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2024 MDUSD Graduation Schedule

MDUSD looks forward to celebrating our students' accomplishments as we say "goodbye" to graduates during Class of 2024 Celebrations and Commencement Ceremonies!

Below is a list of the upcoming festivities. Ceremonies taking place at the Toyota Pavilion may also be live-streamed by the City of Concord. Northgate High School's commencement may be live-streamed by the City of Walnut Creek. Please check with local schools for additional information about parking and other details.

  • May 22: College Now End-of-Year Celebration - 6 p.m. at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
  • May 29: Bridge Program Graduation - 6:30 p.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Concord
  • May 29: Northgate HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • May 30: College Park HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • May 31: Concord HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 1: Horizons, Prospect, Glenbrook, Crossroads Graduation - 11 a.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 1: Olympic HS Graduation - 5 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 3: Mt. Diablo HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 4: Ygnacio Valley HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 8: Adult Education Graduation - 10:30 a.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Concord

Congratulations to the class of 2024!

2024 MDUSD Graduation Schedule
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STEM summer camps

Applications for free STEM Summer School Camps for Middle School students are now available.

Students in grades 6-8 can apply for the Girl Camp the week of June 10-14 or the Boy Camp June 17, 18, 20 and 21. Both camps are at Valley View Middle School in Pleasant Hill. Marathon Renewable Fuels Facility is providing funding for the camps. 

Apply here for girls or here for boys.

Applications will be accepted as long as space is available. 

Questions can be directed to Mrs. Shauna Hawes, retired Valley View MS teacher, at hawess@mdusd.org.

Please see the attached flyers for more information.

STEM Girl Camp
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AP

MDUSD is in need of Advanced Placement (AP) test proctors to work from the middle of April through most of May. We are reaching out to our community for assistance in filling these positions for the AP test season.


This is a paid part-time temporary position. The rate of pay is $23.35 per hour and the work location is Willow Creek Center in Concord. Applicants can sign up for as many or as few shifts as desired.

Please see below for the job posting link to apply and for additional information about the position.

AP Test Proctor Job Posting/Application Link

  • Part-time temporary position from the middle of April through most of May, with the greatest need May 6-10; May 13-17; and May 22-24. 

  • Scheduled hours/days will vary. Proctors need to be available for the morning exam/shift (6:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.) and/or the afternoon exam/shift (11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).  Hours may be longer, if administering to students with accommodations. Shifts will also be assigned for clerical duties.

  • Proctors do not need to be available for all testing dates and times and may not be scheduled for every day of testing. Schedules will be made once we have everyone’s availability. Proctors will be notified around mid to the last week of April of their schedules.

  • Proctors may be assigned to a large or small group standard exam, a small group accommodated exam, or a 1-to-1 exam. Large groups may be assigned 2 or more proctors on some days.

  • Mandatory paid AP proctor training: Thursday, April 18, 3:30–5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 23, 3:30–5:00 p.m. at Willow Creek Center, 1026 Mohr Lane, Concord, CA 94519.

 

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Arab American Heritage

The Mt. Diablo Unified School Board has adopted a resolution recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month.

It says, in part: "California is home to more immigrants than any other state. Our state is fortunate to have the largest Arab-American population in the country, with thriving communities in the Bay Area and Southern California. The more than 715,000 Californians of Arab descent trace their heritage across the Middle East and North Africa, with unique traditions and histories...

"There is a need for public education, awareness, and policies that are culturally competent when describing, discussing, or addressing the impacts of being Arab American in all aspects of American society, including discourse and policy...

"The Mt. Diablo Unified School District Governing Board celebrates the countless past, present and future contributions of Arab Americans to American society and the State of California, recognizing and honoring the month of April to be Arab American Heritage Month...." and

"urges the district to observe Arab American Heritage Month with appropriate programs and activities that celebrate the contributions of Arab Americans to the United States."

Arab American Heritage

 

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NHS Ethnic studies field trip

On March 20th, the Ethnic Studies classes at Northgate High School enjoyed an impactful day of learning at two off-site locations. The 50 students currently taking Ethnic Studies at Northgate visited three exhibits at the Oakland Museum of California: Por El Pueblo: The Legacy and Influence Malaquías Montoya, You Are Here: California Stories on the Map, and Black Power. The exhibits highlight the achievements, perspectives, and lived experiences of the four core groups that center Ethnic Studies: Indigenous people, Asian American and Pacific Islander groups (including Arab Americans), Chicanx/Latinx people, and African Americans, with a particular focus on how these specific communities shape California history and contemporary events. 

The students then headed to the UC Berkeley campus to participate in an interactive educational session as well as enjoy tea and dessert at Cafe Ohlone: the only restaurant that celebrates and serves traditional foods of the Ohlone tribal community. Students learned about the vital contributions of Ohlone people (and affiliated tribal communities) via an engaging discussion with founders Vincent Medina and Louis Trevino that highlighted sacred Ohlone culinary and cultural practices, the continued work of rematriation, and the restaurant’s origins. Everyone also loved the delicious tea and brownies that were served, prepared in the traditional Ohlone style, utilizing local ingredients. 

“We’ve had such a wonderful and exciting year of learning in Ethnic Studies, and I am grateful that my students could apply their knowledge out in our local region,” said Meg Honey, Northgate’s Ethnic Studies teacher. “Our field trip was incredibly impactful, and I know my students enjoyed connecting with historical content and hearing from members of the very communities that we have studied all year.” 

Ethnic studies is also offered at Mt. Diablo HS, Olympic HS and Ygnacio Valley HS and will be a graduation requirement at all CA high schools in 2025-26.

NHS Ethnic studies field trip
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Allied Health Career Fair

The 3rd Annual Allied Health Career Fair on March 21st was a huge success! Mt. Diablo Unified Career Pathways in collaboration with Earn & Learn and hosted by Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) opened their doors and classrooms to 120 Health Pathway students from Mt. Diablo, Concord and College Park high schools. 

Students rotated through six different workshops learning about the different Career Technical Education (CTE) programs offered at MDAE. One of the workshop sessions was an Exposition Hall where nearly 20 different career paths in the health industry were showcased. 

"The programs available are very interesting and I’m glad to know that we have options," said CPHS student Mariana Zuniga. MDHS student Saul Herrera, who is interested in dental assisting, said, "I liked how the activities were interactive, such as the molding used." YVHS student Ximena Ruiz also said the program increased her interest in becoming a dental assistant.

"I love this event," said Erin Larkins Pulley, MDUSD's Career Pathways College and Career Transition Specialist. "This not only gives our students an opportunity to see options for themselves post-secondary within MDUSD, but it also gives them an opportunity to ask the professionals doing the work what they realistically need to expect in their career of interest. No fluff, just real expectations. The idea is to give students options in the health field that they maybe didn't know existed."
 
The workshops included: Dental Assisting, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Medical Assistants, Surgical Technologists, and the Contra Costa Health Community Health Worker and Medical Reserve Corps. The Expo Hall included: Martinez Adult Ed, ProTransport-1 LLC, La Concordia, Junior Achievement of Northern CA that offers an internship with John Muir Health, Early Alert Canines, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County Office of Education, California Society of Opticians, On-Site Health & Safety, Apex Care, REACH Air, Donor Network West, Sage Veterinary, and East Bay CPR. 

Organizers would like to thank Dr. and Mrs. Johnson from Revy Revs Soulfood Connection and Rock Solid Ministries of Martinez for the donation of lunch for our industry partners and teachers! It was delicious! We would also like to give a shout out to MDUSD's Central Kitchen for making sure our students had a great lunch for the day! 

More information about Mt. Diablo Adult Education's Career Technical Education programs is here.

Allied Health Career Fair
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Every 15 Minutes

As end-of-the-year prom and graduation seasons approach, MDUSD schools and local emergency responders want to be sure high school juniors and seniors celebrate in safe and responsible ways. In an effort to prevent deaths or injuries related to drinking or texting and driving, local police and fire departments collaborated with Concord and College Park high schools to present the dramatic "Every 15 Minutes" program, which simulates a fatal DUI traffic collision involving a student drunk driver on the football field, and includes nearly two dozen "living dead" students who are removed from their classrooms by a grim reaper and are separated from their families for one night to demonstrate the impact of lives cut short by drunk driving. The program's name comes from the fact that every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-related traffic collision.


On the first day of the two-day event, firefighters and paramedics extricate injured students using the jaws-of-life, treat them, and transport them to a hospital via a REACH helicopter. The coroner arrives to handle a student pronounced "dead" at the scene. And Police Officers investigate, arrest, and book the student "drunk driver.”


On the second day, the program culminates with a mock funeral for the "dead" students, which starts with a video showing the students partying before drinking and driving, a recap of the simulation on the football field, the "drunk driver" being booked into jail by police, and hospital footage of one student dying, another being treated for injuries, and their parents grappling with their grief as medical professionals explain what happened to their children. The video produced for the Concord HS program is herePlease note that it contains images and situations that may be disturbing. Parental discretion is advised.

The second day also features guest speakers including the parent of a young adult who was killed by a drunk driver, and a person whose drunk driving killed others. It also includes a parent reading a letter to her "dead" daughter, and features obituaries posted on the wall of they gym and tombstones installed on the campus with the names of those who "died." 

The emotional and gut-wrenching simulations and real-life horror stories challenge students to think about driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and the importance of good decision making by allowing them to experience first-hand the sensations of being involved in a tragic, alcohol-related and texting while driving fatal collision. 

Thank you to the California Highway Patrol, which helps fund and provide education for the program, as well as all the local emergency responders, hospital personnel, volunteers, parents, students and staff, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), who made these programs possible. 

Every 15 Minutes

 

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Teacher of the Year finalists

During its March 27th meeting, the Mt. Diablo Unified School Board recognized the 2024-25 District Teachers of the Year Mia Carella and Ingrid Wrightand finalists Michelle Howisey, Angela Beatty and Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan.

Carella teaches 1st grade at Walnut Acres Elementary, Wright teaches 4th grade at Bancroft Elementary, Howisey teaches 3rd grade at Mt. Diablo Elementary, Beatty teaches 5th grade at Westwood Elementary and Dolan teaches 7th and 8th grade English at Pine Hollow Middle School. 

Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark praised the teachers as "very special people" and noted that "every year, we just get a plethora of extremely fine educators" who are nominated, "and we look for them to represent Mt. Diablo in the county," with an opportunity to compete to be named a County Teacher of the Year and possibly a California Teacher of the Year.  


The finalists were chosen from 34 outstanding elementary, middle and high school educators who were nominated and offered the opportunity to submit a brief questionnaire. The Teachers of the Year received wooden plaques, while the three additional finalists received engraved glass mementos (Ortega Dolan was not present).

Carella and Wright advance to the  County Teacher of the Year competition, which will announce four county finalists next month and two winners in September. 

Pictured below: MDUSD Board Vice President Linda Mayo stands with (l-r) Board Member Debra Mason, Teacher of the Year Finalist Michelle Howisey, Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark, Teachers of the Year Mia Carella and Ingrid Wright,  Teacher of the Year Finalist Angela Beatty, Board Members Cherise Khaund and Keisha Nzewi, and Board President Erin McFerrin at the March 27, 2023 Board Meeting. (Teacher of the Year Finalist Dr. Lizette Ortega Dolan was not present.)

Teacher of the Year finalists
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Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  • School Board honors District Teachers of the Year and finalists,
  • the "Every 15 Minutes" programs at Concord and College Park high schools,
  • the Spring Recess and Cesar Chavez Day,
  • District News including MDUSD Educational Services Chief Jennifer Sachs to lead Fairfield-Suisun District and the 3rd Annual Allied Health Career Fair was a success;
  • School News including Northgate HS Ethnic Studies class visits Oakland Museum of California and and Cafe Ohlone, Bancroft Elementary students exceed fundraising goal in Kids Heart Challenge, Mt. Diablo Elementary's STEM Fair in the news, and School Social Media Highlights from Holbrook Language Academy and Gregory Gardens and Fair Oaks elementary schools; Oak Grove, Pine Hollow and Diablo View middle schools; and Concord, Mt. Diablo and Northgate high schools;
  • Staff Social Media Spotlights featuring retiring M&O manager David Hart, Retired Gregory Gardens Elementary Principal honored, and an Olympic HS Wellness Center staff shout-out;
  • and more!

You can read it here

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