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MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to provide every student enrolled at Mission School access to a challenging and comprehensive curriculum presented by a passionate and dynamic staff

in a learning environment that emphasizes enthusiasm, responsibility and respect.

We are dedicated to the principle that what is taught here is not an education

but the means by which to become educated.

EVENTS

SPORTS


December

December 7

PTO Mtg. 3:15

December 8

Board Mtg. 5:30

December 17

Minimum Day

Dec. 20 - Jan. 3

Christmas Break








Bell Schedule

School Starts

8:30 a.m.

Snack

10:10-10:25 a.m.

Lunch

12:05-12:45 p.m.

School Ends

2:55 p.m.


12:30 p.m.

Dismissal on Minimum Days

WATER SYSTEM REPORT

UPDATE

We have installed all of our "point of use" filtration systems in the classrooms. We are waiting on

water testing to be completed on each unit before we get permission from the county to start

allowing students to use the fountains. We are currently in the process of finding a licensed

plumber willing to take on the project of installing the outdoor fountains and filler stations.



REOPENING UPDATE

August 4, 2021

Dear Families of Mission Union

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to campus full time, five days a week in-person learning on 8/25/2021. Staff and administrators have worked diligently to establish health and safety protocols to keep everyone safe as we return to in-person instruction. We will follow the California Department of Health (CDPH) guidelines and requirements and we have updated our Safe School Reopening Plan, which is located on our website for your review. Our goal is to continue to have as traditional a school year as possible; therefore, we will continue to revise and implement our COVID safety procedures as needed/required. As always, we will provide updates as we receive further guidance from CDPH. The current CDPH guidance for masking is noted below.

CDPH Guidance and Requirements

In accordance with California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requirements, in order to provide full in person learning and eliminate physical distancing, universal masking is required. This means:

    • Masks are required for all students and staff when indoors. (Please note: If a student forgets their mask or soils their mask during the day, the school will provide a new face mask.)

    • Masks are optional outdoors.

According to CDPH, “Persons exempted from wearing a face covering because of a medical condition, must wear a non-restrictive alternative, such as a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, as long as their condition permits it.” If you believe your student to be exempt from wearing a face covering, please visit our office for a request for a face covering exemption form.

Independent Study

For students/families who choose not to return to in-person instruction, in accordance with AB/SB 130, all parents and guardians of enrolled students have the option to enroll their child in independent study for the 2021-2022 school year. Below, you will find more information about the independent study process and how to apply.

Please respond to this survey to indicate your choice of instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. If you are interested in the Independent Study Program for your student(s), or wish to schedule a conference with staff, please contact us as soon as possible. We are looking at providing these options through the virtual academies provided by Salinas school district and MCOE for the upper grades 7 and 8 grades.

Conference

Parents and guardians have the right to request a student-parent-educator conference to ask questions before deciding about enrollment or dis-enrollment in the various options for learning. Telephone, videoconference, or in-person may conduct the conference. If you wish to request a conference for your child/children, please contact Mrs. Lisa Headley in the office ASAP.

Procedures for Enrolling, Dis-enrolling and Re-enrolling in Independent Study

To enroll in the Independent Study Program for the 2021-2022 school year, there must be an agreement in place for each student. The student’s parent, legal guardian, or caregiver must sign the agreement. For students with exceptional needs, the individualized education program must specifically provide for independent study before the student can begin participating.

If you wish to have your student return to in-person instruction during the school year, you may provide notice to the contact information provided above, and your student will be returned to in-person instruction no later than five instructional days after we receive the notice.

Students may re-enroll in independent study at any time during the 2021-2022 school year by providing notice as provided below.

Instructional Time that a Student Will Have Access to as Part of Independent Study through the virtual academies that the district will transfer you to

    • For transitional kindergarten through 3rd grade, there will be a plan to provide students opportunities for daily synchronous instruction.

    • For grades 4 through 8, there will be a plan to provide opportunities for both daily live interaction and at least weekly synchronous instruction.

Live interaction means interaction between the student and the teacher, aide or other personnel and may include peers; this interaction may be in person, by internet or phone. Synchronous instruction means classroom-style instruction, or small group, or one-on-one instruction delivered in person or by internet or phone and involves two-way communication between the student and teacher.

We are so excited to welcome you back and look forward to a great, successful and healthy year for all of our students, staff and families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jinane Annous

Superintendent, Mission Union

SCHEDULE

We'd like to take this opportunity to

introduce Mission School's new

Superintendent/Principal

Dr. Jinane Annous

Annous has been in education for 33 years, through which she taught every level of schools. During her teaching career, Annous was included twice in the Who’s Who in America’s Teachers. For the last 15 years, Annous has served as an assistant principal for four years at four different schools, a principal for seven years at two different schools, and as a director of curriculum and instruction and EL at Hemet Unified School District, after being a director for six years she served as the associate superintendent for educational services in Rialto School District where she supervised 29 schools and 13 directors and oversaw all the operations of Ed services. Under her directorship there was lots of growth and she was responsible for the LCAP along with the budget. During her tenure as a principal, Annous closed the achievement gap between the English-learners and the other students and trained more than a couple thousand educators through SB 1969, SB 395, and AB 2913 all across San Bernardino County. In her capacity as a director, she has worked on implementing the common-core standards through the use of the Rigorous Curriculum Design process. Furthermore, she had revamped the reclassification process at the district, thus doubling the number of reclassified students yearly. Under her supervision, the district now celebrates the reclassified students every year through a large ceremony hosted by the high school. Moreover, Annous worked on designing the new math courses that align with the common core and submitted them for approval by the A-G portal. Currently, all five new courses have been approved by the UC portal, making Hemet Unified a pioneer in this domain. Lastly, Annous successfully implemented transitional kinder and high school 101, which is a foundation course for freshman and has trained all teachers in differentiated instructions using the Title III plan and funds to better serve the EL population. Annous is an authority on working with diverse students; she has trained many educators on working with diverse populations and addressing and educating linguistically challenged students. Annous has been an adjunct professor for Redlands University for the last 18 years, through which she has received the Excellence in Teaching Award. She received the ACSA Diversity Award as well and completed the CO and the HR academies of ACSA.

Also, Mission students enjoy full time music and art programs. These programs are into their fourth year and are currently funded through the next two years. Due to these programs our students have experienced competing in California's Great America's "Music in the Park" in Santa Clara California in both Choral and Band. Last year, our students art projects were entered into an art contest. Several of those entries were selected to be published in the 2012 edition of "Celebrating Art" published in Smithfield Utah.

These opportunities are a direct result of the collegial relationship that exists between all stakeholders. It is this close bond between, parents, community members, students and staff that has created the culture of success which exists in our district.

Mission Union Elementary School is a small rural K-8 school with a current enrollment of 125 students. It is located in Monterey County approximately 5 miles west of Soledad, California.

Mission school was established to provide schooling for the children of the Salvation Army's Fort Romie settlement established in 1897. The original school was situated approximately one quarter of a mile West of the current school site in a one room house. In 1932, a new school was built just East of the original school and in 1974, Mission School relocated to the East across Foothill Road to its current location.

Founded as an agricultural settlement, the community has held fast to those farming roots. The majority of people residing within the district are involved in agriculture and agribusiness. Occupying the western edge of the Salinas Valley, a diverse selection of produce constitutes a significant portion of agricultural production. Also, the Mission District lines stretches up into the Santa Lucia Highlands which provides ideal weather patterns for a thriving wine industry. As such, students are heavily involved in agricultural activities and organizations. The Mission 4-H Club holds its monthly meetings in the Mission Union School District's multi-purpose room.

A primary strength of the school is without question the harmonious relationship between community and school. The resulting synergy creates a school environment that is not only positive but productive. The Mission PTO provides tens of thousands of dollars each year toward classroom supplies, educational field trips and other opportunities that would not be available otherwise with the dwindling state budget.

In 2004, the residents of the district voted to approve a $300,000 bond for upgrades to technology and facilities. This provides student access to the technological support necessary for them to thrive in today's academic climate.