Superintendent's Newsletter

November 2019

Dear MUSD Community,

How did we already get to November? We are now in our twelfth full week of school and our students and staff are doing amazing things across the district. As we welcomed in November, we certainly sent October out with a bit too much excitement. First and foremost, I want to acknowledge and thank our local first responders and their families. From the Martinez Police Department sending officers to support Sonoma County, to our local FireFighters protecting our community while supporting the work in the North Bay, on behalf of all our community I offer thanks and gratitude for your service.

I would also like to take a moment and give a huge shout-out to our MUSD staff! Through uncertainty of power, variable air quality conditions, an unprecedented string of Red Flag Warnings, wildfires in the North Bay, spot fires in the East Bay, and remarkable wind conditions, our staff was present and ready to support our students. It is especially noted that our staff also had family and loved ones to care for, including addressing their own personal health and safety needs, while still being a element of strength for our students. I am grateful for the focus and commitment to our students demonstrated by all MUSD staff last week. Thank you to all our amazing staff members! Thanks also goes to our families for being involved and committed to the safety and success of our students. It is a great honor and responsibility to care for the safety of your child(ren) and we thank you for trusting MUSD.

As safety remains at the forefront of our minds, I’d like to take a moment and remind all of our community members that we can work together to improve student safety by ensuring we drive very carefully around all school zones. This includes being at or under the speed limit, not having any phones out or other related distractions, and of course watching closely for children traveling to and from school. Thank you taking these reminders to heart as we travel through our community.

You have got to check out all the other great news below! Did you know...

2 Special Announcements for John Muir Elementary

Did you know...last week our first wall was put up for the new John Muir Campus. Thanks to the support of our community and the passage of Measure R, we are able to fund the construction of a new campus for John Muir Elementary. But we have even more exciting news about John Muir.

Did you know...John Muir Elementary was just announced as one of five elementary schools in all of Contra Costa that is eligible for application become to a "California Distinguished School for 2020". The California Department of Education has set specific criteria for eligibility and recently announced the list of eligible schools in California. Applications must be filed with the state by December 6, 2019, but it is already a great honor for the Timberwolves to be recognized along with these five other school in Contra Costa County.

Lafayette School District - Burton Valley Elementary

Martinez Unified School District - John Muir Elementary

Mt. Diablo Unified School District - Silverwood Elementary

San Ramon Valley Unified - Hidden Hills Elementary

San Ramon Valley Unified - Sycamore Valley Elementary

Cyber Safety Presentation for MJHS Parents and MJHS Students - Don't miss this event!

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 @ 6:30PM, please join the MJHS Administration in partnership with Martinez PD and the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office for a free presentation on the topic of Cyber Safety. This presentation will cover many important topics affecting today's youth, including protecting your identity, online and digital footprints, cyber-bullying, sexting and sextortion, as presented by the Contra Costa County DA's Office and The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This presentation will be followed by an assembly to all MJHS students on November 14th.

Parents from other MUSD schools are welcome. However, we ask that all parents interested in attending please complete this eventbrite registration,

Congratulations to Morello Park Teacher - Mrs. Catherine Spinner

Round of applause and congratulations are in order for Mrs. Catherine Spinner of Morello Park Elementary! Mrs. Spinner was nominated and selected out of an outstanding field of nominees as one of the 2019-2020 Teachers of the Year for the Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust. Each year, since 1992, three teachers in Contra Costa County are selected for this distinguished honor. Past MUSD recipients include, Suzanne Fischer, Renee Travis, and Joanie Ambrosini. Congratulations to Mrs. Spinner on this well deserved award. Mrs. Spinner will be recognized this month at an annual awards dinner hosted by the acclaimed food and wine critic, Narsai David. Each year, Narsai personally designs a multi-course dinner prepared by chefs from outstanding Bay Area restaurants. To accompany each course, Narsai matches his selections with wines from some of California’s finest vineyards. Cheers, to you Mrs. Spinner!

Upcoming Events

November 4, PTA Council Meeting

November 11, No School - Veterans Day Holiday

November 12, MJHS Cyber Safety Parent Night

November 18, Board of Education Meeting

November 25-29, No School - Thanksgiving Break