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August 14, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 11
Posted 8/14/20

Friday Letter

New Year Welcome from Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark

     (Script) - Hello, my name is Dr. Adam Clark, the Superintendent of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. Monday, August 17, is the first day of school. On behalf of the Governing Board, I would like to welcome all of you to the 2020-2021 academic school year. The MDUSD staff has worked throughout the summer in preparation of providing the best learning experience for all students. We are excited to welcome this new group of students to our virtual schools and classrooms. There is nothing we would like more than to connect with our students face to face on campus. With that said, we are prepared to deliver a high level of instruction and social emotional support to ensure each student progresses. Parents, we want to thank you for being partners as well as your support and understanding as we navigate through this new process. Please visit the District’s website for up to date information regarding procedures and protocols. Your student’s teacher and school site staff are here to assist you with the day to day classroom operations. We fully understand that there are first day jitters and higher levels of anxiety than normal. Let’s work together to ensure students have the support they need for success. Thank you for trusting us with your precious children. Good luck and have a great first day!

08-14-2020 Organizational Update to the Board

     Detailed district operations information is at your fingertips. Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark continues with the weekly Organizational Update to the Board, rich with updates from our department leaders.

Important: Food Services Transitions to Student Eligibility

     We have arrived at the end of our successful Summer Meal Program, which served thousands of free community meals at (9) nine meal service centers district-wide.

     Starting Monday, August 17, 2020, meal services will be served at cost, reduced cost, or free according to student eligibility—we are no longer able to provide free meals to the broader community. This is because the USDA has not extended an Area Eligibility Waiver for school districts in the 2020-2021 school year.

     All meals at (12) twelve Meal Service Centers will now require student verification to receive meals through the School Breakfast, National School Lunch, and After School Snack Programs. The following school sites are not approved to serve after school snacks: Sequoia Elementary/Middle School, Pine Hollow Middle School, Valley View Middle School, and Foothill Middle School.

     Find meal services near you: Pick-up Meal Services Flyer  |  Servicio de Recoger

     Are you interested in applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals? Visit our Food and Nutrition Department webpage to get started.

Continuing Parent Academy and New Parent Training Sessions Available

     Our Special Education Department is continuing with the MDUSD Parent Academy, an enriching informational series to help parents navigate distance learning. The schedule of virtual sessions through Zoom began on August 13, 2020. All families are welcome, and live Spanish interpretation will be available. See their flyers for a schedule of sessions:

Parent Academy English  Academy Spanish

     Additionally, new Parent Trainings are available thanks to the Parent Education Department of Mt. Diablo Adult Education. All families are welcome, and trainings are being offered in English and in Spanish. See their flyer for a schedule of sessions:

Parent Training English Spanish

Encouragement from 2020-21 Teacher of the Year Winners Dylan Bland and Beth Miller Bremer

     Following a period of recognition during the regular board meeting of August 10, 2020-21 Teacher of the Year winners Dylan Bland and Beth Miller Bremer had words of encouragement to share, considering the coming school year.

Teacher of the Year Recognition

     From Beth Miller Bremer (4th Grade, Wren Avenue Elementary):

     “One of the things I like about teaching is that I am forced to think on my feet and be flexible—be innovative. I certainly feel like that’s something that we’ll be doing a lot of this year. I am looking forward to really an unprecedented year of teaching with excitement, and also a little bit of trepidation. We’ll get through it together... I just know all the teachers and staff that I work with, we’re all doing our best to rise to the occasion and provide the best possible opportunities and education for our kids. We do miss them terribly, and we look forward to the day when we can all be together again in the classroom. Until then, we’ll do the best we can, and we will all have lots of great stories to tell for years to come.

     I want to close by reminding all my colleagues to trust your instincts; when you are working in these uncharted territories, you know what’s best for our students, so listen to that. Let’s all be kind and patient to one another and help one another through really challenging circumstances. We’ve got this!”

     From Dylan Bland (Science, College Park High School):

     “After working with the College Park Teachers today after our first day back… I have to say, I’m optimistic—cautiously optimistic—that teachers are being given the flexibility to step up… I’ve said it often, teachers are so flexible, so solutions oriented, and they can just do so much, that we’re definitely up to the challenges that this unprecedented school year presents us. I’m looking forward to collaborating more with my colleagues at College Park and around the district. I know our MDUSD students are in good, capable hands.”

     Watch the Teacher of the Year Governing Board recognition here (starts at 00:12:00).

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Austin Breidenthal
Communications Specialist
Mt. Diablo Unified School District