End-of-the-Week News

February 14, 2019

Board of Education

Jesús M. Holguín, President

Cleveland Johnson, Vice President

Marsha Locke, Ed.D., Clerk

Susan Smith, Member


Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

MVUSD holds record-breaking Science and Engineering Fair with over 227 projects submitted

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The Moreno Valley Unified School District held its annual Science and Engineering Fair on February 7 and 8. Two hundred twenty-seven projects were on display at Bridges Learning Center. Students submitted projects which ranged from solving real-world problems such as designing and building a working hoverboard to creating a device that prevented pets from unraveling toilet paper rolls in the bathroom. Other projects examined hard-hitting scientific issues like contaminated water and the effects of lead exposure. After intense scrutiny by a team of outside judges, thirty-five projects were chosen to advance to the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair to be held in April.

Before the awards ceremony on Friday evening, students were invited to arrive early and participate in hands-on science activities. They were given the opportunity to explore a maker-space aboard the Moreno Valley College Mobile Innovation Center Bus, take a green-screen photo, experience a virtual reality field trip with NASA teams and learn about Bees from BeeRooted. Students even got to spin a wheel for prizes from John’s Incredible Pizza and meet their restaurant mascot, Incredibear.

During the awards ceremony, two hundred seventy student participants were recognized and received a medal. Selected outstanding projects were given community awards and prizes from our sponsors - John’s Incredible Pizza, State Farm-Adolfo Saldana, Polly’s Pies, Genetics Training Facilities, and The Little Gym-Riverside.

At the very end of the program, thirty-five projects were proudly announced as MVUSD’s representatives to advance to the Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair. The Riverside County Science and Engineering Fair will be held April 2-3, 2019 at the Riverside Convention Center.

A total of 35 entries are advancing to the county fair (some entries are from a group):

STUDENT (Last, First) & School

Stiles, Makayla Bear Valley

Ruiz, Diego Box Springs

Pham, Helen Butterfield

Aceves, Diego Butterfield

Fregoso, Pedro Butterfield

Renteria, Dailynn Chaparral

Martinez, Andrea Hendrick Ranch

Jasso, Raylene Honey Hollow

Suss, Marina Moreno

Craig, Robert North Ridge

Covington, Evie Seneca

Pedroza, Orion Seneca

Dixon, Emma Seneca

Gamboa, Yaniah Sunnymeadows

Torres, Dayanara Sunnymeadows

Ruth, Makayla MVOA

Dimas, Jasmine Badger Springs

Reyes, Nyjel Badger Springs

Bowman, Joshua Landmark

Reed, Christopher Palm MS

Chau, Maddison Palm MS

Craig, Katelyn Palm MS

Garcia, Crystal Sunnymead Middle

Joson, Alessandra Sunnymead Middle

Rodriguez, Ava Vista Heights

Carillo, Avelina Vista Heights

Varela, Bobbie Jo Vista Heights

Garza, Natalie Canyon Springs

Martinez, Elizabeth Canyon Springs

Samaniego, Dionicio Moreno Valley

Hernandez, Kimberly Moreno Valley

Uriostegui, Anthony Moreno Valley

Zea, Esmeralda Moreno Valley

Ojeda-Gomez, Keven Moreno Valley

Ventura Melendrez, Edgar Valley View

Hernandez, Moises Valley View

Lim, Aaron Valley View

Gallardo, Daniel Valley View

Ibanez, Jayleen Valley View

Gonzalez, Samantha Valley View

Ekhaguera, Bright Vista del Lago

Chavez, Taylor Vista del Lago

Arias, Gabriela Vista del Lago

Orozco, Monique Vista del Lago

Soto-Lomeli, Josue Vista del Lago

Fatima, Yasha Vista del Lago

Pham, Jacqueline Vista del Lago

P21 Announces 3 Moreno Valley Unified School District schools as a 21st Century Learning Exemplar for 2019

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) has announced Moreno Valley High School, Valley View High School, and Vista Heights Middle School as 21st Century Learning Exemplars for 2019. Only 18 schools and programs in the United States earned the designation this year.

The schools earned the award for outstanding practices in equipping learners with the necessary skills and knowledge for success in college, career and life.

Being named a 21st Century Learning Exemplar is recognition of exceptional implementation of the Framework for 21st Century Learning or the Early Learning Framework.

"Since 2013, P21's 21st Century Learning Exemplar Program has been identifying and elevating examples of quality 21st century learning. Each year innovative education models are showcased to help other educators do better for every student," said Karen Garza, President and CEO of Battelle for Kids.

As part of celebrating the best practices from these awardees, Battelle for Kids will develop a case study brief for each exemplar site and release it to the public for free download. There will be a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April 2019.

“We are extremely proud that our schools have been recognized for their future-oriented education,” said Board of Education President Jesus Holguin, “The P21 designation recognizes our hard work to ensure our students are college and career ready.”

“Moreno Valley Unified School District is a leader in providing a 21st century education,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, “Our students graduate with a highly developed skill set, specifically in areas like innovation, technology, and career-readiness.”

Superintendent honored for contributions to African-American community

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Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora was honored Saturday by the African-American Coalition of Riverside with the “Outstanding African-American Educator” award. He is the first non-African American to be awarded the honor.

He was recognized for his exceptional work to improve outcomes in African-American students of the district. About 13 percent of students in Moreno Valley Unified School District are African-American.

In his acceptance speech at the group’s award gala, Dr. Kedziora noted his experiences growing up in the era of desegregation in Memphis shaped his quest for providing equitable experiences for all students.

Dr. Denise Fleming, Director of the African American Coalition, noted that his “commitment to educating the minds of our youth and [his] service to the community has made [him] one of the leading educators in the Inland Empire.”

Board President Jesus Holguin, Vice President Cleveland Johnson, and Member Susan Smith attended the evening in support of Dr. Kedziora.

“We are extremely proud of our Superintendent,” said Board Vice President Cleveland Johnson, “One of my priorities is to ensure African-American students are not left behind and are succeeding the same as every other student. Dr. Kedziora’s care and passion for supporting all students make him highly deserving of this honor.”

Students design patches for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)

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MVUSD’s SSEP program has just finished its second segment, the Mission-13 Patch Competition. The “Brine Shrimp Flight Experiment”, chosen to go to the International Space Station (ISS), influenced many of our student artists as they created a “mission patch” that will be flown aboard the ISS along with the experiment.

Teachers at the middle and high school levels developed interdisciplinary lessons with science, English, social studies and art classes. This competition involved 514 students learning about microgravity experiments. They also delved into the history of creating “mission patches” for capturing the excitement of a spaceflight. Interested students took on the challenge for this year and dedicated themselves to artful creation.

The judges for this year’s district-level competition were comprised of members of the community (local artists and parent ambassadors), district personnel and Moreno Valley College. The judges recognized the effort and artistry each student put into their patch and were pleased to see our community being represented in each of the 41 final submissions.

The winning patch for the middle school competition was designed by Melany Torres in Mr. Zarate’s 7th grade ELA class at Mountain View Middle School. The winning patch for the high school competition was created by Armando Lardizabal in Mrs. Katzenstein’s Physics class at Valley View High School.

Emmie Glancy, the Professional Devleopment Specialist who is heading up this project, says, “We couldn’t be prouder of our students exemplifying our District’s definition of STEAM – Igniting Innovation and Expression Through Interdisciplinary Instruction’”

Canyon Springs High School students earn honors at competition

Recently, art students from teacher Elvira Zink’s classes at Canyon Springs High School participated in the Youth Art Month (YAM) competition at the Vanguard Art Gallery. YAM is a statewide art competition that is held by the California Art Education Association in conjunction with the National Art Education Association. A few took home regional honors in the Inland Empire.

In Art 2D category, Ninika Miller earned 3rd place and Omariah Johnson (pictured at right) took honorable mention.

In Ceramics, Aranza Orozco earned Honorable Mention.

Ninika Miller's artwork advanced to compete against Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego regions. Her work is currently on display at the Riverside Art Museum. Awards ceremony will be March 9 at 11:15 a.m.

Canyon Springs hosts incoming freshmen for Preview Day

Canyon Springs High School held a Preview Day Wednesday as a way for incoming freshman to see the campus they will attend next year. The students were divided into tour groups with current students from various activities on campus as the tour guides.

One of the stops was a pep rally featuring the school's cheer squad, choir performance, a band performance, and ballet folklorico. This was all organized by the Associated Student Body. Another stop on the tour was Club Rush. The club rush event not only provides the class of 2023 the opportunity to meet the students and advisers of the clubs on campus but the time to ask questions and sign an interest list. Additionally, the CSHS counselors let a presentation in the theater discussing how to be successful in high school.

Finally, the CSHS counselors organized a student panel. This is a new addition to our High School Preview day. The student panel consisted of members of the pathways/academies/programs on the campus. The moderator asked the panel a variety of questions to help the incoming freshman get a variety student viewpoints on what the experience at Canyon Springs might be like for them.

The school noted that the event seemed to be so much of a success that not only were the participants interested in the program, but the tour guides were wondering why they didn’t have an opportunity like this when they entered the school.

Shine Brighter series highlights MVUSD students

A new monthly Facebook video series, “Shine Brighter” will feature some of our spectacular students who are accomplishing great things at Moreno Valley Unified School District.

In Episode 1, Ivan Del Carmen, a sophomore at Vista del Lago High School shows that you should “never judge a book by its cover,” as he excels in the CTE Manufacturing Pathway.

“We are very excited to be able to share stories of our outstanding students with our community through this new series,” said Board Clerk Dr. Marsha Locke, “The first video with Ivan Del Carmen is such an inspirational story and we are proud that we have students excelling with Excellence on Purpose every day.”

Watch the video and like our Facebook page below.

Kindness Week celebrated at North Ridge Elementary School

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Kindness Month continues in MVUSD schools through February. At North Ridge Elementary School, counselor Ashley Holguin-Stiles put together a special theme each day this week for "Kindness Spirit Week."

Monday was Kindness is a Super Power Day and Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora greeted students in his Captain America costume along with Principal Wade Hamilton and Board President Jesus Holguin.

The week continued with Team up and be Kind on Tuesday, where students were asked to wear their favorite sports team gear. Wednesday, was Being Kind Goes a Long Way, where students wore college outfits. Today, was Kindness Makes the Heart Grow day.

Valley View High School girls water polo, boys soccer advance in CIF playoffs

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The Valley View girls water polo team will play for a CIF Championship after beating Glendora 8-2 on Wednesday afternoon. The championship match against Roosevelt will be played Saturday, February 16 at 10:50 a.m. at the Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

The Valley View boys soccer team advanced to the semi-final round of the CIF tournament by beating Montclair on Wednesday by a score of 3-0. They will play the semi-final game at home versus Troy on Saturday, February 16 at 5 p.m.

We also congratulate the Valley View girls basketball team on an outstanding season. They ended the CIF tournament with a loss to Chaminade in the quarterfinals on Wednesday evening.

“We hope to see the community come out and support these amazing teams as their quest for a CIF Championship continues,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.

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Friday, February 15

Lincoln's Day - Observed at all schools

Saturday, February 16

CIF Tournament

Valley View girls water polo vs. Roosevelt, CIF Championship, Woolett Center, Irvine, 10:50 a.m.

Valley View boys soccer vs. Troy, CIF semi-final, at Valley View HS, 5 p.m.

Varsity Athletics

Moreno Valley Boys and Girls Swimming vs. Paloma Valley, (away) 8 a.m.

Monday, February 18

President's Day - Observed at all schools

Varsity Athletics

Valley View Softball vs. Banning, (home) 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 19

Moreno Valley HS: Parent Book Club, 8 a.m.

Armada ES: Girl Empowerment Program 2:30 p.m.

Canyon Springs HS: ELAC, 3:15 p.m.

Sunnymead MS: Parent University, 5 p.m.

Varsity Athletics

Valley View Softball vs. Chino, (away) 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 20

Canyon Springs HS: Coffee with the Counselors, 8:30 a.m.

Bear Valley ES: Father Daughter Dance, 5 to 7 p.m.

Varsity Athletics

Canyon Springs Baseball vs. Tahquitz, (home) 3:15 p.m.

Valley View Softball vs. Notre Dame, (away) 2:30 p.m.

Vista del Lago Boys Tennis vs. Arlington, (home) 3:15 p.m.

Vista del Lago Boys Volleyball vs. Chaparral, (home) 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 21

Armada ES: ELAC, 8:30 a.m.

Butterfield ES: School Site Council, 2:55 p.m.

Hendrick Ranch ES: School Site Council, 3 p.m.

Sunnymead MS: Literacy Night, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

District Black History Month Celebration: 6 to 8 p.m. at Vista Heights MS

March Mountain HS: School Site Council, 6 p.m.

Moreno Valley HS: Math Parent Night, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Varsity Athletics

Canyon Springs Boys Swimming vs. Bloomington, (away) 3:15 p.m.

Valley View Softball vs. Corona, (away) 4:15 p.m.

Vista del Lago Softball vs. Linfield Christian, (home) 3:15 p.m.

Friday, February 22

Moreno Valley HS: Coffee with the Counselors, 10 a.m.

Cloverdale ES: Parent Book Club, 1 p.m.

Midland ES: 3rd Grade Multiplication Tournament, 1:30 p.m.

Moreno Valley HS: PTO Zumba Party, 4 p.m.

North Ridge ES: Mother/Son Bingo, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Varsity Athletics

Vista del Lago Boys Tennis vs. Oak Hills, (home) 3:15 p.m.

Vista del Lago Boys Volleyball vs. Carter, (home) 4:40 p.m.