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Superintendent's Message March 2019

MUSD Community,

As a former high school baseball coach, this is always one of my favorite parts of the year. Spring Training is here; the high school season is getting underway for baseball, softball, and other spring sports, and of course, little league parades. We’ve had just about all the rain we can handle this year, but often it seems like little league parades are certain to bring rain no matter how rainy it has been. Rain or shine, there are many exciting things happening across MUSD. Check out some of the highlights here:  


Alumni News - Mackenzie Duarte Breaks Record and Qualifies for NCAA Championships

Congratulations to former AHS Bulldog, Mackenzie Duarte, who qualified this weekend for a spot in the NCAA Championships.  Mackenzie, in her sophomore season, swam a 2:09.47 in the breaststroke to shatter the Washington State University record by two seconds!  We are all proud of you, Mackenzie and wishing the best of luck in the NCAA Championships!


Congratulations to our Classified Employees of the Year!

It was an honor to recognize just some of our outstanding classified staff in Martinez Unified. Every employee in MUSD directly contributes to the success of our schools and to the learning that happens in each classroom.  During our last Board of Education Meeting we recognized the following employees for being selected from their school site/program to be honored as a classified employee of the year:

  • Christen Billecci - Alhambra High School
  • Michelle West - Vicente Martinez High/Briones Independent Study
  • Jessica Robinson - Martinez Junior High School
  • Tracey Yearick - Las Juntas Elementary
  • Diane Ferreira - Morello Park Elementary
  • Janice Tacconi - John Swett Elementary
  • Veronica Ruan - John Muir Elementary
  • Nicole Gero - Martinez Adult Education
  • Sue Casey - District Office

A special shout-out to Janice Tacconi who will represent MUSD in our Contra Costa County program for Classified Employee of the Year.  Mrs. Tacconi was selected among all her peers for this top honor!


Say Something Week

Last week was Say Something Week, and over 3000 schools across the nation participated in events to help bring greater action and awareness toward school safety.  As the first district in all of Contra Costa County to have Sandy Hook Promise programs fully implemented, we hosted a great event for our students at Alhambra High School. The event was hosted by our AHS SAVE Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere). Thanks to Nicole Hockley, co-founder of the Sandy Hook Promise, for coming to talk with our students.  Students also heard from District Attorney Diana Becton, Assembly Member Tim Grayson, as well as a video appearance from Congressman Mike Thompson and a letter from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. It was incredibly inspiring to see how many people showed up and made time to speak with our students.  When students are taking action and initiative to create positive change, having so many elected officials and people of influence show up to honor their efforts is great positive reinforcement. I am very proud of all the students involved with this program!


MUSD Budget Information

As you may have seen in news headlines in the Bay Area, school funding is an issue gaining more and more attention.  Like many other local districts, our funding is increasing next year but budget reductions will still be required. The level of funding we receive, even with moderate increases in recent years, is not enough to keep pace with underfunded and unfunded mandates.  Our District will need to make reductions ranging from approximately $300,000 to $500,000 for the upcoming school year. As is always the desire, we will work to ensure that these potential reductions are kept as far away from the classrooms and the students as possible.  If you are interested in reading more information about school funding in California, I’d encourage you to visit the CSBA (California School Boards Association) website:  If you are interested in more information about our local budgets for MUSD, you can always contact me directly.


Local Control Accountability Plan

There is still time, and we still want to hear from you!  Each year, as part of our Local Control Accountability Plan (our plan to accomplish our goals and plans for MUSD), we ask for community feedback on our schools, our programs, and our progress.  Please take just a few moments and complete the annual survey. Here are the links for both the English and Spanish versions of the survey:


John Muir Elementary PTA - Auction/Dinner Event - March 9, 2019

TK-12 Staff Development/No school - March 11, 2019


Non-School Day - March 18, 2019

AHS Orchestra Festival - March 20, 2019

Morello Park Elementary PTA - Auction/Dinner Event - March 23, 2019

AHS Band Festival - March 27, 2019

Open House LJE and MPE - March 28, 2019

Minimum Day for LJE and MPE - March 29, 2019

John Swett Elementary PTA - Auction/Dinner Event - April 27, 2019

(Please check your school site newsletter and website for additional information)


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Contact Information

CJ Cammack

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent