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Posted by: David Pullin
Published: 6/20/13

Teacher of the Year Wheeler Throws First Pitch

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Congratulations to Brian Wheeler, teacher of the year, for being invited to a recent A's game to throw the ceremonial first pitch.  For the complete video, click here.

Shell Essay Contest


As part of our CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, Shell Martinez announces a Student Essay Contest. This competition is open to all students within the Martinez Unified School District.  Click here for the flyer. 

In recent years, “sustainability” and “sustainable development” have become more than just buzzwords, but also major goals for our state and national leaders, as well as Shell Martinez. To us, sustainable development means working with governments, partners, communities and others to deliver more energy in economically, socially and environmentally responsible ways.
Here at Shell Martinez, we’ve already reduced our greenhouse gas emissions equal to that generated by about 22,000 homes — and are exploring projects to do even more, not to mention save about 1,000 gallons of water a minute. This is what sustainability means to us.
In this competition we challenge you to move beyond the buzz and explore what sustainability means to you. How do you understand sustainability? What is the meaning of sustainability in your own life, in your local community, and in the greater world? We look forward to your thoughts.
 Click here for more information about the Shell Essay Contest
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Welcome Back Message from Superintendent Rami Muth

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“Education is not the learning of facts, 
but the training of the mind to think.”  
Albert Einstein

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August, 2015

On behalf of the Governing Board and the staff of the Martinez Unified School District I welcome you to the 2015-16 school year! As the Superintendent of this exceptional school district, I am excited about the promise this year holds and look forward to our continued efforts to ensure academic and social success for all of our students.  Since 2012, Martinez Unified Schools have had five district schools recognized by the state as schools of distinction.  Two Martinez teachers were recognized as Teachers of the Year and many teachers, support staff and administrators have won recognition for excellence in their work.  It is that daily commitment to excellence that drives our work and shapes our plans for the future.

Education is at a very dynamic crossroads.  The implementation of the Common Core State Standards has dramatically changed the world of teaching and learning.  The classrooms of today call for greater analysis, critical thinking and problem solving.  As our students graduate from high school they will enter college and career environments that require individuals who are innovative, technologically literate, creative problem solvers and those who can collaborate with others in meaningful ways.  In order to support these changes you will see some important shifts in teaching, instructional materials, assessments, and the curriculum and standards implemented in our classrooms.  Change can be messy and does not come without difficulty.  One aspect that may be initially uncomfortable will be learning to understand some of the new tools used to measure student learning.  No one assessment alone should be used to measure student learning.  These assessments are new and complex.  It will take some time to calibrate how to best support students in meeting the new standards.  The results of the spring California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) will be released soon, and we look forward to sharing the results with parents, students and the community.

One key way to support student success is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. While we realize that some absences are unavoidable due to health problems, we also know that when students miss school they fall behind academically.  Research shows us that by 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates better than 8th grade test scores.  Students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are far less likely like to be reading by 3rd grade.  Your support can truly make a difference.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce some of the shining stars that are now part of the Martinez Administrative Team.  We welcome Mike Cannon as the new Principal at John Swett Elementary.  Mike is a long-time administrator having served most recently as the Principal at Walnut Creek Intermediate.  Lori O’Connor comes to us from San Rafael and will be the new Principal at Vicente and Briones.  She has the unique opportunity of opening the new campus for these schools which we hope will take place sometime this school year.  The Alhambra Bulldogs welcome Chris Clausen as a new Assistant Principal.  Chris was previously an administrator in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  Diane Deshler joins the District Office as the Chief Business Official and comes to us from the Acalanes Union High School District.  We also welcome back to the Martinez family, CJ Cammack as the Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources.  CJ previously worked in Martinez for 9 years before leaving to work in San Ramon.  I am very excited about our dedicated team of professionals who are here to ensure that our staff and students have exceptional educational experiences.

With extensive input from the community, parents, and staff, the Governing Board has identified five core values that will be used to shape plans for the future and to guide the work we are doing throughout the district.  These values include: education, safety, communication, equity, and integrity. You will be hearing more about these values in upcoming communications. Andre Gide tells us, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”   Martinez is a courageous district that continually looks for ways to evolve and grow, a quality that is the hallmark of a district of excellence.  I am honored to lead this district and look forward to a very positive and productive school year. 

Rami Muth

I hope you will consider joining two organizations that provide tremendous support for our schools, The PTSA and Martinez Education Foundations. Information about how to join will be available during the check-in day at your child’s school.  Please check the district website for dates and times for these events.

Upcoming Dates

  • August 25          First Day of School
  • September 3      Elementary Back to School Night
  • September 4      Elementary Minimum Day
  • September 7      Labor Day Holiday
  • September 9      Alhambra High School Back to School Night
  • September 11    Alhambra High School Minimum Day
  • September 17    MJHS Back to School Night
  • September 18    MJHS Minimum Day
  • September 21    Non-student Day (TK-12 Professional Development Day)
  • October 3          Family Fun Night (Shell Clubhouse)
  • October 4          Shell Run for Educat

Gold Ribbon Award

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Martinez Unified School District is very pleased to announce that Martinez Junior High School (MJHS) and Alhambra High School (AHS) have been selected as California Gold Ribbon Schools for 2015.  This award replaces the former California Distinguished Schools Program.  Out of all the schools in California, only 14% received this prestigious honor.  

Schools who applied for this award were required to highlight a model program.  MJHS applied using their exemplary four year professional development program to implement Common Core State Standards and Blended Learning.  AHS applied with the planning and professional development to support the successful launch of take-home Chromebooks for every student this year.

Both schools and their exemplary staff should be commended for their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to educating the students of Martinez Unified.  


Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible. (Anonymous)

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Important Measure K Update

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April 28, 2015


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On April 27, 2015 the Governing Board took a courageous step forward and approved $15,763,850 for the second phase of Measure K funding.  This was not a decision easily reached.  The essential question was, “Given the reality of limited funding (and the age of JME, LJE and JSE) how do we prioritize facilities projects in a way that supports our highest vision for 21st century teaching and learning programs, while also addressing safety and maintenance concerns district-wide?”  The board carefully evaluated the many options before them and approved a Hybrid Project List that aligns to the recommendations of architects Hibser –Yamauchi.  While there are far more projects than funding allows, the goal was to leverage the funds in a way that best supports the educational, health and safety needs of students and staff.  

Highlights of the approved project list include:

  • District-wide replacement of classroom furniture
  • Domestic water system, boiler replacement, fencing and reconfigured playfield – John Muir
  • HVAC including insulation, roofing and energy management system, bathroom renovation and fencing – John Swett
  • HVAC including insulation, energy management system, fencing and field renovation – Las Juntas
  • Boilers, fencing and xeriscaping – Morello Park
  • Setting up an additional Science lab, classroom upgrades, CTE renovation (building F) and auditorium sound system upgrade, stage lighting and projection screen – MJHS
  • Building J renovation to support STEM and CTE related programs, new classroom building with 6 classrooms and other flexible spaces, D wing renovation to support CTE programs and F and H  modernization – AHS

          Link for AHS board presentation http://martinez-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1338041184424/1381823027387

  • Wireless and exterior lighting – Martinez Adult Education

A complete list of the projects is available at the following link:

Link for approved Measure K project list http://martinez-ca.schoolloop.com/documents_and_presentations


Education is the passport to the future,

for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.


Malcom X



Thank you for your continued support.


Rami Muth


News and Events

New Law Regarding School Immunizations
Beginning in January 2016 parents will no longer be able to submit personal belief exemptions to required immunizations. For more information on the new law, click here.
For information on shots required for school entry, click here 


SBAC Information 

Information letter from Superintendent Rami Muth regarding the 2015 spring SBAC exams.  Click hereen español


Measure K Citizen's Oversight Committee

The Martinez Unified School District is seeking individuals willing to serve on the Measure K Citizen's Oversight Committee.  This important committee oversees the expenditures of all Measure K spending to ensure complete compliance with the bond requirements.  The committee meets at least 4 times during the year and meetings generally last around 2 hours.  I hope that you will consider supporting our schools in this important way.  Interested parties should complete the application found below and return it to the office of the Superintendent by September 8, 2015

COC Information and Application
Measure K COC Bylaws


Heartland Apps

Free and reduced lunch program online application Click here


My School Bucks

MUSD's New online payment system is now available.  To create an account and add funds Click here


Food Service Price Increase

Elementary school lunch Increase Click here

Secondary school lunch increase Click here


Work Notice

Work on the maintenance yard will begin July 27, 2015.  Click here for more information. 


California Law Regarding Safe Storage of Firearms


Vicente Community Meeting 

Questions and Concerns


Draft PEA Report

Public Notice
PEA Draft Report
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
Comments on initial VMHS study


Public Notice

"Notice of Intent to Adopt"

CEQA Vicente Checklist
Final Vicente NOI


Public Notice

On an as needed, on-going basis, Martinez Unified School District in Martinez, California will be disposing of surplus personal property by public auction, eBay, sealed bid, or other appropriate method of disposal.

Surplus items may be sold at public auction on eBay through user baycitysurplus.  

Bay City Surplus may be reached via e-mail at: richard@richardcash.com or richard@baycitysurplus.com and by phone at 1-800-870-6006.

The disposal of surplus District personal property will be conducted in accordance with Education Code.


Parent Handbook - Understanding Common Core and the New Report Card Click here


Solar Energy Savings

See how much energy the Measure K solar projects have produced in real time! Click here