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CJ Cammack

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Superintendent's Message - November 2018

Mindset, Intentionality, Instruction, Access

MUSD Community, 

Hopefully, you all enjoyed a happy and safe Halloween last night. As the calendar jumps into November we begin to pick up steam toward our fall break and eventually our winter break as well. In what will seem like a few blinks of the eye it will be 2019. Until then, I am hopeful you’ll join me in taking each day as it comes and appreciating the opportunities presented with each new day.

Please don’t forget the election is next Tuesday! As you know, MUSD’s Measure Q is on the ballot. Measure Q would serve as a continuation of the parcel tax that has been in place since 2008, with an increased rate.  Since 2008, MUSD residents have paid $50 per parcel for the existing tax. If Measure Q passes, residents would continue with that annual $50 per parcel amount, plus an additional $25 per parcel for a total of $75 per parcel each year.

The votes are already in on how lucky we are to have great students and staff here in MUSD. Check out a few of the recent highlights demonstrating  the great things happening across Martinez Unified:

  • Parent Teacher Conferences for Elementary Schools - A huge “shout-out” and “thank you” to our elementary classroom teachers who put so much work and effort into making conference week a success for both students and parents. There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for each conference. Having an open dialogue with parents and educators is always a benefit for students!
  • AHS Drama Club- Congrats to all the students and staff involved with AHS Drama Club’s Fall production of “An Evening of Ives”. It received excellent reviews and was another great example of high-quality performances from the AHS students and Drama program.
  • Fall Sports, Clubs, Programs - Please join me in offering praise to our coaches, teachers, student-athletes, and other student representatives of MUSD. Special congrats to the following groups for their accomplishments:
    • AHS Girls Golf - Congratulations on your postseason appearance this year!
    • AHS Football - Good luck this Saturday in the playoffs against Benicia High
    • Boys Waterpolo - Good luck this weekend in the playoffs against Bishop O’Dowd
    • Girls Waterpolo - Congratulations on your postseason appearance this year!
    • Girls Volleyball - Congratulations on your postseason appearance this year! And congratulations to the MJHS 6th-8th grade girls teams for their great seasons as well. 
    • Cross County - Congrats to the MJHS/AHS runners on their success. This year the MJHS 6th grade boys team finished in the top three at the League meet for the first time in MJHS history.
    • AHS Girls Tennis - Congratulations on your winning season!
    • AHS Marching Band & Flag Team - Congrats on the recent 3rd place finish in the Walnut Festival Competition.
    • AHS Cheer Team - Congratulations on another great season and a spooktacular Halloween half-time performance.

CJ CammackSincerely, 

CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Martinez Unified School District

School Safety - Sandy Hook Promise

Last week, the Contra Costa County Office of Education held a county-wide  Safe Schools Summit. The event focused on the Sandy Hook Promise organization, and what they have to offer school districts.  I am pleased to share that Martinez Unified is the first school district in the county with a signed Memorandum of Understanding to work with the Sandy Hook Promise. We will begin rolling out some of their programs in the coming month(s). The first program you’ll be hearing more about soon is the “Start With Hello Program”, which is designed to teach children and teens how to be more socially inclusive and connected to each other. Start With Hello asks students, educators, parents and other community leaders, who interact with children, to take steps in class, the lunchroom and/or on campus to be inclusive and connected.  If you see someone alone, reach out and help and start with hello.

I am also excited to share that with the support of the Martinez Police Department and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Martinez Unified will be the first district in our county to launch (early in 2019) the “Say Something - Anonymous Reporting System” as part of our work with the Sandy Hook Promise.  The Say Something program is already in place in 152 districts, across 23 states. This program will allow students, parents, or concerned community members to report any potentially dangerous situation regarding our students and/or schools. These reports will be managed in real time, by real people, and we are very grateful for the partnership and cooperation of our local law enforcement agencies, as well as the support from representatives from the Sandy Hook Promise. I look forward to sharing more about these great programs with you in the coming months. 



Upcoming Events
Nov 8 TK-12  Minimum Day - Staff Development
Nov 12 No School - Veterans Day Holiday Observed
Nov 19 - 23 No School - Fall Break

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

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