Superintendent's Message

Dear Calistoga Joint Unified Families,Dr. Audra Pittman

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! Welcome to a new school year filled with opportunities for your student(s) to learn, achieve, and excel at the highest levels.

The Calistoga Joint Unified School District believes that we are a collaborative, culturally rich educational community, where a rigorous and innovative curriculum prepares our students to be successful contributors to our global society. 

The staff has continued to work hard and plan for the upcoming school year.  Our staff worked all summer (both on and off campus) preparing for the new year.  They too are excited to begin the year and are looking forward to working with your students on a daily basis.

The 2023-2024 school year will continue to build upon our strengths as we imagine what the future holds.  I am excited to share that our district was selected as one of 10 schools to partner with the national education nonprofit organization, Transcend, to be a part of their second cohort of the Rural Schools Design Community. This is a ten-month program where school administrators and faculty will prioritize reimagining our school model to better serve students and families.  As part of this cohort, our school will convene multiple times and work with a Transcend coach to gain experience in centering student voices and leading a community-based school design process that will drive equitable results for all students. We will also integrate insights from science of learning and development and will have opportunities to learn from other rural school colleagues in our cohort, as well as innovative school models nationwide. There will also be opportunities to integrate your input into the process so students’ education experiences and outcomes better reflect the strengths and needs of our community. 

We believe that you play a vital role in the educational process.  We have planned many opportunities for us to work together to provide students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences they need to contribute to and participate in society.  We look forward to hearing from you and working together throughout the school year. 

I encourage you to attend our school and district events.  I am committed to ensuring our students receive a world-class educational experience.  Please feel free to contact me should you have ideas, questions, or comments.

It is through imagination, belief in ourselves and each other, and hard work that will allow us to serve your children in helping them attain their dreams.


Dr. Audra Pittman, Ph.D.

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