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Superintendent Dr. Robert A. Martinez’s Friday Letter, September 20, 2019, Volume 1, No 5.
Posted 9/20/19

Friday Letter

#TogetherWeGrow. . . #JuntosAprendemos…#TogetherWeLead. . .

Heart, Mind, Spirt and Actions:

While I probably won’t be able to attend every award assembly held at each school during the school year, I was fortunate to have been at Bancroft Elementary this morning to see a large portion of their school student population recognized for their efforts during this first month of school. What was also special was that these efforts were for students’ behaviors and demonstration of attributes in in the areas of kindness, respect, and being responsible, to name a few. 


I was also able to share with the children how appreciative I was of their efforts to positively impact the hearts, minds, and spirits of their fellow students through their actions. Principal Schuler also shared with the audience how pleased she was on how hard the students worked to improve their educational community by their individual actions towards their fellow school mates, and as citizens of their educational community. I truly wish I could have stayed and visited for a longer period of time, but even having a brief chance to see these Bobcats in action was such a heart-warming experience. I will be back Bancroft! 


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Recipe for Resilience!


On Thursday, September 19, 2019, I was able to visit with both our Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) members, and our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).  Both committees are made up from participants from each of our schools across the District. The PAC group is organized as another avenue to share information about the District, gain valuable insight from our parents, and share experiences among parents so that we are all building capacity to effectuate positive change and growth for our students. It would be marvelous to have representation from each of our schools.


Yesterday, a number of the Executive Cabinet members were present who were able to engage with the attendees on a variety of topics. The next meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2019 starting at 3:30 p.m. at Willow Creek Center.  All meetings are open to the public.

Right after the PAC meeting, I attended the DELAC meeting. I believe this one of our strongest attendance showings, and I was warmly welcomed by each and every attending member. The DELAC focuses on assisting in the guidance of the many programs and supports that support all of our English Learner Students (ELS), and in engaging and supporting the families of our English Learner Students by staying connected to our schools, offering feedback, and supporting our students across the District. 
In both of these meetings I was able to discuss something I call “The Recipe for Resilience.” The recipe for resilience targets several key areas of development and positive attributes that I believe are needed across our school systems. The recipe contains the following:  



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While there are many wonderful character traits that are built into our school systems, I believe that if we work together to model positivity, communication, and a relentless pursuit of success for all of our students through our personal behaviors and modeling for our children, we can effectuate the positive change in our systems that support our students in healthy, productive, and responsive educational environments. I look to share more about my “Recipe for Resilience” thinking in coming Friday letters.

Mt. Diablo Business Education Alliance Meeting held on Monday, September 16/2019:Business Alliance




















What a fantastic turnout of caring dedicated Business Partners and educators who are all focused on supporting the growth and development of our students. The gathering was held at Serendipity Café, where we heard from members of the Alliance about some tremendous activities that are occurring for students in a variety of pathways.  Students also shared about a project they worked on over the summer to bring about a Farmer’s Market to the school. 

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Working together we have internships, pathways, and opportunities for our students to learn about the world of work, and acquire skills that will support them in any profession they choose!
A call for Classified Personnel: Our Students Need Assistance!

We have jobs! Our Human Resources Department is continuing to seek well-qualified individuals for a number of classified positions, and will be holding a Recruitment and Hiring Fair on October 5, 2019. The Recruitment and Hiring Fair will be held at the MDUSD Dent Center located at 1936 Carlotta Dr. Concord, CA 94519.  The Fair will run from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

You can also peruse our open positions listed on EdJoin by clicking on the link below:

Please share about this event on Social Media! 
And tell your friends and neighbors!

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A correction needed on my part:

In last week’s Friday Letter there was a quote attributed to a MDEA leader that was inaccurate. While MDEA had shared information about the changes to the District’s 2018-2019 ending balance to their members, to my affirmed knowledge no MDEA Leadership member stated or wrote those words. My apologies for any ill effects of our error.


#MDUSDWellness – Just a shot of the Benicia Bay to remind you to get out and enjoy the sun, the breeze, and time with your family and friends this weekend!


Don’t forget to register for the Mt. Diablo Education Foundation (MDEDF) 5k Run and Walk taking place on October 5, 2019 at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek. You can “Break a Sweat for Education” and enjoy a great opportunity to connect with other like-minded community members. The Mt. Diablo Education Foundation and “YoursHumanely” have teamed up for this event, and you can register today to sign up for the run at the following website: Once registered, you become a member of the #MDEDFTeam, and the benefit comes right back to the students of Mt. Diablo through the foundation. 


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Run flyer Spanish
Several Activities in My Calendar This Week


September 16


Meeting with Joe Alvarez, College Park High School Principal and Mike Jimenez, Assistant Superintendent, High Schools
Wren Avenue Elementary School Visit             
Meeting with Board President Joanne Durkee
Meeting with Lawrence Schoenke, District Legal Updates
MDUSD Business Education Alliance Committee Meeting, Mt. Diablo High School “Serendipity Café”

September 17


Meeting with Executive Cabinet Members  
City of Walnut Creek and Mt. Diablo Unified School District Joint Meeting

September 18 


Meeting with Annie Nolen, CSEA President
Meeting with Lisa Murphy Oates, Executive Director of Human Resources        

September 19


Contra Costa County Office of Education Superintendents’ Council Meeting
Parent Advisory Council Meeting, Willow Creek Center
District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting, Willow Creek

September 20        


Bancroft Elementary School Visit  
Meeting with Comprehensive High School Principals
Final Meeting with HR Systems Manager - Candidate
Meeting with Contra Costa County Office of Education – Superintendent Lynn Mackey
Bancroft STEAM Night
Attend Mt. Diablo High School vs. Northgate High School Varsity Football Game