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Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Kicks Off School Year


July 22, 2022


Marci McFadden, Chief of Communications & Engagement


Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Kicks Off School Year

Back-to-School Bash, Annual Employee Kick-Off, First Day of School

Seaside, CA - The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District welcomed school site leaders and other staff back to the district this week to begin planning for the 2022-2023 school year. MPUSD’s first day of school is Wednesday, August 3, 2022. Leaders and staff participated in multiple days of professional learning activities and strategic planning, and the learning continues into next week as new teachers are on-boarded and returning teachers are welcomed back.

This is an exciting year to welcome students, families and staff for the first time or returning to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. It goes without saying that the past two and a half years were not what any of us expected, but moving forward I am hopeful, energized, and eager to kick off what promises to be an outstanding year,” said PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, in his welcome letter to families.

The district announces three media opportunities that will provide colorful visuals for photography and broll, as well as availability of individuals for interviews.

Saturday, July 23 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

MPUSD’s Back-to-School Bash

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School of the Arts

1713 Broadway Avenue, Seaside

*Colorful visuals: School, district and community booths, bright inflatable obstacle courses for students, mariachi group, free tacos, free backpacks, free fruit and produce, free COVID and Tdap vaccines, free hygiene products, opportunities to win gift cards and a bike, and more

*Opportunity to interview students, parents, staff, community partners about upcoming school year

Monday, August 1 | 8 - 10 a.m.

MPUSD Annual Back-to-School Kick-Off for All Staff

Seaside High School

2200 Noche Buena, Seaside

*More than 1,000 teachers and staff in colorful spirit wear converge onto Seaside High School field for welcome back kick-off event

*Colorful visuals: Staff in school colors and gear, student performances, brief keynote speakers (five minutes from student, teacher, classified staff member), Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh’s message

*Opportunity to interview administrators, teachers, staff

Wednesday, August 3

MPUSD First Day of School

All MPUSD schools return to session

*RSVP in advance so we can coordinate school site location and verify photo releases


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About Monterey Peninsula Unified School District


The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District is home to approximately 9,600 students in grades transitional kindergarten through 12th grade. The district also houses preschool and adult education. The district is built on a solid foundation of effective instruction, positive school culture, systems of support, and collaborative leadership. The district is nestled along the Monterey Bay, and stretches from the city of Marina to the north to the city of Monterey to the south, and includes the communities of Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Sand City and Seaside.