Supts eNews - Oct. 12, 2023


In this edition ...

  • MVWSD works to update English Language Arts Curriculum for 2024-25
  • Drafts available: Single Plans for Student Achievement
  • High Fives: Crunch Week, Equitable Practices

MVWSD works to update English Language Arts Curriculum for 2024-25

children readingAs part of our district’s focus on literacy, MVWSD has begun looking at new curriculums for students grade K-5 in our English Language Arts (ELA) program. In recent decades, more research on children’s cognitive processes, language development, and reading acquisition has shown that curriculum that includes the Science of Reading helps to ensure children develop strong foundational reading skills, enabling them to become proficient readers.

reading committeeThe work of MVWSD’s methodical process for researching new curriculums is done by the Adoption Committee. This committee researches, reviews, and tries out the ELA curriculum that follows the Science of Reading. Our goal is to have a new curriculum in place for the 2024-25 school year.

Our District Ed Services Department asked for participation from classroom teachers and from families of students in Kindergarten - 5th grade and got many applications. California Education Code requires that the majority of members on the curriculum adoption committee must be teachers. The review team represents different grade levels across schools. The committee is co-facilitated by the Chief Academic Officer, the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, the Director of Early Literacy, and the MTSS Coordinator. The team will meet several times a month from September through May afterschool and on Saturdays, with a goal of recommending a curriculum to the Board of Trustee for adoption in May.children with teacher

In September, the committee had three meetings and the accomplished the following:

   * Reviewed the Science of Reading and the instructional shifts when moving from a balanced literacy to a structured literacy approach

  * Curated a rubric to meet MVWSD’s needs based on 12 established, research-based curriculum adoption rubrics.

  * Reviewed 7 curriculums using the MVWSD rubric and discussed the rubric ratings

  * Based on rubric ratings, the committee shortlisted 4 curriculums for further, deeper review in October.

We are excited for the work that the ELA Curriculum Adoption Committee is undertaking as we make this shift to adopting a structured literacy based curriculum for Kindergarten - 5th grade.


Drafts available: Single Plans for Student Achievement

Each year, our schools create Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSAs or “site plans”) that guide the work for the coming year. These plans help us prioritize programs and strategies that will best serve our students. In the fall, elected parent representatives from School Site Councils and English Language Advisory Committees work with principals and school staff members to create a draft that is reviewed and approved by the MVWSD Board of Trustees. Parents and staff members may give feedback through Oct. 26 to their principal and elected parent representatives to SSC and ELAC. You may review the draft plans here.


High Fives 

LGBTQ+ Equitable Practices Award: equitable practicesMVWSD was recently recognized for its commitment to championing LGBTQ+ inclusivity in our district. Director of Equity Megan Pohlman was presented with an award for our LGBTQ+ Equitable Practices by the Santa Clara County Office of Education at their LGBTQ+ History Month Showcase on October 5th. MVWSD also had a table during the resource fair segment of the event to showcase district equity practices. (SCC Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Ann Dewan pictured, far right, Megan Pohlman, middle; Hon. Ken Yeager, former SCC Supervisor, left.) 

California Crunch Week: salad barMVWSD participated in the 7th Annual California Crunch last week to celebrate local food, promote local farms, and inspire students to make healthy nutritional choices. All schools offered local, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, to celebrate our local farms and crunchy choices.

national school lunchThis week marks National School Lunch Week, which highlights the importance of school lunch and the critical role school nutrition professionals play in helping children succeed in and out of the classroom. We want to thank our dedicated Child Nutrition team for all of their work and keeping our community fed.


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