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MLK ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS
Thanks to all the students who submitted essays for the MLK Essay Contest. It was very difficult to choose between so many amazing pieces.
The winners are:
Pictured Left to Right: Alejandro Palacios, Heather Andrews, Maya McLean, Jessica Aung, Dream Lopez, Sophia Menesini
Winner: Heather Andrews, 10th Grade, Alhambra High School
Honorable Mention: Sophia Menesini, 11th Grade, Briones School
Winner: Jessica Aung, 8th Grade, Martinez Junior High
Honorable Mention: Maya McLean, 8th Grade, Martinez Junior High
Winner: Dream Lopez, 5th Grade, Morello Park Elementary
Honorable Mention: Alejandro Palacios, 3rd Grade, Morello Park Elementary
Winners will be honored at the March 10, 2014 School Board Meeting.
Thanks to Corinne Christiansen, Tiffany Ciccone, and Stephie Dellar for judging the contest!
MUSD ROP Students Recognized
At the March 10th meeting the Board of Education proudly recognized Martinez Unified student's who had been awarded honors at the SkillsUSA competition.
Pictured Left to Right: Megan Lau, Jay Heeb, William Anderson, John Hise, Ryan Demello, Ian de Vries, Jordan Morofsky, Brian Wheeler, Nick Rezentes, Evan Rubio, Jeffery Smith
Classified Employee of the Year
Congratulations to Michelle West, district technology specialist and Classified Employee of the Year!
Pictured Left to Right: Max Eissler, Michelle West, Rami Muth
Message from the Superintendent
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
On August 27th, nearly 4100 students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade will walk through the doors of our 7 schools and will be greeted by staff and administrators who have eagerly prepared for their return. The start of a new school year always brings a promise of new hope, new challenges and new learning. Educators, parents and students alike are given an opportunity to begin anew with renewed energy and enthusiasm for our common purpose: sparking, nurturing, and sustaining a love of learning in us all.
Pardon our dust! Each of our schools has undergone some major renovations this summer. Some of the changes are not visible to the eye but will have a profound impact on the efficient operations of our schools and will result in significant cost savings to the district.
We welcome our newest shining stars to MUSD. Kate Besocke joins us as the new Principal of Morello Park Elementary School and Michael DeFrancesco and Damian Scott will be Assistant Principals at Alhambra High School. David Robertson, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services is also beginning his first full year in this new role. Additionally, we welcome several people to new positions within the district. Tom Doppe is now the Principal at Alhambra High School, Jonathan Eagan is taking the helm as the new Principal at Martinez Junior High and Helen Rossi is beginning her new role as the Director of Student Services and Secondary Support.
Martinez has a rich tradition of academic excellence and will continue that path as we transition our educational program to the Common Core State Standards. This important shift will have a profound impact on teaching and learning and will help prepare our students for a positive and productive life in society.
This summer we achieved new heights in energy conservation as a District. Our conscientious efforts in shutting down our work areas and classrooms this summer, coupled with our HVAC upgrades, helped our new solar arrays "spin-back" our energy meters at blazing speeds....which gained large credits on our PG&E bills! John Swett, which had summer school at their site, spun-back a modest $4,780. John Muir and Morello Park, both of which got HVAC upgrades, spun back $6,495 and $7,316 respectively. Martinez Junior High had a good June return at $5,764, but then in July spun back an amazing $10,855 for a total of $16,619! By far, the biggest spin-back was Alhambra High School with $17,101 for June and $24,753 in July for a whopping total of $41,854. This amazing summer, with over $80,000 of spin-back, was only possible with the joint effort of everyone at MUSD. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going throughout the school year to make this our best energy saving year to-date!
75 teachers and administrators took part in a dynamic professional development Boot Camp this summer that incorporated the content of Common Core Standards with the instructional strategies of blended learning. You will see an infusion of technology in our schools as a result of this work. One teacher said, “In all I find this time and these resources helpful as we face the daunting task of transforming our educational offerings in light of Common Core and technology. And, while it’s scary and unnerving to be at this crossroads, it’s exciting, and a marvelous opportunity for adventure. I’m very glad to be part of this MUSD family, and to be traveling this journey with our particular group of students. Great things to come!”
This year you will see a key focus on helping all of our students learn to be responsible digital citizens. These are critically important skills in a time when technology is evolving at an incredibly rapid rate. We will be explicitly teaching online safety and netiquette, fair use and the implications of plagiarism, cyber citizenship and digital literacy.
We will continue our focus on the emotional and physical safety of our students and staff. We will be implementing district-wide photo identification badges for all district employees. Additionally, we have hired a behavior counselor at the elementary level who will provide support for our at-risk general education students and will work collaboratively with classroom teachers. The two new educational mental health counselors will be supporting students in our counseling enriched classrooms. The emotional and physical well-being of our students remains one of our top priorities.
Thank you for your continued partnership in providing the best learning environment and experiences for the students of Martinez Unified School District. I look forward to working with you as we embark on what promises to be a very positive and productive school year for 2013-14.
Rami Muth, Superintendent
Las Juntas Back to School BBQ and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Las Juntas held its annual Back to School BBQ on Friday, September 27th.
News and Events
Martinez Unified proudly congratulates New Leaf Academy alumna Cheyanna Washburn for her Bay Nature Local Hero Award!
New: Local Control Accountability Plan Website
Your one stop resource for all Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) information is now available at http://martinez-ca.schoolloop.com/LCAP
NOTICE OF AUCTION of Surplus Assets
Common Core for Parents Website
Please check out our Common Core Resources for Parents website with all the information parents need to know about the Common Core State Standards!
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