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Summer Meal Program

MPUSD's Nutrition Services continues serving our community's children (ages 18 and younger) this summer.

Summer Academy: June 7 - July 2

Have you heard about Summer Academy at your school site? We have an exciting opportunity for students to extend the learning experience over a four-week period between June 7 - July 2, 2021.

Draft LCAP Review Meeting

You spoke, we listened. We continue to receive stakeholder feedback and want to get a date on stakeholders' calendars to review the DRAFT Local Control Accountability Plan before it goes to public hearing on June 8 and final adoption on June 22.

In-Person Local Control Accountability Plan Meeting: May 20

In an effort to reach all stakeholders, MPUSD is hosting an in-person Local Control Accountability Plan engagement meeting on Thursday, May 20 at Seaside High School to continue gathering input to inform its planning efforts and prioritize district funding on programs and services for students.

Districtwide Town Hall: May 19

As we head toward the end of the school year, MPUSD will host the last monthly Town Hall meeting to discuss Summer Academies and what the 2021-2022 school year will look like. We hope you can join us for a very brief presentation followed by plenty of time for questions and answers.
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Yearbook Orders

Colts just a reminder that you can still purchase your 20/21 yearbook. See flyer for more information.

Your Input Matters

Engagement of students, parents, staff and community members is important to MPUSD. We want to hear how our schools, and the district, are doing to involve and engage you in educating students. Your input is valuable as we align our goals and financial resources in our Local Control Accountability Plan and new Extended Learning Opportunities Grant Plan. ZOOM LINK - the.mpusd.net/lcap2021 or CALL-IN - 1-669-219-2599 (Meeting ID: 954 7226 3363, Passcode: 735060693) Click READ FULL STORY for direct link to Zoom.

Best of Monterey Bay Family Guide: School is in Session

HOT OFF THE PRESS: The Best of Monterey Bay Family Guide 2021-2022 published by the Monterey County Weekly is in the field. Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh engages in a Q & A with reporter Celia Jiménez. (Publication is not available online. Provided is a PDF copy.)

Town Hall Archives: Hybrid or Distance Learning Models

The PowerPoint and video archives of MPUSD's Town Hall on Thursday, March 11 in English and Spanish about the proposed in-person instructional model and reasoning behind the model are now available. Click headline to access the information.

MPUSD Makes Move to Keep 6th Grade at Elementary Level Beginning in 2021-22

On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, our Board of Education discussed and approved the decision making timeline for the reconfiguration and consolidation of MPUSD schools.  You may recall last school year the district convened a Vision 2025+ Task Force and engaged stakeholders in multiple community engagement meetings and surveys about the future of our schools. One of the key focus areas was whether or not to maintain 6th grade at the elementary school level.

Community Meetings: Reconfiguration & Consolidation of Schools

MPUSD continues its path toward implementing a transitional kindergarten - grade 6 model in the 2021-22 school year, as well as TK - Grade 8 models, attendance boundaries, and school consolidations in 2022-23. The district held virtual staff meetings with various schools at the end of January and early February, and hosted stakeholder engagement in community meetings in February. The PowerPoint and video archive may be found by clicking the headline.

UPDATE: Free Food for Families Locations

Due to traffic congestion at Seaside High, our partners at All in Monterey and The Food Bank of Monterey County, the Free Food for Families program has changed slightly. Mondays will be at Seaside High and Wednesdays will be at Monterey Peninsula College. See updated flyer.

January 27 Town Hall Archives and PowerPoint Presentation

The district offered a Town Hall to the community on the state of the community health, update on future in-person instruction, and reconfiguration/consolidation of elementary schools. PowerPoint and video archive are now available.
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Free Food Boxes for Families

LIMITED TIME: Thanks to a grant from the USDA, for the next five weeks (beginning week of January 25 through February 22) MPUSD will offer free food boxes to its families. You will recall this option was available for a brief period late last year. Thank you USDA for your support!

Important Notification: California Healthy Youth Act

We want to make you aware that California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, (CHYA), requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle school or junior high school and once in high school, starting in grade 7. Due to COVID-19, we have incorporated CHYA instruction for the 2020-21 school year for 7th, 8th and 10th grade students. Students in 9th grade will also receive instruction (Health Smart curriculum from ETR publication) as part of their Freshman Seminar Health and Wellness course.

Message from our Principal

Summer 2019

Dear Walter Colton Middle School Families,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! It is an exciting time at Walter Colton Middle School and I am pleased to partner with you, your child, and our staff to provide a wonderful experience at WCMS this year. 

Upon completion of my first year at Walter Colton Middle School I can say genuinely I love this age and stage. Middle school students face the challenges of developing independence and individuality, wrestling with a growing need to be a part of a social family outside of the home and physical and emotional maturation. In spite of all they are going through they are resilient, eager, funny and quirky beings. Each day brings a brand new opportunity to help them navigate this period of great changes.

As an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program candidate school, we are working to prepare students for full participation in an increasingly globalized world. It includes courses in all traditional subject matter taught in a way to guide students to deeper, more student-driven, interdisciplinary exploration into issues, questions and problems of global importance. The Middle Years Program shapes curriculum, teaching, and assessment into an inquiry based learning experience, and consists of eight subject groups integrated through five interactive areas providing global contexts for learning. The goal of the Middle Years Program is to create citizens equipped to develop original ideas while being cognizant of the ethical and cultural impact of their actions.

It is a great honor to lead Walter Colton and serve our students, families and staff. I am a collaborator, a listener, and will hold high expectations for students and staff to ensure academic success for your child.

My door is always open to you. Feel free to contact our office at (831) 649-1951 or email me at jkevorkian@mpusd.net
 

Sincerely,
 
 
Joan Kevorkian
Principal, Walter Colton Middle School 

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