The Siskiyou Union High School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Wharton as the District’s next Superintendent, effective July 1, 2022. At the last board meeting on June 29, 2022 the Board unanimously voted for Mr. Wharton to serve as the new Superintendent with a three-year contract.
The Board of Education has conducted a superintendent search for the last several weeks. The Board received assistance from McPherson M Jacobson LLC - a superintendent search firm. The consulting firm developed a superintendent search profile, listed desired characteristics of a new superintendent, screened applications, and presented the best qualified applicants to the Board. The Board reviewed the credentials of several applications before choosing three candidates to interview. A full day was dedicated on June 20, 2022 for a district stakeholder group, that included staff, parents, and students, to meet with each candidate in addition to providing a summary of each candidate for Board review. The afternoon consisted of a lengthy interview process for each candidate separately with the Board. The Board spent an additional day reviewing each candidate thoroughly before making a final decision. Mr. Wharton formally accepted the offer and was appointed at the last board meeting.
Mr. Wharton’s experience in education includes assignments as a classroom teacher, site administrator, superintendent, board member, board president and parent. Mr. Wharton holds an MA in Education Leadership and is an active member in the Association of California School Administrators. Mr. Wharton has deep roots in the Northstate and grew up in Cottonwood, CA. Mr. Wharton will bring a positive outlook, honesty, integrity, great communication skills, high commitment for student achievement as well as a strong work ethic.
Upcoming June Board Meetings
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 Regular Board Meeting - 5:30 pm Open Session at Mount Shasta High School Library
Superintendent Search - Stakeholder Input Survey and Zoom Meeting
The Siskiyou Union High School District Board of Trustees is seeking input regarding the search that is underway to identify a new Superintendent for the Siskiyou Union High School District. You can provide input by completing this survey and you can provided input by attending the Stakeholder Input Zoom Session scheduled for the following date and time.
Siskiyou Union High School District Parents/Guardians, Students, and Community Members Superintendents Input Zoom Session: Wednesday, May 18, starting at 5:30 pm
Special Meeting - Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 5:30 in person at Weed High School Library and video conference from Happy Camp High School.
This meeting is for the interview and appointment of the Weed attendance area board representative. The board has three candidates that will be interviewed in open session. See agenda link for details.
The Siskiyou Union High School District Board of Trustees is taking applications or nominations for an appointment of the Weed High School Attendance AreaApplicants or Nominees must:
Live in the Weed High School Attendance area
Must meet the eligibility requirements specified in California Education Code 35107: (a) Any person, regardless of sex, who is 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the state, a resident of the school district, a registered voter, and who is not disqualified by the Constitution or laws of the state from holding a civil office, is eligible to be elected or appointed a member of a governing board of a school district without further qualifications. (see California Education Code 35107 for additional req.)
Qualified candidates will be interviewed by the board of trustees in open session at a special board meeting to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Weed High School at 5:30pm. Interviews with the board and the selection will be made as an open session action item
To apply for or nominate a person for this appointment, please submit a cover letter and the electronic application that is linked here:
You may upload your cover letter on the application or email the cover letter to Debbie Moserdmoser@sisuhsd.net, or deliver it to the District Office at 624 Everitt Memorial Hwy. Mount Shasta, CA 96067.
Deadline is Wednesday, March 30 2022 at 5:00pm.
March 9, 2022 - Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 Video Conference/Zoom Only
4:30 PM Closed Session
5:00 PM Open Session (this is the Happy Camp Meeting so open session starts at 5:00pm)
On Thursday, February 3 at 4:30 pm, we will be holding our second District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Meeting. Each district school site has a group of specific individuals that represent their school as a member of the district LCAP Committee. The complete makeup of the district LCAP Committee includes a student, parent and staff member from each school site. The LCAP committee is responsible for developing and monitoring the district wide goals and activities in accordance with state and federal regulations. The LCAP committee develops a three year plan and reports to the Siskiyou Union High School District Board of Trustees. Although there is a specific group of individuals that are currently on the LCAP committee, all parents and students are welcome to join the meeting and discussion that provides direction and input for the process and the Board of Trustees. We are currently holding our meetings on Zoom. The Zoom link, agenda link and current LCAP document links are below:
Dear Families of Happy Camp, McCloud, Mount Shasta and Weed High Schools,
We have just started to use a new communication system called ParentSquare. The program is operational and connected to the Aeries Parent Portal. We will be providing training and an official launch date of Monday, August 30th 2021. Training will be available online and in-person at our Back-to-School Nights. Your school sites will be providing further details and can help you if you have questions about your Aeries parent portal. You can also download the ParentSquare or StudentSquare App for your phone. Just a reminder that each high school has a website with school information. They are all linked to the district website atwww.sisuhsd.netunder schools.
Dear Families of Happy Camp, McCloud, Mount Shasta and Weed High Schools,
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year, a year of recovery, restoration and re-engagement for our students, staff, families and communities. We are excited to have a variety of new financial resources available, new staff joining us, and our highly qualified returning staff all available to welcome our students and families back to school. Collectively, we will reimagine and build a bright and promising future.
To recover, we will restore and re-engage our students and families by:
Welcoming our staff, students and families back to fully opened and prepared schools.
Establishing effective lines of communication with all staff, students, families, and communities.
Focusing on relationships and the connections that help anchor our students and families to their schools and communities.
Investing in our staff to build new curriculum and student engagement strategies.
Promoting our successes and the tremendous work of our students and staff.
For the 2021-22 school year, students will have the choice of two educational options. Full inperson school or Independent Studies/Siskiyou Pathways Academy. If you are interested in our Independent Studies program, please talk to your school site administrator and register by completing the online Independent Studies Request Application.
As we work through the elements of the COVID 19 Pandemic that have an impact on our schools, we will continue to maintain the safety of our students, staff, and families as our top priority. At this time we are reviewing the California Department of Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools and Cal OSHA Workplace Standards and we are developing our opening plans accordingly. The two documents below outline the current opening planning that I will have the board review and approve at our August 11th board meeting. All guidance indicates that masks will be required for all staff and students while indoors on school campuses. The County Office of Education is also requiring masks be worn by all employees unless they are in a work space alone.
We are proposing the following bell schedules for the 2021-22 school year. Because we are going to be sharing staff and programs across the district in a variety of methods, we have a need to maintain a common bell schedule for all schools. We are proposing the following schedule that includes a 45 minute advisory period on Mondays and a rotating 1-4 and 5-8 schedule for Mondays. Weed, McCloud, and Happy Camp are proposing to start the Advisory period for the 21-22 school year. Mount Shasta is proposing to implement the Advisory Period for the 22-23 school year (using the 21-22 school year to develop specific plans for the advisory period).
The Advisory period will be used to conduct schoolwide lessons and activities in the following areas:
Grade and progress monitoring
College and Career Exploration and Planning
Social Emotional Learning Activities
School wide recognitions, assemblies, and enrichment activities
Thursday, September 2nd at 6:00 pm Back to School Night - Weed High School
Wednesday, September 15th at 6:00 pm Back to School Night - Mount Shasta High School
TBA - Back to School Night - McCloud High School
TBA - Back to School Night - Happy Camp High School
I am looking forward to a great year as your superintendent and am appreciative of the opportunity to work with our staff to serve our students and families from the communities of Happy Camp, McCloud, Mount Shasta and Weed.
Dear Families, Staff and Community Members,
Thank you for your support of Measure K. The measure passed with 63% of the voters approval. With the passage of Measure K and the state matching dollars we will be able to receive, we will be able to update and modernize all of our classrooms and campuses.
We are currently seeking Bond Oversight Committee members to be part of the required oversight process. Please see the link here to complete the application for this process.
The Siskiyou Union High School District is committed to providing all students with an engaging and enjoyable educational experience so they can prepare for their future career and college experiences. Student attendance matters. Last year over 20% of our students were Chronically absent, meaning they missed more than 10% or 16 days of school. As a school community, we must improve this so our call to action is to ensure all students work to achieve an absenteeism rate of less than 5% or 8 days per school year. We need to work together to accomplish this for our students. Please start by reviewing the following documents that outline the importance of attendance and how we can work to achieve this important goal for our students.
Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to gender stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that:
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
Title IX Coordinator
Mike Matheson, District Superintendent, is the Title IX Coordinator for the Siskiyou Union High School District. He can be reached by telephone at 530-926-3006 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students' Rights Under Title IX
Federal Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX"), implemented at 34 C.F.R. 106.31, subd. (a), provides that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other education program or activity operated by a recipient which receives federal financial assistance. Relevant here, Title IX requires school districts to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows or reasonably should know of a possible Title IX violation.
Students' Rights Pursuant to Education Code Section 221.8
Education Code Section 221.8 provides as follows:
The following list of rights, which are based on the relevant provisions of the federal regulations implementing Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. ss 1681 et seq.), may be used by the department for purposes of Section 221.6:
You have the rights to fair and equitable treatment and you shall not be discriminated against based on your sex.
You have the right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities, including athletics.
You have the right to inquire of the athletic director of your school as to the athletic opportunities offered by the school.
You have the right to apply for athletic scholarships.
You have the right to receive equitable treatment and benefits in the provision of all of the following:
Equipment and supplies.
Scheduling of games and practices.
Transportation and daily allowances.
Access to tutoring.
Practice and competitive facilities.
Medical and training facilities and services.
You have the right to have access to a gender equity coordinator to answer questions regarding gender equity laws.
You have the right to contact the State Department of Education and the California Interscholastic Federation to access information on gender equity laws.
You have the right to file a confidential discrimination complaint with the United States Office for Civil Rights or the State Department of Education if you believe you have been discriminated against or if you believe you have received unequal treatment on the basis of your sex.
You have the right to pursue civil remedies if you have been discriminated against.
You have the right to be protected against retaliation if you file a discrimination complaint.
Title IX requires the Siskiyou Union High School District to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate when it knows or reasonably should know of a possible Title IX violation.
How to file a complaint
Complaints pertaining to Title IX issues should be filed by utilizing the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as identified in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Sections 4600 et. seq.