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February 14, 2017

 

Por favor, vaya aquí  para ver la carta del Superintendente en español.

 

Letter to the Community from Superintendent Nellie Meyer:  Resources for MDUSD Community

 

Dear MDUSD Community,

 

As a school district, we celebrate the diversity of our students, families and staff. This includes different races, faiths, national origins, immigration status, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

MDUSD welcomes all students and families and considers them valued members of our community. We are committed to ensuring they are always welcome and safe in our schools in accordance with the 1982 Plyler v. Doe U.S. Supreme Court decision which states that all students, regardless of immigration status, have the right to a free and equitable K–12 education. No one should feel intimidated from enrolling in our district or attending our schools. We believe deeply in ensuring every student is treated with respect.

 

As an affirmation, on February 13, 2017, the MDUSD school board adopted a resolution stating that we believe in and stand for the values of equity, inclusion, compassion and respect. The resolution also states that we aim to advance the work of racial equity in our schools as it is critical to the success of our community and our nation.

 

As such, we have the following guidelines in place at our schools:

  • Staff will not request information or make a record of information on the immigration status of a student or family member. Furthermore, students and families will not be required to provide a social security number for school forms.
  • If the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asks for access to a school or for access to student information, they will be referred directly to the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent who will refer the matter to the District’s legal counsel.
  • The core values of our district continue to guide us through these times: Our students are our priority. We take pride in our diversity. We hold high expectations for ourselves and our students. We treat each other with respect and act with integrity.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your school principal, counselor or social worker. You can also contact our District Community Liaison at 925- 682-8000, ext. 4035.

 

RESOURCES

  • MDUSD Board of Education Resolution for Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Schools

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/0005faa4-163e-4ff8-8878-9245c293417f.pdf

  • National PTA Position Statement – Services for Undocumented Children

http://www.pta.org/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4205

  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching Tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/category/classroom-resources/immigration

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/24/17

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There will be an informational night about the NEW Regional Magnet Schools in Mt. Diablo Unified, Monday February 27th from 5:30-6:30 at Holbrook School (3333 Ronald Way, Concord) in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Learn more about these new magnet schools; Holbrook Language Academy, Sun Terrace STEM and Wren Arts Magnets.  Have the opportunity to talk with staff, ask questions and enroll students for the 2017-18 school year.  We look forward to seeing you all there!  Check out the Holbrook website at (http://holbrook.mdusd.org/) for current information and contact Holbrook@mdusd.org  with questions. 

 

How Can I Participate?  To enroll or transfer your child(ren) to one of the magnet schools please complete the online form at  http://bit.ly/regionalmagnet or contract Student Services at 925-682-8000 x4167.   Contact regionalmagnet@mdusd.org with questions.  Specific question for Holbrook contact  Holbrook@mdusd.org or call Stephanie Roberts, Director Special Projects at 925-682-8000 x6201. Information can also be found online at the each school’s website at www.mdusd.org.

 

Priority registration deadline for the Magnet Schools for the 2017-18 school year is March 10th (ONLY for families who reside within the Holbrook, Sun Terrace and Wren school boundaries).  The School Choice form can be found at online at http://holbrook.mdusd.org/or contacting Student Services at 925-682-8000 x4167.   The Extended School Choice transfer (open to ALL)  deadline is until  June 30, 2017 for REGIONAL MAGNET SCHOOL ONLY. 

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Posted by: Stephanie Roberts
Published: 2/24/17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919
 
Mt. Diablo Unified School District and East Bay CUE Host 2017 STEM & EdTech Symposium


Event will provide professional development for teachers, administrators and Special Education staff, plus hands-on activities with robots, laser cutters and the latest educational technology

 

WHAT:  2nd Annual MDUSD and East Bay CUE STEM & EdTech Symposium

 

WHEN:  Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8am-4pm
 
WHERE:  Valley View Middle School, 181 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill

 

BACKGROUND: 
Nearly 450 teachers and administrators from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and surrounding areas will gather to learn, share, collaborate, and play with new educational technology at the 2nd Annual MDUSD & East Bay CUE(Computer Using Educators) STEM & EdTech Symposium, sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a critical instructional focus for MDUSD in order to help students develop capabilities to succeed in an increasingly scientific and technological society.

The purposes of the Symposium are to:
• Build collaboration and communication between staff members of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and its neighboring schools/school districts in the areas of STEM and education technology integration
• Provide STEM and EdTech thinking and problem-solving professional development for teachers, administrations and Special Education staff
• Introduce and share resources from and between educators and other professionals who are using them now
• Provide professional development that is fun, with hands-on and integrated activities

The symposium will open at 9am with keynote speaker, Nick Zefeldt, Instructional Technology Coordinator at the Contra Costa County Office of Education and a former Teacher of the Year 2013.

Teachers and administrators will have options to attend classes on digital learning with Seesaw, coding with Scratch, creating virtual fieldtrips, teaching with Spheros, gamification, and digital storytelling among others.

Besides classes focused on technology, attendees will also be able to attend classes on technology for students with special needs, design thinking, digitizing lesson plans and using blended learning. The symposium will also feature Tesoro’s STEM Lending Library where teachers can try out the latest technology teaching tools such as Ozobots, Raspberry Pi’s and laser cutters before using them in their classes.

Valley View Middle School’s Mouse Squad students will be present to guide and assist as needed. Students from College Park High School’s FIRST Robotics team will be standing by to show off fun tools as well, and will be showing off their newly-built robot before it goes to competition.

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/24/17

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Opera Singer Carla Dirlikov Canales Visits Students in Concord at Meadow
Homes Elementary School as Part of National Turnaround Arts Program.

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National President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts program reinforces Turnaround Arts: California’s
commitment to enhancing arts instruction in public schools

 

Concord, CA (January 23, 2017) – Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales will visit students at Turnaround Arts: California partner school Meadow Homes Elementary on Friday, February 24. Turnaround Arts empowers high-need schools with arts resources, training, and arts integration into other subject areas as a strategy to address broader school challenges. As one part of the program, Turnaround Arts partner schools receive intensive arts education resources and mentoring from high-profile artists. Meadow Homes Elementary joined this signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2014.

 

"I'm very excited to be returning to Meadow Homes for another Turnaround Arts visit. I love the kids and the teachers there and have always been made to feel a part of the family within the school. One of the things I think is most important about Turnaround Arts is that it is not a one-off program. We go back, go back often, and build relationships. That is key to our success, and I am committed to the program and to helping advance the ways the arts can assist these kids in their growth in every way I can," shared Carla Dirlikov Canales.

 

Meadow Homes Elementary is one of 68 Turnaround Arts schools across the country. Turnaround Arts supports a measurable, positive impact on high-need schools by increasing student engagement and narrowing the achievement gap. Research reveals increases in reading and math scores, as well as an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions after a few years of participation in Turnaround Arts.

 

"Carla Dirlikov Canales is the definition of a citizen artist, she invests her time in connecting students to each other and to the world of creativity. Her generosity and leadership in this field has inspired us all," said Turnaround Arts: California Executive Director Malissa Feruzzi Shriver.

 

Since becoming a Turnaround Arts: California partner school, Meadow Homes Elementary has created an Arts Leadership Team, initiated school-wide arts integration practices, hosted school musicals and community arts events, developed a working relationship with leadership coaches from the Alameda County Office of Education art-centered Integrated Learning Program through the Turnaround Arts: California Regional Coach Pilot Program, and developed a Strategic Arts Plan to guide arts-based school transformation.

 

Meadow Homes Elementary serves approximately 900 students, representing 19 different ethnic groups.  Principal Sandra Wilbanks applauded the Turnaround Arts program for providing the campus an unparalleled opportunity to expand their existing arts education program to further celebrate the school's cultural diversity.

 

"When you tie arts education into all areas of the curriculum, you create a rich environment for student learning that truly celebrates and honors students’ cultural backgrounds and traditions," said Wilbanks. "Having diverse arts experiences is empowering for students. By exercising creative expression in all subject areas, students can be proud of who they are and how they are developing as young learners and future leaders."

 

Wilbanks says Meadow Homes' existing arts initiatives and grants have had unexpected but happy consequences in promoting second language development among its English Learner population, which accounts for approximately 78% percent of its 900 students.

 

"What we've seen is that, through the arts, students have a stronger connection to school, especially for English Learners.  This has, in turn, improved the home-to-school and school-to-home engagement with our families," she added. "Carla’s visits have been extraordinary in this regard, creating something that is exciting and meaningful not just for our students but for our families as well. They feel very cherished by her.”

 

“We all look forward to her visits, and the students talk about it for weeks afterward,” she added.

 

WHAT:           

Turnaround Artist mentor Carla Dirlikov Canales to visit students and staff at Meadow Homes Elementary, a Turnaround Arts: California partner school.

 

WHERE:          

Meadow Homes Elementary School

1371 Detroit Ave.

Concord, CA 94520

 

WHEN:            

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:45 AM          Media arrival, check-in

10:00 AM        Event begins

10:10 AM        Classroom visits begin

11:50 AM        Rehearsal for school musical (Lion King)

12:30 PM        Lunch meeting with students, staff, and parents

1:00 PM          Event ends

 

 

Media Contacts

Jacob Campbell, Program Manager, Turnaround Arts: California

jacob@turnaroundartsca.org | 805.471.6429

 

Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, Communications Specialist,

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

communications@mdusd.org  | 760.705.6919

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 2/23/17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

               

MDUSD Students, Teachers and Program Honored at Pleasant Hill Community Awards

Outstanding students, educators and science education program recognized at the Pleasant Hill Community Awards Night.

 

WHAT: Pleasant Hill’s Annual event acknowledges contributions of the District’s students, teachers and programs.

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill

 

BACKGROUND:  

 

Two students and four teachers from the Mt. Diablo Unified School District were recognized at the Pleasant Hill 46th Annual Community Awards Night last night in Pleasant Hill.
 

The students, Katelyn Downing and Maggie McCoy, from College Park High school received the Teen of the Year Award.

 

Katelyn, who has a 4.5 GPA, is a teen council member as the council vice-chair, a school-wide poetry winner and an ex-officio member for the Pleasant Hill Rec and Park board. She volunteers by teaching younger kids how to ride and care for horses.

 

Maggie is a community service representative for leadership and a peer tutor at her high school. She volunteers for several community events including the Relay for Life where she led her own team in 2015. Her GPA is above 4.0.

 

Four teachers, Jen Larson-Guerra from Strandwood Elementary, Kate Thomas and Raj Virk from College Park High School, and Eric Utler from Pleasant Hill Middle School received the Educator of the Year Award for their unique, inspirational approach to teaching, enthusiasm, compassion, use of technology, and dedication to creating an excellent learning environment.

 

Also recognized with the Green Community Award was the District’s Farm to School Program, which provides science education through hands-on lessons at school gardens, and sources locally grown and produced food for school cafeterias. Currently four schools participate, including two in Pleasant Hill.

 

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017. Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/22/17

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Please enjoy reading the February 7, 2017, issue of MDUSD Connections newsletter here.

 

You may view previous issues of MDUSD Connections here.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/9/17

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Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

               

Astronaut Scott Kelly to Speak at Sun Terrace Elementary School About Life in Space

Astronaut will answer questions, show pictures in support of STEM emphasis at the school

 

WHAT:  Sun Terrace Elementary School, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), will hear Astronaut Scott Kelly talk about his space travels.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, January 26, 2017, 1:45 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Sun Terrace Elementary School, 2248 Floyd Lane, Concord

 

BACKGROUND:  

 

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who logged 520 days above the earth as a NASA astronaut, will speak at Sun Terrace Elementary School about his time in space.

 

Sun Terrace Elementary School emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects at the school in addition to teaching common core. STEM education gives students the skills they need to prepare them for the jobs of the future.

 

Through Project Lead The Way the school also has a STEM Lab, where students can practice hands-on learning and develop critical thinking skills. The Lab also allows students to combine science and innovation experimenting with different approaches to problem solving.

 

Mr. Kelly, a retired U.S. Navy Captain and a veteran of four space flights, will be showing pictures from his time in space and answering questions from students about his experiences.

 

“Captain Kelly's visit is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity for our students at Sun Terrace Elementary,” says Kristan Martin-Meyer, principal at Sun Terrace. “Our school has a strong focus on STEM education. This is an opportunity for them to see what a STEM career looks like and truly brings STEM to life for our students.”

 

Mr. Kelly will be speaking to the students at 1:45 p.m. in the multi-use room.

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017. Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/8/17