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Updated: Sep 14

What is the Readathon?

Readathon is Mira Vista’s annual celebration of reading! Students read as much as they can between September 16 and October 2, and invite sponsors to donate money in support of their efforts. At the end of that 17-day period, students count up how many minutes they read, and turn in their reading logs and sponsorship forms.

Prizes will be awarded to the students who read the most minutes and those who get the most pledges. And this year, we have a special treat for the classes that read the most minutes! They’ll win a Zoom meeting with one of these amazing authors:

• Grades K–2: Jesse Byrd (Sunny Days, Real Jungle Tales, Dream Catcher)

• Grades 3–5: Annie Barrows (Ivy & Bean, Magic in the Mix, The Best of Iggy)

• Grades 6–8: Mitali Perkins (You Bring the Distant Near, Tiger Boy, Bamboo People)

While Readathon is a PTA fundraiser that supports Mira Vista’s many enrichment programs, any student who participates is eligible to win — even if they don’t bring in any donations. This event is about celebrating all our wonderful reader Bees, and helping them build a lifelong love of reading.

September 4, 2020

Dear WCCUSD Community,

Today marks the end of Week 3 for the WCCUSD family and I am excited for the activity and progress WCCUSD’s educators and support teams are doing in the classroom for students and families.

Writer and parent Kathy Chouteau penned this piece in the Richmond Standard about their family’s experience with distance learning. Kathy highlighted the parent/family distance learning guidebook available in English and Spanish as well as the Digital Backpacks. So please take a moment to read that.

We also want to encourage families, students, and community members to share their experiences with distance learning and are asking for you to participate in this ThoughtExchange about the first three weeks. The exchange will remain open for the next week and close on Friday, September 11. Please take a moment and share your thoughts with us and encourage other families and students to participate as well. 

I am inspired and hopeful for the work we are doing internally to address our system in and out of the classroom, specifically when it comes to addressing race and equity. 

We heard loud and clear the need for our system to address the historic inequities that have affected and impacted communities of color, in particular the African American families, students and staff in WCCUSD. Over the past six months, we have witnessed a social movement spurred by violence and brutality of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Pinole Valley graduate Patrick Underwood and most recently Jacob Blake.

These acts of brutality and violence are the ones that we know about because of  cameras. The truth is that these actions have affected the African American community since the inception of this country.  One way to help break decades of unjust practices is through education. Not just with students, but with ourselves.

We know the inequities exist. We have data that shows the student achievement outcomes for African American students tracked by the state lag well behind their counterparts. And we know that African American students are suspended and expelled at rates significantly higher than their counterparts. 

To help break these cycles and ensure more African American students achieve their dreams, we have specifically designated Fridays throughout the year for District wide, school and department professional development focused on racial justice and equity. As individuals and the District, we need to address and examine ourselves and the system through the lens of racial equity and oppression. It is essential that we ensure WCCUSD is doing everything it can to interrupt and eliminate  practices that reinforce, support or perpetuate the status quo.

We know the work cannot move forward with just one day a week, but it is essential that we have consistent dedicated time where we gather as a whole district to continue the conversation and extend the work. 

Additionally, an Office of African American Student Achievement (OAASA) led by William McGee was established to focus on African American students. We have also significantly increased funding for programs and practices that support African American students, and the Board of Education passed two resolutions, The Positive School Climate and the Support of the Achievement and Success of African American/Black Students all to support African American students. So, please stay tuned and stay with us as we continue this important work.

Finally, I want to bring a few items to your attention.

Meal Service

We were able to change meal service back to the summer guidelines this week, allowing all children ages 18 or younger to receive breakfast, lunch, supper and snacks at no charge. Meal pick up is from 8 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 15 school locations.

School Lunch Forms

We need EVERY family to complete the school lunch form, regardless of income level or free and reduced priced lunch status. It significantly impacts WCCUSD’s funding of other programs and services (English | Spanish).

Redistricting Commission

For the first time on November 3, WCCUSD voters will vote for school board candidates based on the area they reside (district or ward) instead of an at-large format that was used in the past. To find your district visit We also need community members to sit on the redistricting commission that will help set the VOTING boundaries following the November elections.

To apply visit Applicants will be selected by retired Judge Thelton Henderson, the first African American attorney for the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Thank you for your time and remember to continue to follow the physical distance guidelines and take time for yourself and your family. Enjoy the long weekend.

In community,

Matthew Duffy Superintendent

August 28, 2020

Happy Friday WCCUSD community,

I want to thank everyone for a great second week and for being patient in dealing with continued poor air quality. Most importantly, we continue to strengthen our resolve to make sure WCCUSD is a place where racial tolerance, inclusion and love are lived values every day and in every system and practice throughout the district. The more we settle in, the more we are able to see and share the excellent work happening across the District, and at the same time highlight the challenges.  

A few highlights:

  • Teachers used the Homeroom time to connect and build community with their students.

  • Technology systems remained strong for all of our teachers to deliver instruction.

  • District leaders and their teams hosted WCCUSD’s first virtual Back to School Night. If you missed Back to School night, check with your school about the recorded sessions and mark your calendars for the second Back to School Night on January 19-21.

  • High Schools like Jose De Leon and the Richmond High School team for a very different and thoughtful Distance Learning program.

  • Middle Schools and K-8 Schools like Julie Plaisance and the Stewart team enrolled 99 percent of students.

  • Elementary Schools like Kenneth Bonner and the Lake team for their work in connecting with the Lions community.

  • Meal distribution from 8 am to 1 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the 15 school locations.

  • Parents for sharing successes and concerns with us

Now, a few areas that will continue to need attention. 

We believe there are still students who have not connected at all with their teachers or school over these first two weeks.  We need to continue our community wide effort to connect with all WCCUSD students and family by spreading the word about Distance Learning and letting us know of any families that need help connecting whether it’s technology, academics or socio-emotional support.  

We have a helpful, easy to read Distance Learning Handbook that has a variety of resources gathered from feedback, meetings and discussions with students, families, staff and community stakeholders that can help. The Handbook is in both English and Spanish and available on the District's Digital Backpack page.

We also want to make clear what attendance and engagement are and that both are required by the state in the Distance Learning environment.

  • Attendance is recorded in your student’s homeroom class/period. Students can also be marked present if they miss homeroom, BUT interact with the teacher via email, independent lesson, or other form of communication before 3 pm that day

  • Engagement is a new tracking system required by the state.  Engagement is tracked through contact and assignments with your student’s teacher and can occur in a variety of ways. Engagement is NOT just showing up to class. Engagement IS some form of participating in the work or with the teacher. 

  • Attendance and Engagement can be viewed by parents and families in their Parent PowerSchool account. To set up or update your account, please visit

Lastly, we need EVERY family, regardless of income status, to complete the school lunch form. The federal government has provided zero flexibility on this requirement and a significant portion of the district funding that supports several programs and services is still tied to this essential piece of information. The form can be filled out by clicking either the English | Spanish link or in the Back to School Annual Forms found by accessing your Parent PowerSchool account. Please, take a few minutes to complete the form.  

These are intense days.  Stay safe and keep the fight for racial justice in your minds and hearts.  Remember to continue to follow the physical distance guidelines and take time for yourself and your family. Thank you again for flexibility and patience. Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to a strong start to Week 3.  

In community,

Matthew Duffy Superintendent

Mira Vista School
6397 Hazel Ave. Richmond, CA 94805
Phone: 510-231-1416
Fax: 510-234-8739

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