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LCAP 2016-2019

posted Jul 11, 2016, 9:27 AM by Nick Hadgis   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 9:51 AM by Catherine Stone ]

Please see the attachment for MUSD's LCAP.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON RELEASE OF CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT DATA

posted Feb 18, 2016, 12:33 PM by Nick Hadgis

Please read this message carefully, as you may want to take action regarding your student’s education records.

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including ours. The case has received significant attention from the media, so we want to provide you with more information on how it might affect families in our district.

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

Our district was not involved in the lawsuit and is not the subject of any of the suit’s allegations. Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students statewide since Jan. 1, 2008.

NOTE: The CDE will produce documents in the context of the litigation and subject to a protective order (according to CDE, documents won’t become part of the Court’s public records and they will likely be returned or destroyed at the end of litigation).

For more information regarding the release of this data, visit this CDE website​. You may also contact the California Department of Education at 916-319-0800.

Parents/Guardians may complete and mail in an Opt-Out Form to prevent the release of student data: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pdf. This must be done by April 1, 2016.

F3 has published a NewsFlash with more information on this lawsuit: http://www.f3law.com/newsflash.php?nf=491

Superintendent Torlakson’s messages regarding this matter: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel15.asp

Official Message from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

posted Feb 4, 2016, 7:59 AM by Nick Hadgis

Date: February 2, 2016

 

Subject: Official Message from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association (the plaintiffs), filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local educational agencies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. The suit also alleges that the CDE fails to monitor, investigate, and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.

 

As part of the litigation discovery process, the plaintiffs have requested numerous documents as well as student data collected and stored by the CDE. Many of the requested documents and data stored in the CDE databases contain personally identifiable information (PII) of children, including children with disabilities, children who requested an assessment or who were assessed for special education eligibility, and children who are attending or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. Although the CDE has contested the production of such information, the court at this juncture has ordered the CDE to produce to plaintiffs’ legal counsel documents and data that contain student PII. Included in the court’s order to produce documents and data is a Protective Order prohibiting the plaintiffs and their legal counsel from disclosing confidential information acquired in the course of the lawsuit, including PII, to anyone other than the parties, their attorneys and consultants, and the court. None of this information may be used outside the context of this lawsuit; no student’s identifying records will be disclosed to the public.

 

As you know, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) sets out the requirements for the protection of privacy of parents and students, including privacy of student records. Generally, parents and/or students must provide written consent before an educational agency may disclose PII. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. Specifically, an educational agency must provide PII when ordered by a court, which the CDE has been ordered to do in this litigation. The CDE is obligated to inform the parent or student that the court has ordered it to produce documents and/or data that includes those individuals’ PII and that such persons may object directly to the court regarding this disclosure. To that end, and to comply with FERPA, the CDE is requesting LEAs and SELPAs post the following link to CDE’s Web site, http://www.cde.ca.gov/morganhillcase, from February 1, 2016, through April 1, 2016. The link provides the Notice and Objection Form required by FERPA.

September 23, 2015 Board Meeting Cancelled

posted Sep 22, 2015, 6:19 AM by Nick Hadgis

Due to the Valley Fire, there will be no regular Board Meeting on September 23, 2015.

School Start Postponed until Tuesday August 18

posted Aug 3, 2015, 12:47 PM by Nick Hadgis

Hello Middletown Unified families,

Due to the Rocky Fire, we need to postpone the opening of school and all pre-school activities for one week. MHS and MMS are currently being used as evacuation centers and as the Red Cross Command Center. It is possible that some of our other schools will also be used as evacuation centers. Because of this, we made the decision to delay the start of school.

Here are the new dates:

School will start on Tuesday, August 18th

MHS activities:
Freshman Welcome: Tuesday, Aug.11th, 6pm
Welcome Back for 10th, 11th, 12th:  Tuesday, August 11th, 8am

MMS:
7th grade Welcome: Wed, Aug. 12th, 5:30pm
8th grade Welcome: Thurs, Aug. 13th, 5:30pm

Minnie Cannon Ribbon Cutting and Spaghetti Feed: Thurs, Aug. 13th, 5pm
Cobb and Coyote Valley Spaghetti Feeds: Friday, Aug. 14th, 5pm

Last day of school:  June 6th (instead of May 27th).

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we know you understand that these are extraordinary circumstances.

Catherine

Superintendent Retires: New Superintendent Hired

posted Jun 12, 2015, 6:27 AM by Korby Olson

After 34 years in education and 28 of those in Middletown, Superintendent Korby Olson is retiring from the district.

The Middletown Unified School District has hired new Superintendent Catherine Stone. She will assume the position beginning July 1.

Stone is a fifth-generation Californian who has spent most of her adult life in schools in rural areas of California. She raised her two daughters in Sonoma County, where her young grandsons are now growing up.

She taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in a K-8 school, and science to high school students before becoming a school administrator.

Stone comes from the Jacoby Creek Elementary School District in Humboldt County, where she was the Superintendent/Principal. Before that, she was the Superintendent of Mendocino Unified and the Superintendent/Principal of Fieldbrook Elementary.

In her spare time, Catherine likes to garden and sew, and is looking forward to being involved in the Middletown community.

Local Control and Accountability Plan Calendar

posted Feb 12, 2015, 1:37 PM by Korby Olson

On February 11, 2015, the Middletown Unified Board of Trustees approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) calendar of activities to facilitate the annual update of the plan.  The attached calendar is designed to facilitate parent and community involvement in the update of the plan.  All of the meetings will be held in the Middletown Multi-purpose room at 6:00 PM unless otherwise noted.  In addition to the listed activities, district staff will visit all school leadership groups like the school site councils and Parent Teacher Organizations.  

All Schools Open Today

posted Dec 11, 2014, 6:06 AM by Korby Olson   [ updated Dec 12, 2014, 4:44 AM ]

All Middletown schools will be open and running on a regular schedule today.

Big Storm Due Thursday

posted Dec 10, 2014, 4:27 PM by Korby Olson

With a major storm expected to hit Northern California Wednesday night, the Middletown Unified School District will be checking conditions early in the morning and making determinations about any need to close ore delay the start of school.  The decision will be made early in the morning and posted on the district website added to the stormy weather hotline and a message will be sent out through the Infinite Campus message system.  The stormy weather hotline is 707-987-4149.

New Minnie Cannon Project Update

posted Oct 28, 2014, 8:49 AM by Korby Olson

The site work is nearly complete and the modular buildings are arriving on site.  The first 17 modules will be set on the foundations on Thursday, October 30th.  The estimate is for the buildings to all be in place and the final site work will be completed in December or January depending on weather conditions.

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