Dear Miller Creek Community, We wanted to make you aware that antisemitic flyers were recently distributed on cars parked along San Marin Drive and Arthur Street in front of both San Marin High School and Novato High School. A community member called the police and students gathered the flyers and brought them to the principals. This is not the first incident of antisemitism in Marin. According to news reports, incidents of antisemitic flyers being distributed were reported in Novato September 2022; Mill Valley and San Rafael July 2022; Corte Madera April 2022, and Tiburon February 2022. November 13-19 is United Against Hate Week. This is a week for local civic action by people in every community to stop the hate and implicit biases that are a dangerous threat to the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Hate crimes occurring within the City of San Rafael can be reported directly to the police department at 415-485-3000 or its webpage at https://srpd.org/online-report#online_report . The Marin District Attorney’s Office has a webpage at https://www.marincountyda.org/hate-crime devoted to marking the differences between a hate crime and a hate incident. The District Attorney’s Office also has a Hate Crime Hotline, (415) 473-2585, which is monitored daily and has information in Spanish and English. We stand united against hate and all acts of antisemitism. Becky Rosales, Superintendent Kristy Treewater, Deputy Superintendent Miller Creek School District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
November 16, 2022 Dear Administrators, Teachers, Staff, Parents, and Guardians: This letter is to offer recommendations for a safe and healthy holiday season in light of the early arrival of seasonal respiratory viruses. Influenza and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), common seasonal viruses which normally first impact Marin in December or January, are hitting earlier than in past years. Local wastewater and case data show a rapid rise in RSV and influenza activity. COVID-19 continues to circulate, with a slight upward trend. We are experiencing strains in the pediatric care system due to increasing numbers of children with respiratory symptoms. Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health reported the season’s first pediatric flu death, in a child who was infected with both influenza and RSV. During Thanksgiving and other holidays our social networks expand, creating new chances for respiratory viruses to spread. This makes it especially important to take the steps we have control over and know are protective. We strongly recommend that everyone age 5 and older, and especially those over age 50, to get a fall updated COVID-19 booster and flu shot as soon as possible. Some people may still not know that the COVID-19 shot now being offered is different and improved from the original COVID vaccines. It better fights the strains circulating in our community. No one in Marin who has received the new booster has died from COVID, and it’s reduced the risk of hospitalization by 80 percent. Similarly, the current flu shot is a good match for the flu strain we’re seeing in Marin. Most healthcare providers and pharmacies offer both COVID and flu and it is safe to get them at the same time. We are including a list of current resources that are available to those seeking a vaccine. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine against RSV yet. RSV is often spread by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face. Hand washing, coughing or sneezing into your sleeve, and staying home when you’re sick are great ways to prevent spread. Of course, wearing a high-quality mask helps prevent any respiratory infection. We continue to recommend that those at risk for more serious illness if infected continue to mask up in indoor public settings. If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19, RSV, or influenza reach out to your medical provider or Marin County Public Health at 415-473-4163. We’re grateful for all you do to protect one another. Yours, Matt Matthew Willis, MD MPH Public Health Officer County of Marin 3240 Kerner Blvd San Rafael, CA 94901 415- 473- 4163
Board Meeting Agenda for Nov. 8 2022 The regular meeting of the Miller Creek School Board was held on Tuesday, November 8th. Meeting Highlights: At the opening of the meeting, Trustees were treated to an in-person performance by Miller Creek Choir students. The Board, district staff in attendance and the parents of our singers were a most appreciative audience for two choral numbers, directed and accompanied by our new Choir Teacher, Ms Samantha Nickel. The Board heard an important update and presentation by Miller Creek School District's four school counselors, Katrina Villena, Ashley Marty, Stephen Layton, and Cheryl Jacobs, on Wellness and Counseling supports and how Miller Creek School District is providing suicide prevention. Their presentation is linked here . The Superintendent updated Trustees, meeting participants, and community members on a number of public health, school district and community events. Announcements Trustees received public comments via email, over Zoom and in-person at the meeting regarding negotiations. The Superintendent provided the update below at the meeting. Today we met with MCEA in negotiations. A new Interim CTA representative accompanied the MCEA team. It was our 2nd session of the current year and two sessions were held last spring. Since making its initial salary proposal last May, MCEA has not altered its proposal, although the District has made two different salary counter proposals. Today (Tuesday, Nov. 8th), MCEA submitted the same salary proposal again. Then at the end of the day, MCEA asked the District if we thought we had reached impasse. The term impasse means that point in the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement at which the parties believe an agreement cannot be reached. We responded that we did not believe we were at impasse and that we intend to continue bargaining in good faith with the goal of reaching an agreement that represented each party’s best efforts to move together. MCEA told us they thought we were at impasse and our next session scheduled for Nov. 29th was canceled. The District prefers to continue to work together at the table until we reach a mutually acceptable settlement or have exhausted all our options. If that were to happen, we would be at impasse. Not now. Of course we will respect PERB’s (Public Employee Relations Board) decision regarding MCEA’s request for impasse and will participate in mediation in good faith. Whatever happens, we respect our teachers, the bargaining process and their right to organize and will continue to operate in the best interests of our students. The Superintendent and trustees discussed the communication plan related to the demographic study, development impact report and the initial look at strategic facilities planning, all shown on the district website here . On Monday, the city published a draft of their Housing Element for Public Review. Our community has a keen interest in understanding the development and approval process for the list of potential sites. Public Comments are invited through December 5, 2022 and can be sent via email to email@example.com . Two public meetings have been scheduled to consider the draft and the meeting times and agendas will be posted at the links below: The San Rafael Planning Commission on Nov. 15, 2022 The San Rafael City Council will consider the Draft at their Dec. 5, 2022 meeting Trustees heard a Budget Report from Chief Business Official, Marie Henio, on the elements of the calculation of the LCFF revenue, the impact of the COLA and the transitions in and out of community funded status. Presentation here. Deputy Superintendent Kristy Treewater presented the annual Assessment Data report. Her presentation summarizes district performance data from the CAASPP English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics assessment. Deputy Superintendent Treewater was joined by 3rd Grade superstar teacher, Ali DeGuia, who presented on the Mystery Science curriculum. Trustees participated in a hands-on activity that showed why teachers and students are loving it. It was approved for adoption. Trustees discussed the protocols for resuming full in-person audience participation. After trial runs at the October meeting and again with this meeting, with student performers and their parents, as well as both staff and outside presenters joining the Board and district staff in-person, trustees and staff agree that the conditions for operating the electronic access and the in-person simultaneously is working. These procedures will be posted on the agenda platform and the District website. Procedures here. Finally, on this agenda, trustees heard a r eport on the Naxolene (Narcan) Distribution Project and the Narcan in Schools initiative in Marin County, approved a contract with a non-profit organization to provide support and staff training for Miller Creek Middle School in implementing restorative practices, reviewed the LCAP development timeline and a draft meeting calendar for 2023, and approved routine personnel actions and contracts for services. Next Meeting: December 13, 2022 Enjoy the three day weekend.
Dear Miller Creek Community, Special Board Study Session-Nov. 1st The Board had a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1st to discuss the development impact report and to hear a presentation on strategic facilities planning related to the ten-year enrollment projections. All three reports are available on the district website here . Board Meeting Agenda for Nov. 8 2022 The agenda for the regular meeting of the Miller Creek School Board on Tuesday, November 8th has been posted here . The agenda for the November meeting includes:
At the beginning of the meeting, Trustees will enjoy a short performance by Miller Creek Middle School choir students, under the direction of Choir Teacher, Ms. Samantha Nickel.
The Board will hear a presentation by Miller Creek School District's four school counselors, Katrina Villena, Ashley Marty, Stephen Layton, and Cheryl Jacobs, who will share how current student data guides a response using a Mutli-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and how Miller Creek School District is providing suicide prevention.
Trustees will have the opportunity to discuss the demographic report, the development impact presentation and the initial strategic facilities planning report and next steps. All three reports are attached to the agenda.
Trustees will hear a budget report from Chief Business Official, Marie Henio, on the elements of the calculation of the LCFF revenue, the impact of the COLA and the transitions in and out of community funded status.
Deputy Superintendent Kristy Treewater will present the annual assessment data report. An attached presentation summarizes district performance data from the CAASPP English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics assessment.
Under Curriculum Matters, trustees will consider adoption of the Mystery Science curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade, hear a report on the Naxolene (Narcan) Distribution Project and the Narcan in Schools initiative in Marin County, consider approval of a contract with a non-profit organization to provide support and staff training for Miller Creek Middle School in implementing restorative practices and will review the LCAP development timeline.
On this agenda, trustees will discuss protocols for resuming in-person audience participation, a draft meeting calendar for 2023 and consider approval of routine personnel actions related to hiring, leave requests, other staffing matters and of a number of contracts for services.. Members of the public may participate in this meeting via Zoom at the links below:
Public Comments only on Closed Session Items @ 5:00pm
Open Session beginning at 6:00pm
Reminder: The agenda is now posted on the new Gamut’s Simbli platform and will look different from agendas published during the last school year. To access the agendas, use the link and look to the upper right-hand corner and click on Meetings then click again on Meetings Listing for the meeting date you select. This new platform is also accessible using the QR code shown on the posted agenda. To Make Public Comment: Via email: You can submit comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Please indicate which agendized item you wish to address. PLEASE NOTE: Your email comments will not be read aloud at the meeting but will be attached to the minutes. If you would like the trustees to read your comments before the meeting, please email them 24 hrs in advance of the start of the open session. Via telephone participation or ZOOM WEBINAR: When the Board President opens public comment for either items on or not on the agenda, attendees may alert staff that they wish to make comment. By telephone- select *9 (star 9) to “raise your hand." By Webinar- use the "raise hand" feature. Attendees will be unmuted only when it is time for their comment. Please note that while the board welcomes public comment on items not on the agenda, they will not answer questions or respond to comments. For more information please visit the Board Meeting webpage or contact us at the District Office at 415-492-3706. Have a great weekend, Becky Rosales | Superintendent Kristy Treewater | Deputy Superintendent
Good afternoon Miller Creek Community, The agenda for the Special Board Meeting for October 6th has been posted. The District is pleased to announce that there were seven applications submitted last week prior to the deadline for consideration for the provisional appointment to the Board vacancy. The agenda has been posted here and the applications are attached as a matter of public record in advance of the meeting on Thursday, October 6th at 6:00pm. Applicants will join trustees and staff in-person for the meeting, with the public and family members joining via Zoom. To join the meeting via Zoom :
A Zoom link with a password and call-in info for the meeting will be posted on the District Website in the news section by 12:00 PM on the day of the meeting.
Members of the public will be able to participate in the meeting when public comment is opened and will be able to view and/or hear Board meeting proceedings.
Members of the public will not be video displayed during the meeting.
Members of the public will remain muted during the meeting unless they have joined by phone and indicate they wish to provide a public comment when the Board President opens comment.
For this meeting, there are 30 minutes allocated on the agenda for those who may wish to make public comment. There are two ways to do so: Via Email: You can submit comments via email to email@example.com by 3:00 PM on the day of the meeting. Copies of these communications will be provided to trustees at the meeting, but not read aloud. They will be attached to the minutes of the meeting.
Via Telephone Participation or ZOOM Webinar: When the Board President opens public comment on items on the agenda , attendees may alert staff that they wish to make comment.
By telephone- select *9 (star 9) to “raise your hand."
By Webinar- use the "raise hand" feature. You will be unmuted only when it is time for your comment.
For questions about the meeting or the appointment process, please contact Kathryn Neville at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll get back to you promptly.