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 district stakeholders 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 simplified the state’s school finance method and replaced it with a system known as Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Under LCFF, each district will 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 - approximately 35% of our students.  Districts were also required to submit a Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) aligned with the district's budget and goals to improve student performance.   

Another important change is the State of California's adoption of the Common Core State Standards 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. 
 
This Spring students took Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) which measured students’ content knowledge and critical thinking skills in a computer-based testing environment.  No scores were reported in this first year, rather the results will help district's align instructional practices to the CCSS.   Successful change takes time and resources and MVUSD has invested time, resources and professional development to ensure that teachers district-wide are prepared for the Common Core State Standards and SBAC testing.   

The quality of teaching and learning that I see occurring in our classrooms is a model of excellence for others to view.  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 

Last Modified on July 8, 2014