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September 21st, 2020
Greetings MMS Families,

We are nearly a month into virtual learning and as each day passes, we will continue to grow and get better at virtual teaching and learning. Over the past week or so, there has been a lot of dialogue on social media about returning to school, the Department of Public Health COVID data, and plans to reopen schools. While these conversations are SO important for our community to have (and get answers to), it is extremely important for you to understand that MMS staff continue to stay focused around teaching and learning. Our number one goal as a school is to ensure that our students participate in quality virtual instruction with the least amount of distractions as possible (technology issues, schedule concerns, communication) until the time finally comes to enter back into the building. When that day does arrive, rest assured that our staff will be ready. In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to complete our school survey. As we are about to round off a month of virtual learning, our focus has also shifted to better support our students that need wrap-around services. We will be sharing with you the reports from our diagnostic testing on IXL. Those reports help us shape individual responses to students’ academic needs. Our goal is to make sure everyone has a chance to grow academically no matter where they are stratting from. Those diagnostic test will help us shape Friday and orgnize more academically focused support day for those who need it. 
This week is our 4 day school day week however we want to encourage all of our stuadents and families to take advantage of the program we have put together for the California Native American Day. In partnership with the State Parks we will be able to offer exciting activities that will bring education and awareness around our local Native American history. We would like to acknowledge that we are living, working and recreating on the unceded, traditional lands of the Native American people. We would like to pay our respects to elders both past and present, as well as future generations. 
I want to take a second to thank our families for continuing to show incredible respect and grace to our faculty and staff. We are doing all we can to support our MMS families during virtual learning and appreciate everything our parents, MSPTO, and so much more are doing to help carry out our vision for virtual learning during this time. No matter your thoughts on our current situation, please continue to stay positive with your children.  
Until next week,
Ms. E

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