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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                 

Mt. Diablo Unified celebrates

School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day April 25

 

District’s most senior bus driver has served 35 years;

 most senior mechanic has been with MDUSD since 1994

 

WHAT:  School Bus Drivers Appreciation Day

 

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 25, 2017

 

BACKGROUND:  The Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) will join the California Department of Education in marking April 25 as School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, honoring the hundreds of drivers across the state who carefully transport thousands of students each day, driving millions of miles annually in a safe, professional, competent, and respectful manner.

 

“Our school bus drivers are, for thousands of our students, the first face of the school day, and part of an important family of MDUSD staff who, collectively, make up the family away from home for our students,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, Superintendent of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District.  “We are incredibly fortunate to have drivers, mechanics, and other transportation team members who have served our students and community for many years, taking seriously the charge of safely transporting students to and from schools each day.”

 

The school buses operated by the Transportation department of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District travel a 150-square mile radius each day. They presently transport more than 2,000 regular and Special Education students each day to 49 school sites and centers. The fleet of 106 buses drives over 2 million miles a year. The Transportation department also transports students on over 300 athletic trips and over 1,500 field trips each year.

 

“Our drivers and mechanics start their day early,” said Meyer. “They’re often on the road before 6:30 a.m., and their cargo could not be any more precious or important. The relationships they develop with our students and their families are some of the most important in our district.”   

 

School bus drivers in California are required to meet very rigorous program qualifications from the California Department of Education, and undergo an intense testing and application process with the California Highway Patrol. School bus driver candidates are welcome to apply to MDUSD at any time. Application materials include:

 

·       School Bus Driver Trainee

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – Requirements

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – 10 Year Work History

·       School Bus Driver Trainee – Supplemental Questionnaire

 

MDUSD drivers will be treated to special refreshments on Tuesday, as well as a surprise for each driver.

 

MDUSD Transportation Services – By The Numbers

# of Buses

17 “big” buses, 29 van-type buses, and 60 wheelchair buses – for a total of 106 buses. This includes 17 buses running on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) clean energy! 

# of Miles Traveled Annually

Our buses travel more than 2,000,000 miles per school year.

# of Students Served

1,025 general education and 1,000 special needs students, plus hundreds more for field trips and other activities

# of Stops

Nine buses cover 37 stops daily, plus homework and activity bus stops for general education students.  There are 1,000+ stops for special needs students, going from home to school, therapies, and workability programs.

# of Drivers

90 bus drivers help get students to and from school, therapies, workability programs, field trips, and other activities.

# of Mechanics

Seven mechanics

Longest-serving Bus Driver

Our most senior driver, Bus Driver/Trainer Michelle Samson, has been with MDUSD nearly 35 years (September 1992)!

Longest-serving Mechanic

Our most senior mechanic has been with us since 1994 (23 years)!

Safety Technology

Our buses are equipped with a GPS location system and have on-board cameras for the safety of our students and drivers.

 

To arrange an interview in person or to get original photo files, please contact Ursula Leimbach at (760) 705-6919 or communications@mdusd.org.  Copies of the photos below are available upon request.

 

Michelle Samson

Bus Driver/Trainer Michelle Samson, our most senior driver, has served MDUSD students since September 1982.

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Here Michelle is working with new trainers Sandra Martinez and Robert Green, while a trainee is learning how to drive the bus through the “rodeo” course.

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They may be behind the scenes, but our highly-skilled mechanics are essential to making sure our buses are well-maintained to ensure the very safest ride for our student passengers.  Jaime Alvarez, left, is one of our newer mechanics, having joined the transportation team in May 2012.  Jorge Velasquez, right, joined us in July 2011.

 

 

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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 offer 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 is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 4/22/17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

                 

 

“Emotions” theme at student art exhibit at Northgate High School

Exhibit to raise awareness of benefits of arts therapy for depression and other issues

WHAT:  Student art exhibit with “emotions” theme  

 

WHEN:  Friday, April 21, from 5-8 p.m.

 

WHERE:  Northgate High School , 425 Castle Rd., Walnut Creek, 94598   (Get Directions)

BACKGROUND:  Northgate High School student artblue linkist Joseph Garcia has curated a collection of student artwork, focusing on the theme of “Emotions”, as part of a senior project and to raise awareness of the benefits of arts therapy for people dealing with depression and other emotional or mental health issues.  The displayed pieces range in medium from digital photography to watercolor to oils and pencil drawings.  The event is open to the public. 

 

The event will be held at Northgate High School, 425 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek., beginning at 5 p.m. this evening. pink artThe event is open to the public.

The onsite contact person will be Carolyn Moore, Art Department Chair, Northgate High School, at moorec@msdusd.org or mobile phone at (925) 548-6384.  Student artists are available for interviews.

 

 

 

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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 offer award-winning 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 is planning to open its first International Baccalaureate program in 2017.  Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 4/21/17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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

 

 

Graduation rate for Mt. Diablo Unified School District up;

dropout rate down for seventh consecutive year

Districtwide graduation rate 85.3 percent is above the state average; 

 Dropout rate of 9.1 percent down from 18.7 percent in 2009-10

 

(CONCORD, CA – April 11, 2017) – The graduation rate for Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) high school class of 2015-16 is 85.3 percent, a slight increase from 85.1 percent in 2014-15, and above the state average of 83.2 percent, according to data released today by the California Department of Education (CDE).  The dropout rate for MDUSD fell for the seventh consecutive year to 9.1 percent, down from 11.3 percent the previous year, and below the state average of 9.8 percent.  

 

The district’s graduation rate has increased 10.4 percentage points since the class of 2010 posted a 74.9 percent rate. The dropout rate has declined by more than 50% over the last several years, down 9.7 percentage points from 2009-2010.

 

“We are exceptionally pleased to see an overall increase in our district graduation rate,” said Dr. Nellie Meyer, MDUSD Superintendent. “This affirms the hard work at all of our schools to offer a challenging education that promotes equity and excellence for all students.”

 

While graduation rates also increased across the board for English Learners, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students, Meyer noted there is still hard work remaining to close the achievement gap for these student groups, as well as students with disabilities.

 

“We will continue to make essential investments into professional development for our teachers and administrators, to continue the integration of technology into our classrooms as a critical tool for teaching and learning, and continue leveraging our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) to direct resources as needed to those students with the greatest need,” she added.  “The involvement of our families and community partners will remain vital to continued progress and improvement across the district.”

 

Significant graduation rate increases were reported for Concord High, up 6.1 percent from 2014-15 to 94.6 percent for 2015-16. Concord High also reported the most significant dropout rate reduction – from 9.4 percent to 2.8 percent.  Other high schools with significantly higher-than-average graduation rates include College Park High School (96.8 percent) and Northgate High School (96.4%).  Ygnacio Valley High School remained above the state average at 85.5 percent, but down from 88.8 percent for the class of 2015. Mt. Diablo High School’s graduation rate dipped slightly, down 1.3 percentage points to 85.3 percent.  Dropout rates declined at all high schools districtwide.

 

Alternative schools also reported dramatic graduation increases and dropout reductions. The graduation rate for Horizons School, for example, rose 8.5 percent from 2014-15 to 86.8%.  Horizons also reported a 50 percent reduction in its dropout rate, from 18.8 percent in 2014-15 to 9.4 percent.

 

Highlights include:

  • More students overall are graduating
  • Significantly fewer students overall are dropping out
  • Fewer minority students are dropping out, with rates for:
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native students down to zero from 14.3 percent
    • African American students down to 1.6 percent from 6.3 percent
    • Hispanic students down from 3.6 percent to 2.3 percent

 

To view and download state, county, district, and school graduation and dropout rates, visit the California Department of Education's DataQuest.

 

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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 offer 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.  . Learn more at http://www.mdusd.org/.

 

 

 
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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 4/11/17

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To learn more about the CAASPP System Assessments 2016-2017: Pilot California Science Test, please go here

 

Para obtener más información sobre las Evaluaciones del Sistema de la CAASPP 2016-2017: Prueba Científica Piloto de California, haga clic aquí.

 

 

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Posted by: Debbie Maher
Published: 4/6/17

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As part of the Turnaround Arts program, opera singer and artist in residence Carla Dirilkov Canales visited with students at Meadow Homes Elementary. Read more about it via the Concord Pioneer.

 

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Posted by: Joshua Wittman
Published: 3/31/17

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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

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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 https://goo.gl/forms/ljHWV6uocALrDk6g2 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