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Northgate High School Orchestra and Band On the Run Fundraising Musical Event, February 24 

With lights low and excitement high, the 4th annual "Orchestra and Band on the Run" fundraiser presents a musical nightclub experience, featuring three student-led jazz combos and the exquisite Northgate string quartet offering classical music during dinner. This year's event takes place 6 -10:30pm, Saturday, February 24, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Lafayette. 
The evening not only features a catered dinner, fabulous music, and the chance to mingle with friends, it also includes fine wine by Duvin Wine Bar in Oakland and craft beer by Calicraft Brewing Company in Walnut Creek, as well as a silent auction, our popular dessert auction, and music provided by DJ Scott Haney. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at Proceeds benefit the Northgate Instrumental Music Program.

MDUSD Driver’s Education

Mt. Diablo Unified School District is pleased to offer an online driver’s education class for their high school students that are least 15 years old and are currently enrolled in one of our high schools. This is a DMV-approved, 30-hour course. There is no cost for students to register for this class.

To register, send an email to: [email protected] with your full name, birthdate, and school you attend. Please type in “Driver’s Ed” in the subject line. After the district has verified your information, you will receive an email back with additional instructions on how to register for this online course, typically within 3 days. If you do not receive an e-mail back, feel free to contact Michele McKimmie at 682-8000 x4027.

Education and Vehicle codes make distinctions between driver education and driver training. Driver education refers to the 30 or more hours of classroom instruction a student must complete with a qualified instructor (EC Section 51851). Driver training refers to the minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training a student must complete with a qualified instructor in an approved vehicle (Vehicle Code 12814.6). Individuals cannot take the driver training until they have completed the education portion.

Additionally, it is the parent’s/student’s responsibility to go to the DMV for the learner’s permit test. Students must be 15 1⁄2 to apply for learners permit and must bring their original Certificate of Completion. It is the parent’s responsibility to register their child for the behind- the-wheel training required to obtain their driver’s license. For more information, visit

MDUSD High School Creative Arts Honor Roll Information

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District is proud to recognize and honor the achievements of students who sustain a commitment to excellence in the creative arts. Creative arts experience is increasingly in demand in the modern workforce, and having four years of visual or performing arts on your high school transcript is a strong asset for college applications and scholarships. The district encourages students to stay actively enrolled in arts classes, and as an incentive, they offer a special honor roll program specifically for students who are working hard in the creative disciplines. This is an honor awarded to seniors based on their continuous and successful participation in visual and performing arts classes. There are two levels of recognition under this program:

1. CREATIVE ARTS HONOR ROLL For high school seniors who have successfully completed ​THREE YEARS​ (e.g. in grades 9, 10, and 11) of college preparatory arts classes with an average GPA of 3.5 or above and an overall GPA of 2.5 or above. The names of students who qualify for this honor are placed on the MDUSD Creative Arts Honor Roll, maintained on the MDUSD website page for Visual and Performing Arts. Awarded in fall of each year, this honor roll recognition is granted in time to use on college applications. ​ Students apply for the Creative Arts Honor Roll by the end of 1st quarter of their senior year.

2. CREATIVE ARTS GRADUATION HONORS ​For high school students who will successfully complete ​FOUR YEARS​ of enrollment in college preparatory arts classes with a GPA of 3.5 or above and an overall GPA of 2.5. In addition to being named on the Creative Arts Honor Roll, students approved for the Creative Arts Graduation Honor will receive an honor cord to wear at commencement ceremonies. ​Students must apply for Creative Arts Graduation Honors by Feb. 15th of their senior year.

To learn more, visit and search Creative Arts Honor Roll Information.

Shell Essay Contest’s Finalists Announced

Shell sponsored an essay competition to challenge students to examine the meaning of the phrase "diversity and inclusion.”  They asked elementary, middle and high school students to “Identify what makes you and others unique and how we can be more inclusive.” Three different prompts were given to each of the grade schools.
Finalists have been determined, but unlike previous years, the winners of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will not be announced until February 5. Shell congratulates all finalists and thanks all students who participated. “The judges had a hard time choosing from such a strong pool of essays!  Great job, MUSD students!”

Below are the finalists for each category, listed in alphabetical order:
High school finalists: Dylan Gregory, Simarpreet Kaur, and Brianna Rivera
Jr. high school finalists: Emily Romero, Kayla Welch, and Shauna Wiebalk
Elementary school finalists: Ethan Carr, Chiara Ke, and Elizabeth McCauley