May 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, 


 As we near the end of the school year, I share my most sincere gratitude for our community’s commitment to our students' growth. Together, we have achieved remarkable accomplishments, from the vibrant celebrations of Nuestra Herencia, Lunar New Year, and Black History Month, to the impactful initiatives of our PIQE program, Latino Literacy Project, Guest Author Series, and many others! 


To our graduating class: Congratulations! Your journey ahead holds many new opportunities, and we know your futures are as bright as you! We can’t wait to hear from our alumni, so please stay connected and share with us the remarkable accomplishments that lie ahead on your path. 


To all our students advancing to the next grade, you have shown incredible dedication and resilience, and we are so proud of your achievements. Let's carry this dedication forward into the next academic year and strive to make it even better than the last. 


Together, let's continue to empower, inspire, and unite our MPESD community for generations to come. 



Dr. Elida MacArthur 


Watch this message from the Superintendent.

Celebrating Our Incredible MPESD Team

During the month of May, we want to express our gratitude to our amazing MPESD team! Your dedication and passion are essential to our success, and we are fortunate to have such a committed team. Every day, you go above and beyond, which does not go unnoticed. Whether providing meals, teaching in the classroom, assisting students, supporting parents, providing supervision, keeping our schools clean, or caring for students when they're unwell, your contributions are invaluable in making MPESD a thriving community. Thank you for everything you do!

Annual Fishing Trip

Mt. Pleasant Elementary Ida Jew Academy had a blast at Ed Levin Park, joining the Rotary Club of San Jose for a day of fun! Twenty-eight enthusiastic 3rd graders attended the annual fishing event, fostering community engagement and many teachable moments. Thank you to the Rotary Club for the BBQ lunch, snacks, and fishing tackle boxes. MPESD students had a great time learning to cast and even caught three out of four fish! 

Successful Career Day in August Boeger! 

Inspiring and informative! That’s a great way to describe Career Day at August Boeger Middle School. 


Career Day presenters, former students, and other community professionals, including Career Pathway representatives, shared their knowledge, expertise, and advice with our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Thank you to all for empowering and motivating our students. 


Among the presenters was Victor Noguera, an alum of August Boeger Middle School, who is now an engineer. The story of his education and career journey included his experience as an English Language Learner and how an English teacher supported and prepared him for success. That English teacher was Ms. Raquel Topete, the current August Boeger Principal, who asked Victor to come back to his alma mater and share his story with her middle school students. Victor is proof that August Boeger students can succeed when provided support, opportunities, and a caring role model. 

Save the Date:

Exciting Promotion Celebrations at MPESD! 

Get ready to celebrate the achievements of our bright students at the upcoming 8th-grade graduations! 


IJAVVE Promotion 

Date: Wednesday, June 5th 

Time: 3:00 PM 

Location: Blacktop Area of the IJAVVE Campus 


August Boeger Graduation 

Date: Thursday, June 6th 

Time: 3:00 PM 

Location: Quad Area of the August Boeger Campus 


It’s time to honor the accomplishments, hard work, and dedication of our graduates. 


Mark your calendar and join us in applauding these remarkable students as they embark on the next chapter of their academic journey! 

Summer Programs and Summer Camp at MPESD 

Our theme this year for Summer Programs is "Summer to Shine!" We are taking over the Ida Jew Academy/Valle Vista and August Boeger campuses. Mr. Anthony Alvarado (IJAVVE Principal) and Ms. Marisa Peña (AB/IJAVVE Student Advisor) will be sharing the duties of Summer School Principal. We are planning fun activities, such as assemblies and a student store.  


Our Math and Literacy programs will run from 8 AM - 12 PM, June 12 - July 12 (no classes on 6/19, 7/4, or 7/5). Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day. Extended care will be available for all Summer Programs students beginning at 7 AM. Families with students that have been enrolled into our Math or Literacy programs have been notified via email. All students who are enrolled in the Math and Literacy programs will have the opportunity to enroll in Summer Camp. 


We still have a few openings in some classes, so we are now accepting students on waitlists for our literacy and math programs. If students are removed from the waitlist, parents will be notified by email and students will receive an enrollment form at school. 


Summer Program orientation will be held in the AB gym on Tuesday, June 4, beginning at 5 PM. All families should continue checking their emails for updates on Summer Program. 


If your child is invited to Summer Program and is placed on the waiting list, OR if your child doesn't attend a school in our district you may register for Summer Camp. Summer Camp is free for students in our district. The cost is $750 per child for students who do not attend our district. 


Please note: DO NOT PAY IF your child attends August Boeger, Ida Jew, Robert Sanders, Mt. Pleasant, or Valle Vista. Please use the link below to register: 

Summer Camp: 


Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns:  

Lisa Kattenhorn, Coordinator of Expanded Learning Opportunities Programs & Attendance Monitoring,, or Daniel Patton, MPESD Program Director, (408) 314-6406. 

See the clickable flyer below! 

Meals Distribution During Summer

and Recipe Contest 

Good nutrition is key to being healthy! The school district will serve meals this summer from June 12 through July 30, 2024, at Ida Jew Academy Valle Vista Elementary and Robert Sanders Elementary School


Breakfast will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals are free to all children ages 0 to 18 years of age. 

We congratulate all students who participated in our recipe contest! We sent out a call for recipe submissions throughout the district. The theme was: "Family Favorite Recipes: Reimagined." 


Four students were chosen as finalists, with three of them competing in person at August Boeger.  


Students were provided with all of the ingredients needed to prepare their dishes in an open kitchen set up where their family and teachers watched and cheered them on. 


Our panel of judges was made up of Principal Topete, Principal Carson, and Principal Alvarado. The student dishes were tasted and rated across five categories: originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation and taste. 


The ground beef Sliders took home the grand prize, a Faberware cooking set! Thank you, chefs! 

Free Summer Learning with San Jose Public Library

Summer Learning is coming! All ages can sign up today to read, learn and have fun with San Jose Public Library! This program promotes reading, literacy, and fun learning city and countywide during the critical summer months. Here's your chance to win fun giveaways, cool prizes, and even SF Giants tickets.

Summer Learning is: 

  • Free! No library card needed! 
  • June 1 - July 31! Open to everyone!
  • All ages + their family members across San Jose, Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area!Pre-register today! Start logging your reading on June 1st. Online at: or the Beanstack mobile app.
  • A way for youth, teens, and adults, plus their friends and family members to read together! 
  • Host a SJPL Librarian visit at your site or bring your class to a SJPL branch library. Contact your nearest branch or book a visit at: 
  • Getting fun prizes! Youth can sign up for a chance to claim a FREE book prize at any location, as well as to win a four-pack of SF Giants tickets
  • Starting June 1st, they also can log at least 8 books/hours of reading to earn a 2nd FREE book prize, as well as other exciting participation prizes. 
  • Donating to our summer Read to Raise fundraiser in support of year-round SJPL literacy programming. Additional prize opportunities await!
  • SJPL’s goal is to keep youth reading and learning over the summer break. Building strong reading habits and boosting overall literacy and curiosity over the summer can support accelerated learning growth and better prepare students for school in the Fall. 


The Summer Learning program challenges everyone to read at least 8 books or 8 hours this summer. It doesn’t matter what you read, how you read, or where you read. If you like it and you are reading - it counts! Audiobooks count too! 


Come June 1st, everyone can start logging their reading (or visit any SJPL branch to request a printed reading log) and select a cool book prize, and other available giveaways. And, don’t forget to join SJPL for a variety of fun Summer Learning kickoff programs around San Jose.  


You can find additional resources at, including blog posts, FAQs, a calendar of events, information about companion programs such as Cosplay on Display, the Graphic Novel Making Contest, and more. 

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. In the month of May, students focus on Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day. The character trait students will learn about is Fairness/Equity. 

DEIB lessons in June are about LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Juneteenth and Father's Day. The character trait is Pride. 


If 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! 


Be part of Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District’s rich history! We have been a leader of education in our community since 1858. We offer a standard based innovative and comprehensive TK-8 curriculum 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 welcome 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: 


You can use our webpage to enroll.  


Preschool: Linda Marqueda,, (408) 223-3785 


TK-8th Grade Enrollment: Contact school site. 

Visit us for more information at 


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 

Watch this video about Preschool at MPESD



Early Learning starts at3 years old!  


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 end the first week of 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. 

Learn about early education 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 

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 (general and special education) and 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 June 12, 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 meeting on May 8, and May 22, 2024.

MPESD 2023-2024 Calendar
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