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Superintendent's Newsletter December

Posted Date: 12/15/23 (1:43 PM)

Superintendent's Newsletter


The meaning of December stems from the Latin word decem, meaning ten. The old Roman calendar started in March, making December the tenth month.  When the Roman senate changed the calendar in 153 BCED, the new year started in January and December became the 12th month.

The December solstice on December 21 or 22 is also known as the winter solstice. It is the shortest day of the year int he Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of the (astronomical) winter season there.  In the Southern Hemisphere it is called the summer solstice.  There, it is the longest day of the year and the beginning of the (astronomical) summer season.

Thursday 12/21/23 will be a half day for students. 
Schools will be closed on Friday 12/22/23 and reopen on 1/9/24.  
Wishing each and every MUSD family a safe and relaxing break and Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!  

The Truth About Fentanyl
 A presentation for Elementary, Middle, and High School Parents

Please join us for a presentation on "The Truth About Fentanyl", on Wednesday, January 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the AHS Performing Arts Building.  The presentation will focus on fentanyl, what it is, how deadly it is, and what you need to know to help and protect your children. The event features Ryan Rezaei, an Assistant United States Attorney and former narcotics chief with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco, and Mariella Sanding, a coordinator with the Contra Costa County MEDS Coalition.  The presentation features graphic content, and is geared towards parents with children in elementary, middle, and high school.  NARCAN will be made available for distribution, and training will be given on its effective use.  Please do not miss this important event.   Due to the graphic content, it may not be appropriate for younger children.

Please use this link to register (para espanol registrate aqui) so that Mariella can ensure enough NARCAN for each participant who is trained.  
AHS Varsity Football 
 NCS Scholastic Champions!

The AHS Varsity Football team was recognized as an NCS Scholastic Championship team.  This award goes to the Top 3 Team GPAs in each Division of every sport.  With a 3.40 Team GPA, the Dogs were one of 3 Division V Champions!
We also had many other Varsity NCS Distinguished Scholastic Teams (Team GPA over 3.0 but not Champions as not in top 3 of division):
Girls Water Polo - 3.67              Girls Volleyball - 3.65
Girls Tennis - 3.49                      Boys Cross Country - 3.32
Sideline Cheer - 3.19                  Boys Water Polo - 3.19
Girls Flag Football - 3.17



The MUSD District Office will be open during the Winter Break on these days, at these times:
December 22nd 8:00am to 2:00pm
December 27th - 29th 8am to 3:30pm
January 3rd - 5th 8am to 3:00pm
January 8th - 7:30am to 4:00pm


The holiday season is a time for togetherness and joy, but it can sometimes bring unwelcome guests, like stress and grief. Some of us may be experiencing the holidays without a loved one. Some of us may be balancing endless to-do lists from shopping to entertaining. While we each celebrate this season’s joys, it’s important to stay mindful, acknowledge our feelings, and reach out for help if needed.

To help keep your holidays bright, below are helpful resources. We encourage you to save these resources so you can easily reference them should you or a family member need help.

Martinez Unified School District partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of our community. If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can help you quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance. This is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service provided by Martinez Unified School District. If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a mental health care provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365.
  • Visit and either search on your own or click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

May you enjoy your break and return rested and reinvigorated for a fantastic new year!

MUSD TK-K Enrollment
Click on picture above for more information on enrollment.

Public Release of 2023 California School Dashboard and Data Quest


  • State Indicator 5x5 Placement Reports
  • College/Career Placement Report
  • College/Career Measures Report
  • A-G/CTE Completion Report
  • Graduation Rate Additional Report
  • Academic Participation Rate Report
  • Summative ELPAC and Summative Alternative ELPAC Participation Rate Report
  • Student Group Report
  • District Performance by County
  • Charter Performance by County


  • 2022–23 Four-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate & Outcome Reports
  • 2022–23 Five-Year Cohort Graduation Rate & Outcome Reports
  • 2022–23 Discipline Data Reports
    • Suspension Rates
    • Expulsion Rates
  • 2022–23 Stability Rate Data
  • 2022–23 Cumulative Enrollment Data File
  • 2022–23 Restraint and Seclusion Data File

These reports were released today 12/15/2023.  The MUSD will be disaggregating the data and using our findings to adjust and refine instruction and offerings at our schools upon our return from break.