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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




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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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




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

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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Posted by: Debbie Maher, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District
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