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June 3, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are all staying safe. 

 

As we head to the summer, we wanted to make you aware of our  virtual summer learning enrichment opportunities for students. Registration is now open for the Superintendent’s Summer Arts Academy and our Summer Ready program will launch tomorrow.

 

Summer school will run this year from June 22-July 23. More information will be coming out soon but mark your calendar if you are interested in summer school or Extended School Year.  

 

Please keep up the distance learning until the end. Having a routine can help students during these uncertain times. Thank you for all you do.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Superintendent’s Summer Arts Academy

Acting, Singing,Performance Prep in a Distance Learning Virtual Setting

June 22 - July 17

MWF, 10 - 11 a.m.

 

Open to students in grades 3-12.

 

Register Now 

Superintendent’s Summer Reading Program Launches June 4

 

We’ve partnered with Scholastic to provide a free “Spend Your Summer Reading!” book bag to all students in grades TK-5. It includes a set of age-appropriate books by popular authors with engaging characters and plots and some fun worksheets.

 

You may pick up your books at your child’s school from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Look for information from your school.

Class of 2020

 

Resources

California Parent and Youth Helpline

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, visit: https://caparentyouthhelpline.org/.

 

Children’s books to Help Talk About Racism

Recent incidents that have sparked calls and protests for racial justice can be confusing for students. Here is a list of age-appropriate books dealing with racial issues that may be useful for you and your child.

 

Reminders

 

Virtual summer learning enrichment opportunities for students

2020 Superintendent Summer Learning Academy

Academic Enrichment in English language Arts and Math

June 29-July 30

 

Registration is now open for the Superintendent Summer Learning Academy for students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade, and is due June 5. Help your child stay on the road to learning this summer! 

Register Now

 

Summer 2020 Virtual Cyber Camp - Moreno Valley Unified School District and Moreno Valley College 

Beginner Camp

June 15-19 

(7th-12th grade students with little to no cybersecurity experience)

  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Cybersecurity Training 
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Coding Olympics (Python Programming) 

Register

 

Advanced Camp 

June 22-26 

(7th-12th grade students, who participated in a prior Beginner Camp or CyberPatriot Team)

  • 12:30 - 3 PM: Cybersecurity Training

Register

 

Instructor/Coach Training

June 22-26 

(Teachers and parents are welcomed)

  • 9 - 11 AM: Instructor/Coach Training 

Register

 

For more information, please contact: Donna Woods or Kasey Nguyen

 

Elementary Report Cards 

This year, parents will not receive a copy of their child’s report card on the last day of school. Report cards will instead be mailed home after June 16.

 

Moreno Valley M to Shine in Support of MVUSD

The City of Moreno Valley will illuminate the Moreno Valley M in gold on Thursday, June 4, in support of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Seniors will pick up their gifts from their adopters that day. In addition, each night during the week of June 8-12, the city will light up the M in the color of the high school graduating students that day.

 

Important Grab ‘n’ Go Lunch Information

Due to end-of-year activities taking place, we will not offer Grab ‘n’ Go lunches at the high schools during the first two weeks of June. Please visit any nearby school to pick up a lunch.

 

Grab ‘n’ Go lunches are still available during the summer, from 10:30 a.m. - noon, June 15 - August 7, at all middle schools, Armada Elementary, Edgemont Elementary, Vista del Lago High School, and the Moreno Public Library.

 

Identifying and Supporting Students with Dysgraphia - California League of Schools Webinar 

Thursday, June 4

2:00 p.m.

 

Join Dr. Lynn Larsen for an exploration of dysgraphia, a little-understood learning disability that affects up to 20% of students and can never be outgrown. Students with dysgraphia struggle with the handwriting and content development/organizational aspects of writing. With the prevalence of remote learning during COVID-19, writing is even more critical for communicating learning. Discover useful tips for identifying and supporting students with dysgraphia.

Register

 

Reminder: Online Yoga Classes for Adults and Students

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15am (TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45am (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30am (6th-8th grade)

10:40-11:45am (9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00pm

 

P-EBT card

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Families who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may get $365 per child in state benefits to buy food. The application is easy. Apply today and you should receive your benefits within 10 days. Families who received a P-EBT card in the mail do not need to apply.

Apply at ca.p-ebt.org

 

June 1, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

 

The events of this weekend are another painful reminder that injustice remains in our world. We can fix the broken windows and merchandise can be replaced. However, it will take more to address the inequity within our society. We continue to believe as strongly as ever that tremendous change is needed to address the inequity in our nation that African Americans and other marginalized groups have long endured. We must use education as a positive force for change in our community. 

 

Earlier today, the Board of Education and I emailed the Moreno Valley Unified School District community a letter in support of racial equality and calling out the injustice our African American community faces. Today, Riverside County declared a state of emergency and instituted a curfew. This can be very unsettling for adults and confusing or scary for young children who may not understand all of the context. 

 

I urge you not only to talk to your child, but to listen. We can learn a lot more from them if we listen. They can tell you what they understand and how it makes them feel. And, by talking, it helps them understand their own feelings. If they prefer to speak with a counselor, they can make a request by going to bit.ly/MVUSD-counselor

 

Please stay safe and remain hopeful. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

2020 Superintendent Summer Learning Academy

Academic Enrichment in English language Arts and Math

June 29-July 30

 

Registration is now open for the Superintendent Summer Learning Academy for students currently in kindergarten through fourth grade, and is due June 5. Help your child stay on the road to learning this summer! 

 

Register Now

Elementary Report Cards 

This year, parents will not receive a copy of their child’s report card on the last day of school. Report cards will instead be mailed home after June 16.

 

Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis - Webseries

Planning California’s Districts Transition Back to School: A Blueprint for Districtwide Communication During COVID 19

June 3, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District

 

Dr. Daryl Camp

Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District

 

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Paraeducators 

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the University of California Los Angeles Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) have collaborated to develop this free online series, which provides families and educators with the tools and strategies they need to enhance equity in the virtual learning space in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures.

Register

 

Summer 2020 Virtual Cyber Camp - Moreno Valley Unified School District and Moreno Valley College 

Beginner Camp

June 15-19 

(7th-12th grade students with little to no cybersecurity experience)

  • 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Cybersecurity Training 
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.: Coding Olympics (Python Programming) 

Register

 

Advanced Camp 

June 22-26 

(7th-12th grade students, who participated in a prior Beginner Camp or CyberPatriot Team)

  • 12:30 - 3 PM: Cybersecurity Training

Register

 

Instructor/Coach Training

June 22-26 

(Teachers and parents are welcomed)

  • 9 - 11 AM: Instructor/Coach Training 

Register

 

For more information, please contact: Donna Woods or Kasey Nguyen

Resources

Identifying and Supporting Students with Dysgraphia - California League of Schools Webinar 

Thursday, June 4

2:00 p.m.

 

Join Dr. Lynn Larsen for an exploration of dysgraphia, a little-understood learning disability that affects up to 20% of students and can never be outgrown. Students with dysgraphia struggle with the handwriting and content development/organizational aspects of writing. With the prevalence of remote learning during COVID-19, writing is even more critical for communicating learning. Discover useful tips for identifying and supporting students with dysgraphia.

 

Register

 

National Geographic

National Geographic’s Family newsletter offers tips and resources on a variety of topics. This week’s newsletter includes:

  • How Can Kids Practice Kindness From Home?
  • Boredom Busters For Kids

Reminders

DELAC Virtual Meeting

Jun 3, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

 

Meeting ID: 889 0960 4389

Password: 9DpB54

 

Adopt-a-Senior

There is still time to Adopt-a-Senior, as part of the Moreno Valley Education Foundation’s program to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate. 

 

Moreno Valley M to Shine in Support of MVUSD

The City of Moreno Valley will illuminate the Moreno Valley M in gold on Thursday, June 4, in support of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Seniors will pick up their gifts from their adopters that day. In addition, each night during the week of June 8-12, the city will light up the M in the color of the high school graduating students that day.

 

Important Grab ‘n’ Go Lunch Information

Due to end-of-year activities taking place, we will not offer Grab ‘n’ Go lunches at the high schools during the first two weeks of June. Please visit any nearby school to pick up a lunch.

 

Grab ‘n’ Go lunches are still available during the summer, from June 15 - August 7, at all middle schools, Armada Elementary, Edgemont Elementary, Vista del Lago High School, and the Moreno Public Library.

 

Reminder: Online Yoga Classes for Adults and Students

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15am (TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45am (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30am (6th-8th grade)

10:40-11:45am (9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00pm

 

Head Start/ Preschool Registration Now Open

Moreno Valley Unified School District Early Childhood Learning is currently enrolling for our no-cost preschool programs. The Early Childhood Learning Programs commonly known as the Head Start and State Preschool Programs are funded by federal and state funds. These programs serve children from low-income families.

 

Program School sites: Armada, Box Springs, Butterfield, Creekside, Edgemont, Rainbow Springs, Seneca, and Serrano.

 

Registration for full & half day sessions available! No cost for eligible families! Visit the Head Start webpage to submit an application. For more information, please call (951) 571-4716 or email EnrollmentEarlyChildhoodLearning@mvusd.net.

 

YouthTruth Survey

Youth Truth is launching a national free survey for students in grades 6-12 to share about their unique experiences with learning while their school sites have been closed. Students Weigh In: Learning & Well-Being During Covid-19 is an online, anonymous, survey in English and Spanish that is easy to administer and takes 10 to 15-minutes to complete. Dr. Kedziora encourages students to participate in the survey before it closes on Friday, June 19.

 

P-EBT card

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Families who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may get $365 per child in state benefits to buy food. The application is easy. Apply today and you should receive your benefits within 10 days. Families who received a P-EBT card in the mail do not need to apply.

Apply at ca.p-ebt.org

 

Advanced Placement Summer Institute 

The Advanced Placement Summer Institute 2020 at UCR is now online! Join us for the virtual experience, July 13-24. Sessions will be delivered using Canvas, and will include virtual office hours, live check-in meetings, synchronous group meetings, and more!

 

Immerse yourself in this intensive learning experience, where you’ll share strategies to discover current best practices in college-level learning for your specific subject matter. Collaborate with fellow teachers, share ideas, and grow your AP knowledge. We’ll equip you with the tools needed to help your students attain success!

Enroll today.

 

May 29, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

 

As we reach the end of month and near the end of the school year, many of you are excited for the school year to be over. However, during this summer, we will continue to offer opportunities for learning. The Superintendent’s Summer Arts Academy provides performance-based instruction and experiences in music and theater arts for students currently in grades 3-12, and will run from June 22 - July 17. The Superintendent’s Summer Learning Academy for students in grades k-4 is tentatively scheduled from June 29 - July 30.  We hope to announce our summer school program next week so students can make up course work or get ahead. Please keep an eye out for announcements from your school.

 

In addition to all of the academics, we will be very busy with planning for 2020. As I mentioned before, Board President Marsha Locke and I are on a Riverside County Office of Education task force to look at the best ways to open schools. We are committed to opening schools safely and we will continue to keep you updated on our progress. I know leaving school at the end of the year without knowing what it will look like next year can be tough but know we are taking it slow so we can be safe.

 

Have a good weekend and enjoy this warm weather. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Important Grab ‘n’ Go Lunch Information

Due to end-of-year activities taking place, we will not offer Grab ‘n’ Go lunches at the high schools during the first two weeks of June. Please visit any nearby school to pick up a lunch.

 

Grab ‘n’ Go lunches are still available during the summer, from June 15 - August 7, at all middle schools, Armada Elementary, Edgemont Elementary, Vista del Lago High School, and the Moreno Public Library.

 

Adopt-a-Senior

There is still time to Adopt-a-Senior, as part of the Moreno Valley Education Foundation’s program to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate. 

Advancing Equity in an Era of Crisis - webseries

Planning California’s Districts Transition Back to School: A Blueprint for Districtwide Communication During COVID 19

June 3, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent, Moreno Valley Unified School District

 

Dr. Daryl Camp

Superintendent, San Lorenzo Unified School District

 

This conversation is right for: Leadership, Administrators, Teachers and Para ed

The California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA) and the University of California Los Angeles Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) have collaborated to develop this free online series, which provides families and educators with the tools and strategies they need to enhance equity in the virtual learning space in the wake of the COVID-19 school closures.

 

Resources

 

P-EBT card

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when school is closed. Families who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals may get $365 per child in state benefits to buy food. The application is easy. Apply today and you should receive your benefits within 10 days. Families who received a P-EBT card in the mail do not need to apply.

Apply at ca.p-ebt.org

 

Advanced Placement Summer Institute 

The Advanced Placement Summer Institute 2020 at UCR is now online! Join us for the virtual experience, July 13-24. Sessions will be delivered using Canvas, and will include virtual office hours, live check-in meetings, synchronous group meetings, and more!

 

Immerse yourself in this intensive learning experience, where you’ll share strategies to discover current best practices in college-level learning for your specific subject matter. Collaborate with fellow teachers, share ideas, and grow your AP knowledge. We’ll equip you with the tools needed to help your students attain success!

Enroll today.

 

Changing Lives Showcase

Saturday, May 30, 2020

1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Changing Lives Showcase, is a culmination of five months of youth working to create and perfect art and music performances to express what it means to Give, Advocate, or Volunteer in support of Education, Financial Stability and Health.

 

Jointly sponsored by Music Changing Lives, Moreno Valley Unified School District, California Endowment, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Niagara Cares, Goliath Grafix and many more.

 

The program is designed to motivate youth to stay in school and become civically engaged while having fun learning basic business and financial literacy skills to have a career in the entertainment industry.

More information 

Reminders

 

Reminder: Online Yoga Classes for Adults and Students

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15am (TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45am (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30am (6th-8th grade)

10:40-11:45am (9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, June 1

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00pm



Moreno Valley M to Shine in Support of MVUSD

The City of Moreno Valley will illuminate the Moreno Valley M in gold on Thursday, June 4, in support of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Seniors will pick up their gifts from their adopters that day. In addition, each night during the week of June 8-12, the city will light up the M in the color of the high school graduating students that day.

 

DELAC Virtual Meeting

Jun 3, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

 

Meeting ID: 889 0960 4389

Password: 9DpB54

 

Head Start/ Preschool Registration Now Open

Moreno Valley Unified School District Early Childhood Learning is currently enrolling for our no-cost preschool programs. The Early Childhood Learning Programs commonly known as the Head Start and State Preschool Programs are funded by federal and state funds. These programs serve children from low-income families.

 

Program School sites: Armada, Box Springs, Butterfield, Creekside, Edgemont, Rainbow Springs, Seneca, and Serrano.

 

Registration for full & half day sessions available! No cost for eligible families! Visit the Head Start webpage to submit an application. For more information, please call (951) 571-4716 or email EnrollmentEarlyChildhoodLearning@mvusd.net.



Find a testing location

 

YouthTruth Survey

Youth Truth is launching a national free survey for students in grades 6-12 to share about their unique experiences with learning while their school sites have been closed. Students Weigh In: Learning & Well-Being During Covid-19 is an online, anonymous, survey in English and Spanish that is easy to administer and takes 10 to 15-minutes to complete. Dr. Kedziora encourages students to participate in the survey before it closes on Friday, June 19.

 

May 27, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

 

As the county enters into an accelerated State 2 of opening, we have received many questions about why we are holding the drive-through graduations and virtual celebrations. The short answer is because we have not received approval from the county to do other events. 

 

The County’s school closure is still in effect through June 19 as is the state’s stay at home order. The Riverside County Department of Public Health gave us permission for our drive-through graduations as long as all public health precautions are taken, social distancing is maintained, and only members of the same household are in the same car.

 

We are offering virtual celebrations for our kindergarten, fifth, and eighth grade students. Having drive-through celebrations take all day and require us to shift staff around the district. And so as much as we want to celebrate all of our milestones, our priority was with our seniors who will be leaving the district. 

 

Although we are beginning to open restaurants and other businesses up, we are still in a health crisis. Schools are supposed to be only conducting essential business. As much as we would like to hold large celebrations with all of our students and families, we are limited by the county and state who are looking out for the greater community.

 

We have many accomplishments to celebrate, and we will in due time. Thank you for your continued understanding.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Moreno Valley M to Shine in Support of MVUSD

The City of Moreno Valley will illuminate the Moreno Valley M in gold on Thursday, June 4, in support of the Adopt-a-Senior program. Seniors will pick up their gifts from their adopters that day. In addition, each night during the week of June 8-12, the city will light up the M in the color of the high school graduating students that day.

DELAC Virtual Meeting

Jun 3, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

 

Meeting ID: 889 0960 4389

Password: 9DpB54

 

Adopt-a-Senior

There is one week left to Adopt-a-Senior, as part of the Moreno Valley Education Foundation’s program to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.

 

District News

 

2020 Riverside County Spelling Bee Finalists

Due to COVID-19, the final round of the Riverside County Spelling Bee, presented by The Press Enterprise, as well as the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals, were cancelled. While the 26 finalists (and 23 alternates) were unable to participate in the county or national bee this year, join us in celebrating our MVUSD county finalists:

Winner 

Swetha Jayasinghe 

Palm Middle School, Grade 6 

 

Alternate 

Rahil Tahir 

Mountain View Middle School, Grade 8 

 

Hearts YOUnited Spreads Cheer 

On Friday, May 22, members from New Direction Community, Victory Outreach, Discovery, Day Springs Ministry, Powerhouse churches and the Moreno Valley Education Foundation held a rally outside Badger Springs Middle School to welcome parents with cheers, waves and whistles by Hearts YOUnited and Champions for Peace. The churches collaborated at one school so that they can carry the same messages to other sites in the future.  

Reminders

 

Head Start/ Preschool Registration Now Open

Moreno Valley Unified School District Early Childhood Learning is currently enrolling for our no-cost preschool programs. The Early Childhood Learning Programs commonly known as the Head Start and State Preschool Programs are funded by federal and state funds. These programs serve children from low-income families.

 

Program School sites: Armada, Box Springs, Butterfield, Creekside, Edgemont, Rainbow Springs, Seneca, and Serrano.

 

Registration for full & half day sessions available! No cost for eligible families! Visit the Head Start webpage to submit an application. For more information, please call (951) 571-4716 or email EnrollmentEarlyChildhoodLearning@mvusd.net.

 

COVID-19 Update

Governor Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that barber shops and hair salons are allowed to re-open with modifications under the Accelerated Phase 2 stage. These businesses in Riverside County are required to follow guidelines to promote customer and employee health safety prior to re-opening. While many other personal services remain closed at this time, members of the community can help advance efforts to re-opening by getting tested for COVID-19.

 

Increasing the number of those tested will create a more accurate – and likely reduced – positivity rate, allowing Riverside County to move more quickly through the state’s phases of re-opening. Testing is free, does not require health insurance, and is easy to do. Appointments can be made by calling 800-945-6171. 

 

 We now have a site in Moreno Valley at 21401 Box Springs Rd.

 

Find a testing location

 

YouthTruth Survey

Youth Truth is launching a national free survey for students in grades 6-12 to share about their unique experiences with learning while their school sites have been closed. Students Weigh In: Learning & Well-Being During Covid-19 is an online, anonymous, survey in English and Spanish that is easy to administer and takes 10 to 15-minutes to complete. Dr. Kedziora encourages students to participate in the survey before it closes on Friday, June 19.

 

May 22, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you have a great three-day Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget our schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 25. 

 

I hope you will take some time during this weekend to reflect and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have come before us and have given their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms that make our country so great. 

 

On behalf of the board of education, thank you for your continued work. I am so proud of how engaged our students and you are in distance learning - see short report below. Our district continues to move forward and I am so excited to see how well our students and staff have adapted to distance learning.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Distance Learning Update

We are very excited about the level of engagement and participation our students at Moreno Valley Unified School District have demonstrated in Distance Learning. Since the official launch of Distance Learning on April 20, 2020, more than 95% of MVUSD students have logged on to their student accounts and many have participated in some form of Distance Learning. Our teachers are reaching out to students through Google Classroom, Zoom, Email, Class Dojo, and other platforms. Students are not only interacting with their teachers through these platforms, but are collaborating with their peers on assignments and projects. Although our students and staff have never gone through something like this, through Distance Learning, our teachers have not stopped teaching and our students have not stopped learning. We greatly appreciate our parents/guardians for their support and partnership! We are so proud of everyone.

 

District News

Southern California Cyber Challenge

Congratulations to Valley View High School CyberPatriot Security Team Cheddar, who finished 5th place in the Southern California Cyber Challenge finals, held on May 9, 2020. This competition put the top 16 cyber teams from Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties in a very difficult cyber-challenge. The competition was four hours long, challenging their knowledge of cyber security in the areas of general knowledge, networking, exploits, and cyber governance. By finishing in 5th place they also earned a $250.00 cash prize.   

This team had to compete against 750 teams to qualify for the finals.  

 

Head Start/ Preschool Registration Now Open

Moreno Valley Unified School District Early Childhood Learning is currently enrolling for our no-cost preschool programs. The Early Childhood Learning Programs commonly known as the Head Start and State Preschool Programs are funded by federal and state funds. These programs serve children from low-income families.

 

Program School sites: Armada, Box Springs, Butterfield, Creekside, Edgemont, Rainbow Springs, Seneca, and Serrano.

 

Registration for full & half day sessions available! No cost for eligible families! Visit the Head Start webpage to submit an application. For more information, please call (951)571-4716 or email EnrollmentEarlyChildhoodLearning@mvusd.net.

 

Resources

 

COVID-19 Testing

Riverside County is diligently working with the State to quickly re-open. 

You can help by getting tested, which will allow the County to fulfill criteria in order to re-open businesses and the economy. We now have a site in Moreno Valley at 21401 Box Springs Rd.

 

Testing at the county-run sites is open to anyone, whether you have symptoms or not, and there are no out-of-pocket costs to individuals. You must have an appointment to get tested.

 

Find a testing location

 

YouthTruth Survey

Youth Truth is launching a national free survey for students in grades 6-12 to share about their unique experiences with learning while their school sites have been closed. Students Weigh In: Learning & Well-Being During Covid-19 is an online, anonymous, survey in English and Spanish that is easy to administer and takes 10 to 15-minutes to complete. Dr. Kedziora encourages students to participate in the survey before it closes on Friday, June 19.

 

Reminders

 

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate. 

RCOE Virtual Parent Summit

Each day, between May 25-29, there will be two featured speakers that will be posted to the platform for 24 hours. Each speaker has been interviewed for 20-25 minutes. Following the Summit, all speakers will be archived on the Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Collaborative Hub. 

 

Opening day will consist of  Michelle Borba  - NBC Contributor and Author of Unselfie (The Role of Empathy and Motivating Youth); and Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Faculty at Harvard University and Author  (College Admissions during COVID-19).

 

Register for the Virtual Parent Summit 2020

 

Mt. San Jacinto College - High School Senior Days

MSJC is conducting High School Senior Days 2020 Live YouTube Workshops

May 26, 27, and 28.

 

This program offers Live YouTube Workshops with MSJC Staff and Administration during either a morning or afternoon session between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to help students enroll for MSJC fall 2020 and includes informational sessions via Zoom presented by various MSJC Student Success Resource Programs.

 

Register today to receive the links and agenda! 

 

View flyer

 

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) 

The California Department of Education (CDE) and Department of Social Services (CDSS) are partnering on the administration of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) in California.

 

P-EBT will provide up to $365 to children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals (FRPM) through the National School Lunch (NSLP) or School Breakfast Programs (SBP). 

 

  • Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.

 

  • Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.

More information

 

(COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status

 

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The disaster relief assistance amount is $500 per person, with a maximum of two individuals ($1000) per household. 

 

To be eligible for disaster relief assistance, an individual must be able to provide information that they: 

  1. are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); 
  2. are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and 
  3. have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

 

May 20, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

Earlier today, Mayor Gutierrez issued a press release saying he hopes to see many Moreno Valley businesses ready to welcome customers again by the beginning of June. That is great news because approximately half of Moreno Valley's 4,500 businesses have been shut down since mid-March.

 

I am hopeful that if we take a slow approach, even more businesses will be able to open in the summer. And as they do, we know that parents may struggle while schools are closed. We understand the role schools will play in getting back to normal. This is why it is so important for us to get it right when we reopen. 

 

On Monday, I mentioned I am on a regional task force looking at how to reopen schools. Tomorrow, May 21, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction will host a webinar for superintendents on how we safely open schools in the fall. I just wanted you to know that there is a lot going into this and it may not be as easy for schools to open as it is some of our businesses. We get our direction from the state, county, and local levels. We will keep you updated regularly but appreciate your patience and understanding that we do not have the answers yet.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

District News

 

2020 CABE BEST Award

Congratulations to Joes Anonio Martinez for winning a CABE (California Association of Bilingual Education) Riverside BEST Award. There will be a virtual celebration event on Friday. 

 

North Ridge Elementary Student In the News

Third grader Matthew Rushing wanted to do something nice for the First Responders and essential workers. So he wrote a poetry book in their honor and as a result raised $400. He used the money to buy hospital workers some snacks because "they are too busy to eat." Two Los Angeles television stations, Channel 7 and 4, heard about him and featured Matthew and his book on their evening news broadcasts on Monday, May 18.

Mt. San Jacinto College - High School Senior Days

MSJC is conducting High School Senior Days 2020 Live YouTube Workshops

May 26, 27, and 28.

 

This program offers Live YouTube Workshops with MSJC Staff and Administration during either a morning or afternoon session between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,to help students enroll for MSJC fall 2020 and includes informational sessions via Zoom presented by various MSJC Student Success Resource Programs.

 

Register today to receive the links and agenda! 

 

View flyer

2020 Census 

Your Response Can Make a Difference! Counting everyone in the 2020 Census can help communities receive funding for health care, education, emergency services, and more. Over the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions for communities nationwide. 

 

If you have already responded to the 2020 Census—thank you! Your response helps shape your future. If you have not yet responded online or by phone, you may receive a paper questionnaire so you can respond by mail. You are strongly encouraged to respond promptly. Even if you receive a paper questionnaire, you can still respond online at 2020census.gov.

Respond Now

 

Resources

 

Moreno Valley Food Distribution

Friday, May 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 

Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center (CRC)

 

Feeding America, an organization of more than 200 food banks nationwide, plans to serve 600-800 cars in a drive-thru fashion at the CRC parking lot. Each car will receive one emergency box full of shelf-stable items, which may contain soup, pasta, canned vegetables, beans, peanut butter, cereal, snacks, and, if available, fresh produce.  

 

COVID-19 PTA Update

We continue to update our COVID-19 resource webpage as new information and tools become available. This week, we particularly recommend you explore:

 

Explore these resources and more at PTA.org/COVID-19. In moments of crisis, PTA is still working for you.   

Reminders

 

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) 

The California Department of Education (CDE) and Department of Social Services (CDSS) are partnering on the administration of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) in California.

 

P-EBT will provide up to $365 to children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals (FRPM) through the National School Lunch (NSLP) or School Breakfast Programs (SBP). 

 

  • Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.

 

  • Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.

More information

 

RCOE Virtual Parent Summit

Each day, between May 25-29, there will be two featured speakers that will be posted to the platform for 24 hours. Each speaker has been interviewed for 20-25 minutes. Following the Summit, all speakers will be archived on the Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Collaborative Hub. 

 

Opening day will consist of  Michelle Borba  - NBC Contributor and Author of Unselfie (The Role of Empathy and Motivating Youth); and Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Faculty at Harvard University and Author  (College Admissions during COVID-19).

 

Register for the Virtual Parent Summit 2020

 

(COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status

 

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The disaster relief assistance amount is $500 per person, with a maximum of two individuals ($1000) per household. 

 

To be eligible for disaster relief assistance, an individual must be able to provide information that they: 

  1. are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); 
  2. are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and 
  3. have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

 

Advanced Placement Testing

Some students have encountered challenges submitting their responses, and we've been listening closely to each student, parent, or educator who reports a problem. Beginning Monday, May 18, the College Board is changing processes to address some of these concerns.

  • Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.
  • This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.
  • These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, "We Did Not Receive Your Response." The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.
  • Any student testing between May 18–22 who can't successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.
  • To protect the security and validity of exams, we're unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.
  • Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.

 

You can find tips to help with your AP exams here

 

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.  

 

California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program 

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundationis now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. The deadline to apply for these $5,000 scholarships is June 1, 2020. 

 

The requirements are as follows:

  • Be a full time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline.

 

This scholarship is open to all eligible students regardless of race/ethnicity and immigration status. Complete scholarship requirements and details are available at the Foundation’s website: www.CLLCF.org. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at: https://www.cllcf.org/faq 

 

May 18, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

This week recognize Classified Employees Week as we honor and thank those employees who help support learning by ensuring our schools are safe, clean, and making sure our students are fed and transported safely to and from school. 

 

Although they may not be in the classroom, the contributions from our classified staff are enormous and impactful to our students. This year, they too have had to relook at how they do their work and we are grateful for the way they have adjusted and focused on what they can do to help make our district better. 

 

I know we still have four weeks left of school this year, but many people are already asking, “Are we going to go to school next year?” Today I joined a countywide task force headed by the Riverside County Office of Education to look at how we reopen schools in the fall. The short answer is we don’t know what school will look like in the fall. The purpose of the task force is to come up with best practices that can be uniform throughout the county, allowing with some tailoring because each district is different. 

 

What I can tell you now is our schools will not open unless we are: allowed by the state and county; we can put health and safety measures in place; and there is ongoing monitoring in place. Our task force has an ambitious timeline and I will be sharing more information with you by the end of June. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

District News

 

RCOE 2020 Virtual Arts Competition

Congratulations to Ruby Montes De Oca and Sydney Robinson, both 8th graders at Vista Heights Middle School. They both received honorable mentions for their music submissions in the Riverside County Office of Education 2020 Virtual Arts Competition.  

Click on their names above to see their submissions.

 

2020 National History Day - California Finalists

Congratulations Valley View High School for were one of the nine State Finalists in the Group performance category. Students Sierra Faith Thompson, Daniel Lopez, Daniel Cuasay, Ryan Sanchez, and Venecia Winstead were coached by Jeanine Lopez and Corey Moore.

Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) 

The California Department of Education (CDE) and Department of Social Services (CDSS) are partnering on the administration of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) in California.

 

P-EBT will provide up to $365 to children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price Meals (FRPM) through the National School Lunch (NSLP) or School Breakfast Programs (SBP). 

 

  • Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving around May 12, 2020.

 

  • Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by May 22, 2020 must apply online before June 30, 2020.

More information

RCOE Virtual Parent Summit

Each day, between May 25-29, there will be two featured speakers that will be posted to the platform for 24 hours. Each speaker has been interviewed for 20-25 minutes. Following the Summit, all speakers will be archived on the Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Collaborative Hub. 

 

Opening day will consist of  Michelle Borba  - NBC Contributor and Author of Unselfie (The Role of Empathy and Motivating Youth); and Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Faculty at Harvard University and Author  (College Admissions during COVID-19).

 

Register for the Virtual Parent Summit 2020

(COVID-19) Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, California is providing one-time state-funded disaster relief assistance to undocumented adults who are ineligible for other forms of assistance, including assistance under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and pandemic unemployment benefits, because of their immigration status

 

Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The disaster relief assistance amount is $500 per person, with a maximum of two individuals ($1000) per household. 

 

To be eligible for disaster relief assistance, an individual must be able to provide information that they: 

  1. are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); 
  2. are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and 
  3. have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/immigration/covid-19-drai

 

Advanced Placement Testing

Some students have encountered challenges submitting their responses, and we've been listening closely to each student, parent, or educator who reports a problem. Beginning Monday, May 18, the College Board is changing processes to address some of these concerns.

  • Beginning Monday, May 18, and continuing through the makeup window, there will be a backup email submission process for browser-based exams.
  • This option will only be available for students who were not able to submit in the standard process—and they must then email their responses immediately following their exam.
  • These students will see instructions about how to email their response on the page that says, "We Did Not Receive Your Response." The email address that appears on this page will be unique to each student.
  • Any student testing between May 18–22 who can't successfully upload their response through the exam platform or send it to us by email, will need to request a makeup exam.
  • To protect the security and validity of exams, we're unable to accept submissions from students who tested May 11–15. However, these students can feel confident that the email option will be in place for them during the makeup exams.
  • Email submissions will not be available for the World Language exams.

 

You can find tips to help with your AP exams here

Reminders

 

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.  

 

Share your Input about Future Growth

The 2040 General Plan is the City’s blueprint for how and where Moreno Valley will grow over the next 20 years. It contains policies that guide everything from economic development to transportation, from the type of homes available to open-space conservation, and from community gathering places to public health and safety. Community input is a critical piece of these long-range plans. MoVal 2040 will be a reflection of the community’s priorities - so share your input.

 

Participate in the MoVal 2040 - Future Growth Concepts Survey:

In English | en Español

 

California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program 

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundationis now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. The deadline to apply for these $5,000 scholarships is June 1, 2020. 

 

The requirements are as follows:

  • Be a full time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR
  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline.

 

This scholarship is open to all eligible students regardless of race/ethnicity and immigration status. Complete scholarship requirements and details are available at the Foundation’s website: www.CLLCF.org. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at: https://www.cllcf.org/faq 

 

Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival Deadline Extended 

The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival until the fall of 2020 has been postponed, but the deadline for submission has been extended to August 31. Playwrights must be 18 years old or younger on May 31.

 

Winning plays will be read in the one-day Festival at The Palm Springs Cultural Arts Center (Camelot Movie Theatre) in the fall of 2020, TBD.

More information

 

Dear Class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama plan to give separate commencement addresses on YouTube as well as a joint message to seniors in a global online celebration that will include celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, former defense secretary Robert Gates and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate. “Dear Class of 2020” is scheduled to stream live at 12 p.m. June 6. on YouTube.

We have unblocked this link so students may watch on their Chromebooks.

 

May 15, 2020

Message From Superintendent

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe how fast May is flying by. Last week we announced the Adopt-a-Senior program and the community is coming through. I would encourage you to adopt a senior if you can, and encourage your neighbors and friends. We are very proud of our senior class and so sad that they are not getting their traditional graduation. However, I want you to know about all the things we are doing because they might not be so obvious if you aren’t really on the lookout. But, in addition to the Adopt-a-Senior program, we have:

  • All high schools are lighting their stadiums at 20:20 for 20 minutes on Friday night in honor of the class of 2020

  • All high schools have banners celebrating our seniors

  • All seniors are getting a lawn sign

 

I’m also excited to announce that now that we have the approval from Public Health, we are going to have drive-thru graduation celebrations. Now, these won’t replace graduation ceremonies that we will hold once we are able to safely, but they will allow our seniors a chance to “walk the stage.” More details will be available in the coming week but we couldn’t wait to let you know how we were celebrating our seniors.

 

I hope you have a good weekend. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 


District News

2020 National History Day - California Finalists

 

Congratulations to the following students who won awards at the National History Day - California State competition and thanks to all of the teachers who have supported them throughout the year.

 

Junior Group Documentary - Third Place

“Freedom 7: Breaking The American Space Barrier”

  • Shayna Ashley

  • Shawn Ashley

  • Jonathan Serrano

  • Vincent Ruiz

Teacher: Andrew Navarro, Palm Middle School

 

Junior Group Performance - First Place - Qualified for National History Day Competition

“Eunice Kennedy and the Special Olympics: Breaking Barriers by Including the Excluded”

  •  Peyton English

  •  Rossana Chavez

  •  Ava Rodriguez

  •  Ruby Montes De Oca

Teacher: Autumn Earle-Rodriguez, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Individual Performance - Honorable Mention, and Special Award: The Dr. Larry W. Sheffield Young Historian’s Award

“Florence Lawrence: Breaking Barriers for Women's Rights”

  • Paloma Vargas

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Katie Matteson, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Historical Paper - Special Award: Naval Order of the United States San Francisco Commandery Award for Outstanding National History Day Project in Maritime or Naval History

“The War of the Barbary Pirates: Breaking the Barrier to Mediterranean Trade in the Early Republic”

  • Ella Parsons

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Ana Pantoja, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Senior Individual Performance - First Place - Qualified for National History Day Competition

“Dr. Bailey, Baby Fae and Baby Moses: Breaking the Barrier of Infant Heart Transplants”

  • Isabella Rodriguez, former Vista Heights Middle School student


Share your Input about Future Growth

The 2040 General Plan is the City’s blueprint for how and where Moreno Valley will grow over the next 20 years. It contains policies that guide everything from economic development to transportation, from the type of homes available to open-space conservation, and from community gathering places to public health and safety. Community input is a critical piece of these long-range plans. MoVal 2040 will be a reflection of the community’s priorities - so share your input.

 

Participate in the MoVal 2040 - Future Growth Concepts Survey:

In English | en Español


California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program 

The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundationis now accepting applications for their annual scholarship program. The deadline to apply for these $5,000 scholarships is June 1, 2020. 

 

The requirements are as follows:

  • Be a full time student (undergraduate or graduate) in good academic standing at an accredited college or university, OR

  • Be a graduating high school senior with written proof of acceptance at an accredited institution of higher learning.

  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5

  • Submit a completed application along with all required supplementary documents by the application deadline.

 

This scholarship is open to all eligible students regardless of race/ethnicity and immigration status. Complete scholarship requirements and details are available at the Foundation’s website: www.CLLCF.org. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at: https://www.cllcf.org/faq 


Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival Deadline Extended 

The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival until the fall of 2020 has been postponed, but the deadline for submission has been extended to August 31. Playwrights must be 18 years old or younger on May 31.

 

Winning plays will be read in the one-day Festival at The Palm Springs Cultural Arts Center (Camelot Movie Theatre) in the fall of 2020, TBD.

More information


Reminders

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.  

 

Dear Class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama plan to give separate commencement addresses on YouTube as well as a joint message to seniors in a global online celebration that will include celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, former defense secretary Robert Gates and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate. “Dear Class of 2020” is scheduled to stream live at 12 p.m. June 6. on YouTube.

We have unblocked this link so students may watch on their Chromebooks.

 

Parent Engagement Virtual Summit

May 25-29, 2020

The Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Department - in partnership with 23rd District PTA - will be hosting a Virtual Parent Summit. Each day, there will be two featured speakers that will be posted to the platform for 24 hours. Each speaker will be interviewed for no longer than 20-25 minutes. Following the Summit, all speakers will be archived on the Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Collaborative Hub. 

 

Opening day will feature Michelle Borba  - NBC Contributor and Author of Unselfie (The Role of Empathy and Motivating Youth); and Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Faculty at Harvard University and Author  (College Admissions during COVID-19).

Pre-Register 

 

Online Yoga - Updated Link

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, May 21

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

(TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45 a.m. (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30 a.m.

 (6th-8th grade)

1:00-1:50 p.m. 

(9-12th grade)

 

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, May 11

Monday, May 18

Monday, June 1

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

May 13, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

Today is California Day of the Teacher. Thank you, once again, to all of our teachers and to you for supporting them. 

 

We have just about a month left in the school year and I am so proud looking at how far we have come in the two months since our schools closed. You have done an amazing job. Please keep the momentum going. 



Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

Class of 2020 Graduation Requirement Change

Due to the school closures that began March 16, 2020, the 2020 spring semester is not available for senior students to remediate their semester grades. Therefore, on Tuesday, May 12, the Moreno Valley USD Board of Education voted to reduce the graduation credit requirement for traditional and alternative high schools by 40 elective credits (4 classes), allowing for remediation and credit recovery for the class of 2020. This is in accordance with the minimum state requirement and will not negatively impact students who are completing their A-G subject requirements.

Updated Secondary Grading Policy

Due to the school closure and change to distance learning, the district amended its secondary grading policy for the final grades of the 2019-20 school year.

  1. Students will not receive a lesser grade than their grade as of April 15, 2020 (3rd Quarter Progress Report Card Grades). 
  2. No Fs shall be issued for second semester (NC, no credit, will be issued instead).
  3. Teachers have discretion to give students a higher grade based on a communicated grading policy.

District News

 

Canyon Springs’ ABC a HERO

Canyon Springs Anti-Bullying Club was selected by the Anti-Bullying Institute & Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation to receive their quarterly HERO Award. The club was nominated for the award by Michelle Gomez, MVUSD Professional School Counselor. 

Resources

 

Parent Engagement Virtual Summit

May 25-29, 2020

The Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Department - in partnership with 23rd District PTA - will be hosting a Virtual Parent Summit. Each day, there will be two featured speakers that will be posted to the platform for 24 hours. Each speaker will be interviewed for no longer than 20-25 minutes. Following the Summit, all speakers will be archived on the Leadership, Innovation and Outreach Collaborative Hub. 

 

Opening day will feature Michelle Borba  - NBC Contributor and Author of Unselfie (The Role of Empathy and Motivating Youth); and Dr. Richard Weissbourd, Faculty at Harvard University and Author  (College Admissions during COVID-19).

Pre-Register 

Dear Class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama plan to give separate commencement addresses on YouTube as well as a joint message to seniors in a global online celebration that will include celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington, former defense secretary Robert Gates and former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel laureate. “Dear Class of 2020” is scheduled to stream live at 12 p.m. June 6. on YouTube.

We have unblocked this link so students may watch on their Chromebooks.

Reminders

 

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.  

 

Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Now Open

Parents can visit the registration page for information and register their child completely online this year. Families who do not have internet access or need to pick up or drop off documents may visit the district’s Welcome and Registration Center, located at 23301 Dracaea Avenue. The Welcome and Registration Center is open for drive-thru service Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

 

Online Yoga - Updated Link

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, May 21

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

(TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45 a.m. (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30 a.m.

 (6th-8th grade)

1:00-1:50 p.m. 

(9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, May 11

Monday, May 18

Monday, June 1

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

BLU Educational Foundation Has Gone Virtual

Do you feel stuck? Lost? Left with unanswered questions? BLU has a team ready to help you every step of the way as you embark on your journey to post secondary education! Call their hotline at (909) 685-9191 or visit online at www.bluedfoundation.org

Grab and Go Lunches

On Monday, May 11, we will consolidate four Grab and Go lunch pick-ups and no longer distribute lunch at four schools. However, nearby schools are listed as options. Please note, although the schools will no longer distribute lunches, administration will still be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

No Longer Serving Grab and Go (as of 5/11)

Nearby School Options

Box Springs Elementary

Seneca or Honey Hollow Elementary 

Hidden Springs Elementary

Vista Heights Middle

Moreno Elementary

Mountain View Middle

Ridge Crest Elementary

La Jolla Elementary or Landmark Middle


May 11, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

Last week the Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted to rescind part of the County Public Health’s public orders, easing some of the restrictions that had been put in place to slow the COVID-19 health crisis. Please know that this does not impact our school closures. Because the health crisis is not over, we will still be requiring social distancing and encouraging face coverings on our campuses.

 

We will continue to work with Public Health and the County Office of Education to guide our end of year celebrations. Speaking of celebrations, I also wanted to make sure you know we are planning to recognize the accomplishments of our younger students because we know being promoted to middle school or high school is also a big deal to them. Principals will be working with their schools to come up with ideas. We will also post banners at the schools to celebrate their accomplishments.  

 

Finally, this Wednesday, we celebrate the California Day of the Teacher. I hope you will take time to remember and honor your child’s teachers. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

Adopt-a-Senior

The Moreno Valley Education Foundation just launched an Adopt-a-Senior program in an effort to show the community’s support of the class of 2020! Please help us celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing class and “adopt” a graduate.  

District News

  • Canyon Springs High School Teacher Donna Woods was selected as one of two inaugural Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award awardees. In announcing the award, the U.S. Department of Education highlighted that, throughout Ms. Woods' five years in the Moreno Valley Unified School District's Cyber Academic Pathway, 97.4% of students have achieved industry certifications. Her students have gone on to put their cybersecurity skills to work as network analysts, systems engineers, IT network specialists, and more. She has also led award-winning CyberPatriot teams, which compete in challenges to secure virtual networks. As part of this commendation, Woods will receive acknowledgement by President Trump and Secretary DeVos, public recognition as leaders in the field of cybersecurity education, and professional development opportunities.
  • Superintendent Kedziora was on Fox News 11 “In Depth” this Sunday, May 10, along with Palm Middle School PTA President Melissa Neri talking about the future of education in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. 

2020 National History Day - California Finalists

Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the finals round at the National History Day - California State competition. The awards ceremony to select the projects that will represent our state at the national competition will take place on Tuesday, May 12. Good luck, and thanks to all of the teachers who have supported them throughout the year!

 

Junior Group Documentary

“Freedom 7: Breaking The American Space Barrier”

  • Shayna Ashley
  • Shawn Ashley
  • Jonathan Serrano
  • Vincent Ruiz

Teacher: Andrew Navarro, Palm Middle School

 

Junior Individual Documentary

“Beneath the Sand: Saudi Arabia's Barrier-Breaking Oil Discovery”

  • Noor Abdelwahab

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Ana Pantoja, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Group Exhibit

“Lewis Wicks Hine: Breaking Barriers by Building Barriers Around Child Labor”

  • Jeremiah Fulache
  • Santino Brandin

Teacher: Michael Waymire, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Individual Exhibit

“An Early Crack in the Barrier of Segregation: The Alexandria Library Sit-in”

  • Natalie Jimenez

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Ana Pantoja, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Historical Paper

“The War of the Barbary Pirates: Breaking the Barrier to Mediterranean Trade in the Early Republic”

  • Ella Parsons

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Ana Pantoja, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Group Performance

“Eunice Kennedy and the Special Olympics: Breaking Barriers by Including the Excluded”

  • Peyton English
  • Rossana Chavez
  • Ava Rodriguez
  • Ruby Montes De Oca

Teacher: Autumn Earle-Rodriguez, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Junior Individual Performance

“Florence Lawrence: Breaking Barriers for Women's Rights”

  • Paloma Vargas

Teacher: Aurelio Cortez and Katie Matteson, Vista Heights Middle School

 

Senior Group Performance

“Breaking Barriers on Broadway: How the God of Vengeance Obscenity Trials Battled Against Censorship on Stage”

  • Sierra Faith Thompson
  • Daniel Lopez
  • Daniel Cuasay
  • Ryan Sanchez
  • Venecia Winstead

Teachers: Jeanine Lopez and Corey Moore, Valley View High School

 

Senior Group Performance

“Franklin's Fight: Breaking Sexual Harassment Barriers in Title IX Education Amendments”

  • Liliana Valle-Arredondo
  • Gillian Sisto

Teacher: Autumn Earle-Rodriguez, Canyon Springs High School

 

Senior Historical Paper

“Invisible Bugs: Developing Germ Theory and Breaking a Barrier that Defined Human History”

  • Grace Ericson

Teacher: Diane Donald, Canyon Springs High School

 

Resources

 

CCEE Distance Learning Updates

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) continues to engage educators, administrators, parents, and community members in ongoing professional learning opportunities. If you missed the virtual sessions from this past week, resources are linked below. You can also find registration links for next week's modules! Please visit their Distance Learning Resources page to learn more.

 

Due to the overwhelming demand for additional sessions around Google Classroom, registration is now open for the following modules: 

 

Advanced Placement Summer Institute 

The Advanced Placement Summer Institute 2020 at UCR  is now online! Join us for the virtual experience, July 13-24. Sessions will be delivered using Canvas, and will include virtual office hours, live check-in meetings, synchronous group meetings, and more!

 

Immerse yourself in this intensive learning experience, where you’ll share strategies to discover current best practices in college-level learning for your specific subject matter. Collaborate with fellow teachers, share ideas, and grow your AP knowledge. We’ll equip you with the tools needed to help your students attain success!

Enroll today.

 

Reminders

Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Now Open

Parents can visit the registration page for information and register their child completely online this year. Families who do not have internet access or need to pick up or drop off documents may visit the district’s Welcome and Registration Center, located at 23301 Dracaea Avenue. The Welcome and Registration Center is open for drive-thru service Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

 

Online Yoga

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, May 21

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

(TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45 a.m. (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30 a.m.

 (6th-8th grade)

1:00-1:50 p.m. 

(9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, May 11

Monday, May 18

Monday, June 1

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

BLU Educational Foundation Has Gone Virtual

Do you feel stuck? Lost? Left with unanswered questions? BLU has a team ready to help you every step of the way as you embark on your journey to post secondary education! Call their hotline at (909) 685-9191 or visit online at www.bluedfoundation.org

Grab and Go Lunches

On Monday, May 11, we will consolidate four Grab and Go lunch pick-ups and no longer distribute lunch at four schools. However, nearby schools are listed as options. Please note, although the schools will no longer distribute lunches, administration will still be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

No Longer Serving Grab and Go (as of 5/11)

Nearby School Options

Box Springs Elementary

Seneca or Honey Hollow Elementary 

Hidden Springs Elementary

Vista Heights Middle

Moreno Elementary

Mountain View Middle

Ridge Crest Elementary

La Jolla Elementary or Landmark Middle

 


May 8, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

Once again, on behalf of the board of education, thank you to all of our teachers on this last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. That includes all of you who are now at-home teachers. We appreciate the work you are doing.

 

Today we handed out Chromebooks to all of our transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students so now all students TK-12th grade can do distance learning online. This is a great point of pride for our district. 

 

I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Thank you to all of our Moreno Valley Unified mothers and grandmothers. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Registration for 2020-21 School Year is Now Open

Parents can visit the registration page for information and register their child completely online this year. Families who do not have internet access or need to pick up or drop off documents may visit the district’s Welcome and Registration Center, located at 23301 Dracaea Avenue. The Welcome and Registration Center is open for drive-thru service Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

 

News Alert

  • Superintendent Kedziora will be on Fox News 11 “In Depth” this Sunday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m. on Channel 11, and again at noon, on Channel 13. He will be joined by the Palm Middle School PTA President, Melissa Neri. 

 

  • Mia Lee, a freshman at Valley View High School Eagles, didn't have much sewing experience, but that didn't stop her from making 1,000+ face masks to give out to our community including the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. This mission came after filling “blessing bags” for homeless people in Moreno Valley before the pandemic. Her story was featured in the Press Enterprise recently (subscription required to view article).



Resources

 

Online Yoga

Feel Free 2 Feel Free sessions offer fun and engaging yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to students, staff, and parents for the development of health and wellness skills. Timed sessions help students to relax, and engage while developing self-regulation skills through physical postures, breath work, and mindfulness. Participants tune into live, online sessions and learn through worksheets and forms to help them retain the lessons. 

 

Student Classes:

 

Dates

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Times/Grades

Thursday, May 14

Thursday, May 21

Thursday, May 28

Thursday, June 4

Thursday, June 11

9:00-9:15 a.m. 

(TK-2nd grade)

9:25-9:45 a.m. (3rd-5th grade)

10:00-10:30 a.m.

 (6th-8th grade)

1:00-1:50 p.m. 

(9-12th grade)

 

Adult Classes:

 

Dates

Time

Monday, May 11

Monday, May 18

Monday, June 1

Monday, June 8

6:00-7:00 p.m.

 

BLU Educational Foundation Has Gone Virtual

Do you feel stuck? Lost? Left with unanswered questions? BLU has a team ready to help you every step of the way as you embark on your journey to post secondary education! Call their hotline at (909) 685-9191 or visit online at www.bluedfoundation.org

School News

 

Directing Change Video Competition Winners 

Students made a one-minute public service announcement, about suicide prevention and mental illness. The awards ceremony was on May 7, 2020. The following are Moreno Valley Unified School District winners

 

Category: Mental Illness 

The Breakdown of Anxiety

Mario Sandavol, Daniel Munoz, and Chris Niva - Valley View High School (top three)

 

Category:  Animation Category 

Inner Demon 

Trinity Arthurs - Valley View High School (1st place)

 

Category: Middle School - A Walk in Our Schools

Black and White

Chloe Hayes - Mountain View Middle School (1st place)

 

My Life 

Ruben Martine - Mountain View Middle School (top three)

 

Mental Health

Genesis Garcia - Mountain View Middle School (top three)

Reminders

Chromebooks for TK and Kindergarten Students

We are excited to announce that we will be able to provide Chromebooks for our TK and kindergarten students. If you were unable to pick up your Chromebook today, you may pick it up during the grab and go lunch, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. M-F.

Grab and Go Lunches

On Monday, May 11, we will consolidate four Grab and Go lunch pick-ups and no longer distribute lunch at four schools. However, nearby schools are listed as options. Please note, although the schools will no longer distribute lunches, administration will still be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

No Longer Serving Grab and Go (as of 5/11)

Nearby School Options

Box Springs Elementary

Seneca or Honey Hollow Elementary 

Hidden Springs Elementary

Vista Heights Middle

Moreno Elementary

Mountain View Middle

Ridge Crest Elementary

La Jolla Elementary or Landmark Middle

 

University of California Riverside K-12 Reading Program

The University of California Riverside K-12 Reading Program has opened early, reduced rates, and converted all classes to a live online format, to help parents and schools maintain student education during these unusual times.

 

The live, teacher-led online classes are available now and throughout the summer, for Pre-K through 12th grade students.  

 

The curriculum is high caliber and has been taught in a live, online format for 5 years already with over 50,000 school-age students. The classes are led by highly-trained teachers with many years’ experience teaching effectively in online classrooms. Skills taught include:

  •  Early Elementary: letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sight words, phonics
  • Mid-to-Late Elementary: fluency, phonics, long-word decoding, comprehension, textbook reading, writing
  • Middle and High School: doubling reading speed, comprehension, writing, notetaking, test preparation, textbook strategies

Learn more

 

Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival

The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival has been postponed, so the deadline for submission has been extended to May 31. Playwrights must be 18 years old or younger on May 31.

 

Winning plays will be read in the one-day Festival at The Palm Springs Cultural Arts Center (Camelot Movie Theatre) in the fall of 2020, TBD.

 

More information: https://psypf.com/submit

 

May 6, 2020

Dear Parents,

Today we celebrate National Nurses Day. On behalf of the board of education, please join me in thanking our incredible school nurses and nurses across the world who are on the frontline. 

 

To honor our nurses and their work, I want to remind everyone to do their part to help stop the spread of covid-19. When you are out, including at our school sites, please wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

Chromebooks for TK and Kindergarten Students

We are excited to announce that we will be able to provide Chromebooks for our TK and kindergarten students. Parents will be able to pick them up at schools on Friday, May 8, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Principals will contact you to provide more information. This means all students in the district from TK-12th grade will have Chromebooks for their distance learning.

Grab and Go Lunches

On Monday, May 11, we will consolidate four Grab and Go lunch pick-ups and no longer distribute lunch at four schools. However, nearby schools are listed as options. Please note, although the schools will no longer distribute lunches, administration will still be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

No Longer Serving Grab and Go (as of 5/11)

Nearby School Options

Box Springs Elementary

Seneca or Honey Hollow Elementary 

Hidden Springs Elementary

Vista Heights Middle

Moreno Elementary

Mountain View Middle

Ridge Crest Elementary

La Jolla Elementary or Landmark Middle

 

Resources

 

University of California Riverside K-12 Reading Program

The University of California Riverside K-12 Reading Program has opened early, reduced rates, and converted all classes to a live online format, to help parents and schools maintain student education during these unusual times.

 

The live, teacher-led online classes are available now and throughout the summer, for Pre-K through 12th grade students.  

 

The curriculum is high caliber and has been taught in a live, online format for 5 years already with over 50,000 school-age students. The classes are led by highly-trained teachers with many years’ experience teaching effectively in online classrooms. Skills taught include:

  •  Early Elementary: letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sight words, phonics
  • Mid-to-Late Elementary: fluency, phonics, long-word decoding, comprehension, textbook reading, writing
  • Middle and High School: doubling reading speed, comprehension, writing, notetaking, test preparation, textbook strategies

Learn more

 

Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival

The Palm Springs Young Playwrights Festival until the fall of 2020 has been postponed, but the deadline for submission has been extended to May 31. Playwrights must be 18 years old or younger on May 31.

 

Winning plays will be read in the one-day Festival at The Palm Springs Cultural Arts Center (Camelot Movie Theatre) in the fall of 2020, TBD.

 

More information: https://psypf.com/submit

Reminders

UCR School of Medicine, Medical Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT), special summer program 

While still providing many key aspects of the residential program, this one-week online summer program provides early exposure to health careers. The program will take place July 26 through August 1, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. These hours will not be continuous, there will be determined times for the students to log in for sessions. The week will culminate with a virtual certificate ceremony where students will present their projects to other MLT groups, UCR School of Medicine staff, family, and school staff/administrators. UCR is looking for a diverse group of students that have an interest in health careers and may be inspired to perform better academically and consider a career in health in this region.

 

RCOE has partnered with UCR and is sponsoring up to 50 Riverside County high school students who have just completed the ninth grade to join this summer program. The application deadline is May 17, 2020. Additional applications will be accepted and be placed on a waiting list in the case that an accepted student cannot participate in the week-long program.

 

Below are links to the program and application information. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ana Farfan, Chief of Staff, afarfan@rcoe.us.  

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

On May 1, we sent an email to MVUSD seniors (and their parents) with a survey to get their opinion on graduation options. If you know a senior, remind them to check their MVUSD email so their voice can be heard.

 

Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition

The deadline to submit your artwork and student release form was extended to no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 14. Guidelines for Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition:

  • The artist must be a constituent of the 41st district
  • The art viewing and gallery on April 18th has been cancelled
  • Each art piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and must be under 15 pounds – including the frame

Click here for guidelines regarding size, framing and type of art that will be accepted. Click here to the student release form. Students can submit a high-quality image of their artwork here.

 

May 4, 2020

Message From Superintendent

 

Dear Parents,

This week we join communities across the country to honor and celebrate our teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. I think this year more than ever, we have an even greater appreciation for the work they do. Their commitment and dedication to students during this change in the way we approach education is inspiring. The work our teachers do matters and their impact is even more clear during this pandemic. 

 

On behalf of the board of education, please join me in thanking our incredible teachers for being our heroes in the classroom and now in distance learning.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Resources

 

College Board’s Real Talk: University of California Edition  

This virtual opportunity is for juniors, parents, and community members in the Inland Empire to engage in real talk with UC admissions representatives. Learn about the nine UC campuses and receive relevant updates about changes to the admissions process in the wake of COVID-19. This session will focus on college preparation through the lens of the UC system.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

To maximize the benefits of the event, students should register in advance. Following the event, we will share college planning resources and connect them to relevant supports. Students who register will receive a confirmation email that includes the event link.

Student Pre-registration: http://eventreg.collegeboard.org/d/9nqtht/4W

UCR School of Medicine, Medical Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT), special summer program 

While still providing many key aspects of the residential program, this one-week online summer program provides early exposure to health careers. The program will take place July 26 through August 1, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. These hours will not be continuous, there will be determined times for the students to log in for sessions. The week will culminate with a virtual certificate ceremony where students will present their projects to other MLT groups, UCR School of Medicine staff, family, and school staff/administrators. UCR is looking for a diverse group of students that have an interest in health careers and may be inspired to perform better academically and consider a career in health in this region.

 

RCOE has partnered with UCR and is sponsoring up to 50 Riverside County high school students who have just completed the ninth grade to join this summer program. The application deadline is May 17, 2020. Additional applications will be accepted and be placed on a waiting list in the case that an accepted student cannot participate in the week-long program.

 

Below are links to the program and application information. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ana Farfan, Chief of Staff, afarfan@rcoe.us.  

 

Reminders

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

On May 1, we sent an email to MVUSD seniors (and their parents) with a survey to get their opinion on graduation options. If you know a senior, remind them to check their MVUSD email so their voice can be heard.

 

The Empowerment Center Resilience Tools for Parents 

Free online sessions Thursdays in May

Webcast Modules:

May 7: 5 Responses to Childhood Anxiety 

May 14: Avoiding Power Struggles With Your Child

May 21: Problem Behaviors and How to Extinguish Them

May 28: Understanding Your Past and Your Child’s Future

Register 

 

Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition

The deadline to submit your artwork and student release form was extended to no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 14. Guidelines for Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition:

  • The artist must be a constituent of the 41st district
  • The art viewing and gallery on April 18th has been cancelled
  • Each art piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and must be under 15 pounds – including the frame

Click here for guidelines regarding size, framing and type of art that will be accepted. Click here to the student release form. Students can submit a high-quality image of their artwork here.

 

May 1, 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

Earlier this evening, our board of education held an emergency meeting and unanimously passed a resolution to declare “emergency conditions exist at the Moreno Valley Unified School District and offices.” This was in response to the COVID-19 health crisis and will keep our schools closed through the end of the school year.

 

I would like to commend the board for taking such swift action to really make it clear that we will follow the advice of medical professionals and put the health of our students and staff above any other consideration when reopening schools.

 

I want to remind you, each Friday, starting tonight, our high schools are illuminating their stadiums at 8:20 p.m. (20:20) for 20 minutes to recognize the graduating class of 2020. If you are already out, drive by and take a look.

 

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all of our principals. Today is National School Principals’ Day and Moreno Valley Unified has the best principals. If you didn’t have a chance to thank them today, please send them a note or thank them next week.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Updates 

Class of 2020 Graduation

Today, we sent an email to MVUSD seniors (and their parents) with a survey to get their opinion on graduation options. If you know a senior, remind them to check their email so their voice can be heard.

 

Resources

State Superintendent Thurmond Hosted First Virtual Parent Support Circle Event   

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond hosted the first online event for the new Virtual Parent Support Circle on April 29. The Virtual Parent Support Circle seeks to reach out and hear directly from parents across California and encourage them to do their best while sharing resources and supports as they cope with distance learning and economic challenges.

 

This was the first of many events planned for the Virtual Parent Support Circle series. It can be watched via Facebook Live on the California Department of Education (CDE) Facebook page. The PowerPoint utilized during yesterday’s presentation with information on parent resources will be published on the CDE web page in the next few days and then shared on the CDE’s social media. Comments from parents and educators are welcomed at COVID19@cde.ca.gov.

 

The Empowerment Center Resilience Tools for Parents 

Free online sessions Thursdays in May

Webcast Modules:

May 7: 5 Responses to Childhood Anxiety 

May 14: Avoiding Power Struggles With Your Child

May 21: Problem Behaviors and How to Extinguish Them

May 28: Understanding Your Past and Your Child’s Future

Register 

 

District News

 

Congratulations!

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) was recently recognized by the California State School Attendance Review Board (S.A.R.B.) for implementing a Model S.A.R.B. program for the purpose of minimizing student dropouts and promoting student success.
  • Valley View High School has been recognized in the California Directing Change Video competition for the 7th year in a row. Two videos were recognized with Honorable Mention in the suicide prevention category. This was the biggest year ever for entries.  There were 1,085 entries from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
    “S.O.S” by Eduardo Mendoza, Blake Sorensen and Ernesto Gonzalez and  Mr. Lorenz as advisor
    “Tale of Two” by William Fuller, Nicolas Castro, Martin Jr Donate and Jorge Ocegueda and Chris Lorenz as advisor

 

Good Luck

Next week approximately 500 students will be taking AP tests!

 

A Banner Day in MVUSD

Banners celebrating our senior class have been installed at each of our four high schools. Congratulations to our seniors. Yard signs will be coming in mid-May.

 

April 29, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

As many of you have heard, Governor Newsom spoke yesterday and suggested he would like schools to open sooner than later for the 2020/21 school year. 

 

Moreno Valley Unified schools are already scheduled to start in August. District calendars take a great deal of planning and coordination. I know everyone is anxious to get back; however, we need to make our decision to open based upon maintaining student and staff safety. We will continue to take local guidance from the Riverside County Office of Education and Riverside County Public Health in determining when and how to return students to school.

 

Over the coming months, we will work with stakeholders to develop plans for opening schools under various conditions. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. While we miss seeing our students, we want to put everyone’s safety and security first. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

School Closure Updates 

 

Summer School

The district is working collaboratively with Moreno Valley Educators Association to roll out summer school and extended school for special education students, which will most likely be through distance learning. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Secondary Student Grades

We are in the process of working with stakeholders to adjust the grading policy for secondary students for distance learning. All students’ grades will be based on their third quarter grades, and they can improve upon that grade to impact their semester grade if they engage in distance learning. No grades will be negatively impacted. We will send a memo to schools to share with parents to outline some amendments to the policy. 

 

Class of 2020 Graduation

As we plan to celebrate and honor our senior class of 2020, we are getting ready to send out a graduation survey to hear from them. Please look for the survey in Friday’s email - if you are a senior - so you can share your voice in how we handle graduation. 

 

Registration

We are working to reopen our Welcome and Registration Center on May 11. We are going to make it so you can do all of the paperwork online, but will also have the Registration Center open for people who need to pick up or drop off forms or who have special circumstances and need to speak with a person by appointment. 

 

More information on all of these will be coming soon.

Resources

Learn About STEM Fields and Associated Careers from Current Undergraduates

UCSD Biomedical Engineering Society Outreach Committee will host a series of online Q&A sessions with current college students answering questions about biology, engineering, pre-health, UCSD, and college in general. Each session will have different students moderating the conversation, who will bring their own expertise to the meeting. Sessions will run through May 15.

 

In order to gauge how many students are interested in this opportunity, as well as what topics students wish to talk about, students are asked to complete this Google interest form. Students must fill out this form in order to attend a session as meetings will be password-protected and passwords will only be sent to those who complete the Google form. 

 

School News

 

Friday Night Lights

Each Friday, our high schools are illuminating their stadiums at 8:20 p.m. (20:20) for 20 minutes to recognize the graduating class of 2020.

 

Salute to Educators

This week and next, we are saluting our Employees of the Year on social media and our website. Tomorrow, we will share our School Employees of the Year, by elementary, middle and high school level throughout the day. Be sure to like and share so these standout employees get the recognition they deserve.

 

Valley View High School Director Selected to State Board

Congratulations to Jeanine Lopez, Theatre Teacher and I.T.S Troupe Director at Valley View High School! She was selected to be a board member for the 2020/2021 California State Thespian Board. 

 

 

April 27, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a good weekend and are ready to continue distance learning this week. I know our wonderful teachers and administrators are ready to support your students.

 

Tonight, I am including some resources to help you at home. We know many of you are looking for activities and tips during the stay-at-home order.

 

Tomorrow is the Day of the Bus Driver. Moreno Valley Unified has 114 bus drivers who provide transportation to 2,736 students. On behalf of the board of education, I would like to thank all of our bus drivers for their service to our students. We appreciate all of you.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

RESOURCES 

 

At-Home learning - from Time ReDesigned

Tips on how to separate school and home when homeschooling.

 

12 ways for teachers to connect with students from home.

 

A list of 32 free educational resources for kids to do at home.

 

225 online learning resources for all ages of students, parents, and teachers.

 

Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help students learn English as a second language. 

 

REMINDERS

 

Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition

The deadline to submit your artwork and student release form was extended to no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 14. Guidelines for Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition:

  • The artist must be a constituent of the 41st district
  • The art viewing and gallery on April 18th has been cancelled
  • Each art piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and must be under 15 pounds – including the frame

Click here for guidelines regarding size, framing and type of art that will be accepted. Click here to the student release form. Students can submit a high-quality image of their artwork here

 

Riverside County Food Assistance Map

Riverside County has released an online map to help connect residents to food sources and provides directions to local senior meal sites, school district meal sites, and food pantries within a 10-mile radius.  

 

The map also includes relevant details such as hours of operation, contact information, and special populations served. 

 

 

April 24, 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a good weekend and are ready to continue distance learning this week. I know our wonderful teachers and administrators are ready to support your students.

 

Tonight, I am including some resources to help you at home. We know many of you are looking for activities and tips during the stay-at-home order.

 

Tomorrow is the Day of the Bus Driver. Moreno Valley Unified has 114 bus drivers who provide transportation to 2,736 students. On behalf of the board of education, I would like to thank all of our bus drivers for their service to our students. We appreciate all of you.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

RESOURCES 

 

At-Home learning - from Time ReDesigned

Tips on how to separate school and home when homeschooling.

 

12 ways for teachers to connect with students from home.

 

A list of 32 free educational resources for kids to do at home.

 

225 online learning resources for all ages of students, parents, and teachers.

 

Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help students learn English as a second language. 

REMINDERS

 

Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition

The deadline to submit your artwork and student release form was extended to no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 14. Guidelines for Congressman Takano’s Congressional Art Competition:

  • The artist must be a constituent of the 41st district
  • The art viewing and gallery on April 18th has been cancelled
  • Each art piece can be no larger than 26 inches high, 26 inches wide, and must be under 15 pounds – including the frame

Click here for guidelines regarding size, framing and type of art that will be accepted. Click here to the student release form. Students can submit a high-quality image of their artwork here

 

Riverside County Food Assistance Map

Riverside County has released an online map to help connect residents to food sources and provides directions to local senior meal sites, school district meal sites, and food pantries within a 10-mile radius.  

 

The map also includes relevant details such as hours of operation, contact information, and special populations served. 

 


April 22, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

Happy Earth Day. What a beautiful day it was to celebrate and remind us of our responsibility to take care of this planet for future generations. I am also reminded of the equally great responsibility we have to educate your children, who are our future generations. It is a duty we take to heart. This is why we have spent so much time and effort to transition to Distance Learning. After three days, I think it’s paying off. We are still learning, and will need to make adjustments, but that’s expected.

 

I hope you will continue to contact your principal and publicinformation@mvusd.net if you have any concerns. But also, let us know what’s working so we can share with other schools. The more we can find to celebrate, the more we can grow together. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Chromebooks 

We swapped out approximately 500 Chromebooks this week. If you have a Chromebook in need of repair, you may bring it to the district office Friday (April 24) from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and we will swap it out with a refurbished Chromebook. We are located at 25634 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553. 

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

Student Communication

Over the coming weeks, email will continue to be a primary way the College Board reaches out to teachers and your students. Please encourage students to:

  • Check their email and ensure their correct email address is saved in their College Board account.
  • Update their phone number in their account and give the College Board permission to text them.
  • Mark collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org as part of their approved sender lists. 

 

Teachers/educators can also take this same action.

 

World Languages

Currently the AP exam app for World Languages is only supported by iOS and Android. All non-World Language exams will work on Microsoft supported laptops. More information will be available later this month.

 

Accommodations

Students will be able to take this year’s online AP® Exams with College Board–approved accommodations. Details are now available about how accommodations will be provided for this year’s exams. Specific details about accommodations for the AP world language and culture exams will be available next week.

 

School News

 

US News and World Report

It’s official! Moreno Valley Unified has three schools that earned honors as “Best” high schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools rankings, which were published yesterday:

  • Vista Del Lago High School
  • Valley View High School
  • Canyon Springs High School 

 

U.S. News 2020 Best High Schools numerically ranked nearly 18,000 schools nationwide this year. Schools with a national rank in the top 40% (#7117 or higher) achieved status as “Best” high schools.

 

The Best High Schools rankings, available online only, are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global research firm. U.S. News doesn’t collect data directly from high schools – all data comes directly from official third-party sources. U.S. News receives AP and IB data directly from the College Board and International Baccalaureate, respectively, for use in the rankings. The state assessment data and graduation rates are from each state, and other data comes from the U.S. Department of Education Common Core of Data.

 

RCOE “Art Connects” Virtual Student Arts Competition Week Three Winners

 

  • Zelia Miller, 8th grade, Vista Heights Middle School - 1st place, 6th-8th grade division 
  • William Hsu, 2nd Grade, Northridge Elementary - Honorable Mention, TK-2nd grade division

 

The competition is open to all students in grades TK-12 attending public, charter, private, parochial, or home school programs in Riverside County. For each of the six weeks, students can submit their contributions at https://www.rcoe.us/art-connects/. Media arts/video submissions are now being accepted through April 28.

 

Read to Succeed 2 Contest

Congratulations to Armada Elementary School. Students in the class named Third Grade-Dual Language - Labrie - EL  won the Read to Succeed 2 contest, sponsored by Achieve 3000 hub!  

 

RESOURCES 

 

Black Voice News Student Essay Contest

Inland Empire students passionate about freedom of the press are invited to participate in a National Student Essay Competition supported by Black Voice News and sponsored by the McCarthey Family Foundation, with additional support from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and media outlets from around the country.

 

Students in three categories-- grades six through eight, nine through twelve, and at the university/college level—are encouraged to submit a 500-word essay on the importance of freedom of the press in the United States. Awards totaling $15,000 and a full, four-year college scholarship will be awarded to the winners. 

 

All essays must be submitted by the end of day Friday, April 24, 2020. For additional information visit https://mklpr.com/national-student-essay-competition/.

 

Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer is offering a free virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block based coding to high school with text based coding.

 

Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music STEMs that students can remix from home using code.

 

Keep checking back to www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses to sign up for these programs, and to check out more free computer science programming being added by the Amazon Future Engineer team. 

 


April 20, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

We hope that your first day of distance learning went smoothly. Please continue to email your principal if you haven’t heard from your student’s teacher or if you have questions about their schedule. As you progress in the week, remember distance learning is not going to look or feel the same as a classroom setting. There may be some challenges as this is new to so many of us. Please try not to stress too much. This is an imperfect solution to a problem none of us planned to happen this year. For all of us, we have new roles and responsibilities. And it’s ok if some days don’t go perfectly. We are in this together. This is why we made it a practice that students can only improve their grade, because we understand that this will take time for all of us. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

AP Exams start on Monday, May 11. Do you have AP Exams scheduled for the week of May 11, the week of May 18, or both? Double-check the AP Exam schedule: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students/taking-ap-exams/ap-exam-schedule 

For more information about our free online AP classes and take-at-home AP Exams for 2020, please visit apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org.  

 

Chromebooks 

We swapped out more than 300 Chromebooks today. If you have a Chromebook in need of repair, you may bring it to the district office Tuesday (April 21) or Friday (April 24) from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and we will swap it out with a refurbished Chromebook. We are located at 25634 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553. 

 

RESOURCES 

 

Earth Day - California Academy of Sciences Livestream 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

12:30 p.mm 

Duration: 45 minutes

Target Audience: 4th - 8th grade, yet free for all students

In this livestream on the Academy's YouTube and Facebook channels, students will take on the role of Planet Heroes as they build and reflect upon their own ideas about one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems: feeding all humans.

Throughout the session, students will be challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing impacts while meeting the needs of humans, plants, and other animals.

In this interactive program, students will see and hear the Academy expert and may enter comments or questions into a text-based chat window.

Students can conduct a quick Food Waste Audit at home as a pre-program activity, or they can simply tune in to the livestream with a paper and pencil handy!

Learn More

 

Black Voice News Student Essay Contest

Inland Empire students passionate about freedom of the press are invited to participate in a National Student Essay Competition supported by Black Voice News and sponsored by the McCarthey Family Foundation, with additional support from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and media outlets from around the country.

 

Students in three categories-- grades six through eight, nine through twelve, and at the university/college level—are encouraged to submit a 500-word essay on the importance of freedom of the press in the United States. Awards totaling $15,000 and a full, four-year college scholarship will be awarded to the winners. 

 

All essays must be submitted by the end of day Friday, April 24, 2020. For additional information visit https://mklpr.com/national-student-essay-competition/.

 

Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer is offering a free virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block based coding to high school with text based coding.

 

Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music STEMs that students can remix from home using code.

 

Keep checking back to www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses to sign up for these programs, and to check out more free computer science programming being added by the Amazon Future Engineer team. 

 

 

April 17, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

As we head into the weekend before we start distance learning, I would like to express my thanks again. On behalf of the board of education, we are grateful to you during this time. Please take some time to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally for distance learning. Here are some reminders for you and your students:

  1. If you haven’t heard from your teacher, email your principal ASAP.
  2. Start to get back into a routine. Make sure to plan time for classwork, homework, and breaks.
  3. Students need to get back into the habit of going to sleep at a reasonable hour and waking up in the morning. So many kids have developed the habit of staying up late into the night.
  4. Get outside. Keep your distance and don’t congregate but step outside and take a walk, soak in fresh air and sun. It’s important to move throughout the day.

 

We look forward to welcoming you back to (virtual) class next week. Have a great weekend. Stay safe and healthy.

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

Send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Chromebooks for 1st and 2nd Graders 

This week, we gave out 4,200 Chromebooks to 1st and 2nd grade students. If you didn’t get yours, please email your principal to see how you may pick one up.

 

If you have a Chromebook in need of repair, you can bring it to the district office, Monday (April 20), Tuesday (April 21), or Friday (April 24) from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and we will swap it out with a refurbished Chromebook. We are located at 25634 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

 

SAT and ACT plan at-home college admissions exams for fall if crisis keeps schools closed

Exams will include high-tech proctoring to discourage cheating. UC temporarily has dropped the tests as admissions requirements. Read more 

 

April 15, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

I know many of you are anxiously awaiting distance learning beginning Monday. I was the same way; however, today I am quite excited about it. Our Educational Services team has done an amazing job preparing us. Our professional development team and teachers have put in thousands of hours of training. I think our district is as prepared, if not better, than any other district in the region. And, we now have Chromebooks for all students grades 1-12.

 

I’d like to ask a favor from you as we begin distance learning. It will be tough for some of you; please give it a chance. I know many of you are already looking ahead to graduation, summer school, and even registration for next year. Please know that we are looking ahead too, and will provide answers as soon as we can. But I want all of us to concentrate our efforts over the next two weeks so distance learning is a success and our students are able to continue their learning because we still have eight weeks of school to go. Then, we will get to the other stuff. 

 

If you haven’t heard from your child’s teacher, you should by the end of the week. 

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Chromebooks 

Chromebooks were given out at schools for all 1st grade students today. Parents of 2nd grade students can pick up Chromebooks tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Principals should have contacted you to provide more information. If you missed your scheduled window for pick-up, please visit the school tomorrow.

 

If you have a Chromebook in need of repair, you can bring it to the district office, next Monday (April 20), Tuesday (April 21), or Friday (April 24) from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and we will swap it out with a refurbished Chromebook. We are located at 25634 Alessandro Blvd., Moreno Valley, CA 92553.

 

Advance Placement (AP) Student Reminder 

Please remind your AP student(s) to log into their MyAP account to receive updates from the College Board. Very important information regarding their exams, including dates, sample questions, etc. have landed in these inboxes since Monday. If students aren't checking these accounts, please have them update their profile "email contact info" to their personal email accounts.

 

Child Care for Essential Workers

Riverside County Office of Education, Early Care and Education (RCOE ECE), is available to provide needed child care services for Essential/Critical Workers during the California State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19. A temporary state-subsidized payment is available to assist with the cost of child care services for your children (ages birth to 13) through June 30, 2020 to allow you to continue working during this time (paid directly to your child care provider). For more information, click here

 

RESOURCES

 

Practicing Safe Stress During Social Distancing Webinar

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

1:30 p.m.

Are all the changes going on in your life driving you crazy? It seems like we have been stretched as thin as we’re going to stretch. Learn simple but effective techniques on how to deal with burn-out and approach each day with more energy and enthusiasm. This webinar will provide insights that are well researched and grounded in practicality.

Register

 

Social and Emotional Wellness Resources for Students and Educators

The Association of California School Administrators has a lot of social and emotional wellness resources available on their hub. Some highlights include:

 

National Poetry Month Bookmarks

April is National Poetry Month, and April 30 is Poem In Your Pocket Day. In honor of both of those initiatives, Riverside County Office of Education has created this commemorative bookmark/coloring activity.

 

OTHER DISTRICT NEWS

 

2020 Art Connects - Visual Arts Winners

 

This week’s Riverside County Virtual Arts Competition featured visual arts and had nearly 500 entries submitted.

 

Congratulations to our Moreno Valley Unified School District student winners:

 

Jayda Franklin, Ridge Crest Elementary:  3rd-5th Honorable Mention

Zayanna Mejico, Butterfield Elementary: 3rd-5th Honorable Mention

 

To view the award-winning poems and full list of all 32 honorees, visit the RCOE Newsroom Gallery.

 

Theater submissions are now being accepted through April 21. 

 

 

April 13, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you had a good weekend. We are very busy getting ready for distance learning to begin next week. Many of you have heard from your student’s teacher already. However, some teachers are still making their way down their list of students so please be patient if you have not heard yet. 

 

You can get a head start by visiting bit.ly/MVUSD-Learning, where you can view an informational video, access resources for preparing for distance learning, and find grade-level optional independent learning and enrichment opportunities.

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

Chromebooks for 1st and 2nd Grade Students

We are excited to announce that we will be able to provide Chromebooks for our first and second grade students. Parents will be able to pick them up at schools on Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Principals will contact you to provide more information. 

 

RESOURCES

 

At-Home Teaching

 

 

 

April 10, 2020

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

I know for many of you this week is important, whether you are celebrating Passover or Easter. In this new world of social distancing, celebrating takes on new meaning and new forms.The same is true for our role in education. We may have to adjust the way we approach our work, but there is still a reason for the work, just as there is a reason to celebrate.

 

I hope you have a great weekend and take some time to be with those you love, whether in person or on the phone or computer.

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face.

 

UPDATES AND REMINDERS

 

New Face Covering Reminder

Riverside University Health Systems amended its Gathering and Face Covering order to state “All persons, including Essential Workers shall wear face coverings, such as scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandanas, neck gaiter, or other fabric face coverings. All persons, including Essential Workers are discouraged from using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, for non-medical reasons. Please wear a face covering while conducting district business or visiting district sites, including Grab and Go Lunches.  

 

All District Marching Band Cancelled

Due to the closure of our schools through the end of this school year, the All District Marching Band will NOT take place this summer. Preparations for the return to school will take priority.  This includes a process to ensure our instruments are clean and virus free. Additional information on this process will be shared in the future.

 

Distance Learning Informational

Yesterday, we posted a Distance Learning informational video online and shared on our social media channels. The video is now available with Spanish subtitles. Please share with your students and families so everyone is ready to launch on April 20.

 

Census 2020: Five Minutes - 10 Years of Impact

One of the most important ways federal funding for Moreno Valley will be determined for the next 10 years is with data collected in the 2020 Census, which is taking place right now. That's why all residents should take advantage of the statewide stay-at-home order and take five minutes to complete the Census. It's being taken primarily online at www.census.gov, but it can also be completed by phone or on paper. It does NOT include any questions about citizenship or immigration status. And none of the personally identifiable information collected by the Census Bureau may be shared with any other government agency or private-sector entity, such as landlords. 

 

RESOURCES

 

Helping Your Student Prepare for AP Exams - Parent Webinar

The College Board is hosting a webinar with Trevor Packer, head of the AP Program, for parents to learn more about at-home testing, the exam schedule, and AP review classes. He'll interview an AP teacher about how to best prepare for exams and a representative from college admissions about how students can earn college credit and placement with exam scores.

Thursday, April 16

4–5 p.m. PT

Register

 

KVCR Provides New Educational Television Schedule for At-Home-Learning 

KVCR TV - Channel 24 is now broadcasting curriculum-based TV shows that students, teachers and the general public can access from home. The county’s educational offices are working diligently to create and provide supplemental educational materials for the upper grade levels. The new 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. schedule includes curriculum-based programs for pre-K to 12th grade and covers various subjects including English, language arts, social studies, science, and math.

 

6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 

Pre K-3: Nature Cat (Science/Nature); Curious George (Math/Engineering); Peg+Cat (Math); Daniel Tiger (Social Science); Sesame Street (Basic Reading); and Wild Kratts (Natural Science).

 

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Grades 9 – 12: Programs consist of a variety of shows including NOVA; American Experience and Masterpiece.

 

12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Grades 4 – 8: Programs including History Detectives and Huell Howser’s California Missions; and Nature.

 

OTHER DISTRICT NEWS

 

Vista Del Lago High School Donates PPEs and N95s Masks

Vista Del Lago High School’s EMT program recently made some special deliveries of their  Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and face masks. They donated a total of four cases of gloves, and six small boxes of the N95s to the program's affiliates, RUHS-ER and a law enforcement agency. Each case of gloves has 12 boxes of gloves and each package of N95s has 20 respirators/masks.  

 

Thank you Vista Del Lago High School!

 

Moreno Valley USD Students Named Riverside County National History Day Champions

Congratulations to all of our students across the district who participated in the 2020 Riverside County National History Day Competition! Each student showed true dedication and expertise in their historical research, which led them to prevail in the competition. We are proud to announce that 30 MVUSD students were awarded Champions of the Riverside County Office of Education competition and are now eligible to compete at the state-level in the virtual National History Day - California competition! It is scheduled to be held on May 8, 2020 to May 10, 2020.

 

 

April 8, 2020

 

MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT

 

Dear Parents,

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to start my message with a special thanks tonight to our nutrition and custodial services staff. They say you have to put up with the rain in order to see the rainbow. Well, this week we have had plenty of rain and our nutrition and custodial services staff are truly the rainbow for thousands of our family. They are out rain or shine greeting everyone with a smile. Did you know we served more than 50,000 lunches each of the past two weeks? I know we have people all over doing wonderful work but I just wanted to recognize those who have had to learn to dance in the rain. 

 

I want to remind you again to take care of yourselves. For weeks we’ve been expecting a surge of Covid-19 hospitalizations in Riverside County. All of us have a critically important role to play: to stay home, maintain the 6-foot social distance, and wash hands regularly and thoroughly. Remember, if you must leave home for essential travel, you must wear a face covering by order of Riverside County Public Health.

 

Please continue to send your questions to publicinformation@mvusd.net and we will respond to you promptly. 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

 Stay in Place. Maintain your Space. Cover your Face. 

UPDATES

 

Are You Ready to Go the Distance?

On Thursday, April 9, MVUSD will premiere a video of the superintendent and Educational Services team explaining the ins and outs of our Distance Learning program. Find out where to go for information, what resources are available, and get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. You can watch the video here beginning at 3 p.m.

 

RESOURCES

 

Rosemary Clayton $1,000 Scholarship Program - Soroptimist International Moreno of Valley

The 2020 application deadline has been extended to June 30, 2020 to accommodate special circumstances resulting from the  COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Criteria:

To qualify for the Rosemary Clayton Scholarship Program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria. 1. High School Senior Girl. 2. Be able to demonstrate some level of community involvement. 3. Have a commitment to succeed by pursuing education at an accredited college or university, community college, or trade/technical school. 4. Attend a High School located in Moreno Valley.

Scholarship Information and Application 

 

OTHER DISTRICT NEWS

 

“Art Connects” Virtual Student Arts Competition 

More than 500 students from hundreds of public, private, charter, and home school locations throughout Riverside County submitted original poetry during the first week of Art Connects, the virtual student arts competition recently launched by the Riverside County Office of Education.

 

Five Moreno Valley Unified School District students were named winners:

 

Isabelle H.  North Ridge Elementary          TK-2nd Honorable Mention

Olivia C. Ridgecrest Elementary             TK-2nd Honorable Mention 

Arturo O.    North Ridge Elementary           3rd-5th Honorable Mention 

Jessica       Mountain View Middle              6th-8th 2nd Place 

Nicole         Valley View High                       9th – 12th 2nd Place

 

To view the award-winning poems and full list of all 32 honorees, visit the RCOE Newsroom Gallery.

 

Valley View High School Scores a Spot in SoCal Syber Cup Finals

Even being out of school and unable to practice face-to-face, Valley View High School’s Cyber Patriot finished in the top 8, in the Southern California Cyber Cup Challenge- qualifying them for the State Championships in May.  

 

Team Onyx of Johnathan Hernandez, Lex Kinsey, Timothy Lor, Edgarventura Melendrez, and Efren Zamaro did an amazing job and now will focus on the next round of the competition.  

 

Way to go Cyber Eagles!


April 6. 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back from Spring Break. 

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I want to thank all of our teachers and site administrators who are busy getting ready to welcome your students to distance learning. We have 1,694 teachers going through training and updating their lesson plans and schedules. Administrators are making sure no detail falls through the cracks. 

 

I know many of you are very anxious and ready to start back up. I ask for your patience as we return from break. Our teachers and principals are going to start reaching out to you this week, if you haven’t already heard from them, to make sure you are ready with the needed resources and know what to expect from your school. 

 

On Thursday, April 9, MVUSD will premiere a video of staff members explaining the ins and outs of our distance learning program. Find out where to go for information, what resources are available, and get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. More information with links will be coming in our email and on our website.

 

UPDATES

 

New Face Covering Reminder

Riverside University Health Systems has amended its Gathering and Face Covering order to state “All persons, including Essential Workers shall wear face coverings, such as scarves (dense fabric, without holes), bandanas, neck gaiter, or other fabric face coverings. All persons, including Essential Workers are discouraged from using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks, for non-medical reasons. Please wear a face covering while conducting district business or visiting district sites, including Grab and Go Lunches. 

 

Recognizing the Class of 2020 

We know this school closure is especially tough on our high school seniors, who should be spending these last months celebrating with their friends and classmates. Although we are postponing prom and graduation ceremonies, we are looking at ways we can still honor and commemorate their achievements.Our first plan is to get banners for our schools as well as yard signs to post at the residence of each graduating senior. More details to come!

 

RESOURCES

 

Additional Internet Resources

  • SBK Youth and Family Services is a local Inland Empire community-based organization working with families to connect affordable home internet and other valuable services. Some of your families may qualify for a free Chromebook with a low-cost internet sign-up. Please share with them. They can:

 

  • If you do not have access to the internet at home, there are several companies offering service to families. You may contact the companies listed in this link to discuss the plans available to you. 

 

Amazon Future Engineer

Amazon Future Engineer is offering a free virtual robotics program through partners CoderZ. The fully sequenced course accommodates age levels from second grade with block based coding to high school with text based coding.

 

Amazon Future Engineer also is providing access to EarSketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through music. Grammy-award winning artists Ciara and Common have both provided studio-quality music STEMs that students can remix from home using code.

 

Keep checking back to www.amazonfutureengineer.com/free-courses to sign up for these programs, and to check out more free computer science programming being added by the Amazon Future Engineer team. 

 

INTERACT Scholarship Application for Seniors

The Moreno Valley Rotary Foundation will be awarding scholarships to one Interact student graduating from Moreno Valley High School and one Interact student from Valley View High School in June 2020. Scholarships of $1,000 will be paid directly to the college or university financial aid office.

Criteria:

  1. Member of Interact for at least two years, including current year
  2. GPA – Minimum of 2.50 (weighted)
  3. Graduating in the current school year
  4. Plan to attend 2-year or 4-year college/university in the fall (minimum of 12 units)
  5. Two recommendations from former/current teachers (use the enclosed forms).  List teachers.

Email Sandra Ferguson at sjferg26@msn.com for a scholarship application, which is due no later than June 1, 2020

 

Have a good week. 



Dr. Martinrex Kedziora

Superintendent of Schools

 

April 3, 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We know it has not been a traditional Spring Break.

 

On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to let you know how much we appreciate you and recognize how hard this past month has been. We have a long way to go, but we’ve made it this far so I know we can go even further together.

 

I also know that closing our school buildings for the rest of the school year was not what any of us were hoping for. As I mentioned in my email on Wednesday, we are moving forward with Distance Learning and are committed to providing all of our students a way to continue to learn. Next week, elementary students can visit our Family Digital Resources page on our website for new independent learning and enrichment packets. 

 

As we start to move to our virtual classes and distance learning, I’m going to try to refocus these emails on other news happening in the district. Believe it or not, we do have other things going on. Our first bit of news is exciting. MVUSD was recently honored with the Magna Award by the National School Boards Association. This was given in recognition of the great work of our Help for the Community Wellness program. You can read more about it here. It’s just one example of how we’ve been able to help our community, just as we are doing during this crisis. Congratulations to Connie Edwards and the Student Services Team for this honor.

 

I hope you take some time this weekend to focus on your health, but as always, “Stay in Place, Maintain Your Space, and Cover Your Face.” In the meantime, please see some resources that may be useful for you or someone you know.

 

Please remember our “Grab and Go” meals continue at most district sites from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We want to see you there!

 

RESOURCES

 

School Closure 

We know the school closure and distance learning has many people with questions, so we’ve updated our frequently asked questions online. We will continue to update these as we receive more questions, and have more answers.

 

Scholarship Opportunity

Calling all #AD61 Students! The California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Scholarship Program is now accepting applications. The deadline to apply for these $5,000 scholarships is June 1. For more information, and to apply please visit: www.CLLCF.org 

 

UC/CSU Admissions

As school districts consider adopting new grading schemes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, the University of California and California State University are committing to hold harmless students entering their universities. For system-specific information, see below: