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CJ Cammack

Sue Casey
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

Superintendent's Monthly Message - August 2017

Mindset Intentionality, Instruction, Access

MUSD Community,

Welcome Back to the 2017-2018 School Year!  The first day of school is approaching quickly, and while you are soaking up the last days and hours of summer, our staff is preparing to create the best year possible for students in Martinez Unified.  I look forward to seeing all the students as they return to school on August 22, 2017. 

You may have recently read that Martinez Unified was listed as the fourth best school district in Contra Costa County.  This was great to read and provided affirmation that the incredible work of staff and students, including the support of our community, is recognized beyond our district boundaries.  Of course, we are setting our sights higher and aiming for the top of the list! 

There was no slowing down for MUSD in the summer.  We have many projects still in motion to ensure things are in place for the start of the each year.  Our teachers and classified staff have been hard at work, in many cases on their own time, preparing and working through professional development activities to provide the very best instruction for our students.

There are so many things to be excited about in Martinez Unified as we approach the start of a new year. We have hired some great new classified support staff (9 employees), some more incredible teachers (21 employees), and some outstanding new administrators as well (4 employees). Our academic programs continue to grow, and we have already upgraded many aspects of our technology. 

This year, we will see a new English Language Arts curriculum for our elementary school students as they engage in the Units of Study reading program.  This curriculum aligns with our current Writers Workshop program, both of which come from the Teachers College at Columbia University.  Additionally, we will see the continued development of our Computer Science programs at AHS as well as Martinez Junior High School.  I am sure you will hear more about those respective programs from each of the individual schools.  Our CTE (Career Technical Education) pathways at AHS, MJHS, and Vicente/Briones continue to develop as well. 

Thanks to the support of our community and the commitment of our Board to address facility needs, we have many exciting things happening both inside and outside of our classrooms.  None of this could be possible without the incredible support our community has provided for the students of this community through the passage of Measure K and more recently Measure R.  Last spring our Board of Education identified John Muir Elementary as one of the first large-scale projects for Measure R.  I look forward to working with the staff, students, and community of John Muir this year to collaborate on this exciting project.

Please take a few minutes to review the information below so you are familiar with some of our new faces in MUSD, many of our celebrations from this summer, and the exciting things to come this year!CJ Cammack


CJ Cammack, Superintendent
Martinez Unified School District

Sports Upgrades

Football field

All new turf was installed at Alhambra High School, which includes a new filling to keep the turf cooler for our student athletes during competition and practice, as well as keeping our physical education students cooler during their classes on the field.

Facility Upgrades

School building during landscaping work
As we begin the 2017-2018 school year, students and staff will be filing our new classroom building at Alhambra, Building K. This facility is a great example of how the physical environment is changing within the structures of a building to facilitate learning and collaboration that is meaningful for today's students. More interior pictures will be shared in the next newsletter. 

New Staff
Monifa MorganPlease join me in welcoming Monifa Morgan as our new Coordinator of Educational Services. Monifa joins us from Fairfield Suisun Unified School District where she served as a middle school principal and elementary principal.  Monifa replaces Jessica Conkle who moved to Southern California this summer.
Katie MartinWe are excited to introduce Katie Martin as the new principal of Martinez Junior High School. Katie brings her background as a middle school math teacher and many years of experience as a middle school assistant principal in San Ramon Valley Unified. We are thrilled to welcome Katie to the MJHS Bullpup family. 
Suzanne MurphyPlease join me in welcoming Suzanne Murphy as our new director of Martinez Adult Education. Suzanne joins us from the Napa County Office of Education, and we are very excited to have her expertise, background, and leadership at our Adult School. 
Erin DindayCongratulations to Erin Dinday! Erin is the new vice principal at Martinez Junior High School.  As you may know, Erin comes to MJHS from Alhambra High School where she was an incredible teacher who was recently honored as the MUSD Teacher of the Year in 2016-2017.



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August 15

John Muir Check-in Day 3:00 - 6:00 p.m

August 15 Alhambra High Welcome Back Walk-Through 1 - 7:00 p.m
August 16 Alhambra HS 9th grade Orientation 8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
August 16 Las Juntas Check- in Day 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
August 16 John Swett Check-in Day 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
August 16-17 Martinez Junior High Check-in Days 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
August 21 Morello Park Check-in Day 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
August 21 Las Juntas Kinder Meet & Greet  2:30 - 3 p.m.
August 22 First Day of School
August 30 TK - 5 Back-to-School Nights 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
August 31 Alhambra High School Back-to-School Night  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
September 4 Labor Day - No School
September 7 Martinez Junior High Back-to-School Night 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Shell MEF Run for Education

MEF RN ED License Plate

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