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Superintendent's Message

Dear Mt. Pleasant Community,
As you know, on April 12, 2021, we reopened our classrooms to students who chose to have in-person instruction. It was a wonderful day, celebrating the return of many students and staff to our campuses.
Children were ecstatic and we could see the excitement in their eyes, as they reunited with their teachers and friends. Having students safely back on campus represented a triumph during these challenging times of transition, and a critical step towards one day returning to normality.
The extent of collaboration that the reopening required was tremendous, and you all helped make it possible. We have so much gratitude to our students, families and staff.
While we continue providing in-person instruction and keep planning for the future, we want to reiterate our strong commitment to safety. With many protocols in place, being safe is our top priority. Thank you for your collaboration in keeping each other safe.

We appreciate you being there for us, as we are here for you as well.

In community spirit,
Dr. Elida MacArthur

Our Fantastic First Day of
In-person Instruction
April 12, 2021 was a truly special day for our District. Students came back to the classrooms for in-person learning with a hybrid model!

Our teachers and staff welcomed them to a new phase towards the full reopening of our schools in the future, and we want to share with you some of the excitement of that day.

Click on the video below:
The Benefits of Getting Vaccinated
With more immunization efforts under way, more than half of Californians age 16 and older, have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

State health authorities have reiterated that the Covid-19 vaccine is safe, effective and free. It’s a key tool to defend our community against the coronavirus and change the course of the pandemic that has brought so much devastation.

Each one of us can do our part by getting vaccinated and doing our best to stop the spread of COVID-19. By working together we can make our classrooms and our whole community safer, and can contribute to a healthier future. As doctors have pointed out, if you have received the first dose of the vaccine, please return for the second dose.

Let’s stop COVID-19! We can do this! Please find more valuable information at the links below. 

It’s okay if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. You deserve to know the vaccine is safe, effective, and free for all Californians. 

The California Department of Public Health has produced these informative videos.
English Video
Spanish Video
Vietnamese Video
Daily Screenings Protect Us and
Keep Us Safe
Life is fast, but we must make time to do the daily screenings to detect symptoms of COVID-19. It’s a key component of our safety measures. Every day before sending your child to school, please go over the possible signs of coronavirus. Regardless of whether you have returned to in-person instruction or if you are doing Distance learning, these self-checks can help stop the spread of Covid-19 and save lives. 
If you identify any symptoms or believe your child could be sick with the virus, it’s extremely important that you keep your child at home and contact your school site. By following these recommendations, we can ensure that in-person instruction is a success, and a safe operation. For everyone’s well-being, please be alert, be proactive, and let’s keep our schools safe. The minutes that you spend doing a health check at home, could save lives. We are counting on you! 

Let's work together to stay safe!
End of Year Assessments and
How Parents Can Help
The end of the year assessments will be taking place at our schools soon. During May, students will be part of a critical testing experience, so we can learn what they know and how we can support them best going forward. 

At home, there is a lot that parents can do in order to help prepare their children for the assessments. Here are some tips:

  • Gilbert Rodriguez, Principal at Ida Jew, recommends parents to encourage students to study and be ready for the testing by reaching out to teachers with questions. In fact, not only the students can ask their teachers about the subjects and testing, but it’s advised that parents also connect with teachers regularly. A good starting point is every two weeks. Key questions for teachers are: “How is my child doing? How can I support the learning process?”

  • It’s important that the students have a good night of sleep before the assessment, and count on a reliable internet connection. This time, all the end of the year testing will be done online. Even if students have come back to in-person learning, they will take the assessment through the internet.

  • If possible, a quiet room is best, with a minimum of interruption while the testing is taking place. 

  • Parents can explain to students that these assessments are necessary to check on their progress and improve strategies going forward. It’s not the only way that educators grade the students. 

  • It’s always helpful to remind them that if they don’t know the answer to a question, they can skip to the next one, and later go back to it. 

  • It’s important to read each question carefully. When there is a text to be analyzed, students can read the possible answers first and then read the text. While reading the answers to choose from: start from answer D and read your way up to answer A. This will be useful when analyzing the text! 

  • You can reach out and ask for clarification when needed.

Let’s do our best and please remember that we are here to help.

Summer Program Opportunities
Did you know that we have the opportunity to have summer school at our district virtually and on campus? We are so happy to have the chance to provide these services to our students.

These are the programs that we’ll be offering:

Elevate Math: Elevate Math is for incoming 3rd to 8th grade students. 
For grades 3 - 7, there will be virtual and in-person classes offered. 
For grade 8, we will provide virtual lessons only. Virtual classes will have
about 30 students per class, and in-person classes will have 15 students or
less per class.

Elevate Math is June 14th - July 9th from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. There will be no class on July 5th. For in-person instruction, snacks will be provided, and students will be able to grab a lunch on their way home. A survey will be sent home soon to ask the preference of guardians for in-person or virtual instruction.
Extended School Year: Reading and Math extended learning support for incoming first to 3rd-grade students by invitation only. The classes will be in person and will take place at Ida Jew Academy, June 14th - July 9th, from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. We will be identifying students based on reading level, and teacher/administrator feedback. There will be no class on July 5th.
Summer Camp: Summer Camp is a program which will allow students to create their own websites, participate in physical activity, some robotics, and
enrichment of art, math, science, and literature. Summer Camp will be
June 16th - July 29th, a 7-week program open from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

It is open to MPESD students ages 6 - 14 and to students outside of the District. Summer Camp will be $850 for the seven week program.