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News & Announcements

Congratulations to our very own Ms. Jennifer Boscacci

On behalf of the Office and rest of the Diablo View Middle School, it is with great pleasure and pride that we extend our warmest congratulations to you on receiving the 2023, You Make A Difference Award. Your outstanding dedication has not gone unnoticed, and is truly an honor to celebrate your accomplishment. 


Once again, congratulations, Jennifer! We are incredibly proud of you! 


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prepare for cold weather

Stay warm & active this fall & winter. 


Fall & Winter seasons are right around the corner, and with it comes colder temperatures and the need for proper clothing to stay warm and active during PE classes. It is essential to be prepared for chilly days and PE classes during these upcoming months. 


Make sure your student has appropriate PE clothes for the upcoming seasons. Please note that the PE clothes may be any color but MUST HAVE Diablo View Middle School & Bobcats located on the item of clothing. See the QR code below to access the PE Spirit Wear store. 

Remember, being prepared for cold weather is not only about staying warm but also about staying healthy. Make sure you have the right clothing for your student to properly engage and enjoy all seasons. 

For more information and tips on cold weather preparedness and proper PE clothing, visit our spirit wear website or contact our school office at 925-672-0898.


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8th grade yearbook dedications

Attention all 8th grade parents!

Yearbook is now offering ad space for 8th grade dedications. Congratulate your 8th grader with a personalized dedication ad. 

Create your own ad space online at and use code 7362.

Create the message exactly as you
want it to appear in the yearbook.

Yearbook ads are accepted on a space-available basis.

Submit your ad early to guarantee your space!


DEADLINE 12/15/2023!!


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friday letter 9.29.23

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter Highlights:

  • Guest Spotlight on Ethnic Studies pilot at Northgate HS by teacher Meg Honey
  • District news including the MDUSD Board hears report on CAASPP results, holds textbook sufficiency public hearing, and approves resolutions in support of Disability Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, LGBTQ+ Month, Filipino American History Month, Indigenous Peoples Day, Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, California Day of the Administrator and School Lunch Month
  • Staff Social Media Shout-out to School Bus Driver Tracy J.!
  • Community News about the Break A Sweat 5K Fun Run and Walk for Education on Saturday at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek
  • Community News about Concord High March-a-Thon supporting Instrumental Music
  • And more!
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Joseph Alvarico

Friday Letter highlights County Teacher of the Year awards, You Make a Difference award winners and school, student and staff spotlights.

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights: 

  • Congrats to Ygnacio Valley HS teacher Joseph Alvarico named a County Teacher of the Year and to Danya Townsend who was recognized as a finalist
  • District news including this year's You Make A Difference Award winners
  • School news featuring the International Baccalaureate Program at Oak Grove MS
  • Staff spotlights on the Olympic HS Wellness Center staff by student journalists
  • And more!

You can read it here

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4 Latina counselors
By Theresa Harrington Brandt, MDUSD Public Information Officer

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are spotlighting the important work of four Latina MDUSD counselors who are on a mission to engage with families—especially our Latinx parents—to ensure our Latinx parents know they are welcome and vital partners with the District in their children's educational journey.   

As Mexican-American bilingual first generation college graduates who are fluent in both English and Spanish, Angela Ordaz, Yaretzie Amaya, Marcie Torres and Leidi Arias bring unique perspectives to the campuses where they work with students, as well as to the "Coffee with the Counselors" or "Cafecito con las Consejeras" gatherings they host each year to partner with parents in unpacking how to navigate MDUSD's educational system and affirming that their involvement in their children's schools is essential. This year’s Cafecitos are planned for Oct. 28 at Holbrook Language Academy, and Jan. 27th and April 23rd at either Mt. Diablo HS or Shore Acres Elementary. They were attracted to MDUSD because of its stated commitment to "disrupt systemic racism," which in the past has made it hard for students and families of color to feel connected to their school communities. 

But after coming to MDUSD and enthusiastically embracing the goal to help all students and families feel welcome and included, they noticed that some MDUSD staff members did not appear to understand why or how to do that or even intend to do that. Ordaz recalls one MDUSD staff member insisting that MDUSD staff members are the experts on our students, and Arias recalls another saying that some parents didn't seem to care about school. The four Latina counselors, who had experienced this kind of dismissive attitude in their own K-12 educations, pushed back against this "deficit narrative," which focuses on what a student or family may lack. Instead, they approached their work with an "asset-driven" mindset that focuses on "the greatness, strengths and gifts that our students and families come to us with," Ordaz says. "Seeing them as partners means really seeing all that they have to offer."

They came up with the idea to host "Cafecito con las Consejeras" as a forum to connect with our Latinx families that some staff members in MDUSD may have dismissed. These Cafecitos are targeted Latinx parent engagement gatherings; however, all are welcome. These Cafecitos have already been attended by Board Members and other educators in MDUSD looking to encourage more Latinx families to attend. These quarterly Saturday gatherings are first and foremost to connect with families authentically and respectfully with a spirit of give and take, offering support and affirmation and also listening carefully to what parents say they need from MDUSD. The Consejeras facilitate the gatherings in Spanish and English translation is available. "We are disrupting the narrative that our students and families are lacking and 'need' us to save them or 'teach' them," Ordaz says. "Our students and families don't need us to save them. If we are truly partners with students and families, then we are engaging in a reciprocal connection that centers their humanity and our humanity, and the opportunity to learn, share and empower goes both ways." Besides hosting the Cafecito gatherings, they have also created cultural displays explaining the history behind Dia de Los Muertos and celebrating the Afro Latino culture and BIPOC women in history to help families feel connected to the District and help those who are not familiar with these topics to better understand them.

The passion and the fire is there," they said, not only to serve families but to show others that effective connections can be made simply by reaching out. "The other piece of our passion is knowing the District's students are 44% Latino," Ordaz said. Having attended schools themselves where they didn't have teachers or counselors who looked like them or understood their cultures, they are determined not to let MDUSD's Latinx students and families feel the same isolation or lack of encouragement that they felt. "I went to Meadow Homes Elementary," said Torres, 30, who now works at Shore Acres Elementary. "I looked like a lot of my peers, but I didn't have any teachers who looked like me. Then my parents transferred me to Diablo View MS and that was a culture shock because I couldn't relate to my teachers or my peers. I was one of three Latina students and I felt I was falling through the cracks." She graduated from Pittsburg HS without ever speaking to a counselor and didn’t realize until she entered college how helpful counselors could be. Ordaz was discouraged from applying to four-year universities by her high school counselor, who told her Latina students would be better off going to community college because they don't tend to do well in the more rigorous UC Educational System. Ordaz is thankful she knew her own capabilities and strengths. She applied to and graduated from her first-choice university – UC Davis. Arias was encouraged to attend a Chicanx/Latinx youth leadership conference by her high school counselor, which she said “was a game-changer for me because I had the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals who look like me.” And Amaya, who attended a private school on a scholarship, said most of her classmates had parents who were college graduates, so she felt embarrassed to ask for help with her FAFSA and college applications, and had to figure all that out by herself. Drawing on both their positive and negative personal experiences with their own counselors, they feel driven to be game-changers for the students and families they serve.

The Consejeras have intentionally started small and slow to go far. Last year, they held two Cafecito gatherings. This school year, they are doubling them to four and they have already had their first one at the MDUSD Parent Conference in August. The counselors are encouraged by the difference they are already making. They have connected with families who come from many different countries, such as Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, and Nicaragua, including many with college degrees from their native countries. "We ask: 'What do you need from us? What can we share with the District from you? How can we serve as that bridge?" said Ordaz, 41, who works at Holbrook Language Academy and Mountain View Elementary. "We have lots of laughter. We have tears. We have testimony that is shared. We always run out of time to answer questions. Those are our indicators. Parents are showing vulnerability, trust and wanting to have more time with us because they know that we are truly here to serve them." Arias, 32, who works with Amaya at Mt. Diablo HS, said it’s humbling to listen to parents' stories. "We learn from them," she said, "so it’s a very mutual relationship." Amaya, 30, said two parents who recently attended a "Muffins with McCain" Principal meeting smiled and waved to her, saying, "We're here! You said to come to the meetings," after the counselors had told parents their voices are needed at school meetings and they can ask for Spanish translation. "We just love building relationships with our families and we want them to get to know us," Amaya said, adding that some parents now greet them with hugs, as though they are part of their families. "It's really heartwarming." These consejeras are truly grateful to have each other as a collective, their ongoing support from Student Services Director Felicia Stuckey-Smith, who has mentored them on school systems, their unwavering support from all three of their site principals and from MDUSD Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark, who has set the expectation that ALL means ALL.

Dr. Clark said he really appreciates the effort the counselors are making to engage with students and families. "They’re student-centered and are adjusting to the needs of our students and families," he said. "I think what they’ve been doing by being proactive is something that should be a model for all of us." 

You can read more about their work last year in the 2022-23 Friday Letter Year In Review under “Special Events and Outreach.”

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Friday Letter Sept. 15, 2023

This week's MDUSD Friday Letter highlights:

  •  September 15-October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month!
  • A spotlight on four counselors who share their Latina heritage as they work to connect with MDUSD parents, especially those who are Latinx,
  • District news including two MDUSD Teachers of the Year are finalists for County Teacher of the Year awards to be announced Thursday,
  • School Social Media Shoutouts about the Growing Healthy Kids program,
  • Student achievement news at College Park and Northgate high schools,
  • a staff spotlight at Pleasant Hill Elementary School,
  • And more!

You  can read it here.

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 Promethean panels continue to impress teachers and students as interactive instructional tools

As MDUSD students and teachers settle into their classroom routines this school year, they are learning to use new technology that is making learning more interactive and fun! The District is continuing to deliver high tech Promethean ActivPanels to every classroom and has so far provided them to all teachers at 17 schools, said Educational Technology Coordinator Erin Vallejo, who is overseeing teacher training for the panels. The District has hired two Promethean Education Consultants for the school year to support staff with training, Vallejo said.

Monte Gardens Elementary received most of its panels this week, but a few teachers who received early training have been using them since school began. The panels replace previous "Elmo" document cameras and large TV monitors, offering more interactivity and larger screens that can be seen across the classroom. 

On Friday, 4th-grade teacher Eleni Cassianos (above) used her panel to show her students how to use a highlighter tool to mark important information in a Scholastic text they were reading about how failing at first can help people learn from their mistakes. Cassianos' screen mirrored what students saw on their Chromebook screens, so they were able to follow along and use their own highlighter tools after she demonstrated how to do it. Students were able to choose between several different highlighter colors, allowing them to mark different portions of the text in different ways. Students Ryan Bewley and Xochitl Almazan said they really liked the new technology because it was easier to see clearly than former TV screens and they enjoyed being given a choice of colors to use.

Meanwhile, 1st-graders in Shannon Grisafi's class (below) were learning to write the letter "K" on their panel, using their favorite colors. Students Isaac Avarsaji, Delilah Ferlatte and Finnley Fitchett were enthusiastic about the panel. "We love it," said Finnley, explaining that they can write colorful mathematical equations as well as words on the panel. They also like the "spinner" feature, which spins and lands on a student's name, choosing who gets the next turn. And they enjoyed watching the animated children's book, "No, David," on the panel, adding that they are looking forward to using it all year.

Principal Bess Inzeo said the interactive panels engage students with the spinners and colors, and teachers are continuing to learn new ways to use them. She also appreciates that they can be raised and lowered based on a student's height. Grisafi said the panel replaces easels and other classroom items because it is more versatile. In the future, she hopes to be able to share students' Chromebook screens in split screens on the panel so they can see what their classmates are doing. "I use it for every subject," she said, "including art hub, mystery science and math. I like it."

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