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Principal's Message

Principal’s Message,

                Greetings! My name is Terry R. Anderson and I am the Director of Administrative Services for Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District. In this position, I am responsible for writing grants for the district, oversee school safety and security, School Attendance Review Board (SARB), and other duties necessary for the improved operations of the district. I also act as “principal” for El Puente High School, Firebaugh-Las Deltas Community Day School, and Firebaugh Las Deltas Adult School.

                Just a little background on my time here in Firebaugh-Las Deltas Unified School District… I came to Firebaugh in 2008 to be the principal of A.E. Mills Intermediate School. I then became the principal of Firebaugh High School for 7 years (from which my son graduated in 2016). The time I spent as principal of these two wonderful schools was special and rewarding. My wife and I both live in the community and enjoy being a part of what makes Firebaugh so special and unique in the valley. I have been in my current position Director of Administrative Services since June of 2016.

                It has been rewarding to assume the duties and responsibilities of my current position and continue the improvements to the three programs at the Firebaugh Alternative Community Education (FACE) campus. I am proud of the positive transformation and growth that has taken place on our campus this year and I am confident that our improvement will continue at a robust pace.  Academic achievement has improved steadily and the climate and culture of our campus is positive and safe.

                 The COVID-19 pandemic certainly caused a substantial disruption in our programs and instructional services and student supports were maintained in the fall of 2020 to the extent possible. Distance learning was closely monitored until stable group structures were allowed back on campus according to guidelines from the California and Fresno County Departments of Public Health. In-person direct instruction resumed in April of 2021 and all FACE programs continued in this paradigm for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. It is expected that the previous instructional delivery models will resume (as they were pre-pandemic) in the fall of 2021.

                At El Puente, all students who came to us at the beginning of the school year were provided with an academic plan to either reintegrate back into FHS after completing their credit recovery goals or remain and graduate from El Puente High School. Through small group instruction and credit acceleration, we are fulfilling our mission of remediating the credit deficiencies of students and creating the opportunity for them to become FHS or EPHS graduates. Many FHS students come to El Puente and see it as a "School of Choice" as it is WASC accredited and meets their post-secondary transition plans.

                At Firebaugh-Las Deltas Adult School, our enrollments increased dramatically prior to the pandemic, but then dropped due to the restrictions. It is expected that enrollments and daily attendance will improve beginning in the fall of 2021. It is expected that we will again expand the number of classes and expand availability in our morning and evening sessions. Courses offered are ESL Civics Participation, ESL Citizenship Preparation, ESL Digital Literacy 1 and 2, and our High School Diploma program. The number of adults earning their high school diploma actually increased during the pandemic period since the courses are offered online and is indicative of our mission and vision for our adult education program to assist community members in attaining academic and workplace skills. Twenty-two (22) Adult Education students passed their US Citizenship tests and became citizens before the pandemic (spring 2020) and included 8 additional US citizen once the INS testing resumed. Through our Firebaugh-Las Deltas Adult Education program, they acquired English fluency, and are now able to expand their career opportunities.

                Both El Puente High School and Firebaugh-Las Deltas Adult School are WASC accredited. A visiting Committee reviewed the program for EPHS in May, 2021, for its renewed 6-year reaccreditation term, and a Visiting Committee will arrive in November, 2021, to review the adult school program for its 6-year term of accreditation. Being accredited offers a wide array of career advantages to our diploma earners.

                Lastly, I would invite all visitors to our website to explore the various links and pages that would further inform you of our programs, events, dates, and opportunities that are available to students, parents and community adults. This will be updated periodically, especially since we are now "re-emerging" from the restrictions of the pandemic. Please note that there are pages that are unique to all programs – El Puente High School, Community Day School, and the Firebaugh-Las Deltas Adult School Program. At FACE, we encourage all students and parents to become involved within the school community --- especially as it pertains to our students’ academic progress, workforce development, and the holistic social and emotional growth that will prepare them for the challenges of college and career opportunities.

 

Sincerely,

Terry R. Anderson                                                                                                                                            

Director of Administrative Services

Firebaugh Las-Deltas Unified School District