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June 9, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with a last day of school message.

An important part of a learning process is to reflect on what we know. Reflect on what we have done to learn new ideas.  Moreover, to use this, our new learning, to form stronger beliefs.

As we began school in August 2019, I could never imagined that we would have closed schools.  For me, being away from school was difficult. I thrive on the energy we all bring to the campus each day. I thrive on the interactions with children and adults. I thrive on the process of asking questions, wondering and using a collective energy to learn.

On Friday March 13th, during period one, I announced school was closing. The passing period to second period was full of mostly cheers. Many students were celebrating what they believed was an extended spring break. Who could have imagined that school would close and we would not return to campus this year.

How do we wrap our heads around and make sense of these events? How do we learn, take a healthy approach to this situation and place ourselves in a state of mind that serves us well for the rest of our lives.

Education is a foundation to our society.

We should never take education for granted. We should never take for granted the right to come to school, to be in a classroom with our peers. We should never take for granted the right to learn, to have teachers stand in a room with us and engage us with thought provoking questions.

I am a big believer in Growth Mindset, Grit, Making Mistakes and learning. I believe we all can use the experiences we have lived since March 13th forward as a powerful learning experience. We have had the opportunity to practice persistence, grit and develop a level of resilience.

We have learned many things about distance learning since March 13, 2020. We acknowledge the struggles and succeses we have discovered along this steep learning curve.  As we prepare for the opening of the 2020-21 school year and the possibility that distance learning may still be a part of our instructional program, we ask for your feedback and thoughts. Please take a moment to sit with your child to complete this survey. https://forms.gle/f6ZhRD1bgKrMMoXP7

I will be sending messages as we have information about plans for next year.

Congratulations to our promoting class of 2020!

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

May 22, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with our Sunday Notes.

Seventh and sixth grade families, please see the email sent on dates, times and procedures to return books and pick up personal items in lockers. You can also find the information on our Muirlands website:

Eighth grade familiesif you did not return books or pick up personal items, you can come to campus Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday from 8:30 to 12:00. Please make sure you return all of your books and clear any library fines.

You can still order your yearbook. Cost is $40. As of May 30, the only way to order a yearbook is to go to the school on Monday or Tuesday from 8:30 to 12:30. No credit card, exact change if paying cash, or checks made to Muirlands Middle School.

If you are not sure whether you have ordered one, please send an email to drode@sandi.net  and Mrs. Rodé will check for you.

Library Fines can be paid at the Financial Window, Monday 6/1, Tuesday 6/2, Thursday 6/4 and Friday 6/5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No credit card, exact change if paying cash, or checks made to Muirlands Middle School.

We are working on new student registration for next year. This is for families new to La Jolla returning to our schools. See our website for contact information.

Our traditional end of the year activities and promotion have been canceled. We will have an Eighth grade promotion video to celebrate the achievements of our 2020 Promoting Eighth Grade Class.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

May 22, 2020

Click HERE to view full message regarding Returning Books and Picking Up Personal Items for 8th graders.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

May 17, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with our Sunday Notes.

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend. There are no distance learning classes Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25.

2020 will be a year to remember. Get your yearbook while they last, we have a limited amount left to sell. Start here to order your yearbook.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

May 10, 2020

2020 will be a year to remember. Get your yearbook while they last, we have a limited amount left to sell. Start here to order your yearbook.

Our LJ Radio TV class will have a new weekly bulletin tomorrow. Visit our Muirlands Home Page to view.

We are here to support students and families. Please email the following staff if you need assistance.

Our admin team is also available for any support you may need.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

May 3, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with our Sunday Notes.

During the week of May 4 to May 8, we have our Student Mental Health Virtual Spirit Week! 

Please see our counseling website for full details and lessons.  

  • Coping strategy activities for each day
  • What to wear each day 
  • Zoom counseling lesson for each day

Here are the themes for each day this week.

  • May 4: Music Monday
  • May 5: Cruise Day Tuesday
  • May 6: Workout Wednesday
  • May 7: Thinking Cap Thursday
  • May 8: Flannel Friday

As always, send photos to Coach Hunt to upload on our muirlands_official Instagram!  

We are here to support students and families. Please email the following staff if you need assistance with any of these issues.

Our admin team is also available for any support you may need.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

April 28, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with an information update.

Our LJ Radio TV class has another amazing weekly bulletin. Watch using this link or access on our Muirlands Home Page. 

SDUSD has launched a new website for families, A Distance Learning Guide for San Diego Families

On our Muirlands website, we added a couple of spreadsheets under the Distance Learning tab: one with all the Zoom meeting schedules, one with a sample schedule parents can use to create a structured schedule for their students and a third with more general information including teachers' websites and emails.

Students have the ability to email teachers using our sandi.net network. Your student’s email account is 123456@stu.sandi.net the first six number they use are their student ID#.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

April 26, 2020

Click HERE to view full message.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

April 19, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with our Sunday Notes

There was a Zoom Muirlands Foundation meeting on Thursday. Please make sure to look at the weekly E-Splash for update. Our Foundation has a few positions to fill for next year.

We do not have an update from the district on when we might be able to get items from lockers in the hallways or in PE. I will share information as soon as I know.

We are working hard to make sure every student has the opportunity to participate in their learning.

Please contact our Robin Dominguez or Nicole Wehrli, our counselors, for Social Emotional support. You can start by accessing their website.

Here is information from SDUSD for family support.

Please let me know if you have concerns or needs.

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

 

April 12, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

A big thank you to Mrs. Nash and Coach Hunt for getting our muirlands_official Instagram account started. Show your school spirit - Spirit Week - April 13-17. Please participate and send Coach Hunt, ahunt@sandi.net, your photos/videos so that she can publish on our school IG account! Here is a link to the Spirit Week webpage.

We are all working hard to deliver distance learning to all of our students. Please make sure your student is connecting with teachers. Please use the teacher’s google classroom, or their webpage located on the Muirlands Staff Directory to access information. 

Laptops were distributed to Muirlands families on Friday. Please email me if you were not able to get a computer for your student or if you need internet connectivity.

The SDUSD IT Help Desk is available for families needing assistance with their technology: 

It is critically important for every household to complete the 2020 Census. Please see the attached flyer for information about the funding impact for our schools and community. Please complete the 2020 Census for your household. 

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

April 5, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

We are all missing our Muirlands students and families during this time. I hope everyone is well and staying safe at home.

We begin a soft launch of our distance learning on Monday April 6, 2020. This is new for all of us; we are practicing a growth mindset. We will have more schedule updates for classes as the week progresses.

Make sure your student checks for information and assignments from their teachers. They can check the teacher’s Google Classroom, or the teacher’s webpage.

Muirlands’ Laptop Distribution has a scheduled time and place. Laptop computers may be picked up this Friday, April 10, 2020 from 9:00am to 12:30pm at Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Dr. San Diego 92117. See this attachment for details: Family Communication Device Distribution 

Cox is offering free internet, see Cox Connect2Compete internet program for details.

Contacts: Please email the following staff if need assistance with any of these issues.

I frequently talk about the importance of structures and routines. I know that schools and classrooms with high levels of structures and routines provide better opportunities for children to learn. The same is true with these times with your students at home…structures and routines are critical. Please think about the structures and routines that you can establish at home, a place and a daily time for learning.

All families please copy and paste or click this link https://forms.gle/Tzni4bZ834vb8gUQ7 to complete the survey before April 7th.

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

April 3, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

I hope that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy.

On April 6th, our teachers will be launching into distance learning. This is a soft launch. We are working up to full implementation of distance learning in all classes for all students by the 27th. Many teachers have already begun this process prior to Spring Break.

As we move into digital learning for all students in the San Diego Unified School District, our goal is to support every student in need attending school in SDUSD with access to a device and internet by April 27th.

Last week I sent a survey for technology needs. SDUSD has sent a separate survey for us to completePlease fill out the survey EVEN IF YOU ALREADY COMPLETED THE PREVIOUS SURVEY.  We apologize for this inconvenience.

We need your assistance in assessing the technology needs of all Muirlands’ students. If we do not get a response from you, we will be calling to verify your child's needs, and this may delay access for those in need of a device.

The district will contact you for directions on how to obtain the device(s) and/or the internet.  This communication will include the distribution plan for all students in need.

All families please copy and paste or click this link https://forms.gle/Tzni4bZ834vb8gUQ7 to complete the survey before April 7th.

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

March 26, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

Tuesday evening SDUSD released the long-term plan for distance learning. As noted in the SDUSD communication, we will not be grading assignments until April 27th. Muirlands will continue to hold the expectations for students to participate and learn.

Beginning April 6, 2020, Muirlands is moving forward with teachers contacting all students through email and providing assignments for students. Please have your student check their teachers’ Google Classroom or this Muirlands’ staff webpage. Teachers will also be starting to set up platforms, such as Zoom, for students to participate with online video conference sessions. This, setting up online learning and video conferencing, is new learning for most of us. As with everything, we will get better the more we use these new learning tools. Our goal is to do the very best with teaching and learning for all of our students.

I frequently talk about the importance of structures and routines. I know that schools and classrooms with high levels of structures and routines provide better opportunities for children to learn. The same is true with these times with your students at home… structures and routines are critical. Please think about the structures and routines that you can establish at home, a place and a daily time for learning.

Journaling can be a wonderful Life Skill; here is a link to an article on how student journals may be a primary source for what we are all experiencing. "Students’ Journals Could Be ‘Prismary Source’"

We need to have every family complete this form. So far we have 502 submissions. We will be using this information to establish needs such as computers and internet access for distance learning. Please take a few minutes complete this survey

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

March 22, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This has been a week like no other in history.

I hope you and your families are well and taking care of yourselves.

I find I struggle with not being able to control what has been the normal parts of my daily life. I need to step back and realize that I can only control what is in front of me. I need to keep a routine and think about how I can help others that need so much more than my family and me.

As we think about the future and getting back to a normal routine, there is much uncertainty.

Even with so much uncertainty, I know we are ready to meet the challenge of moving forward to support our children, families and community.

Last week I announced that our district leadership had set up 10 days of extra-curricular resources specific for grade and content areas to engage students. These resources are designed to take us through this upcoming week. Many of our teachers are posting activities to their google classrooms and reaching out to students and families. Mrs. Cox, our Art teacher, has asked that I share her teacher webpage with art resources. https://sites.google.com/a/sandi.net/mrs-cox---art-7-8/

We, SDUSD, our students and our communities, are moving into a new realm for K-12 public education. We are diving into supporting our over 100,000 students and teachers with distance learning. This is an enormous endeavor. SDUSD talked to principals about 2 phase for this to occur. In Phase 1, we need to make sure teachers have the tools, professional development, and curriculum necessary to develop and deliver distance learning that is engaging and provides opportunities for our students to make academic progress. In Phase 2, we need to make sure all 100,000+ of our students have devices suitable for distance learning and access to the internet.

I will be engaging with our teachers daily to facilitate the development of our distance-learning plan. This is a new realm; we are working to bring lessons to your children.

I will be sending daily updates. I am hopeful that many of our teachers will jump in ahead of the district timelines and we will start to see some distance-learning opportunities this week.

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

March 18, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families,

This is Principal Martin with Middle School Academic Enrichment resources.

Many of our teachers are updating their Google Classrooms. Please have your children check those sites for additional resources and activities.

KPBS

KPBS will broadcast 12 hours of programming selected to meet California educational standards. From 6 to 8 a.m., grades from transitional kindergarten through third; from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. grades four through eight; and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. grades nine through 12 will have their own targeted educational programming.

KPBS PARTNERSHIP

SDUSD Resources

Language Arts

Math Resources

Science, Foreign Language, Field Trips, etc.

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School

March 17, 2020

Hello Muirlands Families

This is Principal Martin with information on instructional resources.

SDUSD has developed an instructional resource page to provide families in San Diego Unified School District support during school closures. You will find activities, lessons, and digital resources to engage your child during this time. There is an informational video and links to access resources to use with your child at home.

https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/sdusdinstructionalcontinuity/home

San Diego Unified School District, KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education have collaborated on a plan to provide for continuity of learning for all students. “At-Home Learning: Where Children Matter” includes a broadcast component with standards-aligned programming in blocks by grade level and a digital component with access to an online library of free PBS educational resources. The link below will take you to a page with information on accessing these resources.

https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/sdusdinstructionalcontinuity/home/kpbs-partnership

Thank you.

Geof Martin
Principal, Muirlands Middle School