We hope you’re enjoying Spring Break. We want to provide a reminder about the availability of FREE COVID-19 take-home rapid tests at our MPUSD COVID-19 testing center offered through our partner Heal 360.
From the very beginning of the pandemic, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has adhered to guidance from the California Department of Public Health and our county health department. We intend to follow the updated state guidance unless more restrictive measures are adopted by the Monterey County Health Department. In accordance with the state’s update, effective Monday, March 14, 2022, masks will be strongly recommended but not required for students (regardless of vaccination status) at all MPUSD school sites and departments.
Town Halls in English and Spanish will be held this evening (March 1) at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to learn more and ask questions. Read full story for links to Town Halls.
La Mesa Elementary will expand to be TK-8 schools by adding 7th grade in the 2022-2023 school year and 8th grade in the 2023-2024 school year. In order to support La Mesa’s expansion, the Board recently approved the reconfiguration and consolidation plan that will add classrooms and modernize the La Mesa campus in order to create an engaging age appropriate learning environment for all grade levels.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District welcomes students, families, and staff back from Winter Break. The California Department of Public Health has released updated guidance regarding COVID-19, and the district will host a Town Hall to provide an overview, as well as address questions from the community.
Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh shares with families the importance of getting tested before returning back to school on Wednesday, January 5. Take a moment to listen to his message, as well as where you and your family can pick up testing kits or to have a test administered at our Cabrillo Family Resource Center.
Open Enrollment for grades Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade is now open for the 2022-2023 school year. This period is the only time to request a transfer from one school to another school within the district for the upcoming 2022-2023 school year. If you wish to request a transfer you must complete a request form no later than Friday, February 4, 2022 for middle and elementary school.
On Friday, November 19, La Mesa Elementary School First Grade Teacher Elizabeth McLeod was honored by KION 5/46 with $500 as part of their Classroom Makeover initiative in partnership with Central Coast Federal Credit Union.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has created a partnership with The Equine Healing Collaborative based in Carmel Valley, CA to offer equine assisted therapy to students and staff. This is part of many services offered through the district's multi-tiered systems of support.
The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is evaluating and redrawing its school attendance boundaries for the 2022-2023 school year.
We welcome your participation in this process. You're invited to the November 9 Board of Education retreat to hear stakeholder feedback, provide community input, and learn more about the proposals for consideration.
MPUSD held a districtwide Town Hall on September 16 with an update on the school year, including COVID-19 protocols, process and communication. The PowerPoint presentation and video archive is available.
Mark your calendars! Parent engagement is critical and we invite your participation and feedback at our 2021-2022 District Advisory Committee and District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings. Our District English Learner Advisory Committee serves in an advisory capacity on English learner programs and services.
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.
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.
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!
The front office will now be open daily from 8:00am - 12:00pm. There will also be extended hours every other Wednesday from 8:00am - 4:30pm to accommodate more families. Extended days will be posted on our calendar for your convenience.
Educators will be forced to overcome this budget challenge — offering services despite the lack of adequate resources. We shouldn’t have to. It is a reflection of our societal values that we continue to underfund our schools while relying on them to be the primary institution responsible for meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Read more in this weekend's Monterey County Herald (click headline link).
La Mesa's PTA is a wonderful place to get to know your child's school, meet other parents, and help your child's learning community. Our PTA is responsible for tons of on and off campus activities and fundraisers. It's a great way to be engaged in the local community, support your child, learn about various support services, stay updated on school functions, and mingle with other military families. Visit La Mesa's PTA on campus or visit their website at lamesapta.com to get more information.
Congratulations to La Mesa Elementary on being a TreeRing Green Yearbook School! Since we've sold 101 yearbooks, we'll be working with our partner, Trees for the Future, to plant that many trees in our school's name.
Our 4th and 5th graders have been preparing for the annual Lyceum Spelling Bee. Contestants will compete on stage at La Mesa on February 7th from 12:00-1:00. Two finalists and two alternates will be determined to advance to the County Final Spelling Bee at San Benancio Middle School. The competition will be held February 23rd at 9:30-12:00. Come support our hard-working students.
La Mesa's student council is fundraising to repair our wall ball wall. Candy grams will be sold for $1 each. Students can purchase as many candy grams as they would like. Money must be submitted to class room teachers no later than February 12th.
The Scholastic Book Fair is back! This is the 2nd book fair this year. If you don't buy this week, the last book fair will be in May. Don't miss out! This Book Fair's hours are: 2/25 7:30-8:30 and 2:00-4:00 2/26 11:00-4:00 2/27 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-7:00* featuring 2 story times and a raffle 2/2811:00-4:00 3/1 7:30-12:00