Principal's Newsletter

March 2018

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Important News in this month's newsletter

  • March 9th -- no school (end of Trimester 2)
  • District LCAP survey -- your input is needed. Please complete this important survey by Mar. 11 (see below and in Espanol)
  • 8th grade Parent Reminders (see below)
  • District Spelling Bee 2nd place winner Nevanmee Kurulugama will compete on the County level this month -- good luck!
  • National History Day winners (see below)
  • Pathways to a Bright Future March 14th, 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Click here to register)
  • Parents, Teens and Screens on March 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM in the library, brought to you by Axis Community Health -- you won't want to miss this. Parents and kids invited!

LCAP Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians of Mendenhall Middle School Students:

Last week you received an email inviting your participation in an online survey that will provide our district and our school with information that we use to improve student achievement, our school learning environment, and our parent and guardian engagement. Thanks to those of you who have already completed the survey.

If you have not yet done so, please share your thoughts by completing this online survey: LVJUSD Parent & Guardian Survey 2018.

This survey will take approximately 7 - 10 minutes to complete. You may save your responses and return at another time to finish the survey, if you choose. The survey is open now and will close Sunday, March 11, 2018 at midnight.

If you have any questions, please contact Philomena Rambo at or 925-960-2917.

Thank you for taking the time to provide your input. We appreciate all that you do to support our students, staff and schools.


Susan Sambuceti


Estimados padres de familia y tutores de los estudiantes del Mendenhall Middle School:

Apreciamos su colaboración en la educación de todos los estudiantes de nuestro distrito. Su opinión nos brinda la información que empleamos para mejorar el rendimiento estudiantil, nuestro entorno de aprendizaje escolar y nuestro compromiso con los padres de familia y tutores.

Comparta sus opiniones al llenar esta encuesta en línea: Encuesta a los padres de familia y tutores 2018.

Esta encuesta les tomará aproximadamente de 7 a 10 minutos para completarla. Pueden guardar sus respuestas y regresar en otro momento para finalizarla, si así lo desea. La encuesta está disponible ahora y se cerrará el domingo 11 de marzo de 2018 a la medianoche.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Philomena Rambo escribiendo a o llamando al 925-960-2917.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para contribuir con su opinión. Agradecemos todo lo que hace para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes, personal y escuelas.


Mike Biondi

Superintendente Asistente de Servicios Educativos

For 8th Grade Parents/Guardians

I would like to remind eighth grade parents that students who have an F in any course at the end of the second trimester (March 8th) will not be eligible to attend the 8th grade field trip to Discovery Kingdom or the 8th grade promotion dance party. Please help your child to stay focused and productive. It is our hope that all 8th graders will be able to participate in Promotion, which requires that students pass all classes the third trimester.

Congratulations to our National History Day Winners!

In Individual Exhibits, Ciara Terry, Kelsey Hertz, and Katie Levine
In Group Exhibits, Charlotte Foulk and Ashanti Chauhan; Kelly Burke and Kat Stimpfig; Christianna Yano and Allison Gould
In Individual Websites, Sydney Gutierrez, Madeline Seburn, and Hailey Miller
In Group Websites, Ben Wigginton and Jake Fields; Sairag Maram and Ian Quindipan; and Gia Oscherwitz and Palak Guleria
In Individual Documentaries, Owen Fidler, Zainab Abbas, and Adam Sahn
In Group Documentaries, Sam Costello, Liam Murphy, and Jackson Snodgress; Allyson Lagodzinski and Reese Chy; Elle Bowman and Kira DeMello
In Individual Performances, Katie Fogerson and Cara Razma
In Historical Papers, Katherine Meezan, Julia Leigh, and Brianna Yen

Staff Luncheon Feb. 27th

Once again, the staff was feted with a beautiful lunch by our parents. The salads and sandwich fixings were delicious, and the dessert bar was a huge hit! Special thanks to parents Kelli Urban, Celeste Lewis, Kara Hofmann, and Shawna Curtin, who spent the whole day setting up, serving and cleaning up. What a commitment -- and so much appreciated!

Reminders from the Student Handbook

Please remind your child not to bring items to school that disrupt the learning environment. A number of students have brought remote speakers to school that they use to play music. Please leave these at home. Speakers that have been confiscated must be picked up by a parent. Here is the reference from the handbook:

Items That Should Not Be Brought To School - Items that should not be brought to school includes sharp objects (other than pens and pencils), sprays, vitamins or medication (either prescription or over the counter) which would be a distraction at school, any items which appear to be illicit drugs (i.e., “look-alike” drugs), toy knives, pocket knives, water pistols, toy guns or ammunition, radios, CD players, MP3 players, tape players, cameras, laser pointers, beepers, liquid “white out,permanent pens (such as Sharpies), glass containers, or any objects or substance that could disrupt or distract school activities.

Thank you . . .

As always, I thank you for placing your trust in the Mendenhall teachers and staff to do our very best for your children. They are our priority.

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