Supt's eNews - October 11, 2019

In this edition ...
  • Safety drills begin next week: Why practice is important
  • Planning for Growth - Considerations for Future School Facilities. We need to hear from you!
  • CAASPP test scores comparison show continued academic gains
  • Members needed: Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee
  • Negotiations News

Safety drills begin next week: Why practice is important

From the Superintendent

October is Safety month. Next week we will hold the annual districtwide earthquake drill. The following weeks (week of Oct. 21 and 28), we will talk about what to do in case of a dangerous intruder.

While we understand it's uncomfortable to talk about and practice these scenarios, I can tell you from personal experience that people need to know what to do. As an administrator in other districts, I have experienced a student bringing a handgun to school, evacuating a school for 2-alarm fire, and a stage-2 evacuation for a gas leak. In each one of these cases, our students and teachers were able to rely on core tenets of our crisis training and handle the incidents in the safest manner.

This isn't to say that these incidents will happen here, but it is imperative that our students and staff members know what to do to keep themselves and others safe. No training will prepare us perfectly for every emergency, but practice will increase our chances of successfully handling the unimaginable, and ultimately protecting our students to the best of our abilities.

We appreciate your support with this difficult topic. For additional information about how parents can talk with their children about school violence, please see this resource: Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Dr. Ayindé Rudolph

Planning for Growth - Considerations for Future School Facilities. We need to hear from you!

Your voice is important, and MVWSD wants to understand your considerations and  priorities as we plan for facilities to support growth in our community. 

As the Board of Trustees heard at their meeting last night, it is estimated that up to 20,000 new residential units will be added in Mountain View in the next 10 to 15 years. Much of this growth is happening in the northern portion of our district. This growth likely will result in almost 2,500 new students to our schools. This means MVWSD may need the equivalent of two new elementary schools plus an additional middle school. To learn more about this growth, click here.

MVWSD is currently working on a facilities plan that will guide how we manage this growth in the next decade. We need to hear from you about important considerations and priorities as we develop this plan, which will be finalized in the coming weeks.

** Join us for an online exchange of thoughts and ideas by clicking on the link here. Here, you can share your thoughts about district growth, and rate the thoughts of others. You will also have an opportunity to discover what’s important to the community. You can return at any point during the exchange and participate more until it closes on October 20. ***


CAASPP test scores comparison show continued academic gains

While county, state and neighboring districts’ test scores have remained flat in past years, MVWSD has shown steady gains in many areas of student academic performance.

State- and county-wide results from the 2019 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) were released on Oct. 9. These comparisons show that MVWSD continues to perform at higher rates in English language arts and math than the state average and county averages.

   * This year, MVWSD is 3 percentage points higher than the county average in English language arts for English Learners.
   * MVWSD’s Hispanic/Latino students, Students with Disabilities, and SocioEconomically Disadvantaged students performed at a higher rate than the county average.

“Despite wide achievement gaps across the state between students from different racial and socioeconomic backgrounds,” MVWSD is among “some California school districts who have excelled at supporting the learning of all students,” as reported by the Learning Policy Institute.

Using CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) data, the Learning Policy Institute (May 2019) recognized MVWSD as one of 54 districts in California (977 total) that are considered positive outliers “because their students are beating the odds relative to the socioeconomic conditions in their communities. In these districts, students of color, as well as white students, consistently achieve at higher than expected levels, performing better than students of similar racial/ethnic backgrounds from families of similar income and education levels in most other California districts.”

Highlights: CAASPP results since 2015
* The District increased 11% over the last five years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in language arts
* The District increased 10% over the last five years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in math

For more details about test results and how to access your child's report, click here.


Members needed: Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee

MVWSD is seeking committee members for the elementary Social Studies Textbook Adoption Committee.

Task: To review, pilot and recommend new social studies materials for adoption and implementation. California requires that the majority of members must be teachers. Seeking 1-2 parents (Spanish interpretation will be provided, if needed) and 10 certificated teachers to represent all school sites and grade levels. Parent representatives must be available to review materials at the Santa Clara County Office of Education during the work day.

Please click here to apply by Oct. 18.

Negotiations News

Teams from the District and Mountain View Educators Association met on Oct. 4, 2019. Please find the latest Negotiations News here.

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