2018-19 School Calendar Update
The District and the Teachers Union (MPEA) are in the process of negotiating the 2018-19 school calendar. As much as possible, MPCSD tries to align our calendar with Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) to help families with students in both districts. MPCSD is considering a start date as early as Wednesday, August 15 and as late as Friday, August 24. When scheduling vacations, please consider, MPCSD will begin its 2018-19 school year sometime between Wednesday, August 15 - Friday, August 24.
A draft of MPCSD’s 2018-19 school calendar will be submitted to the School Board for approval at the February 13 Board meeting. Once Board-approved, the final calendar will be posted on the District’s website, and will be emailed to all current parents.
Fall 2018 New Student Registration Begins February 1
MPCSD is launching a new online registration system called SchoolMint. We are confident that this change will allow parents to more easily register their students. Begining February 1, all new students (K-8) can begin the registration process for the 2018-19 school year. February 1-28 will continue to be priority registration for new kindergarten students. Click here for 2018-19 registration information.
Mark your calendars - New Parent Information Nights
Each elementary school in our district will host a kindergarten and new parent information night. Please join us to learn more about MPCSD and the exceptional programs we offer. Dates for each event are:
Interested in Spanish Immersion?
MPCSD also offers a K-5 Spanish Immersion program, located on the campuses of Encinal and Laurel. If you are interested in exploring this option, you must attend one (doesn't matter which one) of the following Spanish Immersion New Parent Information Sessions:
MPCSD is excited to open its Early Learning Center preschool, pending Board approval in February, for children ages 3-5 beginning in Fall 2018. The ELC will offer a developmental, play-based, multi-sensory learning environment, with kindergarten readiness and multi-age groupings for children, in full or part day programs.
The Early Learning Center establishes the foundations for success by nurturing every child’s curiosity, sense of wonder and deep engagement with the world around them, and by fostering caring and meaningful relationships with the adults and children in their lives. Information such as program philosophy and guiding principles, elgibility, schedule, tuition and tuition assistance, registration, curriculum, and more, click here.
We are also looking for donated items to help prepare the new preschool classrooms.
The Early Learning Center is getting ready to start furnishing its new classrooms at Laurel Lower Campus. If you have items that you would like to go to a good home, please consider donating to the new ELC. Contact Jessica Mihaly with questions or to arrange a donation. Items sought are gently used: wooden toys and puzzles, Legos and Duplos, Magnatiles, costumes, puppets, wooden blocks, doll houses, books for 3-5 year olds, train tables and trains, play kitchens and dishes, and pretend food. (Please no Disney, movie characters, or violent images.) In addition to these items for children, we're looking for a real boat or kayak to put in the playground and love seats or oversized chairs for reading areas.
California Launches Dashboard: MPCSD Results Impressive
The California Department of Education released the state's new "Dashboard," the much anticipated replacement of the old Academic Performance Index (API) that ended in 2014. The public now has a more comprehensive school/district evaluation tool, based on multiple measures. Click here for more information about the Dashboard and to access any school or district's results. This article from the SJMN shares thoughts on how one might use the information.
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School Year Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
December/January Break Hours
Monday, December 25 - Tuesday, January 2: District Office Closed
Wednesday, January 3 - Monday, January 8: Open 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.