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End-of-the-Week News, October 27, 2017

Welcome to the October 27 edition of End-of-the-Week News, your sampling of the great things happening at MVUSD!
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UC President Janet Napolitano to visit Valley View High School

Janet Napolitano

Janet Napolitano will visit Valley View High School on November 9. (Photo: University of California)

The president of the University of California system Janet Napolitano will visit Valley View High School as part of an Achieve UC inspirational and informational event on November 9.

Achieve UC is a University of California system-wide informational and inspirational outreach campaign aimed at helping underrepresented California high school students and their families to prepare for higher education at a UC campus. The key message is that a UC education is attainable, affordable, and welcoming.

UC President Napolitano along with UC Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox and MVUSD Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora will headline a motivational assembly for students at Valley View.

"This will be an exciting and important event for Valley View students. It is not everyday that high school students get the opportunity to hear from the president of one of the largest and most prestigious university systems in the world," said School Board President Cleveland Johnson. "I hope they take the inspiration offered to them and use it as they move closer to attending college."

The event will also feature workshops to guide students as they apply for college and a UC resource fair with representatives from the UC campuses.

MVUSD Cyber Elite Teams kick off National CyberPatriot Competition next week

Cyber Patriot Logo

Teams from Moreno Valley Unified School District high schools will participate in the National CyberPatriot Competition Kick-off on Saturday, November 4, at Moreno Valley College. The college will serve as the competition host for MVUSD teams as part of an ongoing effort to expand the Cyber Education Pathways in the Inland Empire.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Student Academic Services Room 121, with the competition starting at 11:15 a.m. The first round of competition has more than 5,000 teams participating nationally, with over 1,000 in California.

Good luck to our MVUSD Cyber Patriot teams!

Moreno Valley Unified School District awarded grant for teacher credentialing program

Classified staff in the Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) will have the opportunity to become teachers with the support of a grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. “MVUSD Classified 2 Certificated Pathway” will provide a path for classified staff like secretaries and instructional assistants to gain a teaching credential and move into a high-impact career of teaching. The program was awarded 22 slots in the statewide program.

The pathway is designed to support working adults at MVUSD to earn an integrated bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and either a multiple subject credential, single subject credential or education specialist credential. Participants will receive discounted tuition at the district’s partner Brandman University, a laptop, time to work on studies and coaching.

Like many school districts, MVUSD experiences shortages in credentialed math, science and special education teachers on a yearly basis, the number is expected to increase as more teachers reach retirement. “We have a teacher shortage nationwide. We are always looking for ways to mentor willing employees in the district to become teachers,” said Director of Professional Development and Digital Learning, Dr. Sue Buster.

Many of the district’s classified employees grew up in Moreno Valley, graduated from MVUSD and then found employment with the district, according to Jolynn Neal, president of the Moreno Valley Chapter of the California School Employees Association. “The union has long been seeking a way to better fund members’ degree completions so they may access certificated positions, we are very supportive of this grant,” Neal said. “There is a lot of interest.”

“For many of our classified employees, it is very hard to find the time or financial resources to return to school. We have a need for dedicated teachers and this grant will help our staff already committed to the students of Moreno Valley advance their careers into a teaching position,” said Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora.

An application process is being finalized. The program is expected to begin in early 2018.

Professional Development Specialists, teachers and students working together in new STEAM learning labs

Professional Development

Professional Development Specialist Rebecca Buckhoff shows students a 3D printer at the Ridge Crest Elementary School STEAM lab.

For the last month, Professional Development Specialists have been putting the finishing touches on STEAM Learning Labs at schools across the District, and many opened their doors this week. The labs showcase engaging and rigorous lessons that integrate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) at every grade level. While students get hands-on practice with 21st century skills, classroom teachers are choosing to use the lab as part of their own professional development.

At Ridge Crest Elementary’s STEAM Learning Lab, teacher Mike Mandelbaum and Professional Specialist Rebecca Buckhoff are focused on 3D printing. “I’ve never witnessed students so motivated and inspired by what they learned,” Mandelbaum said.

Palm Middle School teacher ThuyNga Smith and Professional Development Specialist Dr. Amna Ahmad are teaching students to code with Scratch. According to Smith, their school’s Learning Lab “will help to build life skills that are critical and necessary for their success in the 21st century.”

“We are hoping to grow this program,” said Palm Middle School Principal Dr. Mallanie Harris, “where STEAM will not just be a pathway but part of our school’s culture.”

At Hidden Springs Elementary, Professional Development Specialist Mary Stafford developed a Code-A-Pillar series of lesson to introduce students in the primary grades to coding. “The students are innately curious and think they are simply playing with a toy, when in reality they are learning the foundations for coding. These hands-on lessons easily pave the way for direct instruction in coding even at the youngest grade levels,” shared Stafford.

Valley View High School marching band places 3rd at Palm Desert competition


The Crimson Regiment Marching Band from Valley View High School.

On Saturday, the Crimson Regiment Marching Band and Color Guard from Valley View High School brought home some hardware after a third place finish in Class 3A at a Western Bands Association (WBA) competition in Palm Desert. The competition was the first WBA competition for Valley View since 2004.

The band’s score was 64.25, which was about 12 points higher than other shows this season, noted director Loren Gamarra. He also says that the judges provided positive comments and had “very lovely” things to say about the performance. According to Gamarra, the WBA competitions are more challenging than others, but he was proud to successfully push the students to the next level.

ASB training

Associated Student Body (ASB) advisers took part in training sessions this week to expand their knowledge in a variety of areas. The training covered legal aspects of being an ASB adviser from an auditing firm, processing receipts and deposits and nutritional guidelines when holding events. The goal was to ensure ASB advisers know the proper protocol in a variety of situations.


It was an all Vista del Lago tennis match for the doubles championship at the Mountain Valley League finals on Wednesday. Michelle Munoz and Victoria Gomez were crowned doubles champions and Jazmin Castellanos and Jasmine Elizalde were the runners-up! The teams entered the tournament seeded 3rd and 4th and each reached the finals to represent the league at next month’s CIF Sectionals Tournament. Congratulations Ravens!

Canyon Springs

Canyon Springs High School parent Tracy Brown was honored with the Unsung Hero Award from the Riverside African American Historical Society. She serves on the Canyon Springs’ School Site Council and African American Parent Advisory Council.

Valley View golf

A few weeks ago we told you about the Valley View girls golf team receiving new sets of clubs thanks to a program “ClubsForeYouth” through the Southern California PGA. Recently, the program, including the Valley View team was featured on a Golf Channel segment. You can watch it by clicking here.


Landmark Middle School used the recent PSAT day as an opportunity to engage with the sixth grade class. The 6th-graders played a Jeopardy style game with categories relating to college, careers, high school requirements and more. The students were able to learn and have fun while other grades participated in PSAT testing.


The Cloverdale Elementary School choir recently attended a performing arts workshop at Disneyland! The group of 31 students with director Dawn Rivera and assistants Jennie Bigbie and Amber Willet were honored with a participation plaque and gifts for each student. According to the Disney Performing Arts website, the workshops fulfill many of the National Core Arts Standards.

Welcome to our newest administrator!


Brenda Burgo
Assistant Administrator of Instructional Improvement and Academic Coaching at Valley View High School

Brenda Burgo comes to Valley View from Sunnymead Middle School where she was a language coach. She was previously an English and AVID teacher at Vista del Lago High School. Mrs. Burgo is described as a dedicated teacher, professional and organized. She is an effective teacher and excels at long and short term lesson planning.


On the field last week

valley View

Valley View High School homecoming king and queen Luke Baxter and Ione Praichanchit at last week's game.
Moreno Valley 28, Pacific 20
Valley View 77, Canyon Springs 13
Vista del Lago 20, Rubidoux 56
This week at MVUSD

Community Football

Join us for Community Football Night, Friday, November 3
Superintendent Dr. Martinrex Kedziora will attend Valley View vs. Riverside Arlington
Chief Academic Officer Maribel Mattox and Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Robert Verdi will attend Moreno Valley vs. Vista del Lago
Chief Business Official Tina Daigneault will attend Canyon Springs vs. Riverside Poly
SAT. OCT. 28
Make a Difference Day
One of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide with one purpose: to improve the lives of others.

Moreno Valley Art Walk: Explore artwork around the west-end of the Moreno Valley Mall on the upper level. Pieces include Canyon Springs High School student artwork.

Midland ES: PTO Fall Carnival, noon to 4 p.m.

Moreno Valley and Vista del Lago Cross Country at League Finals (at Jurupa Cultural Center), 8 a.m.
Ride MoVal: Join the community and our student volunteers for this community bike ride. There are options for all levels of experience.
Start times:
Metric Century (62-Mile) - 7:30 a.m.
32-Mile - 8:30 a.m.
15-Mile  - 10 a.m.
5- Mile - 10:30 a.m.
Begins at: Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center, 14075 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley

Latin Film Festival: Watch student-written and directed films from Midland Elementary students. Showing begins at noon, Harkins Theatres at Moreno Valley Mall.

Moreno Valley Art Walk: Explore artwork around the west-end of the Moreno Valley Mall on the upper level. Pieces include Canyon Springs High School student artwork.
MON. OCT. 30
Be a leader and accept the responsibility and sacrifice
TUE. OCT. 31
Minimum Day - All Elementary Schools

Alessandro School: Harvest Festival and Trick-or-Treating, 9 to 11 a.m.
Hendrick Ranch ES: Trick-or-Treating at the District Office, 8:45 a.m.
Honey Hollow ES: Halloween Parade, 8:45 a.m.

CIF Playoffs Round 1: Moreno Valley Girls Volleyball vs. San Jacinto, (at Bridges Learning Center Gym) 4:30 p.m.
CIF Playoffs Round 1: Valley View Girls Volleyball vs. St. Paul, (home) 7 p.m.
CIF Playoffs Round 1: Vista del Lago vs. Yucca Valley, (away) 7 p.m.

All Saints' Day
Canyon Springs HS: Band participating in Rancho Verde Field Tournament, 4:30 p.m.
Canyon Springs and Valley View Cross Country at Inland Valley League Finals (Riverside), 3 p.m.

Be proficient and time effective

Alessandro ES: Family Math Night, 4 p.m.
Hidden Springs ES: Family Math Night, 5:30 p.m.
Palm MS: Parent STEAM Learning Lab, 6:30 p.m.

CIF Girls Volleyball Playoffs Round 2: If teams win Tuesday game, will play at 7 p.m.
all teams playing in Moreno Valley
Canyon Springs Football vs. Riverside Poly, (played at Moreno Valley stadium) 7 p.m.
Moreno Valley Football vs. Vista del Lago, (at Vista del Lago) 7 p.m.
Valley View Football vs. Arlington, (home) 7 p.m.