Superintendent's Monthly Message for January 2017
Happy New Year! Since we are already a week into the new year, I hope your New Years resolutions are still going strong. Of course, I have a few resolutions for this year and beyond. One of those resolutions is to spend even more time in schools and classrooms. As the school year started I was regularly in classes and stayed committed to remaining present in the schools each week. While it is so easy to let the calendar fill up with business and operations, the new year is a great time to refocus on my commitment to being out in our schools. I hope to see some of you during my campus visits. As we return from what I hope was a wonderful break for all of you, we will hit the ground running. Students will return ready to finish the semester strong, making a great push toward finals week at AHS and Vicente/Briones.
Just before the break, our elected Board of Education members took their Oaths of Office for their next term at a special meeting. Congratulations to Kathi McLaughlin, John L. Fuller, and Jonathan T. Wright. During the same meeting the Board elected their new president, vice president, and clerk for the coming year. Bobbi Horack, Jonathan T. Wright, and Deidre Siguenza will serve in those roles respectively. Congratulations to each them for their selection, and I am very grateful for the work each of these individuals puts toward the Martinez Unified School District.
As we move into January, our Board of Education will begin the process, as outlined in Measure R and our Master Facility Plan, of working to repair, remodel, and rebuild our schools, especially our three elementary schools constructed in the 1950's (LJE, JME, JSE).
January is also the time of year when the governor presents his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Many invested stakeholder groups and members of the state legislature will advocate for their respective budget priorities. During this time, our District Administration will attend meetings and conferences in Sacramento to learn as much as we can about the proposed budget and identify what financial assumptions we can make as we approach the approval of the budget by the legislature in the late spring. As always, funding for public education will be a key element of the budget. While we remain roughly the 6th or 7th largest economy in the world, our great state has not yet reached an acceptable level of funding per student for public education. We still rank anywhere from 45th to 48th in the nation in per-pupil spending in public education. As a district we are so grateful for a community that supports our students with parcel taxes and the passage of bonds like Measure R. Those dollars are truly local funds that are not subject to state budget changes.
Our Vicente/Briones students and staff are starting, full time, in their new campus this week. We had a wonderful celebration on December 12th as we held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and provided an open house for our community. I wrote a summary of the event and tried to capture a little of the spirit of the day, from my perspective. If you are interested you can see that summary here: http://goo.gl/Hj6TCQ . Thank you to the community for your support of Measure K; because of your support we are able to offer our students such an amazing facility.
In other exciting facility news, we have final approval from the Department of State Architecture to complete Building K at AHS. I look forward to seeing this building make rapid progress just as we did with Vicente/Briones this past summer.
It is time for the class of 2030 to register for Kindergarten! Yes, let that sink in for just bit. The students who start Kindergarten next year will be the graduating class of 2030! Please see the information below for registration dates and times, and please help us spread the word!
I would like to wish each of you the very best in the coming year. There will be many successes and some challenging times as well, may we all remember to stay humble and kind.
Please check out the rest of the great information below as well!
CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Cyber Stewardship and Safety Presentation
In cooperation with MJHS and the Martinez Police Department, and with support from Yahoo Inc., the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety will be presenting a Cyber Stewardship and Safety Presentation to parents of the Martinez Unified School District. Students and younger siblings should not attend due to the nature of the conversation and presentation. This event is open to all parents in MUSD. MJHS students will receive a separate presentation designed specifically for their student population.
Parenting Classes Offered
we kick-off the first of three parenting classes facilitated by C.O.P.E. and hosted at Las Juntas. The three sessions will cover:
- Positive Parenting
Raising Confident and Competent Children
Raising Resilient Children
MUSD will support two 25 parent classes, one delivered in English and the second delivered entirely in Spanish. All TK-8th grade parents are invited, and spots will be filled on a first come first served basis.
Look for more info throughout the month!