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MDUSD launches district-wide activities for 2016 Hour of Code


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


Mt. Diablo Unified launches district-wide activities for 2016 Hour of Code


WHAT:  2016 Hour of Code events held during 2016 Computer Science Education Week


WHEN:  December 5 – 11, 2016


WHERE:  All MDUSD schools (see suggested campuses/times below)


BACKGROUND:   The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code” to show that anyone can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.  It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to community activities as well. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages and feature popular animation, game, and cartoon characters including Moana, Minecraft, Star Wars, Dragon Dash, and Anna and Elsa from the movie “Frozen.”  (See samples of tutorials)


“Hour of Code offers a wonderful opportunity for students of all ages, from kindergarten on up, to experience first-hand the impact that coding and computer sciences have on their daily lives,” said MDUSD Superintendent Nellie Meyer. “It’s fun for everyone, and helps what students are learning in all areas of the curriculum become more relevant.”


Dr. Meyer will be helping students in a coding activity at Wren Ave. Elementary today at 11 a.m.


There are more than 130,000 registered Hour of Code events around the world planned for next week.   



Some campuses interested in hosting media include:


Ayers Elementary

5120 Myrtle Drive, Concord, 94521

(925) 682-7686

Point of Contact:  Principal Laura Casdia (casdial@mdusd.org)

Various activities through the week.  Call ahead.


Bancroft Elementary

2200 Parish Drive, Walnut Creek, 94598

(925) 933-3405

Point of Contact: Principal Linda Schuler (schulerl@mdusd.org)

Various activities, including Friday 12/9, starting at 8:10 a.m. in grades 3-5.

Hidden Valley Elementary

500 Glacier Dr., Martinez, 94553

(925) 228-9530

Point of Contact: Principal Rich Gorton (gortonr@mdusd.org)

Various activities including Rebecca Campos’ 4th grade:

T 12/6: 9:35 – 10:10 a.m. in Chromebook Lab

Th 12/8: 9 – 9:45 a.m. in Computer Lab D

F 12/9: 11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. in Computer Lab G


Valle Verde Elementary

3275 Peachwillow Lane, Walnut Creek 94598

(925) 939-5700

Point of Contact: Mignon Perkins (perkinsm@mdusd.org)

Various activities, including Julie Rattaro’s Kindergarten class using Kodable program on Friday 12/9 in the computer lab.


Walnut Acres Elementary

180 Cerezo Drive, Walnut Creek, 94598

(925) 939-1333

Point of Contact: Principal Colleen Dowd (dowdc@mdusd.org)

Available Classrooms/Grade Levels/Dates/Times

M 12/5 @8:15-9:15 1st grade

M 12/5 @ 9:45-10:45 Kindergarten

W 12/7 @ 8:05 -9:05 5th grade

W 12/7 @ 9:15 – 10:15 4th grade

Th 12/8 @ 8:15 - 9:15 3rd grade

F 12/9 @ 8:15 – 9:15 2nd Grade

F 12/9 @ 10:15 - 11:15 Transitional Kindergarten

Students from Foothill Middle School and Northgate High School will be going to Walnut Acres through the week to help the younger students with coding.


Wren Avenue Elementary School

3339 Wren Ave., Concord, 94519

(925) 685-7002

Point of Contact: Principal Cindy Goin (goinc@mdusd.org)

Activities throughout the week, including coding project with Superintendent Nellie Meyer today (12/5) at 11 a.m.


Oak Grove Middle School

2050 Minert Rd., Concord, 94518

(925) 682-1843

Point of Contact: Principal Christina Filios (filiosc@mdusd.org)

Most students will doing Hour of Code activities on Thursday morning, 12/8


Riverview Middle

205 Pacifica Ave., Bay Point, 94565

(925) 458-3216

Point of Contact: Principal Eric Wood (wood@mdusd.org)

All students will be doing Hour of Code activities on Wednesday, 12/7, during math classes.


Sequoia Middle School

265 Boyd Rd., Pleasant Hill, 94523

(925) 934-8174

Point of Contact: Principal Kevin Honey (honeyk@mdusd.org)

All students will be doing Hour of Code activities during science classes throughout the week.  All 6th graders are also doing a coding rotation in the elective wheel over the course of the school year.


All high schools and alternative school sites will also be conducting Hour of Code activities; please contact Ursula Leimbach at communications@mdusd.org or (760) 705-6919 to visit a school not listed abo e.


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The Mt. Diablo Unified School District includes 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/.


Posted by: Joshua Wittman, District Admin, Mt. Diablo Unified School District Published:12/5/16
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