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August 28, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 13
Posted 8/28/20

Why You Should Apply for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

     When you apply and qualify, you are helping your student’s school receive important funds. Quite simply, for each student who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals, MDUSD receives funds that are essential for educational programs—this is why it is critical that our families apply as soon as possible. You can help MDUSD if you apply today, even if you do not anticipate using district meal services. Remember, district families must complete an application each school year because there is no automatic renewal from year to year. Applying is easy, and your information is safe and secure. 

Complete an application online today through Titan School Solutions:
Titan Meal Application
     For a printable version of the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application, you can access the Food and Nutrition Department website. Our Food and Nutrition Department is happy to offer support for any related questions or concerns. Do you want to know more about how school districts are funded? Check out this article by Ed100.

08-28-2020 Organizational Update to the Board
     You have detailed district operations information at your fingertips. Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark continues with his weekly Organizational Update to the Board, rich with timely updates from our department leaders.

Organization Update Image

Local Workforce Development and Financial Assistance Available

From G. Vittoria Abbate, Director, College & Career and Adult Education:

     “Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) is a founding member (2018-19) of the Contra Costa Workforce Collaborative (CCWC), which operates ten America's Job Centers of California (AJCC) "Access Points" across Contra Costa County. This includes a comprehensive site located at 4071 Port Chicago Hwy, Concord, where employment training and services for adults are provided in collaboration with the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

     MDAE is MDUSD Board-authorized to operate an "Access Point" at the Loma Vista Adult Center (LVAC) to provide training and employment services under contract with its partner and Fiscal Agent, Rubicon Programs. These services are available to MDAE students as well as members of the community, who often become interested in enrollment in one of the career and technical education training programs offered at LVAC. 

     The training and employment programs and services listed below are funded by the Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County (WDBCCC) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding they receive to provide such services in the MDUSD community and all of Contra Costa County.”

Workshops 1  Workshops 2  Financial Assistance

Teacher of the Year Dylan Bland Reflects on First Two Weeks of School

     “Slowly but surely, students and teachers alike seem to be adjusting to the unique challenges of this school year. Teachers are learning new technologies at breakneck speeds, all in the interest of keeping our students engaged and connected to school. It feels like trying to drink from a fire hose-the details are overwhelming, but we keep trying anyway for the benefit of our students. Attendance and engagement has been excellent, even higher than I was expecting! We spent the first week setting up our classroom community and getting to know each other, and now we are starting to get into our science curriculum. 

     In my Biomedical Science class, we start the year with a Forensic Science unit, and investigate a staged crime scene. This year, I set up the scene in my classroom and acted as their eyes and ears during our Zoom class. They were asking questions over chat, asking me for close-ups of different pieces of evidence, and sharing their ideas to explore what could have happened at the crime scene. It was certainly different than prior years, but it was wonderful to hear my students talking with each other and trying to figure things out together.

Dylan Bland Zoom

     One huge benefit to our new distance learning schedule has been the time throughout the day where teachers can work with each other to lesson plan, to bounce ideas off of each other, and to share strategies that have been working. Collaboration among teachers has been going strong, and together we are improving each and every day. We have each other's backs!”

2020 United States Census – Response Required

     Everyone living in the United States is required by law to participate in the U.S. Census, and the Census Bureau is also required by law to protect your answers. The information you share with the U.S. Census Bureau cannot be used against you. The U.S. Census is safe, secure, and confidential, and the questionnaire will take about ten minutes to complete.
     Complete your census response here: English  |  Spanish
     Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Results from the 2020 Census will also be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – Ongoing School Supply Drive

     To the many donors to our School Supply Drive—thank you! We sincerely appreciate your generosity; the difference you have made is bigger than you might know. We also must thank Isabel Lara, our District Community Liaison, for her organizing effort here as one of her many impactful activities. This School Supply Drive is ongoing, with priority needs being headphones, dry erase markers and dry erase tablets. So far, we have distributed supplies to over 200 students. Needless to say, the Mt. Diablo community truly comes together in times of need, neighbors helping neighbors for good. 



Austin Breidenthal
Communications Specialist
Mt. Diablo Unified School District

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