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Enrollment Flyer

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten enrollment for the 2024-25 school year will continue through March at our Centralized Enrollment Center, with locations in Concord and Bay Point. 

Students attending an MDUSD school (TK and up) in the current (2023-24) school year do not need to re-enroll.

The complete TK/K enrollment schedule by school is here. Please note that both enrollment centers are closed from 12:30-1 p.m. for lunch.

Please see the attached flyers for schools registering students this month. The March enrollment dates flyer is here.

More information about TK and Kindergarten in MDUSD is here.

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Enrollment Flyer
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Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  • Spotlight on Valhalla Elementary Art Fair;
  • District News including upcoming meetings and events;
  • School News including PG&E CEO posts social media shout-out to Ygnacio Valley HS robotics club and teacher, and Northgate HS Girls and Ygnacio Valley HS Boys Basketball Teams head to NCS Championships, plus Elementary and Middle School Social Media Highlights;
  • Student News highlighting Northgate HS student creates new organization to help others, Oak Grove MS celebrates students reclassified as Fluent English Proficient, and Northgate HS freshman is youngest and first female NCS wrestling champ in school history, plus HS Student Social Media Highlights;
  • Staff News featuring East Bay Times story about Valley View MS teacher's efforts to revive school wood shop program;
  • Community News including Free tutoring available and Pride Prom tickets on sale;
  • And more!

You can read it here.

Read More about Friday Letter - February 23, 2024
Valhalla Art Fair

Students in grades TK-5 at Valhalla Elementary in Pleasant Hill are proud to share their artwork with their families, the community and each other during the school's Art Fair held in the Multi-Use Room each year. The theme for this year's fair, which was open to families on Feb. 21 and visited by all classes on Feb. 22, was “The Sky's the Limit!" It showcased the creative talents of students in a variety of artwork, "including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and crafts, all created by our young artists under the guidance of our dedicated teachers," said Principal Theodora Pappas. "The Art Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for our students to exhibit their artistic accomplishments and for our school community to celebrate their creativity and hard work."

Teachers chose artists to study and more specific themes to explore, such as nightscapes, aliens, outer space, hot air balloons and birds. First-graders in Katharine King's class painted nightscapes that featured silhouettes of trees under a full moon and multi-colored sky dotted with shooting stars. Proudly pointing to his painting, student Owen Clark said he added glitter to the moon and stars "to show where it's lighter." His classmate Kyla Cooney, whose painting was mounted below Owen's, said she painted the trees darker to lighter from left to right, a technique she learned from her older sister. She said she enjoyed the fair, but would like it even more if students could create whatever they wanted instead of everyone in the class doing essentially the same thing. Their classmate Charlotte Huang said she liked the fair because she loves to paint and to see the creativity that all the students put into their work.

Kindergarten teacher Christine Botting said her students created replicas of "The Starry Night," by Vincent van Gogh, using finger paint, dropping yellow dots to create stars using popsicle sticks. They cut paper to create the town beneath the stars and colored the chapel, while also focusing on creating the "wiggly, wavy lines" in the sky, Botting said, as her class toured the exhibits on Thursday. She said she would encourage other schools to host similar fairs, if they don't already. "It's great," she said. "It's really fun for the kids to see everyone else's work and the artists they studied."

Valhalla Art Fair
Read More about School-wide Art Fair at Valhalla Elementary teaches students about artists' work
DVC/ULV partnership

MDUSD is pleased to announce our participation in a new partnership with Diablo Valley College (DVC) and United Latino Voices of Contra Costa to help Latinx high school students transition to the community college. Called the DVC/ULV Latinx High School Partnership Project, the effort aims to inform Latinx high school students and their families about the programs available at DVC, help them with applications and answer questions, in English or Spanish. 

During a kick-off event for the partnership held Feb. 8 at DVC, program organizers and supporters said many people don't realize that community college in California is free for two years and that DVC accepts everyone who applies. The college also has a Puente program to help students transfer from DVC to four-year colleges and universities, participates in federal programs including Upward Bound - which supports low-income, first generation students, and has a DVC Dreamers Alliance and student Dreamers Club to provide support for undocumented students. 

To help get the word out about opportunities for Latinx students at DVC, the partnership is enlisting the assistance of current Latinx DVC students to provide presentations to MDUSD students and their families at the following high schools: College Park HS, Concord HS, Mt. Diablo HS, Ygnacio Valley HS; Olympic, Crossroads, and Prospect continuation high schools; Glenbrook Academy; and Horizons Center for Independent study.

Mt. Diablo HS alum Marlene Gomez, who currently attends DVC, is working as an intern for the partnership. "We’re here to make a difference," she said, adding that she is a first-generation college student. "I came to DVC looking for a brighter future, I knew I wanted to go to college, but because of finances, I couldn’t go to a 4-year university" after high school graduation. She is eager to tell others about how the Upward Bound and Puente programs have helped her navigate college.

And Ygnacio Valley HS alumni Katherine Guzman Sosa and Jose de Jesus Ochoa (who graduated in 2020 and 2022 respectively) said they helped to form Dreamers Club at DVC and are advising students at their alma mater about how to form a club there. They have presented information to YVHS parents about DVC and are excited about the partnership because it also offers mentorship to Latinx DVC students like them.

MDUSD's Multilingual Education Director Carmen Garces said she would like student interns to give a presentation to the District English Learner Advisory Commitee (DELAC). "I think that it's wonderful," she said. Mt. Diablo HS counselors Leidi Arias and Yaretzie Amaya said the new Latinx outreach would bolster the work that is already being done by the school's College and Career Advisor Erika Ramos to inform students about college opportunities. They said DVC is convenient for students who work part-time or want to continue living at home and that it is inspiring to hear directly from DVC students about how the community college is helping them to follow their dreams. (Please see this Fact Sheet for more information.)

DVC/ULV partnership
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Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  • Spotlight on new partnership between MDUSD, Diablo Valley College and United Latino Voices of Contra Costa to help Latinx high school students transition to DVC;
  • District News including no school for Presidents' Day Weekend and upcoming meetings and events;
  • School News including Valley View MS gets a new saw donation for its Wood Shop and Concord HS PFC gets donation from Jersey Mike's Subs;
  • Student news highlighting Ygnacio Valley HS robotics club students featured in PG&E social impact mini-documentary, and Odyssey of the Mind Teams from three MDUSD schools head to state tournament;
  • Staff News featuring Mt. Diablo Adult Ed Fiscal Analyst Jennifer Dougherty is a Classified Support Person of Excellence;
  • Community News highlighting tickets for Pride Prom 2024 at Concord HS are now on sale;
  • And more!

You can read it here.

Read More about Friday Letter - February 16, 2016

The first MDUSD Career Technical Education (CTE) and Career Pathway Fair for middle school students on Feb. 8th was a huge success! All middle schools in MDUSD were invited to bring 50 8th-grade students to participate in the fair, which was hosted by MDUSD Career Pathways and Riverview Middle School in Bay Point. The event featured 10 different industry partners and six career pathways from our high schools, with teachers and high school students showcasing the work they do. 

In what will become an annual event, the 8th-graders were bussed to Riverview MS to speak with, learn from and see options for them in high school and post-secondary education. Students were given a handout with sample questions to ask and space for taking notes to use during the event to help them communicate and work with all guests. Many of the industry partners who participated said that they were blown away with the questions the students were asking them and by how excited they were to learn about the many options available to them, said MDUSD Career and Transition Specialist Erin Larkins Pulley, who coordinated the event with Riverview MS Principal Laurie Clark and Vice Principal Danya Townsend. Business representatives also were excited to see that middle schoolers are learning about different career pathways before high school. They talked about degrees, apprenticeships and certificates. Students were able to participate in some hands-on activities such as a hammering contest, simulated fire protection and CPR. 

"The idea for this event was to plant seeds now for students, to bring awareness and build interest in them," Larkins Pulley said. "After all, they will be heading into the workforce in four short years and it is our mission to send them off into the world, both college and career-ready!" 

Clark was enthusiastic about hosting the event. "Any time I can call attention to the passion, ideals, and overall community in Bay Point, I will," she said. "Any opportunity to bring awareness to the opportunities, programs and pathways at our high schools should be welcomed and celebrated. Events like this CTE fair bring reality to the school building for our students. They begin to see that the education we have been providing has purpose and connection with the future person they will become. I can't emphasize enough the importance of giving middle school students the exposure and opportunity to engage with aspects of the future they will soon embody. It keeps them curious, grounded and intentional as they move through the middle school years."

Townsend said the fair was well-planned and well-attended. "Students were able to engage with various community members and have meaningful conversations that pertain to their future, collaborate with peers, and take a deeper dive into what high school can look like for them," she said. "The students were fully engaged and seemed to get a lot out of the experience. It was great having high school students there to represent and speak with the 8th-graders regarding their high school programs. Riverview is grateful for the opportunity to have hosted it."  

We cannot do the work we do without the support of our industry and education partners, Larkins Pulley added. These partners included: East Bay CPR, UA Local 342 JATC Plumbers/Steamfitters, Diablo Valley College, ETIC Engineering, Los Medanos College, John Muir Health, Sheet Metal 104 & Bay Area Industry Training Fund, PG&E, Mt. Diablo Adult Education CTE Programs, and Concord Emergency & Volunteer Services. High school pathway programs that participated were: Information Computer Technology at Mt. Diablo HS, Art & Digital Media at Northgate and Mt. Diablo high schools, Health Care at Mt. Diablo HS, Building Trades at Concord HS, Engineering at Concord and Ygnacio Valley high schools, the Education Academy at Ygnacio Valley HS, and HOSA (Future Health Professionals) at Mt. Diablo HS. "Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to collaborating again," Larkins Pulley said.

Read More about MDUSD's first Career Technical Education Fair at Riverview MS for Middle School students was a huge success!
Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  • Spotlights on MDUSD's first Career Technical Education Fair for Middle School students at Riverview MS, and MDUSD Celebrates National School Counseling Week;
  • District news including Board Briefs highlighting Board meetings, and upcoming meetings and events;
  • School news featuring World Read Aloud Day at Meadow Homes Elementary, plus School Social Media Spotlights;
  • Student news highlighting Mt. Diablo Adult Education students visiting a REACH Air Ambulance;
  • Alumni News featuring two Grammy Award winners who graduated from College Park and Ygnacio Valley high schools;
  • And more!

You can read it here.

Read More about Friday Letter - February 9, 2024
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