Hello Mt. Diablo Unified School District Parents and Community:
Mt. Diablo Unified School District is welcoming our new year with enthusiasm. Our students have been the recipients of a multitude of honors and are approaching the halfway mark of the school year. Northgate won the North Coast Section title in boys’ water polo in November; Mt. Diablo High teacher, Cindy Gershen, received honors from the Concord Community Youth Center for helping them with their after school youth program; and our award winning arts programs across the district have completed their holiday season with a series of top notch plays and performances.
Along with other districts across the nation, we will be implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In December, the President signed this bipartisan legislation which changed the guidelines we formerly had with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The new act has some strong philosophical differences from the previous NCLB act. It is designed to maintain the monitoring of student progress but it no longer imposes federal sanctions including closing schools, changing leadership and transferring students out of low performing schools. Under the ESSA, states have a large amount of flexibility in a wide range of areas, with the U.S. Department of Education seeing its role in accountability scaled back considerably.
As we continue to work on student achievement, we are focusing on skills that will increase student learning. In our elementary school sites, our schools have focused on literacy and writing strategies. At the middle level, we are focusing on student engagement strategies including hands on learning and technology. Our high school office is continuing to work closely with our sites to increase pathways toward graduation for students. Some students may want to participate in an engineering academy while others may lean more towards the arts. Our high schools have had strong programs in each area and have created an environment which recognizes students’ unique talents and works to prepare them for the future possibilities.
Your support of our district is greatly appreciated and we thank you for your partnership.
Dr. Nellie Meyer
Mt. Diablo Unified School District