Distinguished Schools, Town Hall on Racism, Nominate for Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to these Mt Diablo schools, recognized for excellence by the state of CA!

  • California Distinguished Schools awarded to Bancroft Elementary, Sequoia Elementary, and Walnut Acres Elementary

  • California Model Continuation High School awarded to Prospect High

We are so proud and thankful for all that these school teachers, staff, leadership and families did to build excellent learning communities.


Town Hall Tuesday re Concerns about Racism & Bullying

One of my key priorities in running for school board has been “Welcoming, Safe, Inclusive schools for every Mt Diablo student,” and unfortunately like many schools across the U.S., ours have had incidents of hate, racism, and violence.  This is something we take very seriously.

Our board President Nzewi and superintendent Dr Clark have therefore now scheduled a Town Hall for this Tuesday night, February 21st, at 6:30pm at Pine Hollow Middle School, Multi-use Room at 5522 Pine Hollow Road in Concord

This is intended to be a safe place for families to speak up about these issues, and for our district leadership and board to listen. All are welcome.

Coming up

The next school board meeting is this Wednesday, February 22, 2023. We welcome your input via email or in person! See details at https://www.mdusd.org/boardmeetings

This meeting includes a review of a contract with Curriculum Associates to provide iReady math & reading assessments and lessons districtwide for 2023-24. You're welcome to share your experiences and opinions via email to [email protected] or comment during that item at the board meeting.

Feb 1st School Board Mtg Actions & Resources

Here are a few highlights from the February 1st school board meeting:

  1. appointed Matthew Fielder as the District's Chief Accountant and Tiffany Jackson as the Vice Principal at Shore Acres Elementary School in Bay Point. 

  2. reviewed reports on enrollment projections and the Governor's Proposed Budget for 2023-24

  3. approved a Teamsters Side Letter adjusting Landscape Department job descriptions & salaries

  4. In my board report I shared these important resources:

    • https://www.calhopeschools.org/ - this anxiety & mental health resource is provided free to families and schools: The CalHOPE Schools Initiative links 3 powerful resources together at one easy access point for CA educators: 

      1. A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth

      2. Angst: Building Resilience, and 

      3. Stories of Hope: SHORTS.

    • https://besmartforkids.org/ - Secure firearm storage is an essential part of home safety. With more guns in more homes due to an unprecedented surge in gun sales over the past two years, it’s more important than ever for parents and caregivers to know how secure storage protects children. And in 2020, gun suicide among children ages 17 and under reached the highest rate in more than 20 years and firearms became the leading cause of death among children in the United States. Storing firearms securely can help prevent these tragedies and keep kids safe.

Nominate a Teacher, Parent or Staff for Awards of Excellence by Feb 28th

On Thursday May 11th, you and the entire Mt Diablo Unified School District community are invited to get together at Centre Concord to recognize, promote, and celebrate the excellence of MDUSD employees and community members!

Nominations are now open for the MDEA Awards of Excellence for that evening. All nominees will be listed in the event program.

You can be the one to make sure your school is represented there.  Please submit nominations here by February 28th for the following Awards:

Outstanding Achievement in Teaching

  • Leadership & Courage

  • Creative Curriculum

  • Most Inspirational

  • Community Involvement

  • Lifetime Achievement

Awards for Staff Members, Supporters, and Community Members

  • Outstanding Classified Employee

  • Outstanding Administrator

  • Outstanding Parent Volunteer 

  • Outstanding Volunteer Organization 

  • Outstanding Collaborating Team

  • Social Justice - individual or small team acting to improve equity, racial justice, diversity, and inclusion in our MDUSD schools

Submit your nomination here, due by Tuesday, February 28th.

Save the date to attend and celebrate all nominees together at the MDEA Awards of Excellence on Thursday evening, May 11th at Centre Concord!

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  • Cherise Khaund
    published this page in Blog 2023-02-20 15:56:51 -0800