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Saturday Academy Begins

Starting Saturday, October 16, students at Highland Elementary, Ord Terrace Elementary, Seaside Middle School and Monterey High School will be able to make up for lost learning time due to an absence. MPUSD expects to add more schools as staffing becomes available.

MPUSD September 16 Town Hall Archives

MPUSD held a districtwide Town Hall on September 16 with an update on the school year, including COVID-19 protocols, process and communication. The PowerPoint presentation and video archive is available.

District English Learner Advisory Committee and District Advisory Committee

Mark your calendars! Parent engagement is critical and we invite your participation and feedback at our 2021-2022 District Advisory Committee and District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings. Our District English Learner Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity on English learner programs and services.

Important Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent on Health and Safety at our Schools: As we close the second full week of instruction, I wanted to express how excited we are to return to in person instruction and how proud I am of our school community's efforts to return to school safely. Your child's health and well being is our top priority, and I want to update you on our current health mitigation efforts, as well as increased support we are working to provide in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Guidance and Protocols

The school year is off to a great start and it has been wonderful to see students and staff back on campuses across the district. As we continue transitioning into our new normal, we are also mindful that COVID-19 is still in our community and that communities are seeing a rise in the Delta variant. Please find information related to COVID-19 protocols while in MPUSD schools and departments.

Reopening of Schools Districtwide Town Hall

MPUSD welcomes students and staff back to school in person, five days a week on Wednesday, August 4. The district hosts a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, July 28 in English (5 p.m.) and Spanish (6 p.m.) to learn more.

Best of Monterey Bay Family Guide: School is in Session

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Best of Monterey Bay Family Guide 2021-2022 published by the Monterey County Weekly is in the field. Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh engages in a Q & A with reporter Celia Jiménez. (Publication is not available online. Provided is a PDF copy.)

MPUSD Makes Move to Keep 6th Grade at Elementary Level Beginning in 2021-22

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, our Board of Education discussed and approved the decision making timeline for the reconfiguration and consolidation of MPUSD schools.  You may recall last school year the district convened a Vision 2025+ Task Force and engaged stakeholders in multiple community engagement meetings and surveys about the future of our schools. One of the key focus areas was whether or not to maintain 6th grade at the elementary school level.

January 27 Town Hall Archives and PowerPoint Presentation

The district offered a Town Hall to the community on the state of the community health, update on future in-person instruction, and reconfiguration/consolidation of elementary schools. PowerPoint and video archive are now available.
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Free Food Boxes for Families

LIMITED TIME: Thanks to a grant from the USDA, for the next five weeks (beginning week of January 25 through February 22) MPUSD will offer free food boxes to its families. You will recall this option was available for a brief period late last year. Thank you USDA for your support!

Important Notification: California Healthy Youth Act

We want to make you aware that California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, (CHYA), requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. Due to COVID-19, we have incorporated CHYA instruction for the 2020-21 school year for 7th, 8th and 10th grade students. Students in 9th grade will also receive instruction (Health Smart curriculum from ETR publication) as part of their Freshman Seminar Health and Wellness course.

Monterey County Herald: Guest Editorial PK Diffenbaugh: State Budget Must Reflect Our Values: Invest in Schools

Educators will be forced to overcome this budget challenge — offering services despite the lack of adequate resources. We shouldn’t have to. It is a reflection of our societal values that we continue to underfund our schools while relying on them to be the primary institution responsible for meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Read more in this weekend's Monterey County Herald (click headline link).

Pay Attention to Attendance: Keep Your Child On Track in Middle and High School

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

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Welcome to Seaside Middle School

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2021-22 Academic Year
 
Dear Seaside Middle School families,

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! I am honored to serve this learning community and support your return for a restorative restart. I look forward to partnering with each of you to ensure that all of our students are supported to grow as learners and leaders. 

As we begin this exciting chapter together, I want to share my core values as an educator so that you know how I am working to serve your children, your family, and our community:
 
•   Every student at Seaside Middle School deserves the best education possible; academic and social/emotional/behavioral growth happens when we communicate high expectations and proactively plan intentional supports to hold students accountable.
 
•   Adult and systems learning are at the core of school improvement; professional development is most effective when it is reflective, contextualized, and ongoing.
 
•   The trust of all stakeholders is earned and maintained through collaboration, coherence, and transparency; this is the foundation of respectful, productive relationships that promote student success.
 
•   When decision-making is collaborative, data-informed, and equity-driven, we reflect and grow to do what is best for students.
 
At Seaside Middle School our mantra is, “Together, we rise!” It is essential that we work together and lift one another up in service of our children. Please know that I am here to listen, learn, and partner with you so that together as staff, students, and families, we can forge an inclusive community that is centered on collaboration and learning.

Our doors are open to you, and we desire to be in communication. Feel free to contact our office at (831) 899-7080 or email me directly at aswinney@mpusd.k12.ca.us. Go Eagles!

Respectfully,
Adam Swinney
Principal, Seaside Middle School