February 2024

Empower! Inspire! Unite!

We are pleased to provide our students, parents, staff and community with the latest information about our Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District community through this newsletter. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to connect with us daily!

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Superintendent's Message

Dear Mt. Pleasant Community, 


We are grateful for your collaborative support in guiding our students toward academic success. Encouraging their best efforts at school and at home is so important. Consistent daily attendance is a crucial factor in their progress. Studies demonstrate that students with consistent attendance are more likely to excel in their studies and graduate. Through attending school regularly, their learning experience is enhanced, and they are more dedicated to achieving their educational goals. 


We encourage you to connect with your child’s teacher to explore the best ways to support your student. Effective communication between parents, guardians and educators is vital for student success. 


At Mt. Pleasant, we celebrate diversity and equality. In February, we honor Black History Month and acknowledge the invaluable contributions and legacy of African Americans in our nation. MPESD also celebrated Lunar New Year, a tradition that unites communities in vibrant festivities. 


We appreciate your partnership in paving the way for our students to thrive and create a future filled with possibilities. 



Dr. Elida MacArthur 


Please watch a special message from Dr. MacArthur.

Family Literacy Project for TK-5 Families  

You are invited! MPESD “3 to 3 Initiative” prepares students to know how to read by 3rd grade so that they can read all their lives. We are very excited to announce that we will be partnering up with MPESD families to support reading at home. Committing to interacting with your child and supporting their reading comprehension will not only improve your child’s language skills, but will help build your bond as a family. 


Intervention teachers Mariel and Claudia will be facilitating a 10-week Family Literacy Project for TK-5 families where the parents will learn different ways to support their children with literacy at home. We will provide each family with books, resources, food, raffle prizes, etc. The sessions will take place the following Wednesdays from 9 AM to 10:30 AM, at the District Office, Board Room: March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 10, 17, May 1, 8, 15. Please see the details below and register! 


A big thanks to Mariel and Claudia for organizing this very valuable parent engagement for our families! We thank everyone for your partnership! 

Summer Programs

We are preparing lots of fun activities for the summer! Our Summer Program at Ida Jew Valle Vista and Robert Sanders Elementary Schools is launching on June 12, our first day with students. The academic portion of the summer program will run June 12 through July 12, with breaks on June 19, July 4, and July 5. Classes will be held 8 AM - 12 PM. We will be offering a Summer Literacy program for incoming Kindergarten students through 6th Graders, an ELEVATE Math program for incoming 3rd Graders through 8th Graders, and two Computer Science Innovation classes (CS201 and CS202) for incoming 6th Graders through 8th Graders. The programs will initially be offered by invitation only based on teacher input and student performance. If classes do not completely fill up, we will offer the programs to all students throughout the district and create a waitlist as necessary. Initial invitations will be sent out in March and open enrollment is expected to begin in April.


Students who attend the academic portion of the summer program will have the option of enrolling in the Enrichment Summer Program from 12 PM - 4 PM and then continue full day after the conclusion of the academic portion. The Enrichment Summer Program will run June 12 through July 30

We will also offer the before-school program care at 7 AM for students enrolled in either the Academic or Enrichment Summer Programs.

Honoring Black History Month

Thank you to everyone who attended our Black History Month event at August Boeger! It was an amazing evening celebrating, highlighting, and recognizing the contributions of historical Black Americans as well as those who have Black owned businesses in our community. 


A special thank you to the planning team: Ashley Martin, Barbara Powell Padilla, Virginia Bailey, Nina Gilman-Cama, Mari Rivera, Trudy Martinez, Rebecca Nash. 

This event could not have happened without the countless hours of planning and organizing. It truly was a team effort that the community took part in. 


Thank you to all the district staff that attended: Dr. MacArthur, district administrators, board trustees, teachers, classified staff, and our custodians! Thank you to our student leaders in BBSU who handed out food, decorated, and helped with the set up.

Thank you to Ms. Nina Gilman's and Ms. Alyssa Smith's classes, who provided student work for all to see. 

Learn more about the Black History Month event at August Boeger!

Lunar New Year

This year, we celebrated the rich heritage of Lunar New Year with unity. This cultural celebration is observed by many Asian communities worldwide, marking the beginning of the lunar calendar. Lunar New Year offers an opportunity for our students to learn about diverse cultures, traditions, and foster cross-cultural understanding.

Families who celebrate Lunar New Year do so by gathering to share meals, exchanging red envelopes that represent good luck, and attending festivals that include lion dances and more! We encourage you to take a moment to learn about Lunar New Year and understand its cultural significance in many communities around the globe

Watch this video to lean more about Lunar New Year! 


Be a part of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District’s rich history! We have been a leader of educating our students in our community since 1858. We offer a standard based innovative and comprehensive TK-8 curriculum with focus on instruction that focuses on a child’s strengths and celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. 


Each school in our district engages its learners in a variety of unique and innovative ways, including Two-Way Dual Immersion, AVID, STEAM, Robotics, Drama/Theatre, Dance, Sports, and many more. In addition, we offer before, during, and after school enrichment and academic intervention programs.  


We are welcoming students in preschool through 8th grade. We invite you to contact your school site for assistance with completing the enrollment packet! 


Our ALAS Dual Language Immersion program in English and Spanish (teaching students to be fluent, read and write in two languages) nurtures the academic and social experiences for bilingual students in TK-8th grade, where they thrive under the leadership of our amazing, accredited teachers. We work towards diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in a collaborative setting. 

How to Enroll: 

Preschool: Linda Marqueda, lmarqueda@mpesd.org, (408) 223-3785 

TK-8th Grade Enrollment: Contact school site. 

Visit us for more information at mpesd.org 


Our programs include:  

Early Education: Preschool (ages 3+), TK and Kinder 

ALAS - Dual Language Immersion Program in Spanish 

Extended Learning: Before and after school care, and summer school 

Sunrise Club - Before School Care 

MPAS - After School Program 

Intervention/Tutoring support 

Sports (indoors and outdoors) 

Visual and Performing Arts/Theater 

Instrumental Music (Band) 

STEAM, Science and Technology 

AVID - Career & College Readiness 

Instruction by highly trained, experienced certificated teachers



Early Learning starts at3 years old!  


Enrolling now for Preschool 2023-2024  

There are available spaces in our Mt. Pleasant Preschool program! We offer a morning half-day program and an afternoon half-day program. Please contact Ms. Marqueda for more information and to apply. 


New Preschool Enrollment for 2024-2025 

In April 2024, we will be accepting new applications for our preschool programs for the 2024-2025 school year. We are offering both a full-day, full-year program and part-day, part-year programs. Please contact Ms. Marqueda for more information and to apply. 


Robert Sanders Preschool 

We offer a full year, full day program in support of all students and families. Our full day program operates from 8 AM to 3 PM with extended care options. The new school year will start on July 15th and will continue until the end of June 2025. 


Mt. Pleasant Preschool 

We offer a part year, part day program in support of all students and families. Our part day program has two options: a morning class which operates from 8 AM to 11:30 AM and an afternoon class which operates from 12 PM to 3:30 PM. The new school year will start in late August and will continue until the first week in June. 


At MPESD, we believe in supporting our families with preschool programs that are developmentally appropriate to support their relationship skill building, learning social emotional skills, self-regulation and play-based learning. 

Watch this video about Preschool at MPESD!

MPESD School Sites: 


August Boeger Middle School: 6th-8th grade

1944 Flint Avenue (408) 223-3770 


Ida Jew Academy STEAM Program: TK-8th grade and 6th-8th grade ALAS Dual Immersion Program 

1966 Flint Avenue. (408) 223-3750 


Valle Vista Elementary School: TK-5th grade 

1966 Flint Avenue (408) 223-3750 


Mt. Pleasant STEAM Academy / IJA ALAS Dual Immersion: Pre-K-5th grade 

14275 Candler Avenue (408) 258-6451 


Robert Sanders Elementary School: Pre K-5th grade 

3411 Rocky Mountain Drive (408) 258-7288 

Learn about early education at MPESD! 

Supporting an Inclusive School Culture 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) are core values at MPESD. We are committed to creating an anti-racist, compassionate and inclusive school culture where every individual is treated with dignity in our diverse community. DEIB lessons shared in February are about Black History Month and Lunar New Year. The character trait to be recognized is Courage. 


For the month of March, the lessons will focus on Women's History Month, Irish American Heritage Month, the Suffrage Movement, International Women's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Ramadan, and Cesar Chavez Day. The character trait to be focused on is Perseverance. 


If there are questions or you are interested in learning more about DEIB, please reach out to your school to further the conversation. Thank you for supporting an inclusive school community! 

Job and Growth Opportunities

Are you or someone you know interested in becoming part of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District? MPESD is hiring for a variety of roles.  


Job opportunities are available to individuals interested in becoming teachers and teachers interested in obtaining additional credentials. There are also many positions available in our school district that do not require a college degree. 


The school district offers a generous welfare and benefits package as well as an excellent state pension plan. We are always looking for Instructional Associates for both general and special education, and for Custodial workers. 


We invite you to learn more information on EdJoin or contact our Personnel Office at (408) 233-3720. 


Learn more about an Instructional Aide career at MPESD by reading the flyer below!

Our Next Board of Trustees Meeting

Our Board of Trustees will meet March 13, 2024.  

The job of the Board of Trustees includes the following: 

  • Setting the vision and goals for the district  
  • Adopting policies that give the district direction to set priorities and achieve its goals
  • Hiring and evaluating the superintendent 
  • Adopting and overseeing the annual budget 
  • Managing the collective bargaining process for employees of the district 


To learn more about these sessions, please visit our website


Watch our Board meetings on January 17, February 14 and March 13, 2024.   

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