Incoming 6th G Foothill MS Families

March 01, 2021

Good morning!

I will be hosting a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 2 at 6pm which is more like a meet and greet since there potentially will be 300 student parents and guardians logged in. Therefore we have compiled FAQs which you will find below, as well as many other resources of information. You will find links with videos and information on both our performing arts programs: Instrumental Music and Vocal Music. The emails for each instructor are located there in case you should have questions.


If you have not submitted your elective choice or you would like to make changes, you have until it closes on Sunday, March 7 at 11:59pm.


Principal Vaiana,

Honored to serve the Foothill Community💜💛

Meet and Greet with Foothill MS Admin Team--This Tuesday

Here are the details to join us for a meet and greet with Principal Vaiana and Vice Principal Stull:
  • Tuesday, March 02, 2021
  • 6:00 pm--6:30 pm


This is for ALL incoming 6th grade families (four elementary feeder schools) therefore we request each family to limit to one device so hopefully everyone will have access.


Please check out the FAQs.


Principal Vaiana is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for incoming 6th grade Parents.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://mdusd.zoom.us/j/89131159141?pwd=RnNDWEJmTXgzRDRlU0ZuQVVZWWQzZz09

Meeting ID: 891 3115 9141
Passcode: 139031

Information on our Instrumental Music Program

Mr. Ravina leads our various bands and orchestra program. If you have any questions please email him directly: ravinaj@mdusd.org

Information on our Vocal Music Program

Mrs. Anderson leads our vocal music program. If you have any questions please email her directly: andersonss@mdusd.org

6th Grade Electives

Elective Choices (one)
  • Choir {all year}
  • Instrumental Music (band or orchestra) {all year}
  • Rotations (four different classes which may include art, drama, music appreciation, robotics, and more).
  • Accelerated Spanish MAY be a possibility. MUST have been in the 2-way Dual Immersion program
  • Academic Success (students with an IEP)
  • English Language Development (Levels 1-4) {placement determined by District and State}

Required courses:

Required courses for every 6th grade student:
  • Core (English and Social Studies)
  • Math 6
  • Science 6
  • Applied 21st Century Skills
  • PE

New course for ALL 6th grade students

Although your child is a Digital Native, that truly only means a person born or brought up during the age of digital technology, with computers and the internet. It does not mean they can navigate naturally with programs, systems, and the mechanics of software.


Therefore this past year we piloted a program previously labeled "HOT (Hands on Technology)" which was about students learning practical applications of G Suite for Education. This year it has been approved by the School Board as a pilot course, Applied 21st Century Skills. It is proving to be invaluable for our students. Especially as we dive more into the use of technology and especially G Suite.


You may not elect your child out of this course.

Communications

It is extremely important to stay connected to your child's school and be informed. The following are necessary:


  • All contacts in Aeries/HomeLink need to be current. Your phone numbers and emails are the primary method of contact. This will update to our school in July.
  • ParentSquare is the District and Foothill's method of directly contacting you for regular communication as well as any urgent alert or emergency that may need to be pushed out to the community. If you keep your contacts current in Aeries this system is linked an updated every evening.
  • Principal's Newsletter. I send this both directly to the primary email listed in Aeries as well as push out through ParentSquare. Additionally the link is posted in the Griffin News section on our School's website. Feel free to go there and check out the correspondence over this school year. At the end of this newsletter is one sample.
  • Read the Superintendent's Friday Letter (link below).
  • Subscribe to Foothill's PFA Konstella (newsletter site). This will happen once your child is a Foothill student (after the end of 5th grade).
CCC Covid-19 Vaccine Information

Information from the Contra Costa County Health Department

MDUSD Reconnect Safely, Return Strong

A Safe Reopening Plan Following Public Health Guidelines

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MDUSD Title IX Non-Discrimination Statement

The Governing Board is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, facilities and practices shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identify, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, actual or potential parental, family, marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics (Governing Board Policy 0410).


Contact Us / How to File a Complaint

For questions, concerns or complaints regarding student harassment, discrimination, intimidation and bullying, please contact Jennifer Sachs, Chief of Educational Services, at sachsj@mdusd.org or by phone at (925) 682-8000 x4016.