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      • The Spirit of Giving

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | While the holidays are a wonderful time of year to come together and be thankful for what we have, it is also a time to pay it forward to those in need. In this edition of The Mark Highlights, we are excited to celebrate various good deeds and efforts within the MUSD community.

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      • Collective Citizenship

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | Recent social media trends have gained momentum that challenge its young users to participate in unique ways. MUSD administration has noticed a serious uptick in these fake school page accounts generated by students. Principals work to dismantle phony school accounts by private messaging the account, reporting the account to Instagram headquarters, and addressing the seriousness of the issue in school-wide announcements, but we need your help at home.

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      • Take Learning Out of the Classroom This Winter Break

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | To find useful resources for your student to use for supplemental learning outside of the classroom click the button below! On our page you’ll find: how to access Exact Path, winter break activities, virtual field trips, educational videos and more.

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      • Learning Math with Mrs. Dorman's Class

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | This month MUSD's Community Outreach team visited August Knodt Elementary School to observe a math lesson taught by fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Cathy Dorman. In this video Mrs. Dorman shares how group work during base instruction helps her students reach grade level standards. Our teachers' dedication to student success makes us very #proudtobemusd.

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      • Hitting the Right Notes in Music Education

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | Elyce Speckman is in her second year at Weston Ranch High School after two years of teaching at Brock Elliott and McParland Elementary schools. While Speckman is a relatively new teacher herself, she is already doing what she can to give back to the music education community. Most recently, she has been invited to serve as a panelist at the 2022 California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC).

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      • A Thrill-filled Project

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | You might have ridden a rollercoaster, but have you ever thought about the science that goes into building one? East Union physics teacher Mrs. Juliet Mathews has incorporated that science into a group project for her students, tasking them to build their very own thrilling coaster.

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      • A Taste of Fine Dining with BE.Cuisine

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | YES, CHEF! A student searing fresh scallops isn’t something you see in every classroom. But as part of BE.Cuisine’s “Restaurant TBD” events, patrons are in for a true treat. As part of a special holiday experience during December, students created a Hell’s Kitchen-themed menu inspired by recipes from Chef Gordon Ramsay.

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      • Buffaloes are 8x Section Champions!

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - DECEMBER 17, 2021 | The Manteca High Buffaloes football team earned their 8th section championship banner! The Buffs trampled the rival Oakdale Mustangs and won the Division III Sac-Joaquin Section Championship.

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      • Sierra High recently hosted their second biannual Storyteller’s Contest!

        Mr. Burns wants to foster a love of writing in his students. He had the idea to start a writing contest after reading his students’ submissions to a creative writing assignment. The Storyteller’s Contest had five categories (poetry, editorial, flash fiction, short story, and novella) and six student winners

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      • Honoring our MUSD Veterans

        MUSD Superintendent Dr. Clark Burke has a different perspective than some on Veterans Day – he is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S Army. Dr. Burke says, “I know, personally, the sacrifices that we willingly make in the service of our country. Thank you to all of our soldiers, past and present, for your service, sacrifice, and valor.” To the Veterans and active duty members of the military in MUSD, thank you for your service to country and to students.

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      • Celebrating Retired Teacher Week!

        November 7-13th was the 23rd CalRTA Retired Teachers Week! The California Retired Teachers Association celebrates this week to highlight the impact of retired teachers. MUSD asked our staff to nominate outstanding retired educators who made, and continue to make, a lasting impact in the MUSD community. Click the link to read about our amazing retired teachers!

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      • Outstanding Students and Staff Celebrated at the Fall 2021 District Celebration

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - OCTOBER 29, 2021 | The Fall 2021 Virtual District celebration premiered on October 26. The awards named during this event are significant honors in the areas of academics, arts, athletics, career technical education and citizenship at the district, regional, or state level. In MUSD, these areas exemplify our District Targets: Grade Level Standards, Safety, and Emerging students. Congratulations to all our honorees!

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      • A Caregiver's Guide to TikTok

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - OCTOBER 29, 2021 | This guide explains the basics of TikTok and contains resources from Common Sense Education, TikTok, opinions from teens, and expert advice to help your family safely use the app.

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      • MUSD Reads for the Record

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - OCTOBER 29, 2021 | On Thursday, October 28th MUSD’s TK-3rd grade teachers participated in Jumpstart's Read for the Record, a global shared reading experience in which teachers all over the nation read the same book to their class. This year teachers read “Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.”

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      • Administration of Justice Students Get First Look at What Lies Ahead

        THE MARK HIGHLIGHTS - OCTOBER 29, 2021 | Administration of Justice students at Lathrop High School were treated to a presentation by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office SWAT team to learn more about one of the many career options that their A.O.J courses prepare them for. Administration of Justice classes such as Mr. Cromwell’s are designed to prepare students to meet the needs of entry-level positions in the broad field of criminal justice and surrounding career areas.

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      News Headlines 2021-22

      • Keeping Education Connection Priority for MUSD Educators

        JANUARY 25, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | East Union High conducted a winter formal dance Friday. Given it occurred in the middle of a COVID surge some might question the wisdom of such a move. But it made complete sense to educators who are working to keep students engaged in school while deploying every reasonable health and safety measures they can from hospital grade air scrubbers to mask requirements. “It helps prevent students developing apathy toward education,” noted Victoria Brunn, the Manteca Unified community outreach coordinator, of activities such as school dances.

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      • They're Playing for Mason

        JANUARY 25, 2022 - THE MANTECA BULLETIN | Manteca High girls’ soccer ‘Kicking for a Cure’ game benefits Mason Ferrulli, a 15 year old Ripon boy diagnosed with brain cancer 5 years ago. Justin Coenenberg’s varsity girls soccer team will face off against Weston Ranch in the annual “Kicking for a Cure” game on Tuesday, February 1at Guss Schmiedt Field. All proceeds from this event will be donated to help Mason Ferrulli and his family during these challenging times.The running tally of Kicking for A Cure endeavors that have helped local people battle cancer for the past 10 years to more than $100,000.

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      • MUSD Offers Free Certified Training for Veterans

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - JANUARY 14, 2022 | Manteca Unified’s Careers Technical Education is offering free certified training for veterans. Courses in warehousing logistics, forklift, welding, fabrication, and electrician tech, to name a few, are being offered. “These are trade-based classes that will allow them to enter the workforce earning today’s living wages,” said Manteca Adult School Principal Brad Harrison.

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      • Atlanta United selects Erik Centeno with first round pick in 2022 MLS Superdraft

        DIRTY SOUTH SOCCER – JANUARY 11, 2022 | Atlanta United selected fullback Erik Centeno, Weston Ranch High School class of 2020, from the University of the Pacific with its first round pick in the 2022 MLS Superdraft.

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      • Brock Elliott Honors ‘Top Dawg’ Students

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - JANUARY 4, 2022 | Brock Elliott Elementary recently transitioned into a new way to recognize their students. Students were awarded awards of Attendance, Academic Honor, and Citizenship. Students who earned all three awards earned the honor of being a “Top Dawg!” The term refers to our CHAMPion mascot.

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      • Going to the Next Level

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - DECEMBER 16, 2021 | Manteca Unified is preparing to take high school education to the next level figuratively and literally. And it’s starting with the district’s oldest two high schools — the Manteca and East Union campuses. The MUSD school board Tuesday authorized spending $2 million to retain Rainforth Grau Architects to devise facilities master plans for the East Union and Manteca campuses.

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      • McParland, St. Anthony’s & River Islands Students Among Top SJC Junior High Spellers

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - DECEMBER 9, 2021 | Thirty-seven students from school districts, charter schools, and private schools throughout the county qualified to compete in the Junior High Division. Representing Manteca Unified were Johan Arroyo (eighth grade, Sequoia School), Gabriel Estabillo (seventh grade, Neil Hafley), Dimar Gonzalez (eighth grade, New Haven), and Nihar Jain (eighth grade, McParland).

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      • Elementary Students Compete in 24th SJ County Spelling Bee

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - DECEMBER 7, 2021 | They came from nine school districts, five charter schools and eight private schools. Thirty-seven students from grades four through six competed in the Elementary Division of the 24th annual San Joaquin County Spelling Bee championship on Monday at the SJC Office of Education. Angel Keo (fifth grade, New Haven / Manteca Unified), Samantha Wall (sixth grade, Ripon Elementary / RUSD), and Adriel Torres (sixth grade, River Island Technology Academy) made it past the second round. The other local spellers included Mia Focaracci (fourth grade, Colony Oak / RUSD), Addison Souza (fifth grade, McParland / MUSD), Sage DeCosta (sixth grade, Neil Hafley / MUSD), and Richard Smith (sixth grade, Sequoia / MUSD).

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      • COVID Funds Will Underwrite Multi-Year Effort to Help Students Catch up

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - NOVEMBRE 23, 2021 | Manteca Unified is developing an unprecedented multiple-year effort not just to tackle learning loss during the pandemic now nearing its two-year milestone but also a myriad of social and emotional issues the response to slowing down the spread of COVID has created. “The goal is to remove barriers to allow each student to succeed,” said Manteca Unified Superintendent Clark Burke said. The undertaking also is being designed to catch learning deficiencies that went undetected before the pandemic.

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      • California Districts in Areas With Low Vaccine Rates Offer Incentives to get School Staff Vaccinated

        Some California school districts, in an effort to get ahead of California Covid-19 vaccine mandate deadlines and reduce already dire staffing shortages, are paying teachers and other staff to get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

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      • MUSD Program Provides Students Taste of What it is Like to Teach Class

        MANTECA BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 18, 2021 | They're hoping to make a difference someday in the lives of young people. Simran Dosanjh, Tamera Nelson, Bibi Khaliq, Macy Brothers and Judith Tod are Sierra High students in Manteca Unified's Advantage Future Teacher program and career pathway. On Tuesday, they got a taste of what it takes to be educators. The five young aspiring teachers in Berenice Cervantes' career in technical education class at SHS had a chance to implement their carefully designed lesson plan to young children and their families at MELS Garage in the district office complex.

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      • Manteca Unified Schools Honor Veterans

        MANTECA BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 11, 2021 | Brock Elliott Day has always been synonymous with Veterans Day. And why not? The Manteca Unified elementary school site opened on November 1989 in honor of its namesake. At Great Valley Elementary, Manteca Unified Superintendent Clark Burke was among those honored for their service during the Veterans Day gathering on Wednesday morning.

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      • Reducing Warehouse Costs | Buying Qualex property would save district

        THE MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 25, 2021 |Acquiring the former Qualex photo processing property that the city first wanted for a police station and then a homeless shelter would end the need for Manteca Unified taxpayers to pay $300,000 a year for leased storage space.

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      • Beloved EU counselor remembered Wednesday during bench dedication

        MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 7, 2021 | Outstanding, Caring, Funny, Counselor, Teacher, Mentor and Friend. That’s how Steve Droullard was remembered at Wednesday’s special recognition event at East Union High. The longtime counselor at the school passed away last April. One of Droullard’s students, Jessica Gonzalez Macgregor, who graduated from East Union in 2004, took it upon herself to purchase the memorial bench in his honor.

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      • Manteca schools made long range hiring calls in depth of pandemic

        MANTECA BULLETIN - AUGUST 3, 2021 | When school starts Wednesday Manteca Unified — even with the possibility of a larger surge than normal in enrollment due to those that may have held their child out of kindergarten last year due to the pandemic — isn’t likely to experience a teacher shortage.

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      • 'Uncharted territory': Bay Area districts debate how to make schools safe during pandemic

        SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - SEPTEMBER 21, 2021 | In general, however, Bay Area school districts have hewed closely to county guidelines, relying on health experts to dictate what needs to be done to make schools safe... “We are referring to the experts in the field who are providing health mandates and structure for what we’re doing. Our directive is to educate kids in a safe environment.”

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      • Bay Area schools are facing dire teacher shortages. The result: other staff running classrooms

        SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 | "The San Joaquin County community of Manteca got the jump on other districts, creating a hiring strategy in fall 2020 for this school year. They brought in 56 long-term substitutes last year to work at assigned school sites, at the ready to cover for vacancies or absences."

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      • Strong financial rating for MUSD means lower bond costs for taxpayers

        MANTECA BULLETIN - SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 | Manteca Unified School District Earned "AA-" Rating from S&P which indicates that MUSD has a very strong capacity to meet their financial obligations.

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      • Moody's assigns a Aa2 to Manteca USD (CA) GOULT bonds, Election of 2020, Series A; outlook is stable

        MOODY'S INVESTORS SERVICE - SEPTEMBER 8, 2021 | Moody's Investors Service has assigned a Aa2 rating to Manteca Unified School District, CA's General Obligation Bonds, Election of 2020, Series A. The expected par amount is $65.0 million. Moody's has also affirmed the Aa2 ratings on the district's outstanding parity general obligation unlimited tax (GOULT) bonds, affecting close to $167.4 million. Concurrently, Moody's has affirmed the outstanding Aa3 issuer rating. The issuer rating reflects the district's ability to repay debt and debt-like obligations without consideration of any pledge, security, or structural features. Moody's has also assigned a stable outlook.

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      • Women of Woodbridge donate school supplies

        MANTECA BULLETIN - SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 | The Women of Woodbridge provided a generous donation to French Camp Elementary School consisting of everything from pencils, marker pens, glue sticks, backpacks and even hand sanitizers.

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      • Escaping to Learn

        MANTECA BULLETIN - AUGUST 28, 2021 | Chris Correia, who is a sixth-grade teacher at Brock Elliott Elementary School, engaged 32 students in his classroom on Friday morning on the Math-focused escape room exercise. “The objective is to make learning fun,” he said.

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      • Back to School: Embracing technology in the classroom

        FOX 40 - AUGUST 10, 2021 | More students in our community are heading back to school this week, and many are returning to classes with better technology. Tech-savvy lesson plans created during the COVID-19 pandemic could be here to stay.

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      • 400 Sierra freshmen welcomed to campus

        MANTECA BULLETIN - AUGUST 4, 2021 | Sierra High, in preparation of the first day of school, had plenty of activity on campus Tuesday. For starters, about 400 of the 450 newcomers enrolled for this year filed into the large gymnasium for freshmen orientation.

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      Press Releases

      Spotlight Headlines

      • Will California Public Schools Continue Free Lunches for All?

        CAL-MATTERS - JUNE 8, 2021 | Legislators want to spend $650 million a year to continue a pandemic program for free meals for all California public school students. They got their way in the budget deal with Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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      • MUSD launches effort to help make homeless employbale

        MANTECA BULLETIN - MAY 1, 2021 | Manteca Unified is stepping up to help the homeless trying to get off the street that haven’t secured a high school diploma needed Manteca Unified is stepping up to help the homeless for most jobs.

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      • Monsters, Aliens and Now Breathing Devices: A Lathrop Teacher's Creations

        KCRA 3 - APRIL 1, 2021 | Amid his many creations and oddities including monsters, helmets and aliens is Scott Myers, a Lathrop high school teacher. His latest and most notable project? A nasal aspirator for a boy in need. "If I can make an entire zombie costume, I can definitely make a little aspirator tube," said Myers, a video game design and costume prop-making teacher.

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      • Northern California School District Installs 1,500 Carrier OptiClean Units to Support Healthier Indoor Environments

        CARRIER - MARCH 18, 2021 | To prepare for its facilities fully reopening to students and staff, northern California's Manteca Unified School District has installed 1,500 Carrier OptiClean™ Dual-Mode Air Scrubber & Negative Air Machines to purify the air in classrooms across its 30 schools. The OptiClean units will help to improve indoor air quality (IAQ) for the district, as its more than 27,000 students, teachers and staff return to campuses.

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      • Modernization Work for Sierra High Will Soon Get Underway

        MANTECA BULLETIN - MARCH 6, 2020 | More upgrades are coming for Sierra High — the third oldest high school campus in the Manteca Unified School District. The school board Tuesday approved retaining CT Brayton & Sons of Escalon to do the Sierra High modernization project. It will mean all three high school campuses in Manteca — Sierra, East Union, and Manteca — will have Measure G bond work going on concurrently. Voters approved the $159 million bond on November 2014.

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      • Future Looks Good for Back to School | San Joaquin County Prepares to Vaccinate Teachers

        ABC10 - FEBRUARY 16, 2021 | Starting Friday, San Joaquin County schools will take a big step on the road to fully reopening their classrooms. Coronavirus vaccinations for the county’s 20,000 school employees will take place on certain days throughout February and March at the SJCOE’s Stockton campus.

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      • COVID-19 and Schools: 'It's Impossible Not to Make the Human Connection With These Children'

        THE STOCKTON RECORD - JANUARY 16, 2021 | The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged students, parents, teachers and administrators in unimaginable ways. For 10 months, school districts around the country have navigated uncharted waters, balancing what they believe is best for students while trying to ensure their health and safety amid a global pandemic that continues to rage.

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      • Safety No. 1 Concern

        MANTECA BULLETIN - JANUARY 14, 2021 | Manteca Unified has become a frontline disseminator of what people should do if they believe they are showing signs that could be attributed to COVID-19 or if they have been exposed to someone who has the coronavirus.

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      • Stockton Elementary School Provides Glimpse of In-Person Learning During Pandemic

        FOX40 - JANUARY 12, 2021 | Manteca Unified School District made use of a small window in the fall when COVID-19 cases were declining to reopen in-person learning, but things have changed dramatically since then. Great Valley Elementary in Stockton now has “structured play” instead of the traditional recess. Each student gets their own equipment and keeps their distance from classmates. It’s part of a state-approved plan, including smaller class sizes, distancing markers, partitions and even air filtration systems.

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      • Distance Between Teachers and Students Literally Brings Some Manteca Unified Educators to Tears

        THE STOCKTON RECORD - DECEMBER 26, 2020 | Teachers are doing the best they can navigating a landscape they never expected. When the coronavirus struck in March, schools adopted distance learning to finish the 2019-20 academic year. After summer break, schools resumed distance learning. In November, Manteca Unified was the largest and the only public school district in San Joaquin County to adopt an in-person hybrid instruction model.

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      • How One Northern California School District Got Teachers and Students Back in the Classroom

        SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - NOVEMBER 18, 2020 | There was little debate in Manteca about reopening schools. The district’s 25,000 students needed to get back into classrooms with their teachers, officials and parents argued. On Nov. 6, schools across the San Joaquin County district welcomed back transitional kindergarten through third-grade classes, with half attending in the morning and half in the afternoon.

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      • Voters Pass $260 Million Manteca Unified School Bond

        MANTECA BULLETIN - NOVEMBER 14, 2020 | Passage of the $260 million school bond on the Nov. 3 ballot means major deficiencies at Manteca High and East Union High — the two oldest secondary campuses in the Manteca Unified School District — will be addressed for the most part.

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      • Driven to Teach

        MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 2, 2020 | Lynn Obrochta was a familiar face to two students on her first day last month as a newly minted teacher at Veritas School. That’s because Obrochta was the driver of the Manteca Unified bus they rode six years ago to and from- Veritas School. Obrochta said it was her job as a MUSD bus driver for special needs students that sparked her desire to go to college and obtain her credential.

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      • MUSD Board OKs Plan to Bring TK through 3rd & 11th-12th Graders Back to Campus

        MANTECA BULLETIN - OCTOBER 7, 2020 | If conditions warrant, transitional kindergarten through 3rd graders as well as high school juniors and seniors will start returning to school campuses Nov. 2. Then fourth graders through high school sophomores would return on Nov. 16 as allowed based on conditions.

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      • Manteca Unified School District Returns with Students at Home, Teachers in the Classroom

        ABC10 - AUGUST 6, 2020 | The first day of school for students in Manteca looked a lot different than previous years. The district decided to go with distance learning for the kids while teachers had to report to empty classrooms.

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      • How the District is Navigating the Pandemic - Superintendent, Dr. Clark Burke

        CAPRADIO - JUNE 3, 2020 | California school districts are finishing up one school year and looking ahead to the next. Guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Department of Education has yet to be released. While each district will still have to come up with its own plan, Sacramento County education officials have rolled out new reopening guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. But districts will still have to answer the question: Can schools safely reopen campuses for students and educators in the fall?

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