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Dr. Bagley began his tenure as Superintendent of the Ross Valley School District in August, 2014. With over four decades of real-life experience in teaching, learning and educational leadership, Dr. Bagley helped improve students’ outcomes, joy of learning and lifelong success in public school systems large and small. Prior to joining RVSD, Dr. Bagley proudly served in a number of school and district leadership positions, including Deputy Superintendent/Chief Business Official, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Director of Student Services/Special Education and classroom teacher at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. An unapologetic lifelong learner, in 2012 Dr. Bagley earned his doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, where he completed a dissertation entitled, “The Sustainability of Superintendent-Led Reform to Improve Student Achievement.” He holds a master’s degree in Special Education and another in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from California State University, Los Angeles, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Credentialed by our state in elementary education, special education and administrative services, Dr. Bagley has also taught graduate-level courses in school finance, school law, human resources and special education at USC, California State University, Los Angeles and as a member of the adjunct faculty of the Michael D. Eisner College of Education at California State University, Northridge. A product of California’s public school system from kindergarten through high school, Dr. Bagley is a passionate and outspoken supporter of high quality, well-resourced, democratically-governed, neighborhood public schools. Dr. Bagley believes that through a unified and sustained commitment to collaboration, learning, inspiring, mentoring and believing (CLIMB), all RVSD students can and will have the opportunity to reach their unique potential throughout their school careers and beyond.
Dear RVSD Community,
In his 1926 classic, “Winnie the Pooh,” A. A. Milne wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” Our little pink friend was grateful for the abundance he had in his life; great friends, a warm place to sleep and a few tasty “haycorns” to eat.
As we conclude our third month of the 2014-15 school year and break for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all who help make RVSD a great place to teach, learn and work. We are a community with many gifts and talents, which we share daily with one another and most important, our students. From the classroom, Board room, living room and all points in-between, our collective efforts to raise the whole child are filled with passion, commitment and a willingness to make decisions that may be hard in the present, but will have a positive and lasting influence in the future for all.
On a personal note, I am particularly grateful to our Board of Trustees for their wisdom and leadership on behalf of all students and families in RVSD. You give selflessly of your time, skills and talents, so all students have opportunities to learn, grow and become all they dream of becoming.
I am also grateful to our District Leadership Team, teachers, staff, the YES Foundation and all who work daily in our schools and offices. You help make profound, positive and lasting differences in the lives of students, who will remember you with great fondness, respect and gratitude, long after they have grown and moved on.
Parents, of course, are such a critical part of all we hope to accomplish on behalf of our RVSD students. I am grateful to you for masterfully doing what I know firsthand is the hardest, most rewarding and joyous job of all. Thank you for entrusting us with your most precious gift.
Finally, I am grateful to our wonderful, talented, creative, inquisitive, optimistic, resourceful and resilient students. Often they make us laugh, sometimes they make us cry, but always they make us think. Most of all, they make us better.
In closing I want to share a little piece by an unknown author. It is entitled, “Be Thankful” and I think it captures the spirit of Thanksgiving and of being grateful throughout the year, for all that we have in our lives.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes,
they will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.
From my family to yours, I wish you all the very best this Thanksgiving, throughout the holidays and always.
Rick Bagley, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Ross Valley School District
Dear RVSD Community,
As we finish our first full month of the 2014-15 school year, I want to briefly share some highlights and a few coming events that may be of interest.
To start, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention we began 2014-15 with many new faces in RVSD, including my own! In all, you've welcomed 30 certificated and classified staff to our district. These new members of the Ross Valley family bring an incredible wealth of knowledge, talent and experience to our students. I believe I can speak for my new colleagues in saying we are thrilled to be part of this outstanding school district and we look forward to working with everyone as we build upon RVSD's tradition of educational excellence.
Now for some of the highlights:
These are but a few of our many accomplishments and activities, and we've only just begun!
To stay connected with what's going on at your local school site, I encourage you to periodically check in with each school's calendar of events. Links to school calendars are listed below:
I also encourage you to become one of our Twitter followers (@RVSD) so you are up-to-date on our latest district highlights.
Coming up at the October 7, 2014 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board will be honoring staff who have reached longevity milestones. Since we expect a larger turnout for this event, we will be moving the meeting to the Wade Thomas auditorium. The employee recognition will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by a brief reception.
In addition, the Board will be conducting an open public hearing regarding the proposed Ross Valley Charter School. Copies of the charter petition and appendices are available on our web page (www.rossvalleyschools.org > Quick Links > Topics of Interest) or directly from the hyperlinks above. The public hearing on the charter petition will begin at approximately 7:00 PM. The purpose of the hearing is for the public to have an opportunity to share perspectives about the proposed charter school, which the petitioners anticipate opening next fall (2015-16 school year). The Board's role in the hearing is to listen, without comment or response, to the feedback presented. Staff's final recommendation regarding the charter petition will be presented to the Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on November 4, 2014.
As Superintendent, I am proud to be on this journey with you and a gifted group of professional colleagues, who devote themselves each day to making a profound difference in the lives of your children. Finally, on behalf of the Board of Trustees and everyone here in RVSD, I thank you for allowing us to teach and lean alongside your amazing children. Your support of them, and us, is important beyond words.
Have a great year!