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(703) 312-9211

kfalk@nsta.org

 

California Science Teacher Named Regional Winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge

39 Science Teachers Recognized for Finding Innovative Ways to Deliver Quality Lab Experiences to Students

 

Martinez, CA—Shauna Hawes, a science teacher at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill, CA, has been named a regional winner in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge. Sponsored by Shell Oil Company and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the competition encouraged K-12 science teachers who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package. Hawes is one of 39 regional winners named, from which three grand prize winners will be selected.

 

Hawes uses many methods to support the student learning styles and needs in her class. Students start projects with questions that compare and synthesize more than just basic information about a topic. In this project-based learning classroom, students push themselves to learn and produce high-quality work, to support each other through collaboration and positive feedback, and to be creative communicators. The school has converted shop spaces to use for labs. A STEM lab has been started but needs upgrading and updating. Plans for this space include having a true STEM space that meets current state facility standards and provides an environment with a variety of tools and spaces for students to work. The teachers need more space for students’ learning activities with a variety of creative tools. Teachers need large spaces outside of regular classrooms full of desks to do hands-on and sometimes messy lessons.

 

“We are extremely proud of this year’s regional winners. Their innovative approaches, creative ideas, and unwavering commitment to give their very best to their students—and to society, as they engage and motivate the STEM leaders of tomorrow—is commendable and inspiring,” said Dr. Frazier Wilson, Director, Shell Workforce Development & Diversity Outreach. “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to partner with teachers to help in furthering quality science education in the classroom.”

 

To enter the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge, K-12 science teachers located in select school districts near Shell assets were asked to describe their school’s current laboratory resources, explain why laboratory upgrade support is needed, and describe their approach to science education instruction utilizing their school’s current lab facilities. A panel of science educators then reviewed and selected the top entries. The regional winners each received a school science lab makeover support package valued at $10,000 (for the elementary and middle levels) and $15,000 (for the high school level).

 

“These science teachers have implemented truly remarkable science programs, providing high-quality lab experiences for their students with very little resources, often using their own funds to acquire them,” said Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director. “We commend all of the regional winners for their creativity, resourcefulness and commitment to their students.”

 

Hawes now advances to the national phase of the competition, where she will have a chance to win an additional $5,000 of support to attend the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in St. Louis, Missouri, April 11-14, 2019. The three grand prize winners and their principals will be honored at the Shell reception and Teachers Awards Gala, taking place during the conference.

 

To view the list of 2018 Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge Regional Winners and for more information about the Challenge, visit the competition web site.

 

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

 

About Shell Oil Company

Shell’s commitment to community and social responsibility has been in place for more than 50 years. During this time, we have contributed more than a billion dollars to support community, health and welfare, environmental, arts and cultural activities, various educational initiatives, including minority education, and diversity and inclusiveness programs in Houston and the U.S.

 

FOR INQUIRIES CONTACT: Shell Oil Company Media Line 832-33-SHELL

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 6/7/18




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Mt. Diablo Unified hosts its inaugural “Principal for a Day” event

Event brings community and business leaders together with school principals to increase awareness and understanding of school leadership firsthand

 

WHAT:  Guest principals representing a variety of fields and industries, including local government, technology, healthcare, public safety, community service, and the arts, will ‘shadow’ principals at first annual “Principal for a Day” event.

 

Guest principals will include executive leadership and elected officials from:

  • Andeavor Corporation
  • Andrew Davidson & Co.
  • Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County
  • Building Trades Council
  • City of Concord
  • City of Martinez
  • City of Pleasant Hill
  • Clayton/Concord Pioneer
  • Concord Chamber of Commerce
  • Concord Police Department
  • Contra Costa Association of Realtors
  • Contra Costa Community College District
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department
  • Contra Costa Crisis Center
  • Diablo Valley College
  • East Bay Leadership Council
  • Eichleay, Inc.
  • John Muir Health
  • Monument Crisis Center
  • Monument Impact
  • Mt. Diablo Education Foundation
  • Pleasant Hill Police Department

 

Following their shadowing activities, participants and their host principals will attend the Principal for a Day Forum Luncheon at 12:00-2:00 at the Willow Pass Center (2748 E. Olivera Road, Concord) where participants will be able to share their experiences, observations, and knowledge, and propose ideas for further action.  Speakers will include Superintendent Nellie Meyer and three guest principals.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018

 

WHERE:  Various schools, Adult Education, and alternative education locations.  Contact Ursula Kroemer Leimbach at communications@mdusd.org or (760) 705-6919 for specific match-ups. Day-of media contact will be Stephanie Roberts, Director of Special Projects, at robertss@mdusd.org or (925) 250-5526.

 

BACKGROUND:   The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is pleased to host its first-ever Principal for a Day (PFAD) on Wednesday May 16, 2018, as an opportunity to bring our school principals together with local community and business leaders to increase understanding, awareness, and partnerships between schools, businesses, and the community by providing leaders with firsthand and current experiences of schools.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to ‘shadow’ a school principal, participate in and lead normal day-to-day activities in one of our schools, and meet with students and staff.  The event will also provide a venue for principals and their guests to discuss the challenges and current issues each face in their respective leadership role. 

 

“We believe the PFAD event will be valuable and rewarding and hope many guest principals and schools continue relationships on a voluntary basis, perhaps resulting in professional learning exchanges, career advice, job offers to students, industry and work experience visits, two-way mentoring and sharing of ideas and resources,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent.  “We see lots of benefits for both our school leaders and our guest principals.”

 

School Principals

●        Acquire new insights on leadership from successful leaders in other spheres.

●        Showcase the school to significant business and community leaders.

●        Develop ongoing relationships for the school and its students.

 

Business and Community Leaders

●        Increase knowledge of the issues facing schools and the work they are doing.

●        Share ideas and perspectives on leading complex and innovative organizations.

●        Add value to their own organization through participation.

 

Each Principal for a Day has been matched with a school principal based on interests, areas of expertise, immediate organizational priorities, and geographic location. 

 

 

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The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in the state of California, with over 56 school sites and programs serving 150 square miles, including the cities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Clayton; portions of Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg; and unincorporated areas including Lafayette, Pacheco and Bay Point. The district is among one of the more ethnically-diverse in California, with students and their families representing more than 50 languages and dialects.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 5/14/18




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

 

 

Cultural celebration of Ramadan at Meadow Homes Elementary School

Event provides an opportunity to learn about the rich cultures of students and families

 

WHAT:  The Ramadan Celebration will offer an opportunity for children, families, and community members to learn more about the traditions and observances associated with the month of Ramadan, emphasizing the focus on reflection, doing good deeds, and spending time with family and friends.

 

This year, Ramadan begins on the evening of Tuesday, May 15, and will end in the evening of Thursday, June 14

 

The Meadow Homes Ramadan Celebration will include craft activities for both children and adults, such as making jeweled paper lanterns, and moon and star artwork.  A henna artist will be on hand, and traditional Ramadan treats such as baklava, dates, and samosas will be served.

WHEN:  Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Meadow Homes Elementary, 1371 Detroit Ave., Concord 94520 (Get Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:

Meadow Homes Elementary School is a transitional kindergarten (TK) through fifth grade dual-language* and structured English immersion (SEI)** school in the heart of Concord.  The school is among the most diverse in Mt. Diablo Unified, with more than 90% of the students working toward bilingual proficiency in their home language(s) and English. The students collectively speak more than 25 different languages, and proudly reflect cultures from around the world.

 

The Ramadan Celebration is organized with the help of one of Meadow Homes’ parent groups, M’shawara, which is committed to supporting student success, and parent and community involvement at the school and across all cultural groups.

 

On-site contact will be Sandra Wilbanks, Principal, at (925) 685-8760.

 

Resources about Celebrating Ramadan

National Geographic Kids – “Celebrating Ramadan”

The Indian Express - “All you need to know: What is Ramadan”

 

*Refers to students from one language group developing full literacy skills in two languages

 

**Structured English Immersion (SEI) is a program designed to promote language acquisition in which nearly all classroom instruction is given in English, but with the curriculum and presentation designed for children who are learning the language. Typically, SEI includes: (1) English language development (ELD) instruction appropriate to each student’s level of English proficiency, (2) content instruction utilizing specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE) whenever needed for full access to the core, and (3) may include primary language support if needed.

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Published: 5/4/18




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Mt. Diablo Unified’s 6th Annual Academy Awards event honors outstanding teachers, classified staff, and volunteers

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s 6th Annual Academy Awards

 

WHEN:  Thursday, May 10, 2018, 5 – 9 p.m.  The event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 and include appetizers, dinner, and dessert. They are available to order online.

 

WHERE: Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Rd., Concord 94521 (Get Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: For the sixth year in a row, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA) will hold its joint, annual Academy Awards event, honoring educators, administrators, classified employees, and parent volunteers and volunteer organizations for their significant impacts on the lives of students and families.

 

Edi Bersan, Mayor for the city of Concord, will formally welcome all attendees. Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent, and Guy Moore, President of the education association, will serve as emcees.  The keynote speaker will be Cherise Khaund, President of the MDUSD Education Foundation.

 

Students from Westwood Elementary School’s Show Choir and the Concord High School Mariachi Band with dancers will provide entertainment.

 

A farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by student chefs in the Sustainable Hospitality Pathway from Mt. Diablo High School’s International Hospitality and Tourism Academy (IHTA).

 

Awards will be presented to winners among approximately 130 nominees in the following categories:

  • Teachers of the Year
  • Community Involvement Award (Teacher)
  • Creative Curriculum Award (Teacher)
  • Leadership and Courage Award (Teacher)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Teacher)
  • Most Inspirational Teacher
  • Outstanding Administrator
  • Outstanding Classified Employee (Site)
  • Outstanding Classified Employee (Central Office)
  • Outstanding Parent Volunteer
  • Outstanding Volunteer Organization

 

Certificates of Recognition will be provided to the nominees by the offices of Senator Steve Glazer, Senator Bill Dodd, Assembly Member Catherine Baker, and Assembly Member Tim Grayson.

 

Schedule

Time

Activity/Speaker

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Reception

5:45 p.m.

Welcome – The Honorable Mayor Edi Birsan, City of Concord, and emcees, Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent, and Guy Moore, MDEA President.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner

6:15 p.m.

Keynote Address – Cherise Khaund, President, MDUSD Education Foundation

6:45 p.m.

Performance – Westwood Elementary School Show Choir, under the direction of Cyndi Sharp

7:00 p.m.

MDUSD Teachers of the Year – Kelly Perkins, Ygnacio Valley High School, and Rosie Reid, Northgate High School

7:15 p.m.

Concord High School Mariachi Band and Dancers, under the direction of Gary Courtney

7:30 p.m.

Awards for

  • Outstanding Parent Volunteer
  • Outstanding Classified Employee
  • Office Support
  • Student Support
  • Most Inspirational
  • Outstanding Administrator

8:00 p.m.

Presentation by Mt. Diablo High School chef/instructor Cindy Gershen on nutrition and education skills and culinary education

8:10 p.m.

Teacher Awards

  • Community Involvement
  • Creative Curriculum
  • Leadership/Courage
  • Most Inspirational
  • Lifetime Achievement

8:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks – Sylvia Chatagnier, Academy Awards Chairwoman, and MDUSD teacher, retired; and Anita Johnson, President-elect, Mt. Diablo Education Association

 

The names of award winners will be available on the MDUSD website the day after the event, but can be provided to members of the media, embargoed, upon request. Photos can also be provided upon request. Please consider monitoring the District’s Twitter account for photos and updates throughout the evening.

 

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About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Published: 5/4/18




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“Original Works by Young Artists” art exhibit showcases works by students at Wren Avenue School for the Arts

Event promotes new and emerging artists in the Concord community

 

WHAT:  “Original Works by Young Artists” exhibit at the Raquel Amaral Gallery, featuring works by students from the Wren Elementary School of the Arts, one of three regional magnet schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The art show is presented in partnership with the Concord Art Association.

 


 

WHEN:  Opening reception will be held Saturday, May 5, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will be on display for the full month of May.

 

Student artwork   abstract
 

 

WHERE: Raquel Amaral Art Gallery and Studio, 1856 Colfax, Concord. (Get Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:

The Wren Avenue Elementary School of the Arts offers a rigorous and inspiring curriculum which integrates arts instruction and experiences into all areas of study and with traditional arts materials as well as with digital arts technologies. Wren teachers note that, outside of students having fun and being creative and imaginative, arts education has enhanced students’ learning, decision-making skills, communication skills and confidence.

 

Students embrace the Artist’s Agreement at Wren Avenue Elementary (see photo below) which says:

  • You are the ARTIST!
  • It’s not a “mistake” – it’s a beautiful “oops!”
  • Positive comments only, especially about yourself.
  • Offer help critique in a way that allows us to grow.
  • Follow procedures, respect and care for materials.
  • Clean up – because messes will happen!

Poster of Artist s Agreements

As one of three regional magnet schools in MDUSD, Wren Avenue emphasizes parent involvement, responsible student behavior, and an approach to learning that is inquiry- or performance/project-based. Teachers receive extensive and highly-specialized training to enhance efforts to weave their magnet “themes” through the curriculum.

 

Coordinators of Concord Art Association’s new community outreach program put together the exhibit opportunity so that

the community could have an opportunity to see the work of new and emerging artists of the community.

Student artwork   Koalas
Student artwork   cat

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified 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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 5/3/18




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Mt. Diablo Unified’s annual Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Showcase shows what schools are doing to create a positive school culture and school climate

PBIS strategies improve equity, reduce school and district suspensions

 

WHAT:  The annual Positive Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Showcase, highlighting best practices for school-wide behavior supports of all students.  Twenty MDUSD schools were honored last fall by the California PBIS Coalition for their outstanding efforts in implementing PBIS programs. 

 

“Our PBIS program has had a direct and positive impact on the reduction of school and district suspension and expulsion rates,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified.  “This has become an essential matter of equity for us, ensuring that all students achieve and are given an environment to become their social, emotional, and academic best.”

 

The Showcase is open to the public, and will include displays and presentations, and information for families for utilizing PBIS strategies at home.

 

WHERE:  Monte Gardens Elementary School, 3841 Larkspur Dr., Concord, 94519 (Get Directions) On-site media contact will be Lisa Murphy-Oates.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, May 3, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

OVERVIEW: 

Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based and data-backed systems approach for broadly improving student behavior across the school environment, leading to a positive and inclusive school climate and social culture. The data-based PBIS strategies support all students based on three-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavioral support.  The intervention component of PBIS relies on the implementation of restorative practices and restorative justice, instead of older discipline practices that were punishment-based and included reprimands, loss of privileges, office referrals, suspensions and expulsions.  Research has shown that the implementation of punishment, especially when it is used inconsistently and in the absence of other positive strategies, is ineffective.  

 

Introducing, modeling, and reinforcing positive social behavior is an important step of a student's educational experience. Teaching behavioral expectations and rewarding students for following them is a much more positive approach than waiting for misbehavior to occur before responding. The purpose of school wide PBIS is to establish a climate in which appropriate behavior is the norm.

 

Extensive research shows that in addition to building school community, PBIS improves social, emotional, and academic outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities and students from under-represented groups, and has a positive impact on student attendance and engagement.

 

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/27/18




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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s annual Career Pathways Showcase highlights students’ career education and training experiences

Event promotes opportunity for business and community leaders to meet today’s educators and tomorrow’s creative workforce

 

WHAT:  Annual Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Career Pathway Showcase, providing an opportunity for business leaders and community members to meet with students and learn about their career pathway experiences and projects.

 

WHEN:  Friday, May 4, 2018, 11:00 a.m.- 1 p.m.  The event is open to the community. Tickets are $30; registration is available online.

 

WHERE: John Muir Health Concord Campus, Concord I Conference Room, 2540 East St., Concord (Get Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. Extensive research points to CTE experiences as essential to motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge and by providing hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge; bring students and adults together in a setting of collaborative learning; and offer opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and students and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests.

 

As part of its focus to provide high school students with rigorous and relevant educational experiences and career-integrated academics, Mt. Diablo Unified offers students numerous academies and career pathways, and an extensive offering of rigorous Career Technical Education (CTE) coursework

 

MDUSD academies and pathways include:

 

College Park High School

  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) BioMedical Science
  • PLTW Computer Science
  • Sports Medicine
  • Art Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production

Concord High School

  • Human Services Academy
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Business
  • Construction Technology
  • Commercial Art
  • Photography

Mt. Diablo High School

  • Medical Biotechnology Academy (MBTA)
  • Digital Safari Academy (DSA) 
  • International Hospitality & Tourism Academy (IHTA)
  • Architecture, Construction, Manufacturing & Engineering Academy (ACME)

Northgate High School 

  • PLTW Engineering, Art Design
  • 2D Animation/3D Model Design
  • Computer Science
  • Photography
  • Sports Medicine

Ygnacio Valley High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Education Academy
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Sports Medicine

 

SCHEDULE:

 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Exhibits Open

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Speakers Program and Luncheon

Isabelle Fluery, Student, Digital Safari Academy, Mt. Diablo High School

Isabelle will speak about the value of internships for students, focusing the ability to practice what they are learning in their classrooms with a client, learning to collaborate with clients, and being responsive to clients’ needs.

 

  • Katalina Gallo, Teacher, Digital Safari Academy, Mt. Diablo High School

Katalina will speak about the value of having community partners work with her students, and how the partnerships bring relevancy to classroom instruction and make it more real.  She will also talk about the growth and maturity she sees in students when they work with clients.

 

Kristin Watson, Special Education Staff Training (SEST) Coordinator, Mt. Diablo Adult Education

Kristin will talk about the value of the relationship she has with students in the Digital Safari Academy, and the role they play in helping her with projects.

 

Carmen Perkins, Earn & Learn East Bay

Carmen will provide an update on Earn & Learn East Bay, a regional effort to connect students and community partners and to support meaningful work-based learning.  Specifically, Carmen will provide a demonstration of ELENA, the client management system developed to help support this initiative.

 

The event is co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Unified, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, and John Muir Health. Day-of contact for media will be Heather Fontanilla, Career Pathways & Linked Learning administrator for MDUSD, at (925) 330-1392.

 

Resources:

California Department of Education (CDE)

Career Technical Education - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Career and Technical Education - http://www.mdusd.org/cte

Academies, CTE Pathways & Courses - http://www.mdusd.org/careeracademics

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Career and Technical Education in High School: Does it Improve Student Outcomes?  http://edex.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/publication/pdfs/%282016.04.07%29%20Career%20and%20Technical%20Education%20in%20High%20School.pdf

 

 

 

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/27/18




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Building and construction trades field trip for Mt. Diablo Unified high school counselors and college/career advisors 

High school teams hit the road to meet with local building trade organizations to explore opportunities for career education partnerships

 

WHAT:  About two dozen Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) high school Counselors, College and Career Advisors, and Work-based Learning Coordinators have been invited by the Contra Costa Building and Construction Trades Council to visit some building trades centers to learn more about construction and building trade career opportunities for high school graduates.

 

Representatives from the Council recently met with MDUSD’s Career Pathway Advisory Committee, and offered to host the field trip as a way for school advisors to learn more about entry-level opportunities, apprenticeship programs, and journeyperson training. Data from the California Department of Apprenticeship Standards (DAS) indicate that prevailing wages for apprentices in Contra Costa County, working in the skilled trades, start at close to $30 for the hourly basic rate.

 

WHERE/WHEN:  MDUSD educators will meet at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Rd., Concord, to board a bus for the field trip taking them to three locations:

 

Time

Business

Address

9:15 a.m.

United Association (UA) Plumbers and Steamfitters Local Union 342

935 Detroit Ave., Concord

(Get Directions)

11:00 a.m.

(Stop will include lunch)

Ironworkers Union Local 378

3120 Bayshore Rd., Benicia

(Get Directions)

1:00 p.m.

Heat & Frost Insulators Local 16

3801 Park Rd., Benicia

(Get Directions)

 

The bus is scheduled to return to Ygnacio Valley High School by 3 p.m.  The media contact for the field trip is Stephanie Roberts, Director of Special Projects, at (925) 250-5526 (mobile).

 

 

 

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 cultures and ethnicities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning, innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/25/18




Audience: Willow Creek Center, Transportation, SecurePortal, Budget & Fiscal Services, Food & Nutrition, Technology, Common Core, Superintendent, Career Integrated Academics, Current 8th, Unassigned High School Attendance Area, Title 1 Program Improvement Public School Choice 2008 - 2016 Data, Current 8th, Antonio, Online Resources, Transportation, SecurePortal, Ed Tech, Science, Student Services, no link, Special Projects & Grants, Debbie Maher, Assessment, Research & Evaluation, Equity & Disproportionality, Online Resources, Ed Tech, Staff, Schools, Parent Notification for Program Improvement, Auction Surplus, LCAP, College Now Program, Staff, Parents and Community, Instructional Media Library, Food Services New Website, i-Ready, Food & Nutrition Home, Board of Education, California State Standards, Schools, Special Projects & Grants, Special Education, Homepage, Employment, School Support, Auction Surplus, Teacher Induction and Support Program, Student Services, Superintendent, Title 1 Program Improvement Public School Choice 2008 - 2016 Data, Adult Education, Purchasing & Warehouse, Employment, Instructional Technology, School Support, Special Education, Instructional Technology, ELD Standards, Antonio, Unassigned High School Attendance Area, Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA), Common Core, Career Pathways, Legal Department, career pathways, Teacher Induction and Support Program, English Learner Services, Academic Press, no link, Instructional Support, Departments, Technology, Board of Education, Teacher Resources, Educational Technology, Instructional Media Library, Link to our new Website, Purchasing & Warehouse, Summer Learning Academy 2016, After School Program, Adult Education, Departments, MDUSD Profiles, Budget & Fiscal Services, i-Ready, LCAP, Assessment, Research & Evaluation, Legal Department, After School Program, Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA), ELD Standards, Summer School 2015 Application & Brochure, Summer Learning Academy 2016, Equity & Disproportionality, Teacher Resources, Science, ELD, Willow Creek Center, Educational Technology, Parent Notification for Program Improvement, California State Standards, Career Integrated Academics, Academic Press, ELD, English Learner Services, Workers Compensation, Instructional Support, College Now Program, Personnel Services, Maintenance & Operations, Parents and Community, Summer School 2015 Application & Brochure, Mail Services, Human Resources, Maintenance & Operations, MDUSD Profiles, Family LIfe, Mail Services and Homepage

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

 

Mt. Diablo Unified “You Make a Difference” awards event honors students, parents, teachers, administrators, and others who make a difference in the lives of students with unique needs

Recognition event, co-sponsored by MDUSD’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC) and Special Education Department, approaching 20th year

 

WHAT:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) Special Education Department and Community Advisory Community for Special Education (CAC) are hosting the semi-annual “You Make a Difference” awards event, honoring those in the community and within the District who make a difference in the lives of students with unique needs, including those with disabilities, and homeless or foster youth. More than 20 recipients will be recognized, including students, parents, teachers and other staff, administrators, and community members. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier and MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) are among the honorees.

 

WHERE:  Mountain View Elementary School, 1705 Thornwood Dr., Concord 94521 (Get directions)

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 24, 2018, 6:30 p.m., in the school’s Multi-Use Room (MUR)

 

OVERVIEW: 

The “You Make a Difference” awards began in 1999 as an opportunity to thank those involved in the lives of students with unique needs for their positive impact and contributions, and as a jointly-sponsored event by the District’s Special Education Department and Community Advisory Committee. Nominees represent a wide range of stakeholders and education partners, including students, staff, teachers, administrators, community members, and community organizations.

 

This year, 21 recipients will be recognized. While the honorees know they will be recognized at tomorrow’s event, they do not yet know why, or by whom.  The nominations will be read at tomorrow’s event.  Each recipient will receive a commemorative plaque, saluting their contributions.

 

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

Superintendent Nellie Meyer

Board Members

Members of the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education

Special Education administrators, staff, and teachers

Students

Parents/Families

 

VISUALS:

Awards presentation

Slideshow of photos of recipients (doing what they do to make a difference!), produced by a student at College Park High School

Student poster(s)

 

The event is open to the public. Your coverage is welcome.  On-site media contact is Ursula Kroemer Leimbach at (760) 705-6919.

 

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/24/18




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

           

Mt. Diablo Unified hosts its first annual Magnet School Showcase

Event will highlight student artwork, projects, demonstrations, and family activities

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School First Annual Magnet School Showcase

 

WHEN:  Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 7 p.m.

 

WHERE:  El Dorado Middle School Multi-Use Room (MUR), 1750 West St., Concord, 94521 (Get directions)

 

BACKGROUND:   The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is pleased to host its first annual Magnet School Showcase, celebrating and demonstrating the wonderful things happening at our regional magnet schools.  Each of the schools will offer demonstrations, displays, and activities representative of their magnet theme.  Families and community members attending the Showcase will be given a ‘passport’ to be stamped as they travel from one regional magnet exhibit to another.  The magnet schools include:

 

Holbrook Language Academy

Holbrook Language Academy offers a dual immersion program (English/Spanish) starting at kindergarten Holbrook logoand extending each year until it is a complete K-5 dual immersion.  Current first through fifth graders have numerous experiences with Spanish and a range of other languages as well.  The opportunity to learn new languages is integrated throughout the curriculum at all grade levels.

 

Holbrook Language Academy Magnet Showcase activities:

·       Displays of student artwork

·       Students and staff dressed in traditional cultural attire or costumes

·       Demonstrations/hands-on access to computer-based language applications (Rockalingua, Dualingo) as well as a bilingual “beebot”

·       School slideshow

·       #teamHolbrook wristband and Jets sticker giveaways

Sun Terrace STEM Magnet

Sun Terrace Elementary is MDUSD’s first magnet with the specific theme of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). 

 

Sun Terrace STEM Magnet Showcase activities:Sun Terrace

·       Hands-on participation in phenomena-based STEM activities, including coding, circuitry, number talks, paper cup racers, and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) robotics

·       Preview of thematic units and curriculum

·       School brochure giveaways

Wren Avenue Arts Magnet

Wren Avenue Elementary is MDUSD’s first Visual and Performing Arts magnet school. The instructional program is designed to strengthen community, creativity, and confidence through the core curriculum, the arts, and technology.  The program is founded on a strategic set of principles and goals to integrate arts education throughout the curriculum.

 

Wren Avenue Magnet Showcase Activities:

  • Video performance of Wren Ave. 2nd grade class performance and 1st grade class Reader’s Theatre demonstrationPainting
  • Display of past and upcoming events, including Spring Art Exhibition, Cultural Night, and magnet school progress presentation
  • Hands-on watercolor cherry blossom art activity for all visitors to participate in
  • Brochure and googly-eye paper clip giveaways

 

Magnet schools offer students a unique opportunity for in-depth studies in a specific area of interest that is school-wide and integrated throughout the curriculum. Magnet schools are intended to attract a wide range of students, creating a richly-diverse learning environment.

 

See the MDUSD Regional Magnet School brochure:

English - http://www.mdusd.org/file/1489563966565/1400653419605/6011697690819736440.pdf

Spanish - http://www.mdusd.org/file/1489563966565/1400653419605/5249803253513909394.pdf

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/11/18




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MT. DIABLO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF DEDICATION OF EASEMENT

           

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (“District”), at its regular board meeting to be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the District Office located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, will consider dedicating an easement to the County of Contra Costa for the construction and maintenance of pedestrian crosswalk enchantments.  Said proposed easement will be located on a portion of the District’s Northgate High School site located at 425 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598.

 

Questions and/or comments should be directed to Rose Ramos, Chief Business Officer, (925) 682-8000, extension 4007.

 

You may view a copy of Resolution No. 17/18-44 adopted by a 5-0-0 vote on April 9, 2018, and all exhibits at the following link:  http://esbpublic.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/6715e913-851c-4f2e-a8fc-fb5fc4170010.pdf

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/10/18




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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education ("Board") of the Mount Diablo Unified School District ("School District") will hold a Public Hearing at its Regular Meeting to be held on April 23, 2018 to allow for public comment prior to consideration of its reports titled "Residential Development School Fee Justification Study for Mount Diablo Unified School District" and "Commercial/Industrial Development School Fee Justification Study for Mount Diablo Unified School District" ("Fee Studies"), and consider adopting a resolution of the Board of the School District to increase Statutory School Facility Fees Imposed on New Residential and Commercial/Industrial Construction Pursuant to Education Code Section 17620 and Government Code Section 65995. The Fee Studies justifying such increases, which are incorporated herein by this reference, are on file at the School District’s offices, located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519, and are available for public review from April 12, 2018 through April 23, 2018.

 

The Public Hearing of the School District, to be held April 23, 2018 will begin at 7:00pm or as soon thereafter as practicable, at the Dent Center, located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519. These matters will be considered at such time as this agenda item is considered by the Board of the School District.

 

Any questions regarding the Fee Studies or the public hearing should be directed to Rose Ramos, CBO, at 925-682-8000 X4007.

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Published: 4/10/18




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

 

Making space for a Makerspace: Mt. Diablo Unified schools expand campus-based Makerspace centers to promote big ideas and big solutions

Students encouraged to use a variety of tools and materials – virtual and physical – to develop creative projects

 

(CONCORD, CA – April 9, 2018) – Have you heard about K-12 Makerspaces? Think DIY meets education, and you'll get a sense of why Makerspaces are loved by students as a place to explore their own interests and learn to use a variety of materials - both physical and virtual - to develop creative projects.

 

“Having a Makerspace at school is a huge hook for students to have access to all sorts of tools and technology, and be completely engaged in problem-solving using the science, engineering, technology, and math principles taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified.  “We are very much about hands-on experiences and creating learning environments that promote creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.”

 

Increasingly, research shows Makerspaces are important in fostering 21st century skills in students to prepare them for the demands of a global workforce.

 

"Makerspaces are about getting kids creating, moving, collaborating, failing, and doing it all with little direction from adults so they're able to really think big without parameters,” said Adam Welcome, MDUSD’s Director of Innovation, who works closely with schools to establish a Makerspace.  

 

“Makerspaces reflect what the 'real world' looks like. Kids are presented with a problem and they need to work together to move towards a solution or build something to prove a point from their original problem. It's simply magical to see a Makerspace in action and the harmony of each child working in conjunction and 100% completely engaged and constantly challenged,” he added.

 

Current, ten MDUSD schools have a Makerspace on campus:

Bancroft Elementary

Sun Terrace Elementary

Highlands Elementary

Ygnacio Valley Elementary

Holbrook Elementary

Woodside Elementary

Mountain View Elementary

Foothill Middle School

Pleasant Hill Elementary

El Dorado Middle School

 

Students at Pleasant Hill Elementary recently helped put together a video showing off their Makerspace and describing what they’re able to do there with their teams.

“It’s the place where you have to let your imagination come out and play with you,” said student Alani Contreras. “There’s really no limit to what you can make in there.”

 

“Our Makerspace STEAM Lab is a powerful example of what is possible through strong collaborative efforts between our parents and staff,” said Aurelia Buscemi, Principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary.  “The vision and planning for this space started last year through staff and parent meetings and tours of STEAM labs that were already established at other MDUSD campuses.”

 

“Our community has responded with an overwhelming positive response.  Students, parents, and staff have shared that our STEAM Lab has helped infuse excitement into learning.  Students have a renewed curiosity about the learning experience that spills back over into each of their classrooms,” she added. “I am very proud that the collaborative community of MDUSD has enabled us to provide such a rich addition to our core instructional program.”

 

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools this school year.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 4/10/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Making space for a Makerspace:

Mt. Diablo Unified schools expand campus-based Makerspace centers to promote big ideas and big solutions

 

Students encouraged to use a variety of tools and materials – virtual and physical – to develop creative projects

 

(CONCORD, CA – March 30, 2018) – Have you heard about K-12 Makerspaces? Think DIY meets education, and you'll get a sense of why Makerspaces are loved by students as a place to explore their own interests and learn to use a variety of materials - both physical and virtual - to develop creative projects.

 

“Having a Makerspace at school is a huge hook for students to have access to all sorts of tools and technology, and be completely engaged in problem-solving using the science, engineering, technology, and math principles taught in the classroom,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified.  “We are very much about hands-on experiences and creating learning environments that promote creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.”

 

Increasingly, research shows Makerspaces are important in fostering 21st century skills in students to prepare them for the demands of a global workforce.

 

"Makerspaces are about getting kids creating, moving, collaborating, failing, and doing it all with little direction from adults so they're able to really think big without parameters,” said Adam Welcome, MDUSD’s Director of Innovation, who works closely with schools to establish a Makerspace.

 

“Makerspaces reflect what the 'real world' looks like. Kids are presented with a problem and they need to work together to move towards a solution or build something to prove a point from their original problem. It's simply magical to see a Makerspace in action and the harmony of each child working in conjunction and 100% completely engaged and constantly challenged,” he added.

 

Current, ten MDUSD schools have a Makerspace on campus:

Bancroft Elementary

Sun Terrace Elementary

Highlands Elementary

Ygnacio Valley Elementary

Holbrook Elementary

Woodside Elementary

Mountain View Elementary

Foothill Middle School

Pleasant Hill Elementary

El Dorado Middle School

 

Students at Pleasant Hill Elementary recently helped put together a video showing off their Makerspace and describing what they’re able to do there with their teams.

 

“It’s the place where you have to let your imagination come out and play with you,” said student Alani Contreras. “There’s really no limit to what you can make in there.”

 

“Our Makerspace STEAM Lab is a powerful example of what is possible through strong collaborative efforts between our parents and staff,” said Aurelia Buscemi, Principal at Pleasant Hill Elementary.  “The vision and planning for this space started last year through staff and parent meetings and tours of STEAM labs that were already established at other MDUSD campuses.”

 

“Our community has responded with an overwhelming positive response.  Students, parents, and staff have shared that our STEAM Lab has helped infuse excitement into learning.  Students have a renewed curiosity about the learning experience that spills back over into each of their classrooms,” she added. “I am very proud that the collaborative community of MDUSD has enabled us to provide such a rich addition to our core instructional program.”

 

 

#  #  #

 

About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools this school year.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 3/30/18




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

              

Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series: School Readiness with First 5 Contra Costa

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Community Speakers Series

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 18, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacific Ave., Bay Point, 94565 

 

BACKGROUND:   MDUSD ‘s Community Speakers Series is provided to families as an activity to support goals of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  As part of the key goal for Parent/Family & Community Engagement, parents, families and community members will be informed, engaged, and empowered as partners with MDUSD to support student learning. 

 

On April 18, 2018, the Community Speakers Series will present School Readiness with First 5 Contra Costa.  Families are invited to attend and learn how to prepare for that first day of kindergarten, and how they can make the day as smooth and enjoyable as possible for little ones new to school.  Parents and guardians will get expert advice on how to establish positive, pre-school activities and routines at home to support their child’s success in school. Experts will also have tips for that important first day “goodbye”.

 

Learn more at http://www.first5coco.org/blog/tag/school-readiness/.

 

The fifth and final event in this year’s Speaker Series, LCAP Budget, will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2018, starting at 6 p.m. at Concord High School.

 

Students, parents, and staff are welcome at all events. Translation services will be provided.  For more information, please call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4016.

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

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District’s “REAL Food in Schools” Collaborative one of six recipients benefiting from The Battery Foundation grants for childhood nutrition programs

 

(CONCORD, CA – 3/29/2018) The REAL Food in Schools Collaborative, a partnership between the Mt. Diablo Unified School District; Life Lab, a Bay Area pioneer in garden-based science and nutrition education; Eat REAL, a non-profit dedicated to a rigorous healthy food certification, and Wellness in Action, a community-based wellness education and advocacy organization, has been awarded a grant of $189,430 from Battery Powered, a member-funded giving program established by The Battery, a San Francisco social club which works to marshal resources for people and organizations on the forefront of social change.

 

Battery Powered’s giving ‘theme’ for this 2018 grant cycle was childhood nutrition, challenging grant applicants to propose solutions to reach children and families in the Bay Area and address barriers that prevent them from enjoying a sufficient, healthy diet.

 

The REAL Food in Schools Collaborative was founded with a goal of integrating hands-on garden, nutrition, and cooking education and REAL Certified healthy food to support lifelong wellness and achievement for 32,000 Mt. Diablo Unified students. In their grant application, the Collaborative asked for funds to allow leading nonprofit food access, education and community partners to collaborate with MDUSD and each other for two years to scale and institutionalize new food service and education programs, including moving to REAL Certified food service, turning cafeterias into learning spaces for cooking and nutrition, using garden classrooms to integrate healthier food knowledge and culture into the school day, and expand afterschool programs with family involvement.

 

“We are very excited about the opportunity this grant will provide to improve students’ understanding of the importance of good nutrition, as well as their access to healthy foods,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified. “We can’t reach and transform our food systems without starting with our students and families, and the best place to reach our students is at school and through our curriculum.”

 

“From seed to the family table, our students and families are embracing this new curriculum and focus on healthy nutrition,” said Jennifer Sachs, Mt. Diablo’s Executive Director of Instructional Support. “We have built out several outdoor education spaces, where students spend time during the day, growing their own food, preparing meals, creating recipes, and trying them at home with their families.”

 

The grant will allow expansion of a unique initiative where parents are invited to the school cafeteria after-hours and are taught culinary skills. “The parents are so excited to see their own kids participating and see that families can all learn together, said the program’s advisor, Kristen Zellhart. “We’re making an important connection from the cafeteria all the way back into the home.”

 

 

Food service staff trained as culinary educators will turn cafeterias into classrooms for cooking and nutrition for students and their families. Multifaceted garden, nutrition, and cooking education programs are expected to inspire a love of fresh, healthful foods in children at a time in their lives that research shows to be especially formative for lifelong eating habits.

 

Under the new grant, MDUSD will implement new garden programs in three additional high-need schools and new cafeteria education programs at two more schools, working across 10 or more elementary schools in all. Garden lessons will connect to Next Generation Science and Common Core standards to support student achievement and help principals and teachers justify use of instructional hours for these programs.

 

“I have dedicated my life to teaching young people about nutrition, and its importance to their overall wellbeing and success,” said Debra Mason, President of the Board of Education for MDUSD. “It is gratifying to see this level of coordinated effort to benefit families in each of the eight communities which are part of the Mt. Diablo family.”

 

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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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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10th annual Concord High School Student Leadership Exchange to draw 400+ students from six Bay Area/East Bay school districts

 

Student-led conference has grown from four schools to 12 for day-long event promoting collaboration, idea-sharing, and personal leadership development

 

WHAT:  10th Annual Concord High School Student Leadership Exchange – “Pride in the Present and Confidence in the Future”

 

WHEN:  Friday, February 23, 2018, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Concord High School, 4200 Concord. Blvd., Concord, 94521 (Get Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:   What began as a small gathering of Student Leadership classes a decade ago has grown to a professional student-led leadership development conference. The idea was conceived by Concord High’s Leadership class to provide an opportunity for collaboration among regional student leaders; nothing similar existed at the time. In its inaugural year, the day centered around students getting to know fellow students from other schools, team-building games, and sharing ideas about events that could be put together at the high schools to promote student engagement. While these activities continue, the event now includes student-led workshops on personal development as a leader and other topics and has grown to include a dozen schools from six regional districts.

 

The keynote speaker this year will be Kevin Laue, a San Jose native and the first player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Kevin overcame the early death of his father, a challenging home environment and a legion of critics to become one of the top high school basketball players in California while earning a scholarship to join the Manhattan College Jaspers. As a motivational speaker, Kevin is acclaimed for his presentations on the importance of goals and dreams, and what it takes to be a leader.

 

Students attending tomorrow’s conference will represent the following districts and schools:

 

District

School(s)

Antioch Unified School District

Deer Valley High School

Berean Christian High School

Berean Christian High School

Campbell Union High School District

Branham High School

Liberty Union High School District

Heritage High School

Martinez Unified School District

Alhambra High School, Vicente Martinez High School

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

College Park High School, Concord High School, Mt. Diablo High School, Northgate High School, Ygnacio Valley High School, Clayton Valley Charter High School

 

 

AGENDA

Time

Activity

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.

Cheer battles and mascot dance battles

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

School vs. school games

9:55 – 10:45 a.m.

Keynote with Kevin Laue

10:50 - 11:35 a.m.

Idea Swap Sessions (Three 10-minute rotations)

1- 10:55- 11:05 a.m.

2- 11:10- 11:20 a.m.

3- 11:25- 11:35 a.m.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Workshops (Two 25-minute sessions)

1- 11:45 a.m. -12:10 p.m.

2-12:15 - 12:40 p.m.

 

All workshop speakers are Concord High School Leadership students.  Topics will include:

  • Confidence in One Another
  • Service Above Self
  • Understanding Your Brand
  • Developing Strong Habits
  • The Magic Behind Leadership

12:45 – 1:25 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.

Dance Party

2:20 - 2:30 p.m.

Closing Session

 

The on-site contact for the event is Leah Darby, ASB advisor, at darbyl@mdusd.net or (925) 687-2030, ex. 8302.

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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El Monte Elementary School Students in Concord to Participate in Classroom Champions’ February Student Champion Chat featuring Top American Athlete Mentors

 

What:  The third Classroom Champions’ Student Champion Chat of the school year featuring four of America’s best athletes competing at the top levels of their sport.  Focusing on goal setting and streaming live on SportsEngine, the 45-minute moderated chat offers students from all schools across the US an opportunity to ask questions and engage directly with the athletes via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #CClivechats.

 

Who:   World Champion Bobsledder and Two-Time U.S. Olympic Medalist Elana Meyers Taylor

            World Champion Luger and 2014 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin

            World Champion Luger and 2018 U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Chris Mazdzer

            IBSF World Cup Bronze Medalist & 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate Nic Taylor

 

When: February 22, 10:00 am (PT)

 

Where: El Monte Elementary School, 1400 Dina Dr., Concord, CA 94519

 

Media is invited to cover the chat and interview the students and teachers about Classroom Champions. On-site contact is Catherine Wittman, Classroom Champions, 510.501.6416, or cwittman@classroomchampions.org.

 

About Classroom Champions:  

Classroom Champions has partnered more than 125 world class athletes, para-athletes, college athletes and NFL players as mentors with more than 1000 classrooms across North America.  Using the current digital landscape to scale their reach, the program utilizes monthly video lessons, live chat’s and social media, to build mentoring relationships between the athletes and students throughout the school year.

 

By using available technology, the athletes can give back to their communities while still maintaining their rigorous training and competition schedules.  Their mentoring provides social and emotional learning (SEL) support to students and teachers that builds on critical areas such as interpersonal skills, school engagement, digital literacy, perseverance and goal setting. 

 

This year, Classroom Champions has mentored its 25,000th student.  Their programming has operated in 7 countries, including the US and Canada, and continues to challenge students to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big while also educating them in the practical use of communications technology

 

To attend the event, please contact Susan Bradshaw Crowther, Classroom Champions, at susan@susanbradshaw.com or 917.881.7350

 

Back-up media contact is Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, MDUSD, at 760.705.6919 (mobile) or communications@mdusd.org

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Cutting-edge educational technology featured at 2018 MDUSD/East Bay CUE's STEM and EdTech Symposium

 

3rd annual conference provides professional development for local teachers, administrators and Special Education staff, plus hands-on activities with robots, laser cutters and the latest educational technology

 

WHAT:  2018 MDUSD and East Bay CUE STEM and EdTech Symposium

 

WHEN:  Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Valley View Middle School, 181 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill

 

BACKGROUND:   Nearly 500 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 3rd Annual MDUSD & East Bay CUE (Computer Using Educators) STEM & EdTech Symposium, sponsored by the Andeavor Foundation. STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is a critical instructional focus for MDUSD 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 8:30 am with keynote speaker, Jon Corippo, Interim Executive Director for CUE. Teachers and administrators will have options to attend a variety of classes, including:

A full list of workshop offerings and descriptions are available at https://symposium2018.sched.com/.

  

The symposium will also feature Andeavor’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 Jag Tech Team 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 and their newly-built robot before it goes to competition.

 

The Symposium is fully funded by the Andeavor Foundation, generously sponsoring the cost of meals (catered by the Diablo Valley College culinary program – featuring former MDUSD culinary students now furthering their career pathway studies), tech and other support staff, and giveaways.

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

About Andeavor

Andeavor is a premier, highly integrated marketing, logistics and refining company. Andeavor's retail-marketing system includes more than 3,100 retail stations marketed under multiple well-known fuel brands, including ARCO®, SUPERAMERICA®, Shell®, Exxon®, Mobil®, Tesoro®, USA Gasoline(TM) and Giant®. It also has ownership in two logistics businesses, which include Andeavor Logistics LP (NYSE: ANDX) and Western Refining Logistics, LP (NYSE: WNRL) and ownership of their general partners. Andeavor operates 10 refineries with a combined capacity of approximately 1.2 million barrels per day in the mid-continent and western United States. Learn more at http://www.andeavor.com/

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified students show their genius at 2018 STEM Showcase

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Showcase to highlight student projects; event will include engineering design challenges, robotics, and hands-on demonstrations from DNA extractions to flames, flares, and explosions          

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified’s 2018 STEM Showcase will feature projects from approximately 300 junior geniuses from 28 different school sites.  The STEM Showcase is an updated take on the traditional science and engineering fair in MDUSD; teachers have completely re-written the processes to be fully-aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which enable students to learn science by doing science.

 

WHERE:  Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Ln., Concord (Get directions)

 

WHEN:  Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9 – 11 a.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

 

OVERVIEW:  The STEM Showcase provides a venue for students from across Mt. Diablo Unified to present projects, experiments, and findings, demonstrating their creativity and critical thinking skills. Projects for this year’s event are being submitted.  Projects from last year’s event included:

  • What Does It Take To Make A Vehicle Levitate?
  • SEASTAR Explorer (an underwater robot)
  • A Berry Good Experiment
  • Frozen Bubbles
  • How Green Is Your Oven?
  • Intro to Quantum Physics (from a third grader)
  • Paper Circuits
  • What Makes a Building Hold Up in an Earthquake

pasteboardAdditional activities at the Showcase will include:

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a new set of K–12 science standards that were developed by states, for states. The NGSS identify scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in science that all K–12 students should master in order to prepare for success in college and 21st-century careers.

The NGSS promote five key principles:

  • Three Dimensional Learning: There are three equally important, distinct dimensions to learning science included in the NGSS: Scientific and Engineering toiletpaperPractices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. The NGSS connect all three dimensions. To prepare students for success in college and 21st century careers, the NGSS also connect scientific principles to real-world situations, allowing for more engaging and relevant instruction to explore complicated topics.
  • All three dimensions build coherent learning progressions: The NGSS provide students with continued opportunities to engage in and develop a deeper understanding of each of the three dimensions of science. Building on the knowledge and skills gained from each grade—from elementary through high school—students have multiple opportunities to revisit and expand their understanding of all three dimensions by the end of high school.
  • Students engage with phenomena and design solutions: In instructional systems aligned to the NGSS, the goal of instruction is for students to be able to explain real-world phenomena and to designheadphones solutions using their understanding of the Disciplinary Core Ideas. Students can achieve this goal by engaging in the Science and Engineering Practices and applying the Crosscutting Concepts.
  • Engineering and the Nature of Science is integrated into science: Some unique aspects of engineering (e.g., identifying problems) are incorporated throughout the NGSS.  In addition, unique aspects of the nature of science (e.g., how theories are developed) are also included throughout the NGSS as practices and crosscutting concepts.
  • Science is connected to math and literacy: The NGSS not only provide for coherence in science cartinstruction and learning but the standards also connect science with mathematics and English Language Arts. This meaningful and substantive overlapping of skills and knowledge affords all students equitable access to the learning standards. Learn more about the NGSS here.

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects.

 

We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students. 

 

Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Business & Educators Shadowing for Tomorrow (BEST) event pairs high school teachers with local health, hospitality, finance, marketing, and other industries to enhance career pathway opportunities and instruction

 

WHAT:  The Business & Educators Shadowing for Tomorrow (BEST) Day, sponsored by John Muir Health in collaboration with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, and Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), provides opportunities for Career Technology Education (CTE) teachers at MDUSD high schools to shadow business leaders and experts in a variety of in-demand career industries and fields as part of the District’s commitment to preparing students to compete, contribute, lead, and succeed in the 21st century workplace.

 

Business partners include:

  • AMF Media Group (marketing and public relations agency)  
  • (marketing and logistics agency)
  • (investment solutions agency)
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories (life science research and education, clinical diagnostics, biopharmaceutical processing, and food science)
  • Clarion Hotel (hospitality holding corporation with more than 6,300 properties worldwide)
  • Contra Costa Transit Authority (county’s transportation sales tax program management and transportation planning))
  • LifeLong Medical (community health center providing health and social services)
  • Red Dog Graphics (full service, family-owned and operated commercial printer)
  • Sutter Health (health system with doctors, hospitals and health care services in more than 100 Northern California communities)
  • Visit Concord (Concord Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID) branding)

 

CTE teacher participants will represent the following schools:

  • College Park High School
  • Concord High School
  • Horizons/Prospect Alt Ed
  • Mt. Diablo High School
  • Northgate High School
  • Olympic High School
  • Ygnacio Valley High School

 

WHERE:  John Muir Medical Center, 2540 East St., Concord, 94520, Concord I and Concord II conference rooms (view floor plan)

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 6, 2018. All participants will meet for program overview and breakfast at John Muir, dismiss for shadowing, and reconvene at 1 p.m. for debrief and sharing-out.

 

OVERVIEW: 

Career and technical education (CTE) can benefit students directly by providing earning advantages before and after graduation. Extensive research points to CTE experiences as essential to motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge and by providing hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge; bring students and adults together in a setting of collaborative learning; and offer opportunities for students to interact with community members, potential employers, and students and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests.

 

The BEST day, now in its twenty-first year, will include the following agenda:

 

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

  • Sharon Jenkins, Director of Corporate Health, John Muir Health

 

8:30 a.m. Overview of the Day

  • Heather Fontanilla, Ed.D., Administrator - Career Pathways & Linked Learning, MDUSD
  • April Treece, CCEP, STEM Workforce Initiative

 

12:30 p.m. Reconvene for Lunch hosted by John Muir Health

  • Nellie Meyer, Ed.D., Superintendent, MDUSD

 

1:00 p.m. Team Member Debrief & Sharing-out

  • What impact did today’s experience have on you and your pathway?
  • What did you learn that you will take back to the classroom?
  • What are the implications of this experience for your team?
  • What are the next steps for your team?

 

2:30 p.m. Adjourn

Day-of contact for media will be Heather Fontanilla, Career Pathways & Linked Learning administrator for MDUSD, at (925) 330-1392.

 

Resources:

California Department of Education (CDE)

Career Technical Education - https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Career and Technical Education - http://www.mdusd.org/cte

Academies, CTE Pathways & Courses - http://www.mdusd.org/careeracademics

 

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Career and Technical Education in High School: Does it Improve Student Outcomes?  http://edex.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/publication/pdfs/%282016.04.07%29%20Career%20and%20Technical%20Education%20in%20High%20School.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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“A Ride for Ryan” pasta dinner fundraiser tonight at College Park High School to benefit Ryan Joseph

All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van for Joseph family

 

WHAT:  A Ride for Ryan pasta dinner to raise funds for the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van to help Ryan Joseph, who suffered a life-altering injury at a wrestling match in January, become mobile again

 

WHERE:  College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523, (925) 682-7670

 

WHEN:  February 5, 2018 – 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

 

OVERVIEW:  Ryan Joseph, a 16-year-old sophomore and student athlete, suffered a spinal cord injury during a wrestling match on January 10, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.  Falcon friends, family, and community members have been raising money via a GoFundMe page to help the Joseph family make changes to their home to accommodate Ryan’s needs and to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van.  Ryan recently sent a message to his College Park family to say "I would like everyone to know how much their support means to me.  On my worst days I think of all of you and know it is going to be all right."

 

The College Park High School Athletic Booster club has organized the Ride for Ryan pasta dinner; tickets are $15 per person, including pasta, salad, dinner roll, and water.  The meal is being prepared and generously provided by Roxx on Main restaurant in Martinez. Dessert and soda will be available for purchase until sold out.  Tickets are available for purchase online at http://bit.do/rideforryan.  People who are unable to attend the dinner but would like to contribute may do so on this same website.

 

On-site contacts for media are Joseph Alvarez, Principal, and Jim Keck, Athletic Director.

 

 

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About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Free flu vaccines and health screenings offered at annual Mt. Diablo Adult Education Health Fair

Event to include presentations on healthcare career program offerings, and screenings by Medical and Dental Assistant students

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Adult Education is holding its annual Health Fair, designed to provide attendees information about five in-demand healthcare career certificate programs - Administrative Assistant, Medical Assistant, Surgical Technologist, Dental Assistant, and Emergency Medical Technical Technician.  Free flu vaccines will be available, along with free dental screenings, and blood pressure and other heart-health readings.

 

WHERE:  Mt. Diablo Adult Education Loma Vista Campus, 1266 San Carlos Ave., Concord, 94518 (Get directions!)

 

WHEN:  Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3 - 6 p.m. The on-site contacts are Vittoria Abbate, Director, College & Career and Adult Education, at 925-685-7340, ext. 6710 or abbategv@mdusd.org; and Jonathan Roselin, Assistant Director, College & Career and Adult Education, at 925-685-7340 ext. 6705, or roselinj@mdusd.org.

 

OVERVIEW:  The annual Health Fair, sponsored by Mt. Diablo Adult Education, is open to all staff, students, and families of Mt. Diablo Unified, as well as the greater district community.  It provides an opportunity for students in the Adult Education career and technical education program to perform job-related skills connected with their training for all visitors to the health fair.

 

Classrooms that will be open for screenings and information include:

 

Administrative Assistant

(https://mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1447672309213)

Room B10

  • Accessing Your Medical Records
  • Free Flu Vaccines (Provided by Contra Costa County Health Department and administered by Medical Reserves Corp.)

 

Dental Assistant

(http://mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1376458790410/1381822774198/4032556661479474027.pdf)

Room A5

  • Plaque Screening
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Periodontal Disease Prevention
  • Tooth Brushing and Flossing Essentials

 

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

(http://mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1376458790410/1381822774198/4784026286762253468.pdf)

Room C17

  • Hands-on CPR Information
  • Controlling Bleeding
  • Choking Awareness
  • A demo

 

Medical Assistant

(http://mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1376458790410/1381822774198/5114294880215465478.pdf)

Room A3

  • Non-Fasting Blood Glucose
  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart Rate
  • Heart Health
  • Height & Weight

 

Surgical Technologist

(http://mdae-mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1376458790410/1381822774198/4616169781849186186.pdf)

Room A2

  • Basic Hand Washing
  • Pre-Surgery Checklist

 

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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 communities, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We offer award-winning innovative programs in Career Technical Education (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is pleased to have opened its first International Baccalaureate (IB) program and three new regional magnet programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Efforts are underway to establish the IB program at the middle and elementary school level. MDUSD also expanded its middle college program, College Now, now serving an additional 35 students.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Student Inventors and Innovators Recognized at 13th Annual Digital Safari Innovation Fair

Scholarships awarded to top student teams for social benefit innovations including disaster notification network that does no rely on cellphone service and a drone outfitted with a capsule to create rain to assist fire departments


     

(CONCORD, CA – December 18, 2017) –  Five teams of student inventors and innovators were awarded scholarships as the top winners in the 13th annual Digital Safari Innovation Fair on December 14, the culminating event of a semester-long Innovation Project for students in the Digital Safari Academy (DSA) at Mt. Diablo High School. The Innovation Fair was held in conjunction with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce mixer.

 

The Innovation Project is an entrepreneurial training program for high school seniors who form virtual companies then spend an entire semester developing their innovative "beyond the edge" products, developing their business plans and preparing to make their pitch for funding before a panel of real business consultants and investors. All the products or services by the student teams must have an environmental, health/safety, or positive social benefit.  Students worked with a community partner mentor throughout the course of the project to develop a business plan.

 

All guests who attended received $50,000 in virtual money to “invest” in their favorite companies.  The top five groups are awarded scholarships, based on scores from their preliminary presentations, their business plan, and the investor monies raised. Students in the 1st place group share a $1000 scholarship.  Each member of the 2nd place group will receive $100 and each member of the 3rd place group will receive $50.  The scholarships were generously provided by the Patrick & Shirley Campbell Foundation of Pleasant Hill, supporting numerous civic and education programs and associations.

 

1st Place - Disaster Network: A device that does not rely on a cell phone network in order to communicate – targeting areas hit by natural disasters

·        Talwinder Lally

·        Sierra Smith

·        Christian Meda

·        Mohit Gurung

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Place - The Thinking Machine: A new computer-processing chip using a new material, graphine

·        Alana Lanway

·        Erick Jauregui

·        Jeremiah Lahaina-Fuiava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Place – LOTUS: A thermographic mammogram machine

·        Isabella "Izzi" Fleury

·        Aldo Escalante

·        Daniel Ochoa

·        Veronica Nava

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Place - ARTEmiS: Technological glasses serving the needs of those suffering from mental illness

·        Kloyd Ganancial

·        Alexsandra Cevallos

·        Paiman Nejrabi

·        Adrian Canedo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 5th Place - Make It Rain: A drone that carries a capsule that would create rain – targeting fire departments

·        Webster Gutierrez

·        Adrian Meda

·        Alberto Romo Gutierrez

·        Jonathan Gonzalez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sixty-two students participated, presenting a total of 16 different projects. 

 

The judges for the Business Plan competition were:

  • Manual Alonso, Executive Director of Earth Team
  • Oscar Dominguez, Director, Contra Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Hope Frye, Managing Director, Skyward Bound Investments (and former mentor)

 The Innovation Project Mentors were:

  • James Acosta, Commercial Loan Officer, Heritage Bank of Commerce
  • Heather Fontanilla, Program Specialist, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Horace Marks, Former Investment Securities Regulatory Compliance Officer
  • Polo Valdovinos, Business Advisor, Contra Costa SBDC
  • Mark Westwind, Former Adjunct Instructor, JFK University MBA Program

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

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New California School Dashboard shows Mt. Diablo Unified students continue to graduate at a higher rate

Accountability tool includes several key indicators to provide greater context of student and school progress; graduation rate now at 91.2%

 

(CONCORD, CA – December 8, 2017) – Graduation rates continue to increase for students in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) with African American students seeing the greatest uptick – 8.2% - according to data released by the California Department of Education (CDE) showing results from the new California Accountability Model and School Dashboard. The new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local education agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population, based on a concise set of measures.

 

“We are pleased to see this latest set of data on the State’s key performance Indicator categories,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  The categories include Suspension Rate, English Learner Progress, Graduation Rate, English Language Arts, and Mathematics.  New Indicators include Chronic Absenteeism and College and Career; these data are not currently posted by the CDE.

 

“The Indicators provide us important context by showing comprehensive data that helps us to not only identify our strengths and see where we can expand instructional strategies that have made a difference, but the data also help zero in on areas where students may need more intensive supports,” she added.

 

The Dashboard includes an Equity Report that shows the performance levels for all students on the state indicators. It also shows the total number of student groups that received a performance level for each indicator and how many of those student groups are in the two lowest performance levels (Red/Orange). The total number of student groups may vary due to the number of grade levels included within each indicator.

 

Highlights include:

  • Increased graduation rate up .9% to 91.2% overall; the 4th year in a row the rate has increased:
    • English learners’ growth increased by 3.7%
    • African American student growth increased by 8.2%
    • Asian student growth increased by 4.8%
    • Hispanic student growth increased by 1.6%
  • Decreased suspension rate
    • English learners’ rate decreased .5%
    • Homeless student rate decreased 2.3%
    • Socioeconomically challenged student rate decreased .6%
  • Gains in English Language Arts
    • Hispanic student growth increased by 1.3%
    • Caucasian student growth increased by 1.6%
  • Gains in Mathematics
    • Homeless student growth increased by 4.3%
    • Filipino student growth increased by 2.3%

 

Areas of improvement include:

  • Services to students with disabilities – MDUSD has a high population of students who are considered medically fragile or are high needs and are not on the traditional graduation trajectory
  • African American and Hispanic students – an achievement gap remains between students of color and their Caucasian counterparts

 

MDUSD was also found to have again met all local indicators, based on information that regional educational agencies, such as county offices of education, collect locally.

 

The Dashboard supports the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources as outlined in each school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Districts and schools have access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children. New information will help principals, teachers, parents and community members pinpoint specific areas where schools are underperforming and need help. It will also help identify schools that are excelling and can help others by sharing their methods and practices.

 

In contrast to California’s previous accountability system, which was based solely on annual standardized test scores, the School Dashboard considers several key indicators.  Collectively, these indicators provide much greater context to how students and schools are doing.

 

State Indicators

  • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts and mathematics assessments)
  • English Learner Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate
  • College/Career Readiness (includes Grade 11 assessment results)

Local Indicators

  • Basic Services and School Conditions
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate

 

Instead of numeric scores and rankings, the California School Dashboard assigns colored performance levels.  These performance levels are calculated based on how current performance compares to past performance.

The state goal for all indicators is to reach the green performance level. 

The performance level (color) is not included when there are less than 30 students in any year used to calculate status and change. An N/A means that data are not currently available.

 

As more indicators come online, the data will be added to the Dashboard. Future versions of the Dashboard will be published annually; its design and features will be changed over time based on user feedback. 

 

Under California’s LCFF, County Offices of Education, the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), and the CDE have specific responsibilities for providing assistance to school districts (considered by the state to be ‘local agencies’) to develop and implement improvement strategies for student groups which did not grow beyond the “Red” level for two consecutive years. 

 

Of the 18 districts in Contra Costa County, nine of them, including MDUSD, had one or more groups meeting this criteria, and, as such, are eligible to receive support, including technical assistance, professional development or other support to help the student groups progress.  MDUSD will receive support for reducing suspensions for African American, foster youth and homeless students, as well as support for improving achievement among these same student groups.

 

California School Dashboard Report 
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

 

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
The new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.

 

Resources

Source: Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Source: Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking over 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more athttp://www.mdusd.org/.

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Olympic athlete mentors chat it up as part of Classroom Champions partnership activities in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

More than a dozen video chats between Olympians/Paralympians and their adopted MDUSD classrooms scheduled over next few weeks  

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students will be connecting with Olympic and Paralympic mentor athletes via live chats over the next few weeks as part of activities with the Classroom Champions partnership, launched earlier this fall.


Classroom Champions, an international education non-profit founded by American Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, pairs teachers with Olympians and Paralympians as mentors who use video lessons, live video chats, and social media to engage students and encourage them to recognize their potential, set goals, and dream big. Classroom Champions is the first program of its kind to partner with teachers to bring these elite athletes training for their next Olympics or Paralympics into schools to provide ongoing mentorship.

 

Students at Bel Air Elementary have World Cup champion and Classroom ChampionsOlympic hopeful bobsledder Carlo Valdes thinking quick to questions like "Do you want to be a YouTuber?" as part of this week’s video chat with Olympic and Paralympic mentors involved in the MDUSD Classroom Champions partnership.

 

 

 

This February, our nation will come together to root for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. MDUSD Classroom Champions teachers, 25 in all across the district, are paired with a winter athlete striving to earn a spot at these Games. In addition to mentorship activities, MDUSD Classroom Champions students will have the excitement of cheering on and interacting with their mentors as they go on their Olympic journeys.

 

Video chats scheduled over the next few weeks include:

Date

School

Classroom

Classroom Champion

Time

11/29/2017

Oak Grove MS

Suzanna Marshak - Grade 6 English/World History

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

 

Oak Grove MS

Ann Borba - Grade 6 English/Reading/World History

Daniel Buitrago – Grade 6

English/Reading 5/7 World History

J.R. Celski

(Speed Skating (Short Track))

12:05 p.m.

11/30/2017

Oak Grove MS

Ann Borba - Grade 6 English/Reading/World History

Daniel Buitrago – Grade 6

English/Reading 5/7 World History

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

12/6/2017

Oak Grove MS

Cecelia Guzman – Special Education

Susan Owen – Special Education

J.R. Celski

11:30 a.m.

 

Oak Grove MS

Lisa Brown – Grade 6

English/World History

J.R. Celski

12:05 p.m.

12/7/2017

Shore Acres ES

Maria Martinez – Grade 5
Mary Bakos – Special Education

Megan Bozek

(Women’s Ice Hockey)

9:00 a.m.

 

Shore Acres ES

Denise Nunally – Grade 5

Megan Bozek

9:45 a.m.

 

Shore Acres ES

Gordon Miller – Grade 5

Megan Bozek

11:15 a.m.

12/8/2017

Highlands ES

Laura Torrez – Grade 4

Carlo Valdes

(Bobsled)

11:00 a.m.

 

Riverview MS

Carol Martin – Grade 6 Core

Carlo Valdes

11:45 a.m.

12/18/2017

El Monte ES

Kim Chamberlain – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

(Alpine Skiing)

8:30 a.m.

 

El Monte ES

Christina Cinfio – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

9:15 a.m.

12/19/2017

Fair Oaks ES

Kristen Thompson – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

8:45 a.m.

 

Fair Oaks ES

Gena Hanko – Grade 4

Tyler Carter

9:30 a.m.

 

The video chats are providing MDUSD students a chance to interact with their Olympic/Paralympic mentors to ask a variety of questions.  To arrange a visit to one of the listed classrooms, please contact

 

Adam Welcome

MDUSD Director of Innovation and Technology

925-297-5118 (Google Voice)

welcomea@mdusd.org

 

or

 

Catherine Wittman

510-501-6416

cwittman@classroomchampions.org           

www.classroomchampions.org

 

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About Classroom Champions

Classroom Champions believes kids have what it takes. Sometimes they just need a champion to help them! Founded by 2010 Olympic gold medallist, Steve Mesler, and Leigh Mesler Parise, Ph.D., Classroom Champions is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that teams at-risk and underserved students across North America with Olympians and Paralympians through an innovative, year-long mentorship program. To date, more than 25,000 students across the U.S. and Canada have been mentored by more than 95 Olympians and Paralympians. Classroom Champions has a strong track record of helping students stay engaged in school—a critical component in ensuring students complete their education and go on to pursue fulfilling and productive lives and careers. Classroom Champions’ success in helping to build the critical skills students need to succeed both in and out of the classroom has earned it numerous accolades, including a World Fair Play Diploma. Learn more about Classroom Champions at classroomchampions.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Mt. Diablo Unified

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 offer award-winning 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 opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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New grant allows for expansion of innovative partnership with Saint Mary’s College of California, transforming the Special Education teacher pipeline

 

Area Schools Special Education Teacher (ASSET) preparation program grant will enable MDUSD employees to receive almost $4,000 in tuition support in a unique fast-track credential program

 

(CONCORD, CA – November 27, 2017) – The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) has been awarded the Area Schools Special Education Teacher (ASSET) preparation program grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing that will expand an innovative Special Education teacher credentialing initiative launched a year ago.

 

The ASSET grant will provide $400,000 over the next five years to offset tuition costs and enable all MDUSD classified employees the opportunity to participate in the credential program with Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC) and earn an intern credential for a Mild/Moderate Education Specialist teaching credential that deems them to be highly qualified Special Education teachers. Classified employees from other local districts in the Contra Costa Special Education Local Planning Agency (SELPA) may also qualify to participate in this project.

 

Nationwide, there is a critical shortage of fully-credentialed Special Education teachers. Of new teachers entering the profession, data show an overwhelming majority of Special Education teachers are entering the classroom on substandard credentials, unprepared and untrained.  In California alone, these shortages have skyrocketed.  The Learning Policy Institute, an independent Palo Alto-based education research organization, reports that in 2015-2016, 64% of new Special Education teachers in California held substandard credentials and permits, compared to 36% who held preliminary credentials.

 

To respond to the need for qualified Special Education teachers, Saint Mary’s Kalmanovitz School of Education created a reciprocal partnership with MDUSD in 2016, enrolling an inaugural cohort of 12 employees serving in classified (non-teaching) Special Education positions into a two-year program with extensive and intensive coaching and classroom support that enables them to earn a credential deeming them highly qualified. This program will begin enrolling candidates for its third cohort beginning in January of 2018 and summer of 2018.

 

The ASSET grant extends this partnership, supporting the enrollment of approximately 20 more classified employees into the MDUSD/SMC credentialing program this coming year.

 

An informational meeting on the credentialing program is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017, beginning at 3:30 p.m. at the district’s main offices, 1936 Carlotta Street, in Concord.

 

The credential program was co-designed by Drs. David Krapf and Peter Alter, co-directors of the Education Specialist program at SMC; Dr. Wendi Aghily, MDUSD Executive Director of Special Education/SELPA; and Leyla Benson, MDUSD Executive Director of Human Resources.

 

“The ASSET grant will allow us to significantly expand and continue our shared work in providing excellent teacher preparation with Saint Mary’s College,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for MDUSD.  “This partnership is allowing us to create a very tailored and supportive pipeline for Special Education teacher candidates and we see opportunities for expanded recruitment efforts into other teaching disciplines.”

 

With funding from the grant, qualified MDUSD employees will be able to begin coursework in January or the summer term of 2018, and begin teaching in the fall.  In addition to this new scholarship, participants will receive a 22% reduction in tuition costs. The MDUSD/SMC initiative also includes three additional components that set it apart from more traditional teacher preparation programs:

  • Most classes will be held at MDUSD facilities to decrease travel time and increase convenience for interns
  • Interns are provided an increased amount of “in the classroom” support and coaching. District-funded coaches will provide ongoing feedback, demonstration lessons, classroom resources, and classroom management support in the first year of the program. In the second year, candidates are moved to an intern credential program that deems them to be highly qualified.  It is estimated that each candidate will be provided more than 100 hours of support over the academic year.
  • The program of study has been condensed to allow multiple courses to be taught within each semester, and the program can be extended from 18 months to two years, allowing candidates to attend classes for two evenings a week and maintain a home/work/school balance.

 

“We are so grateful to the ASSET program and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for supporting our program,” said Dr. Peter Alter, program coordinator and its co-founder. “It will provide substantial financial support for employees who have already demonstrated a commitment to students receiving Special Education services to move to an instructional position.”

 

Leyla Benson, MDUSD’s Executive Director of Human Resources and program co-founder, agrees.  “We have so many talented Special Education assistants who would be wonderful teachers. The stability this opportunity provides is mutually beneficial for students and employees.”

 

“Special education teachers have a tremendous impact on all students, not just those receiving Special Education services,” said Dr. Wendi Aghily of MDUSD. “Identifying and implementing practices that work for students with exceptional needs into an inclusive classroom is beneficial to all students, not just academically but socially as well.  It’s a chance to make a difference at multiple levels.”

 

“Working as a special educator offers an opportunity to create a unique bond,” said Superintendent Meyer. “The ASSET grant will help us grow our Special Education teacher workforce, create these important bonds, and continue to build an equitable learning environment for all students.”

 

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About the Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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, and Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg, and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated areas of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 languages and dialects. MDUSD offers award-winning and 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 pleased to have expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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“Raising Resilient Girls” is topic for first presentation in this year’s Talk Solutions Speaker Series at Pleasant Hill Middle School

 

Talk will focus on practical, actionable advice families can use at home to support young girls

 

WHAT:  Pleasant Hill Middle School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District will host the first of this year’s Talk Solutions Speaker Series with a parent education workshop, “Raising Resilient Girls”, with Simone Marean, Executive Director and Founder of Girls Leadership. The presentation will cover the development of girl dynamics from pre-school through high school.  While targeted toward girls, the information will be beneficial for parents of boys as well.

 

The event is free and open to the community.  A Spanish interpreter will be available.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 7:00 p.m.  The event will include a 60-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A session.  Principal Terry McCormick will be the onsite contact, and can be reached at mccormickt@mdusd.org or (925) 256-0791. Dan Roll of Talk Solutions will also be available as an onsite contact, and can be reached at Dan@talksolutions.org or (510) 760-1213.

 

WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Middle School, One Santa Barbara Rd., Pleasant Hill (Get directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  Pleasant Hill Middle is pleased to present its Talk Solutions Speaker Series as an activity to support goals for parent and community engagement.

 

The first speaker series topic is “Raising Resilient Girls.”

 

On the surface, girls are thriving. They are outpacing boys in test scores, college admissions and athletic achievements. But beneath the surface experts are seeing a rise in female aggression and depression. Girls continue to suffer from eating disorders, anxiety, abusive relationships and self-mutilation, signs that their internal experience doesn’t match the surface. Girls who appear to “have it all” are being pushed to the brink to maintain their “perfect girl” image.  By attempting to excel in all arenas, including appearances, academics and athletics, girls succumb to a pressure that limits them. These “super girls” develop an inability to take risks, practice authenticity and make mistakes. So what can be done to help our girls? How can we help raise them to be more resilient?

 

Girls Leadership’s Executive Director and Co-Founder Simone Marean has a few ideas about what can be done.

 

Regularly, Simone speaks to parents and teachers across the country about the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. Simone shares how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. Her engaging presentation covers the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.

 

She also tackles topics like The Good Girl Phenomenon, conflict as an opportunity for positive change, and how and why girls can be aggressive with one another.

 

 

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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 offer 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 expanded its new middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Published: 10/27/17




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 25, 2017

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

 

              

Lights On After School Celebration! to showcase Mt. Diablo Unified’s innovative CARES after school programs

 

WHAT:  As part of the national “Lights On After School Celebration!”, Mt. Diablo Unified’s CARES after school program will showcase innovative program highlights, including cooking, gardening, nutrition, arts, intramural elementary sports, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities.

 

“Lights On After School!” is put on by the Afterschool Alliance, whose mission is to increase public and private investment in quality after-school program initiatives at the local, state, and national levels.

 

Mt. Diablo CARES program, a partnership with the City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, provides after-school enrichment and academic support activities at 17 sites, (elementary, middle, and high school) including:

  • Homework Help
  • Academic Intervention Program
  • ASPIRE Supplemental Educational Services
  • Nutrition Education
  • Cooking
  • Dance
  • Arts and Crafts
  • STEM
  • SPARK & CATCH program
  • Gardening
  • Field Trips
  • Sports

 

WHEN: Thursday, October 26, 2017, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Fair Oaks Elementary, 2400 Lisa Lane, Pleasant Hill 94523 (Get directions)  Day-of, on-site contact is Stephanie Roberts, MDUSD Director of Special Projects, robertss@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000, ext. 6203.

 

BACKGROUND: The Mt. Diablo CARES is a well-established program with strong support from our community partners as well as from our school site and administration. It is a unique collaborative between the Mt Diablo School District, City of Concord Parks & Recreation and Bay Area Community Resources, who all serve overlapping populations. This support stems from a history of excellent programming, coordination, strong program leadership and shared responsibility of providing services and families in the community. We are a part of the state- wide initiative, Healthy Behaviors Initiative (HBI) identifying exemplary practices in nutrition in After School Programs. Financially we are supported by grants from both state and city initiatives.

 

CARES operates from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm. There is no cost to students for program participation.

 

By The Numbers

  • Number of Schools: 16
  • Number of Students Served: 2,175
  • Grade Levels Served: TK-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th
  • Male: 52%
  • Female: 48%
  • Free & Reduced Lunch: 86%
  • English Learner: 41%
  • Special Education: 20%
  • Demographics
    • Chinese: 1%
    • Latino: 53%
    • African American: 15%
    • Asian Pacific Islander: 7%
    • Other White: 20%
    • Other Non-White: 5%
  • Staff to student ratio: 1:20 per site
  • Number of credentialed staff: 1-5 per site
  • Number of volunteers: 2- 5 per site
  • Number of CARES staff: 5-12 per site
  • Number of Community Partners: 18 program wide

 

 

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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 offer award-winning 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 will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 24, 2017

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

 

               

Mt. Diablo Unified marks Red Ribbon Week with student spirit activities and assemblies

 

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is pleased to have schools throughout the district mark this year’s Red Ribbon Week with a variety of activities and events.  Media are welcome to attend the following activities; please contact Ursula Kroemer Leimbach to facilitate visit to school or to arrange to have photos taken and sent upon request.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

School/Point of Contact

Event

Holbrook Language Academy

3333 Ronald Way, Concord

(925) 685-6446

Principal Marga Marshall

Turn Your Back On Drugs

(Wear your clothes backwards)

Mt. Diablo Elementary

5880 Mt. Zion Dr., Concord

(925) 672-4840

Principal Dawn Edwards

Sock It To Bullying And Bad Behavior!

(Students will wear their silliest or mismatched socks)

Pleasant Hill Elementary

2097 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill

(925) 934-3341

Principal Aurelia Buscemi

Red Ribbon Door Decorations - Each student decorates a key (red ribbon theme) and posts on door

Red Ribbon Spirit Week – Students will receive Bronto Bucks for wearing wrist bad, ribbon, and/or red

Red Ribbon Bingo – PTA created bingo cards with drug awareness activities.  All completed bingo cards will earn a Sweet Tomatoes gift certificate

Sequoia Elementary

277 Boyd Rd., Pleasant Hill

(925) 935-5721

Principal Glenda Gascot

Healthy Choices Are Key To Your Dreams

(Wear pajamas to school)

Strandwood Elementary

416 Gladys Dr., Pleasant Hill

(925) 685-3212

Principal Cheri Scripter

Follow Your Dreams And Make Healthy Choices

(Wear pajamas to school)

Sun Terrace Elementary

2448 Floyd Ln., Concord

(925) 682-4861

Principal Kristin Martin-Meyer

College & Career Ready!

(Wear college/career shirt or sweatshirt)

Valle Verde Elementary

3275 Peachwillow Dr., Walnut Creek

(925) 939-5700

Principal Mignon Perkins

We’re Too Bright To Make Bad Choices!

(Wear neon clothing)

Walnut Acres Elementary

180 Cerezo Dr., Walnut Creek

(925) 939-1333

Principal Colleen Dowd

Red Ribbon Celebration

(Students will wear Red Ribbon Week bracelets provided by MDUSD and will be putting up red ribbons along the playground fence when they say the Red Ribbon Pledge at lunches)

Westwood Elementary

1748 West St., Concord

(925) 685-4202

Principal Nancy Klinkner

Super Hero Day

(Wear super hero costumes or apparel)

Woodside Elementary

761 San Simeon Dr., Concord

(925) 689-7671

Principal Cindy Matteoni

Red Ribbon Day
(Wear as much red as possible)

Wren Ave. Arts Magnet

3339 Wren Ave., Concord

(925) 685-7002

Principal Aline Lee

Sports Fans Say NO To Drugs

(Wear favorite sports team apparel)

Ygnacio Valley Elementary

2217 Chalomar Rd. Concord

(925) 682-9336

Principal Lynn Kissinger

Wear Your Red!

(Wear red accessories with school uniforms!)

Holbrook Language Academy

Let’s Team Up On The Fight Against Drugs

(Wear your favorite sports team’s gear)

Foothill Middle School

2775 Cedro Ln., Walnut Creek

(925) 939-8600

Principal April Bush

Knock Out Drugs

(Assembly/activity)

Mt. Diablo Elementary

Be Positive, Be Kind

(Students will be writing positive sayings and statements on the black top with chalk)

Sequoia Elementary

Peace Out To Unhealthy Choices

(Wear tie dye clothing)

Strandwood Elementary

Shade Out Unhealthy Choices

(Wear sunglasses to school)

Sun Terrace Elementary

Pledge To Stand Together And Lead A Drug-Free Life!

(Wear as much red as possible)

Valle Verde Elementary

Hats Off To Being Drug Free!

(Wear hats to school)

Westwood Elementary

Pajama Day

Woodside Elementary

Wolves Are Too Smart For Drugs

(Wear school colors)

Wren Ave. Arts Magnet

Use Your Head! Don’t Do Drugs!

(Wear crazy or colored hair)

Ygnacio Valley Elementary

Future’s So Bright – We Gotta Wear Shades!

(Wear sunglasses to school)

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holbrook Language Academy

Your Future Is Key, Follow Your Dreams

(Wear your pajamas to school)

Foothill Middle School

Wear Red Day!

Mt. Diablo Elementary

School Pride

(Students wear MDE spirit clothing)

Sequoia Elementary

Sequoia Teams Up To Make Healthy Choices

(Wear Sequoia spirit wear or any sports team apparel)

Strandwood Elementary

Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

(Wear red)

Sun Terrace Elementary

Say BOO to Drugs

(Wear orange, black and purple)

Valle Verde Elementary

Lei Off Drugs!

(Wear Hawaiian shirts and get a free lei)

Westwood Elementary

Wildcat Day

(Wear WE spirit wear)

Woodside Elementary

Heroes Don’t Do Drugs

(Dress like a super hero)

Wren Ave. Arts Magnet

Commit To A Drug-Free Life!

(Wear the color red)

Ygnacio Valley Elementary

Let’s “Team Up!”

(Wear favorite sports team apparel)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Strandwood Elementary

My Future Is Bright Because I Make Healthy Choices  (Wear neon to school)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Strandwood Elementary

Say “BOO” To Unhealthy Choices

(Wear Halloween costume)

 

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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 offer award-winning 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 will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 24, 2017

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

 

4th annual Dia de los Muertos Family Craft Night hosted by MDUSD’s Riverview Middle School Wednesday, October 25

 

WHAT:  Riverview Middle School in Bay Point will host its 4th annual Dia de los Muertos Family Craft Night for parents, students, and Bay Point neighbors and community members.  The popular event will provide participants a variety of activities:

  • Face painting
  • Paper flower crafts
  • Sugar skull decorations
  • Cookie skull decorating
  • Yarn crafts
  • Papel picado (cutting paper into beautiful and elaborate designs)
  • Games

 

The school’s Riverview Parent Club has built an Altar de Muertos as part of the event. Participants are encouraged to add a photo, note, or drawing to the shrine to celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. The activities are provided free of charge to all participants.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 5 p.m.

                                                                                         

WHERE:  Multi-use room at Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacifica Ave., Bay Point. On-site contacts will be Principal Eric Wood and Parent Liaison Martha Gonzales.

 

A photo of last year’s Alta de Muertos is featured below:

 


 

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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 offer 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 expanded its new middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District hosts 5th annual College Fair

More than 90 representatives from college and universities across the nation in attendance

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) 5th Annual College Fair

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Rd., Concord (get directions)

 

BACKGROUND: MDUSD is pleased to host its 5th Annual College Fair, welcoming more than 90 representatives from colleges and universities across the country in addition to numerous local educational and career training institutions.  The event is ideal for students in their junior and senior year, and offers an unparalleled opportunity to get answers to questions about educational options and pathways following high school.

 Co-sponsored by Rocco’s Ristorante, the College Fair is open to students and parents/guardians from the following MDUSD high schools:

  • College Park
  • Concord
  • Mt. Diablo
  • Northgate
  • Ygnacio Valley
  • Olympic
  • Nueva Vista/Summit
  • Prospect/Horizon
  • Crossroads
  • Gateway
  • Diablo Community Day School

Students must present their MDUSD student ID in order to attend the fair.  For additional information, please contact event coordinators at mdusdcollegefair@gmail.com.   An event flyer in English and Spanish is available here.

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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 offer 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 expanded its new middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Intradistrict Transfers request period begins October 17, 2017 for the 2018-19 school year. Deadline is November 17, 2017. We are pleased to announce that beginning this year, you will be able to apply using our online form. Paper applications will be no longer be available. 2018-2019 Transfer Form

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October 12, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District continues to monitor air quality conditions as reported and forecasted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and  AirNow from the National Weather Service. 

 

Due to the current conditions, we will keep Mt. Diablo Unified facilities closed on Friday, October 13 in the interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors.  Athletic events and contests will remain canceled until next week.

 

We are currently planning to reopen on Monday, October 16, with strict guidelines limiting outside activities. Campuses will be checked over the weekend, and we will send district staff to schools for extra support Monday.  We will continue to monitor air quality and health advisories and warnings from these agencies and update you as conditions change.

 

Resources available for you to directly monitor air quality conditions include:

 

AirNow: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main

 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: http://50.57.200.217/about-air-quality/current-air-quality/air-monitoring-data?DataViewFormat=daily&DataView=aqi&ParameterId=316

 

Thank you.

 

 


 

 

October 11, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,

 

Air quality for today has been forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.  The recommendation is for active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.   School principals have been advised to make appropriate changes to athletic schedules and move PE classes and recess indoors. 

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

 


 

 

October 10, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,  

 

As we shared with you yesterday, the wildfires currently burning in the counties to our north, including Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma, continue to cause concerns about the air quality in the Bay Area.  Here in Mt. Diablo Unified, we continue to monitor information from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District which issues air quality notifications for all counties included in their district, including Contra Costa County.  

 

Yesterday, their forecast for the remainder of the week had been for "moderate" air quality conditions for our area.  This afternoon, they modified their forecast for the remainder of the week to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups", recommending that active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, limit outdoor exertion. 

 

We have been asking and will continue to ask our schools to be vigilant about monitoring student activity and being responsive to students, staff, and visitors who may be adversely affected by smoke and other issues.  We are also asking our schools to ensure good indoor air quality by keeping windows and doors closed with air conditioning and climate control technologies used as needed to keep classrooms comfortable and students learning.

 

Visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-air-quality/current-air-quality to read about smoke advisories, air quality forecasts, and view information collected from the Air District's air monitoring network.

 

We will continue to monitor the conditions and provide updates as conditions change.

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

 


 

 

October 9, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,  

 

The wildfires currently burning in the Sonoma and Napa counties to our north have caused understandable concern about the air quality in the Bay Area.  Here in Mt. Diablo Unified, we are regularly monitoring information from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District which issues air quality notifications for all counties included in their district, including Contra Costa County.  

 

For the remainder of the week, they are forecasting "moderate" air quality for our area.  While this does not require schools and businesses to change operations, we are asking our schools to be vigilant about monitoring student activity and being responsive to students, staff, and visitors who may be adversely affected by smoke and other issues.  We are also asking our schools to ensure good indoor air quality by keeping windows and doors closed with air conditioning and climate control technologies used as needed to keep classrooms comfortable and students learning.

 

Visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-air-quality/current-air-quality to read about smoke advisories, air quality forecasts, and view information collected from the Air District's air monitoring network.

 

Current Air Quality

www.baaqmd.gov

Get current and historical air quality and weather information for the Bay Area.

 

View www.sparetheair.org for a description of the reporting zones, an explanation of the Air Quality Index (AQI), current readings, and additional air quality information. 

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer 

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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Hello MDUSD Families, Staff and Community,

 

The senseless shootings in Las Vegas last night has impacted communities across the country, directly and indirectly.  Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those killed or injured. While this is hard for all of us to understand, it is especially disturbing and confusing to our children.  And while not all have a personal connection to the tragedy, I wanted to reaffirm our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of all of our students, staff, and families. Counseling and other assistance is always available to any student, parent, or staff member who would like some support or assistance.

 

Below please find some resources on how to talk to your child about this or other tragedies.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent 

 

National Education Association (NEA)

"Mass Shooting in Las Vegas: How to Talk to Students"

http://neatoday.org/2017/10/02/mass-shooting-las-vegas-talk-students/

 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Catastrophic Mass Violence Resources

 

American Academy of Pediatrics - HealthyChildren.org

Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Talking-To-Children-About-Tragedies-and-Other-News-Events.aspx

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the International Institute of the Bay Area Host Immigration Forum Tonight

 

Information regarding the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act and other immigration concerns

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and the Antioch office of the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), a nonprofit organization providing immigration legal services, education and other services, will host an informational meeting and presentation regarding the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act and other immigration issues.

 

WHEN:  Thursday, September 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Multi-use room at Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord  (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: MDUSD and the IIBA invite all interested high school students, their families, school administrators and staff to a presentation on “Immigration Forum – the DACA Act”.  The presentation will be conducted in Spanish with a simultaneous translation in English.  Childcare will be provided for children over four years old.  Please call the District’s English Learner Services Department if you need childcare so there can be a reasonable estimate of how many children will be in the childcare room.  Contact Pati Becerra at becerrap@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000, ext. 6240 to arrange childcare or for additional information.

 

On-site contacts will be Carmen Garces, Director of English Learner Services for MDUSD, and Pati Becerra, Community School Coordinator.

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Invites all interested high school students, their families, school administrators, and staff to a presentation about…

 “Immigration Forum - DACA Act”

 

The International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) will be providing information regarding DACA and other immigration concerns.

 

 

familyThursday, September 28th, 6:30pm

Willow Creek Center

Multi Use Room

1026 Mohr Lane

Concord, CA 94518

 

 

This presentation will be conducted in Spanish with the simultaneous translation in English. Childcare will be provided for children over 4 years old. Please call to let us know if you need childcare so we have an estimate of how many children will be in the childcare room.

 

IIBA

 

International Institute of the Bay Area - Antioch Office a nonprofit providing immigration legal services

 

 

 

 

 

 

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English Learner Services Department

For more information please contact:

Community School Coordinator,

Pati Becerra, (925) 682-8000, Ext. 6240

becerrap@mdusd.org

 

 


 

Distrito Unificado de Mt. Diablo

Invita a todos los estudiantes de secundaria interesados, sus familias, administradores escolares, personal a una presentación sobre…

 

“Foro de Inmigración – Ley de DACA”

 

El Instituto Internacional del Área de la Bahía (IIBA) presentará información sobre DACA y otras inquietudes sobre inmigración.

 

 

FamilyJueves,  28 de septiembre,  6:30pm

Willow Creek Center

Multi Use Room

1026 Mohr Lane

Concord, CA 94518

 

 

Esta presentación se realizará en español con traducción simultánea al inglés. Se proporcionará cuidado de niños para niños mayores de 4 años. Por favor llame para informarnos si necesita cuidado de niños, así tendremos una estimación de cuántos niños estarán en la sala de cuidado de niños.

 

IIBA

 

Instituto Internacional del Área de la Bahía - Oficina de Antioch una organización no lucrativa de servicios legales de inmigración

 

 

 

 

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Distrito Unificado de Mt. Diablo

Departamento de Servicios para Aprendices de Inglés (English Learners)

Para más información comuníquese con:

Coordinadora de Comunidad y Escuelas,

Pati Becerra, (925) 682-8000, Ext. 6240

becerrap@mdusd.org

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 27, 2017

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

 

                 

Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District make gains on third year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing

Percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards up districtwide

 

(CONCORD, CA – September 27, 2017) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students continue to make gains on state assessments, and remain slightly ahead of their peers at the state level, according to data released today by the California Department of Education showing results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Tests (CAASPP), now in its third year of administration.  The data also show the number of students who met or exceeded the state standards increased, while the number of students who nearly met or did not meet the standards went down.

 

Nearly 17,000 students across the district took the computer-adaptive tests, or about 97% of eligible students. Last year, 96% of eligible students participated.

 

“We are pleased to see improvement, and continue to applaud our students for working hard to build their skills and confidence in critical thinking, analytical writing and real-world problem solving as measured in these assessments,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “And while there is improvement, we know there is much work to be done. Going into this school year, we built in greater supports and enhanced professional development in the area of mathematics, for example, in order to help students meet these more rigorous standards.”

 

In English Language Arts (ELA), the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards rose for the third year in a row, up 1.05% overall but with dramatic gains at specific grade levels with the percentage of 6th graders meeting or exceeding standards up 7%. In Mathematics, overall gains went up slightly, with Grade 7 seeing the greatest gain of 3%.

 

“There is more to do with the CAASPP tests; they are more involved but the patience and persistence is paying off,” said Meyer.  “We can really zero-in on individual students to see who is doing well and who might be struggling and could benefit from additional support.”

 

The CAASPP tests changed from a fill-in-the-bubble approach to a modern, online testing system that provides results quickly, and includes optional interim tests and a digital library of resources to use throughout the year.

 

“There are some real success stories across the district, and we’ll look closer at the strategies used at these schools to see how they can be more greatly leveraged districtwide,” she added.

 

At Mt. Diablo High School, ELA scores went up 9%; mathematics increased by 3%.  Diablo View Middle School saw its ELA score increase by 4%; Pine Hollow Middle School went up 5% in Mathematics.  Wren Avenue Elementary, which this year became an arts magnet school, saw its ELA scores increase by 8%. Mountain View Elementary’s mathematics scores increased by 9%.  Strandwood Elementary went up 4% in mathematics.

 

Highlights include:

  • More students overall are meeting or exceeding standards
  • More African American and Hispanic students are meeting or exceeding standards in English Language Arts
  • More Special Education students are meeting or exceeding standards in English Language Arts

 

The goal of the state’s assessment system is to improve and ensure high-quality teaching and learning, but Meyer stressed the importance of wide-ranging data to frame student performance, and not a single test score.

 

“The CAASPP is but one tool we use to see how well our students are doing in school.  We also have monthly, weekly and even daily measures for monitoring student success, “said Meyer.  “We have much to do to close achievement and opportunity gaps, but are grateful to have these scores provide us updated information that allows us to focus on the needs of all students and support teachers and schools in their work to achieve college and career readiness. “

 

CAASPP Results:

  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students made gains on the tests, meeting or exceeding state level percentages.
    • In English language arts/literacy, 50.01% of MDUSD students met or exceeded standards, up from the previous year, compared to 48.56% at the state level, essentially static with last year
    • In mathematics, 38.6% of MDUSD students met or exceeded standards, compared to 37.56% at the state level; both essentially static with last year
  • Statewide CAASPP tests support student learning by measuring the skills of all tested students against the same standards in the same way. 

 

About CAASPP (background)

  • It replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and encompasses the assessments and alternative assessments for English language arts and literacy, mathematics, and science. (The California Standards Test for Science will be strategically abandoned and eventually replaced by a test aligned to the new Next Generation Science Standards.)
  • These assessments are aligned with new state standards, which were designed to encourage critical thinking, analytical writing, and real-world problem solving. These are skills students need to be successful in school and in life.
  • There are fewer multiple-choice questions and more short answers and extended responses that require students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of key concepts.
  • The new assessments and standards connect to the state’s new funding formula that shifts spending decisions to us locally through the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
  • The standards tell school districts, teachers, families, students, and the community what students to show know and be able to do at each level.
  • The assessments are one way we can monitor our students’ progress in meeting those standards.
  • We address our students’ needs through our LCAP, which is available here We thank our advisory groups, school sites, and countless staff, students and community members who provided essential input on the district’s instructional program. You can view a summary of their input here.   For additional ways you can get involved, click, here.
  • This is the first time that 11th graders are automatically opted in to the Early Assessment Program (EAP) College Readiness to assess their level of proficiency with college-level coursework.  

 

Additional Resources

  • 2016-17 CAASPP Student Reports
  • Understanding Your Student Score Report. These guides are a one-page resource for parents and guardians to help understand the student score reports. These guides are available in English, Spanish, Armenian (Eastern), Chinese (simplified and traditional), Hmong, Korean, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, and Vietnamese.
    • Grade 3 (English) (Spanish) (Other translations)
    • Grades 4, 6, 7 (English) (Spanish) (Other translations)
    • Grades 5,8  (English) (Spanish) (Other translations)
    • Grade 10 (English) (Spanish) (Other translations)
    • Grade 11 (English) (Spanish)   (Other translations)

§  The Parent Guide to Understanding the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments provides an overview of the CAASPP ELA and math assessment and includes sample questions to help understand the categories students are assessed on:  

§   Grade 3 - 5 Parent Guide (English)  (Spanish)

§   Grade 6 - 8 Parent Guide (English)  (Spanish) 

§   Grade 11 Parent Guide  (English)   (Spanish)

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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 offer award-winning 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 expanded its middle college program, College Now, and opened its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs this school year.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 9/27/17




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 20, 2017

Contact:  Linda Schuler, Bancroft Elementary School Principal / schulerl@mdusd.org/ (925) 933-3405

 

     Current and Future Bancroft Elementary School Parents Are Invited To Meet With District Leadership 

(WALNUT CREEK) - On Wednesday, September 27th from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., District leadership will be meeting with Bancroft families to facilitate a conversation addressing pertinent Bancroft issues. The meeting will be conducted in the Bancroft Multi-Use Room.  Current and future Bancroft Elementary parents/caregivers are welcome. 

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Published: 9/20/17




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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 12, 2017

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

                 

Twenty Mt. Diablo Unified schools honored by California Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Coalition in annual recognition

 

(CONCORD) - The California PBIS Coalition, in its second annual recognition process to acknowledge schools for implementing PBIS with fidelity to the national framework, has recognized 20 Mt. Diablo Unified Schools for outstanding efforts in implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) programs across the District.

 

Using a rigorous scoring matrix, the PBIS 2017 Recognition evaluated schools in seven categories with possible rankings for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Sixteen MDUSD schools were awarded a Silver status; four others were awarded a Bronze.  Currently, 20schools are participating as PBIS cohort schools.

 

Although initially established to promote evidence-based PBIS
behavior interventions for students with behavior disorders, the PBIS practices were found to be beneficial to a wider group of students. The focus then shifted to the school-wide behavior support of all students, and an emphasis on implementation practices and systems.

 

“Our PBIS program has had a direct and positive impact on the reduction of school and district suspension and expulsion rates,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for Mt. Diablo Unified.  “This has become an essential matter of equity for us, ensuring that all students achieve and are given an environment to become their social, emotional, and academic best.”

 

In MDUSD, the PBIS program, managed out of the District’s Office of Equity,  has in place a multidisciplinary team to work with schools, coach teachers and principals on PBIS and restorative practices, and provide counseling services to students.

 

 “There is a strong correlation between student engagement and lowered incidences of poor behavior,” said Lisa Murphy Oates, administrator for the Office of Equity. “With our district’s priority on students learning in a safe and supportive environment, we can address positive school cultures, high quality instruction, and consistent behavior expectations with support interventions that promote student success.”

 

The individual schools recognized were:

 

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Cambridge Elementary School

Delta View Elementary School

El Monte Elementary School

Fair Oaks Elementary School

Hidden Valley Elementary School

Highlands Elementary School

Pleasant Hill Elementary School

Rio Vista Elementary School

Shore Acres Elementary School

Sun Terrace Elementary School

Westwood Elementary School

Wren Avenue Elementary School

Pleasant Hill Middle School

Mt. Diablo High School

Olympic High School

Ygnacio Valley High School

 

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Bel Air Elementary School

El Dorado Middle School

Oak Grove Middle School

Riverview Middle School

 

 

All 20 schools will be recognized further at the California PBIS Coalition Annual Conference in Sacramento in October.

 

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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 offer award-winning 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 will open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet programs in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

                  

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
Published: 9/12/17