Menlo Park City School District

Superintendent Update
March 24, 2017

Dear MPCSD Parents and Community,

Again, I want to thank everyone for the passage of Measure X. While we pre-planned a reduction of $1.2 million with the passing of Measure X, we are confident that we will continuously improve our MPCSD top-notch student experience. Indeed, these are such exciting times for our schools and community as we head into spring and are already planning for the next school year. From our exceptional teacher and staff professional development to our ongoing commitment to creating positive school cultures, there continues to be tremendous forward motion in MPCSD.

MPCSD Director of Student Services Chosen for State Recognition
Ginny Maiwald, MPCSD's Director of Student Services, has been selected by the Association of California School Administrators as the Special Education Administrator of the Year. Ginny was selected out of 19 regional winners who received similar recognition in their regions. MPCSD could not be more proud of Ginny whose leadership has ensured greater inclusion and achievement for our students, a district-wide focus on wellness, and cost cutting and recovery measures.

California Launches Dashboard for School/District Accountability
Recently t he California Department of Education released the state's new "Dashboard," the much anticipated replacement of the old Academic Performance Index (API) that ended in 2014. The public now has a more comprehensive school/district evaluation tool, based on multiple measures. Click here for more information about the Dashboard and to access any school or district's results. This article from the SJMN shares thoughts on how one might use the information.

MPCSD School Board Takes Action to Support ALL Students
At the March regular Board meeting, MPCSD School Board discussed the benefits of making a public statement about protecting the safety, rights, and privacy of all students regardless of their immigration status. MPCSD joined the City of Menlo Park and the Sequoia Union High School District in publicly acknowledging our long-standing commitment to protecting the rights of all students and families in MPCSD. A copy of the resolution can be found  here .

MPAEF Auction Party tomorrow and Online Auction begins on Sunday
It's not too late to flex your superhero muscles at the MPAEF Auction Party tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, at MacArthur Park. Come to the party and get exclusive access to items open only to partygoers. Feel free to dress as a superhero or just come as you are, but be ready to have fun! Click here to get your tickets!

On Sunday, March 26, the 2017 Online Auction gets underway! Everyone will find something to love and to win: teacher parties, exclusive sports experiences, wine and food opportunities or parties with your fellow parents. Browse the auction catalog here and register & preview the online auction here .

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.

April 18, 5:00 p.m.
May 9, 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.