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Message from the Superintendent

Dear Milpitas Unified Parents and Guardians,

As we watch the events unfold in the community of Newtown, Connecticut, our hearts go out to the parents and families who experienced the loss of a child through violence.  We also honor the leadership and sacrifice of the principal and teachers who were killed last Friday.  

Here in Milpitas, our teachers, principals, and staff members will continue to be here for your children.  As we deal with our own sense of loss and grief, the dedicated staff of MUSD will continue to provide a place of safety and security for your children.  Public education is the foundation of a democratic society, and we will continue to be one of the cornerstones of the Milpitas community and a place of safety and security for your children.

I want to assure all parents that we have safety and security procedures in place to protect our students and staff.  We have a great working relationship with the Milpitas Police Department and trust their role helping us to keep our schools safe.  

I ask all of our parents to be very thoughtful about how much news and information is appropriate for your kids.  Please limit television viewing of these events for younger children.  We have collected resources to guide your discussions at home - please visit the district webpage ( for a list of helpful ideas.

As we prepare for 2013, you should know that the Board of Trustees has approved the services of Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) in our elementary schools, effective January 7, 2013.  We now have additional mental health counseling support available to all students at our thirteen schools.  In January 2013, we will also be launching a district wide initiative called Project Cornerstone, with the goal of creating a positive social-emotional environment for our students.

It has been a difficult week to be an educator and a father.  More than ever, I believe that we need to come together as a community and provide our children with everything they need to be healthy and successful.  Thank you in advance for a deeper partnership in the 2013 year ahead.

Cary Matsuoka