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June 26, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 4
Posted 6/26/20

Roadmap to Reopen Update: Family Reopening Survey Available Now

     We are working diligently together to publish our Preliminary Reopening Plan on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. A platform for community feedback will follow shortly thereafter. 

     The need to formulate a comprehensive Reopening Plan has given us the opportunity to lean into what we know always works best: collaboration. Along our Roadmap to Reopen, there are many contributors to our planning process: 

  • Health experts at the state and county level hold the highest authority guiding the decision-making for our Reopening Plan. We continuously look for their latest guidance and recommendations to the fullest extent possible. 
  • Our district administrators have established Task Forces in the areas of Health and Safety, School Operations, and Technology, Teaching, and Learning. These Task Force rosters are inclusive of a variety of perspectives including parents, staff, and students. Our Task Forces are in need of additional student voices! Students may contact to express interest in participation. 
  • The community at large has been and will be asked to complete surveys to help inform our decision making, and public comments for our board meeting presentations are always welcome. Although the Task Force rosters are at capacity for all non-student participants, Task Force leadership welcomes any comments by email for their particular areas of focus. 
  • The Board of Education will guide the planning, consider our Reopening Plan proposals, and will hold the final decision to adopt the final Reopening Plan, which will be published on July 30, 2020. 

     Our Family Reopening Survey is available now, until Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 5:00PM. This survey is available in English and in Spanish. Thus far, we have had 12,000 responses—thank you to those of you who have responded. MDUSD families, if you have not yet completed this survey, please take just a few minutes to complete the survey for each of your children.

     Visit our Roadmap to Reopen website to view our planning timeline, Task Force rosters, the latest board presentations, and more. 

2020 Graduate Reflections and Board Recognition

     Three outstanding students were present at the June 22nd regular board meeting, being recognized for exemplary academic achievement, philanthropy, and character. Students were given a public platform to reflect on the challenges of this year, to share their greatest accomplishments, and to give advice to future classes. Here is part of what they said: 

     “So many Teachers have actually been really good role models in my life… they were always willing to put in extra work to get me where I need to be. MDUSD to me has literally been one of the best experiences to help me grow up, so I’m really thankful for it! ” –Sierra Lees (College Park High School)

    “Throughout my four [high school] years, I kept putting in work, taking AP classes, taking honors classes… I tried theater, I tried dance, I tried choir, which I ended up falling in love with… I did three sports, I was on varsity, I was going to state and all these high ranking tournaments… everything passed by in a blur, and I didn’t realize how much I had been doing until we were watching the [Eric Griffin] awards night. It was me and my family watching… I wondered who got the award… then they announced my name. It was a surreal experience. If I had to give any advice to the people after us, I would say be willing to go with the flow, and don’t stop doing what you’re doing. Just keep working at it, because it’s going to work out in the end.” –Eden Broussard (Northgate High School)

     “I have been at MDUSD since Kindergarten and all the way through my senior year... It has really set the foundation for the rest of my life. The staff are just amazing, at every school that I’ve been to… they just really helped me grow up, truly.” -Annisa Lopez (Ygnacio Valley High School)

     At the conclusion of the student participation, Board President Brian Lawrence offered sincere congratulations on behalf of the Board and District  and suggested that this would certainly not be the last time that they would receive recognition.

Watch the full video recording here (student participation begins at 00:02:20). 

June 22nd Board Meeting: Preliminary Budget and ACSA Region 6 Award Winners

     MDUSD is a public agency and our business is conducted publicly. Anyone may examine documents brought before the board by viewing the Board Agendas here. When the Governing Board holds a regular meeting, the public has the opportunity to make comments to the board to be included in the official public record. For current meetings that are held virtually, public comments are accepted by email and by voicemail. Anyone can watch our live broadcast or tune in to radio station KVHS 90.5.

     After each Board Meeting, the Superintendent’s Office publishes a, “Board Action Summary,” which serves to concisely report out board actions (votes). Here are some actions taken at the most recent regular board meeting (06/22/2020):

  • The Board of Education held a public hearing on the Preliminary Draft Budget for the 2020-21 school year, which is set for review and potential approval at the June 29th special meeting
  • Winners of ACSA Region 6 Awards were recognized:

    Classified Leader
    Dominic Machi, Mt. Diablo USD (Region Winner)

    Adult Education Administrator
    Cynthia Paige Endo, Mt. Diablo USD (Region Winner)

    Special Education Administrator
    Jenny Vargas, Mt. Diablo USD (Region Winner)

"Mystery Science" funded for all MDUSD TK-5 classes in 2020-21

     An announcement from our wonderful partners at the MDUSD Education Foundation: 

“The MDUSD Education Foundation is funding the science program MYSTERY SCIENCE for all TK-5 sites for the 2020-21 school year. We received feedback from teachers that this program is a valuable tool for both in-person and distance learning, and utilizes Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in its curriculum design. Many thanks to Jan Robertson, MDUSD Science TOSA and Alicia Magallanes, MDUSD Curriculum Specialist, for their efforts in coordinating this collaboration, and to the generous donors who have given to the Foundation this year, making programs like this possible!

MDEDF is able to help fund programs like Mystery Science and other quality STEAM-based curriculum thanks to donations from community members and local businesses. You can help us to keep building on these successful efforts by donating today! Any amount helps, and if you make a contribution by June 30, your name will be included in our annual report! Right now, you can donate to our General Fund or to the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund, which goes towards purchasing electronic devices and hotspots to support distance learning. (Please note: the Coronavirus Remote Learning Fund closes on June 30). 

If you have already given to the foundation this year, thank you for your support! We are so close to reaching our goal of $100,000 - if you haven't had an opportunity to give yet this year, here's your chance to help bring across the finish line!

Donate here!”

The Office of the Superintendent 

and Governing Board of Education

This message was sent to all staff and to the MDUSD community by email communication on 6/26/2020.