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Middle School Students Demonstrating on National School Walkout Day 3-14-18
JSHS Students Demonstrate on National School Walkout Day 3-14-18
March 2018

Greetings Community Members,

As many of you are aware, the housing market in the Bay Area has been red hot and property values/rents have been skyrocketing in price. In Crockett, the median price of a home is now $561,000 and the average rent is over $2,500 a month. The same trend holds true for Rodeo and Hercules. Many property owners are selling in order to take advantage of these increases in property values. This is leaving low to middle income families unable to buy a home or afford the cost of rent in our area. Families and individuals displaced by life circumstances are also finding themselves unable to afford the cost of housing. As a result, people are moving to outlying areas such as Oakley, Brentwood, Stockton, Tracy, and beyond.

The impact of these shifts in the affordable housing market has been profound for our school district. Over the last eighteen months our enrollment has dropped by 245 students, resulting in a total enrollment of 1519 students. This is the lowest enrollment in JSUSD in the last twenty years. In a school district as small as ours, these enrollment changes changes are incredibly challenging. In order to meet these challenges, we have had to enact staffing adjustments and expenditure reductions where appropriate. Wherever possible, we have sought to make reductions in a way that minimizes the impact on students in the classroom and shows a respect and appreciation for our employees. Making cuts is never easy, and we are continuously working to respond to enrollment decline in a humane and thoughtful way.

In addition to strategic expenditure and staffing reductions, we have also re-examined our practices regarding the approval of inter-district transfer requests to leave our schools. The quality of teaching and learning within our schools is on the rise, the climate and culture at our sites is improving, and our amazing teachers and staff are able to ensure that all students are learning and successful. As such, we have the ability to meet the educational needs of all the families and children that live within our community. In cases where an inter-district transfer request will likely be denied, I am meeting with each and every parent/family to discuss their child's educational needs and individual circumstance. I am personally committed to helping all our families be part of the John Swett Unified School District.

There is a lot going on in our District. Our school bond construction projects are ramping up, we are implementing educational reforms within our system, we are dealing with housing affordability and enrollment decline, and we are seeking greater engagement with our parents and families. With all this change, your thoughts and viewpoints are important. We want to hear from you about ways to make things better and how we can be more responsive to the needs of our community. I am available by cell phone (925-639-7408) or email ( to meet, listen, and discuss the best way forward for our District.


Charles Miller, Ed. D.
John Swett Unified School District
Office: 510-245-4300 x2105
Cell: 925-639-7408

Rodeo Hills is proud to announce kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Registration starts Monday, January 22nd, and lasts from 9-3 each day. Kindergarten Law regarding kindergarten birthday start dates has changed. To be eligible for Kindergarten, your student must be 5 years old on or before September 1. Students who turn 5 years old on or after September 2nd through December 2nd are eligible to enroll in our “transitional kindergarten” program. For more information on transitional kindergarten, please feel free to drop by RHES anytime or check out


Original Birth Certificate from the country, county, or state (Copies will not be accepted)
Immunization Records: State Law requires that all Kindergarten students entering school have up-to-date shots. No Exceptions
Proof of Residency: You must provide 2 proofs of residency. Utility bill, mortgage papers, property tax payment, rental property contract, lease, voter registration, pay stub etc. are also acceptable

We do not accept driver’s license
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