Berryessa Union School District

June 2016
In This Issue

June 1, 2016
Measure L CBOC Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 pm
District Office, Board Room

June 7, 2016
School Board Meeting
Special Session - 4:00 pm and Regular Session - 7:00 pm
District Office, Board Room
June 9, 2016
8th Grade Promotions
  • Sierramont Middle School: 1 pm
  • Piedmont Middle School: 3 pm
  • Morrill Middle School: 5 pm
Independence High School
1776 Education Park Drive, San Jose

June 10, 2016
Last Day of School
June 21, 2016
School Board Meeting
6 pm, District Office, Board Room
District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm

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Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
View Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan Recap

On May 10th, BUSD held a Strategic Planning session with parents, teachers, administrators, students, and community members to review the district’s goals and objectives. Forward-thinking strategic planning helps the district define priorities and initiatives for the upcoming school year. At the May 17th School Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the 2016-17 Strategic Plan. The plan’s strategic objectives are divided into three-year goals defined by the person and department responsible, the timeline, and how the goal will be achieved.

BUSD Strategic Goals
  • Ensure a safe learning environment
  • Enhance student achievement
  • Enhance technology
  • Provide professional development for all staff
  • Increase parent and community education and involvement
ELA/ELD Framework Trailblazers
BUSD joined the Santa Clara County Office Education in the ELA/ELD Implementation Showcase. We were celebrated for our strong commitment in supporting the implementation of the shifts in the ELA/ELD Framework.
Superintendent Ector, Board President David Cohen, Assistant Superintendent Dr. McCreary, and ELD Coach Krista Castillou accepted a certificate of recognition from County Superintendent Jon Gundry for being “ELA/ELD Framework Trailblazers.”
BUSD instructional coaches, Samantha Rainer, Kalpana Thatte, Namarta Jindal, Nandini Pal, and Cindy Panelli and Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Barbara Friedenbach, were available to answer questions regarding how the implementation has been working for Berryessa.

Lidia Vazquez joined BUSD Educational Services last month to oversee the EL program, SEAL, Title III and other student services programs. Lidia was most recently at the Santa Clara County Office of Education as the Manager of State and Federal programs. She has worked as an elementary principal, coordinator of bilingual programs/migrant education, and as a bilingual kindergarten teacher. Please help us welcome Lidia to the BUSD community!

Sarah Thistlethwaite was selected to be a teacher-advisor for the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program beginning in August 2016. Her support will be invaluable as we increase the number of students and classrooms participating in the SEAL program. SEAL classrooms develop academic language through engaging and meaningful thematic instruction.

New Student Enrollment Packets for the 2016 – 2017 school year are available at school offices, the District Office, and on the BUSD website

2016 - 2017 Important Dates

· August 22 – First Day of School for Students
· September 5 – Labor Day
· November 11 – Veteran's Day
· November 21 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break
· December 19 - Jan. 2 – Winter Break
· January 16 – MLK Jr. Day
· February 20 - 24 – Presidents’ Break
· April 17 - 21 – Spring Break
· May 29 – Memorial Day
· June 9 – Last Day of School for Students
Download 2016-2017 Calendar
BUSD School Board

  • Next School Board Meeting: June 7 & 21, 2016,
    6 pm, District Office
  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes
The End of No Child Left Behind - What does it mean to BUSD?  

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Under the ESSA, California will implement the same interventions in the 2016-17 school year for schools that were previously identified for program improvement (PI) in the 2015-16 school year with the exception of the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) and Choice provisions. 2016-17 will be a transitional year as the state and district adopt the new law and accountability system. California has developed a transition plan that describes the various alternative supports and services available to eligible students.

Public School Choice

Under the new law, students who previously transferred to another public school under NCLB must be allowed to remain in that school until the child has completed the highest grade offered in that school. For the 2016-17 school year, California schools are not required to offer the Title I, Part A Public School Choice to any additional eligible students.

Parent Notification

For the 2016-17 school year, under the new law, schools are not required to notify parents/guardians of Title I PI status; however, schools may notify parents/guardians about alternative supports and Choice. Schools identified as PI Year 2 and beyond will be required to provide eligible students with alternative supports, such as before or after school tutoring, designed to increase their academic achievement level. Socioeconomically disadvantaged students attending a Title I school that is in PI Year 2 and beyond are eligible to receive alternative supports for the 2016-17 school year.
BUSD Policy on Nondiscrimination/Harassment, Gender Identity and Access

With recent media reports on gender identity and bathroom laws in other states, we wanted to take this opportunity to review BUSD’s Board Policy and Administrative Regulations on Nondiscrimination/Harassment, Gender Identity and Access adopted by BUSD Trustees on February 11, 2014.

“District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination, including harassment, with respect to the actual or perceived ethnic group, religion, color, race, ancestry, national origin, and physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression. The Board of Trustees shall ensure equal opportunities for all students in admission and access to the educational program, guidance and counseling programs, athletic programs, testing procedures, and other activities.”

Read the full Board Policy 5145.5 here.

AR 5145.5 determine the specific guidelines for supporting the needs and rights of students regarding gender identity and equal access to the District’s educational programs and activities. In all cases, the goal is to ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of all students, regardless of their gender identity or gender expression.

Read entire AR 5145.5 here. 

Board Policy Archive
Outstanding Child Nutrition Services

YMCA of Silicon Valley recently gave the district positive feedback on the Supper Meal program that BUSD vends to YMCA's after school program at Toyon Elementary School. 

The YMCA After School Director said that "out of all the Supper Meal menus they have come across from other school districts, BUSD's plan is the best they have seen in terms of compliance with all meal requirements, how well the kids like the meals, and how healthy and balanced are the meals."

Curious about the tasty Supper Meals BUSD Child Nutrition Services plans for our students? Click here to view April's menu. 
Child Nutrition Services
English Learner Success

On Wednesday, May 25th, BUSD celebrated the successful reclassification of 370 students in our District from English learners to fluent English proficiency during a Reclassification Awards Ceremony at Morrill Middle School. Our Deputy Superintendent, Phuong Le, an English learner herself, gave the students an inspirational speech.
Measure L & Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee Member Opportunities

Berryessa Union School District seeks volunteers to serve on the Bond Measure L and Parcel Tax Measure K Independent Citizens' Oversight Committees. Each committee meets quarterly at the BUSD District Office, at 1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose.

Each oversight committee ensures public funds are allocated in accordance with the original bond measure ballot terms. The committees evaluate the bond impact on students, classrooms, schools, and the district.

Measure L is a $77,000,000 general obligation bond measure, approved by voters in November 2014,  that authorizes funding for upgrades, repairs, and new construction projects for district schools and facilities.  Measure L CBOC members serve two-year terms. Please click here for member requirements.

Measure Ka parcel tax approved in 2012, allocated $1.3 million in funding for maintaining strong core academic programs, updated technology and science instruction, libraries, and attracting and retaining quality teachers through the extension of the Measure W parcel tax that expired in 2013. Measure K COC members serve a three-year term. Please click here for more information.

Interested in Serving?
Please download the application below and follow its instructions. Questions about the Measure K committee should be directed to BUSD Business Services at  or by calling the Business Office at (408) 923-1860. For questions regarding Measure L, contact the Superintendent’s Office at or call 408-923-1815.
Download Measure L Application
Download Measure K Application
If interested in this position, please return the completed application to the Superintendent’s Office at 
1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA 95132.
Latino Literacy Project

As part of its Family Outreach Strategic Objective, BUSD offers the Latino Literacy Project. During this school year, the group met for a two-hour weekly session for seven weeks at the San Jose/Berryessa Public Library. Participants read bilingual books during the session and were able to bring the books home to enjoy with their families. 

During the meetings group discussions were held on topics ranging from culture, tradition, parenting, and education. School involvement was highly encouraged through the teaching of how to navigate the school system. Childcare and light refreshments were provided to participants. 
Latino Literacy Project
Parent University

Parent University returned to Berryessa Union School District with a successful kick-off event in April at Cherrywood Elementary School. English learner families in our district participated in workshops that addressed Growth Mindset and Literacy.
Families arrived at 9:00 AM for light refreshments, then ELD Instructional Coach, Krista Castillou, conducted a Growth Mindset presentation. Parents watched short video clips and participated in discussions about techniques to develop a growth mindset in their children.

Instructional Coaches Samantha Rainer and Nandini Pal, and Jaime Koo, former teacher and current parent at Noble Elementary, taught parents strategies to support their children with reading and literacy. Education Technology Coach, Martha Campos showed parents how to navigate Infinite Campus and discussed strategies to communicate with their children and children’s teachers. Children attending the childcare during the event created crafts, colored, and built Lego creations.

BUSD Education Services looks forward to offering additional Parent University Workshops in the 2016-2017 school year.
Northwood Elementary Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Last month, Northwood Elementary School celebrated 50 years of academic excellence with a daytime ceremony that included honored guests including board members, former principals and staff members, and student performances. A highlight of the ceremony was the school receiving a Commendation from a Representative of the County Supervisor, Dave Cortese. The celebration continued later in the evening with a free community carnival featuring music, food trucks, and games. 

Thank you to Val Bobias for the beautiful photography and graphic design for the event. 
Former Northwood staff made a special appearance and enjoyed reconnecting with their former students and meeting current Northwood families. 
Vinci Park Family Fun Night

Vinci Park families had a blast at the Family Fun Night sponsored by the school's PTA. Family Fun Night is the biggest PTA fundraiser featuring local food trucks and treats and carnival-style games with prizes. The popular theme basket raffle and grand prize help support the PTA’s efforts to support school enrichment assemblies and classroom supplies.
Ruskin Pennies for Patients

Ruskin Elementary School reached its goal of raising $6,000.00 for Pennies for Patients. As a reward for the students achieving their goal, Principal Parisa Nunez accepted their Ice Bucket Challenge. What a good sport! 
Digital Citizenship

The 4th and 5th graders at Brooktree Elementary School participated in a Digital Citizenship Bootcamp to learn, discuss and understand social media and its responsibilities.
Ruskin Bike Rodeo

The City of San Jose’s Street Smarts program in conjunction with Walk n' Roll sponsored a free safety event at Ruskin Elementary School. Students learned the Rules of the Road, how to ride a road safety course, and practiced safe cycling skills. All kids were eligible to receive a bike safety inspection and helmet fitting.
BUSD Technology Coach Receives Stanford Educator Spotlight
LAN Cabling Upgrade Project

This summer, Technology Services will move forward on Phase II of the LAN Cabling Upgrade project. Starting this summer, LAN cabling will begin at Laneview, Majestic Way, Piedmont, Summerdale, and Toyon with the remaining schools being completed during winter and summer breaks.
Northwood Student Wins at Tech Challenge 2016

Northwood Elementary School student Muntazir Mohamed won the Judge's Choice Award at the The Tech Challenge as part of The Creative Cats team for the creation of gliders and a launcher that would fly the glider over obstacles and land on a target while carrying a payload of ping pong balls. The Judges noted the team’s “amazing quality control” and it is evident in the hard work Muntazir put forth in perfecting his gliders. He created over 50 gliders with variations of material and design based on his in-depth research on aerodynamics and engineering. We are proud of Muntazir’s perseverance and dedication to research and innovation. Keep up the great work!
Berryessa Education Foundation
The Berryessa Education Foundation (BEF) is a volunteer-staffed foundation that has raised over $300,000 since 1992 to supplement the District’s budget to improve our students’ educational experience.
Learn More About BEF
8th Grade Promotions
June 9, 2016

Independence High School Gymnasium
1776 Education Park Drive
San Jose

Sierramont Middle School: 1 pm
Piedmont Middle School: 3 pm
Morrill Middle School: 5 pm
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