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2021-22 Teacher of the Year Announcements

     Put up the streamers and cue the music—the spotlight is on our teacher of the year nominees, finalists, and winners. Chief of Educational Services Jennifer Sachs brings the announcement: "Staff is proud to announce the Teacher of the Year (TOY) Nominees for 2021-22. Thank you to all of the students, parents/ families, and staff members who nominated these talented educators. The five finalists for Mt. Diablo were were Jim Keck from College Park High, Elisa Mendoza from Sequoia Middle, Chelsea Ridenour from Diablo View Middle, Elizabeth McDonagh from Prospect High, and David Hunter from Bridge. The two finalists that will move on to be considered for Contra Costa County Office of Education Teacher of the Year are Chelsea Ridenour and Elizabeth McDonagh. Congratulations to all of our nominees!"

     The Teacher of the Year winners are invited to a ceremonial recognition at the April 28 Governing Board Meeting, after which we will share their profiles with our broader community. Although it's true, as Superintendent Clark notes, that most educators are reluctant to hog the spotlight, we hope Chelsea and Elizabeth will be willing to share insights through their classroom journeys this year, especially through these times of change. Congratulations again to our nominees, finalists, and winners!

—You're Invited—
Tuesday's Webinar: Anxiety and Depression

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MDUSD's Open Conversations About Mental Health series continues with a fifth webinar on Tuesday.

     Free and open to all - Explore new topics together with our panel of mental health professionals, and pick up practical skills, remedies, and tools that can make all the difference in everyday life. Join us on Tuesday evening, from 5:00PM - 6:15PM on Zoom. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available, and audience members may choose to participate and interact, or watch only. Our panel is also taking questions in advance to help guide future discussions. Webinars of various topics are scheduled now through June. Click here to view the full schedule and watch previous webinars

  • 04/20/2021 - (#5) Anxiety and Depression
    • Click to Register in Advance and preview the panel discussion questions: 
      • What does anxiety and depression look like in children?  In adolescents? 
      • What is the relationship between sleep and anxiety and depression?
      • What is going on with the brain during anxiety and depression?
      • How can I help my child manage anxiety and/or depression?  What are some healthy habits my child can practice?
      • At what point should I seek help for my child?  When do I need to seek help in-school or outside therapy?
      • What can I do when as a parent/guardian, I'm feeling anxious or depressed and still am caring for my children?
    • When: Tuesday from 5:00PM - 6:15PM
      Ticket Cost: $0.00 - (Free/Sponsored)

Weekly Operations Report

     Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark is continuing to publish detailed operations reports on a weekly basis. You can read department updates directly from our district leaders in our weekly Organizational Update to the Board, which is also archived for reference. Click on the document to review this week's Organizational Update:

Update 04-16

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Greetings All - It is with much gratitude and respect that we congratulate Austin Breidenthal as he begins a new chapter in his career.   Austin has been a valuable member of our team and although he will be sorely missed at MDUSD, we are excited for his future opportunities.  The MDUSD Friday Letter is sent to our staff and district community audience each week. If you would like to sign up for our distribution list, please send an email to To view an archive of district communications, visit the Superintendent's Office page