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Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Superintendent's Monthly Message - October 2016

MUSD Community,

What a great day we shared this Sunday at the Shell/MEF Run for Education!  If you missed it, we missed you and you missed out!  This is always one of my favorite days of the year as it symbolizes so many great things about our community.  Shell has been a wonderful partner in supporting our school district for so many years, and the support of the Martinez Education Foundation is exceptional!  Last year MEF awarded over $150,000 in grants directly to the classrooms and schools of your children.

Yesterday, thanks to the Shell/MEF Run for Education, $77,000 was generated for the Martinez Education Foundation.  Our AHS marching band got the morning started with excellent music. There were lots of excited kids running the course, and there was great support from our parents, staff, and community. Thanks to all who came out to make the event a success. Congratulations to the 5k winner, Noa Nabeshima, a member of our AHS Cross Country team.  I am already looking forward to our event next year, and I hope to see you there!

Did you know that when John Muir Elementary and John Swett Elementary were built our President was Harry Truman? Shortly after that, in 1956 Las Juntas was built (Eisenhower was the President in 1956). While all three of these schools are fantastic in their own right and filled with incredible students and staff, the infrastructure of these facilities needs to be addressed. In order to respond to these needs and to provide the safe and secure schools our kids deserve, our Board of Education spent two years creating a Master Facilities Plan.  This plan outlines the ways we can repair, renovate, and remodel these schools as well as address other facility needs across our district.  The Board of Education has placed "Measure R" on the ballot for this November seeking a $120 million bond to respond to facility needs in our district.

Measure R funds would remain locally controlled and expenditures would be overseen by a Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  No bond dollars can be used on teacher or administrator salaries.  If you are interested in reviewing the Master Facilities Plan to see what projects are being considered for your school site as a part of Measure R, you can click on the links provided on our district home page at the top right corner.

If you haven’t marked the date on your calendar yet, please save October 21, 2016 to come out and see the Alhambra High School’s Homecoming!  Join us for the Homecoming Parade and then stick around to cheer on your Dogs as they take on Mt. Diablo High School at Knowles Field.  The parade starts at 3:00 p.m., the JV game starts at 4:30 p.m., and kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. for the Varsity game.

We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Kathy Frazer as the new Principal of John Muir Elementary School.  Mrs. Frazer starts at John Muir today, and we are excited to welcome her back to MUSD!  Mrs. Frazer is a former administrator from MUSD who brings great knowledge and training to her new leadership role at John Muir.  A special “Thank you!” to our interim principal, Mrs. Sue Mirkovich, for serving the students and staff of John Muir for the start of the year!

Lastly, Go Giants!  

Please take a moment to review the additional information pCJ Cammackrovided below.


CJ Cammack, Superintendent 


Are you interested in helping provide oversight for our current school bond expenditures?

We are seeking three individuals to join our Citizens' Oversight Committee. Your help is need in this capacity as we value the role of our citizens in making sure all bond related expenditures are in full alignment with what promises have been made to the taxpayers of Martinez Unified. If you are interested, please contact our Chief Business Official, Diane Deshler,

Student Essay Contest

Deadline October 15, 2016

Sponsored by: Shell

Each year, Shell Martinez employees volunteer thousands of hours in our local community. They have painted buildings, read to students, planted gardens, installed irrigation systems and worked at the annual Run for Education.

Community Service can be defined as, “volunteer work intended to help people in a particular area.” We think it is much, much more.

What do the words community service and volunteer mean to you? You’ve probably heard about volunteerism or “giving back to the community.” You may have been asked to volunteer before, or you may volunteer on a regular basis. In this competition, we challenge you to move beyond the words, “volunteer “ and “volunteering” and explore what they mean to you. What is the meaning of community service in your own life, in your local community and in the greater world? Why is it important to you and the people around you? We look forward to your thoughts.

For more information, rules, and instructions check out this website.

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Run for Education Photos

Cheryl Vereschagin accepts a check for  77,000

Cheryl Vereschagin accepts a check for $77,000 raised in the 2016 Shell/MEF Run for Education from Shell Martinez Refinery GM Tom Rizzo.

Officer Mike Estanol

Thanks to Officer Mike Estanol and the Martinez Police Department for their support to ensure the Run for Education was a safe event for all.

Upcoming Events


10/10/16 No School - Staff Dev. Day
10/21/16 AHS Homecoming
10/24 - 10/28 TK-5th Conferences
10/24 - 10/28 TK-5th Minimum Days

Please check with your school site for more specific information on events and activities.