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Superintendent's Monthly Message - Aug 2016

Superintendent's Monthly Message for August 2016

CJ LogoMUSD Community,

Ready...Set...Go! The school year is quickly approaching and we are working to make 2016-2017 a terrific year for our Martinez Unified staff and students. Students return to school on August 23rd. As a parent, I am ready for the routine of school to return for my children, but I will miss the flexibility and freedom of their summer schedule.


As a former teacher and principal, I always feel this is the most appropriate time to say "Happy New Year". Each school year brings a fresh opportunity for staff, students and parents to set new goals for performance and growth. I am extremely excited to see the new accomplishments our students will achieve, and most certainly the new ways our educators will support students. 


I am hopeful you find these newsletters helpful in maintaining communication across our schools and community, while also providing timely information. If you did not see last month's newsletter, you can it at this link.


As you may be aware, Kim Thompson, Principal of John Muir Elementary, resigned last week to pursue other professional and personal goals. I wish Mrs. Thompson the best of luck in these endeavors. We will begin the year with an Interim Principal at John Muir while we conduct a thorough recruitment and selection process. I am confident that because of the dedicated and talented John Muir staff we will have a great start to the year for all Timberwolves. 


If you are following along via Twitter, @CJMUSD, you may have seen some of the work completed this summer across Martinez Unified. I am grateful to our facilities/maintenance staff, custodial staff, business office, and the construction teams working so hard this summer. Some of the projects being completed this summer include:

  • HVAC installation at Las Juntas and John Swett
  • Landscaping for the front of Las Juntas
  • Roofing at John Swett
  • Painting at Las Juntas
  • Trim painting at Alhambra
  • New parking layout at Alhambra (front lot) to accommodate a new classroom building "K"
  • Site work for the new classroom building at Alhambra (work to continue after summer)
  • New school construction for Vicente/Briones (work to continue after summer)
  • Replace facias and gutters at Morello Park
  • Repair cooling tower and sealing/striping of Kindergarten play yard at John Muir
  • Replace Vinyl Composition Tile in select locations at MJHS
  • Deep cleaning and routine maintenance across all sites

Whether you are counting down in excitement to send your students back to school, or longing for just a few more weeks of summer, the first day of school will be here on August 23, 2016! The new school year is full of promise and adventure. I look forward to working with each of you to provide the very best for the students and staff of Martinez Unified. 

Please take a moment to review the additional information provided below.



CJ Cammack, Superintendent 

Welcome to Martinez Unified

Welcome to the new members of the Martinez Unified family! 

Name Site
Arlan Alumbaugh AHS
Elizabeth Tokos AHS
Isaac Raymond AHS
Jennifer Tutass AHS
Michelle (Beverly) Brown AHS
Rogelio Briones AHS
Wing Yee Lee AHS
Lisa Tsai Counselor
Rianna Bensing JME
Steffanie Schaeffer JME
Mary Dominguez MEIPP
Brooke Honey MJHS
Emily Caporale MJHS
Katie Pieper MJHS
Amy Spencer MPE
Caitlin Raymond MPE
Grant Matsumoto MPE
Melissa Predny-Teeman Psychologist
Susan Warda Psychologist
Maria Gregory Psychologist
Amy Specter Vicente


Vicente/Briones Construction
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Lots of progress on the Vicente/Briones campus! 

Las Juntas and John Swett


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HVAC installation at LJE and JSE! New work on front landscape at LJE (top).




Alhambra High School


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Alhambra High School construction

Work for the new classroom building "K", and the adjustments in parking lot to accommodate the new building site.






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Upcoming Events


New Teacher Orientation
8/18/16 Staff Development Day (MEA)
8/22/16 CSEA 9.5 month workday8/22/16 Staff Dev Day/Workday (MEA)
8/23/16 1st Day of School TK-12
8/31/16 AHS Back to School Night
9/1/16 Back to School Night TK-5
9/2/16 AHS + Elem Min Day
9/5/16 Labor Day - No School
9/8/16 MJHS Back to School Night
9/9/16 MJHS Minimum Day




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Mark your calendars and start warming up for the Shell/MEF Run for Education on October 2, 2016. Martinez Education Foundation (MEF) recently awarded grants in the amount of $168,120 to Martinez Unified School District classrooms, teachers, and students. MEF is a tremendous support for the great work happening in our schools.  Thank you to Shell Oil for their continued support and partnership with MEF and in support of our schools. I hope you'll join me on October 2, 2016. You can run, jog or walk, just don't miss this great event!