We will be updating this page frequently during the school year. One of our big goals is to provide transparent, accessible curricular information for our learning communities and families.


Explaining the The Common Core

The Common Core State Standards


We've hosted some K8 ELA and Math Parent Nights in the past two years. The following videos are from those evenings:

K8 ELA Night

Last Year’s K8 Math Night

Last Night’s K8 Math Night


MMUUSD Educators

Staff Curriculum Information


PreK-8 Staff Curriculum Site

Accelerated Math Libraries

Algebra prep


YouCubed - Jo Boaler, author of Mathematical Mindsets


Here is the parent connection:


Connected Math Project

Movement Resources

Fantastic Resources to Support Movement In and Out of the Classroom

Products and Programs

Jam School Program


Exercise Flash Cards

CDC Programs List

Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program

Be Our Kids Success


TED Talk: The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement (Michael Kuczala)

Mindfulness resources:


Modern Mindfulness is a local group, they have a program that teachers can use for 5 minutes a day that teaches concepts and practices skills.

Mindful Schools

The Hawn Foundation



How Finland Keeps Kids Focussed

Why So Many Kids Can't Sit Still In School Anymore

How Finland Solved the Problem of Childhood Obesity

Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement

Does More Time On The Playground Equal More Success In The Classroom

Exercise Seems to Be Beneficial To Children

Why Kids Shouldn't Sit Still In Class

WSD Message to Staff

Peer-reviewed literature:

Aberg M et al. Cardiovascular fitness is associated with cognition in young adulthood. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2009;106(49).

American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement. The Crucial Role of Recess in School. Pediatrics, 2013;131(1).

Barros RM, Silver EJ, Stein RE. School recess and group classroom behavior. Pediatrics, 2009;123(2)

Beresin AR. Recess Battles: Playing, Fighting, and Story Telling. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press; 2010.

Buck SM et al. The relation of aerobic fitness to Stroop task performance in preadolescent children. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2008;40.

Castelli DM et al. Physical fitness and academic achievement in third- and fifth-grade students J Sport Exerc Psychol, 2007;29.

Chaddock L et al. A neuroimaging investigation of the association between aerobic fitness, hippocampal volume, and memory performance in preadolescent children. Brain Res, 2010;1358.

Chomitz VR et al. Is there a relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement?: positive results from public school children in the northeastern United States. J Sch Health, 2009;79.

Gurian M, Stevens K. The Minds of Boys: Saving our Sons From Falling Behind in School and Life. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Press; 2005.

Hillman, CH et al. Aerobic fitness and neurocognitive function in healthy preadolescent children. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2005;37.

Hillman, CH et al. The effect of acute treadmill walking on cognitive control and academic achievement in preadolescent children. Neuroscience, 2009;159(3).

Miller RM, Ginsburg KR. Pediatrics, 2012; 129(1):e204-13.

Milteer RM, Ginsburg KR, Mulligan DA. The importance of play in promoting healthy child development and maintaining strong parent-child bond: Focus on children in poverty. Pediatrics, 2012;129(1).

National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education. Foods and Physical Activity in Public Elementary Schools. Washington, DC: US Department of Education; 2005.

Pellegrini AD, Kato K, Blatchford P, Baines E. A short-term longitudinal study of children’s playground games across the first year of school: Implications for social competence and adjustment to school. Am Educ Res J, 2002;39(4).

Pereira et al. Proc Natl Acad Sci, 2009

Ratey JJ. Spark. The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. New York, NY. Little, Brown and Co. 2008.

Rhea, D.J., Rivchun, A.P., & Pennings, J. (in press, 2016). The Liink Project: Implementation of a Recess and Character Development Pilot Study with Grades K & 1 Children. Texas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance Journal (TAHPERD). more-recess-improves-academic-performance-and-behavior/

Rhea, D.J. (Jan, 2016). Recess: The forgotten classroom. Instructional Leader Journal, 29 (1).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Recess Rules. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; 2007.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The State of Play – Gallup Survey of Principals and School Recess. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; 2010.

Scudder MR et al. Tracking the relationship between children’s aerobic fitness and cognitive control. Health Psychol, 2016 Apr 18 (Epub ahead of print).

Shephard RJ. Curricular physical activity and academic performance. Pediatr Exerc Sci 1997;9.

Sibley BA, Etnier JL. The relationship between physical activity and cognition in children: a meta-analysis. Pediatr Exerc Sci, 2003;15.

Strong, WB et al. Evidence based physical activity for school-age youth. Pediatrics, 2005;146(6).

US Department of Education. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Executive Summary. Washington, DC. US Department of Education; 2002.

Wang Y, Beydoun MA. The obesity epidemic in the United States – gender, age, socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and geographical characteristics: a systematic review and meta-regression analysis. Epidemiol Rev. 2007;29(1).