to Know Me - Stella Jimenez
Stella Jimenez has been in public education for 19 years. She recently joined the Superintendent's Team from the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School's Office. Stella not only supports our Superintendent but also the Board of Education. She also coordinates and leads each of our school secretaries to ensure consistent success in serving our families, students, and the community.
Get to Know Me - Lance Bradley
Lance Bradley has been in public education for two years following a career in the United States Marine Corps. Lance is extremely passionate about public relations and the public school system. He currently serves on the board of directors for two local nonprofits; Family Promise of Yucaipa-Calimesa and the Yucaipa-Calimesa Educational Enrichment Foundation. Lance cares deeply about our families, students, and the community.
Get to Know Me - Natalie Tschudy
Natalie Tschudy has been in public education for four years. She recently joined the Superintendent's Team from Yucaipa High School where she was a Special Education Instructional Aide. Natalie volunteers much of her time leading the Thunderbird Color Guard who performs at many of our sporting events along with the Thunderbird Bands and Choir. Natalie loves connecting with our families making her the perfect fit for being the first person you meet at the District Education Center.