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!
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Following the recent Central Coast Section statement regarding a start date for practices, MPUSD released the following message to high school families via ParentSquare. Click headline to read more.
Join us for an update on the state of our district moving forward in 2021. We will discuss: status of health conditions, update on future in-person instruction, and reconfiguration and consolidation of schools.
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.
On August 25th, we hosted our first Scholar Athlete Seminar Panel in partnership with CSUMB and GEAR UP. Students were able to engage with former Seaside High School Alum who have gone on to play intercollegiate athletics and gain insight into pursuing an athletic career at the college level.
The federal government has updated its regulations, and families are now able to access Grab & Go Meals without having to present student's name or student ID. Students do not have to be present for families to receive meals. Students must be 18 years and under.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is pleased to welcome new and returning students, and families to 2020-21 school year. We know this year is certainly unique. We have appreciated your input and patience throughout the summer months as we planned for this school year. As a system we're committed to ensure that we provide the support necessary to overcome any barrier that might get in the way of your child's success.
Did you miss our SHS Town Halls on Distance Learning? Check out our archived webinars and presentations!
Hey Spartan Freshmen! If you missed yesterday's Live Freshmen Orientation, you can still view the videos and information here.
Last night, the Board of Education voted, on my recommendation, that the new school year start in full Distance Learning only. This decision was difficult to make as we know that the best place for students is at school. (Click headline to read more.)
As you know, all MPUSD schools will open the 2020-2021 school year in a Distance Learning model. We are committed to ensuring that students continue to experience the care and commitment of our staff and the routine of daily learning, even in full Distance Learning. (Click headline to read more.)
Take a minute to hear from Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh about the planning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, as well as sign up for a Town Hall to hear information and next steps.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District initiated an internal Task Force to begin exploring the reopening of our schools in the 2020-21 school year based on the new guidelines released from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. The guidelines require schools to consider hybrid schedules in order to limit the total number of students on campus at one time and ensure that students are kept at least 6 feet apart where practical. MPUSD held four community Town Hall meetings to provide information, answer questions and to hear input from families.
Click to read important updates about the Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremony and check-out for all students!
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).
Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is underway. Due to COVID-19, we have updated the ways you can register your child in an MPUSD school. This applies to all NEW STUDENTS (attending MPUSD for the very first time or students who were not enrolled with MPUSD in 2019-20). Learn more by clicking the headline link.
In Spring of 2021, a group of students will be traveling to Scotland, England, and Paris for an 11-day tour. Included on the trip will be Edinburgh Castle, Oxford University, London Bridge, and the Eiffel Tower, among many other sites!
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We are off and running to a strong start during quarter 2. The month of November brings many exciting opportunities as we work together towards helping our students successfully complete the first semester of the 2019-2020, while preparing for post graduate college and career opportunities. (Read more - click headline link)
We are extremely proud of our Seaside High students for serving as role models to younger peers. Students in Carolyn Laymon’s science class recently shared their cell projects to Ord Terrace Elementary’s Mrs. Lothian’s 3rd graders and Ms. Alexander’s 5th graders.