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Superintendent's End of Year Newsletter

Posted Date: 5/17/24 (11:11 AM)

Superintendent's Newsletter
May 2024

End of the School Year Message and Events
As the Superintendent of the Martinez Unified School District, I wanted to take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation for all your support and dedication throughout the academic year. It has been a year filled with remarkable achievements, growth, and countless memorable moments. Now that we have reached the end of another successful year, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to each and every one of you for a truly wonderful summer. This is a time to relax, rejuvenate, and create lasting memories with your loved ones. Enjoy and I look forward to seeing what the 2024-2025 school year will bring.  

Below please find the dates and time of the MUSD Promotions, Graduations and Awards Ceremonies:
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - AHS Scholarship Night 
    • 5-6pm Senior Awards Presentation PAB;
    • 6-630pm Reception K Building Room K106/K108, 
    • 6:30pm Scholarships Awarded PAB
  • Tuesday June 4th, AHS Senior Clap Out 2:00 to 3:00pm at the Elementary Schools
  • Tuesday June 4th, VMHS High School & Briones Graduation 7pm Knowles Field (AHS)
  • Wednesday June 5th, MJHS Promotion Ceremony 7pm Knowles Field (AHS)
  • Thursday June 6th , AHS Graduation Ceremony 7pm Knowles Field (AHS)
Congratulations to All!

MJHS CA Distinguished School Awards Ceremony
Congratulations MJHS!
From left to right: Asst. Superintendent Janelle Eyet, MJHS Teacher Candace Monroe Speed, Principal Kerry Cusack, State Superintendent of Instruction, Tony Thurman, MJHS Teacher Kelsey Zahner, Superintendent Helen Rossi.
Vicente Martinez High School and Briones Independent Study 
Earn 6 Year Accreditation 
The Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC) has determined that both Vicente Martinez High School and Briones Independent Study meet the ACS WASC criteria for a six year accreditation cycle.  Congratulations to Principal Patty O'Malley and the staff of both VMHS and Briones.
MUSD Refinances Bonds Saving Taxpayers $790,000!

Martinez Unified School District Refinances Bonds, Saves Taxpayers over $790,000.
Martinez, CA – May 8, 2024: In April, the Martinez Unified School District refinanced
$14.5 million in general obligation bonds which will save District property owners over
$790,000 in property taxes over the next 10 years. The District took advantage of low
interest rates due to economic uncertainty to refinance bonds approved by voters in 2010.
This follows two prior refinancing which in total will save taxpayers over $3.86 million.
In 2010, more than 65% of Martinez Unified School District voters authorized Measure M, the
sale of $45 million of general obligation bonds to renovate schools, upgrade facilities,
equipment, and technology, and install solar energy systems. In May 2011, the District sold
its first series of bonds under the measure to begin those projects. In February 2014, the
District sold additional bonds to continue those projects. Interest rates on the original bonds
ranged between 3.250% and 5.375%. Rates on the new refunding bonds range from 2.66% to
3.65%, a difference that will save property taxpayers $790,085 without extending the original
term of the borrowing.  Superintendent Rossi stated, “With interest rates remaining below historic rates, we felt it was the right thing to do to save our community money.” Added Chief Business Official Andy Cannon, “Part of my job as Chief Business Official is to keep an eye on our debt obligations and seek opportunities to save money, both for the District and our taxpayers.”
The refinancing of the bonds was authorized by the Board of Education earlier this year. “We
know that our community supports our schools, most recently with the approval of
Measure C, and in turn we wanted to give back to them by saving taxpayer dollars,” said
Courtney Masella-O'Brien, Board President. 
Property owners in the District will see a reduced property tax rate on future tax bills.
A huge thank you to the Martinez Education Foundation for their continued support of our schools most recently during the 23-24 school year.  MEF awarded more than $139,000 in grants to our schools. The largest grants this year were for 17 interactive TVs for classrooms at Alhambra and MJHS, stem materials and programming throughout the district and musical instruments for our band and orchestra programs at the secondary level.

Additionally, through their first ever Read A Thon, Martinez Education Foundation is providing funding to keep each elementary school library open to students for 10 additional days in the 24-25 school year and will sponsor STEM nights in our elementary libraries throughout the year.

To learn more about how Martinez Education Foundation supports MUSD schools and where you can donate, head to

Address Verification for ALL Current Elementary Students

Annual residency verification is required for all returning students in grades TK-5. New students who enrolled during the current open enrollment period for the 2024-25 school year do not need to verify residency again, unless residency has changed.  The annual residency verification must be completed before the first day of school on August 14th or your child will not be permitted to attend.  Our schools will offer in-person check-in days this year at which time you will receive your child’s teacher assignment if all required documents are submitted.  We encourage you to submit your residency documents prior to the check-in day in order to reduce your wait time.  You may drop off your current proof of residency at the school main office until we close for summer, the district office during business hours (8:00-4:30) or send them via email to - 

Morello Park -
Las Juntas -
John Muir -
John Swett -


This document outlines the approved proof of residency documents. Current documents from group 2 and group 3 are required for verification. As a reminder, utility bills are not accepted.  If you need a copy of your current property tax bill, please contact the Tax Collector’s Office at (925) 957-5280 and request a hard copy be emailed to you. There are no fees associated with this request. We do not accept the “internet copy” of the property tax bill.

Data Confirmation / Registration Update for all RETURNING Students 
2024-2025 School Year
The Data Confirmation / Registration Update for returning students will be available around July 17th.  Just a reminder that any students, at any grade level, who are returning to the MUSD for the 2024-2025 School Year must complete this process prior to attending school.  This process occurs every year, after the close of summer school and ESY.  A Parent Square email or notice will be sent out with the exact date of the parent portal opening and with directions on how to complete the process. 
TK Boost Orientation in August
We are offering a TK Boost opportunity for new incoming TK students on August 7th and 8th (8:00-12:00 each day). This is an opportunity for your incoming TK student to become oriented to a structured school day and TK routines with their classroom teacher at their assigned school. Parents of incoming TK students may register at this link.

Summer Camps and Other Student and Family Opportunities

Just a short reminder that we now list all of our community flyers on our district website.  It is continuously updated as the flyers are approved.  Below are a few examples of what you will find on the MUSD Community Flyer Page.