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2022 Welcome Message

August 26, 2022

Dear SYVUHSD Community,
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I look forward to coming together for a new school year focused on engaging learning, both inside the classroom and through our many extracurricular activities. I am already excited about the opportunities our dedicated staff have had to connect with our students and families these past few weeks. Our collective goal is to make this school year the best year possible for all our SYVUHSD students.  
We are also focused on providing a safe learning environment for all while returning to our primary focus of teaching and learning. As we move into the new school year, we will continue to follow state and local public health protocols for COVID-19. More information about our current COVID-19 response can be found on the district website www.syvuhsd.org under COVID-19 Resources (direct link). 
We are also firmly committed to future ready teaching and learning for the 21st Century. Our 1:1 (one-to-one) device program is in its second year with every student having access to a MacBook Air for use in class and at home. We will continue to integrate technology into our classroom learning environments to create opportunities for authentic, relevant learning that ensures students are prepared for their future 21st Century postsecondary endeavors. 
Progress continues on our new state-of-the-art culinary arts classroom and kitchen modernization project. Thank you for your continued patience with the campus construction. We can’t wait for the project to be finished and our kitchen and cafeteria spaces to be reopened for full-service 2nd Semester. 
 Finally, I would like to thank the Board of Education for their continued leadership and support of our staff and students. A collective focus on doing what is best for students has consistently guided the leadership team, and I very much appreciate the dedication of our Board members for the time they volunteer in service to the district and community.  
I know we all look forward to a safe, positive, and enjoyable school year for all our students. 
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. 
Andrew Schwab 
Estimada comunidad SYVUHSD,
¡Bienvenido al año escolar 2022-23! Espero reunirme para un nuevo año escolar enfocado en el aprendizaje atractivo, tanto dentro del salón de clases como a través de nuestras muchas actividades extracurriculares. Ya estoy entusiasmado con las oportunidades que nuestro personal dedicado ha tenido para conectarse con nuestros estudiantes y familias en las últimas semanas. Nuestro objetivo colectivo es hacer de este año escolar el mejor año posible para todos nuestros estudiantes de SYVUHSD.
También estamos enfocados en brindar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro para todos mientras volvemos a nuestro enfoque principal de enseñanza y aprendizaje. A medida que avanzamos en el nuevo año escolar, continuaremos siguiendo los protocolos de salud pública estatales y locales para COVID-19. Puede encontrar más información sobre nuestra respuesta actual al COVID-19 en el sitio web del distrito www.syvuhsd.org en Recursos de COVID-19 (enlace directo).
También estamos firmemente comprometidos con la enseñanza y el aprendizaje preparados para el futuro del siglo XXI. Nuestro programa de dispositivos 1:1 (uno a uno) está en su segundo año y cada estudiante tiene acceso a una MacBook Air para usar en clase y en casa. Continuaremos integrando la tecnología en nuestros entornos de aprendizaje en la clase para crear oportunidades de aprendizaje auténtico y relevante que asegure que los estudiantes estén preparados para sus futuros esfuerzos postsecundarios del siglo XXI.
El progreso continúa en nuestro nuevo proyecto de modernización de la cocina y el salón de clases de artes culinarias de última generación. Gracias por su continua paciencia con la construcción en la escuela. Estamos ansiosos por que el proyecto esté terminado y que nuestros espacios de cocina y cafetería se vuelvan a abrir para el segundo semestre de servicio completo.
Finalmente, me gustaría agradecer a la Mesa Directiva de Educación por su continuo liderazgo y apoyo a nuestro personal y estudiantes. Un enfoque colectivo en hacer lo mejor para los estudiantes ha guiado consistentemente al equipo de liderazgo, y aprecio mucho la dedicación de los miembros de nuestra Mesa Directiva por el tiempo que se ofrecen como voluntarios al servicio del distrito y la comunidad.
Sé que todos esperamos un año escolar seguro, positivo y agradable para todos nuestros estudiantes.
Te deseo un maravilloso fin de semana.
Andrew Schwab

Andrew Schwab joined the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District as Superintendent in July of 2021. He was previously with the Union Elementary School District in San Jose, CA, where he served as the Associate Superintendent of Learning & Innovation since 2014. Andrew began his career in education as a computer technician at Le Grand Union High School District. He entered the classroom as a high school ROP/CTE teacher in 2008. In 2011 he started the first one-to-one high school iPad program in Merced County.

Andrew has a diverse background in organizational leadership, instructional innovation, facilities planning, community engagement, budget oversight, and professional development. He is an instructional innovator who leads collaboratively, with integrity and a focus on doing what is best for students. Andrew is committed to the development and support of the whole child, both social and emotional wellness and academic and extracurricular achievement.

Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Humboldt State University and his master’s degree in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University. Prior to attending HSU, he served in the United States Army and the California Army National Guard as a Self-Propelled Field Artillery Turret Mechanic. A lifelong learner, Andrew is currently pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California.

Andrew Schwab
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To contact the Superintendent's Office:

Terry Westfall
Assistant to the Superintendent
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