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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

                 

Mt. Diablo Unified budget update:

2017-18 budget allows MDUSD to advance priorities and expand strategic initiatives to support schools with zero certificated layoffs

 

New budget promotes financial stability; allows for expansion of music, arts, and after school program, more student support services, and increased investments in classroom technology and teacher professional development

 

(CONCORD – June 23, 2017) – The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) proposed budget for 2017-2018 continues to show a positive ending fund balance for the upcoming fiscal year, as well as the two subsequent years, and provides financial stability that allows for the expansion of valued programs and services students will need to achieve continued academic success.

 

“We are pleased to once again have a balanced budget that allows us to advance our priorities while also living within our means and planning well for future years,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “While we believe funding for education is not where it should be in California, we are relieved to know that the Governor’s 2017-18 May Budget Revision includes approximately $642 million more for education funding than the proposed January budget.”

 

“This sends a strong message to schools and families throughout the state that the state is beginning to return some equity into education funding and the preparation of our students for college, career, and a California workforce that demands high skills and technical proficiency,” she added.

 

California’s K-12 funding supports approximately 6.2 million students in 963 school districts; funding is received from three sources – state funding (57%), property taxes and other local sources (29%) and federal funding (14%). The state recession and a slow economic recovery have led to declining state revenue and a corresponding reduction in the state’s funding of K-12 schools.  Much of it is based on California Proposition 98, the “Classroom Instructional Improvement and Accountability Act” which requires a minimum percentage of the state budget to be spent on K-12 education.

 

Despite this, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) has received three consecutive years of “positive” certifications, meaning the State Controller has determined the district will meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years. Additionally, and unlike dozens of California school districts planning layoffs due to anticipated budget deficits, despite a statewide teacher shortage, MDUSD has not issued a certificated staff layoff notice since 2013.  California school districts are expected to issue a high number of teacher layoff notices going into the next fiscal year.

 

As a state, California is projected to continue experiencing slight decreases in total K-12 public school enrollment.  Over the next ten years, a decline in total enrollment (163,000 students) is projected if current trends in population, aging population, and migration hold.  As students leave California school districts, revenues are lost and expenditures do not decline proportionately to revenues.

 

In addition to the revenue changes related to State budget, the proposed Federal budget under the new administration contains reductions of approximately 13% beginning in 2017-18. It has not been determined specifically how these reductions will impact the Mount Diablo Unified School District and other districts in California.

 

Mt. Diablo Unified has been fortunate to have had large ending fund balances over the past several years, due in large part to the State’s appropriation of one-time funds, which are not used to support on-going expenditures since their continuation is uncertain.

 

“We have been able to effectively maximize the impact of one-time funds received, making investments in classroom technology, and additional professional development.  We’ve also provided a 6% salary increase to our hard-working and dedicated staff, restored student support services cut during the state’s previous budget crisis, and expanded innovative programs that help us provide a rich and responsive learning environment for each and every student,” noted Meyer.

 

Like many districts in California in 2016-17, the District began spending down its fund balance. With the uncertainty of future State revenues, and the nearly full implementation of funding augmentations under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), MDUSD will continue to adjust its spending and align ongoing revenue and expenditures.  Based on the projections available at this time, and through ongoing three-year analysis windows, the 2017-18 Adopted Budget contains proposed budgeted reductions of $9 million in 2017-18; $11 million in 2018-19; and $5 million in 2019-20.   These target dollar reduction amounts have been identified for each year as a starting point. Multi-year reduction targets will adapt to be responsive to evolving factors beyond the District’s control, such as changes in State and Federal revenue, student enrollment, retirement costs, and benefit rate increases. 

 

“The California state budget process involves a very prescriptive timeline with specific and complex steps,” said Debra Mason, president of the Board of Education for MDUSD. “Our budget is presented in a sliding three-year window to look at the upcoming fiscal year and each of the two subsequent years.  We never just look at what’s happening next year; we have to look much further ahead to anticipate changes in funding and plan accordingly to meet the goals we developed with our community for our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).”

 

California Budget Timeline

July 1

Fiscal year begins

July 9 – September 15

Department directors and agency heads initiate detailed reviews and develop budget proposals for their programs for the next fiscal year. These requests for program changes are then sent to the Department of Finance for review.

October – January 10

The Governor evaluates the requests as reviewed by the Department of Finance and sends his or her proposed budget to the Legislature.

January – February

The budget committee chairs in each house introduce the Governor’s budget proposal in bill form. The Legislative Analyst’s Office prepares a detailed review of the budget bill.

March – May

Each house refers its budget bill to their respective budget committees. The bills are then broken down by subject and assigned to the appropriate subcommittees by subject areas. After completion of the hearings, each subcommittee votes and then sends its report to the full budget committee.

Late May – June 15

The budget committee of each house considers the subcommittees’ reports and sends a revised budget bill to the floor for evaluation by the full body. Each house discusses and then votes on its version of the budget bill. The differences between the Assembly and Senate versions of the budget bill are worked out in a conference committee made up of three members from each house. Upon completion of its review, the conference committee submits a single version of the budget bill to both houses. The Senate and Assembly each vote on this final version before it is sent to the Governor. The houses also vote on trailer bills if statutory changes are necessary to implement provisions of the budget bill.

June 15 – July 1

The bill becomes law as soon as it is signed by the Governor due to its status as an urgency measure.

 

“California’s move to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) has given, appropriately, much greater discretion to school districts to tailor budgets to their unique needs, student demographics, and individual funding sources. It’s not a one-size-fits-all calculation,” added Meyer.  “For this reason, one cannot compare district to district unless the details of each district’s funding is included.”

 

As an example, some school districts raise funds through a parcel tax, which, unlike a traditional property tax, is assessed on the land itself, rather than the assessed value of the overall property and structures. Parcel taxes can be used to pay for employee salaries, projects, or other spending needs.  According to Ballotpedia, elections took place on 656 school district parcel tax requests between 1983 and November 2016.  Of the total, 385 – or about 58 percent – were approved, including eight in Contra Costa County: Acalanes Union High School District, Lafayette School District, Martinez Unified School District, Moraga School District, Pittsburg Unified School District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Walnut Creek School District, and West Contra Costa Unified School District.

 

Revenues can also be based on an “unduplicated pupil count” of students who are foster youth, English learners, or are eligible for free or reduced price meals – which allows districts to receive LCFF concentration funds and supplemental funds. MDUSD receives only LCFF supplemental funding, which is about 8% over the district’s base state funding; neighboring West Contra Costa County schools receive 17% more over base funding.

 

The district will present its final budget at its Board of Education meeting on Monday, June 26.  All regular board meetings are held at the district’s central office located at 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.  Public session begins at 7 p.m.

 

Resources:

2017-2018 Proposed Budget Executive Summary – June 12, 2017

2017-2018 Proposed Budget Presentation – June 12, 2017

MDUSD Local Control Accountability Plan – English / Spanish

California Department of Education Local Control Funding Formula Overview

 

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, and 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
Published: 6/22/17




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

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District Hosts

Girls In Robotics Leadership (GIRL) and Boys Robotics Camps

Weeklong events provide 6th and 7th grade students with opportunities to work with robotics, learn to code and develop video production skills using the latest technology.

 

WHAT:  GIRL Camp and Boys Robotics Camp

 

WHEN:  Research Project presentations, Friday, June 23, 3:30-5pm  

 

WHERE:   GIRL Camp - Riverview Middle School, 205 Pacifica Ave., Bay Point, California 94565 (get directions)

                     Boys Robotics Camp - Sequoia Middle School, 265 Boyd Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 (get directions)

 

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Boys Camp and GIRL Camp participants meet together at Diablo Valley College for a joint field trip

 

BACKGROUND: Students from the 6th and 7th grades in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and surrounding areas are learning robotics, coding, collaboration and production skills at two robotics camps this week. Both the Girls In Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp and first-ever Boys Robotic Camp teach coding, problem solving and leadership skills. Students participate in the camps at no charge thanks to a grant provided by Tesoro. Local professionals with expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields and careers are serving as coaches and guest speakers.

The purposes of GIRL Camp are to:

< >Build a local community of girls and young women interested in STEM subjects and career opportunitiesProvide role models for young womenStrengthen leaderships skillsDevelop programming, robotics and STEM-centric problem-solving and analytical skillsStrengthen leaderships skillsDevelop programming, robotics and STEM-centric problem-solving and analytical skillsRecognize the roles and debunk the stereotypes of people in STEM fieldsChiDE, an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for beginners to learn computer programming in C/C++, a high-level programming language used for nearly every available computing platform. The students will explain their research and detail how their teams collaborated to create the final project.

 

There are numerous photos and several videos available for viewing and downloading from MDUSD STEM team Twitter account - @MDUSDSTEMCamp – or the main MDUSD Twitter - @MtDiabloUSD.

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Scenes from GIRL Camp at Riverview Middle

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Scenes from Boys Robotic Camp at Sequoia – the first one just for boys

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Scenes from GIRL Camp last week at Valley View Middle

 

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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 launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

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Published: 6/22/17




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June 21, 2017 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                 

Mt. Diablo Unified kicks off free summer meals program with

BBQ and fun kid-tivities

Kids and teens can enjoy a fresh, healthy meal all summer long, plus enjoy gardening and reading activities – at no cost!

 

WHAT:  Kick-off BBQ celebrating free summer meals program for students in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. The federally-funded program will provide free meals to children and teens while school is out as a way to keep kids healthy and engaged with their schools and local community during the summer. By partnering with the Contra Costa Library, MDUSD is encouraging children take advantage of summer reading programs to keep learning going year-round, feeding minds as well as bodies.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Wren Ave. Elementary School, 3339 Wren Ave., Concord (Get directions)

 

OVERVIEW: 

In partnership with the California Summer Meal Coalition, Mt. Diablo Unified is teaming up with regional farmers to offer fresh, healthy summer meals prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables provided at no cost to residents ages 18 and under. To find locations serving free breakfasts and lunches to kids this summer, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit https://www.summermeals.org/ and enter your address, city, or zip code.

 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS & ACTIVITIES

  • 12:25 p.m. – Welcome and Opening Remarks with Debra Mason, MDUSD Board President
  • 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. – BBQ lunch for community, featuring fresh California foods from local farms
  • (Attendees ages 18 and under eat for free!)
    1:00 - 1:30 p.m. – The Alphabet Rockers
    1:30 - 2:30 p.m. – Activities for kids to include gardening activities and demonstrations, taste tests, nutrition education, etc.

 

Community partners for the program include California Summer Meal Coalition, Contra Costa Library, Center for Ecoliteracy, First Five Contra Costa, Contra Costa Department of Public Health, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, Fresh Approach, and MDUSD’s CARES After School Program

 

BACKGROUND:

About 22.1 million children and teens receive free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program, but only about 1 in 6 of those – approximately 3.8 million – participate in the summer meal programs.

 

The Seamless Summer Meals program, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, helps ensure that students who would typically receive school breakfast and lunch during the school year continue to have access to free and healthy lunches during the summer time, hence ensuring the food program is “seamless’ as it begins shortly after schools let out for summer break. The MDUSD program is offered at 16 school locations for kids and teens 18 and younger, and disabled adults. (See list of schools)

 

MDUSD is one of 58 school districts across the state which participate in California Thursdays, a program committed to serving freshly- prepared meals with California-grown ingredients. Extending the program into summer supports children’s health, local farmers and producers, and the community as a whole.

 

Community Partners & Resources

 

To find locations serving free breakfasts and lunches to kids this summer, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 or visit https://www.summermeals.org/ and enter your address, city, or zip code.  MDUSD locations are included on the last page of this release.

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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/.

 

 

 

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District Summer 2017 Food Service Program

June 19 – July 24*

         

The Summer Food Service Program serves free meals to all children and teens 18 years and younger.

ALL LOCATIONS FEED ALL CHILDREN

Ninos/as, de 18 y menores, estan invitados a comer almuerzo gratis.

TODAS LAS UBICACIONES DE TODOS LOS NIÑOS LA ALIMENTACIÓN

         

Library Tuesdays & Thursdays only

Concord Library

2900 Salvio St.

Concord

 

1:00-1:30

Elementary  Mon. - Thurs.

Site

Address

Breakfast

Lunch

Bel Air        

663 Canal Rd.         

Bay Point

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

Cambridge

1135 Lacey Ln.            

Concord

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

El Monte   

1400 Dina Dr.                 

Concord

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

Fair Oaks  

2400 Lisa Ln.                       

Pleasant Hill

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

Meadow Homes   

1371 Detroit Ave.                   

Concord

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

Shore Acres  

351 Marina Rd.             

Bay Point

7:45-8:15

12:10-1:00

Sun Terrace  

2448 Floyd Ln.              

Concord

7:45-8:15

12:00-12:30

Wren Ave.

3339 Wren Ave.             

Concord

7:45-8:15

12:30-1:00

         

Middle   Mon. - Thurs. (Riverview is M-F)

Site

Address

Breakfast

Lunch

El Dorado MS

1750 West. St.           

Concord

7:15-8:00

10:00-10:30

Oak Grove MS         

2050 Minert Rd.         

Concord

7:15-8:00

10:00-10:30

Riverview MS*

205 Pacifica Ave.         

Bay Point

7:15-8:00

10:00-10:30

 

       

High School   Mon. - Fri. (YVHS  is M-Th.)

Site

Address

Breakfast

Lunch

Concord HS*

4200 Concord Blvd.        

Concord

 

10:00-10:45

Loma Vista Adult Ctr.*

1266 San Carlos Ave.    

Concord

7:30-8:00

10:00-10:45

Olympic High*

2730 Salvio St.             

Concord

 

10:00-10:45

Ygnacio Valley HS*

755 Oak Grove Rd.            

Concord

 

10:00-10:45

 *through July 25

 

 

 

 

MEALS WILL NOT BE SERVED ON JULY 3RD & 4TH, 2017    - LAS COMIDAS NO SE SIRVE EL 3 DE JULIO Y 4 DE 2017

De acuredo a lo establecido por las leyes Federales y el departamento de Agriculture de los EE,UU. (USDA-siglas en inglés), prohibe a este organismo la cidcriminación por raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impedimentos de las personas.  Para presenter una queja sobre discriminación, excriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Bldg, 1400 Independence Ave., SW Washington, D.C.         20250-9410.

 

 In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Bldg., 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.

 

                  

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 6/21/17




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

 

Parent informational meetings scheduled for Mt. Diablo Unified’s new Language Academy magnet program at Holbrook Elementary

 

Community invited to meet the principal and staff and learn about dual-immersion and other language offerings and multi-cultural activities

 

WHAT:  Holbrook Language Academy School informational meetings

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 14, 6 – 7:30 p.m., and again on Tuesday, June 20, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

 

WHERE:  Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord  (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  Principal Marga Marshall will be sharing updates about Holbrook Language Academy, including information about the exciting Two-Way Dual Immersion (TWDI) program that will be offered as the school reopens in fall.

 

The TWDI program at Holbrook will be a K-5 program that includes English-dominant speakers with Spanish-dominant speakers.  Students will receive instruction in both languages. The program will begin at the Kindergarten level for the 2017-2018 school year, and be extended to the next grade level in each successive year until it is K-5. The school will follow a 50/50 model where students spend 50 percent of their day learning to read and write in English, and the other 50 percent learning to read and write in Spanish.

 

It is not necessary for the new language to already be used at home. Dual immersion teachers are specially-trained as both subject area and language teachers, and will work together with families to make sure students are developing both their first and second languages from the early childhood grades and one.

 

Students at all grade levels will also be offered opportunities each week to learn a variety of languages, including Russian, German, and Italian.  Numerous multi-cultural events will be held throughout the year, including grade-level presentations emphasizing a unique language and cultural practices for countries where the language is spoken.  Extensive opportunities to engage in challenging instruction in science, technology, project-based learning and 21st century skills will help prepare Holbrook students for the future and global world.

 

Learn more about Holbrook Language Academy magnet at http://holbrook.mdusd.org/.

 

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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 launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnets in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Published: 6/9/17




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Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach (760) 705-6919

                 

Petition by Northgate CAPS to form Northgate Unified District also includes Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio Valley High School in proposed territory transfer

 

As part of ongoing review of a petition by Northgate Community Advocacy for our Public Schools (Northgate CAPS) and its proposed transfer of territory carving out five schools to form a new school district, the Mt. Diablo School District (MDUSD) is reiterating concerns that the territory for the proposed Northgate district includes two additional schools that are physically located within the proposed boundary but have separate MDUSD attendance boundaries.

 

“The campuses of Oak Grove Middle School and mapYgnacio Valley High School are clearly situated within the proposed territory for a Northgate Unified School District (NUSD) and this raises a number of issues which the Northgate CAPS organization has not addressed,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of Mt. Diablo Unified.

 

“Last month, we mentioned in our preliminary response our concerns that the proposal, which would include Northgate High School, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools, creates an “island effect” by including the Oak Grove and Ygnacio Valley school facilities but not their attendance boundaries,” said Meyer. “The state’s education code is very clear on this: a school district shall not be formed or reorganized to include territory which is separated from other portions of one or more other school districts.  This proposed secession prompts a number of questions.”  (Reference: CA Education Code 35543)

 

“If CAPS’ intention is to include Oak Grove Middle and Ygnacio Valley High School in their territory, is it also their intention to retain those students? Or will these students – approximately 2,000 students – be displaced?” questioned Meyer. “What happens to Oak Grove and YV’s feeder schools?  If the CAPS proposal was constructed knowing about these profound school facility and displacement issues, why were there no meetings held with the Oak Grove Middle School and Ygnacio Valley High School communities?” 

 

At the previous public hearings conducted by the Contra Costa County Board of Education in its capacity as the County Committee on School District Reorganization, public testimony was provided to make clear the proposed NUSD boundaries would also include attendance areas for Highlands Elementary, impacting 53% of that school’s current student body and prompting associated staff reductions and program changes or losses.

 

According to MDUSD, the petition fails to substantially meet many of the legal requirements by which such petitions may be considered for approval.

 

The District unequivocally opposes the petition for several key reasons, including the following:

  • The proposed division results in a new school district that is far more racially and socioeconomically segregated, depriving students in both districts of an integrated educational experience.
  • The proposed division results in an inequitable distribution of assets and assessed property values.
  • The proposed division separates communities and would result in increased negative traffic impacts community-wide.
  • The proposed division would reduce the size of both districts, resulting in the disruptive shuffling of teaching and staff assignments, including likely necessitating layoffs and the elimination of key District programs.
  • The proposed division has a negative impact on both potential districts’ financial health and educational programs.
  • The District has made great strides over the last few years that are now paying dividends in student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, and the provision of innovative educational programs and opportunities for every student throughout the District.  This petition would derail this progress and negatively impact the District’s students, families, teachers and staff.

 

The County Committee will have the remainder of the summer to review the Northgate CAPS petition to determine whether it meets the state’s required criteria.  Additional hearings – potential leading to a recommendation to approve or disapprove the petition – are expected to take place in early fall.

 

RESOURCES:

California Education Code

 

Education Code sec. 35511

An “action to reorganize districts” means either of the following:

  • An action to form a new school district, which is accomplished through any of, or any combination of, the following:
    • Dissolving two or more existing school districts of the same kind and forming one or more new school districts of that same kind from the entire territory of the original districts.
    • Forming one or more new school districts of the same kind from all or parts of one or more existing school districts of that same kind.
    • Unifying school districts, including the consolidation of all or part of one or more high school districts with all or part of one or more component school districts into one or more new unified school districts.
    • Deunifying a school district, including the conversion of all or part of a unified school district into one or more new high school districts, each with two or more new component districts.
  • An action to transfer territory, including the transfer of all or part of an existing school district to another existing school district.

 

Education Code sec. 35706

(a) Within 120 days of the commencement of the first public hearing on the petition, the county committee shall recommend approval or disapproval of a petition to form one or more new districts or for the division of the entire territory of a school district into two or more new or acquiring districts, as the petition may be augmented, or shall approve or disapprove a petition for the transfer of territory, as the petition may be augmented.

 

Education Code sec. 35543

On or after January 1, 1981, a school district shall not be formed or reorganized to include territory which is separated from other portions of the territory of the district by the territory of one or more other school districts.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 6/7/17




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Please enjoy reading the newest edition of MDUSD Connections here.

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 6/2/17




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High school students in Mt. Diablo Unified bring historical costumes and artifacts to local 5th graders as part of a history “road show” service learning project

 

Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History students from Northgate High School to explore important time periods and themes with 5th graders at Meadow Homes Elementary

 

WHAT:  Northgate High School Advanced Placement United States History classes will spend the day at Meadow Homes Elementary school, facilitating 14 learning stations to introduce 5th grade students to various time periods and themes in U.S. History.  The Northgate students, dressed in historical costumes, will engage their younger peers in historical thinking activities, artifact analysis, and group discussion.   The day is intended to serve as a powerful service learning opportunity for the Northgate students, and initiate a strong partnership between the school and students and schools in the Monument Corridor area.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Students will arrive by 10 a.m., set up their learning stations, and begin presentations and activities at 10:30 a.m.  At 12:30 p.m., both the 5th graders and the high school students will gather for a special brown bag lunch picnic.

 

WHERE:  Meadow Homes Elementary School, 1371 Detroit Ave., Concord   (Get directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  The U.S. History day is intended to serve as a powerful service learning opportunity for the Northgate students, and initiate a strong partnership between the school and students and schools in the Monument Corridor area.  Northgate students are currently preparing posters and other materials to be used in the 5th grade classrooms.  The topics being presented include:

  • The Road to Revolution
  • The Revolutionary War
  • The Civil War
  • Cattle Frontiers and Farming
  • The Roaring 1920s
  • The Harlem Renaissance
  • World War II
  • Challenging Jim Crow
  • Material Culture
  • The 1950s
  • The Life and Legacy of John F. Kennedy
  • The 1960s
  • The Work of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta
  • The Women’s Movement

 

Spanish speakers are available.  The day-of contact is Sandra Wilbanks, Principal, Meadow Homes Elementary, at wilbankss@mdusdu.org or (925) 685-8760.

 

About Meadow Homes Elementary

Meadow Homes Elementary is located in the Monument Corridor area of Concord. The population of the school is approximately 900 students, representing 23 different cultures. Meadow Homes was recognized as one of six Seal of Excellence Schools in 2016 by the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), which established the prestigious award to honor schools that have established highly effective programs for English Learners. Meadow Homes was also named a Turnaround Arts: California partner school in 2014, one of only 16 such schools across the state. Turnaround Arts: California is one of twelve localities from across the nation selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and several private foundations.

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About Northgate High School

Northgate High School is home to approximately 1,600 students from Walnut Creek and Concord.  Northgate was awarded this week with a Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best High Schools ranking; it is the second such honor for the school.  It has previously been named a California Distinguished School, a program honoring some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. The school hosts approximately 50 student clubs and organizations, including school chapters of Junior Statesmen of America, National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation, Model United Nations, the Filipino Cultural Club, Northgate Robotics Group, and Key Club, among others. The school offers 19 Advanced Placement courses in fields including science, math, English, foreign language, history and social sciences, and art. 

 

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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 launched its first middle college program, College Now, in 2016, 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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Celebration of Excellence honors Mt. Diablo High School culinary students, industry partners, and mentors

Student chefs and bakers from Mt. Diablo High School’s Serendipity Restaurant & Bakery honored

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo High School in Concord will host its 22rd annual Celebration of Excellence in Education, honoring student chefs and bakers in the MDHS Serendipity Restaurant & Bakery program, part of the school’s venerable International Hospitality and Tourism Academy, emphasizing culinary arts, hospitality arts, and sustainable hospitality coursework.  Industry partners, including the Crowne Plaza Concord; community partners, including Marilyn Fowler, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from the Concord Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Concord. Mentors and other supporters will also be recognized. 

 

The students have earned numerous scholarships and awards this year, competing with fellow culinary students from across the state.  At the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference in Riverside, four Mt. Diablo High School students walked away with the top prizes and more than $69,000 in scholarships and prizes.

 

The on-site contact for the event is Debbie Allen, Chef/Instructor, at (925) 798-0882.

 

A Celebration of Excellence

When/What Time:

Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m.; dinner service begins at 7 p.m.

Where:

Mt. Diablo High School’s Serendipity Restaurant and Bakery, 2611 East Street, Concord, 94520 (Get directions)

 

Menu Description:

1st course – House salad with baby greens, gorgonzola cheese, and candied pecans with an herb vinaigrette.

2nd course -Grilled pork loin, chipotle mashed potato, and mixed seasonal vegetables. A vegetarian option available upon request.

3rd course – Dessert Medley

 

The event is open to families and the public by reservation only; tickets are $30 with some proceeds going to scholarships.  Reservations can be made by calling (925) 798-0882.

 

Photos of students at work in the restaurant/bakery or at recent competitions are available upon request.

 

 

 

About Mt. Diablo High School

Mt. Diablo High School, located in Concord and founded in 1901, is the oldest school in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

 

Mt. Diablo High offers students extensive options for career pathway study with four themed California Partnership Academies (CPA) which integrate rigorous academics with career technical education (CTE) coursework. These academies include:

  • The Digital Safari Multimedia Academy program, which teaches and integrates digital media into a high school core curriculum using project-based learning.
  • The International Hospitality and Tourism Academy (IHTA) which teaches the culinary arts and hospitality arts. The program includes the student-run restaurant Serendipity. IHTA also incorporates the Sustainable Hospitality Pathway, which focuses its nutrition and food prep classes on career fields including healthy food service, agri- and eco-tourism, and outdoor recreation.
  • Academy of Construction & Mechanical Engineering (ACME) which includes Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and Construction Technology
  • Medical Bio-Technology Academy (MBTA), which includes Biotechnology and Sports Medicine instruction.

The school also hosts a highly-acclaimed World Academy, serving students who are newcomers to the United States.

 

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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 (CTE); Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD launched its first middle college program, College Now, in 2016, 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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Mt. Diablo Unified students to present on environmental science in the classroom at Bay Area Green Careers Conference

 and Contra Costa Watershed Forum

Students from Horizons Center for Independent Study to discuss their year’s work monitoring water quality at Grayson Creek

 

WHAT:  Students from Horizons Center for Independent Study in Pleasant Hill will serve as presenters at two environmental conference events this week, sharing the results of water quality monitoring of Grayson Creek throughout the school year.  They will discuss what they have learned, detail their experiences working in creeks, and ho w this project will impact them in the future.

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The on-site contact for both days is Monica Fliehmann, Teacher/Advisor, Horizons School for Independent Home Study, at (925) 822-7882.

 

 

Green Careers Conference Bay Area (View Flyer)

When/What Time:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Horizons students will present at 1 p.m.

Where:

David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704 (Get directions)

 

Description:

Energize Schools, an organization that helps schools transform education while focusing on energy and environmental literacy, is teaming with Bay Area professionals, and high-school students for the Bay Area’s first Green Careers Conference. Student presenters will share the outcomes of energy education and action projects such as school energy audits, school solar analyses, sustainable design and engineering projects, and sustainable enterprises. They will hear from industry professionals about sustainability careers in clean energy, energy efficiency, engineering, transportation, biology, environmental justice and more, and will be able to connect with higher education institutions, nonprofits, and future employers. 

What Else?

The students, identified as the Watershed Project Interns, will provide a presentation titled “Wild Oysters” in the Goldman Theatre from 1 – 1:20 p.m. 

 

Contra Costa Watershed Forum (CCWF)  (View flyer)

When/What Time:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Horizons students present from 10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Where:

Buchanan Park Community  Center, 4150 Harbor St., Pittsburgh  (Get directions)

 

Description:

The Forum is an open committee of some fifty organizations, including state and local agencies, local non-profit environmental and education organizations, community volunteer groups, and private citizens.  Members of the CCWF work together to find common approaches to making our water resources healthy, functional, attractive and safe community assets. The CCWF facilitates local agency and citizen collaboration, fosters innovative strategies for stewardship and protection of watershed resources, and encourages regional capacity building in CCC and neighboring areas. Horizons students are the only student group presenting at the May meeting.

What Else?

The students, along with teacher Monica Fliehmann, will provide a presentation on “Environmental Science in the Classroom”. 

 

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Photos of students conducting monitoring activities are available at https://goo.gl/photos/ZVfYh6RrUSkXGmd1A and all of the students have media permission slips on file so any/all photos can be used. A separate gallery of photos taken May 3 during a trash assessment are at https://goo.gl/photos/XTxwuW1N4n8sQwAEA. Photos of the students at these two events are available upon request.

 

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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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MDUSD Outstanding Teachers, Classified Staff, and Parent and Student Volunteers Honored at 5th Annual Academy Awards

 

FlyerApproximately 350 people were in attendance for the 5th Annual Academy Awards, a recognition event sponsored by the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA) and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District which honors educators, administrators, classified employees, parent volunteers and student volunteer organizations for their significant contributions to schools and the district.

 

The event was held May 11, 2017, at the Centre Concord, and featured musical performances from students at Foothill Middle School and Walnut Acres Elementary School from their school musicals, “Mary Poppins” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Room of people

 

The Honorable Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction, provided the keynote address.

 

There were nearly 140 nominations in several categories.  (View Program)

 

2016 – 2017 Academy Award Winners are as follows:

 

Category

Recipient

Site

Leadership & Courage

Charles Litten

Foothill Middle

Creative Curriculum

Dianna Delamain

Hidden Valley Elementary

Most Inspirational

Maria Filipinia

Ygnacio Valley High School

Community Involvement

Megan Zeitler

Walnut Acres Elementary

Lifetime Achievement

Skip Weinstock

Olympic High School

Outstanding Classified Employee – School Site

Martha Gonzalez

El Dorado Middle

Outstanding Classified Employee – District/Central Office

Anne Byrne

District Behaviorist

Outstanding Administrator

James Wogan

School Linked Services

Outstanding Parent Volunteer

Katy Robinson

Silverwood Elementary

Outstanding Student Volunteer Organization

Girls Optimal Academic Achievement Society (G.O.A.L.S.)

Northgate High School – Oak Grove Middle School

MDUSD Teacher of the Year

Meg Honey

Northgate High School

MDUSD Teacher of the Year

Tom Trowbridge

Concord High School

 

Videos of the finalists were shared last night.  A compilation of these wonderful videos is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLi82zvNHTE&feature=youtu.be

 

Be sure to check out some wonderful photos from the event on Twitter (@MtDiabloUSD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/MDUSDnews)

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified’s 5th Annual Academy Awards event tonight will honor outstanding teachers, classified staff, and volunteers

Former California State Superintendent Delaine Eastin is keynote speaker

 

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

 

WHEN:  TODAY, Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5 – 9 p.m.

 

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

 

BACKGROUND: For the fifth year in a row, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA) will hold its 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. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Delaine Eastin, former California Superintendent of Public Instruction and also a former state Assemblywoman.  Certificates of Recognition for the nearly 150 nominees will be provided by Senator Steve Glazer, representing California Senate District 7, and Assemblyman Tim Grayson, representing California Assembly District 14.

 

Students from Foothill Middle School and Walnut Acres Elementary will provide musical selections from “Mary Poppins” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” 

 

Student chiefs from Mt. Diablo High School’s Sustainable Hospitality Pathway, in collaboration with Sunrise Bistro, will prepare and serve a wonderful farm-to-table dinner.

 

Awards will be presented to winners among nearly 150 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

 

 

Schedule

Time

Activity/Speaker

5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

Reception

5:45 p.m.

Welcome by Emcees – Leyla Benson, Executive Director for Human Resources, and Jonathan Eagan, Assistant Superintendent for Middle Schools

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Dinner

6:15 p.m.

Keynote Address – The Honorable Delaine Eastin, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1995 - 2003

6:45 p.m.

Performance – Walnut Acres Elementary School 5th grade “Curtains Up Theatre” performers present selections from “Mary Poppins” under the direction of Judy Ryken

7:00 p.m.

MDUSD Teachers of the Year – Meg Honey, Northgate High School, and Tom Trowbridge, Concord High School

7:15 p.m.

Foothill Middle School and Walnut Acres Elementary “Curtains Up Theatre” student performers present selections from “Thoroughly Modern Mille” under the direction of David Drummond and Griffin Silva

7:30 p.m.

Awards for

  • Outstanding Volunteer Organization
  • Community Involvement (Teacher)
  • Creative Curriculum (Teacher)
  • Leadership/Courage (Teacher)
  • Lifetime Achievement (Teacher)
  • Most Inspirational (Teacher)

8:00 p.m.

Presentation by Mt. Diablo High School chef/instructor Cindy Gershen on the Wellness Program partnership between MDUSD, MDEA, and Kaiser Permanente

8:10 p.m.

Awards for

  • Outstanding Administrator
  • Outstanding Classified Employees
  • Outstanding Parent Volunteer

8:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks – Sylvia Chatagnier, Academy Awards Chairwoman, and MDUSD teacher, retired; and Guy Moore, President, Mt. Diablo Education Association

 

The names of award winners will be available on the MDUSD website tomorrow, May 12, but can be provided to members of the media in advance and 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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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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Mt. Diablo Unified’s annual Career Pathways Showcase today!

Come meet today’s educators and tomorrow’s creative workforce!

 

WHAT: MDUSD Annual Career Pathways Showcase

 

WHEN: Friday, May 5, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

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

 

BACKGROUND: Today’s global economy demands that all students graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education and career opportunities. 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 technical education (CTE) pathways, and an extensive offering of rigorous CTE coursework.  Academies and pathways include:

 

College Park High School

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

Concord High School

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

Mount Diablo High School

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

Northgate HIgh School 

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

Ygnacio Valley High School

  • Health Sciences Academy
  • Education Academy
  • PLTW Engineering
  • Sports Medicine
  • Photography
  • Art & Animation

 

SCHEDULE:

 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Exhibits Open

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Speakers Program and Luncheon

(Desserts prepared and served by (award-winning) Culinary students from Mt. Diablo High School)

 

  • Tom Trowbridge

Concord High School – Engineering Pathway & Construction Technology Pathway

MDUSD Teacher of the Year

Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year Finalist

 

  • Stephanie Roberts

MDUSD Director of Special Projects

 

  • Gina Del Carlo

Earn & Learn East Bay

Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board

 

The event is co-sponsored by Mt. Diablo Unified, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, John Muir Health, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEC).

 

Higher-resolution of the following photos are available upon request. Additional photos, including from other pathways and academies, can also be provided.

 

Mt. Diablo High School International Hospitality and Tourism Academy (IHTA)

(includes Serendipity restaurant)

 

YVHS red
MDHS kitchen
MDHS Students

 

On April 8-11, 2017, Kevin Fuller and Debbie Allen from the Serendipity Program, took 8 students to the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Riverside, CA. Of the eight students they took, five competed in various categories and won over $69,000 of scholarships and prizes.

The results are as follows:

  • Evelyn Baldoza - 1st place in Decorated Wedding Cakes, and Best of Show, $34,000 in scholarships and prizes
  • Nathaly Balcazar - 1st place in Advance Presentation Cakes, $17,000 in scholarships and prizes
  • Tyler Cooks - 3rd place in Patisserie, $12,000 in scholarships
  • Donovin Caldwell - 3rd place in Appetizers, $6,000 in scholarships

Two seniors from the Serendipity program will each receive a $1,000 scholarship renewable for 4 years from the Concord Rotary.

 

Concord High School Construction and Engineering Pathway

 

CHS Music
CHS Can

CHS Guitar

CHS Student working
CHS Outside house
CHS frame

 

Mt. Diablo High School Digital Safari Academy

 

MDHS Computer lab
MDHS student on computer
MDHS Classroom
 

College Park High School Video Production Pathway

 

Cooking show
CPHS TV
CPHS Green screen
CPHS Drone
CPHS Tv

 

Ygnacio Valley High School Health Academy

YVHS CPR
YVHS students in suits
students in suits
YVHS poster
yvhs students in class
 

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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 is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

 

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Public Hearing of County Committee on School District Reorganization - Mt. Diablo Unified's Preliminary Response in Opposition to Petition by Northgate CAPS (VIDEO)

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District to outline opposition to Northgate CAPS proposal to segregate school district

 

Mt. Diablo Unified opposes petition for several key reasons, including racial segregation and inequitable distribution of assets and assessed property values

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified will be presenting its preliminary response in opposition to a petition by Northgate Community Advocacy for our Public Schools (Northgate CAPS) to carve out the most affluent portion of the District as part of its proposed transfer of territory chiseling out five schools - Northgate High School, and its feeder schools, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools - to form a separate district.  The preliminary response will be presented at public hearings conducted by the Contra Costa County Board of Education in its capacity as the County Committee on School District Reorganization.  (View Board Agenda)

 

WHEN:  May 2, 2017, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Wisteria Room at the Concord Senior Center, 2727 Parkside Circle, Concord  (Get directions)

 

BACKGROUND:

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) tomorrow will present its preliminary response in opposition to a proposal by Northgate Community Advocacy for our Public Schools (Northgate CAPS) to carve out the most affluent portion of the District to form a new school district. Their proposed transfer of territory would chisel out five schools: Northgate High School, and its feeder schools, Foothill Middle School, and Bancroft, Valle Verde, and Walnut Acres elementary schools.  The petitioner’s latest proposed attendance boundary map also includes addresses within the current boundaries for Ygnacio Valley High School, Oak Grove Middle School, and Highlands Elementary School.  Impacts of the proposed territory transfer would be felt by families and staff throughout the District, not just at the five Northgate-area schools.

 

“As a community, we cannot allow the interests of a few to supersede the interests of all,” said Debra Mason, President of the Board of Education for Mt. Diablo Unified. “Segregating our school district in this random and divisive way does not represent the values of our community.”

 

Data show the District has made great strides over the last few years that are now paying dividends in student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, expanded partnerships and grants, and the provision of innovative educational programs and opportunities for every student in the District.

 

“This petition threatens to stop this momentum across the District,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent. “To divide us would be to derail the progress we’ve been making, and negatively and deeply impact all our students, families, teachers, and staff.”

 

“Every year, our District continues making improvements that translate directly into a better classroom teaching and learning experience,” said Guy Moore, President of the Mt. Diablo Education Association (MDEA).  “There have been significant investments in teacher professional development, classroom technology and technical infrastructure, and student support services. Teachers are better compensated and have better benefits than they’ve had in years.”

 

“The petition is divisive on so many levels – and, if segregated, students at both districts would suffer from having to start at ground zero,” added Moore.

 

According to the District, the petition fails to substantially meet many of the legal requirements by which such petitions may be considered for approval.

 

The District unequivocally opposes the petition for several key reasons, including the following:

  • The proposed division results in a new school district that is far more racially and socioeconomically segregated, depriving students in both districts of an integrated educational experience.
  • The proposed division results in an inequitable distribution of assets and assessed property values.
  • The proposed division separates communities and would result in increased negative traffic impacts community-wide.
  • The proposed division would reduce the size of both districts, resulting in the disruptive shuffling of teaching and staff assignments, including likely necessitating layoffs and the elimination of key District programs.
  • The proposed division has a negative impact on both potential districts’ financial health and educational programs.
  • The District has made great strides over the last few years that are now paying dividends in student achievement, teacher recruitment and retention, and the provision of innovative educational programs and opportunities for every student throughout the District.  This petition would derail this progress and negatively impact the District’s students, families, teachers and staff.

 

Following Tuesday’s hearing, a second public hearing will be held the following day on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Camellia Room at the Gardens at Heather Farm beginning at 6 p.m.  All are invited to attend.

 

Thereafter, the County Committee will further review the petition and whether or not it meets the required criteria. Additional hearings – potentially leading to a recommendation – will then be held in the coming months.

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified celebrates

School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day April 25

 

District’s most senior bus driver has served 35 years;

 most senior mechanic has been with MDUSD since 1994

 

WHAT:  School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

BACKGROUND:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) will join the California Department of Education in marking April 25 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, honoring the hundreds of drivers across the state who carefully transport thousands of students each day, driving millions of miles annually in a safe, professional, competent, and respectful manner.

 

“Our school bus drivers are, for thousands of our students, the first face of the school day, and part of an important family of MDUSD staff who, collectively, make up the family away from home for our students,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  “We are incredibly fortunate to have drivers, mechanics, and other transportation team members who have served our students and community for many years, taking seriously the charge of safely transporting students to and from schools each day.”

 

The school buses operated by the Transportation department of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District travel a 150-square mile radius each day. They presently transport more than 2,000 regular and Special Education students each day to 49 school sites and centers. The fleet of 106 buses drives over 2 million miles a year. The Transportation department also transports students on over 300 athletic trips and over 1,500 field trips each year.

 

“Our drivers and mechanics start their day early,” said Meyer. “They’re often on the road before 6:30 a.m., and their cargo could not be any more precious or important. The relationships they develop with our students and their families are some of the most important in our district.”   

 

School bus drivers in California are required to meet very rigorous program qualifications from the California Department of Education, and undergo an intense testing and application process with the California Highway Patrol. School bus driver candidates are welcome to apply to MDUSD at any time. Application materials include:

 

·       School Bus Driver Trainee

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – Requirements

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – 10 Year Work History

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – Supplemental Questionnaire

 

MDUSD drivers will be treated to special refreshments on Tuesday, as well as a surprise for each driver.

 

MDUSD Transportation Services – By The Numbers

# of Buses

17 “big” buses, 29 van-type buses, and 60 wheelchair buses – for a total of 106 buses. This includes 17 buses running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) clean energy! 

# of Miles Traveled Annually

Our buses travel more than 2,000,000 miles per school year.

# of Students Served

1,025 general education and 1,000 special needs students, plus hundreds more for field trips and other activities

# of Stops

Nine buses cover 37 stops daily, plus homework and activity bus stops for general education students.  There are 1,000+ stops for special needs students, going from home to school, therapies, and workability programs.

# of Drivers

90 bus drivers help get students to and from school, therapies, workability programs, field trips, and other activities.

# of Mechanics

Seven mechanics

Longest-serving Bus Driver

Our most senior driver, Bus Driver/Trainer Michelle Samson, has been with MDUSD nearly 35 years (September 1992)!

Longest-serving Mechanic

Our most senior mechanic has been with us since 1994 (23 years)!

Safety Technology

Our buses are equipped with a GPS location system and have on-board cameras for the safety of our students and drivers.

 

To arrange an interview in person or to get original photo files, please contact Ursula Leimbach at (760) 705-6919 or communications@mdusd.org.  Copies of the photos below are available upon request.

 

Michelle Samson

Bus Driver/Trainer Michelle Samson, our most senior driver, has served MDUSD students since September 1982.

cones

Here Michelle is working with new trainers Sandra Martinez and Robert Green, while a trainee is learning how to drive the bus through the “rodeo” course.

mechanicbus lift

They may be behind the scenes, but our highly-skilled mechanics are essential to making sure our buses are well-maintained to ensure the very safest ride for our student passengers.  Jaime Alvarez, left, is one of our newer mechanics, having joined the transportation team in May 2012.  Jorge Velasquez, right, joined us in July 2011.

 

 

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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 launched its first middle college program, College Now, and is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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“Emotions” theme at student art exhibit at Northgate High School

Exhibit to raise awareness of benefits of arts therapy for depression and other issues

WHAT:  Student art exhibit with “emotions” theme  

 

WHEN:  Friday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Northgate High School , 425 Castle Rd., Walnut Creek, 94598   (Get Directions)

BACKGROUND:  Northgate High School student artblue linkist Joseph Garcia has curated a collection of student artwork, focusing on the theme of “Emotions”, as part of a senior project and to raise awareness of the benefits of arts therapy for people dealing with depression and other emotional or mental health issues.  The displayed pieces range in medium from digital photography to watercolor to oils and pencil drawings.  The event is open to the public. 

 

The event will be held at Northgate High School, 425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek., beginning at 5 p.m. this evening. pink artThe event is open to the public.

The onsite contact person will be Carolyn Moore, Art Department Chair, Northgate High School, at moorec@msdusd.org or mobile phone at (925) 548-6384.  Student artists are available for interviews.

 

 

 

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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 is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

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Published: 4/21/17




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

 

 

Graduation rate for Mt. Diablo Unified School District up;

dropout rate down for seventh consecutive year

Districtwide graduation rate 85.3 percent is above the state average; 

 Dropout rate of 9.1 percent down from 18.7 percent in 2009-10

 

(CONCORD, CA – April 11, 2017) – The graduation rate for Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) high school class of 2015-16 is 85.3 percent, a slight increase from 85.1 percent in 2014-15, and above the state average of 83.2 percent, according to data released today by the California Department of Education (CDE).  The dropout rate for MDUSD fell for the seventh consecutive year to 9.1 percent, down from 11.3 percent the previous year, and below the state average of 9.8 percent.  

 

The district’s graduation rate has increased 10.4 percentage points since the class of 2010 posted a 74.9 percent rate. The dropout rate has declined by more than 50% over the last several years, down 9.7 percentage points from 2009-2010.

 

“We are exceptionally pleased to see an overall increase in our district graduation rate,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent. “This affirms the hard work at all of our schools to offer a challenging education that promotes equity and excellence for all students.”

 

While graduation rates also increased across the board for English Learners, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, Meyer noted there is still hard work remaining to close the achievement gap for these student groups, as well as students with disabilities.

 

“We will continue to make essential investments into professional development for our teachers and administrators, to continue the integration of technology into our classrooms as a critical tool for teaching and learning, and continue leveraging our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to direct resources as needed to those students with the greatest need,” she added.  “The involvement of our families and community partners will remain vital to continued progress and improvement across the district.”

 

Significant graduation rate increases were reported for Concord High, up 6.1 percent from 2014-15 to 94.6 percent for 2015-16. Concord High also reported the most significant dropout rate reduction – from 9.4 percent to 2.8 percent.  Other high schools with significantly higher-than-average graduation rates include College Park High School (96.8 percent) and Northgate High School (96.4%).  Ygnacio Valley High School remained above the state average at 85.5 percent, but down from 88.8 percent for the class of 2015. Mt. Diablo High School’s graduation rate dipped slightly, down 1.3 percentage points to 85.3 percent.  Dropout rates declined at all high schools districtwide.

 

Alternative schools also reported dramatic graduation increases and dropout reductions. The graduation rate for Horizons School, for example, rose 8.5 percent from 2014-15 to 86.8%.  Horizons also reported a 50 percent reduction in its dropout rate, from 18.8 percent in 2014-15 to 9.4 percent.

 

Highlights include:

  • More students overall are graduating
  • Significantly fewer students overall are dropping out
  • Fewer minority students are dropping out, with rates for:
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native students down to zero from 14.3 percent
    • African American students down to 1.6 percent from 6.3 percent
    • Hispanic students down from 3.6 percent to 2.3 percent

 

To view and download state, county, district, and school graduation and dropout rates, visit the California Department of Education's DataQuest.

 

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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 launched its first middle college program, College Now, and will be opening its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  . Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

 
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To learn more about the CAASPP System Assessments 2016-2017: Pilot California Science Test, please go here

 

Para obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Sistema de la CAASPP 2016-2017: Prueba Científica Piloto de California, haga clic aquí.

 

 

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Mt. Diablo High School students grow more than 25 pounds of food per week in 13 vertical hydroponic gardens that require no sunlight and no soil. Read more about it and watch a video via the East Bay Times.

 

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As part of the Turnaround Arts program, opera singer and artist in residence Carla Dirilkov Canales visited with students at Meadow Homes Elementary. Read more about it via the Concord Pioneer.

 

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College Park students in a newly created robotics club called Engineers With Attitude participated in their first tournament, placing favorably in a series of matches among 41 regional teams. Read more via the East Bay Times.

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Student-built ‘Tiny House’ at Concord High School goes up for auction

 

WHAT:  20’ “tiny house” built by students in the Building Trades and Engineering program at Concord High School is up for auction

 

WHEN:  Open House is scheduled for March 25 from noon – 4 p.m.

 

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

 

BACKGROUND:  Students in the Construction Technology, Civil Engineering and Architecture program at Concord High School, taught by Tom Trowbridge, have literally built their own cottage industry, with the construction of a 20’ “tiny house” – part of a growing architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.  Students last year completed their first tiny house, and it is going up for auction, with funds to be reinvested into the next tiny house project.   

 

An open house is scheduled for March 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Concord High School. Opening bid is $20,000.  For more information, contact Mr. Trowbridge at trowbridget@mdusd.org.

 

Thanks to Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which donated a full set of plans and documents; Ashby Lumber Company, which donated the bulk of the rough framing materials, loft flooring, and (lots of) nails and fasteners; and West Coast Windows and Doors, which not only provided the windows for the project, but also took care of ordering  all sizes, quantities, colors and styles.   

 

 

inside house
outside house
 

inside of house
 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD also offers a middle college program, College Now, and will be opening its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District have higher graduation rates,

 lower suspension rates according to new California School Dashboard

New accountability tool includes several key indicators to provide greater picture of student and school progress

 

(CONCORD, CA – March 16, 2017) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students continue to increase graduation rates and decrease suspension rates, according to data released by the California Department of Education showing results from the new California Accountability Model and School Dashboard, now being field-tested throughout the state. 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.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the dashboard, and that it provides context to student performance by showing growth over time for students, schools and the district,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “These results show there is much more to our students than a test score or a number. The dashboard shows data that helps us not only identify strengths, but really gives us an opportunity to drill down to those areas where students may be struggling and we can better see where or why.  We look forward to the additional measurements that will be added including college readiness and school climate indicators.”

 

Highlights include:

  • Increase graduation
  • Decreased suspension rates
  • Grade 11 students scored gained 11.6 points in English Language Arts and 2.7 points in Mathematics

 

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
  • Mathematics as measured in grades 3-8

 

There are three key components to the new dashboard:

 

Multiple Measures - Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.

 

Focus on Equity - Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location. Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.

 

Supporting Local Decision-Making - 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 is not currently available.

 

The Dashboard is being field tested before full implementation in fall 2017. Reports included in the field test are based on the latest state data available as of fall 2016, except for graduation data, which is based on the 2014-15 school year. 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.

 

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: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

  • Video: Overview of the California School Dashboard (English) (Spanish)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

 

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

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Published: 3/16/17




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Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District have higher graduation rates,

 lower suspension rates according to new California School Dashboard

New accountability tool includes several key indicators to provide greater picture of student and school progress

 

(CONCORD, CA – March 16, 2017) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students continue to increase graduation rates and decrease suspension rates, according to data released by the California Department of Education showing results from the new California Accountability Model and School Dashboard, now being field-tested throughout the state. 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.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the dashboard, and that it provides context to student performance by showing growth over time for students, schools and the district,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “These results show there is much more to our students than a test score or a number. The dashboard shows data that helps us not only identify strengths, but really gives us an opportunity to drill down to those areas where students may be struggling and we can better see where or why.”

 

“We look forward to the measurements that will be added later this year, including college readiness and school climate indicators,” she added.

 

Highlights include:

  • Increase graduation rate
  • Decreased suspension rate
  • Grade 11 students scored gained 11.6 points in English Language Arts and 2.7 points in Mathematics

 

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
  • Mathematics as measured in grades 3-8

 

There are three key components to the new dashboard:

 

Multiple Measures - Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.

 

Focus on Equity - Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location. Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.

 

Supporting Local Decision-Making - 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. 

performance levels
 

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 is not currently available.

 

The Dashboard is being field tested before full implementation in fall 2017. Reports included in the field test are based on the latest state data available as of fall 2016, except for graduation data, which is based on the 2014-15 school year. 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.

 

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: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

  • Video: Overview of the California School Dashboard (English) (Spanish)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

 

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

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Please enjoy reading the latest edition of the MDUSD Connections newsletter here

 

Previous issues of MDUSD Connections may be viewed here. 

 

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District is pleased to announce the creation of a Regional Magnet Program in the north Concord area that will encompass the reopening of Holbrook School and a new partnership with Sun Terrace and Wren Elementary.  

Priority enrollment and/or transfer to one of the three Regional Magnet Schools (Holbrook Language Academy, Sun Terrace STEM, and Wren Avenue Arts),  is available for students who reside in the Holbrook, Sun Terrace and Wren school boundaries.  Boundary information can be found at http://demo.mdusd.org/schoolfinder.  

 

To enroll or transfer your child to one of the magnet schools please complete the online form at https://goo.gl/forms/ljHWV6uocALrDk6g2 You can also contract Student Services at 925-682-8000 x4167 or regionalmagnet@mdusd.org with questions.  Information can also be found online at each school’s website at www.mdusd.org.   Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2017.  

 

Records will be confirmed upon receipt of Regional Magnet School Choice request to confirm address and priority eligibility for enrollment and/or transfer.

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HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

Priority Registration for the Regional Magnet Schools is currently ONLY available to families who live within the school boundaries of Holbrook, Sun Terrace and Wren Avenue Elementary Schools.  Priority registration ends March 10, 2017.  To enroll or transfer your child(ren) to one of the magnet schools please complete the online form at  http://bit.ly/regionalmagnet or contract Student Services at 925-682-8000 x4167. Priority registration can be done online or by turning in the paperwork to the Welcome Center at the Dent Center located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519.  

 

Based on space availability, enrollment to the regional Magnet Schools will open April 10th through June 30, 2017.  Registration will be done online and/or by turning in the paperwork to the Welcome Center at the Dent Center located at 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord, CA 94519.  

 

Contact regionalmagnet@mdusd.org or call Stephanie Roberts, Director Special Projects at 925-682-8000 x6201 with questions regarding Holbrook. 

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Published: 3/9/17




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February 14, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

Dear MDUSD Community,

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

RESOURCES

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

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

  • National PTA Position Statement – Services for Undocumented Children

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

  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching Tolerance

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

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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

 

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

 

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

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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHAT:           

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

 

WHERE:          

Meadow Homes Elementary School

1371 Detroit Ave.

Concord, CA 94520

 

WHEN:            

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:45 AM          Media arrival, check-in

10:00 AM        Event begins

10:10 AM        Classroom visits begin

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

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

1:00 PM          Event ends

 

 

Media Contacts

Jacob Campbell, Program Manager, Turnaround Arts: California

jacob@turnaroundartsca.org | 805.471.6429

 

Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, Communications Specialist,

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

communications@mdusd.org  | 760.705.6919

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

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

 

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

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 21, 2017

 

WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Community Center, Pleasant Hill

 

BACKGROUND:  

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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A data entry error in 2013-14 has caused a misreporting of student data.  The Office of Civil Rights received incorrect data stating a high number of arrests in 2013-2014.  The data that has been verified shows that zero arrests occurred across the District.  This error has already been corrected with a formal verification form.  We anxiously await the correction on the Office of Civil Rights Website.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

BACKGROUND:  

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series

What’s Going on With Math: Supporting Your Student with Common Core Mathematics

 

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

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Northgate High School, 425 Castle Park Dr., Walnut Creek

 

BACKGROUND:  MDUSD is pleased to provide its Community Speakers Series 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.  See the LCAP at a Glance to learn more.

 

Our series continues Wednesday, February 1, with “What’s Going on With Math: Supporting Your Student With Common Core Mathematics” presented by Dr. Daniel Meyer, a former teacher who taught high school math to students who didn’t like high school math, and current Chief Academic Officer of Desmos, a company which provides free digital graphing calculators and mathematics tools and activities to teachers and schools. 

 

Dr. Meyer was named one of Tech & Learning’s 30 leaders of the future, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator who has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, and TedTalks as an education reform advocate. He has spent many years working with publishers to move from print-based instruction to its digital future.

 

The event will be held at Northgate High School, 425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek., beginning at 6 p.m. All MDUSD families and staff are welcome.  Translation services will be provided.  For more information call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4016.

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

 

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Message from the Superintendent:

 

Last night we discussed with our Board of Education a plan for a regional magnet in the area of North Concord.  This plan will use three themes at the three local schools to create a collaborative community that builds upon skills students will need as they prepare for colleges and careers.  Holbrook will be a school working toward dual immersion with an emphasis on languages, Sun Terrace will emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and Wren will focus on the Visual and Performing Arts.  Students who live in the area of these three schools will have an opportunity to attend any of the three campuses.   Holbrook is slated to select their principal at the beginning of this year and reopen in 2017-2018.

 

I thank the Board of Education for approving the investment into the community and supporting the students whose neighborhood school was closed.  Historically, schools that have been closed do not reopen.  We are excited to have this rare opportunity to reopen Holbrook for the community as well as provide a magnet opportunity for North Concord and the District at large. 

 

Many voices were listened to as we worked to create something that would serve students well.  We received many suggestions from a variety of sources.   I look forward to the exciting opportunity to create a model that will enrich students as well as provide pathways according to interests.   The investment of resources in the reopening will provide students with tools for the future while providing the community of Concord with even stronger schools.

 

Thank you,

 

Nellie Meyer, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series - Marijuana & Beyond: Teenage Drug Use in 2017

Third workshop in series to look at drug use among young people

and how social media can be used to change health risk behaviors

 

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

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd., Concord

 

BACKGROUND:  MDUSD is pleased to provide its Community Speakers Series 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.  See the LCAP at a Glance to learn more.

 

Our series continues next Wednesday, January 18, with “Marijuana & Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2017”, presented by Dr. Danielle Ramo, an Assistant Professor and licensed psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Francisco. Dr. Ramo directs the Research on Addictions and Digital Interventions lab which explores the use of digital media to change health risk behaviors including tobacco, alcohol, and other drug involvement.  Funded with a K23 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Ramo has developed the Tobacco Status Project social media intervention to help young adults quit smoking, and is testing its efficacy in a randomized clinical trial with 500 young adults. Additional studies are examining patterns and toxicology of electronic-cigarette use in adolescents and tobacco and marijuana co-use in young adults.

 

Dr. Ramo has an interest in prevention of substance use disorders in young people. To this end she serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Being Adept prevention intervention program helping to design curriculum and speaking to teens, parents, and school administrators throughout the East Bay/Bay Area about adolescent substance abuse.

 

The event will be held at Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd., beginning at 6 p.m. All MDUSD families and staff are welcome.  Translation services will be provided.  For more information call (925) 682-8000, ext. 4016.

 

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

 

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Mt. Diablo High School’s 12th Annual Digital Safari Innovation Fair highlights entrepreneurial high school student projects emulating high-tech business and finance

 

WHAT:  The Digital Safari Institute for Innovation in Education 12th annual Digital Safari Innovation Fair – “Beyond the Edge” Technology and Next Generation Entrepreneurs – featuring students from the Digital Safari Academy (DSA) at Mt. Diablo High School, and Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce mixer.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • 5-7 p.m. – Tech Expo & Investors Fair
  • 7:30 – 9 p.m. – Business Plan Competition
  • 9 – 9:30 p.m. - Awards

 

WHERE:  Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord (925) 671-3382 (View map)  The event is free and open to the public.

 

BACKGROUND:  The Digital Safari Innovation Fair is the culminating event of the semester-long  Innovation Project  - an entrepreneurial training program for senior high school students based on the "Silicon Valley model" that emulates the real world of high-tech business and finance while integrating economics, English and multimedia curricula. The project has proven to be a highly successful way to motivate students to explore business, science and technology while empowering them with the skills that will last a lifetime.

 

Students 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. The premise: if it can be imagined, then it can be made, marketed and sold.

 

In addition to being innovative, the producers must adhere to a “green” philosophy that products must have an environmental, health/safety, or positive social benefit compared to current products and services performing the similar tasks. Sustainability, Social Entrepreneurship and Creative Capitalism are primary themes for what are called “GreenBizz” projects. Each GreenBizz company's business plan must also include a lifecycle analysis that addresses both the social and environmental impacts of the product and offer solutions for mitigating negative factors.

 

Each GreenBizz company works with a Mentor throughout the semester. Mentors provide real-world guidance and insight into the process of building a successful company and raising money from investors. Many times, student presentations are equal to or better than those of real companies.   See the roster of 2017 companies by visiting http://www.innovationfair.org/ and viewing the 2017 companies list.

 

Winners in various Innovation Fair categories are recognized with scholarships awards.  Sponsors include the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Bank of Concord, John F. Kennedy University, Westwind Associations, and the Patrick and Sharon Campbell Foundation.

 

The point of contact at the event is Heather Fontanilla, Program Specialist, MDUSD Career Pathways and Linked Learning, fontanillah@mdusd.org, (925) 682-8000 ext. 4011

 

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Hello and Happy New Year,

 

Hopefully you all had a restful holiday and are ready to take on the second half of our year.  I look forward to 2017 and the continued growth of our students.  I wanted to share some resources that we have put together to assist you in your classrooms as we prepare for new leadership in the United States.  Parents may find this information helpful, as well. We are very lucky to live in a country that has a peaceful transition of leadership and has had one for over two hundred years. 

 

On January 20, 2017 at 12 noon Eastern time, 9 AM Pacific time, we will transition from President Obama to President-Elect Trump.  We anticipate that this may bring up some questions and discussion in your classrooms.  Your students will be interested, and the inauguration may bring up conversations and ideas that will need clarification.  To that end, we have provided some resources for you to use as well as contact information if you have any questions.

 

Thank you,

 

Nellie Meyer, Ed. D.

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

 

General Resources:

 

MDUSD Draft Inauguration Ceremony Guide:

https://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1394262948047/7695740861036077954.pdf?filename=Draft%2BInaugurationn%2BGuide%2B2.pdf

 

Guide to the Inauguration: 

https://washington.org/DC-guide-to/presidential-inauguration-washington-dc

 

Presidential Inauguration 2017:

https://www.usa.gov/inauguration-2017

 

http://election.scholastic.com/election-central/road-to-the-white-house/

 

Contra Costa County Office of Education Post-Election Toolkit:

http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/toolkit.html

 

Inauguration Lessons:

http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson219.shtml

 

10 Inauguration Day Lessons:

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/53997.htm

 

Teaching Tolerance:

http://www.tolerance.org/voting-elections

 

Anti-Bias Education:

http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/anti-bias-education/c/bias-in-the-presidential.html

 

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MDUSD’s Ygnacio Valley High School Health Science Academy named a Distinguished California Partnership Academy

YVHS’ Health Science Academy is among seven final honorees from 409 nominations

 

WHAT:  The Health Science Academy at Ygnacio Valley High School (YVHS) in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) has been named by the California Department of Education (CDE) as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) Distinguished California Partnership Academy. YVHS is one of seven to be conferred with the award from a field of 409 nominees and 14 finalists.​

 

WHEN:  Honored academies will be recognized at the CDE’s 30th annual CPA conference in March.  

 

WHERE:  Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Rd., Concord 94519 (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: 

The California Partnership Academies (CPAs) were established to prepare high school students to succeed in both college and careers. Each CPA frames its curriculum around one of the 15 industry fields established for Career-Technical Education by the CDE. Each year students take classes together, including core academic subjects and at least one career-technical course related to the academy’s career theme. A team of teachers works with the same group of students over their high school years, linking instruction across disciplines and over time. Employers provide internships and other opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom. Career academies have become an important part of the current Linked Learning initiative in California.

 

"Distinguished Academies" have earned this title by surviving a rigorous multi-round audit of all program components required by California Education Code. The audit includes site visits by CPA state leadership and extensive documentation.  In its notification to YVHS of the nomination and subsequent award for the school’s Health Science Academy, the CPA state leadership stated the honor was “bestowed based on very clear criteria, including strict adherence to the CPA model, implementation of all components of the model and known best practices, and providing opportunities for your students which go above and beyond those required by statute.”  The notification goes on to state that the Health Science Academy program has “consistently shown itself to be exemplary in intent and implementation.”

 

Ygnacio Valley High School was notified recently that its Careers in Education Academy has been nominated as a Distinguished  Academy for next year; it is now preparing for the audit and site visits associated with that nomination.

 

To visit Ygnacio Valley High School, please contact Principal Efa Huckaby, (925) 685-8414, huckabye@mdusd.org, or Communications Specialist Ursula Leimbach, (760) 705-6919 (cell), or communications@mdusd.org.

 

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

 


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


 

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There has  been a lot of discussion within our community about a feeder pattern within our school district separating and forming an independent five-school district.  At our Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 12, we will have an informational item on the nine criteria necessary for any district separation.  The meeting agenda is posted here.  This information item, #20.13 “Criteria for Separation of Five K-12 Schools from a Unified School District” is available here.  The item will include some preliminary information on the impact a separation would have on programs at the five schools proposed for a new district.

 

All regular MDUSD Board of Education meetings take place at the Dent Center, 1936 Carlotta Dr., Concord.  Open session begins at 7 p.m. 

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Published: 12/9/16




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The Mt. Diablo Board of Education recently approved a feeder pattern for students residing in the Diablo View/Pine Hollow attendance area which allows them to select any of the five comprehensive high schools as their home high school, as they currently do not have a designated high school. This takes into consideration classroom space and classroom size beginning with this year’s 7th grade students.  See http://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1451351504945/1451351450035/6282743045174785307.pdf

 

The parents of current 8th grade students who reside in the Diablo View/Pine Hollow attendance areas were sent a letter requesting they select their student’s high school for next year.  While the selection forms are still being collected by school counselors, of the 115 forms returned so far, 45 families are choosing Northgate and 60 families are choosing other high schools. The parents of current 7th grade students will receive their letter in spring.

 

Families in the resident areas will NOT be a part of a lottery.  Some families have expressed concerns to the district that if more students from Pine Hollow and Diablo View opt to choose Northgate High School as their destination high school that the high school’s entire enrollment would be subject to a lottery. This is not the case. Should more students from these two attendance areas choose Northgate, other intra-district transfers would be limited.  It should be noted that enrollment at Northgate High in the last three years has gone down.

 

Foothill Middle has approximately 1,000 students from within the feeder pattern attend Northgate High School. An additional 300-600 students generally transfer from elsewhere to Northgate.  If current trends remain consistent, about 100 of those transfer students come from Clayton. Past historical data show that Clayton students tend to enroll at the charter high school, rather than transfer to a non-neighborhood school; however, students have opted for enrollment at all comprehensive high schools.

 

​The Board’s recommendation was based on historical data regarding Clayton student transfers. If, in the future, a majority of students opted out of Clayton Valley Charter, then the district would need to revisit the feeder pattern to address this.  

 

 

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Published: 12/9/16




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Teacher of the Year Nominations- Due January 6, 2017

Mt. Diablo is looking for nominations for Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year 2017-18.  Administrators, teachers, parents, and/or students may nominate classroom teachers who have demonstrated a passion for teaching, an ability to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs, and teachers who connect with and support their school community.  A description of the Teacher of the Year process and a brief nomination form is located below.  Please contact Jennifer Sachs at sachsj@mdusd.org  with questions.

 

Teacher of the Year Process

 

Teacher of the Year Nomination Form

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Published: 12/6/16




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Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

Education Conservancy presentation to provide guidelines on making the college admission process more manageable, productive, and educationally appropriate

 

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

 

WHEN:  Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove, Concord, 94518

 

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.  See the LCAP at a Glance to learn more.

 

On December 8, the Community Speakers Series will present “Turning the Tides: Reshaping the College Admissions Process” with Lloyd Thacker, Executive Director of the Education Conservancy, a non-profit organization committed to improving college admission processes for students, colleges and high schools.  The goals of the Conservancy include:

  • To increase the awareness and understanding of commercial influences in college admissions.
  • To provide a platform for educational values to assert their proper role in college admissions.
  • To promote educationally appropriate admission practices.
  • To make college admissions a sensible and productive set of processes for all.
  • To foster collaborative behavior among colleges.
  • To generate specific admissions-related ideas and recommendations for colleges, students, and counselors.

The “Turning the Tide” presentation is based on a collaborative project with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to develop strategies for colleges to revise the college admissions process to be less commercial and high-stakes. A description and report can be accessed here. An associated news magazine story on the subject can be accessed here.

 

Upcoming Community Speakers Series events include:

  • January 18, 2017: Marijuana and Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2017
  • February 1, 2017: What’s Going On With Math: Supporting Your Student with Common Core Mathematics
  • February 22, 2017: Kids in Today’s Pressure Cooker:  Fostering Resilience in Students
  • March 9, 2017: LCAP Budget Advisory Committee Workshop

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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Published: 12/5/16




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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.   

 

SCHOOL SITES FOR MEDIA VISITS

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/.

 

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El Dorado Middle School students selected to participate in

NBA Math Hoops Live event in Alameda 

El Dorado Middle School is one of only two Bay Area schools invited to participate

 

WHAT:  Students from El Dorado Middle School have been invited to participate in an NBA Math Hoops Live event in Alameda

 

WHEN:  Friday, December 2nd, 3:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Ruby Bridges Elementary 

                 351 Jack London Ave

                 Alameda, CA  94501

 

BACKGROUND:   NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills, and it has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers. NBA Math Hoops began in 2015 through a partnership with the middle school CARES After School Program.

 

NBA Math Hoops is developed and distributed by Learn Fresh, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, in association with NBA Cares. Learn Fresh seeks to eliminate racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, and ensure that students across the country are engaged in school and have a solid foundation in fundamental skills.

 

Students who participate in the program can earn points (to earn prizes) by completing Math Hoops "Basketball Skills" worksheets, playing the board game, and by demonstrating Sportsmanship.  El Dorado’s top players for the first semester have been 6th graders Erilyn Amongo and Justin Coleman; 7th graders Timothy Michaels and Marlen Fernandez Hernandez; and 8th graders George Davission and Jade Lopez.

 

One lucky student will win a pair of tickets to the Warriors game this Saturday night as an incentive for earning points. In addition, El Dorado will be sending 20 students in the after school program to attend NBA Math Hoops Live this Friday afternoon in Alameda. At the event, Warrior players) will be playing the board game on an actual basketball court with the kids. This interactive event is a once in a lifetime opportunity for these students.

 

Students will be boarding the bus at 1:30 p.m.  The Math Hoops Live event will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

 

Event photos and captions can be made available after the event upon request.  On-site media contacts are Nick Monzi, Chief Operating Officer, Learn Fresh, (PHONE), Chris Clausen, Principal, El Dorado Middle School, (925-682-5700), Eric Rego, CARES Recreation Manager (925-691-0351).

 

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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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Published: 12/2/16




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Mt. Diablo Unified’s Annual Adult Education Open House provides opportunity to tour classrooms, meet instructors and be inspired!

 

WHAT:  MDUSD Adult Education Program Annual Open House and Arts & Crafts Sale

 

WHEN:  Saturday, December 3, 2016

 

WHERE:  Pleasant Hill Adult Education Center, One Santa Barbara Road, Pleasant Hill, 94523, (925) 937-1530 (From Oak Park Boulevard, attendees can turn at the signal light by the library and follow the signs.)

 

BACKGROUND:  The phrase “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching” speaks perfectly to our philosophy around our Adult Education programs. From mastering a technical skill to learning a second language to uncovering artistic talents, and from the cute (our parent education/preschool program) to the courageous (adults recovering from head injuries who re-learn and re-master important life skills), Mt. Diablo Adult Education offers it all.

 

In addition to traditional offerings such as high school diploma equivalency and English as a Second Language classes, MDUSD Adult Education also offers highly-regarded Medical Assistant and Surgical Technician training programs. We have extensive recreational and special interest offerings, including visual arts, culinary, dance, and finance. Read our Adult Education Fall Program to see course offerings.

The annual Open House and Arts & Crafts Fair offers attendees opportunities to tour classrooms to see demonstrations and meet with instructors, chat with and observe students, and purchase some beautiful handcrafted gifts and artwork.  Attendees will also be able to pre-register for winter classes.

 

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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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Mt. Diablo Unified’s Homeless Outreach Program is working to promote happier holidays for homeless families

Annual donation drive directly benefits MDUSD homeless students and families

 

WHAT:  MDUSD Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) Holiday campaign

 

WHEN:  Now through December 9, 2016 for gifts and wish list items to allow for wrapping, packaging and delivery; and through December 16, 2016 for financial and gift card donations.

 

WHERE: 

  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
  • Willow Creek Education Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord
  • Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord

 

BACKGROUND:  MDUSD is committed to addressing barriers to educational success for homeless students and ensuring the educational success of all students in the district. MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) staff work with homeless families to reduce stressors and connect families with needed resources, including housing resources, employment assistance, health care and health insurance, mental health care services, and other supports.  Currently, there are close to 400 students identified as homeless within MDUSD.

 

The HOPE for the Holidays campaign connects sponsors with homeless families to help grant ‘wish list’ requests. Gift cards and tax-deductible donations are also welcome in supporting families during the upcoming holiday season.  Donors can help in the following ways:

  • Sponsor children in a family. Personal wish lists of students are posted at https://goo.gl/Hj33Ex or by contacting Elsa Dalpiaz at hope@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000, extension 3054.
  • Buy gift cards that enable caregivers and youth to select their own items. Department store and grocery store gift cards can be mailed to or dropped off at Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by sending a check to Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, 94519.
  • Donate new hoodies or sweatshirts for students. Please drop off or send to:
    • Mt. Diablo Unified School District Office, 1936 Carlotta Drive, Concord
    • Willow Creek Education Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord
    • For online shopping, please send orders to Mt. Diablo HOPE, 2730 Salvio St., Concord

 

Each donation directly benefits homeless students and their families; donations of any amount are welcome and considered generous.  For additional information, please contact James Wogan, Administrator, School Linked Services, Mt. Diablo Unified, at (925) 682-8000, ext. 3054, or woganj@mdusd.org.

 

In accordance with the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act (2002), HOPE staff assist schools, homeless shelters, and families and students to enroll students in school immediately; to remain in the school of origin for the duration of a school year; to obtain transportation to/from school, to obtain needed nutrition & free meals at school, and to have access to the same programs and opportunities available to all students, and to ensure that education is provided in the least restrictive environment.

 

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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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Joe Bautista, from College Park High School, was named The Oakland Raiders High School “Coach of the Week."

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Published: 11/1/16




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Please join us on November 3, at 6:00 pm for a district-wide community meeting featuring Above the Fray.  Please see the attached flier.

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Published: 10/24/16




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Mt. Diablo Unified’s Bond Rating Upgraded to Aa2

Moody’s Investors Services cites “substantial and sustained” strengthening of financial position

 

(CONCORD, CA – October 24, 2016) – The Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s bond rating has been upgraded by Moody’s Investors Services, one of the nation’s largest bond credit agencies, from Aa3 to Aa2. While both ratings indicate the district has a “very strong capacity to meet its financial commitments” and differs from the highest-rated obligation “only to a small degree,” Moody’s made the upgrade to Aa2 based on several key factors:

  • Sound financial profile that has demonstrated improvement emerging from the recession

  • Manageable debt levels with shortened amortization

  • The District’s sizeable and growing tax base

  • Above-average socioeconomic  levels

 

Moody’s says the stable outlook reflects expectations for continued tax base and population growth, maintenance of strengthened reserve levels, and an improved debt profile.  Factors leading to the upgrade were “substantial and sustained strengthening of financial position” including reserves and general fund liquidity.

 

“I am very proud that Mt. Diablo Unified has earned an upgraded rating, an affirmation of the district’s excellent management and financial position,” said MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Nellie Meyer.  “The upgraded bond ratings are good news for taxpayers, as the more favorable interest rates will reduce the debt service on tax bills over the life of the bonds.

 

The Aa2 upgrade was assigned to MDUSD’s $38.5 million 2010 Election Series G general obligation bonds, part of the district’s $348 million Measure C, supporting improvements to science, career and technical education facilities, classroom instructional technology, and extensive safety upgrades across the district. Measure C also is providing for numerous classroom and facility modernizations, and an expansive solar energy and other clean energy efficiencies.  Learn more about Measure C activities at www.mdusd.org/measurec.

 

“We remain grateful for the community’s support of Measure C,” added Meyer.  “This is providing for such an important investment into the future of education in Contra Costa County.  We are very thankful to our voters for helping to make a difference in the lives of our students.”

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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 Riverview Middle School Hosts

3rd Annual Dia De Los Muertos Family Craft Night

Event recognizes Latino cultural tradition, celebrating and honoring those who have passed away

 

WHAT:  Dia De Los Muertos Family Craft Night

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 26, 6 p.m.

 

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

 

BACKGROUND: 

Riverview Middle School is hosting its third annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Family Craft Night to recognize the historic Latino cultural tradition to celebrate and honor those who have passed away.  The event is being held in conjunction with other Hispanic Heritage Month observances at Riverview.  The event includes a variety of family-friendly craft activities for all ages, including the decorating of sugar skulls (new for this year), games, and face painting.  Families are encouraged to write notes to their loved ones and these messages, along with student art, are incorporated in a special display in the school’s multi-purpose room.

 

The event is open to all members of the Bay Point community in addition to Riverview school families. For additional information, please contact Eric Wood, Principal, Riverview Middle School, at (925) 458-3216, ext. 5204, or woode@mdusd.org.

 

RIVERVIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL RESOURCES

Website - http://riverview.mdusd.org/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1263738066213

Twitter - @rmsvikings

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Mt. Diablo Unified Community Speaker Series Begins

“Above the Fray” program featured to empower safe and responsible social media usage

 

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

 

WHEN:  Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6 p.m.

 

WHERE:  College Park High School, 201 Viking Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

 

BACKGROUND: 

MDUSD is pleased to begin a new Community Speakers Series 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.  See the LCAP at a Glance to learn more.

 

On November 3, the Community Speakers Series will present an evening with Above the Fray, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering responsible and safe social media users. Learn more at http://www.beabovethefray.org/.

 

The event is open to all MDUSD families to look at what’s happening in the digital lives of young people, which may be a surprise for many parents.  We will proactively address topics like:

  • Cyberbullying
  • Social media
  • Internet safety
  • Sexting
  • Gaming

 

The objective is to give parents tangible tools to use to start meaningful conversations at home before issues arise.

 

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Executive Director, Instructional Support, at sachsj@mdusd.org or (925) 682-8000.  Spanish translation will be available.

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Published: 10/24/16




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Please enjoy reading the January 10, 2017, edition of MDUSD Connections here.

 

You may read previous issues of MDUSD Connections here.

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Published: 10/24/16




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Mt. Diablo Unified Hosts 4th Annual College Fair

 

More than 90 representatives from college and universities nationwide in attendance

 

WHAT:  Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s 4th Annual College Fair

 

WHEN:  Monday, October 24, 2016, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Rd., Concord 94519 (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: 

MDUSD is pleased to host its 4th 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 affords a great opportunity to get all of the answers to questions about educational options and pathways following high school.

 

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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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Published: 10/21/16




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Check out the great article written by a former Valley View student who is now a journalist for NBC Bay Area on Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year winner Shauna Hawes http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Teacher-of-the-Year-Raises-500000-For-STEM-396605651.html

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Mt. Diablo Unified’s Strandwood Elementary School named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016

 School noted for consistently creating educational journeys that allow all students to excel in the classroom regardless of current levels of performance

 

CONCORD, CA - September 29, 2106) – Strandwood Elementary School in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2016, one of 329 honorees overall recognized from across the country this year and one of 33 from California. The Pleasant Hill school was honored in the category of “Exemplary High Performing Schools.”  

 

Strandwood.pngStrandwood joins three prior Blue Ribbon honorees in MDUSD:  Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, Monte Gardens Elementary in Concord, and Walnut Acres Elementary in Walnut Creek.

 

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced the award winners Wednesday. The award is based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

 

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers, King said in a video message to honorees. “Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation.”

 

In the school’s final application for the Blue Ribbon program, Strandwood principal, Dr. Cheri Scripter, cited an adherence to and daily celebration of the school’s mission statement:  "The Strandwood Community will inspire academic excellence, personal growth and responsibility while encouraging each individual to reach his or her full potential and discover the lasting joy of learning."

 

“We could not be more proud and honored,” said Scripter. “We have a very spirited and engaged school community where students feel a great sense of being a part of something good and this pride fuels their motivation to do their best and also inspires them to keep their dreams big and their hopes high. “

 

“Students, staff, and community members work hand-in-hand at our school to support each other’s evolution. There is a synergy created when teachers support students and when the community supports teachers. We all agree that a high-quality education is priceless,” she added.

 

“Strandwood Elementary is a wonderful example of how, when we work together in the best interest of children, we can achieve great things,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent.  “We are so gratified that the Blue Ribbon panel saw what we see every day at Strandwood – that our teachers know and deeply care about every single student, and personalize instruction accordingly to bring out the best in each child.”

 

“We are also very grateful to Strandwood’s staff and families, as they are essential partners in creating this very special school community,” she added.

 

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence. 

 

Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools.  On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

 

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

< >Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated each year.

 

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Please enjoy reading the October 7, 2016, edition of MDUSD Connections here.

 

You may read previous issues of MDUSD Connections here.

 

 

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Regarding 2016 – 2017 Property Tax – Mt. D Mello Roos $67.00 Senior Exemption Charge

 

 

The financial company that audits our Mt. D Mello Roos senior exemptions had a computer error that deleted all of our senior exemptions granted on properties before 2011.

 

They have solved the issue, and are reinstating all of the senior exemptions to tax payers who have been previously granted exemption from the Mt. D Mello Roos tax TODAY, Friday, September 23, 2016.  If you have already been granted the senior exemption, and it is now back on your property tax bill in error, you will be receiving a letter of apology and assurance that your exempt status will remain on your property.  Also included will be an explanation as to how the issue will be resolved moving forward.

 

You will also be receiving a corrected property tax bill with the $67.00 Mt. D Mello Roos charge removed.  We understand that it has been upsetting for people to find the $67.00 charge back on your tax bill after so many years, we apologize that this has happened and please be assured that the error will be corrected today.

 

As a homeowner, go ahead and pay your property tax bill at face value as you would normally.  You do not want to be late on payment.  Your corrected tax bill will arrive sometime during the 2016-2017 tax year.  Either the second installment will be adjusted to reflect the removal of the $67.00 Mt D Mello Roos or a refund of the $67.00 will be returned to the exempted property tax payer if you prefer to pay in one lump sum.

 

Update September 26, 20016:

Corrected tax bills will be mailed in one to two weeks from today which means seniors will receive the corrected bill well before the due date of the first tax installment.

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Mt. Diablo Unified Hosts Community Meeting on Reopening of Holbrook School

Survey seeks input on future of the campus and school theme

 

WHAT:  Informational meeting on reopening of Holbrook School for the 2017-2018 school year

 

WHEN:  Thursday, September 29, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Holbrook School, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord, 94519 (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND: 

Holbrook School is reopening for the 2017-2018 school year.  The community is invited to a meeting to discuss facility plans, programs, and to talk about the future of the campus. The meeting will be held on September 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the multi-use room at the Holbrook campus, 3333 Ronald Way, Concord.  Snacks will be provided, and child care will be availableMDUSD is committed to a quality academic program that prepares all our students for the 21st century.  A survey (English or Spanish)  has been developed for the community to provide input on how the district can best accomplish this, and also to solicit input on proposed themes for the school, including:

  • Technology (integration of technology into the curriculum that is student-centered and aligned to the Common Core State Standards)
  • Visual and Performing Arts (school-wide focus i.e. music, art, theater)
  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) (school-wide focus in these four areas extended beyond the standards and hands-on)
  • Project based learning (Classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge)

 

For additional information, please contact Stephanie Roberts, Director of Special Projects, at 925-682-8000 x6203 or robertss@mdusd.org.

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Innovative Partnership is Transforming Special Education Teacher Pipeline

 MDUSD Special Education assistants earn teaching degrees through specialized program at St. Mary’s College

 

(CONCORD – September 22, 2016) – Critical shortages of fully-credentialed Special Education teachers are a well-documented national problem, with data showing that the number of Special Education credentials issued in California decreasing 21% from 2011 to 2013. As the demand for Special Education professionals increases, the consequence of this teacher shortage creates challenges for school districts across the country.

 

To respond to the need for qualified Special Education teachers, St. Mary’s College of California (SMC) Kalmanovitz School of Education has created an innovative, reciprocal partnership with the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD).  Under the program, MDUSD employees currently serving as Special Education assistants in the classrooms or serving individual students as one-to-one assistants, are enrolled in a two-year program with extensive and intensive coaching and classroom support that helps them earn an intern credential  for Mild/Moderate Special Education that deems them to be highly qualified Special Education teachers. 

 

“We are incredibly proud of this opportunity for staff who, on a daily basis, work with, care for, and have a profound and personal impact on the lives of students with physical, learning, or other disabilities,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for MDUSD.  “This partnership will help us develop a tailored pipeline for teacher candidates who match our needs and have already shown a deep commitment to working in the best interest of our students.”

 

The program was co-designed by Drs. David Kraft and Peter Alter, co-directors of the Education Specialist program at SMC; Dr. Wendi Aghily, MDUSD Director of Special Education; and Leyla Benson, MDUSD Director of Personnel.

 

“This partnership will allow us to strengthen the preparation education specialists receive so they can enter the classroom with confidence that they can fully address both academic areas, and other domains, such as communication and social/behavioral issues,” said Dr. Alter.

 

The initiative includes three components that set it apart from traditional teacher preparation programs.

  • All classes are being held at MDUSD facilities to decrease travel time and increase convenience for the candidates.
  • By pooling resources, MDUSD and SMC are able to provide an increased amount of ‘in the classroom’ support and coaching.  In the first year of the program, a group of district-funded coaches provide ongoing feedback, demonstration lessons, classroom resources, and support with classroom management. In the second year, candidates are moved to an intern credential that deems them to be highly qualified Special Education teachers. During this intern phase, MDUSD and SMC have developed a formal plan of support provided by support personnel by both the District and the college. It is estimated that each candidate will be provided over 100 hours of support over the academic year.
  • The program of study has been modified so that courses typically taught in multiple semesters have been condensed to allow multiple courses to be taught within each semester.  Additionally, the program has been extended from 18 months to two years.  Collectively, the modifications allow teacher candidates to attend classes for two evenings each week, allowing for a home/work/school balance.

 

In the inaugural year of the program, 12 individuals began the course of study.  By this time next year, all candidates will be eligible to become the teacher of record in their classroom.  In two years, they will have completed their coursework and will be able to fill the need for education specialists within the District, and begin a new journey on their career path.

 

“We see some tremendous talent among our Special Education assistants, and with a program such as this which provides reduced tuition and loan forgiveness, it’s an opportunity we hope they can’t turn down,” said MDUSD’s Leyla Benson.

 

“The role of a Special Education teacher isn’t easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding – for both the teacher and the student,” said Dr. Wendi Aghily.  “There is no shortage of phenomenal moments.  When you help a student achieve something beyond what he or she thought possible, it’s as meaningful personally as it is professionally.  We dream big on behalf of all students. And we want our Special Education assistants to dream big too and become a teacher.  There is no greater calling, and we will help them get there.”

 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Wendi Aghily at aghilyw@mdusd  or 925-682-8000 x 4047.

 

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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CHS Music Program Supports MDUSD Homeless and Foster Youth
 
The Concord High School Instrumental Music Boosters (CHSIMB) presented a check for $3,500 to Mt. Diablo Homeless Outreach Program for Education (MDUSD HOPE) at the Board of Education meeting, Monday, September 12.
 
The CHS music program raised the money as part of its annual fundraising dinner dance. CHSIMB, a non-profit organization that supports the school’s award-winning instrumental music program has partnered with HOPE to help the approximately 500 students and their families in its school district that are homeless or in foster care.
 
This special partnership is a way for CHS students to use music to benefit others while performing at the annual event. “One critical aspect in the growth and development of our students is in citizenship; both communal and global,” says Gary Coartney, CHS Instrumental Music Director. “There is a world outside of school, and people that desperately need our help -- people less fortunate or who are going through difficult times that need support, compassion, and understanding. Our students learn the value of community involvement, civic responsibility, and the positive impact that they can make on someone's life. The satisfaction they get through their participation in helping others is equaled with the joy that comes from doing it through music performance,” Coartney says.
 
CHSIMB president Erica Miller, agrees. “It gives our kids an opportunity to learn in life that it's not all about receiving, but that through the arts they are provided a means to perform, entertain, and draw a crowd that can be used as a force for good. We hope that they will carry that spirit of caring and giving back to the community with them as they go on in life. We are one of the few groups on campus that has the opportunity and privilege to share our proceeds to help those in our community and we’re proud to do it.”
 
You can see the CHS Marching Band and Auxiliary perform at the Walnut Festival Parade of Lights this Saturday, 9/17, along Main Street starting at 6pm.
 
The next CHS Instrumental Music dinner dance and fundraiser for HOPE is slated for February 25, 2017. If you’re interested in attending or making a monetary, product, or service donation, please contact concordhighbands@gmail.com.
 
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CHSIMB Co-president Erica Miller, CHS student leader Natalie Miller, CHS Dinner Dance coordinator Denise Lambert, Music Director Gary Coartney, CHSIMB Treasurer Theresa Dowd, CHSIMB Co-president Eric Miller, MDUSD School Linked Services Administrator James Wogan.
 
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Mt. Diablo Unified Leading the Way in Arts in Education

as Key to Student Success

National Arts Education Week observed September 11-17, 2016;

New Visual and Performing Arts Steering Committee and Student Leaders Within the Performing Arts begin meetings

 

(CONCORD, CA – September 6, 2016) – The Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) new Visual and Performing Arts Steering Committee is beginning a series of meetings to engage the MDUSD community in planning a framework for sustained growth of visual and performing arts in district schools as part of the District’s core belief that all students in MDUSD deserve a high quality and robust arts education.

 

The committee was formed in spring 2016 as a leadership and advocacy group composed of District teachers and central office staff focusing on equitable access to high-quality visual and performing arts programs from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Grade 12.  The committee also includes a student leadership component – Student Leaders Within the Performing Arts.  Students will meet throughout the year for special sessions on a variety of arts-related topics. Their first meeting, September 7, featured a motivational speaker talking about student leadership and break outs for students in band, orchestra and vocal music. 

 

"A strong arts education promotes the skills our students need to be successful in school and in life,” said Meyer.  “We know from our experiences and from years of research that experiences in the arts have direct connections to positive student outcomes. Arts education levels the playing field among students, regardless of income, race or ethnicity, and other demographics.”

 

Decades of research compiled by the Arts Education Partnership (AEP), a national network of organizations dedicated to advancing the arts in education, show time and again that students highly involved in the arts outperform students with little or no arts involvement, particularly in school settings.  They receive better grades, have more positive attitudes about school, and are less likely to drop out of school.  An AEP study also noted that, more importantly, the differences are most significant for economically disadvantaged students.

 

This year’s National Arts in Education Week will be observed September 11 – 17, as part of House Resolution #275 designating the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week. The resolution expresses congressional support for arts education, stipulating that “arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.”

 

“Arts education is a priority of the MDUSD as a key tool for developing capacity for creativity, problem solving, collaboration and communication, and leadership,” added Meyer. “More and more, these qualities are essential to being successful in the 21st century workforce.”

 

California leads the United States in the creative economy with the largest number of creative jobs. Additionally, California has two of the top five regions leading the creative economy; the Los Angeles region and the San Francisco Bay Area. MDUSD visual arts teachers have demonstrated success at preparing students to participate in this flourishing creative economy.  Some MDUSD arts alumni are working in California’s creative economy in major companies such as like Laika, FitBit, Playstation, the DeYoung Museum, and Yelp.

 

"From photography to ceramics, and culinary arts to designing layouts for the yearbook, the courses I took in high school enabled me to think creatively and critically, and were crucial to my decision to study art history and design in college,” said Ryan Printer, an administrator with the Department of Strategic Projects at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an MDUSD alumnus. “The arts education I received in the Mount Diablo Unified School District inspired me to pursue the career I have today,”

 

Key to MDUSD’s success is the expertise of the MDUSD visual arts teachers. “Our MDUSD visual arts team includes teachers with multiple degrees in Art and education, several National Board Certified teachers, and many teachers who are also practicing professional artists,” said Meyer.

 

MDUSD has four approved AP courses of study in the visual arts (AP 2-D, AP Drawing, AP 3-D, and AP Art History) offering students college-level coursework in high school. MDUSD offers numerous CTE courses in arts, media, and entertainment providing students with opportunities to be college and career ready.

 

MDUSD’s art students were selected by the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek to exhibit work from around the district in the Walnut Creek library during April 2017. This exhibition will represent the first district-wide art show in over 10 years.  Meadow Homes Elementary has also been chosen as a Turnaround Arts School and recognized by the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities.

 

In April 2016, the US Department of Education issued a letter to State Educational agencies and school districts discussing how to maximize Federal funds to support and enhance humanities-based educational strategies under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.)  MDUSD has recently added a specific goal in the 2016 LCAP that targets visual and performing arts (Goal 1.21.)

 

Additional Resources:

Courses of Study – Performing Arts

Courses of Study – Visual Arts

California’s creative economy: http://www.otis.edu/sites/default/files/2015-CA-Region-Creative-Economy-Report-WEB-FINAL.pdf

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Mt. Diablo Unified cohosts Welcoming Schools and Communities Summit

Popular conference returns to provide LGBTQ youth and families with resources and support

 

WHAT:  Welcoming Schools and Communities Summit / Rainbow High

 

WHEN:  Saturday, September 10, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Olympic High School, 2730 Salvio St., Concord, CA  (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  Too many youth are still being bullied, teased, and rejected based on gender and sexual orientation. The annual Welcoming Schools and Communities Summit is open to youth age 11 and up, service providers, community members, faith leaders, policy makers, school administrators, teachers and families/caregivers of LGBTQ youth.  An extensive list of workshops will be provided, including “How Do I Ally?:  Allyship 101” designed to help participants become an ally for a range of identities and put allyship into action; and “Fostering a Spirit of Love: Faith and Allyship,” intended to explore what it means to be a congregation or place of faith that stands up against prejudice, discrimination and hatred.

 

The Welcoming Schools and Communities Summit is co-hosted by Inclusive Schools Coalition of Central and East Contra Costa County, the Rainbow Community Center, and MDUSD.  The event is free of charge; a suggested donation of $10 will cover costs of lunch and refreshments.  Attendees are asked to register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcoming-schools-and-communities-summit-rainbow-high-tickets-25935030374.

 

For additional information or to make a donation for the event, please contact Tawny Porter, Rainbow Community Center, at tawny@rainbowcc.org or James Wogan, Administrator, School Linked Services, Mt. Diablo Unified, at (925) 682-8000, ext. 3054, or woganj@mdusd.org.

 

SCHEDULE

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Registration and Resource Fair

10:30 – 10:55 a.m.

Welcome & Keynote Speaker (Andrea Fazel)

11:00 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Workshops

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch and Resource Fair

1:15 – 1:55 p.m.

Youth Panel and Q&A Session

2:00 – 3:25 p.m.

Workshops

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Opportunity Drawing & Closing Performance

 

 

SPECIAL SPEAKERS

Andrea Fazel is an award-winning Law and Government teacher based in Sacramento. In 2015, her essay "Saving My Voice", about her journey out of the closet as a teacher, was published in the book "One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium." Andrea received her law degree from the UC Davis Law School and has served as the Program Director for Ally Action.

 

San Francisco native Alpha Mulugeta, better known by his stage name of Honey Mahogany, is a drag performer, entertainer, singer, and television personality. He first came to national attention on the fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, and recently released a debut EP, “Honey Love.”

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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/.

 

The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County envisions a society that embraces acceptance, safety and equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center works to create services and activities that will promote the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of our community by providing professional services, peer support, referral services, social opportunities and educational programs of interest to the LGBTQ community as well as to the community at large.  Learn more at http://rainbowcc.org/

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Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District make gains on second year CAASPP testing

English language arts up across all grade levels;

 percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards up districtwide

 

(CONCORD, CA – August 24, 2016) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students made overall gains on state assessments, consistent with or 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 second 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.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the results, and applaud our students for working hard to build skills in critical thinking, analytical writing and real-world problem solving as measured in these assessments,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “These results are a testament to the very hard work of our schools and our teachers, the expanded integration of technology into our classrooms as an important tool for teaching and learning, and the aggressive focus of our instructional team and coaches on supporting teachers and enhancing instruction in each and every classroom to help all students meet these new, more rigorous standards.”

 

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

 

Meyer credited the inclusion of new online adaptive diagnostic tools which have helped pinpoint student needs across the district for helping improve student outcomes.   “We’ve been much more successful in identifying achievement gaps at all grade levels and with all subgroups, and this has allowed us to zero in on areas of need and enable our teachers to further personalize instruction for students who are starting to struggle,” she added. 

 

The goal of the state’s assessment system is to improve and ensure high-quality teaching and learning, but Meyer cautioned families should not determine their child’s success by 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 baseline scores, which represent an opportunity to focus on the needs of 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, 49% of MDUSD students met or exceeded standards, compared to 49% at the state level, up from the previous year.
    • In mathematics, 39% of MDUSD students met or exceeded standards, compared to 37% at the state level, also up from the previous 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

  • The state provides a wide range of tools to help parents, teachers, and schools understand and use the CAASPP results.
  • Videos, FAQs, letter templates, and more in the CAASPP Communications Toolkit: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/communicationskit.asp in English and Spanish. These include several helpful videos  
    • What are Smarter Balanced Assessments? (English) (Video; 3:32)
    • What are Smarter Balanced Assessments? (Spanish) (Video; 4:00)
    • Smarter Balanced: A Complete Assessment System (English) (Video; 1:39)
    • Smarter Balanced: A Complete Assessment System (Spanish) (Video; 1:40)
    • 2015–16: Understanding Your Child’s Score Report (English) (Video; 5:14)
      Explains the new CAASPP Student Score Report

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Mt. Diablo Unified School District is pleased to publish the first issue of MDUSD Connections newsletter.  You may read it here.

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Mt. Diablo Unified Board praises performance/extends contract for Superintendent Nellie Meyer

Meyer deemed “spectacular addition” to the District; credited for building turnaround team

 

(CONCORD, CA – August 11, 2016) – The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Board of Education has completed Superintendent Nellie Meyer’s annual evaluation, noting that Dr. Meyer exceeded expectations, and extending her contract for a third time.


The evaluation was approved at the August 8 board meeting, where Board President Cheryl Hansen described how “extremely pleased” the Board is with the superintendent’s performance.

“Dr. Meyer has been a spectacular addition to the District, and she continues to serve us well and with positive leadership,” said Hansen. “We appreciate all of the work she has done in terms of collaboration, of bringing the community together with the District, building relationships, focusing on student achievement, and supporting the school sites.”

 

Based on the evaluation, Dr. Meyer’s contract, originally effective from August 2013 through June 30, 2016, was extended for the third time and is now amended to extend through June 30, 2020.

 

“The extended contract is recognition of the work that has been done,” said Brian Lawrence, MDUSD Board Member.  “She squarely started the turnaround of Mt. Diablo, and has put together an amazing team of administrators.”

 

“We are very hopeful for the future,” he added.

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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MDUSD’s summer Graduation Ceremony was held August 10 at the Loma Vista Adult Center. It was a wonderful event, celebrating the hard work of approximately 30 students in completing graduation requirements to be an official member of the Class of 2016. The ceremony recognized students from Northgate, Olympic, College Park, Concord and Ygnacio Valley high schools, along with the Horizons Center for Independent Study and Mt. Diablo Adult Education. Chris Holleran, Assistant Superintendent for High Schools, welcomed and presented the Class of 2016.  Board President Cheryl Hansen officially accepted the Class on behalf of the Board of Education.  Mrs. Hansen then joined Superintendent Nellie Meyer in the awarding of the diplomas.  Many, many family members and friends were on hand to celebrate this important event.  Congratulations to all of our summer graduates – your hard work paid off! 

 

Summer Graduation Slideshow

Summer Graduation Program 2016

 

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MDUSD Team Asks Legislative Leaders to Help “Change the Food, Change the Future”

 

MDUSD’s school district nutrition supervisor, Anna Fisher, and Mt. Diablo High School (MDHS) food science and nutrition instruction, Cindy Gershen, and a team of MDHS students, joined up with Concord’s mayor, Laura Hoffmeier, and representatives of the city’s Wellness City Challenge to travel to Washington, D.C. some months ago to meet with legislative leaders and representatives from the Department of Agriculture to impress upon them the potential for legislation to help school districts to “Change the Food, Change the Future.” The slogan was the theme of an Iron Chef-style cook-off among mayors from cities throughout Contra Costa County. Chefs from restaurants in the community participated, along with “assistant” chefs from the MDHS School nutrition and hospitality programs. Hoffmeier this week wrote a guest column for the East Bay Times to make the point that strong science-based nutrition is essential and must be a central element of the educational model for all schools and grade levels. One of the ways we do this is to prepare and serve healthy food to students that improve their nutritional well-being and academic performance.

 

 

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MDHS students, Vice Mayor Hoffmeister, and MDUSD staff at the USDA in DC

 

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MDHS Students presenting to staff at the USDA in DC.

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified hosts 2nd Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference

Popular conference returns to provide families with resources, tools and information for student success

 

WHAT:  2nd Annual Mt. Diablo Unified School District Back-to-School Parent Conference

 

WHEN:  Saturday, August 20, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Loma Vista Adult Education Center, 1266 San Carlos Drive, Concord, CA (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  Back by popular demand, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) is proud to host its 2nd Annual Back-to-School Parent Conference. The conference is designed to provide parents information, resources, and tools to help support and guide children to a successful school year.

 

The event is free for all MDUSD families; day-of onsite registration is required.  Childcare and activities will be provided for all children 3-10 years old. Barbecue lunch and school supplies will be provided free to registered participants while supplies last. 

 

“We know from our personal experiences and extensive research that when our schools, families, and community partners come together to support our students, students just simply do better in school,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent at MDUSD.  “They like school more, have better attendance and better social skills, and are much more likely to stay in school and graduate.”

 

 “Our parents are our most valuable and trusted partner in education,” added Meyer.  “We hope to see as many families as possible and are already planning for another parent conference in March.”

 

Workshops for the August conference will be offered on the following topics:

 

Common Core 101 – English and Math

This interactive session will provide an introduction to the California Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Math TK-High School.  Come learn how these new standards are changing instruction in California classrooms and learn specific strategies that parents/guardians can use to support their students’ success.

 

Navigating Special Education

In this workshop, parents of children receiving Special Education services will learn about the Special Education process in depth. You will receive information son what is an Individualized Education Program, your rights as a parent and who to go to or what to do when you need help.

 

Navigating Student Services

Parent and guardian engagement is essential to student success.  This interactive workshop will convey the full range of support services provided by MDUSD Student Services Department. 

 

Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS)

PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. Come learn about PBIS activities and systems in place at MDUSD and understand what is monitored and measured.

 

Social Media

MDUSD offers many social media options to learn about what is going on in our district, at our school sites, and in classrooms.  Learn how to stay informed and connected through our social media forums.  The second part of the seminar is on students’ use of social media and how parents can monitor and support cyber safety with their children.

 

Internet 101 – MDUSD Webpage and Homelink

In this workshop, parents will learn about Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Homelink computer application, including instructions for creating a parent account which will put your child’s grades, attendance and more at your fingertips.  An overview of the District’s website will be provided, along with information about helpful educational online resources and tutoring websites.

 

Each of these workshops will be offered twice during the conference. The schedule for the day is below:

 

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                            Registration

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                            Welcome/Superintendent Meyer

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.                            Passing Time

9:40 – 10:30 a.m.                          Session I

10:30 – 10:40 a.m.                        Passing Time

10:40 – 11:30 a.m.                        Session II

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                Refreshments/School Supplies

 

For additional information, please contact Irma Toman, Mt. Diablo Adult Education, Parent Education Department, at (925) 685-7340 or omani@mdusd.org. To make a donation of school supplies for the event, please contact Isabel Lara, MDUSD Community Liaison, at lanai@mdusd.org .

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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New administrators join leadership team at Mt. Diablo Unified

 

(CONCORD, CA – August 9, 2016) - There will be some new faces welcoming students and families to the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) for the 2016-17 school year.  

 

“We are very pleased to have some exceptional new instructional leaders join the Mt. Diablo family as new principals and vice principals,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “The new year also means some exciting opportunities for current District educators who’ve demonstrated strong leadership, commitment and innovation, and are being promoted to new positions or have been asked to lead new programs.”

 

The following individuals have been appointed as new principals and vice principals for the next school year or have new school assignments as current administrators:

 

  • Bel Air Elementary, Vice Principal – Jennifer Sagendorf
  • Cambridge Elementary, Vice Principal – Poppy Sheldon
  • College Park High School, Principal – Joseph Alvarez
  • College Park High School, Vice Principal – David Miles
  • Concord High School, Vice Principal – Ronald Little
  • Delta View/Mt. Diablo Elementary, Vice Principal – Joseph Bruno
  • El Dorado Middle School, Vice Principal – Megan Gemma
  • Hidden Valley/Shore Acres Elementary, Vice Principal – Elizabeth Lanfranki Law
  • Mt. Diablo Elementary, Principal – Dawn Edwards
  • Mt. Diablo High School, Vice Principal – Katherine Bloomer
  • Olympic/Alliance High School, Vice Principal – Megan Murphy
  • Wren Avenue/Pleasant Hill Elementary, Vice Principal – Christopher Olsen

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Some of the new administrators and other employees introduced at the August 8 Board meeting include (L-R) Megan Gemma, Vice Principal, El Dorado Middle School; Sheila Stosick, Occupational Therapist, Special Education; Christopher Olsen, Vice Principal, Wren Avenue and Pleasant Hill elementary schools; Jennifer Sagendorf, Vice Principal, Bel Air Elementary; Joseph Alvarez (rear), Principal, College Park High School; Joseph Bruno, Vice Principal, Delta View and Mt. Diablo elementary schools; Elizabeth Lanfranki Law, Vice Principal, Hidden Valley and Shore Acres elementary schools; David Miles, Vice Principal, College Park High School; Ronald Little, Vice Principal, Concord High School; and Dawn Edwards, Principal, Mt. Diablo Elementary.

 

 

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Bel Air Elementary – Jennifer Sagendorf, Vice Principal

Ms. Sagendorf has a nearly 20-year career in education, first starting as a classroom teacher in Central Church Schools, Virginia, and most recently as an elementary classroom teacher in the neighboring Pittsburg Unified School District.  She has also served as a classroom teacher and Instructional Technology resource coach in Suffolk, Virginia, an elementary classroom teacher in the Mountain View Unified School District, and an Academic Support Coach in the Fairfield/Suisun Unified School District.  Ms. Sagendorf was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Administration.  

 

Cambridge Elementary – Poppy Sheldon, Vice Principal

Ms. Sheldon has devoted her nearly 18-year career in the San Francisco and East Bay areas, having served as a classroom teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District since 1999.  Ms. Sheldon also serves as an Assistant Site Administrator at the University of California, Berkeley, and as an Extended Learning Principal Intern for the West Contra USD.

 

College Park High School – Joseph Alvarez, Principal

Mr. Alvarez has been an educator since 2007, beginning as a part-time counselor at Los Medanos College, and most recently as Director of Student Services for the Napa Valley Unified School District. Mr. Alvarez has also served as a counselor and teacher at Pittsburg High School, a Vice Principal at Ygnacio Valley High School, and a Principal at Black Diamond High School in Pittsburg. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from UC Davis and a Master of Science in Counseling from San Francisco State University. 

 

College Park High School – David Miles, Vice Principal

Mr. Miles has served as a teacher and Vice Principal in the MDUSD since 2011, first as an AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) Coordinator for summer school, and most recently as the Vice Principal at Oak Grove Middle School.  Mr. Miles earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University; a Master in Education from the University of California at Berkeley is to be awarded this month. 

 

Concord High School – Ronald Little, Vice Principal

Mr. Little has experience both at middle and high schools, first serving as a Geometry teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District, and, more recently, as an Advanced/Basic Math and Project Lead the Way Design & Modeling Teacher at Riverview Middle School.  Mr. Little earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from California State University Sacramento; a Master of Arts in Education from the University of California at Berkeley is to be awarded this month.

 

Delta View/Mt. Diablo Elementary – Joseph Bruno, Vice Principal

Mr. Bruno comes to MDUSD from the Pittsburg Unified School District where he has served as a 4th grade teacher since 2007 and as a Teacher in Charge/Administrative Leadership Work since 2013. 

 

El Dorado Middle School – Megan Gemma, Vice Principal

Ms. Gemma’s educational career has been devoted to the MDUSD.  She currently is a 1st and 3rd grade teacher at Cambridge Elementary.  Ms. Gemma earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts in Education, both from St. Mary’s College. 

 

Hidden Valley/Shore Acres – Elizabeth Lanfranki Law, Vice Principal

Ms. Law has been teaching since 2011, and has received numerous honors in her brief career, including recognition as a 2014-15 Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year.  She currently is a junior high school teacher in the Pittsburg Unified School District; previously she served as a middle school teacher in the Woodlake School District.  Ms. Law was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from California State University at Chico, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley. 

 

Mt. Diablo Elementary School – Dawn Edwards, Principal

Ms. Edwards has nearly 18 years of experience as a teacher and vice principal and assistant principal.  She first began teaching in 1999 as an Elementary Teacher in the Antioch Unified School District, then in the Lammersville School District.  In 2013, she began serving as a Vice Principal in Lammersville.  Most recently, she served as an Assistant Principal in the Oakley Unified School District.  Ms. Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science at California State University in Sacramento, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College. 

 

Mt. Diablo High School – Katherine Bloomer, Vice Principal

Ms. Bloomer has been teaching since 1992, when she served as the Director of Studies for the Inlingua School of Languages in Padua, Italy.  More recently, she has served as a French and Social Science teacher at the West Contra Costa Unified School District.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts as a dual major in Political Science and French from the University of Oregon, and her Master of Arts in French from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

 

Olympic/Alliance High School – Megan Murphy, Vice Principal

Ms. Murphy started her education career as a teacher in the Alliance program in 2008. She has also served as a Resource Specialist in the Livermore Valley Charter School, and an Education Specialist for Alhambra High School in the Martinez Unified School District.  Most recently, she served as a Program Specialist for the KIPP Bay Area Schools organization. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master in Philosophy in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. 

 

Wren Avenue/Pleasant Hill Elementary – Christopher Olsen, Vice Principal

Mr. Olsen has served as an educator for over 22 years, first serving as a Social Studies/Language Arts Core Teacher at Golden State Middle School in Sacramento, and most recently as an elementary teacher at Westmore Oaks in Sacramento.  He has also served as a Social Studies instructor at the high school level.  Mr. Olsen earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Davis. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in School Leadership at National University; the degree is expected to be conferred in April of next year.

 

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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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Backpacks, school supplies, and back-to-school haircuts for homeless students

Community groups team together to help students begin 2016-17 school year feeling confident

 

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WHEN

WHERE

Backpack Distribution for Homeless Youth (for pre-registered youth)

The Monument Crisis Center (http://monumentcrisiscenter.org/), in partnership with MDUSD, is hosting its annual backpack and school supply distribution. Breakfast will be provided, and activities include face painting and music.  Additional partners include John Muir Health, Medi-Cal, the Concord Police Department, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Concord’s Counseling Options and Parent Education (COPE) program.

 

*Donations for school supplies and backpacks are collected year-round by MDUSD’s School Linked Services. Contact James Wogan at woganj@mdusd.org to learn more.

Saturday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.

Monument Crisis Center

1990 Market Street

Concord, CA 94520

(925) 825-7751

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Media should enter special event parking lot from the light at Market Street and Fry Way.

Free Haircuts for Homeless and Foster Children/Youth

CK Hair and Nails of Concord, in partnership with MDUSD, is offering free haircuts for foster and homeless children and youth, TK – 12th grade.  To receive a free haircut, students or parents should text or email James Wogan, Administrator for MDUSD School Linked Services, at (925) 250-550 or email woganj@mdusd.org and hope@mdusd.org.

 

* Donors interested in contributing the cost of a haircut may contact James Wogan to arrange for a contribution

Now through August 31, subject to salon schedule and availability.

CK Hair and Nails

1895 Farm Bureau Rd.

Concord, CA

(925) 685-9718

(Please see note about obtaining haircut voucher in advance.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:  More than 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2013-14 school year, according to a new report released by America's Promise Alliance. That represents a 7% increase from the previous year and more than double the number of homeless students estimated in 2006-2007.

 

In the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD), there were 502 homeless students in the 2015-2016 school year; a 20% increase from the previous year. Homeless students represent 1.67% of the total student population, and require a significant amount of support in order to thrive in an educational setting.  Research shows that these students experience significant academic, social, and socio-emotional challenges, and that being homeless is associated with lower school achievement and increased risk of dropping out of school. In addition, students who experience high mobility and attend many different schools over the course of their education often slip academically with each move. 

 

MDUSD’s Homeless Outreach Program for Education (HOPE) is helping homeless youth to be ready for first day of school year with school supplies, free haircuts, clothing, food, transportation, enrollment assistance for youth with special needs, access to health care, nurses, mental health services, resources, school social work support, kindness and compassion.  HOPE serves youth and families in Bay Point, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Clayton, Clyde, and parts of Martinez in Central Contra Costa County, and the East Bay, and is among an extensive network of student support programs offered by MDUSD’s Student Services Department.

 

“What may seem like basic back-to-school activities for most families can feel like an out-of-reach dream for our homeless and foster youth,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for MDUSD.  “Food, shelter, and clothing are necessities for educational success for these students. We are very grateful to our community members, and local social service and family welfare agencies, as well as local businesses for helping all students start the new year with a fully-stocked backpack, feeling confident and looking sharp.”

 

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Foothill Middle School student Bryce Hayashi, an incredibly talented young musician, teamed with his mentor, Ygnacio Valley High School alum Michael Miller, to perform Miller's arrangement of the theme from "Star Wars," composed by esteemed film composer John Williams, on the sidewalk of Williams' home in Los Angeles. What was Williams' reaction?  Check out the video in this story from the Mercury News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District Receives California Arts Council

 “Artists in Schools” Grant

State funds support arts education at Meadow Homes Elementary celebrating cultural diversity

 

(CONCORD, CA – July 13, 2016)– The California Arts Council announced that it plans to award a grant to Meadow Homes Elementary in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) as part of its Artists in Schools program.

The Artists in Schools program supports projects that integrate community arts resources—artists and professional art organizations—into comprehensive, standards-based arts learning projects for California's students. This year, the California Arts Council’s Artist in Schools program will allow 144 arts organizations to hire 580 teaching artists that will serve a total of more than 43,000 students in 323 schools across California.

 

The $6715 grant was awarded jointly to Walnut Creek Civic Arts Education, along with MDUSD’s Meadow Homes Elementary and Tice Creek School in the Walnut Creek school district to offer high-quality, after-school arts learning communities for at least 50 students in grades 1-6.  In series of workshops, students will receive standards-based arts instruction in two disciplines, one visual and one performance-based, draw connections between them, and hold a community-based culminating performance/exhibition.

 

“Civic Arts Education is excited about this opportunity to work with local schools whose goals so closely align with ours. Teaching artists from Civic Arts can’t wait to share visual and performing arts like anime and African drumming to help Meadow Homes students explore their creativity,” said Linda Johnson, Civic Arts Education Program Manager. “We’re grateful to the California Arts Council for making it happen!”

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent for MDUSD, praised the Artists in Schools grant as a valuable tool to contribute to student achievement and success in school and beyond.

 

"A strong arts education promotes the skills our students need to be successful, and is essential to promoting self-directed learning, and critical and creative thinking skills.  We believe firmly that what students learn in arts education helps them to master other subjects, including mathematics, language arts, and science," said Meyer.  "We could not be more excited about the opportunities this grant will open up for Meadow Homes’ students and families."

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

"What we've seen is that, through the arts, students have a stronger connection to school, especially for English Learners.  This has, in turn, improved the home-to-school and school-to-home engagement with our families," she added. "We are absolutely elated about the grant and very excited about being able to partner with the California Arts Council on something that will be so meaningful for our families."

The news of Meadow Home’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.  

 

“California Arts Council grants provide vital support for projects in diverse communities across our state,” said Craig Watson, Director of the California Arts Council. “This was an historic year of state arts support. We are proud to invest more than $8.5 million in funding 712 grant projects that will stimulate local growth and prosperity, and meet the needs of our communities through deep engagement with culture and creative expression.”

 

The California Arts Council will continue to grow the reach of its programs in the coming year, as the result of a significant one-time state arts funding increase for 2016-17 announced last week.

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Diablo in the suburban East San Francisco Bay Area, 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/.

 

For over 50 years the City of Walnut Creek's Civic Arts Education program has been the regional center of arts learning -- promoting new visions, supporting exploration, stimulating creative thought and encouraging self-expression.  Last year more than 8,000 adults, youth and children enjoyed beginning through professional level classes and programs at the Shadelands, Civic Park and Heather Farm campuses. Learn more at http://www.walnut-creek.org/department-services/arts-recreation-and-community-services/civic-arts-education/about-us.

 

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.

 

 

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified Kicks Off Inaugural Free Summer Meals Program

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson and USDA’s Jesus Mendoza to attend family-friendly event

 

What: Kick-off BBQ celebrating new free summer meals program for students in the Mount Diablo Unified School District. The federally-funded program will provide free meals to children and teens while school is out as a way to keep kids healthy and engaged with their schools and local community during the summer. By partnering with the Contra Costa Library, MDUSD is encouraging children take advantage of summer reading programs to keep learning going year-round, feeding minds as well as bodies.

 

When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, noon – 3:00 p.m.

 

 

Event Highlights

  • BBQ featuring locally grown food from
  • Speakers will include Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent; Tom Torlakson, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction; and Jesus Mendoza, USDA Food and Nutrition Service Western Regional Administrator
  • Concord City Council members will help serve meals to the families
  • Ballet Folklorico performance by Costa De Oro
  • Book giveaway with the Contra Costa Library
  • Family activities to include taste tests, container gardening and more
  • Community partners for the program include California Summer Meal Coalition, Contra Costa Library, Center for Ecoliteracy, First Five Contra Costa, Tandem Partners in Early Learning, Contra Costa Department of Public Health, WIC, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Contra Costa Childcare Council

 

Where: Sun Terrace Elementary School, 2448 Floyd Lane, Concord, CA 94520 (View map/directions)

 

 

Background

During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 2.4 million children in California relied on free and reduced price meals provided by USDA’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, but the data show only a fraction of eligible students participate in summer meal programs; roughly one in six, or 477,000 participated in USDA summer meal programs, according to a report by Washington DC-based Food Research and Action Center.

 

The Seamless Summer Meals program, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service, helps ensure that students who would typically receive school breakfast and lunch during the school year continue to have access to free and healthy lunches during the summer time, hence ensuring the food program is “seamless’ as it begins shortly after schools let out for summer break. The MDUSD program is offered at 16 school locations for kids and teens 18 and younger, and disabled adults. (See list of schools)

 

MDUSD is one of 58 school districts across the state which participate in California Thursdays, a program committed to serving freshly- prepared meals with California-grown ingredients. Extending the program into summer supports children’s health, local farmers and producers, and the community as a whole.

 

Community Partner Resources

Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano - www.foodbankccs.org CDE’s Summer Meal Program: www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sf/ USDA’s Summer Food Service Program: www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp

Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Food & Nutrition Services: https://mdusd-ca.schoolloop.com/departments/food_serv California Summer Meal Coalition: www.ca-ilg.org/california-summer-meal-coalition

Contra Costa County Library: www.ccclib.org California Thursdays: www.californiathursdays.org

To find locations serving free breakfasts and lunches to kids this summer, text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877.

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Posted by: Joe Estrada
Published: 6/24/16




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For information about Summer School 2016, please visit our Summer School page here

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 6/20/16




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June 22, 2016:  Update on the status of negotiations with our bargaining units:

 

MDEA (Mt. Diablo Education Association):  We have offered 7% over three years, two 1% off schedule payments (2016 and 2017), a salary reopener in year 3, increased health care contributions capped at the Kaiser 2016 rate, and created a salary schedule that allows for reaching the top six years earlier.

 

CSEA (California School Employees Association):  We previously offered 7% over three years and are continuing bargaining conversations.

 

Local 1/CST (Clerical/Secretarial/Technical):  We offered 7% over three years and are continuing bargaining conversations.

 

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June 10, 2016:  In order to keep our stakeholders informed, we are providing an update on the status of negotiations with our bargaining units:

 

MDEA (Mt. Diablo Education Association):  We have offered 7% over three years, increased health care contributions, and created a salary schedule that allows for reaching the top five years earlier.

 

CSEA (California School Employees Association):  We have offered 7% over three years and are in the process of discussing other items.

 

Local 1/CST (Clerical/Secretarial/Technical):  We are in the beginning stages of negotiations.

 

Teamsters (Local 856):  We are in the beginning stages of negotiations.

 

MDSPA (Mt. Diablo School Psychologists Association):  We have not started negotiations.

 

DMA( Diablo Managers Association):  This association has been the recipient of 'Me Too' agreements, pending approval.

 

We look forward to a collaborative process with all units toward a result that will benefit all parties.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 6/10/16




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Ayers Community Meeting Regarding Rocketship Charter School Co-location

June 1, 2016


As per the timeline below, Rocketship Education, Inc., a California non-profit public benefit corporation, petitioned the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) to approve a charter for Rocketship Education Mt. Diablo. At the time of their original request (August 2015), Rocketship proposed operating a school serving approximately 662 students in grades TK-5.  MDUSD denied the charter application. Rocketship then appealed to the County Board of Education, which also denied the charter.  Rocketship appealed to the State Board of Education. It changed its charter to state an anticipated enrollment of approximately 150, and its charter was approved by the State in March 2016. 

 

By November 1, 2015, Rocketship made a written request for facilities for the 2016-17 school year and projected approximately 330 in-District students under the provisions of Proposition 39, which requires school districts to provide reasonably equivalent facilities to charter schools who project or enroll at least 80 in-District ADA.  The District issued a timely counter-projection of 249.62 ADA by December 1, 2016. Rocketship did not object to the counter-projection.

 

After a review of site options consistent with Proposition 39 obligations, the District offered facilities to co-locate the approximately 250 in-District students at both Ayers and Silverbrook schools.  Rocketship had the right to accept both sites, but advised the District that it wished to only co-locate on the Ayers site with a projected enrollment of less than 150. Negotiations for a Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) between the parties were concurrent with the District’s efforts to ensure it met the Proposition 39 obligations to Rocketship.   

 

Timeline
·        August 15, 2015 – MDUSD denies Rocketship Charter 5-0.
·        October 21, 2015 – Contra Costa County Board of Education denies Rocketship Charter.

·        February 9, 2016 – MDUSD representatives attend meeting at State Board of Education to oppose Rocketship Charter.
·        March 10, 2016 – Rocketship Charter approved by State Board of Education despite continued opposition from MDUSD representatives.
·        June 13, 2016 – Facilities Use Agreement (FUA) approved.

 

Proposition 39 Timeline
·        November 1: Charter school's in-District ADA enrollment projection (approximately 330) and request for facilities due. 
·        December 1: District's objections to charter school's ADA projections due (counter-projection of approximately 250 in-District). 

·        January 2: Charter school's response to District's counter-projections due (agreed to 250 in-District). 
·        February 1: District's preliminary facilities offer due. 

·        March 1: Charter school's response to preliminary offer due. 
·        April 1: District's final offer due
·        May 1:  Intent to occupy due.

·        June-July:  Facilities construction

 

 

Information about Proposition 39 and Charter Schools - http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/as/proposition39.asp

 

 

Meeting Resources

 

Audio File (mp3)

 

Questions & Responses

 

Ayers Presentation (Powerpoint)

 

Facilities Use Agreement

 

Facility Use Agreement Exhibits

 

 

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Posted by: Joe Estrada
Published: 6/7/16