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Authorization to Administer Medication
All student over-the-counter and prescription medications must be accompanied by the appropriate medication forms. No medications will be accepted at your child's school without the proper documentation. New forms must be submitted each school year. All medications must be picked up by an authorized adult at the end of each school year. Medications not picked up will be disposed of. For student health forms Click Here!
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MAA GIVES GRANTS AGAIN TO MUSD TEACHERS
The Martinez Arts Association has once again helped local teachers purchase needed art supplies by giving them grants toward student art projects at all levels. At the close of 2014 over $2000 was granted to 14 worthy classrooms whose teachers stipulated how funds would be spent. Projects include murals, Day of the Dead masks, tiles, ceramic sculptures, political cartoons, art therapy collages, illustrations for creative writing, graphs, maps, holiday crafts, and field trips. 2014 funds included an autism specific class at John Swett and a Transition Special Education class for young adults at the Adult Center.
MAA donates 15% of all sales at their Gallery to art in the schools, and the Gallery offers student mini shows periodically. There are also many generous donors to MAA who believe supporting art in our schools is simply a good thing to do. MAA will be awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in June and will participate in “Studios on the Streets” sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce on May 2.
Pictured is teacher Theresa Baldwin at Las Juntas School with her students. She was one of the recipients of the 2014 grants.
MEF Run for Education 2014
`Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.’ Theodore Roosevelt
Dear Parents and Guardians,
While summer is a time for rest and rejuvenation for our students and families it represents one of the busiest times for our district staff. Work crews have been hard at work deep cleaning and beautifying the schools; and, in some cases, implementing drought resistant landscaping to address the need for water conservation. We have been able to complete several Measure K projects including the parking/traffic projects at John Muir and Las Juntas. We have modernized two science classrooms at Alhambra and a new technology classroom at MJHS. The technology department has done an amazing job preparing for a major network conversion. While some of these changes may not be visible this work is what allows for and supports the dynamic educational program offered in all of our schools.
The transition to the Common Core State Standards represents a major transformation in our schools and we are now poised and ready to make the necessary shifts to fully embrace this paradigm shift in teaching and learning. More than 150 teachers participated in over 30 summer trainings this year to learn a wide range of strategies and skills. They attended blended learning boot camps, writers’ workshop and expository reading and writing trainings, Silicon Valley Math Project and the Bay Area Math Project workshops. A small group of dedicated teachers also took on the task of revising the elementary report card and others worked on strategies for project based learning. Ours is a learning community truly focused on continuous growth and improvement. In the coming year veteran teachers Lexy Tamony and Sam Groess will be Teachers on Special Assignment working to support teachers. Professional Development will be a major focus for Martinez for coming school year.
I am pleased to welcome some new faces to our administrative team: Kim Thompson, Principal at John Muir Elementary, Katie Sanchez and Zachary Pless vice principals at Martinez Junior High and Jessica Conkle as the Coordinator of Educational Services. We are pleased to welcome 34 new certificated staff and 11 new classified employees to the Martinez Team.
The Local Control Accountability Plan was approved by the Governing Board in June of 2014. A new element of this plan calls for the accounting of ‘chronic absenteeism.’ A student is considered to be chronically absent if they are absent for 10% or more of the school year (18 or more days) regardless of the reason for absence. While students can make up the written work missed during an absence it is impossible to replicate the rich discussion and activities that take place in the classroom. Last year it is estimated that Martinez lost approximately $1,304,244 due to absences. Our district has an average attendance of 95.37% so you can see that missing a few days throughout the year results in both lost learning and lost revenue. While the district loses $40.26 per day for each absence we never want students to come to school who are ill. We ask that parents make every effort to schedule vacations and appointments outside of the school day in order to help us address this important concern. September is Attendance Awareness Month. You will be hearing more about this important topic upcoming communications from your school site.
Working Together to Show that Every School Day Counts
I will be holding periodic Superintendent’s Round Table Discussions as an opportunity to discuss topics of interest and concerns for our parent community. The first round table is scheduled for September 16th from 6:30 – 8:00 in the District Office Board Room. The annual Shell/MEF run is scheduled for Sunday, October 5th. The education foundation raises funds that support our schools in countless ways. The PTSA is another invaluable resource that provides direct support to each school and is an important voice of advocacy for student issues. I encourage you to join both organizations and I look forward to working with you this year.
Dates to Remember
Best wishes for a positive and productive new year.
News and Events
Understanding the New K-5 Report Card Video and Transcript. Click here
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.
The disposal of surplus District personal property will be conducted in accordance with Education Code.
2015 MEF Grant Applications
Food Service Price Increase
Secondary School breakfast increase click here.
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
Deposit lunch money online to your students account Click here