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Sunday Notes
Posted on 11/15/2020
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Sunday, November 8, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
Please encourage your child to join us this week as we celebrate Muirlands Spirit Week. We kick off our Spirit week tomorrow with pajama day. Please visit this link for a complete list of scheduled activities.

Parents can email Ms. Hunt (ahunt@sandi.net) pictures of your student dressed up for spirit week and she will publish them to our school Instagram page. If you are not currently following us on IG, our profile is muirlands_official.

Please stop by Friday Nov. 20th’s Zoom gathering for our monthly Principal’s chat. The chat will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Zoom information:
https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/92010115323
Meeting ID: 920 1011 5323
Password: PrinChat

SDUSD schools will be on vacation from November 23rd through November 27th. Muirlands classes will resume on November 30th.

We want our students and families to know that we are here to help and support our students when they are the victim or witness of inappropriate or dangerous behaviors, including bullying. I am proud to say, Muirlands students have done a wonderful job this year of lifting up each other and supporting one another. However, if your child experiences inappropriate behaviors please report this to the school administration or your child’s counselor. We also have a “Safe to Speak” form on our school website. Our students and parents can utilize this form to report inappropriate behaviors. You will find this form under the student section of the Muirlands website.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, November 8, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,

First and foremost I would like to thank all those in our community and beyond a Happy Veterans Day. Thank you to all those that have served and those that are currently serving. Please remember the reason we recognize our veterans on this day. In recognition of the Veterans Day Holiday, SDUSD schools will be closed this Wednesday.

Congratulations to all our students on completing their first round of classes and our first grading period. I encourage you to have a strong start to your second grading period. Please utilize the resources and supports we have available for you. For more information about resources and supports, please talk with or email your teachers or school counselor.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,

Our first grading period closed on Friday. Our students will begin their periods 4, 5, and 6 classes tomorrow. At some point today, please have your student log into Clever and find their new teachers. Your child’s new classes will not automatically populate in Google Classroom. Please dedicate some time today to have your child join their new Google Classrooms for these new classes.
Special notes for 6th-grade students:

  • Students in Band and Orchestra, your new teacher is Mr. Legerrette. Please look for his tile in Clever and join his Google Classroom.
  • Students in the 6th-grade Wheel Rotation, you will report to the class listed on your schedule. Please use this link to help you determine where you report on Monday for your wheel class.   

Muirlands continues to expand our school club menu. Joining a club is a great way to stay connected to the school and socialize with your classmates. We currently have the following clubs available for our students:

  • Anime Club
  • A Book Club (ABC)
  • Bulletin Club
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance Club (GSA)
  • Math Club
  • United Students Climate Awareness Club (UCSA).

Club and meeting information is available on the Muirlands website under the "Students" menu: muirlands.sandiegounified.org/students/clubs 

If you do not already receive the weekly e-Newsletter, eSplash, and other communications from the Muirlands Foundation, you can sign up here: muirlandsfoundation.org/esplash
The eSplash is published by the Muirlands Foundation on Tuesdays during the school year and includes the latest school and community news, events, and announcements.

Lastly, please remember to set your clocks back an hour today as daylight savings has ended.
We are wishing you all the best with your new classes, classmates, and teachers.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,

I would like to encourage all students to stay diligent and to make a final push as we near the end of our first grading period. We are entering the last week of this grading period as we will transition to new classes on November 2nd.

The last week of October is recognized as Red Ribbon Week. Muirlands counselors will host Muirlands version of Red Ribbon Week. Please visit the Muirlands Counseling page as we have partnered with Natural High to share a great message. Red Ribbon Week was established in 1985 to advocate for drug free youth and to bring awareness of the harmful effects of drugs. This year’s Red Ribbon Campaign Week Theme is: Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free. Students can keep themselves safe and healthy by exercising, staying in school, and being aware of your surroundings. On our Counseling and Muirlands websites are web links to the Natural High Program that you may want to visit. There are great videos from some extraordinary people living their lives naturally high. These storytellers include Bethany Hamilton, Terry Kennedy, Rob Machado, Donald Brown, and others. In addition, there are discussion questions included in order to have follow up conversations with your child(ren).

Google Hangouts is a part of the Google Suite. It is a messaging application. Students should not utilize this application during synchronous class time unless instructed to do so by the teacher or other classroom instructor.

San Diego Unified’s Family Engagement Department will hold a series of workshops for families. In this series of three workshops, you will learn how to help keep your children safer online, the risks students may encounter while accessing the Internet, and about cyberbullying. Please use this link for more information.

SDUSD has activated the automated attendance call system, School Messenger. Families will receive a phone call if their student has been marked absent on any given school day or period in PowerSchool. Please call Muirlands Middle School at 858-459-4211 to report an absence.

Finally, I would like to thank the parents that volunteered to be a part of the SGT/SSC committee and those that volunteered to be a representative of the La Jolla Cluster. We had a very close election. Jill Peters will be added to the SGT/SSC committees and Neha Bahadur will be our new LJ Cluster representative. We are still looking for a District Advisory Council representative. Please email me if you are interested in representing Muirlands at these monthly DAC Zoom meetings.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, October 18, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,

On Tuesday, our Board of Education revised and approved a new grading policy. Part of the policy will be implemented this year and part of the policy will be implemented next year. What this will mean for our students moving forward is:

  • Academic grades will be based upon mastery of standards.
  • Academic grades must be purely academic.
  • Work ethic behaviors such as turning work in late, attendance, and lack of participation will not directly be a factor in a student's academic grades.
  • Educators shall allow for revisions or retakes.

How this will look at Muirlands will be determined in the near future as we continue our collaborative work on campus. Please stay tuned for additional information.

This week our elementary cluster campuses implemented Phase One of reopening. This included inviting select students to on-campus appointments to receive identified services. We wish our elementary schools a very successful re-opening. Our elementary schools success and data will determine how the district moves forward with expanding on-campus services. Our campus continues to receive deliveries of PPE materials, hand wash stations, air purifiers, and other items essential to a safe reopening. It is critical that we all follow the established safety guidelines on and off campus to ensure we continue to move forward with our districts plan to bring students and staff back on campus.

I applaud the continued efforts of our students, parents, and teachers. Our staff has shared with me how uplifting it is when they receive an email or message from a student or parent. I thank those who have recognized our staff. It truly makes a difference. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, October 11, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
Our teachers have posted the progress report grades (P1) for our first grading period. These grades are viewable in PowerSchool. I encourage you to establish a routine with your child to review and discuss their academic progress.

We have a few opportunities this week to gather as a learning community.

Muirlands Foundation will meet on Thursday, October 15 from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/79847416967?pwd=WFVnQXh5UUZoRFB5RTVlWGpFZ0s2Zz09
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79847416967?pwd=WFVnQXh5UUZoRFB5RTVlWGpFZ0s2Zz09
Meeting ID: 798 4741 6967
Passcode: 19ULUg

The La Jolla Cluster Association will meet on Thursday, October 15 from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
Zoom link: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/85312055625
Meeting ID: 853 1205 5625  

Our next Principal Chat will be held on Friday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting: ttps://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/92010115323
ID 920 1011 5323 and Password PrinChat

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

 

 

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
We have reached the midpoint of our first grading period. Our teachers will submit progress report 1 (P1) grades this week. These grades will be finalized and available for you to view in PowerSchool on Friday, October 9th. Please schedule time with your child to log into PowerSchool to view your child's P1 grades.

San Diego Unified School District has sent an email to all parents requesting that you read the “Facts for Parents” document then complete and submit the “Universal Form”. More information is available on our Facts for Parents webpage. The Universal Form can be submitted to Muirlands by mail or by dropping it off at the Muirlands front office between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Ichihara for more information. aichihara@sandi.net
Enjoy your evening,
Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
I would like to thank everyone that attended Thursday’s Back to School Night. I would especially like to recognize our staff for their work in preparing those wonderful presentations. If you have not had an opportunity to visit your child's classrooms, the Back to School Night Slides and Video Presentation is posted on our website, as well as my presentation to parents
This Friday will find us at our midway point of Quarter one. Please schedule some time with your child to review their progress in PowerSchool. If you need assistance with access to PowerSchool, please contact our Site Tech, Mrs. Rodriquez, srodriguez2@sandi.net 
A reminder to please schedule, when possible, all medical and other appointments outside of your child's classroom Zoom meetings.
Thank you for your support and have a wonderful evening.
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
Back to School Night will be held this Thursday, September 24th. I will host two opportunities for our parents to attend a short Principal’s Welcome Back meeting. Our teachers are preparing an amazing welcome back message for you as well. Please see this link for more details or visit our school website for detailed information and instructions on our Back to School Night.
A reminder for parents to continue monitoring your child’s progress and grades through PowerSchool. Your child’s Quarter 1 progress report will be available for parents and students to view online beginning Friday, October 9th. October 30th will mark the end of Quarter 1 for our students.  Please contact Sandy Rodriguez srodriguez2@sandi.net if you need assistance with accessing PowerSchool.
Thank you for all your continued support and efforts. Have a great evening.
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Hello Muirlands Community,
Our Muirlands Foundation is in the process of establishing several after school classes as an option for afterschool enrichment. Please see the following link for more information.  Foundation After School Classes
We will continue to recognize, support, and celebrate diversity on our campus. Part of our efforts will include our wonderful counseling department’s Project Wisdom curriculum.  September’s focus word is Respect. Please see our counseling department’s resource website or contact Nicole Wehrli nwehrli@sandi.net for more information on the Project Wisdom program.
Save the Date  - Muirlands Back to School Night will be held on Thursday, September 24th,  and will begin at 5:15 p.m. This will be a virtual Back to School Night. More information will be shared at a later date.
Reminder - If you have not done so already, please complete the student registration process. This process must be completed online. Please contact Allison Ichihara aichihara@sandi.net for more information. 
Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday evening,
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Dear Muirlands Community,
I will continue the Muirlands tradition of sending out a short update we will call Sunday Notes to our community on Sunday evenings. 
I want to thank all of our families, teachers, staff, and the entire Muirlands community for working as a team to ensure our students return to a routine of learning with an emphasis on reestablishing community within our classrooms. 
All students must log into Zoom Meetings by utilizing a SDUSD authenticated pathway. Please refer to the provided link if you are having difficulties accessing your Zoom meetings. 
Joining an Authenticated Zoom Meeting on Chromebook
I understand the district IT help desk can have an extended wait time. If, after following the directions in the link you are still not able to join your Zoom meeting I ask that you please call Muirlands and we will assist you over the phone.
As a reminder, Monday is a school holiday. Students will join their period 1 teachers, via Zoom, on Tuesday @ 8:35 a.m. We will return to our regular,3 periods a day, schedule.
School Schedule 2020
One of our primary goals during our first week of school was to begin the process of establishing positive and supportive relationships with our students. We are including a week 1 feedback student survey. Please sit down with your student as they complete the survey below. Your student will need to log in utilizing their school login information to access the survey.
Week 1 Student Survey
We realize week 1 was not perfect but our combined efforts made it very good. Please continue to reach out to Muirlands if we can be of assistance and to provide constructive feedback.
Enjoy the remainder of your extended weekend.
Principal Luna

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