June 9, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, please view the board meeting agenda . Below you may find a recording of the June 9, 2021 Board Meeting as well as notes summarizing agenda items. C.1. Retirement Recognition [3:37 in video] Dr. Berman and the Board of Trustees recognized our staff retiring from the Mill Valley School District. A book is being dedicated in honor of each retiree to their school library. These books were specially selected from Common Sense Media's recommendations for books featuring diverse characters, from picture books to graphic novels and biographies. C.2. Facing History and Ourselves - Teaching for Equity and Justice Learning Series [5:32 in video] Brian Fong, Associate Program Director for Facing History and Ourselves, presented an overview of Facing History’s learning series : Teaching for Equity and Justice. District administrators engaged in 4 90-minute sessions in their series this year, and these will be offered to all members of the Mill Valley School District community during the 2021-22 school year. Mr. Fong discussed the mission of Facing History, using the lessons of history to equip teachers and students to stand up to bigotry and hate. They support school districts seeking to develop a culture of equity, inclusion, and civic responsibility. In the Teaching for Equity and Justice sessions, they will work with the community to challenge deficit model pedagogical practices that hinder student engagement by reinforcing cultural boundaries. Participants will explore what is possible when expectations are high and cultural boundaries are deconstructed. Additionally, Mr. Fong shared Facing History and Ourselves’ evaluation studies and research . The board approved the district working with Facing History and Ourselves to host the Teaching for Equity and Justice learning series. C.3. Park School Presentation [1:02:30 in video] Aubrey O’Connor, Park School Principal, introduced 3rd grade teachers Julie Herrera and Kim Suppes, who presented about the Park School math curriculum , how they have engaged in professional development in this area, and the development of the math program over the years. I.1. Resolution #14-20/21: the Mill Valley School District Board of Trustee Authorizing Staff to Negotiate Directly for Construction Services [2:14:32 in video] Julio Arroyo, Director of Maintenance, Operations, & Safety, presented this item, which grants authorization to negotiate directly for construction services. This will allow for the district to complete summer construction projects. The board approved the resolution. I.2. Resolution #18-20/21: 2021-22 Authorization to Sign on Behalf of the Governing Board [2:17:55 in video] Dr. Berman presented this item, which gives board members and district staff authorization to sign on various items. The board approved the resolution. I.3. Draft Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2021-2022 and I.4. Public Hearing for Draft Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) - 2021-2022 [2:20:39 in video] Nicole Reyherme, Director of Educational Technology, shared the district’s 4 updated LCAP goals , in alignment with Strategic Plan objectives. The LCAP goals have 3 objectives each and include metrics and 3-year desired outcomes. J.1. Budget Revision for Fiscal Year 2020-21 and Preliminary Budget for 2021-22, including Budget Adoption Reserves and J.2. Public Hearing for 2021-22 Preliminary District Budget, including Budget Reserves Disclosure [2:52:39 in video] Dr. Michele Rollins presented the budget revision and preliminary budget , including budget adoption reserves. The board approved the revision. Board meeting dates and agendas . Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org
Dear Families, We have made it to the conclusion of another school year, despite how unique this one has been. I am so proud of our staff and students and all of our families for persevering through the many challenges they faced, and I am especially proud of our graduating 8th graders, with half of their middle school experience in the setting of a pandemic. This year, I have witnessed students experiencing moments of learning and growing with their teachers and peers, and I am thankful for each of you and our staff who have helped our children progress through their learning and development as well. I look forward to seeing all of you in August as we celebrate the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. Our first day of school is August 19. In the rest of this newsletter below, you will find information about K-5 report cards, the MVMS Pride celebration, and a Marin County crisis text line. Yours in Education, Kimberly K-5 Report Cards Report cards will be sent home with your child on the last day of school. This year, you may notice that some standards have not been assessed. Teachers prioritized standards as part of their professional practice, particularly as teaching and learning time was truncated as students and teachers transitioned through different phases of learning, from distance learning to full in-person learning. Prioritized standards are those that have been identified as most essential to a particular grade level and content area. By identifying the standards that matter most, we ensured that the curriculum our students were exposed to was meaningful, impactful, and prepared them for the next grade level. Standards spiral throughout the grade levels so students will receive instruction on these standards in greater depth as they progress. Information from the i-Ready diagnostic assessments will accompany the report card. Pride Celebration Video Featuring MVMS Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Mill Valley Middle School students in the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club hosted pride week during the first week of June, featuring the pride flags that were flown at all MVSD schools and throughout the county. We are incredibly proud of these students and their advocacy. Here’s a video featuring some student leaders in GSA as well as some of their staff advisors. Additionally, here is a letter from Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, sharing about the Progress Pride Flag ( English , Spanish ). Crisis Text Line To help address a growing mental health need, County of Marin is now offering our youth another means of support through a co-branded text line - Text MARIN to 741741. The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7, confidential crisis counseling via text and is a great place to turn when experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, suicidal ideation, or anything in between. While available to any age, Crisis Text Line predominantly attracts those most comfortable texting for support, teens age 17 and under. Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | email@example.com | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
Dear Mill Valley Families, We are almost there! I wish you all the best as your children complete another school year in Mill Valley School District. We are so grateful for your support of our schools and teachers. With the end of a school year there comes much well deserved recognition including celebrations and parties. We want to encourage you to host safe and fun events to honor your students while following Marin County Public Health’s May 3, 2021 Guidance on Events . As you gather together to celebrate your student’s success, we also ask that you consider Raising the Bar philosophies. Raising the Bar, in collaboration with Marin Prevention Network, is a positive parent modeling program that aims to elevate kids’ experience in youth-oriented events. Please visit the links below for more information on local county initiatives that promote the well- being of youths: ● Raising the Bar - an initiative that encourages substance-free youth-focused events ● Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships - a community organization focused on reducing under-age substance use ● Marin Prevention Network - a collaboration of community coalitions, organizations and individuals actively seeking to change norms, policies and laws that affect the availability, promotion, sale and use of alcohol and drugs Following our state and local Public Health guidelines and recommendations from Raising the Bar will increase safety for you and your family. COVID restrictions have eased, but we must continue to exercise caution. Yours in education, Kimberly Graduation/Promotion Ceremonies We are pleased to hold in-person graduation and promotion ceremonies this spring after a very challenging year. All families who attend in-person gatherings are required to wear face coverings, maintain distance (no hugging or mingling), and leave the campus concisely after the event. Additionally, attendees are expected to follow school-specific event rules. On the June 10 Health Screening Form in ParentSquare, families will be asked to confirm that not only students, but also any family member attending the promotion ceremony, are healthy. COVID-19 Testing Update This was the last week of on-site COVID-19 surveillance testing at Mill Valley Middle School. Thank you to all of the families who partnered with us to keep our staff and students healthy. We also want to thank PMH Laboratory, Inc. and the staff they sent for coordinating and working with us so well throughout this school year. Here is a link to resources for summer testing options. Student Device Returns All MVSD devices are being collected at this time. Elementary devices can be returned to classroom teachers, along with charging cables and charging bricks. Middle school students will be returning their devices during school next week on Tuesday, June 8. 6th and 7th graders will keep charging cables and bricks. 8th graders will return charging cables and bricks. Students in EDL can keep devices through the end of school on Thursday, June 10. Devices should be returned to their school office on Thursday afternoon or by 3:00pm on Friday, June 11. Students participating in summer school will be provided with devices at the start of that program. Elementary Summer Reading Lists District librarian, Jane Ritter, has prepared summer reading lists based on the grade level students are entering. Please see the lists below. Grades 1-2 Grades 3-4 Grades 5-6 Freedom School Summer Program Six-Week Literacy Enriched Summer Program for Students in Grades 2-8 Morning Literacy and Project-Based Learning – Afternoon Arts/Music, Performance, Sports, and STEM From the morning Harambee, where young scholars begin their morning singing inspirational and affirming songs and chants, to the culturally rich, inquiry-based, literacy-focused instruction, to the afternoon filled with sports, STEM, cultural and art and music activities, and weekly field trips, Freedom school is a powerful experience. Hannah Freedom Schools seeks to build strong, literate, and confident children prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation, and the world. The program is free to student scholars and families, and endeavors to help close a persistent achievement gap and reduce summer learning loss. Hope to see you this summer! ENROLL NOW: https://forms.gle/dz7AG6oem2MkCEhu5 Dates: July 7 – August 11 Times: 8:00 am – 4pm Where: Mill Valley Middle School, 425 Sycamore Ave., Mill Valley CA 94941 June 16 Marin County Schools and Public Health Community Meeting Please join the Marin County Office of Education and public health for an update on vaccinations, the outlook for the 2021-22 school year, and what the school community can expect after June 15. Zoom via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88188895173?pwd=NHMwdEcyUVF3d25OQm5tWlo2NmE1UT09 Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
May 26, 2021 Board Meeting Study Session Highlights To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, please view the board meeting agenda . Below you may find a recording of the May 26, 2021 Board Meeting as well as notes summarizing agenda items. C.1. Budget Presentation [2:55 in video] Dr. Michele Rollins presented budget recommendations and engaged in discussion with the board for guidance, input, and direction for budget development. The budget will be presented at the June 9, 2021, regular board meeting. Dr. Rollins provided information related to the second interim budget revenues and expenses, the Governor’s May Revision, LCFF and Community Funding, property taxes, COVID-related state and federal one-time funding, enrollment and staff projections, Kiddo! funding, information technology infrastructure funding, maintenance and operations expenses, voter election costs, and more. C.2. Approval of Expanded Learning Opportunities [1:21:40 in video] Nicole Reyherme, Director of Educational Technology, shared the Mill Valley School District’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant Plan. The ELO Grant Plan must be completed by school districts referred to as Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), that receive Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant funds under California Education Code (EC) Section 43521(b). The plan must be adopted by the local governing board of the LEA at a public meeting on or before June 1, 2021, and must be submitted to the county office of education within five days of adoption. The plan must be updated to include the actual expenditures by December 1, 2022. Ms. Reyherme presented the plan requirements, input received, how we are assessing student needs and informing families, a supplemental instruction and support plan, and planned expenditures for the expanded learning opportunities. The ELO Grant Plan was approved. Board meeting dates and agendas . Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | email@example.com | mvschools.org
Dear families, I invite you to celebrate Pride Month with us this June. Students in the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Club at Mill Valley Middle School have advocated for the importance of recognizing Pride Month and celebrations will occur at Mill Valley Middle School on Friday, June 4. The GSA students requested that Pride flags be flown at the middle school, and their advocacy has reached the county level. The Marin County Office of Education indicates when our flags should be flown at half-mast and other pertinent updates. They have partnered with Marin Community Foundation and Dr. Peters to support flying the Pride flags by providing the flags for schools in Marin County. I am incredibly proud of these students for using their voices for advocacy and recognition of the LGBTQ+ population. If the appearance of the flags sparks interest or conversation in your household, here are a few resources for speaking to your child about Pride Month and LGBTQ+ individuals. Defining LGBTQ Words for Elementary School Students Common Sense reviews of different materials with LGBTQ+ characters EdSource's Pride Month Resources to Support LGBTQ+ Students What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ Comments? A Checklist for Embracing All Families Diverse Children’s Books to Create Gender Expansive Classrooms and Support Transgender and Non-Binary Students Books to talk to kids about gender and sexuality Common Questions in a LGBTQ Discussion How to talk to kids about LGBTQ identity Pride Defined History of the Flag Yours in Education, Kimberly Memorial Day - Monday, May 31 As a reminder, Monday, May 31 is the Memorial Day holiday. School will not be in session and offices will be closed as well. Extended Day School 2021-22 Bright Horizons’ Extended Day School (EDS) has confirmed its return for the 2021-22 school year. Families may contact the Bright Horizons director for their school to register for before and/or after care. Emergency Broadband Benefit Program The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households by providing a temporary discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. What is the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (CLICK HERE for more information)? * The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible , you can receive: Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50 *Discounts will run the length of the COVID-19 pandemic declaration plus 6 months once the declaration of the pandemic ends or until the FCC EBB program funds are exhausted. Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program? A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below: Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline ; Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year; Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program. Click here to apply Online for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program Reminder: Parent Ed - Adolescent Development 101: Supporting your Teen through Understanding Next Tuesday, June 1, the MVSD PTAs and It Takes a Village are hosting a Parent Education event via Zoom. Please see the details below. Title: Adolescent Development 101: Supporting your Teen through Understanding Date / Time: Tuesday, June 1st @ 6:30 pm Description: Join Annie for an overview of adolescent development - their brains, bodies, and psychosocial stages - to help parents better understand how teens walk through their social-emotional worlds. Focusing on the unique set of challenges we are facing today, Annie will offer relatable examples to help decode a teen’s behaviors, reactions, and decisions to increase effective communication and strengthen relationships. This talk is open to all parents; however, the content is geared towards parents of middle schoolers. Bio: Founder of Worth Wellness, Annie Egan has worked with teens in school and home settings for over 20 years. Through her breadth of experience, she recognizes the power of language, patterns, and environment on a teen's emotional well-being and the positive impact a parent's understanding can have. Rooted in a deep foundational knowledge of adolescent development and with a lens of compassion, her work focuses on creating effective systems, enhancing communication, and strengthening relationships. Annie received her BA from Duke University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. Topic: PTA Council Speaker Series event: Adolescent Development 101: Supporting your Teen through Understanding Time: Jun 1, 2021 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96491787494?pwd=aHVVWVY4dE1jMWQvOVJnTTFTSmFBdz09 Meeting ID: 964 9178 7494 Passcode: 504905 One tap mobile+16699009128,,96491787494#,,,,*504905# US (San Jose)+12532158782,,96491787494#,,,,*504905# US (Tacoma) Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 964 9178 7494 Passcode: 504905 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ayudoHqzt Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
Dear Families, Today during the early release, we are recognizing our incredible staff milestones and retirements. We are also diving deep into planning for the 2021-22 school year, which includes finalizing our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), budget development, and much more, both at the school administrator and district level. We hope that you join us at next Wednesday’s Board Meeting Study Session focused on the budget. In the rest of this newsletter, you will see a celebration of our Classified staff, vaccine information for 12-15-year-olds, a reminder for principal surveys, information for how to submit public comments at board meetings, open positions with our local crossing guards and Safe Routes to Schools partners, and gun safety information. Yours in Education, Kimberly Celebrating Classified School Employees Week Now, more than ever, our MVSD Classified employees are continually making a difference at our school sites and in the district office, ensuring well-functioning systems, sound facilities, and supported schools. We are thankful for our Administrative Assistants; Registrars/Data Processors; Food Service Coordinators; Custodians; Maintenance/Buildings/Grounds staff; Library Media Assistants; Instructional Assistants; RAMP Specialists; Physical Education Instructors; Courier; Health Specialists; English Learner Specialists; Campus Supervisor; Office and Copier Aides; Yard Supervisors; Technology Support Specialists; Executive Assistants to Director of Student Support Services & DO; Accounts Technician; and System Administrators. Thank you for the impact you have in our community and the essential services you provide! Vaccine Information for 12-15-Year-Olds Please see the information below from Marin Public Health related to the Pfizer vaccine for students ages 12-15. Overview of Vaccine Opportunities for 12-15 year old students ( English and Spanish ) Emergency Use Authorization Fact Sheet for Pfizer Vaccination ( English and Spanish ) Reminder - Edna Maguire & Tam Valley Principal Surveys As a reminder, we are currently recruiting new principals for Edna Maguire and Tam Valley Elementary Schools. Please provide your feedback on the attributes you desire in a new principal in our forms: Edna Maguire Principal Tam Valley Principal How to Submit a Public Comment to our Board of Trustees At the start of each board meeting, the president states: “We have the opportunity for public comment during this format today. Please complete your public comment slip via google form - so we may be sure to read or call your name for public comment for items both on and not on the agenda. Once the moderator has called upon you, please unmute your device to be heard. The link can be found on the district website under the Board tab.” Additionally, the board meeting links are shared on the district homepage prior to the meeting, both 72 hours in advance and 24 hours in advance. The public has two options for submitting a comment: You may submit a public comment request to speak during the meeting by submitting via the Google Form that will be provided 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting on this page. You must be present to read or state your own comment. Alternatively, you may send your written comments via email to all trustees and the superintendent using LetterstotheBoardofTrustees@mvschools.org . These comments will not be read aloud. Google Form for Public Comment: The link is shared 15 minutes prior to each meeting. The form remains open during the entirety of the meeting and the public may submit at any time from 15 minutes prior to the meeting until adjournment. Open Safe Routes to School & School Crossing Guard Positions Our partners with the Transportation Authority of Marin’s crossing guard company are currently seeking crossing guards for positions in Mill Valley and surrounding communities. All City Management Services has openings for dedicated individuals to join their team in Mill Valley and neighboring cities. Serve the community by protecting the children as they walk to and from school every day. These positions work SCHOOL DAYS ONLY so unlike the requirements for many part-time jobs, interested applicants will work NO NIGHTS, NO WEEKENDS, NO HOLIDAYS! Compensation: • Over $60.00 per day, Shift: • Work one-hour shifts in the AM and PM. Requirements: • Successful completion of a Criminal Background Check. • Availability for shifts before and after school. • Agility & Balance Assessment. • This position often requires short response times to the job site so candidates in or adjacent to Southern Marin are preferred. ACMS is the largest School Crossing Guard Company in the nation. With over 33 years of experience, we currently serve over 275 cities, school districts, and police departments. We are 100% dedicated to the safety of children as they walk to and from school every day. Please see this flyer for more details . Visit http://www.thecrossingguardcompany.com to learn more about the company. Additionally, Safe Routes to School is seeking a Coordinator/Instructor . These would both be great part-time opportunities for parents in our community. Gun Safety We want to take a moment to remind families of the importance of gun safety and locking up guns if you choose to have them in your home. We want to raise awareness and stop tragedies before they happen by asking you to follow these guidelines: • Lock up guns safely, unloaded, with the ammunition locked, separately; • Ask about the presence of unsecured guns in other homes (playdates, friends, neighbors); • Recognize the risk factors and warning signs of depression and suicide and speak up. For more tips on gun safety including ideas for how to talk to friends or family about guns before you or your children or grandchildren visit their home, visit the Brady United, End Family Fire webpage . The Marin County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with Project Childsafe to provide FREE Gun Locks. You can learn more about obtaining a free gun lock HERE. If you are concerned about a friend or family member in crisis, please ask for help, especially if there is a gun in the home. Suicides are around 60% of the 40,000 annual gun deaths in America. A gun in the home makes it 300% more likely that someone living there will die by suicide. Without guns, less than 5% of suicide attempts are fatal, and most survivors never attempt suicide again. Guns don’t give people a second chance. For a suicide crisis, call the 24/7 Marin County Suicide and Crisis Hotline, 415-473-6666 or text HOME to 741741. Learn the warning signs of suicide by familiarizing yourself with the NationalSuicidePreventionLifeline.org . For domestic violence, in an emergency, text or call 911. Or call the 24-hour Marin Domestic Violence Hotline, 415-924-6616 CenterForDomesticPeace.org. Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | email@example.com | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
May 13, 2021 Board Meeting Highlights To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, please view the board meeting agenda . Below you may find a recording of the May 13, 2021 Board Meeting as well as notes summarizing agenda items. D.1. Student Recognition - William Chui Poem [21:06 in video] Mill Valley Middle School 8th grade student William Chui read his poem “Stop Asian Hate,” which was published on Teen Ink’s website . His poem also received the editors choice badge. I.1. Secondary Audit Report from Eide Bailly [42:40 in video] We take allegations of wrongdoing very seriously in our district, and are committed to inspecting our practices and continually improving when necessary. Our board took action immediately in February to engage with an independent auditing firm to reassure any concerned members of our community that we uphold the highest financial standards. The scope of this report examined internal controls and reviewed existing policies and procedures as they relate to the District’s credit cards. Brandon Waldren, CPA, CFE, CPI Senior Manager of Forensic and Fraud Advisory Services presented the audit report to the board, along with internal control recommendations related to credit card procedures. Brandon’s credentials were shared as follows: I have been in public accounting for close to 10 years now. 5 of those years have been working with School Districts, Colleges, and Nonprofits. I hold CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), and CFI (Certified Forensic Interviewer) licenses. I hold an AICPA Advanced Single Audit Certificate and have completed over 20 single audits. I have audited around 20 different School Districts and Colleges for several years. I have received clean opinions from the CA State Auditors regarding my audit workpapers. I have presented financial statements and fraud reports to several Board Meetings. I have published an article regarding School District Fraud (Please see provided link) - Fraud in School Districts: A Difficult Issue to Detect I have conducted several School District and College Fraud cases. Have held 6 presentations regarding ASB and Booster Club Internal Controls for School Districts. We are happy to share that there were no findings in this independent audit, which reiterates our firm commitment to our fiduciary responsibility in our community. There were 846 transactions that reviewed fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 as it relates to credit cards and after the independent examination of district credit cards there were no findings. We want to assure our community that our practices are financially sound and transparent in our public school system. We are proud of the work our team has done to maintain strong financial practices and we are confident in our fiscal practices. We will implement recommendations that provide additional layers of protection in our district and ensure that we continue to avoid fraud in the future. We invite the community to attend our regular board meetings to review our financial practices in our fully transparent and public budget adoption and use of funds process. 1.2. Technology Network Refresh Project - Resolution #12-20/21 [54:22 in video] In June 2020, Development Group, Inc. (DGI) presented a comprehensive analysis on the status of the District’s technology infrastructure, including information regarding the data center, network infrastructure, telephone system, and classroom projectors and equipment. Director of Educational Technology, Nicole Reyherme, presented a new DGI proposal for network infrastructure, telephone, clocks, and speaker upgrades, which was approved by the board. I.3. Enrollment Projections [58:38 in video] Dr. Berman shared enrollment projections for the next few years as well as enrollment data and trends. Enrollment has been declining for the past several school years and is expected to decline slightly for the next 3 years. We are dependent on community funding, which includes property taxes and parcel taxes, requiring positive community sentiment. We are intentionally focused on ensuring that our public schools provide the educational experience and successful outcome and support for every child. In an effort to meet these focuses, we have evaluated enrollment data in our student information system as well as in exit surveys. This involves measuring trends in schools, grades, and time of year for student exits, looking at where students attend school after leaving MVSD, asking if families would return to the district, and gathering anecdotal information related to why students are disenrolled. Based on exit survey information and some follow-up phone conversations with families who offered to share more details, the following categories came forward related to disenrollment: Size Covid-related reasons Administration concerns Teacher concerns Learning opportunities Rigor and consistency within learning Social-emotional concerns Socio-economic concerns Equity The district is focusing on social-emotional learning and equity for the 2021-22 school year. J. Future Board Items [1:33:07 in video] The board discussed potentially holding a board workshop related to governance and coalescing as a team potentially in August. This may be discussed further. Board meeting dates and agendas . Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org
Dear Families, We are solidly in May, and planning for next year is at the forefront. The board will meet at the end of this month to provide guidance on our budget planning as we move forward. I am looking forward to an exciting 2021-22 school year as we begin to move away from some of the difficulties of the past 14+ months toward our focus on student success. Our staff is prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as social-emotional learning for professional development in the next school year, and this will directly benefit our students, schools, and classroom environments. I hope you enjoy these last few weeks of school and all of the celebrations that come along with it. We are looking forward to honoring our 5th and 8th graders at the end of the year. In the rest of this newsletter, you will find information related to the Hannah Project Freedom School, a change in the COVID-19 testing registration process, celebrating National School Nurse Day, and a Safe Routes to School family bike event. Yours in Education, Kimberly Hannah Project Freedom School The Hannah Project Freedom School will be operating from Mill Valley Middle School this summer. The Freedom School is rooted in social justice and offers a culturally-responsive summer opportunity for students to be seen and heard, all while making academic strides in core academics. This program is available to low-income students in Marin City and will be open to low-income students Mill Valley this summer. There will be a virtual fundraiser on May 18th from 5:00-6:00 PM, where Executive Director, Bettie Hodges will speak, as well as show a video with more information about the Freedom School. They have an ambitious goal of raising $250,000 this summer, which will enable 150 students to attend free of cost, as well as provide valuable servant leader intern (teacher) opportunities for high school students and recent graduates. Here's a link if you are interested in learning more: register for the event or donate directly here . COVID-19 Testing at MVMS Registration Form Change - Now Paperless! PMH Laboratory is implementing a paperless COVID-19 testing registration process using a new software called Global Virus Pass (GVP). This new process will speed up the turn-around time. Walk-ups will be able to scan a QR code to complete registration. Below are instructions for scheduling through GVP: Click on this link to login/create your GVP account . Once logged in, click on your name in the upper right and select My Profile (This is only needed the first time you login). Complete your information as requested. Click My Circle and click Insert to add any family members you would like to add who may also receive COVID-19 testing. If you need to book an appointment for a family member, click the “Imitate User” icon, for the family member you wish to book an appointment for. This family member’s name will not show in the upper right corner of your window. Once all family members have been added, click confirm. On the home page, click My Health then Find Facility On the home page, click My Health then Find Facility Select the location where you wish to schedule testing Select the type of testing or service that you wish to receive at the testing clinic Select the date of the testing clinic that you wish to book Select an appointment time Complete the forms at each step to submit all forms digitally. You will not need to bring any paperwork on the day of testing Once all steps are completed, you will receive an on-screen confirmation of your appointment as well as an email confirmation. You can view your appointments at any time by clicking on My Schedule on the home page. National School Nurse Day Happy National School Nurse Day to our District Nurse Nancy Nakae and district health specialists. In the photo above, Ms. Nakae is checking in with one of the nurses administering COVID-19 tests at Mill Valley Middle School. We are thankful for the presence of these PMH nurses this year for their assistance in ensuring our campuses are safe and healthy. Safe Routes to School Family Bike Event Presented by Safe Routes to Schools- Join Us May 26th! Help your children to learn how to ride safely on the roads and pathways by joining us in one of our Safe Routes to School Family Biking Workshops . Learn how to safely navigate the streets with fun activities, including an optional group ride. Taught by Safe Routes to Schools instructors, topics will include basic bike skills, rules of the road, effective communication, and proper equipment. All drills and riding instruction will take place away from traffic and streets in a controlled environment so that new riders can focus on handling their bicycle and developing these needed skills. Thank you and sending our best as this school year starts to wrap up! Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | email@example.com | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
Teacher Appreciation Week! Now that it’s May, it feels like the final stretch of the school year. Thank you for your collaboration in making the end of the school year meaningful and successful. This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week and I am thankful and appreciative to our teachers for putting safety practices at the forefront and creating strong connections in the classroom. In the rest of this newsletter below, you will find a survey related to one-time COVID-19 funding and Free Vaccine appointment information. Community Survey - One-Time COVID-19 Funding The State of California has provided one-time funding to school districts for COVID-19 expenditures. Please see our website here for more information related to these funds . MVSD will also provide proposals for budget plans on May 26th at our board study session at 5 pm. Please fill out this survey so we may gather your feedback on the Expanded Learning The deadline for the survey is May 12th. Thank you for your feedback. Free Vaccine Appointments for Anyone Living/Working in Marin County (age 16 and over) If you or someone you know who lives or works in Marin is interested in being vaccinated (age 16 and over) please visit http://GetVaccinatedMarin.org or call 833-641-1988. DETAILS: Cost: Vaccines are FREE to people who live or work in Marin. Insurance: You do not need insurance to get the vaccine. Immigration status: Everyone who lives or works in Marin can get a vaccine, regardless of immigration status. Transportation: Ride the bus or train to and from your vaccination appointment for FREE. Just show your appointment confirmation to the driver. Eligibility: People aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian Appointments are usually available, and you can also sign up to be notified. Your healthcare provider can also advise you about getting your vaccination with them, or in another setting. Learn more: California Department of Public Health CDC Choose to get vaccinated – it’s safe, effective, and FREE! Getting vaccinated helps prevent you from getting the virus and can protect those around you from getting infected. Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!
Dear families, It is clear that our Mill Valley Learners have been enjoying and benefiting from in-person learning over the past few weeks! Outside my own office, I have watched middle school students engaging in outdoor lessons and projects and having lunch properly distanced and talking with friends. We have about 6 more weeks of learning for the remainder of the school year, and I know our teachers and staff are continuing to provide high levels of education. In the rest of this newsletter, there is a state testing update, an exciting message from Kiddo!, a lunch update for extended distance learning students, and notice for a public health update call next week. Yours in Education, Dr. Kimberly Berman State Testing Update During the last board meeting, District staff presented information about state testing and our rationale to utilize the i-Ready exam in lieu of the Smarter Balanced Assessment this spring. This decision will allow us to reduce the amount of time spent testing, in an already shortened instructional year. i-Ready is named as an approved measure from the California Department of Education. The i-Ready window will be open during the month of May. Each site will develop its own testing schedule in order to spread out the use of devices. All students will take the i-Ready diagnostic in May, as it is part of our regular assessment plan. Student score reports will be distributed to parents the first week of June. We will provide more information about the score reports in the coming weeks. Exciting Message from Kiddo! While Kiddo! didn’t have its biennial Gala this spring, we are thrilled to announce that Kiddo! has confirmed a date for Spring 2022 and is now actively recruiting volunteers to join the Kiddo! 40th Anniversary Gala Event Team - come and join us! Please attend their informational meeting on Zoom this Thursday, April 29 at 1pm or email email@example.com . Click here for the meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87662347817 Middle School Principal Survey If you have not already completed the Middle School Principal Feedback Survey , responses are due by next Wednesday, May 5th. The job posting has closed and our team is screening applicants and will hold a panel interview. We will keep our community updated as the process proceeds. Extended Distance Learning (EDL) Lunch Update For families continuing with Extended Distance learning (EDL) until June 10, 2021, please contact Monica Wallace at 415-389-7751 or firstname.lastname@example.org for weekly Choicelunch 5-lunch pack boxes. Please note, lunches for the week (Monday pick-up) must be requested by Thursday at 12 pm. Public Health Update Please join MHHS on Monday, May 3rd from 1:00-2:00 PM where we will hear an update on vaccination distribution, testing, and other pertinent information for schools. Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81013380958?pwd=L2s4WU16eHE2dEhMdGxwZGR4aFRjZz09 Dial In: +1 408 638 0968 | Webinar ID: 810 1338 0958 | Passcode: 132596 Presented in English with Live Spanish Translation Session will be Recorded Questions can be sent ahead of time to: email@example.com Mill Valley School District | 415-389-7700 | firstname.lastname@example.org | mvschools.org Follow us on social media!