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Ross Swearingen,


The 2018-19  was a great year for our School District. As we review what was accomplished, our students received many great opportunities and provided us with some memorable performances. These performances ranged from most importantly achievement, through athletics, and the different personal talents our students portrayed. We taught and students learned to achieve high gains in our achievement scores as measured by state assessments. We coached and cheered as teams won league sports and competed with some of the best schools in Southern California in CIF tournaments. We celebrated recognition from rotary grants that were funded, and local awards that were presented such as The Desert Heritage Writing Awards. We focused on improving our attendance rates and did so significantly. Our Foundations gave out over twenty thousand dollars in order to support our students as they make their way through life. We recognized the efforts of more than 10% of our students at Board Meetings. And actually, these are just a few of the things the Helendale School District accomplished with and for its students last year. It was quite a year. I predict that the 2019-20 school year will be even better!

We still continue to focus on our goal in the Helendale School District that allows all students to achieve their American Dream. My vision is to have every child who goes through our schools to be able to have the skills, knowledge, and ability to pursue whatever career that they would hope to achieve and to provide an even brighter future for their own kids than they have in front of them.

In Helendale the American Dream starts in Transitional Kindergarten with boys and girls learning not only the symbols that represent letters and numbers, but also the skills of getting along with others politely and positively.

As our kids travel through our grades they transition from learning to read to reading to learn. They apply the concepts of mathematics, the structures of writing, the information from reading, the opportunities from enrichment, and the social skills of respect, responsibility, and safety to become problem-solvers who can thrive in the real world.

When they complete their education in our district they will have been able to explore the possibilities of the world of work and have had the preparation to be able to choose what they would like to do with a plan to be a responsible and contributing adult in their contemporary world.

We promise to deliver this experience in the most engaging ways so that every student’s education is meaningful. By providing the foundations of education and the expansion of it, it is my hope that every child of the Helendale School District will be able to provide to their children an even better childhood than the one that they experienced. Therefore achieving The American Dream! If you want to be a part of the pursuit of a better life for your kids and your kids kids, then Helendale School District is the place for you. I invite you to come and give us a try and live out your American Dream.

Ross Swearingen, Superintendent