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2024-2025 Enrollment

New Student Enrollment for the 2024-2025 School Year*

TK/Kinder Enrollment will begin on January 16, 2024. Please see our calendar and/or the TK/Kinder Enrollment date list.

AYERS IN PERSON ENROLLMENT DATE - MARCH 7, 2024

TK/Kinder students that missed their school's day will be able to pre-enroll for the 2024-2025 school year beginning March 8, 2024.

1st-12th grade students will be able to pre-enroll for the 2024-2025 school year beginning March 8, 2024.

 

1. FIND Your Resident School

2. REVIEW the following before enrolling your student

3. APPLY online 

  • Please print your Aeries Online Enrollment summary upon completion
  • Currently attending  students do not need to complete Aeries Online Enrollment. Your student will be pre-enrolled at their school of residence

4. REGISTER

  • All students will be registering centrally through the Enrollment Center
    • Located at 1026 Mohr Ln, Concord, CA 94519. Beginning January 16, 2024 we will be open 8:00am - 5:00pm (closed 12:30-1:00pm for lunch). 
      • No appointments necessary 
      • Please visit our webpage for a full calendar including closures or special hours.
  • We will be serving families in order of their arrival. Families MUST complete online enrollment (AIR) AND bring all required documents (birth certificate/passportimmunizations2 forms address verification, and parent's ID) to complete the process.

  • School assignment will based on space available at your school of residence.
  • Both TK and Kindergarten hours may vary, please contact your assigned school for more information.

Before coming in person to complete registration, please ensure that you have completed steps 1-3 AND bring the required documents.

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2024 MDUSD Graduation Schedule

MDUSD looks forward to celebrating our students' accomplishments as we say "goodbye" to graduates during Class of 2024 Celebrations and Commencement Ceremonies!

Below is a list of the upcoming festivities. Ceremonies taking place at the Toyota Pavilion may also be live-streamed by the City of Concord. Northgate High School's commencement may be live-streamed by the City of Walnut Creek. Please check with local schools for additional information about parking and other details.

  • May 22: College Now End-of-Year Celebration - 6 p.m. at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill
  • May 29: Bridge Program Graduation - 6:30 p.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Concord
  • May 29: Northgate HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • May 30: College Park HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • May 31: Concord HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 1: Horizons, Prospect, Glenbrook, Crossroads Graduation - 11 a.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 1: Olympic HS Graduation - 5 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 3: Mt. Diablo HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 4: Ygnacio Valley HS Graduation - 7 p.m. at Toyota Pavilion, Concord
  • June 8: Adult Education Graduation - 10:30 a.m. at Loma Vista Adult Center, Concord

The City of Concord will broadcast live and record the MDUSD high school graduations held at the Concord Pavilion. They will air on Concord TV (Comcast Channel 28, Astound Channels 29 and 1026 and U-verse Channel 99) and the City's YouTube channel (Northgate HS will be streamed on the City of Walnut Creek's YouTube channel).
 

Congratulations to the class of 2024!

2024 MDUSD Graduation Schedule
Read More about MDUSD Graduation Celebrations and Ceremonies for the Class of 2024
College Nows and CCAP

As graduation season gets underway in MDUSD, the College Now program at Diablo Valley College (DVC) kicked off the festivities with a Senior Celebration on Wednesday, May 22nd. The seniors, who came to the program from District high schools, will officially graduate and receive their diplomas along with their classmates from the schools where they took freshman and sophomore courses before entering the College Now dual enrollment program as juniors. Their celebration was followed up by the Ygnacio Valley HS College and Career Access Pathway (CCAP) STEM program graduation celebration on Thursday, May 23rd at DVC. Most of the seniors in this program will receive diplomas with the rest of the Ygnacio Valley HS senior class on June 4th.

Both programs are provided through a partnership with DVC that includes college level courses, providing college credits to students while they are in still in high school. Speakers at both events noted that this year's seniors started their freshmen year remotely in distance learning during the pandemic, but have shown courage, resilience, confidence, curiosity and a willingness to take risks as they chose to pursue rigorous programs that challenged them and offered opportunities not available at all high schools.

The College Now program is based on the DVC campus and allows students to take both community college courses taught by DVC staff and high school courses taught by MDUSD staff. This year's graduating class of 28 seniors earned an average of 33 college units, which means they completed the equivalent of more than one year of college. Eight will continue their education at DVC, and 20 plan to attend four-year universities, said College Now Administrator Dr. Heather Fontanilla. Student speaker  Amisha Shukla encouraged her classmates to continue taking advantage of new opportunities, even if they involve risks, and to push themselves outside their comfort zones. "We've made it this far by taking a risk," she said.

The Ygnacio Valley HS CCAP program offers students the opportunity to study engineering throughout all four years of high school, with some classes taken at DVC in their senior year. Seventeen students from this year's first graduating class were honored at the celebration, including five who earned 12-17 college units and received a gold graduation cord, four who earned 18-21 units and received a blue-gold cord, and eight who earned 22 units or more and received green-white-gold cords. Eleven plan to continue their education at DVC before transferring to four-year universities and eight plan to pursue engineering, one plans to pursue computer science and one will major in business. Students were mentored by teacher Joseph Alvarico, who was named a District, County and CA Teacher of the Year in part due to his student advocacy, mentorship and willingness to launch this program at YVHS. Many of the CCAP students also participate in the Project 212 Robotics Club and/or Femineers Club for girls interested in engineering, which Alvarico oversees. In addition, the students have also been mentored by engineering and manufacturing industry professionals including from manufacturing company Bishop Wisecarver. Kelly Walden, VP of Manufacturing for the company, suggested an alternate meaning for the CCAP acronym in recognition of the students: Courage, Commitment, Achievement, and Pride.

Speakers at both events encouraged students to continue to be lifelong learners and to "give back" to the community to make the world a better place for future generations.

Information about upcoming graduations is here.

College Nows and CCAP

 

Read More about MDUSD High School graduation celebrations have begun, starting with DVC partnership programs
Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter includes:

  • Schools will be closed on Monday, May 27th, in observance of Memorial Day;
  • Spotlight on the College Now and Ygnacio Valley HS CCAP/STEM graduation celebrations at Diablo Valley College,
  • District News including the MDUSD Graduation schedule, and The Miles Hall Breaking Barriers event at DVC,
  • School News including Bancroft Elementary art fair, and School Social Media Highlights from Holbrook Language Academy, and Cambridge, Meadow Homes and Highlands elementary schools; and El Dorado, Pine Hollow, Oak Grove and Valley View middle schools;
  • Student News including College Park High School softball NCS championship game is Saturday; and Student Social Media highlights from Mt. Diablo, Ygnacio Valley, and Olympic high schools, and the College Now program at DVC;
  • Alumni Social Media Spotlights featuring athletic achievements of 2 Concord HS alums and a College Park HS/Horizons CIS alum;
  • Staff Social Media Spotlights on Social Work Interns and retiring Director of Multilingual Education Carmen Garces;
  • Community News In Memory of Community Advocate Willie Mims; and Summer Youth Bus passes are now available;
  • And more!

You can read it here

Read More about Friday Letter - May 24, 2024
Sequoia Elementary IB

In Sequoia Elementary School's International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme, 5th-graders are required to complete group "research projects that represent the culmination of their academic learning," said Principal Rebecca Vichiquis. In the interactive event held both outdoors and indoors on Friday, May 17th, at least 120 parents and other adults visited students, looked at their displays and listened to their community presentations about their projects. 

Parents and community members said they appreciated the opportunity to speak with students about their research. “I was so impressed with every student and the level of rigor,” said County Superintendent Lynn Mackey, who toured the exhibition with Vichiquis. “The presentations were amazing.” She and Vichiquis learned about inflation from students Eli Cunanan, Jack Greenberg, and Haru Onoda, who included charts, drawings and Chromebook research in their presentation. "In particular, they chose to examine the causes, impact on people, and potential remedies to address the effects of the rapid inflation we have experienced over the past few years," Vichiquis said. "The group had excellent presentation skills and their presentation was very interactive. I was particularly impressed that they were able to articulate their findings surrounding this highly relevant and complex topic using simple comprehensible language, which certainly increased the impact of their message on the audience."
 
Parents John and Tiffany Kavanaugh said they have been pleased with the IB program at Sequoia and thought the research projects were challenging and thought-provoking. "They are learning to think outside the box - this is not a cookie-cutter approach," John said, after seeing "The Inclusion Project" presented by his son Colin Kavanaugh and classmates Brayden Cady and Logan Mims. "This was a very well put-together presentation." The project examined discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and provided resources in a brochure that said: "Respect is needed." The group wants to foster a more inclusive mindset at the school and to eliminate gender stereotypes.

MDUSD Board Member Debra Mason said she enjoyed the presentations. "The kids are very informed," she said. "I like the variety of the topics they're looking at. And the parents are very engaged. The parents are actually learning from the students. You can see the parents having 'aha' moments." Mason was particularly impressed with the electric car project by students Samuel McCray and Townsend Marlowe, since she has purchased an electric car herself. Samuel pointed out that taxpayers can get a $7,500 credit for buying an electric car. A parent walking up to the exhibit said, "That's right! I just did!"

Students Bryson Fung, Darren Tsai, Nolan Oxley and Isaac Guerrerro (not pictured below) said they enjoyed researching deforestation in rainforests for their project, which included drawings, a game, and informational paragraphs they wrote. Bryson said the project was challenging, but also fun. "Since I've been talking a lot, it's given me more motivation to do public speaking," he said. Monte Gardens Elementary Principal Bess Inzeo said her campus is an "IB candidate school" that is working toward applying to be authorized as a Primary Years Programme school next spring. "This is amazing," she said, as she toured the exhibition. She was especially impressed with the "Clean Water and Sanitation" project by students Leia Manchester, Hannah Hart and Segen Tesfay, who were able to identify "central ideas" and "IB learner attributes" they used in their research. "They're so confident," Inzeo said, adding that the project included a fundraiser to bring clean water to Kenya. "They know it and they put it into action."

Sequoia Elementary is part of an IB continuum in MDUSD that includes the Primary Years Programme (PYP) for elementary school years at Sequoia Elementary and Monte Gardens Elementary schools, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) for middle school years at Oak Grove Middle School, and the Diploma Programme (DP) for high school years at Ygnacio Valley High School to develop well-rounded individuals who respond to modern challenges with optimism and open-mindedness. More information is here.

Sequoia Elementary IB

 

Read More about Sequoia Elementary 5th-graders showcase projects in International Baccalaureate exhibition
Friday Letter

This week's Friday Letter highlights:

  • Spotlight on Sequoia Elementary 5th-graders International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme exhibition
  • District news including The Mt. Diablo Music Education Foundation concert brought happiness to downtown Concord, and the MDUSD Art & Digital Showcase continues through May 21st at Sunvalley Shopping Center
  • School news including College Park HS Choir Pops Concert is May 17th; and School Social Media Highlights from Walnut Acres, Mt. Diablo and Delta View elementary schools; and El Dorado, Oak Grove and Pine Hollow middle school
  • Student news including Pleasant Hill Middle School's leadership students volunteer at Pleasant Hill Elementary, 3 MDUSD students honored by Concord Mayor Edi Birsan for winning the Mayor's Art Contest, Mt. Diablo High School Boys Golf team returns to competition after 46 years, College Park High School Baseball player Nathan Leffel makes news; and Student Athlete Social Media highlights from College Park, Northgate, Concord and Mt. Diablo high schools;
  • Staff news including Sunrise & Shadelands Bus Driver and Custodian Appreciation; and Staff Social Media Employee of the Year Spotlights featuring recognition for Pine Hollow MS, Walnut Acres & Ayers elementary school, and Concord HS staff;
  • Community news featuring MDUSD Adult Education sponsors KidZone and will have information booth at the Pleasant Hill Art and Wine Festival;
  • And more!

You can read it here

Read More about Friday Letter - May 17, 2024
Black Excellence Awards

MDUSD’s 2nd Annual Black Excellence Awards Night on May 9th at Concord High recognized and honored 140 student award winners in grades TK-12 for academic achievement and attendance. In addition, Black Educator Awards were presented to Mt. Diablo HS Principal Dr. Markell McCain, Shore Acres Vice Principal Dr. Tiffany Jackson, District Administrator Linda Pete, Teachers Malachi Tripp and Leah Lipscomb, Classified staff members Gordy Cruel and Rae Jackson Sr., Counselor Shalendell "Sissy" White, and Social Worker Deonne Curtis-Wesley. Parent Noelle Cummings received the African American Parent Advisory Committee Parent of the Year Award. And Gregory Gardens Elementary, Sequoia MS and College Park HS received Equity Awards.

African American Family Engagement Coordinator Dr. Lamont Francies welcomed families, noting that some students at the standing-room only event may only be used to hearing applause when they throw a ball or jump high in sports. But this celebration was not about sports. It was all about Black student achievement, with inspiring remarks from Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark and equity consultant Dr. Shelley Holt. Dr. Clark said he has been working with District administrators to "shake things up" and "change the narrative" in MDUSD by holding all staff and students to high expectations so that everyone feels welcome and all students can reach their full potential. He received applause from the audience when he said: "I will not accept mediocrity. When it comes to working with kids, they deserve our absolute best. I advocate for all of our students."

Holt urged families to teach their children to be future leaders by educating them about their history and culture; how to manage a home; how to budget, save and invest; to pursue to whatever careers interest them; and how to communicate and connect with others in positive, healthy relationships where they can disagree effectively and respectfully. "If we are going to continue to have Black excellence," she said, "it's got to start at home." 

Then the fun began, as students walked proudly across the stage by school to accept awards for top performance on standardized English language arts or math tests, top attendance, or top Grade Point Averages among Black/African American students at their schools. Click on these Social Media posts to see highlights featuring students from Gregory Gardens ElementaryHolbrook Language AcademySun Terrace STEM ElementaryWalnut Acres ElementaryValley View MS and College Park HS.

Black Excellence Awards

 

Read More about MDUSD's Second Annual Black Excellence Awards celebrate educators, schools and students
FMS Green Ribbon Award

Congratulations to Foothill Middle School in Walnut Creek, which has earned a 2024 California Green Ribbon Award for environmental excellence. It received a bronze level award for showing "entry level commitment" in three areas:

  • reducing environmental impacts and costs;
  • improving the health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and
  • providing effective environmental and sustainability education.

It first received a bronze Green Ribbon School award in 2018, when science teacher Devin Jackson submitted an application explaining how students in the after-school Environmentally Concerned Kids (ECK) Club work to divert waste from landfill into recycling and composting - and how the school educates students and families about eco-literacy. 

Building on that success, Jackson has continued to advise the club, which this year includes about 10 students in grades 6-8 who meet weekly for one hour after school to raise environmental awareness, and foster sustainable practices among students, with a goal of reducing the school's carbon footprint and qualifying for a Silver, Gold, or Green Achiever Green Ribbon School Award within the next 2 - 3 school years. This year, Foothill MS achieved 65% waste diversion and hopes to reach 80% or more by 2030, Jackson said.

"The E.C.K. Club's main initiative is a recycling and waste reduction program," he said. All students in the school can earn raffle tickets by correctly sorting waste and minimizing trash, with a chance to win prizes at the end of the year, which promotes a greener campus. The E.C.K. Club conducts trash collection walks and waste audits to manage and reduce school waste effectively. "This enabled us to reduce 65% of the landfill waste compared to 2021," Jackson said. In addition, the club has established a garden of approximately 600 square feet where students create their own compost, which enhances their learning environment and commitment to sustainability. "Looking ahead, we aim to expand this garden throughout the school to provide a vibrant space for students to engage with environmental issues," Jackson said. Club members also hope to build support for zero-waste sustainable climate change goals throughout MDUSD and Contra Costa County to generate community-wide solutions. 

"We want to spread awareness and create change in our world by thinking globally and acting locally" said club President Alex McCarty. Vice President Chloe Carey added: "As a club, we strive to teach our peers about the environment and what is happening in the world." Rhea Lokesh noted, "although educating others helps us grow, we also need to make change happen within ourselves." And Perry De Lucia said the club wants to create a native garden space "where students can talk and express themselves and their love of the environment." School pride also plays a role in their efforts. "We want the entire campus to be clean, and unlittered," said Sarika Puppala. Jackson, who teaches Science, STEM, STEAM, Engineering, Robotics and Environmental Literacy, engages students with his enthusiastic motto: "Science rocks and so do you!"

More information about the E.C.K. Club is on the school's website under "Foothill Clubs" here.

FMS Green Ribbon Award
Foothill MS Green Ribbon

 

Read More about Foothill Middle School is a California Green Ribbon School!
Friday Letter

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  • Foothill MS receives Green Ribbon Award;
  • Black Excellence Awards celebrate educators, schools and students,
  • Art & Digital Media Showcase at Sunvalley Shopping Center through May 21st
  • District News including MDUSD Board honors Classified Employees of the Year and Student Board Member, Board Briefs regarding recent Board actions and an upcoming special meeting, MDMEF Concert Saturday in Concord, and Fentanyl Awareness Event on Wednesday at Pleasant Hill MS;
  • School News including Diablo View MS staff receives CA Distinguished School Award presented by CA Teacher of the Year Joseph Alvarico from Ygnacio Valley HS; Mountain View Elementary hosts Science, Art, and Maker's Fair; Oak Grove MS students present community projects; Sun Terrace STEM Elementary hosts First Annual Robotics Friendly Competition with Fair Oaks Elementary; Mt. Diablo Adult Education's Transition Options Program holds 10th Annual Creativity Expo; Walk & Roll Day Social Media Highlights from Walnut Acres and Vallhalla elementary schools and Holbrook Language Academy;
  • Student News featuring Pleasant Hill MS student earns 2nd place in Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center art contest; and Student Social Media Highlights from Mt. Diablo, Olympic and Northgate high schools;
  • Staff News featuring Northgate HS Vice Principal and Adult Education staffer lauded as heroes; and Staff Social Media Spotlights featuring staff at Walnut Acres, Woodside, and Gregory Gardens elementary schools, and College Park HS; and Teacher Appreciation Week Social Media Spotlights from Mt. Diablo HS, Holbrook Language Academy and Olympic HS;
  • And more!

You can read it here.

Read More about Friday Letter - May 10, 2024
CHS student Conor Miranda at Valle Verde Elementary

Valle Verde Elementary students were treated to a special guest speaker at our their character trait assembly on April 30th - Concord HS student Conor Miranda, who is the son of Valle Verde Secretary Tracy Miranda and attends the Autism Magnet Program at CHS. He spoke to the students about his experiences living with autism and highlighted the character trait of patience when dealing with friends who think a little differently, reminding the students that leading with kindness is always the right thing to do. "The students were engaged, and respectful, and it was a great way to end Neurodiversity Awareness Month," the school posted on Instagram.

"Neurodiversity is just a popular term used to describe the differences in how some people's brains work," Tracy said. "People perceive and respond to the world differently, and we should be empathetic and understanding of those who think in a different way than we do. We did explain to the students in the assembly that neurodiversity includes autism, ADHD, dyslexia, sensory processing disorder, dyspraxia, and more, but that Conor was going to speak about his experience living with autism."

Conor's message is so powerful that we are including it here in the hopes that the wider MDUSD community can learn from him:

"Hi everyone, my name is Conor. As you already heard, I attended this school, and when I was 10 and in 4th grade I gave a speech about autism. Now I’m 16 and in 10th grade, and I wanted to come and share some information with you. First, I have a question. How many of you play video games, raise your hand? How many of you play on an X-Box? How many of you play on Play Station? How many of you play on a Nintendo Switch? Well, some may argue that whichever system they play is better than the others, but that’s not true. They just work differently. Brains are kind of the same. For me, and other people with autism, we have brains that work differently than yours. Some things are super easy for me, and I could amaze you with the things I can memorize, or how fast I can do mental math. However, there are things that you may think are easy that might be harder for me.

Some things that people with autism struggle with are noise sensitivity, anxiety, focusing on one subject, and trouble with social situations. I can hear things right now that most of you can’t. It’s very hard for me to focus in a classroom with lots of students because I can hear lights humming, or things clicking, and someone playing with a zipper behind me. My brain is thinking about many things at once, so if it’s a subject I don’t really care about, I can often drift off. Autistics also struggle in social situations. Many people with autism can’t always detect sarcasm for example. I’m lucky that I don’t struggle with that,
because, as many of you know, my mom is often sarcastic, and taught me well. Another thing autistic people struggle with is we think very literally. Sometimes it’s hard to know when people are joking, or what a teacher is asking me to do, because I’m interpreting the information differently than my peers. As I have gotten older, I have learned to advocate for myself and tell my teachers that Ineed it explained in a different way.

For anyone here who may be neurodivergent, I want you to know when I attended school here people picked on me all the time. It wasn’t fun. I would like to say that things got better, but if I’m being honest, even now at my school, I still get picked on a lot. People sometimes are just mean to me for no reason. I am hoping that maybe I can inspire some of you who don’t face some of the challenges others do, to be more patient, and accepting, and learn to not pick on people who are different. Instead of teasing your peers, or laughing at them, maybe you could be patient and empathetic. Everyone wants friends, and nobody likes to feel isolated.

I want you all to know that there are always going to be some people that are jerks. You just need to find people that accept you for who you are. I like to say, “don’t put counterfeit bills in your wallet to make it look like you have more money.” What I mean by that is, don’t be friends with people just to say you have more friends. Choose the ones who are kind, accepting, and who choose you back.

Thank you for listening and for having me here today. I hope that I can inspire some of you who struggle with things to be happy with who you are. There’s nobody else on earth like you, and that’s what makes you special. If you’re having a hard time now, hang in there. Eventually you will find your people. Anyone who doesn’t want to accept you for you, doesn’t deserve your friendship anyway. I hope that when you leave here today you will make it your mission to be more patient and kind to those who are different from you. One of my favorite quotes that I want to leave you with is, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” Everyone here, including the teachers, all struggle with things. You never know when a kind word could change someone’s whole day. So, give compliments, talk less, smile more, and be kind always. Thank you." 

CHS student Conor Miranda at Valle Verde Elementary

Concord HS student Conor Miranda (center) speaks to Valle Verde Elementary students about living with autism, stressing the importance of character traits including patience, empathy and kindness.

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