Sunday Notes

Sunday Notes
Posted on 01/23/2022
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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Hello Muirlands Community,

As conditions and guidelines are continually changing for our schools, I encourage you to utilize the SDUSD’s expanded COVID-19 information website COVID-19 Information - San Diego Unified School District for the most current information. We begin our second semester tomorrow.

I encourage all students to start the second semester strong, utilize the available support, and seek assistance if they need help. Your school counselor is a great place to start if you have questions or need assistance. Students can use this Request to see the Counselor form, and their counselor will call them in.

Yearbooks are currently on sale and will remain on sale until we run out. Yearbooks are available for purchase on the Jostens website. Please review this flyer before ordering to make your online selections easier.

We have some yearbook deadlines approaching. January 28, 2022, is the last day to personalize yearbooks with a nameplate or icons and is also the last day for eighth-graders to submit a recognition ad. Parents of 8th graders: design your recognition ad, order, and submit at Ads are ⅛ of a page, and the cost is $30.

We will distribute yearbooks to the students during the last week of school. For any questions, please contact Mrs. Rodé in the Muirlands Finance Office at

Principal Luna

Sunday, January 16, 2022
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. I sent an update message on Wednesday so that this message will be short. If necessary, use this link 1-12-22 Parent Update Message to review Wednesday’s announcement information.

Muirlands continues to follow the SDCOE developed decision tree and e-Decision Tree. These documents are updated regularly. Please be sure to refresh the documents as you open the link to get the most current version of the decision trees.

Tomorrow, January 17, 2022, our country celebrates a holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our school is closed tomorrow in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Please spend a portion of your day with your family to reflect on Dr. King’s life and work. And let us be inspired by his call for us to serve, and his efforts towards social justice and human rights.

Due to the increase of student and staff positive cases on our campus, I will not send a "non-close-contact" letter to our community daily. However, to keep our community up-to-date, I plan to send an all-school message once a week if we have a “non-close-contact” on campus during the week. In addition, Muirlands staff will continue to work with and support the SDUSD’s COVID tracing department to identify and notify close contacts and assist families with determining the next steps.

On Friday afternoon, Muirlands received a delivery of Adult KF94 and Youth KF94 masks. Cloth masks are still authorized for student use. However, the KF94 type mask is preferred.

On Tuesday, Muirlands will distribute a KF94 mask to all students who want one by the end of the day. These KF94 masks are reusable and made to be worn multiple times. Until additional masks are delivered, we will not distribute a replacement KF94 type mask to your child should they lose or break their initial mask.

Adult N95  Adult KF94  Youth KF94   Disposable Surgical
May be worn multiple times  May be worn multiple times  Intended for students and provides better coverage than a surgical mask or reusable cloth mask  Intended for staff and students when an N95 and KF94 mask is not available. Recommend for site visitors and athletic events.

Principal Luna

Sunday, January 9, 2022
Hello Muirlands Community,

Thank you, parents, for your efforts in monitoring your child’s symptoms, having them test, and keeping students home that are showing COVID-like symptoms. Our onsite testing continues on our campus every Tuesday morning. I am delighted with our excellent testing results. However, we have been impacted by increased student and staff absences as we returned from Winter Break.

If your child is symptomatic or has tested positive, please have your child stay home, notify our attendance clerk, Ms. Gabby, and get your child tested.

The Ed Center is still open and available for testing for all students and staff of SDUSD. However, at this time, the district has not expanded the testing to those not enrolled or working in SDUSD. Please use this link for information about SDUSD COVID-19 Testing.

The County Office of Education has published an updated Quarantine Decision Tree. This updated decision tree determines quarantine timelines.

The end of semester one is nine days away. Please visit PowerSchool and take some time to discuss with your child their academic and citizenship progress.

Muirlands Foundation will host an off-campus parent event. As a parent of a Muirlands Middle School student, you are part of the Foundation. Please come to an outdoor meet and greet with Foundation members and fellow parents to find out how you can stay connected to what is happening with your kids at school. Come to the backyard of Marcia Branstetter, right after drop off on 1/21/22, for coffee, pastries, and a chance to chat and connect. Contact Marcia at for more information and to get the event address.

LJHS invites our current 8th graders and the parents of our 8th graders to attend the upcoming "La Jolla High School Counselors 8th grade Parent Night" on January 13 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Parents will receive information on 9th-grade course selection, graduation requirements, and high school transition.
Zoom Link:

Principal Luna

Sunday, January 2, 2022
Hello Muirlands Community,

We look forward to welcoming back our students tomorrow morning. As we prepare to return to campus, I would like to thank our school community for their support in keeping our campus safe for students and staff. By recognizing the importance of following the district’s safety protocols and guidelines, we have been able to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our campus. However, with the recent spike in COVID-19 numbers, we must be vigilant in our efforts both on campus and outside of the school setting to promote the safety of our community.

Before sending your child to school tomorrow, please test them with the COVID test kit provided before Winter break or another testing method. If your child tests positive or is symptomatic, please keep your child at home and notify Ms. Gabby to report your child’s attendance status. If possible, please have your child stay current with their school work by monitoring their assignments through Google Classroom and communicating with their teachers through email.

COVID testing will continue every Tuesday on our campus and is available daily at the SDUSD Central Office. Please open this link for information and directions on Central Office Testing. I was at the central office this morning getting my family tested, and there are no more take-home testing kits available for distribution. At this time, we do not have additional testing kits available for distribution at Muirlands. I will notify our community if we receive additional testing kits.

Please use the following link for updates regarding GATE information, including testing information GATE Website for Parents. I did not receive an update regarding a change in policy for GATE testing at the middle school level. Thus, we will not administer GATE testing to our middle school students. As additional information becomes available, it will be posted on the SDUSD GATE website.

A reminder that Wednesday, January 5th, is a late start day for Muirlands. Our campus will open at 9:35 am, and school will begin at 9:55 am.

On Friday, January 7th, our counseling department will host a Zoom information meeting for the parents of incoming students. If you know of a family considering Muirlands for their child next year, please have them contact our counseling department for more information.

Principal Luna

Sunday, December 12, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

Muirlands Middle School will hold our annual food drive this week. The food drive will run from Monday through Thursday. Drop-off bins will be located at the front of the school from 8:15 am - 8:35 am. Students can drop off their food items as they enter campus. All collected food will be donated to a local food bank.

Most Needed Food Items:

  • Canned Chicken & Tuna
  • Dry & Canned Beans
  • Cereal
  • Rice
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned & Dried Fruit
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Powdered Milk
  • Infant Formula

* No glass or home baked goods

Please join me on Friday, December 17th, for our next Principal’s Chat. Zoom link

On Fridays, we usually wear a shirt that shows our support for our favorite sports team or college. This Friday, the theme will be ugly sweater day. Please wear your best (worst?) sweater/top to school. Stop by the front of the school for a Dolphin ticket.

After a long workday, pajama bottoms and slippers are very comfortable and great to change into. However, they are not allowed to be worn to school. Please check that your child does not wear these items to school.

PARENT WORKSHOP SERIES - San Diego Unified School District invites parents to participate in a series of workshops where they will receive up-to-date information about what happens in our community, helping to raise young people who are successful in school and life in general. Please open this link for more information and workshop topics: Parents Learning to Be Better Parents Series

Yearbooks can be pre-ordered at See this flyer for details before ordering online. The early bird price of $35 is only good until Dec. 31, 2021. Parents of 8th graders: the deadline for the congratulatory 8th-grade ads is Jan. 28, 2022. Start planning now, and order and submit at Ads are ⅛ page, and the cost is $30.

Please remember to log in to PowerSchool Parent Portal and update ALL home and contact information. Enrollment Form Instructions for Parent Portal. If you need PowerSchool Parent Portal login information or support, please contact our Site Tech, Mrs. Rodriguez.

Principal Luna

Sunday, December 5, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

Our 12-week progress reports have been finalized and are available for your review through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Please take a moment to review your child's current marks.

The Muirlands library is currently accepting gently used hardcover novels. Please send any books you are interested in donating to the library with your child and have them see Ms . Vintika in the Library. The Muirlands community thanks you in advance for your generosity.

A reminder that arrival and dismissal times are very busy with traffic and students. Please ensure you are driving with extreme caution around our schools and watching for our kids. This includes following speed, traffic, and parking laws.

Thanks to the efforts of our students, parents, community, and Muirlands staff, the COVID pandemic has had a minimal impact on our student and staff attendance at Muirlands. However, we must continue to take the steps and diligence we have in the past if we expect these results to continue. Please spend a minute with your child to remind them of the importance of social distancing and wearing their mask correctly. I have to remind more students about social distancing and masks as of late.

Please join our La Jolla Cluster meeting this Thursday at 4:15 pm. You can find additional information and the Zoom link on the Muirlands website or contact the school.

Principal Luna

Sunday, November 28, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. School will resume tomorrow, Monday, November 29th at 8:35 am.

I also want to remind you that Wednesday, December 1st, will be our next late start day. Our campus will open at 9:35 am on this day, and our classes will begin at 9:55 am.

On Monday, we will begin the last six weeks of our first semester. I encourage all students to seek assistance if they need help with their academics. As a reminder, our tutoring center is open to all students as an academic environment to complete their work or receive support from our teaching staff. The tutoring center is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15 - 4:45 pm.

Our custodial staff, landscaping staff, teaching staff, students, and community volunteers have done a lot to make Muirlands a clean, well-groomed, and welcoming campus. We value and take pride in the physical appearance of our campus and classrooms. This is the third message I have sent regarding Tik Tok challenges and their impact on school campuses. We encourage and expect our students to make positive and respectful choices regarding their actions and words. There will be consequences for any student that makes a poor decision to vandalize or steal school property.

In my effort to keep our community informed of the current SDUSD policy regarding COVID-19 and student vaccines, I refer you again to a message sent to all families by Superintendent Jackson.

Principal Luna

Sunday, November 14, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

The end of the P2 grading period for the first semester is Friday, November 19th. The P2 final progress report grades will be available online for parents to view on Friday, December 3rd.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please email Sandy Rodriguez at

Digital Document Delivery is a PowerSchool feature that gives schools the ability to email reports and letters, in a PDF format, to parents/guardians. Please visit your PowerSchool Parent Portal account to review or update your email address or opt-out of receiving emails. For step-by-step instructions about Digital Document Delivery - Parent Portal, please click one of the following links:

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sandy Rodriguez at

Our next Student Recognition Assemblies is on Wednesday, November 17th. Please look for these grade-level presentations on our Muirlands website on Wednesday.

Please join me at 11:00 am, on Friday, November 19th, for our next Principal Chat. Zoom link

Principal Luna

Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

First and foremost, I would like to wish you all a Happy Veteran's Day. Thank you to all those that have served and those that are currently serving. Please remember the reason we recognize our veterans on this day.

In recognition of the Veteran's Day Holiday, SDUSD schools will be closed this Thursday, November 11.

Please remember to set your clocks back to Standard Time.

Picture Make-Up Day or Retake Day will be on Tuesday, November 9. If your student was absent on our original Picture Day, the PE teacher will send them to have their picture taken. If you do not like the original picture from October 15 and WANT A RETAKE, please send your student to school on November 9 with a NOTE ASKING FOR A RETAKE. Only those with a parent note will be allowed a retake. Click here for more information.

At the end of the week, we will dispose of or donate all items not picked up from our lost and found. Please have your child retrieve their water bottles, lunch boxes, school supplies, and clothes.

Principal Luna

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

What an amazing Red Ribbon and Spirit Week we had this past week. The videos and discussions around positive choices that took place in our classrooms were impactful. The participation of our students and staff with spirit days was better than I remember it ever being.

As part of our beautification process before opening up the school year, we removed much of the gum from sidewalks and around our campus. Therefore, we ask that our students refrain from bringing chewing gum to school.

Several people have shared a concern with the inappropriate use of a few, non school-supported, social media platforms. Please remind your child that respectful interaction with others on social media is as important as their interactions in person.

We are in the process of establishing our English Language Advisory Committee and seek parents to join. The committee advises and assists the school with English learner programs and participates with our School Site Council. Please open this link for more information.

Principal Luna

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

We held our first Grade Level Student Recognition Assemblies on October 13th. Please view the Grade Level specific presentations located on our school website. Muirlands teachers recognized several students for their outstanding work during the first six weeks of school during the assemblies.

This week Muirlands will celebrate Red Ribbon Week and School Spirit Week. Our students and staff will take time to view short video clips and discuss the importance of making positive choices in our lives. You are encouraged to watch these videos and view the discussion prompts with your student. These videos are great entry points to talk about the importance of making positive choices. And don’t forget to encourage your student to dress up each day this week to show your school spirit!

If your child is wearing a costume to school on Friday, October 29th, please ensure you view our Halloween Costume guidelines.  

This past week we participated in the Great California Shakeout earthquake drill. Please ask your child about their participation.

Our Zoom link did not work for the Principal Chat scheduled for this past Friday. I apologize for the inconvenience. I have scheduled a new Principal Chat for this Friday, October 29th, at 11:00 am. Please join me for a school update and chat session. Zoom Link

Principal Luna

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

We continue to focus on maintaining a positive, respectful, and welcoming environment on our campus. I ask for your support by reinforcing the value and importance of respectful social media use and post with your student. Please inform me if you have concerns with a school-related social media incident. I encourage you to visit our counseling webpage for additional resources or use the following link to a resource landing page A Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying.

This past Friday, Counselors presented the “Xello” program to all 6th-grade students. “Xello” is an app on the students’ Clever account that facilitates learning interests & personality types that help match students to their potential career. Please ask your 6th-grade student to show you their “Xello” account. There will be multiple “Xello” presentations this year for all grade levels.

As we approach Halloween weekend, students are encouraged to wear costumes on Friday, October 29th. As you are deciding on costume options, please use the following link to view Muirlands costume guidelines.
Halloween Guidelines 21-22

La Jolla High School is hosting a special haunted Walk-Thru, the Dark Path. The “Walk-Thru” will take place on Friday, October 29th, from 6:30-9:00 pm. The main entrance for the event is on Draper street and the cost is $5.00 at the door. You can find more information in this flyer or you can contact La Jolla High School Drama and Theatre teacher, Mr. Stacey Allen

Please join us this week for the following events.

Lastly, our school planners have arrived. The planners will be distributed this week to students during their period one class. Our school planner is a great tool to assist students with organizing their schoolwork and life schedule. Thank you to the Muirlands Foundation and the Muirlands Gives program for supporting our students with the purchase of these planners.

Principal Luna

Sunday, October 10, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

Our staff had a very productive morning on late start Wednesday. This late start enabled our staff to attend training on maintaining a safe campus and best practices for responding to emergencies. The professional development and training we participate in on our late start days will directly impact your student’s academics, social-emotional wellbeing, and safety.

Our push-button water fountains have been replaced with water fill stations. Please send your child to school with a refillable water bottle. If you need assistance with acquiring a water bottle, please reach out to me directly via email.

Our campus is serving many more lunches than we have ever done. It is wonderful how many students are enjoying our school lunch program. Please use the following links if you are interested in viewing our daily cafeteria options:

All Muirlands students will take the CORE SEL Survey this week. Please view this Social Emotional Learning Information Slide Show for detailed information regarding the survey. If you would like additional information or would like to opt your student out from taking the survey, please contact Ms. Wehrli at

Federal Survey Forms were distributed to students on Wednesday. If you have not completed this form, please have your child turn in their completed form to their 3rd-period teacher. Our Federal funding is partly based on the information received. If you need a replacement form, please have your child see Ms. Duncan in the main office.

Finally, Friday, October 15th, is Picture Day at Muirlands. You can preview, personalize and order on a few days after Picture Day.
For immediate access to your student's photos, use the email address you provided to Muirlands PowerSchool when you create your JostensPix account. See flyer for details

Principal Luna

Sunday, October 3, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

We are entering the final week of the current grading period. Your student’s progress report grade will be available for you to view in PowerSchool on October 15, 2021. Our tutoring center is staffed and opens to students every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15-4:45 pm. Please contact your student’s counselor for more information.

A reminder that we have our first late start day on Wednesday, October 6. Our school day will begin at 9:55 a.m. and dismiss as usual at 3:15 pm. Our campus will open at 9:35 am.

We held our first SSC meeting this past week. We reviewed and approved the following required documents.
Parent and Family Engagement Policy
School Parent Compact

Last month, Superintendent Jackson sent the following message TikTok Communication to all families in the SDUSD. The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, campus, and community is our top priority. Additional online challenges are now appearing related to physical assault towards staff members, sexual harassment, and further vandalism. I have been pleased with the culture and climate we have established on our campus. I will continue to do everything within my power to maintain a safe campus for our community. Thanks to our staff’s diligent supervision of our students, and the culture of respect and responsibility we reinforce on campus, we have had minimal episodes of vandalism behaviors. I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support with this matter.

Enrollment Options Online Choice Application will open on October 4 and close on November 15. Parents have the opportunity to submit an online Enrollment Options application via the School Choice, Magnet, and Voluntary Enrollment Exchange Program (VEEP), by accessing the district website at Choice Enrollment. If you have any questions regarding Choice enrollment, please contact Mrs. Allison Ichihara.

Principal Luna

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I want to thank all of you that joined us at our virtual Back to School Night. If you were not able to join us, the presentation is available HERE. Don't hesitate to contact your school counselor if you need assistance with accessing the presentation.

Our sixth and eighth-grade students will have a district-approved Sexual Health unit taught to them through their science class. Please watch this short video by Ms. Trombley that explains how to access and preview the curriculum used at each grade level. Sexual Health Education Program Parent Preview 21-22

Our first grading period will end in two weeks, on October 8th. I encourage you to spend a few minutes with your student to check their academic progress through PowerSchool. Please contact your child's teacher(s) if you have questions or concerns. As a reminder, we will start after-school tutoring in our library every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:15-4:45 pm. The tutoring is a drop-in program, free of charge, and is staffed by Muirlands teachers and support staff.

As a reminder, please be cautious as you drop off and pick up your student from school. The morning and afternoon traffic is busy on Nautilus Street.

Please ensure your child is bringing a fully charged computer with a charger each day. In addition, you might want to set up a consistent charging station and system at home to help your child be consistent with this responsibility.

Muirlands Middle School's Counseling Department wants to ensure we develop and provide programs that meet student needs. Therefore, we ask our students to complete this short survey - Counselor Needs-Assessment for Students. Your student will need to login into their district account to take this survey. However, only your child will know their responses. We include no student names on this survey. This survey will help us learn how many students need programs and activities on specific topics. Thank you for helping us better meet your child's needs. Please contact your child's counselor if you have questions or feedback.

Principal Luna

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

Please save the date! Muirlands will host our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 23rd. Our event will be virtual this year and begin at 5:30 p.m. with a short Zoom presentation
Zoom Link -
After this presentation, I will release families to view the classroom presentations our teachers have prepared. Each teacher will have a short informational presentation to view and directions on contacting the teacher if you have questions or need additional information. The Teacher presentations will also be posted on our website for your convenience if you cannot make the 5:30 p.m. Zoom presentation.

We are trying to do our part and convert as many items as possible to a paperless process. One of the items we converted this year was our enrollment form. We need all families to submit this form (electronically). This task was included as part of the first-week packet you received. Please go to the Parent Portal and follow the three short steps listed in the following link - Enrollment Form Directions. Please contact Ms. Ichihara for more information at

Our student COVID testing is becoming more efficient as we familiarize ourselves with and fine-tune the process. Last week we tested 173 students. If you have opted your child in for testing, please remind them to take the test when prompted. As a reminder, the testing is not mandatory, and teachers will not tell the students they must leave the classroom and take the test.

I firmly believe that Muirlands Middle School has the best students and families in the district. Muirlands is very proud of our daily work to establish and maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus for all. For the well-being of all students and staff on our campus, respect, acceptance, equality, and inclusion are the expectation. Bullying, hate speech, expressions of hate, and hateful acts of any kind are not tolerated.
We encourage all students and staff to be upstanders on our campus when they witness or hear hate speech, bullying, or speech of a biased nature.
By supporting one another in this ongoing work, we make our school a safe and welcoming place for all.

This past week, the San Diego Unified Board of Education passed a resolution recognizing the month of September 15 through October 15, 2021, as Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us in honoring the heritage of Hispanic Americans in our schools and city, as we encourage all students, employees, and family members to deepen their understanding of the Latinx community by celebrating their histories, cultures, and contributions!

We are currently organizing school clubs on our campus. These clubs are free and available to all students. If inclined, please encourage your child to join an established school club. Here is a link to the clubs currently meeting at Muirlands and the steps to take if your child wants to start a club on campus - Student Clubs.

Principal Luna

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

This past week has been another great week as we continue to welcome our students back, build community within our classrooms, and settle into our school routines. Our students have been doing a great job wearing their masks and adhering to our safety protocols on campus. These safe behaviors are making a difference. Let’s keep them up!

We have begun our Friday college/sports team Spirit Days. We encourage our students and staff to wear clothing that supports a college or favorite sports team on Fridays.

Please see Mr. Wyatt in room 307 if you are interested in joining the chess club. ALL levels of chess players are welcome!

Our students are rewarded with Dolphin tickets when observed doing positive acts in the classroom and on campus. These tickets can be redeemed for an early release to lunch on Fridays and included in our weekly campus drawings.

A reminder that our PE area is open at lunchtime for our students to play games or use the track to stay active. Please leave your backpacks in your lockers and eat your lunch before joining us on the field. Students have access to their lockers during the first 5 minutes of lunch to drop off their backpacks.

Our VEEP late activity school bus is now running. The bus will depart Muirlands at 4:45 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Parents/Guardians, please review the following with your child. We appreciate your support with the following items.

  1. Cell phones must be off and put away during the school day, including lunch and passing periods. If a student needs to make a phone call, they can ask permission from a staff member or come to the office to use the school phone. Students that use their cell phones without school permission will have their phone confiscated, and parents will need to pick up the cell phone from the school office.
  2. Please develop a system with your child to ensure their Chromebook is fully charged and placed in their backpacks daily. The library has a limited number of Chromebooks available for students to borrow if they forget their Chromebook or their Chromebook is not charged.
  3. If you have not done so already, please review our school dress code with your student. I ask that you ensure your child leaves your house dressed in agreement with the school’s dress code. I have included the school dress code below for your convenience.


At Muirlands Middle School, we strive to help students grow as learners and as citizens. The Muirlands Dress Code encourages students to focus on learning, maintain school and age-appropriate attire, and be safe as they express their individuality appropriately. This dress code applies equally to all students. Attire should protect the health and safety of all students.

  • Student attire should not advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, or gang affiliation. This also applies to garments with writing or pictures that are obscene, suggestive, sexual, mean-spirited, or violent.
  • Half-shirts, crop tops, low necklines, straps less than 2", and sleeveless tops with large armholes are not to be worn.
  • Shirts must be long enough to touch pants or shorts/skirts.
  • Clothing must cover undergarments. Shorts must have a 3-inch inseam.
  • Pants must not have holes/rips above the 3-inch inseam.

The following are not allowed at school:

  • Pants or shorts worn below the hips
  • See-through clothing that exposes undergarments
  • Flip Flops of any kind
  • Pajamas, blankets, or slippers
  • Chewing gum and sunflower seeds

When a student's attire does not meet the dress code, he/she/they will be asked to remedy the issue in one of the following ways: The student will be asked to:

  • Change into appropriate alternative clothing from their PE locker
  • Change into clothes provided by the office
  • Call home from the office to request a change of clothes

Muirlands staff will address non-compliance with the dress code respectfully and professionally. Students who repeatedly make clothing choices that do not adhere to the dress code may face consequences for defiance.

Principal Luna

Sunday, September 5, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I want to thank you and your student for a wonderful first week. It has been a pleasure to welcome our students back to school. I realize we are all still adjusting to our new school year and schedule, but our students and staff have done a fantastic job. A reminder that tomorrow is a school holiday as we recognize Labor Day. Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize workers’ many contributions to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

I want to share a few informational items and asks.

Student COVID Testing:

As you know, keeping our students safe, healthy, and IN SCHOOL is our #1 priority. Monitoring the health of our students and staff is a crucial measure in ensuring we are taking the steps necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all.

We will offer weekly COVID-19 testing on-site to those families that choose to take advantage of this service. To have your child tested, you will need to fill out the COVID-19 Testing forms. Thank you to all who have already filled out these forms. If you are opting out of COVID testing, we still need you to submit the testing form.

  • Click here for instructions on how to fill out these forms in Powerschool.
  • Click here if you’d like to see a video explaining the instructions.
  • Click here if you need instructions on how to set up a Parent Portal account.

If you prefer to fill out the forms on paper, please use the following links.

SDUSD COVID Testing formEnglish | Spanish 

Testing vendor consent form English | Spanish 

Testing will take place on the Muirlands campus every Tuesday from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Students will have their first opportunity to test on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Teachers will announce to their classes that the testing is now available for their students. Students will then leave class and receive the test. School Administration and counselors will be present to supervise these students as they transition back and forth between their classroom and the testing location.

Important - Our students who have opted into testing will have the option to test each week. Parents, if you do not want your child to receive the test on any particular Tuesday, please share that information with your child. Also, please instruct your child not to leave the classroom when their class is released for testing.

Lunch Drop Off:

We are asking for your assistance with limiting the number of non-essential visits and contacts on the campus. Please do not bring lunches to the office for delivery to your child's classroom. As an option - all students are welcome to a free cafeteria lunch again this school year. Families do not have to sign up to receive a free lunch.

Crosswalks and Electric Bicycles:

If your child needs to cross Nautilus for pick-up and drop-off, please direct them to use the crosswalk. Unfortunately, I have observed students jaywalk and cross Nautilus during these high traffic times. We correct these behaviors when we see them but would appreciate your support.

PLEASE!!! - If your child rides an electric bike to campus, have a discussion with them about safe practices. I have observed and have received several calls from the community regarding dangerous riding behaviors. These include exceeding the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic, multiple people on one bike, not wearing a helmet, doing stunts on bikes while traveling along with traffic.

SSC/SGT Recruitment

Our school operates most efficiently with the support and input of our community. Therefore, please consider volunteering to join our School Site Council (SSC) or our Site Governance Team (SGT). Please use the link below to volunteer.

SSC/SGT nomination form


If your student is absent for any reason, please report the absence to Ms. Gabby in the attendance office via phone, email, or our Muirlands website. This also applies to any students who require a blue slip due to leaving school early.

School Packets:

Thank you to all the parents/students who submitted their First Day Packets. If your student did not return their completed packet this week, please take the time to read over the documents and return the completed packet to their first-period teacher as soon as possible.

The first item listed on the packet is our ‘ K-12 Enrollment Form 2021-2022’. Parents, please remember to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and update ALL information for this item. If you need assistance, please refer to our Muirlands website. There is a link titled: ‘Enrollment Form Instructions for Parent Portal.’ If you need login information, please contact our Site Tech, Mrs. Rodriguez.

Lunch Area Update:

We have expanded the area our students use during their lunch break. This expansion includes additional lunch tables, benches, and supervision. Please remind your students to practice safe behaviors by spacing themselves out as they eat lunch, only remove their masks when actively eating and drinking, and practice social distancing. We will continue to monitor and enforce these guidelines as well.

Please continue to contact me if you have any questions or constructive feedback. Enjoy your extended Labor Day weekend!

Principal Luna

Sunday, August 29, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope you and your families are well. The entire Muirlands staff is excited to welcome your student to campus tomorrow and begin our year together.

We spent this past week preparing for your student’s arrival. We realize the transition back to campus will come with a wide range of emotions. Therefore, as we plan for your student’s return, we have worked this week to establish a warm and welcoming environment to ensure their transition back to campus is a positive experience.

Your class schedule is now accessible in PowerSchool via the Student/Parent Portal. To access your schedule, you will need to log in to Student/Parent Portal by clicking HERE. Please note, all students will need to pick up their “Official” schedule as they enter campus tomorrow.

Our campus will open tomorrow at 8:10 am. Please plan your student’s arrival accordingly. We ask that all students perform a health screening before leaving home. Please use this SAML Login link to assist you with this requirement . There is usually a lot of traffic on Nautilus, please be aware of your surroundings during drop off and pick up.

As we will be diligent in maintaining a safe and healthy campus this year for our students and staff, only students are allowed on campus tomorrow morning. Parents, please adhere to this policy and do not attempt or request to enter campus with your child tomorrow. I assure you we will do a tremendous job of supervising, assisting, and supporting your student this entire year.

I also ask that you discuss and reinforce the importance of safe and healthy behaviors on campus with your child. Behaviors as properly wearing a secure fitting mask when required, safe social interactions with friends and classmates, washing their hands properly and using hand sanitizer. We will supervise students and remind them of the safety and health guidelines we have in place. However, our students will need to internalize their actions’ importance and possible consequences while on campus. We want to do what we can to ensure we stay healthy and on campus.

I have included a link to our Muirlands Back to School FAQ Handbook. This handbook is designed to assist Muirlands families as we open our school year. We have tried to provide answers to many of your potential questions in our handbook.  

Additional Information


Please remember to bring a fully charged netbook tomorrow. Those students who do not currently have a district netbook will check one out from our library tomorrow. Your period one teacher will be able to assist you with that process.

School Bell Schedule

Please use this link to view our school schedules.

Technology, Textbooks, and Materials

During the first week of school, Muirlands will issue Chromebooks, textbooks, and lockers to students. Muirlands staff will distribute these items to our sixth-grade students on Wednesday, our seventh-grade students on Thursday, and our eighth-grade students on Friday.

Food Services

SDUSD will continue to provide free meals to all students. Families will not need to apply to be eligible for this program. In addition, at the end of the school day, all students have the opportunity to pick up a Grab and Go bag with that night’s dinner and the following day’s breakfast. These bags will be distributed by school staff at our entrance/exit gates.

We know this is a lot of information to process. So please continue to check your email and our website for information.

Please contact the school if you have questions or need assistance. We look forward to a wonderful and impactful year.  

Principal Luna

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope you are enjoying the tail end of your summer vacation. I am anxiously awaiting the start of our new school year. I look forward to reconnecting with our returning students and welcoming all our new students joining the Muirlands family. As you know, this year, schools in the SDUSD will resume full-time and in-person learning. We realize this will be a shift from what we experienced this past year. The opening of this school year will be a transition period for students, families, and staff. We recognize and pledge to work collaboratively with you to welcome our students back to campus full time.  The positive work, effort, and mindset we all bring to our campus each day will impact not only our success but that of our peers. Your teachers have worked over the summer to prepare a positive, socially appropriate, and challenging year for you. 

SDUSD will soon send our families a “Back to School Guide” containing district and site level guidelines and information for the upcoming year. 

Below you will find a link to a Muirlands Welcome Back FAQ. Please read through this document for site-specific information regarding the opening of our school year. Muirlands Welcome Back FAQ

New student virtual orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. If you are new to Muirlands this year, I encourage you to attend this informational orientation with your child, as I imagine you will have questions as a family. We will host two identical Zoom sessions.

The year’s first Principal Chat will take place on Friday, August 27th, at 11:00 am. Please join if you would like a last-minute update or have any questions. 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your academics and wellbeing. 

If you are not attending Muirlands next year, please contact our enrollment clerk, Ms. Ichihara or 858-459-4211 x 3021
Principal Luna

Tuesday August 17, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying your summer in our beautiful city or wherever you might be traveling. We are officially 13 days from our first day of school.

We are working hard to prepare for the school year and are getting ready to welcome our teachers back on August 25th. As we have seen, the impact of COVID-19 is still tremendous in our community and our nation. While we are preparing for a full return to in-person learning, we are also planning to ensure the health and safety of all staff and students on our campus. We appreciate your patience as we are gaining an understanding of district guidelines and planning for the specific needs of our Muirlands campus and community. In addition, I ask that all families please be diligent in taking the steps necessary to ensure we have a healthy and safe school opening and year.

Soon, SDUSD will send a “Back to School Guide” to all families. This guide will contain much of the information families need before sending their children back to school.

Muirlands will host two virtual orientation sessions on August 24th. The first session is from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. The second session is from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. We will post a recording of the orientation on our school website if you are unable to attend the live presentation. A zoom link and additional information will be sent to families later this week.

As you begin to prepare for the start of the year, here are some general guidelines:

  • All staff and students will be required to wear masks indoors
  • Mask will not be required while outside
  • Students will suit up for their physical education classes. Your child’s PE teacher will share how to purchase a PE uniform during the first week of class. 
  • We will continue air filtration mitigations with MERV-13 filters or air purifiers in each room and the opening of windows and doors when appropriate
  • All students who received school transportation in the past will continue to receive transportation this year
  • We will resume our “normal” school schedule
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays 8:35 am-3:15 pm
    • We will have a late start day once a month to allow our staff to attend Professional Development. On our late start dates, the school will meet from 9:55 am - 3:15 pm.
      Please calendar the following late start dates: October 6, 2021, November 3, 2021, December 1, 2021, January 5, 2022, February 2, 2022, March 2, 2022, April 6, 2022, May 4, 2022
  • Important Dates:
    • Wednesday, August 18 - School office Re-opens 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Tuesday, August 24 - On-line new student orientation, two sessions 8:00 am and 2:30 pm A Zoom link will be emailed to each family
    • Sunday, August 29 - Unofficial student schedules will be available in PowerSchool
    • Monday, August 30 - First Day of School!!! We will welcome all students to in-person learning. Gates will open at 8:15 am. Students will pick up their official color-coded schedule in the school quad. The official color-coded schedule is required for entrance into classes on 8-30-21.

Last year our Phase 2 reopening was a success and a tremendous opportunity to learn what works best for our school and our students. We intend to lift a lot of our best practices to ensure a successful 2021 Fall. Please regularly check your emails for ongoing communication and updates.

Our success last year rested upon our amazing partnership with you, our community. Your ongoing positivity was an invaluable component of our ability to navigate reopening our school with grace.

Please monitor your email for additional information. We encourage all families to sign up for the Muirlands Foundation e-Splash. We look forward to a wonderful school year. Please reach out to the school if we can assist in any way.

In partnership,
Principal Luna

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