From the desk of the Superintendent of Schools

Dear Oceanside Families and Community Members,

It’s an adjustment to say goodbye to summer. Once we do, nothing compares to the thrill of beginning once more. We see that in the sparkling smiles of our teachers as they welcome students back, and in the enthusiasm of students as they greet friends and faculty.

As we begin each school year anew, we like to highlight a concept that reflects on how we approach the task of nurturing your children, mind and body. This year’s concept is leadership and our theme is: #OSDLeadWithMe. Lead With Me acknowledges that none of us do our jobs alone. Our school district is comprised of educators, instructional assistants and aides, secretaries, food service staff, custodial and maintenance personnel, just to name a few, and all of these individuals are the experts in the work they do for our schools. Confident leaders allow these experts room to create and innovate. When we share the roles and responsibilities of leadership, the rewards are great for individuals and the organizations they jointly lead.

Please click here to learn how this idea of shared leadership plays out in our 2019-20 goals.

In addition to shared leadership among educators, we recognize that parents are the ultimate experts on their children. We need your input and expertise to complete the leadership equation that results in motivated, successful students.

Our many forms of communication (the District Calendar, Agenda Books, the Parent Portal, website, Board of Education meetings, our Council of PTAs and individual PTA units, OSD Parent University workshops, Twitter feed and many other tools) are how we aim to keep information flowing. We share information about your child, our programs and events, about teaching and learning, and about current factors that impact education. We also offer many opportunities to focus on pure enjoyment: the sports, science fairs, community book talks, concerts, plays, and other events that celebrate our students’ activities and achievements.

I look forward to working together with parents as we guide your children to reach their fullest potential.


Dr. Phyllis S. Harrington
Superintendent of Schools