June 5. 2020

Posted by Lana Samaroo on 6/5/2020

June 5, 2020

Dear Palmdale School District Community,

I think we all agree that we will never forget the 2019-2020 school year. It’s been a very challenging school year. However, challenges provide all of us with opportunity.

Personally, I have had an opportunity to spend quality time with my own children. Traditionally, the end of the school year is time for celebrations, promotions, classroom parties, and good luck for the summer. Together, we made it to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. I would like to celebrate all the 8th-grade students who are moving on to high school. We will miss you! Good luck in high school and make some good choices in life. Please stay safe and continue representing the Palmdale PROMISE with pride.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought pain and loss to many across our Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County, State, and Country. Hopefully, a cure will be found soon and we can get back to our normal routines. Furthermore, across the country, we are mourning the senseless killing of George Floyd. The underlying racism reminds us of the urgency of making changes to our institutions and addressing the conditions that allowed this killing and ones prior to this incident. We stand with our Black colleagues and against antiBlackness and racism. There is hope as we have seen the multitude of peaceful protests calling for justice and equity for all our students. Violence is never the answer but rather peace, leadership, inspiration, motivation and pride in our community. For the past five years, we have been able to implement our strategic plan called the Palmdale PROMISE, which reflects our values. I want to share the following school values and beliefs:

• HIGH INTELLECTUAL PERFORMANCE that prepares every student to graduate ready for college, career, and the global 21st-century world.

• EQUITY for all our students, schools, and communities as reflected in outcomes and opportunities.

• Facilitating and supporting every student’s achievement by BUILDING ON THEIR STRENGTHS, CULTURES, LANGUAGES, and experiences to create new successes.

• MULTILINGUALISM and MULTICULTURALISM as individual, community, national, and global assets in the 21st century.

• INTEGRITY AND COMMUNITY based on trust and the common purpose that empower individuals and communities.

Tyrone C. Howard wrote, “First and foremost, educators, even in this stay-at-home moment, you must address racism in America in your schools and classrooms. You must let students talk about what they feel, encourage them to write about their emotions, and create space for students to emote—even as all of that will have to be done virtually.” I am very proud of the Palmdale PROMISE Team which continues to seek ways to celebrate all of our children that we serve.

In summary, I want to thank all the employees of the Palmdale School District who have come together during these extraordinary times. Palmdale School District has a strong commitment to our families, students, and community. I want to thank our teachers, staff, and administrators for all the work during the pandemic. Have a great summer!

Raul Maldonado
Superintendent of Schools