The beauty of being human is that we are constantly learning, which means every moment is a new opportunity to realize the joy within that makes us who we are. The launch of the 2019-20 school year ignites 180 days of learning, possibility, discovery, and self-actualization for our learners. We are constantly evolving in our work towards achieving our MUSD Strategic Goals, particularly in building a Culture of We, innovating for personalized learning pathways, and building creative learning environments.
Our Culture of We overlays everything we do in student, parent, and community engagement. This year we are building on new initiatives for deepening our understanding of how to use our diversity to uplift our students, families, and team members. We have formed the African Ancestry Success Committee, adopted social studies texts that are inclusive of our learners’ cultural experiences and ethnicities, launched the inclusion model for special education, and established a Diversity Discussions series for educators and community.
Innovation to establish personalized learning pathways is occurring in all of our schools. This year we begin our work in implementing the CA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Students at MHS now have computer science AP classes as an option for their high school curriculum. We will expand the number of elementary schools implementing the Girlstart program sponsored by KLA. Middle school students participated in a pilot computer science (CS) program developed by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and we will continue our work with them in this area. While classes in CS are readily focused on CS, the CS K-12 standards are more about integrating CS skills within the core subject areas, which is what our teachers will be exploring this year.
All of these learning experiences take place in environments that are being modernized and secured with funds from Measure AA, for which we are grateful to our community for its approval in November 2018. At half of our schools students were welcomed by newly painted buildings, updated HV/AC units, completely new piping, new roofing, and smoothly paved walkways and play areas. For our students interested in bio-technology, they will enjoy our new bioscience lab!
MUSD is a school community engaged in every moment, providing pathways for our learners to become their best selves in 2019-20!