Pat Kelley Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents and Community Members,

Welcome to the web site of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District!  MVUSD is a dynamic school district dedicated to student achievement. This site is designed to provide helpful information to parents, students, employees, and applicants and to better inform all visitors about MVUSD and our many strengths.

You will discover a host of facts about academic programs, capital improvement projects, day-to-day operations, our Board of Trustees, and a great deal of other information. Most importantly, I hope you will sense our genuine commitment to providing the best education possible for every child.

I cannot remember a more exciting time in education than where we are right now.  The changes in educational methodology, funding, and philosophy are re-shaping how we do our jobs.  One important change that has taken place is in the way California funds its K-12 schools. The State’s 2013-14 Budget Act included landmark legislation that greatly simplifies the state’s school finance method and replaced it with a system known as the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Under LCFF, each district will now receive base funding and supplemental funding for students who are English learners, foster youth and for those who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. This additional funding is intended to help eliminate the achievement gaps that exist for students who live in poverty, English learners and various ethnic groups.   In Murrieta Valley Unified School District approximately 35% of our students fall into one of these categories.  

Districts are also being asked to submit a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that is aligned with the district's budget and contains the goals and actions to be taken to improve student performance.   MVUSD is now involved in the important work of designing our local accountability plan and we are committed to ensuring that all parents and stakeholders are informed about the intent and the requirements of the new funding law.  A District LCAP AdvisoryCommittee comprised of parents, community members, students and school and district staff  are working on the LCAP and input will be sought from all stakeholders prior to finalizing the plan.   

Another important change we are engaged in is the adoption of the California Common Core State Standards adopted by the State of California for all students, from kindergarten through high school.  These standards are designed to help ensure that students meet college and work expectations, are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society, and are provided with rigorous content and application of higher knowledge thinking. 
 
When it comes time for Spring assessment tests, students will no longer take the paper and pencil California Standards tests.   The pilot of Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) will measure students’ content knowledge and critical thinking skills in a computer-based testing environment.  No scores will be reported in this first year, rather the results will provide base data for all districts to work from as we review results and align instructional practices to the CCSS.   Fortunately, the majority of our students have several years of experience taking similar computer-adaptive tests and they have experienced instruction, assignments and assessments that have required them to read, research, and produce electronic documents.  
 

Successful change takes time and resources and Murrieta Valley Unified is carefully allocating both to transition our teaching and learning community to the new funding model and LCAP, Common Core State Standards and SBAC testing.   MVUSD has focused time, resources and professional development on ensuring that teachers district-wide are engaged in on-going training to prepare for these changes.   

The quality of teaching and learning that I see occurring in our classrooms is a model of excellence for others to view.  Our teachers and students are already tackling common core tasks.  The use of technology at all our schools is opening up educational access for students around the clock.  I am excited about the steps we are taking to provide more training and technology upgrades so that we can provide students with the best possible 21st century learning environment and experience.

Please take time to discover who we are, and if you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely,

Pat Kelley