|Steve Betando, Superintendent|
Morgan Hill Unified School District
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
|June 2014 An Amazing Year
August 2013 Continued Commitment to Excellence
Class of 2017 – Sobrato High School Live Oak High School Central High School Community Adult School
The Board of Education has appointed Mr. Steve Betando Superintendent effective January 28, 2014. Mr. Betando began his career in education as a teacher in the Franklin-McKinley School District. He advanced from teaching to vice-principal, principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Before coming to Morgan Hill, Mr. Betando was assistant superintendent in Fremont Unified School District, and interim human resources director/consultant for San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. He arrived in Morgan Hill in January 2012 as interim assistant superintendent for human resources and was appointed to that position permanently in July. Mr. Betando holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education, Administration and Supervision. He has authored publications and taught a variety of courses, seminars, and workshops related to positive work relations, creating a culture of high achievement, preparing for negotiations, and effective evaluations, to name a few.
Mr. Betando has built strong relationships with district staff and community members in the short time that he has been in Morgan Hill. He is a great listener and problem solver. He has knowledge and experience in curriculum, finance, transportation, food services, maintenance and facilities, and human resources.
We welcome Mr. Betando to his new position and look forward with excitement to the year ahead.
Central High School 2017
Families, friends, and faculty, welcome to Central High School’s 2017 commencement!
Graduates. We are here today to celebrate you as a graduate from Morgan Hill Unified School District. We celebrate your hard work your accomplishments and your steadfastness. In a few moments you will be crossing through one of life’s most significant milestones, your first step beyond high school as a graduate.
In past years, I’ve had the honor to stand on this stage and talk about how our students have persevered, about how they have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and your stories tell of similar struggles. Central High School graduation is one of my favorite places to be at the end of a long year, because this is where your strength turns perseverance into potential.
Each of you sits on this stage tonight, because you have worked tirelessly to reach your goal of obtaining a high school diploma. You are no strangers to beating the odds and we are all so proud of your achievement.
As you end this journey and begin a new, one I want to take this opportunity to not only celebrate your hard work but to also celebrate your willingness to help others and further impress upon you how helping others is perhaps the most important thing you can do for your future.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said that “Life’s most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” Some of our students answered that question, Angel Salas, Ivan Preciado and Samantha Ruiz who sit on this stage tonight are three remarkable students with an intense desire and determination to help make a difference in our community. Angel, Ivan, and Samantha lead Central’s Interact Club. The Interact Club’s mission is to empower young people in our community to take action, to develop leadership skills, and gain a global perspective.
A message about helping others is important in any year, but perhaps particularly so this year. With so much happening around the country and the world, it is more important than ever that we come together to help each other.
Shamiya Robinson is another shining example how helping others makes our community a better place. Shamiya sometimes completes her work with time to spare. Once finished with her class projects, she asked others if they need help with theirs. And that’s not all. After a long day of classes, she helps around campus, giving our custodial staff an extra hand to keep the campus looking great.
Going that extra mile for others. Giving of yourself to the general community or to people who benefit by your actions is actually a priceless gift that you can give to yourself.
The most successful people in the world are philanthropists. They give of their time and of their money to help others, others who will never be able to repay them. It doesn’t take money to give of yourself, whether through kindness or an extra hand. There is no greater cause than a cause beyond yourself.
Congratulations class of 2017!
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