Weekly Update 5.1.2020

Joan MacQueen Middle School

Principal Message

Here we are at the first of May and a little over five weeks away from the end of the 2020 school year. Three-quarters of U.S. states have now officially closed their schools for the rest of the academic year. While remote learning continues, summer is a question mark, and attention is already starting to turn to next fall. As a school district, we are focused on finishing 2020 strong as we plan for reopening in the fall.


Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom has started to talk about what school reopening might look like. But there are still many more unknowns than guarantees. Among the biggest, is it safe and healthy to pack kids into a classroom? As we plan to move forward, we will create a flexible plan to utilize the lessons we have learned this spring, as well as continued summer training to create a world-class learning experience for students.


6th and 7th-grade families, please keep a lookout for our newsletters and emails concerning the 2020 school year. We don't want to move forward without your feedback.


Tomorrow is the start of Staff Appreciation Week, and I could not be more proud of the crew that we have at Joan MacQueen. Though not previously trained in distance learning, each member of our team has stepped up to learn what it takes to be a successful online teacher. If you have a moment, drop them a note and let them know that you appreciate their effort.


Lastly, I would like to send a shout out to Claudia Sanchez at the Alpine Taco Shop for her fantastic donation to make two digital marquees a reality; one for Joan MacQueen Middle School and the other for Creekside Early Learning Center. We are so appreciative of her dedication to the Alpine Union School District and to all of our students and families.

Promotion Photo Ideas

Below we have put together some promotion photo ideas. When you decide what you want to do, name your file as it is listed below and upload it into the DropBox link we placed in the Smore.

8th Grade Promotion Video

By now you know that we have started making plans to celebrate our 8th-Graders in ways other than the traditional 8th-Grade promotion. We will be putting together a promotion video. It will follow the traditional ceremony where possible. It will have a welcome message, messages from your teachers, and 8th-grader reflections. A picture or video of each student and their name will be displayed. We are asking each family to upload an 8th-Grade graduation photo or video clip of their student by Friday, May 15th. Students are encouraged to wear what they would normally wear for the ceremony. They can hold a promotion sign, shout out to parents /grandparents or let Granite, Steele, or their high school choice know they are coming.


  • Please use the following naming convention for the file (Last name_ First Initial.jpeg i.e. currigan_c.jpeg or ccurrigan_c.mp4).

  • Upload your images/movies here

I understand that this is nothing close to what you imagined your child’s promotion to high school would like, but we hope to provide you and your 8th grader with a memorable experience. As always, we thank you for your continued support.

AUSD Student Services "Community Resource Notice"

Free Virtual Tutoring for K-12 students!

  • Click here to register (English & Spanish)
  • Tutoring provided by UC San Diego student volunteers
  • Open to all K-12 students with priority to students attending a Title I school
  • Tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Friday from 5 pm – 7 pm, April 14 – May 22nd
  • For more information contact hdhwellness@ucsd.edu

Employment Resources for Families

  • Job Resources During Covid19.docx
  • San Diego Workforce Partnership is offering webinars for affected workers every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. For more information on this, and about unemployment insurance, disability benefits, and paid family leave you can visit www.workforce.org/covid-19.

Update on Housing

  • San Diego County has placed a moratorium on all evictions of residential and commercial renters in the unincorporated areas who have seen their income reduced or been otherwise substantially economically harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which will last until May 31.
  • Even with the moratorium in place, affected residents will still be required to pay back the rent owed at a later date if they miss a payment.
  • Legal Aid Society of San Diego has resources to help on a variety of topics including housing.

Support for Families