Supts eNews - Sept 26, 2023


In this edition ...

  • Vargas, Monta Loma named among America’s Healthiest Schools
  • Staff housing update
  • High Fives: Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Parent involvement policy

Vargas, Monta Loma named among America’s Healthiest Schools

healthiest schoolsWe are thrilled to share that Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary and Monta Loma Elementary Schools are among the 781 schools nationwide to be named as America’s Healthiest Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. The recognition, awarded by Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Healthier Generation), a leading children’s health organization, honors schools’ dedication to supporting the health and well-being of students, staff, and families.

Vargas was awarded for increasing family and community engagement and improving social-emotional health and learning. Monta Loma was awarded for increasing family and community engagement.

This award underscores MVWSD’s commitment to a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child approach to education, in which the entire community contributes to students’ academic, physical, and social-emotional health. The families and staff of Monta Loma and Vargas have been instrumental in promoting a school environment that values physical health and emotional well-being alongside academic success.

“We’re honored to receive this national recognition for our dedication to supporting the well-being of students and staff and remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering environments where all members of the school community can learn and thrive,” said Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph.

America’s Healthiest Schools remains one of the country’s longest-running, nationwide recognition programs honoring schools for achievements in supporting whole child health equity for students, teachers, and staff. Congratulations, Vargas and Monta Loma!


Staff housing excitement is “building”!

Staff housing video

Construction is coming along very nicely on our 144-unit staff housing project. It opens in 2025 and is a collaborative effort between MVWSD, the City, and Fortbay/Miramar Property Group. The project will provide 123 studio, 1- and 2- bedroom units at below-rate rent for teachers and staff. Please click on this video to see more. Details at:

High Fives: Hispanic Heritage Month

folk danceMVWSD schools are commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) with a variety of activities. Castro Elementary celebrated with a Heritage Spirit Day during which students and staff wore clothing to display their heritage, in addition to participating in a schoolwide Lotería game. Imai Elementary is holding an assembly at the end of the month to celebrate and learn more about Hispanic/Latino culture. In the classroom, Mistral Elementary third-grade students completed a compare and contrast activity on Cesar Chavez. We love to see all of the different ways MVWSD recognizes and honors our community’s diversity.

Parent Involvement Board Policy

Families, thank you for your engagement and involvement with our schools. Our sustained partnership is a big part of our continuous improvement as a district. Per California Department of Education guidelines, here for your review is our Board Policy on Parent Involvement. Any questions should be directed to Geoff Chang, Director of Federal, State, and Strategic Programs ([email protected]).

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