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Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Message from Superintendent David Haglund

Dear PUSD Community,

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to our classified team members, who continue to be the bedrock of what makes our schools function on a daily basis.

The Board passed a resolution recently recognizing May 19-25 as Classified Employee Appreciation Week. This is an important reminder of the vital work our classified employees perform year round, especially as we approach the end of the school year and ramp up for our Summer School and extended learning programs.

Our Classified team works hard to maintain our classrooms and facilities for students and teachers, to support our business and administrative functions, to serve nutritious meals, and to support every aspect of student learning and physical well being. Thank you to each classified employee that contributes toward making a difference in the lives of our students each day. It has been a privilege to serve alongside you these past seven years.

Thank you also to Cheryl Atkins for your friendship and partnership over these past few years, beginning with my visits to your classroom and then more recently in your role as APT president. You have been an honest partner and I will especially miss our walks and the opportunity to connect as people before we “do business”. I wish you well in your retirement and look forward to joining you as a full time grandparent very soon.

As we say farewell to Trustee Avalos, I want to encourage each of our high school students to be sure and cast their vote in the 2024-25 Student Board Member election. You received the ballot via email and you have until the end of the day next Tuesday to cast your vote.

It’s been a joy to participate in many of our beloved end of year celebrations. Last week we hung ribbons along Main Street, a tradition started during the pandemic. We are awaiting the City to hang a special banner under the Pleasanton arch honoring our graduates soon.

I was able to be at Donlon Elementary on Wednesday as they hosted an incredible Senior Walk, where members of the Class of 2024 returned to the school where they began their TK-12 careers to reunite with their elementary teachers to take class photos. The seniors then walked the school campus as current Donlon students and teachers cheered them on. Thank you to Mrs. Dragoo for helping coordinate such an amazing experience for our students.

I look forward to shaking the hands of each graduate of the Class of 2024 as a part of my last commencement activities here in Pleasanton. This tradition means a great deal to me personally, as the community gathers to celebrate our graduating Seniors as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

Thank you, students, for letting me be a small part of your journeys through school. I look forward to cheering you on as you go out and make the world a better place.


David Haglund's e-signature

David Haglund, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools