Superintendent Binks' Message to Begin the 2022-2023 School Year
YCJUSD Parents, Guardians, and Family Members,
On behalf of our team here at the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District and our Board of Education, welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I have been fortunate enough to work in public education for 32 years and I think there are exciting things on the horizon! I am beyond excited to announce that our team has been working hard to implement numerous positive changes that will benefit our Yucaipa-Calimesa communities for years to come. We were ahead of the State’s schedule to implement Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at each of our schools and that has given us ample opportunity to further the foundational support for our youngest learners. Starting this coming school year, we are pleased to announce that we have adopted a curriculum to better prepare our younger students for kindergarten and beyond.
For those of you with older children in the household, our educational programs from kindergarten to twelfth grade are better prepared to equip your children with the tools necessary to succeed in college, career, and life. Our mathematics standards are now more easily measured down to the individual student to allow full support where needed along with new K-12 math intervention supports and materials, an entire science curriculum to include textbooks has been adopted, and we are working to have a broad range of 24/7 tutoring services to more effectively reach our students when they need it most.
In addition to the vast changes to our curricula, we have greatly expanded access to professional development for all of our employees in the area of supporting students’ social-emotional wellbeing. Our children need us more than ever, and our Board of Education has made it a priority to ensure our district provides services that not only make our schools physically safe but also have supports in place to build up our students’ mental wellbeing. You have entrusted us with your children, and we do not take that responsibility lightly.
We look forward to working with our families to make our school environment welcoming and generate meaningful involvement in activities and committees to grow our partnership in childhood and adult education. We encourage each of you to partner with us in any that works best for your family. Together we can make a difference in the life of each child.
Whether you are new to our community or a lifetime resident, I want to personally thank you for your support and continued efforts to make the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District a foundation for meaningful and impactful learning. The next few years will be very exciting for our students, and we are thankful that you have allowed us to be a part of your child’s success.
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 - Stephany Soedjak
Stephany Soedjak came from an extensive hospitality background starting in Indonesia, New York, and Los Angeles and this is her first year in public education. In her downtime, she loves to spend time with her family swimming and hiking at Thurman Flats Creek or watching documentaries on Netflix.
Stephany loves connecting with our families and welcoming new students to Yucaipa making her the perfect fit for being the first person you meet at the District Education Center.
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