Menlo Park City School District

Superintendent Update
February 23, 2017

Dear MPCSD Parents and Community,

Please take the time to VOTE in the March 7 election on Measure X. Here are ways you can vote .

At last Wednesday night's Board meeting, the Board passed a
resolution to reduce a total of 29.67 full-time equivalent positions no later than the beginning of the 2017-18 school year unless the District's revenues are increased substantially. If Measure X does not pass, the Board will begin taking further measures to layoff teachers and support staff at the March 14 Board meeting. For more facts on MPCSD's structural deficit, please go to our updated FAQs .
In my December newsletter I described the rationale that resulted in the Board Resolution placing Measure X on the March 7 ballot.

MPCSD's Plan of Action
As you already know, our time, energy and expenditures point to our Strategic Directions, which are an integral part of our Locally Controlled Accountability Plan (LCAP). While our actions continue to focus on the experience of every child via our current LCAP and site plans, we are also in the midst of analyzing feedback from the recent surveys parents, teachers, and students completed. In the weeks ahead we will be reviewing the findings, examining our current plans, and leveraging the constructive feedback. Using feedback to reflect and improve in positive and empowering ways is becoming a best practice in  MPCSD. We approach feedback with a growth mindset, modeling for our students that improvement happens when you reflect, work hard and take action.
Speaking of working hard, another example of an initiative, directly related to our strategic directions, is the development of curriculum maps in Math and English Language Arts. This work is being led by teacher leaders, Alicia Payton and Lel a Ward, in collaboration with classroom teachers across the district. These curriculum maps along with our formative assessment system are a reflection on how we value the expertise and experience of our teachers, while continuing to build capacity as a teaching and learning organization. As we head toward spring, I will be sharing more information about our exciting plans for 2017-18.

MPCSD's Safe and Welcoming Educational Environment
With all the news about immigration, we want you to know that the Menlo Park City School District is strongly committed to protecting the rights and privacy of all students in our district. Long-standing federal and state civil rights statutes affirm that every student must be provided with an educational environment that is safe and welcoming regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. The district has always and will continue to uphold these rights to ensure that school remains a safe place for all students and families. Our district values diversity and inclusion. We welcome and support students and families without regard to their immigrant status.

MPAEF Auction Party
I look forward to seeing all of you at the March 25 MPAEF Auction Party at MacArthur Park in Palo Alto. Information and auction details are on MPAEF's website . MPAEF is collecting parties, events and items from parents for its auction here . You can bid on over 400 items in the online auction that runs March 26 to April 3.

The MPAEF Board is a wonderful group of parents who work closely with the district to raise essential funding for our schools. They are looking for parents to join next year's Board and are asking anyone who is interested in learning more to email them.

Finally, thank you for your ongoing participation in our schools. We value are parents and community tremendously, and because of your time, energy and support, we keep getting better and better, every day, for every child.

Sincerely yours,

Maurice Ghysels

Every child achieves academic excellence
Every child becomes emotionally and physically stronger
Every child discovers and grows their talents
181 Encinal Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027

Maurice Ghysels, Ed.D.

Stacey Jones
Terry Thygesen
Joan Lambert
David Ackerman
Caroline Lucas

Vision Statement
Every  child achieves academic excellence. 
Every child becomes emotionally and physically stronger.  
Every child discovers and grows their talents.

The following upcoming Board meetings will be held at the Menlo Park City School District Office TERC Building, 181 Encinal Avenue, Atherton.

March 14, 5:00 p.m.
April 18, 5:00 p.m.

For Board information including meeting calendar, agendas, minutes, member contact information, or to join the Board's email distribution list click here.