January 18, 2019
Canyon Springs, Moreno Valley High School students win Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest
Casandrah Barcenas, a junior at Canyon Springs High School, and, Michelle Chun, a senior at Moreno Valley High School, were awarded scholarships earlier today during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast, sponsored by Moreno Valley College and MVUSD. Students were prompted to research and write essays based on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “The Three Evils of Society” speech in 1967. Student essays addressed the issues in current society and how to address those evils.
Casandrah strives to be the best in everything she tackles. She hopes to attend a UC campus or Stanford University to pursue a career in dermatology.
Michelle is involved in the marching band and competition dance team. She would like to attend UCLA to study biochemistry and eventually wants to attend medical school.
Moreno Valley College’s speech competition winner, Faustino De La Cruz, is a Vista del Lago High School graduate. He returned to school after serving in the United States Marine Corps. He is studying bioengineering.
“We are extremely proud of our scholarship winners,” said Board Vice President Cleveland Johnson, “In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, he prompted the future to “keep the pressure alive” in addressing the evils of society and these students through their essays are learning to do that in today’s society.”
The high school winners received $500 scholarships during the breakfast ceremony at the Moreno Valley Conference Center. Students from Moreno Valley and Val Verde Unified School Districts participated in the competition.
The keynote speaker was Rev. Charles Lee-Johnson, pastor of Corona Community Church, and Hardy and Cheryl Brown were honored with the MLK Legacy Award.
Palm Middle School students selected to send project to International Space Station
A group of five students at Palm Middle School will see their science project launch into space later this year after being selected for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), in partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, recently announced the selection of Palm Middle School’s microgravity experiment to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SSEP Mission 13, scheduled for launch in the Spring or Summer of 2019.
The project, "The Growth and Development of Sustainable Brine Shrimp in Microgravity," was developed by students Aidan Alvarez, Doran Arias, Vince Mora, Andre Portlock, and Vincent Ruiz under the guidance of teacher Gayle DiCarlantonio, Director of Professional Development and Digital Learning Dr. Sue Buster, and Professional Development Specialist Emmie Glancy.
The Palm Middle School experiment was selected from three finalist proposals in the Moreno Valley Unified School District. A national review board convened by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education selected the Palm student project for the spaceflight.
“We are thrilled with all of the students who submitted proposals to this program and the Palm Middle School team that will see their project launched to space,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “We are offering students unique learning opportunities that apply to real-world experiences.”
“We are so proud of the work behind this project,” said Board of Education President Jesus Holguin. “I know as a community, we are looking forward to the launch of this project, and learning about the lessons these students take away from this opportunity.”
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program [or SSEP] is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S. and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. It is enabled through a strategic partnership with DreamUp PBC and NanoRacks LLC, which are working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory.
Kroger donates to Edgemont family during the holidays
Community partner Kroger, which owns Ralphs and operates a distribution center near Edgemont Elementary School, donated a variety of items to an Edgemont family during the holidays.
The donation, from the entire team at the Kroger facility, included clothing, toys, and food.
“This is one of the many reasons why we love our community partners,” said Board President Jesus Holguin, “Kroger has been very generous in helping the families at Edgemont Elementary School and this is just one example of their amazing partnership with our schools.”
Professional Development team members now certified as “InsideOut” Presenters
A team from Professional Development and Digital Learning began the difficult work of becoming Certified InsideOut Presenters. The program helps educators identify their own professional goals, and then coaches them to help make those goals a reality. InsideOut Coaching uses a growth model to help leaders “hold the conversations that energize people [and] motivate action.”
This 2-day training teaches how to facilitate conversations during which someone self-identifies a goal, sets incremental steps, and monitors growth. MVUSD’s Certified Presenters are Dr. Sue Buster (Director), and Professional Development Specialists Angela Dubé-Robinson, Mary Stafford, and Lorrie McConnell. This team has already trained a group of administrators during the winter break last week. The feedback was enthusiastic, inspired and appreciative!
“We all need - and deserve - coaching that starts with recognizing our professionalism, integrity, and desire to grow,” says Dr. Sue Buster, Director of Professional Development and Digital Learning. “Having a team of Certified InsideOut Presenters will provide us with a structure to help us all become more effective and professionally satisfied.”
California Mayors’ Cyber Cup coming to Moreno Valley
The California Mayors Cup challenge is coming to Moreno Valley and teams from Moreno Valley Unified School District will be competing.
The California Mayors Cyber Cup is a community event to celebrate the students participating in cyber competitions while bringing awareness to cyber career pathways and the need for building a future workforce of cyber defenders.
Teams in each region will represent their respective city and compete in a 4-hour academic cyber challenge mitigating cyber vulnerabilities in a critical infrastructure scenario. Teams will be competing live across the state with an active scoreboard recording their successful endeavors.
Community members are also invited to the special community reception on the day of the event. Registration for community members is available here. The community event will feature a free lunch, a presentation on cybersecurity and the awards ceremony. Following the awards ceremony, students and the community will have the opportunity to hear from local businesses about cyber career opportunities. The event will take place at Moreno Valley College on February 23.
The California Cyberhub, California Community Colleges, and Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy sponsor the California Mayors Cyber Cup in a collaborative effort to expand cyber education and STEM pathways, support California ICT labor market demand, and support the cyber needs of our small businesses within our communities through academic and business partnerships.
“Moreno Valley Unified School District has a well-established cyber security program and events like these in our community give us the chance to demonstrate our student’s skills,” said Board Clerk Dr. Marsha Locke, “We hope to see the community supporting our MVUSD teams in this exciting cyber challenge.”
MVUSD-UCR STEAM certificate courses begin
During winter break, a cadre of MVUSD educators began the rigorous process of earning a professional MVUSD STEAM Certificate through the University of California, Riverside. They hope to become experts at carrying out MVUSD’s definition of STEAM: “Ignite innovation and expression through interdisciplinary instruction.”
This 4-course, 12-quarter-unit certificate requires 15 full days in class plus independent assignments, and the instructors are MVUSD personnel working as adjunct instructors vetted by UCR.
Participant Kimberly Trinh, a teacher at Chaparral Hills Elementary School said, “The world is progressing every day and STEAM is a great mindset/teaching method to adopt in order to help students progress with the world.”
Open enrollment available for school transfers
A variety of choices in programs, courses and diploma options are available to all students. All schools in MVUSD have space available.
Download a flyer listing school options by clicking here.
"We want our parents and students to know they have choices in education, and we have 40 schools to choose from in Moreno Valley Unified School District," said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora, "We have programs for every student and the transfer period gives parents the option to pick what is best for their child."
More information will be mailed to parents in the coming weeks.
Remember, transfer forms must be submitted in person by March 15, 2019 at:
Welcome and Registration Center
23301 Dracaea Avenue
Moreno Valley, CA 92553
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For appointments call 951-571-7690, or email CentralRegAppt@mvusd.net.
STEAM UNITY CONFERENCE OPEN TO DISTRICT FAMILIES ON JANUARY 26
• A Keynote Speaker
• STEAM Booths and Parent Workshops
• Robotics and Coding
• Art, Digital Art, and Music
• Explore the Latest Technologies in Education
• Engage with Universities, Colleges, and Industry
Please register at this link: bit.ly/STEAMUnity
Lunch and breakfast will be provided but will not be guaranteed if you register after Saturday, January 12, 2019. Childcare will also be provided.
📅 NEXT WEEK AT MVUSD 📅
Saturday, January 19
Canyon Springs Boys Wrestling at Boys and Girls League Finals (away), 28755 El Toro Rd, Lake Elsinore CA 92532, 8 a.m.
Moreno Valley Boys Basketball vs Palm Springs at Desert Showcase (away), 8 a.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Basketball vs Norco (away), 7:30 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Coed Wrestling (Girls) at Ayala’s Women’s Wrestling Tournament (away), 14255 Peyton Dr, Chino Hills CA 91709, 8 a.m.
Monday, January 21
Moreno Valley Boys Basketball vs Palmdale at MLK Showcase (away), 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22
Moreno Valley HS: Parent Book Club, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sunnymead MS: Behavior Expectation Assembly Schedule 8th Grade, 9 a.m.
Armada ES: Girl Empowerment Program 4th/5th, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
MVUSD Board Room: Board of Education (Regular Meeting), 7 p.m.
Canyon Springs Girls Soccer vs Lakeside/Lake Elsinore (home), 3:15 p.m.
Canyon Springs Boys Soccer vs Paloma Valley (away), 5:00 p.m.
Canyon Springs Girls Basketball vs Rancho Verde (home), 6:30 p.m.
Valley View Girls Basketball vs Temescal Canyon (away), 6:00 p.m.
Valley View Boys Basketball vs Notre Dame/Riverside (away), 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23
Canyon Springs HS: Freshman Recruitment Assembly for California Partners, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vista Heights MS: MVUSD History Day Competition, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunnymead MS: Behavior Expectation Assembly Schedule 7th Grade, 9 a.m.
Midland ES: Spelling Bee 4th and 5th grades, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Moreno Valley HS: Family & Child Care Leaders Meeting, 12:40 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.
Canyon Springs HS: Financial Aid Night, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Moreno Valley Boys Soccer vs Indian Springs (home), 3:15 p.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Soccer vs Indian Springs (away), 3:15 p.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Basketball vs Indian Springs (home). 5:30 p.m.
Moreno Valley Boys Basketball vs Indian Springs (home), 6:45 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Boys Soccer vs San Bernardino (home), 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Girls Soccer vs San Bernardino (away), 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Girls Basketball vs San Bernardino (home), 5:30 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Boys Basketball vs San Bernardino (home), 7:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 24
Sunnymead MS: 4.0 Awards Assembly, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunnymead MS: Behavior Expectation Assembly Schedule 6th Grade, 9 a.m.
Moreno Valley HS: ELAC Meeting, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Moreno Valley HS: RARCC Presentation for Purple Ribbon Week, 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Butterfield ES: AAPAC, 2:55 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
Sunnymead MS: 3.0-3.9 Awards Assembly, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunnymead ES: Family Literacy Night, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Moreno Valley HS: Parent English Classes & Childcare, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Moreno Valley HS: African American Parent Council Committee, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
MVUSD 2019 STATE OF THE DISTRICT 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Vista del Lago HS
Canyon Springs Girls Soccer vs Perris (home), 3:15 p.m.
Canyon Springs Boys Soccer vs Perris (home), 5:00 p.m.
Canyon Springs Boys Basketball vs Lakeside/Lake Elsinore (home), 6:30 p.m.
Valley View Girls Soccer vs Arlington (home), 3:15 p.m.
Valley View Boys Soccer vs Arlington (away), 6:00 p.m.
Valley View Boys Basketball vs Temescal Canyon (home), 6:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25
Cloverdale ES: Parent Ambassador- Cloverdale Parent Book Club, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
North Ridge ES: Father/ Daughter Dance, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Vista Heights MS: MVUSD History Day Awards Ceremony, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Canyon Springs Boys Soccer vs North J.W. (home), 5:00 p.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Soccer vs San Bernardino (home), 3:15 p.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Water Polo vs San Bernardino (away), 3:15 p.m.
Moreno Valley Boys Soccer vs San Bernardino (away), 3:15 p.m.
Moreno Valley Girls Basketball vs San Bernardino (away), 5:30 p.m.
Moreno Valley Boys Basketball vs San Bernardino (away), 6:45 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Boys Soccer vs A.B. Miller (home), 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Girls Soccer vs A.B. Miller (away), 3:15 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Girls Basketball vs A.B. Miller (home), 5:30 p.m.
Vista Del Lago Boys Basketball vs A.B. Miller (home), 7:15 p.m.