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January 20, 2023 #21

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Upcoming Dates

1/24: Renaissance Applications Due by 3pm

1/25 Office Hours 1:10-1:45

1/26 CJSF Applications due by 3pm

1/27: Gold Card Luncheon Permission Slips Available

1/27 AVID applications due to Mrs. Starick (D3) by 8am

2/1 Office Hours 1:10-1:45

2/9 Early Release day at 1:00

2/15 Office Hours 1:10-1:45

2/17 School Closed

2/20 President's Day Holiday- School Closed

CJSF (California Junior Scholastic Achievement) for 7th and 8th graders REPOST

CJSF is an organization for 7th & 8th graders with good grades & citizenship.


Applications will be in the office, “B” side, Friday , January 13

Students should fill out the application, attach their report card with comments and turn it in to D-6, Ms Montoya.

We meet on Thursdays from 2:45-3:30. Our first meeting will be January 26, in D-6. If a student qualifies and cannot come to our Thursday meetings, they should apply anyway and will become an inactive member. Our main focus is to do service projects and have fun together. Check out the display case by the B side of the office and get an idea of the type of projects we work on.


January 26, 3:00 p.m. is the deadline to get applications in.

Students should plan to come to our first meeting January 26. We will be electing our officers.

Teacher award Nomination-- we can win $20,000 for SMS! REPOST

On behalf of NBC Sports Bay Area & California and Provident Credit Union, we are excited to announce the start of the 16th annual All-Star Teacher Award. Each year, the All-Star Teacher Award recognizes middle and high school teachers in the San Francisco & Sacramento Area for their extraordinary dedication to their students and community.

Below is an overview of the program:

Nomination period:

  • Nomination forms can be found online at NBCSportsBayArea.com/AST and must be completed by anyone 18 years or older by Monday, February 6, 2023


Judging period:

  • Following the nomination deadline, a panel of judges will select five finalists based on four categories: overall commitment, excellence in teaching, rapport with students, and level of distinction
  • Finalists will be notified around February 24, 2023
  • Once the finalists have been announced, we will highlight the extraordinary work they do for their school, students, and community on NBC Sports Bay Area & California.

Voting period:

  • Public voting will be open from April 3 to June 5, 2023, and available on NBCSportsBayArea.com/AST
  • Over the summer, all five finalists will be recognized prior to the start of a San Francisco Giants game at Oracle Park, and the Grand Prize winning teacher’s school will receive $30,000!

Learn more about the 2022 All-Star Teacher Award winner, Jessica Holman, who won $20,000 for her school, Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park.


Attached is a flyer for you to share with your school staff, student body, and parents so they can nominate their favorite teacher. Please note, students under 18 years old will need a parent or guardian to submit a nomination form on their behalf.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES...

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OUT AND ABOUT ON CAMPUS.

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Mr. Willner will be greatly missed.

I regret to inform our SMS community that a former, well- loved staff member Mr. Stephan Willner passed away on January 6th. Mr. Willner was our woodshop teacher for many years until he retired in 2018. The image above was taken the year he retired from Sequoia. The wooden name plaques that are being displayed in the photo were made by Stephan for staff members and it was one of the ways he welcomed them to SMS. He has left his mark in our hearts and we will never forget him.
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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.

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