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I Have a Dream Art Contest Winners
These were undoubtedly some of the most amazing pieces of artwork we have ever seen! It was very difficult to select winners, but here they are:
9-12th Grade Winner: Melissa Hansen
Alhambra High School
6th-8th Grade Winner: Matthew Panelo
Martinez Junior High School
3rd-5th Grade Winner: Giovanna Garbarino
John Swett Elementary School
Winners were honored at the Board Meeting on Monday, October 14 . Thanks to everyone for participating...Honorable Mentions are currently on display with the First Place winners, and all artwork will be on display in the District Office beginning October 31.
Joaquin Bartosh (John Swett, Grade 4)
Caroline Chouinard (MJHS, Grade 8)
Zoe Damon (MJHS, Grade 8)
Julissa Garcia (AHS, Grade 11)
Theresa Grube (AHS, Grade 11)
Glenna Herbert (AHS, Grade 11)
Nico Martinez (MJHS, Grade 8)
Ellen Nunes (John Swett, Grade 4)
Juan Sanchez (AHS, Grade 12)
Jordanne Swafford (MJHS, Grade 8)
Sasha Thomas (VMHS/New Leaf, Grade 12)
Kristen Van Til (MJHS, Grade 8)
Alana Webster (John Swett, Grade 4)
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
NOTICE OF AUCTION of Surplus Assets
New Common Core for Parents Website!
Please check out our new Common Core Resources for Parents website with all the information parents need to know about the Common Core State Standards!
Integrated Pest Management Sub Committee Representatives
We will be forming a committee of interested parents and staff members to serve on an ad-hoc committee to review district policies and procedures regarding integrated pest management. We are seeking one representative from each school to serve on this committee. Please submit your name to your site principal if you are interested in participating. The first meeting is scheduled for September 10th at 6:30 at the District Office. Please contact Bruce Leslie, at 335-5931 if you have questions about the committee.
2013 Summer Maintenance Projects
Information on the projects can be found clicking here
Las Juntas-Closed for Summer Work
Measure K Update
Student medications not picked up by a parent or authorized adult will be discarded after the last day of classes. District policy requires parents to resubmit all medications with a new Authorization to Administer Medication form at the start of the new school year.
California state law requires all students entering 7th grade this fall to have a Tdap booster shot before starting classes. Students will not get a class schedule without proof of the vaccination.
Supe's Scoop Updates
Read about the latest district safety measures in the Supe's Scoop by clicking here.
Deposit lunch money online to your students account Click Here