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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

 

Student-built ‘Tiny House’ at Concord High School goes up for auction

 

WHAT:  20’ “tiny house” built by students in the Building Trades and Engineering program at Concord High School is up for auction

 

WHEN:  Open House is scheduled for March 25 from noon – 4 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Concord High School, 4200 Concord Blvd. Concord, CA  (Directions)

 

BACKGROUND:  Students in the Construction Technology, Civil Engineering and Architecture program at Concord High School, taught by Tom Trowbridge, have literally built their own cottage industry, with the construction of a 20’ “tiny house” – part of a growing architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes.  Students last year completed their first tiny house, and it is going up for auction, with funds to be reinvested into the next tiny house project.   

 

An open house is scheduled for March 25, from noon to 4 p.m. at Concord High School. Opening bid is $20,000.  For more information, contact Mr. Trowbridge at trowbridget@mdusd.org.

 

Thanks to Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which donated a full set of plans and documents; Ashby Lumber Company, which donated the bulk of the rough framing materials, loft flooring, and (lots of) nails and fasteners; and West Coast Windows and Doors, which not only provided the windows for the project, but also took care of ordering  all sizes, quantities, colors and styles.   

 

 

inside house
outside house
 

inside of house
 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD also offers a middle college program, College Now, and will be opening its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 3/17/17

Audience: Homepage

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Ursula Kroemer Leimbach / communications@mdusd.org / mobile: (760) 705-6919

 

Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District have higher graduation rates,

 lower suspension rates according to new California School Dashboard

New accountability tool includes several key indicators to provide greater picture of student and school progress

 

(CONCORD, CA – March 16, 2017) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students continue to increase graduation rates and decrease suspension rates, according to data released by the California Department of Education showing results from the new California Accountability Model and School Dashboard, now being field-tested throughout the state. The new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local education agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population, based on a concise set of measures.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the dashboard, and that it provides context to student performance by showing growth over time for students, schools and the district,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “These results show there is much more to our students than a test score or a number. The dashboard shows data that helps us not only identify strengths, but really gives us an opportunity to drill down to those areas where students may be struggling and we can better see where or why.  We look forward to the additional measurements that will be added including college readiness and school climate indicators.”

 

Highlights include:

  • Increase graduation
  • Decreased suspension rates
  • Grade 11 students scored gained 11.6 points in English Language Arts and 2.7 points in Mathematics

 

Areas of improvement include:

  • Services to students with disabilities – MDUSD has a high population of students who are considered medically fragile or are high needs and are not on the traditional graduation trajectory
  • Mathematics as measured in grades 3-8

 

There are three key components to the new dashboard:

 

Multiple Measures - Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.

 

Focus on Equity - Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location. Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.

 

Supporting Local Decision-Making - The Dashboard supports the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources as outlined in each school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Districts and schools have access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children. New information will help principals, teachers, parents and community members pinpoint specific areas where schools are underperforming and need help. It will also help identify schools that are excelling and can help others by sharing their methods and practices.

 

In contrast to California’s previous accountability system, which was based solely on annual standardized test scores, the School Dashboard considers several key indicators.  Collectively, these indicators provide much greater context to how students and schools are doing.

 

State Indicators

  • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts and mathematics assessments)
  • English Learner Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate
  • College/Career Readiness (includes Grade 11 assessment results)

Local Indicators

  • Basic Services and School Conditions
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate

 

Instead of numeric scores and rankings, the California School Dashboard assigns colored performance levels.  These performance levels are calculated based on how current performance compares to past performance.

The state goal for all indicators is to reach the green performance level. 

 

The performance level (color) is not included when there are less than 30 students in any year used to calculate status and change. An N/A means that data is not currently available.

 

The Dashboard is being field tested before full implementation in fall 2017. Reports included in the field test are based on the latest state data available as of fall 2016, except for graduation data, which is based on the 2014-15 school year. As more indicators come online, the data will be added to the Dashboard. Future versions of the Dashboard will be published annually; its design and features will be changed over time based on user feedback.

 

California School Dashboard Report
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

 

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
The new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.

 

Resources

Source: Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

  • Video: Overview of the California School Dashboard (English) (Spanish)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and will be opening its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 3/16/17

Audience: Homepage

Students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District have higher graduation rates,

 lower suspension rates according to new California School Dashboard

New accountability tool includes several key indicators to provide greater picture of student and school progress

 

(CONCORD, CA – March 16, 2017) – Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) students continue to increase graduation rates and decrease suspension rates, according to data released by the California Department of Education showing results from the new California Accountability Model and School Dashboard, now being field-tested throughout the state. The new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local education agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population, based on a concise set of measures.

 

“Overall, we are pleased with the dashboard, and that it provides context to student performance by showing growth over time for students, schools and the district,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of MDUSD.  “These results show there is much more to our students than a test score or a number. The dashboard shows data that helps us not only identify strengths, but really gives us an opportunity to drill down to those areas where students may be struggling and we can better see where or why.”

 

“We look forward to the measurements that will be added later this year, including college readiness and school climate indicators,” she added.

 

Highlights include:

  • Increase graduation rate
  • Decreased suspension rate
  • Grade 11 students scored gained 11.6 points in English Language Arts and 2.7 points in Mathematics

 

Areas of improvement include:

  • Services to students with disabilities – MDUSD has a high population of students who are considered medically fragile or are high needs and are not on the traditional graduation trajectory
  • Mathematics as measured in grades 3-8

 

There are three key components to the new dashboard:

 

Multiple Measures - Instead of relying exclusively on test scores as the previous accountability system did, this new system gives a snapshot of a manageable set of indicators, including high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.

 

Focus on Equity - Under the previous system, data about student groups was too focused on test scores. The new system provides student group information on a variety of helpful indicators and puts it in one location. Having access to relevant information helps schools and districts understand where students are struggling and ensures staff can respond with resources.

 

Supporting Local Decision-Making - The Dashboard supports the state’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources as outlined in each school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Districts and schools have access to the information they need to make the best local decisions about the education of children. New information will help principals, teachers, parents and community members pinpoint specific areas where schools are underperforming and need help. It will also help identify schools that are excelling and can help others by sharing their methods and practices.

 

In contrast to California’s previous accountability system, which was based solely on annual standardized test scores, the School Dashboard considers several key indicators.  Collectively, these indicators provide much greater context to how students and schools are doing.

 

State Indicators

  • Academic Indicator (reported separately for English language arts and mathematics assessments)
  • English Learner Progress
  • Chronic Absenteeism
  • Graduation Rate
  • Suspension Rate
  • College/Career Readiness (includes Grade 11 assessment results)

Local Indicators

  • Basic Services and School Conditions
  • Implementation of State Academic Standards
  • Parent Engagement
  • School Climate

 

Instead of numeric scores and rankings, the California School Dashboard assigns colored performance levels.  These performance levels are calculated based on how current performance compares to past performance.

The state goal for all indicators is to reach the green performance level. 

performance levels
 

The performance level (color) is not included when there are less than 30 students in any year used to calculate status and change. An N/A means that data is not currently available.

 

The Dashboard is being field tested before full implementation in fall 2017. Reports included in the field test are based on the latest state data available as of fall 2016, except for graduation data, which is based on the 2014-15 school year. As more indicators come online, the data will be added to the Dashboard. Future versions of the Dashboard will be published annually; its design and features will be changed over time based on user feedback.

 

California School Dashboard Report
The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas in need of improvement.

 

California Model Five-by-Five Grid Placement Reports
The new accountability and continuous improvement system is based on a five-by-five colored table that produces 25 results using five colors. The reports display the schools' (by district) and student groups' placement on the five-by-five colored tables.

 

Resources

Source: Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

  • Video: Overview of the California School Dashboard (English) (Spanish)

Source: California Department of Education (CDE)

Source: Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)

 

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Mt. Diablo Unified, located in Contra Costa County, is honored to serve approximately 32,000 students at one of more than 50 school sites in the cities of Clayton, Concord, Pleasant Hill; portions of Martinez, Pittsburg and Walnut Creek; and the unincorporated communities of Bay Point, Lafayette, and Pacheco. As part of a richly diverse community, MDUSD families represent numerous ethnic groups, speaking nearly 50 different languages and dialects. We are proud of our award-winning staff and extensive honors and recognitions for our innovative programs in Career Technical Education; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); extensive visual and performing arts programs; and rich foreign language and dual immersion offerings. MDUSD is also pleased to have launched its first middle college program, College Now, and will be opening its first International Baccalaureate program and three new regional magnet schools in 2017.  Extensive student support services help ensure an inclusive culture of excellence and achievement for all students to help them prepare for success in college, career, and life. Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 3/16/17

Audience: Homepage

Please enjoy reading the latest edition of the MDUSD Connections newsletter here

 

Previous issues of MDUSD Connections may be viewed here. 

 

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 3/15/17

Audience: Homepage

Mt. Diablo Unified School District is pleased to announce the creation of a Regional Magnet Program in the north Concord area that will encompass the reopening of Holbrook School and a new partnership with Sun Terrace and Wren Elementary.  

Priority enrollment and/or transfer to one of the three Regional Magnet Schools (Holbrook Language Academy, Sun Terrace STEM, and Wren Avenue Arts),  is available for students who reside in the Holbrook, Sun Terrace and Wren school boundaries.  Boundary information can be found at http://demo.mdusd.org/schoolfinder.  

 

To enroll or transfer your child to one of the magnet schools please complete the online form at http://bit.ly/regionalmagnet  . You can also contract Student Services at 925-682-8000 x4167 or regionalmagnet@mdusd.org with questions.  Information can also be found online at each school’s website at www.mdusd.org.   Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2017.  

 

Records will be confirmed upon receipt of Regional Magnet School Choice request to confirm address and priority eligibility for enrollment and/or transfer.

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Posted by: Stephanie Roberts
Published: 3/15/17

Audience: Homepage

February 14, 2017

 

Por favor, vaya aquí  para ver la carta del Superintendente en español.

 

Letter to the Community from Superintendent Nellie Meyer:  Resources for MDUSD Community

 

Dear MDUSD Community,

 

As a school district, we celebrate the diversity of our students, families and staff. This includes different races, faiths, national origins, immigration status, political viewpoints, abilities, sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

MDUSD welcomes all students and families and considers them valued members of our community. We are committed to ensuring they are always welcome and safe in our schools in accordance with the 1982 Plyler v. Doe U.S. Supreme Court decision which states that all students, regardless of immigration status, have the right to a free and equitable K–12 education. No one should feel intimidated from enrolling in our district or attending our schools. We believe deeply in ensuring every student is treated with respect.

 

As an affirmation, on February 13, 2017, the MDUSD school board adopted a resolution stating that we believe in and stand for the values of equity, inclusion, compassion and respect. The resolution also states that we aim to advance the work of racial equity in our schools as it is critical to the success of our community and our nation.

 

As such, we have the following guidelines in place at our schools:

  • Staff will not request information or make a record of information on the immigration status of a student or family member. Furthermore, students and families will not be required to provide a social security number for school forms.
  • If the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency asks for access to a school or for access to student information, they will be referred directly to the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent who will refer the matter to the District’s legal counsel.
  • The core values of our district continue to guide us through these times: Our students are our priority. We take pride in our diversity. We hold high expectations for ourselves and our students. We treat each other with respect and act with integrity.

 

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to your school principal, counselor or social worker. You can also contact our District Community Liaison at 925- 682-8000, ext. 4035.

 

RESOURCES

  • MDUSD Board of Education Resolution for Safe, Welcoming and Inclusive Schools

http://esb.mdusd.k12.ca.us/attachments/0005faa4-163e-4ff8-8878-9245c293417f.pdf

  • National PTA Position Statement – Services for Undocumented Children

http://www.pta.org/about/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4205

  • Southern Poverty Law Center – Teaching Tolerance

http://www.tolerance.org/category/classroom-resources/immigration

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 2/24/17

Audience: Homepage

 

Opera Singer Carla Dirlikov Canales Visits Students in Concord at Meadow
Homes Elementary School as Part of National Turnaround Arts Program.

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National President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts program reinforces Turnaround Arts: California’s
commitment to enhancing arts instruction in public schools

 

Concord, CA (January 23, 2017) – Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales will visit students at Turnaround Arts: California partner school Meadow Homes Elementary on Friday, February 24. Turnaround Arts empowers high-need schools with arts resources, training, and arts integration into other subject areas as a strategy to address broader school challenges. As one part of the program, Turnaround Arts partner schools receive intensive arts education resources and mentoring from high-profile artists. Meadow Homes Elementary joined this signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in May 2014.

 

"I'm very excited to be returning to Meadow Homes for another Turnaround Arts visit. I love the kids and the teachers there and have always been made to feel a part of the family within the school. One of the things I think is most important about Turnaround Arts is that it is not a one-off program. We go back, go back often, and build relationships. That is key to our success, and I am committed to the program and to helping advance the ways the arts can assist these kids in their growth in every way I can," shared Carla Dirlikov Canales.

 

Meadow Homes Elementary is one of 68 Turnaround Arts schools across the country. Turnaround Arts supports a measurable, positive impact on high-need schools by increasing student engagement and narrowing the achievement gap. Research reveals increases in reading and math scores, as well as an increase in attendance and a decrease in suspensions after a few years of participation in Turnaround Arts.

 

"Carla Dirlikov Canales is the definition of a citizen artist, she invests her time in connecting students to each other and to the world of creativity. Her generosity and leadership in this field has inspired us all," said Turnaround Arts: California Executive Director Malissa Feruzzi Shriver.

 

Since becoming a Turnaround Arts: California partner school, Meadow Homes Elementary has created an Arts Leadership Team, initiated school-wide arts integration practices, hosted school musicals and community arts events, developed a working relationship with leadership coaches from the Alameda County Office of Education art-centered Integrated Learning Program through the Turnaround Arts: California Regional Coach Pilot Program, and developed a Strategic Arts Plan to guide arts-based school transformation.

 

Meadow Homes Elementary serves approximately 900 students, representing 19 different ethnic groups.  Principal Sandra Wilbanks applauded the Turnaround Arts program for providing the campus an unparalleled opportunity to expand their existing arts education program to further celebrate the school's cultural diversity.

 

"When you tie arts education into all areas of the curriculum, you create a rich environment for student learning that truly celebrates and honors students’ cultural backgrounds and traditions," said Wilbanks. "Having diverse arts experiences is empowering for students. By exercising creative expression in all subject areas, students can be proud of who they are and how they are developing as young learners and future leaders."

 

Wilbanks says Meadow Homes' existing arts initiatives and grants have had unexpected but happy consequences in promoting second language development among its English Learner population, which accounts for approximately 78% percent of its 900 students.

 

"What we've seen is that, through the arts, students have a stronger connection to school, especially for English Learners.  This has, in turn, improved the home-to-school and school-to-home engagement with our families," she added. "Carla’s visits have been extraordinary in this regard, creating something that is exciting and meaningful not just for our students but for our families as well. They feel very cherished by her.”

 

“We all look forward to her visits, and the students talk about it for weeks afterward,” she added.

 

WHAT:           

Turnaround Artist mentor Carla Dirlikov Canales to visit students and staff at Meadow Homes Elementary, a Turnaround Arts: California partner school.

 

WHERE:          

Meadow Homes Elementary School

1371 Detroit Ave.

Concord, CA 94520

 

WHEN:            

Friday, February 24, 2017

9:45 AM          Media arrival, check-in

10:00 AM        Event begins

10:10 AM        Classroom visits begin

11:50 AM        Rehearsal for school musical (Lion King)

12:30 PM        Lunch meeting with students, staff, and parents

1:00 PM          Event ends

 

 

Media Contacts

Jacob Campbell, Program Manager, Turnaround Arts: California

jacob@turnaroundartsca.org | 805.471.6429

 

Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, Communications Specialist,

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

communications@mdusd.org  | 760.705.6919

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 2/23/17