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OCTOBER 16, 2020 FRIDAY LETTER VOLUME 2, NO. 20



Board to Host Special Meeting to Discuss Reopening Phases

     Because the MDUSD Governing Board is the ultimate authority to determine reopening phases and dates for our district, the primary setting for reopening discussions has been governing board meetings. To continue discussion and planning, our Governing Board has designated October 21, 2020 at 4:00PM to hold an additional special meeting. As always, we encourage our community to participate in district business by way of public comment; find out how to participate at mdusd.org/boardmeetings.


Meet Michelle Alas - MDUSD's First Ever Student Board Member

     History was made at our most recent governing board meeting when Northgate High School senior Michelle Alas was selected to be MDUSD's first ever student board member—marking the conclusion of a district-wide search, application, and interview process, and marking the beginning of a positive new dynamic for student representation.
Michelle Alas - Headshot Portrait by Austin Breidenthal     Michelle Alas is no stranger to leadership. At her school, Michelle is Co-Captain of the Debate, Track and Field, and Cross Country Teams; she is President of Model United Nations and National Honor Society as well as a Link Crew Leader and a member of the Northgate Sports Medicine Program. Notably, at the end of 2019, Michelle was one of three finalists to serve as the Student Member on the California State Board of Education.
     Her resume does not stop there—Michelle is Chairperson of the Walnut Creek Youth Leadership Commission, where she has facilitated voter registration drives and undertaken a virtual Cultural Awareness series. She is the Nationwide Policy Director for GENup, a student-led, education advocacy organization that creates education equity campaigns for chapters and districts to implement at the local level. As the President of Region 4 of the California Association of Student Councils, Michelle manages a cabinet of dedicated students as they work to provide leadership conferences and peer-to-peer development for students across California.
     For Michelle, MDUSD is truly home. Years ago, her family immigrated from El Salvador specifically for her education, a decision for which Michelle is immensely appreciative. Michelle's contribution to the community will continue now as a student board member, and she has expressed that her primary goals are to, "uplift all student voices," to, "foster a collaborative school community," and to, "create opportunities [to] see [her] peers thrive, so that [she] can be proud of the environment [she] helped foster." 
     Our district wishes to offer congratulations and a warm welcome to Michelle. Though over the years our governing board has sought the student perspective in various ways, we believe this will be a fresh, direct way to continue connecting to the student body and will be a reflection and exemplification of the responsibility and accessibility of public office to our students and greater community.


Superintendent Maintains Weekly Organizational Update

     We are proud to present to you transparent, detailed operations reports on a weekly basis. You can read department updates directly from our district leaders in Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark’s weekly Organizational Update to the Board, which is continuously archived for reference. Here is this week’s Organizational Update to the Board:

Organizational Update


Free Flu Shots: MDAE to Host Drive-Thru Clinic

     Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) are hosting a Free Flu Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at the Loma Vista Adult Center (LVAC) on Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. Flu shots are free for the community and are for anyone over 6 months of age. The event will be held in the Cowell Road parking lot at the back of LVAC. 

     Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic Flyer


Parent Academy Continues Enrichment Sessions

     You are invited—the MDUSD Parent Academy is continuing with its virtual sessions that are open to all and available in English and Spanish. Take a look at the upcoming session topics: 

  • Academia Para PadresParent Academy10/29 2:00 - 3:00 pm   Promoting Positive Family Interactions
  • 11/12 3:00 - 5:00 pm   The Equity Department Behaviorists: Why We do What We Do and Strategies That Help
  • 12/9 4:00 - 5:00 pm   Establishing New Holiday Traditions
  • 1/11 4:30 - 6:00 pm   Participating in a Virtual IEP
  • 1/27 3:00 - 4:00 pm   Maintaining Positivity Over the Long Haul

 


Registering to Vote is Easy

I Voted!

Voters feel more connected to their communities and to their governments. 

Voters feel good knowing that their voices have been heard. 

Voters proudly wear their, "I Voted!" stickers, knowing they are fulfilling an important civic responsibility.

Close to half (1/2) of eligible United States citizens did not complete a ballot in the 2016 election. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

The voter registration deadline is 15 days prior to Election Day. However, after that deadline and through Election Day you can still register and vote in person using Conditional Voter Registration. It is a one-stop opportunity to register and cast your ballot and is available at our office, Regional Early Voting sites, and all polling places on Election Day.

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

• A United States citizen, 18 years of age or older on Election Day,

• Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Register to vote online or update your current registration. You need to update your registration if you:

• Move to a new residence, change your name, or want to change your political party affiliation.


Sprouts Grants $5K to Benefit Garden EducationSprouts and MDUSD Education Foundation

     The MDUSD Education Foundation received a $5,000 grant from the Sprouts Farmers Market Healthy Communities Foundation to benefit the MDUSD Garden Education Program. This generous grant will help fund the MDUSD Garden Education Program’s "Kids Cook Tonight!" remote learning initiative, designed to promote cooking skills and healthy eating at home. 'Kids Cook Tonight!’ will send nearly 5,000 lentil & rice soup kits home for elementary students and families to cook together at home this fall.

     This is the second year that the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has supported the MDUSD Education Foundation and the MDUSD Garden Education Program; last year, Sprouts awarded $7,500 towards capital improvements in ten elementary school gardens. MDUSD families can visit Sprouts Markets at 1530 Geary Rd. in Walnut Creek and at 2325 Sand Creek Rd. in Brentwood. On behalf of our programs and students who will directly benefit, thank you Sprouts!


COVID-19 Testing and Free Flu Shots

     Contra Costa Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing across our county. Find a location near you. Free Flu Shots are available for families at these COVID-19 testing sites: • Antioch • Bay Point • Central Concord (Monument) • North Concord • Richmond • San Ramon



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