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CJ Cammack

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Superintendent's Monthly Message - September 2017

Mindset, Intentionality, Instruction, Access

MUSD Community,

What a great start to the school year!  Welcome back to all our MUSD families, and to all our new students and families, we extend a warm embrace as part of our school district and our community.  

Please take of yourself and your children during this heat wave.  As you know temperatures are expected to reach their highest mark in over a decade.  We will be actively monitoring the air quality and temperatures and taking precautions as needed for students and staff.  We  moved all AHS athletic practices indoors yesterday and will do the same today.  In consultation with the North Coast Section and the school administration of our opponents, we will monitor the need to adjust the scheduled game times and athletic events. 

Our elementary schools and AHS are all on a previously-scheduled minimum day.  I have asked the administration across all our schools to monitor the temperatures and move outdoor activities inside when needed. 

On the first day of school I was able to visit every school in the District, and it was such a great experience to see the excitement, and in some cases a bit of nerves, for the students.  Each year brings a different set of expectations and challenges for our students, but it also offers new opportunities for growth and accomplishments.  During each of my site visits it was very evident how much dedication and compassion our educators and the support staff put toward making the first week a positive experience for all students.

Also present in each of our schools was a culture and foundational message of unity and acceptance.  It is generally not my place to discuss the political landscape of our county within this newsletter.  However, this past month, especially in light of events in Charlottesville, Virginia,  has highlighted many problems which are still present in our society.  As a father of two young children, I will continue to work diligently to create a world of greater peace where such acts of violence and hate are not present.  I am hopeful you will join our schools in supporting the work of establishing and maintaining environments in Martinez Unified where all students and staff are treated with respect and dignity.  Each of us must be a part of the solution. 

Together we can provide the right conditions to ensure safety for students and staff.  We can work together to allow for differing viewpoints and perspectives while not accepting any actions which infringe on the rights of others to feel safe and secure in their learning environment. 

Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those impacted by the tragic events in Houston related to Hurricane Harvey.  Amidst such devastation, we can continually see the courage of everyday people who are working to save their neighbors.  It can be challenging to explain such events to our youngest students.  In those cases I am reminded of a quote from Mr. Fred Rogers (although many of our kids are too young to understand the reference), "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." 

On a happier note, we are very excited to see the students enjoying the new K Building at AHS, and I have heard great feedback from our student athletes about the new field too.  Recently our Board of Education has taken action to initiate the establishment of some sub-committee work to move forward with Measure R projects such as the reconstruction of John Muir Elementary, improving the girls locker room facilities for MJHS, and addressing the need for more classroom space at Morello Park.  While all three of these projects won't be happening at the same time, we will begin with the important steps of getting input from our stakeholders in each school community.  More information about this work will be shared in my October newsletter. 

Please join us for the Shell/MEF Run for Education on October 1st!  This is a wonderful event for the entire family, and it provides a tremendous amount of support for MEF which provided over $145,000 in grants last year directly to classrooms and schools in MUSD.  I hope to see you there! 

CJ Cammack


CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Martinez Unified School District

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Upcoming Events

Sept 4 Labor Day - No School
Sept 7 Martinez Junior High
Back-to-School Night 
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sept 8 Minimum Day - MJHS
Sept 30 Family Fun Night 
6-8:00 p.m. 
(pre-MEF Run)
Oct 1 Shell MEF Run
Shell MEF Run for Education

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Don't miss the chance to sign up early for the Shell/MEF Run for Education! This awesome event will take place Sunday, October 1, 2017. With the support of Shell and this wonderful event, MEF donates close to $200,000 per year, directly the school sites and classrooms for our students. Please join us for this year's Run for Education. Register Here