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ARCHIVES: Reopening of Our Schools Community Meetings

The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District initiated an internal Task Force to begin exploring the reopening of our schools in the 2020-21 school year based on the new guidelines released from the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health. The guidelines require schools to consider hybrid schedules in order to limit the total number of students on campus at one time and ensure that students are kept at least 6 feet apart where practical.  MPUSD held four community Town Hall meetings to provide information, answer questions and to hear input from families.

Summer Feeding Programs

MPUSD's Summer Feeding Program offers meals to students during the summer months at six school locations. Learn more about the locations and times by clicking the title link.

Monterey County Herald: Guest Editorial PK Diffenbaugh: State Budget Must Reflect Our Values: Invest in Schools

Educators will be forced to overcome this budget challenge — offering services despite the lack of adequate resources. We shouldn’t have to. It is a reflection of our societal values that we continue to underfund our schools while relying on them to be the primary institution responsible for meeting the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Read more in this weekend's Monterey County Herald (click headline link).

Transitional Kinder & Kindergarten Registration

Register today! MPUSD’s Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are filling up quickly for the 2020-21 school year. Classes fill to capacity and we want to ensure your child has the opportunity to attend the school closest to your home. More @ http://mpusd.net/tkkinder/

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Principal's Message

Hello Olson Community,
 
I am honored and privileged by the opportunity to join the Olson Elementary School community this coming school year as your Principal. I join Olson having served as an elementary administrator within the Cupertino Unified School District for the last 5 years. Prior to that, I served as an Academic Dean and Teacher for over five years. While teaching, I earned National Board Certification. National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching and is the most respected professional certification available in education.
 
I am overjoyed to join the Marina community not only as your principal, but a devout husband and proud father of two boys, ages 5 and 8. My sons will be attending a MPUSD school this Fall and as a family we are very much looking forward to establishing roots in Marina.
 
I have developed an Entry Plan which will allow me to introduce myself, in addition to, listen and learn from all of you, and our many stakeholders.  This Entry Plan reflects my systematic approach and commitment to seek your input so that I can effectively make informed decisions towards the best interests of our students. This plan will extend over the first semester of school as I meet with, gain insight, and gather input from all stakeholders. My findings will be shared in January and will include shared objectives, as well as an action plan for achieving them that will be developed with our Instructional Leadership Team’s involvement.
 
As your principal, I am ultimately responsible for the learning, safety, and emotional growth of ALL students and staff. I intend to be an active member of the Olson team frequenting the classroom and being visible around campus serving the needs of the school. Only by working with every part of our community can I successfully fulfill this responsibility. Together, I am confident we will provide the best educational experience possible for all children at Olson Elementary School.
 
I look forward to continuing to meet all members of our school community in the coming months and beginning the collaborative work that will result in best serving the students, staff, and families of our school.
 
Drew Coleman
Principal, Olson Elementary School