Berryessa Union School District

May 2016
In This Issue
May Events

May 2, 2016
District Art Show Reception
6:30 - 8 pm
* View Art Gallery from May 1 - 25, 2016 in the District Office

May 10, 2016
Strategic Planning Meeting
8 am, Sheet Metal Workers Local 104

May 10, 2016 
Board Meeting
6 pm, District Office, Board Room

May 17, 2016
Board Meeting
6 pm, District Office, Board Room

May 19, 2016
Berryessa District Advisory Meeting
6:30 - 8 pm, District Office

May 20, 2016
Northwood Elementary's 50th Anniversary
9 - 10 am Morning Ceremony
6 - 8 pm Evening Celebration

May 25, 2016
Reclassification Awards Ceremony
Berryessa Youth Center
7 - 8 pm 

May 30, 2016
No School – Memorial Day

** Last day of school: June 10, 2016 **
District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm

For Translation Assistance Please Call The District Hotline:
1-­408-­923-­1901 (Chinese)
1­408-­923­-1902 (Spanish)
1-­408-­923-­1903 (Vietnamese)

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Superintendent's Update

Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
Negotiated Agreements
We are pleased to have reached two-year collective bargaining agreements with two of our bargaining units, teachers and Teamsters. Board members voted unanimously to approve both agreements at the April 12, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting. An important component of the teachers agreement is the addition of two days of in-depth, uninterrupted professional training for our teachers.

Strategic Planning Session
BUSD will hold a Strategic Planning Session to review and update the district’s goals and objectives on Tuesday, May 10th. This district committee, which consists of community members, parents, teachers, administrators, and students, gives input and helps define priorities for the upcoming school year. The new objectives will be formally brought before the Board of Trustees at the May 17th Board meeting for action. The draft of new objectives will be posted on our district website for the public’s review on May 12, 2016.

Principals assignments for 2016-17
At the March Board of Trustees meeting, management assignments were approved as follows:

Brooktree - Mya Duong
Cherrywood - Virginia Pender

Laneview - Carol Mar
Majestic Way - La Keisha Blackshire
Morrill - Joann 
Noble - Andrea Ortiz
Northwood - Andrew Derrick
Piedmont - Stefani Garino
Ruskin - AJ Winckler
Sierramont - Chris Mosley
Summerdale - Patty McDonald
Toyon - Maria Smith
Vinci Park - Parisa Nunez

New Administrators Introduction
We are very excited to have Ms. Stefani Garino as the new Principal for Piedmont Middle School! Ms. Garino comes to us with a great deal of experience as a school administrator. She has served as a Special Education Teacher, Assistant SELPA Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal. She has led the attendance, truancy, health, and discipline offices.  She has coordinated student testing and oversaw facilities and campus safety. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from Santa Clara University, a Master’s in Cross Cultural Education & Educational Administration from National University. Her colleagues report that she has effective interpersonal and communication skills. The people who have worked with her shared that she is very dependable, hardworking and dedicated. We look forward to her joining our team!  

39th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival: May 7, 2016, 10 – 5 pm
BUSD elementary and middle school band and choir students will be performing at the Festival at 10 am. Come join us for a day of entertainment, food, and fun at Penitencia Creek Park located at 3050 Berryessa Rd in San Jose, CA 95132.

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

Location: Independence High School Gymnasium

Sierramont Middle School: 1 pm
Piedmont Middle School: 3 pm
Morrill Middle School: 5 pm
BUSD Leads
BUSD School Board

  • Next School Board Meeting: May 10 & 17, 2016,
    6 pm, District Office
  • Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

In mid-April, Berryessa schools began to administer the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which last year replaced previous state standard assessment methods. The new tests include computer-based English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments and this will be the last year of the old paper/pencil Science CST assessment. The new assessments were created to gauge each student’s performance in ELA and mathematics (and next year Science) as they develop. Using technology, CAASPP is better able to review a student’s ability to write clearly, think critically, and solve problems than old fill-in-the-bubble tests.

Due to staggering start schedules, Berryessa schools are a little over halfway finished with CAASPP and are on target to be finished by mid-May. Please remember that CAASPP scores are different that previous STAR scores and are only one method Berryessa teachers evaluate their students. The tests are an academic check-up that provides teachers information to actively improve instruction.

Please make sure your child is well-rested and eats a healthy breakfast so that they may feel their best for their assessments.
More CAASPP Information
The “Spartan East Side Promise” provides a pathway to admission to SJSU by clearly specifying admissions requirements and actively sharing this information with students and families at the 13 high schools in the East Side Union High School District. 
The Spartan East Side Promise is a collaborative venture created by SJSU and ESUHSD, with support from the East Side Alliance, a network that includes ESUHSD, seven elementary feeder school districts (Alum Rock, Berryessa, Evergreen, Franklin-McKinley, Mt. Pleasant, Oak Grove, Orchard), and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The East Side Alliance brings together these eight districts as an educational community to share ideas, leverage resources, and align practices to ensure every student’s success.       
In order to gain admission into SJSU, students must meet the California State University/ University of California course requirements known as the “A-G” requirements — a set of 15 high school course requirements covering a range of subjects that establish a foundation for college-level work.
SJSU & East Side Promise Details
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 CBOC 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.
Solar Panel Update
Measure L Bond Update
Measure L Bond Update
Opterra Energy Services delivered a presentation to the Board of Trustees at the April 2016 Board Meeting. The Board selected Opterra as the service provider to install solar panels as part of the Measure L bond investment. Opterra’s program has three goals: 1. To reduce the District’s environmental footprint, 2. To invest bond funds in renewable energy to benefit the District, and 3. To connect facilities to educational programs and enhance ongoing STEM programs. The presentation covered projected savings, project parameters, and educational opportunities.

The Measure L Bond update presentation made to the Board of Trustees at the April 2016 Board Meeting outlined the current project lists for 2016 and 2017 for improvement and modernization investment throughout BUSD. 
EL Professional Development Workshop
English Learner Master Plan Presentation

Forty-two different languages are spoken throughout the Berryessa Union School District. Approximately ⅓ of our population are English learners. Our vision is that all English learners in our District will reach high levels of academic standards. We are proud to report that around 370 students will be reclassified as English proficient this year, which is an increase from last year’s 230 students. These students will be honored at a ceremony to celebrate their success on May 25th. The District has built a strong foundation of knowledge to continue to grow English learner support and advocacy.

This past April, BUSD was one of the districts invited to present at the Santa Clara County Office of Education's ELA/ELD Framework Implementation Showcase. This event launches the development of a framework that will provide instructional guidance for TK-12 teachers and guide school districts in curriculum development and program design.

At the April 2016 Board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Joseph McCreary, Ed.D, presented the District’s English Learners Master Plan. The EL Master Plan is the document that guides District resources and outlines EL instructional principles in achieving BUSD’s mission that all English learners reach high levels of academic standards.
Teacher presents the day's EL Learning Objective
EL TK Think, Share, Pair Activity
Brooktree Elementary School Literacy Night

On April 7, 2016, Brooktree students and families celebrated Literacy Night. Students dressed as their favorite book characters and participated in literacy stations, such as "Word Bingo", "Site Word Slapstick", "Bookmark Art", and "Sequencing." Thank you to everyone who helped make reading come alive at Literacy Night!
Summerdale Elementary Celebrates 40 Fabulous Years

The Summerdale community celebrated the 40th anniversary of the opening of the school on Friday, April 8, 2016. Coordinated by PTA members, Delia Todd, Christy Bradford, Ericka Hum, and principal, Patty McDonald, the celebrants included students and parents, teachers and staff (present and past), school alumni, the superintendent, several school board members, and many other community members. The revelers enjoyed 70's era music provided by DJ, Tim Malate, food trucks by The Food Truck Mafia, photos of all past Summerdale classes and staff, and many fun activities by Summerdale Staff and PTA Parents.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Summerdale's 40 Anniversary Celebration a success! We are especially thankful for our alumni who came back to celebrate and volunteer at the event. Above is a picture of our event DJ and Summerdale alumni, Tim Malate (far left in photo) surrounded by Summerdale alumni friends. 
BUSD Creates
Sierramont Advanced Choir
Sierramont Advanced Orchestra
Sierramont Advanced Band
Sierramont’s Music Program Shines in Anaheim

The Sierramont Middle School Advanced Choir traveled to the Anaheim Heritage Festival and won a gold medal in a performance competition. The group was able to participate in a clinic where a college professor worked with the choir to improve their skills.

Sierramont’s Advanced Band and Orchestra also traveled to Anaheim to participate in a different event at Disney’s California Adventure Park. After a video audition, the group was accepted into the OnStage program, where each class performed a 30-minute performance for park patrons and participated in a behind-the-scenes music workshop. Congratulations to these hard working musicians who represented the Sierramont Music Department in such a positive way!
Sierramont Advanced Orchestra Opens
San Jose City Council Meeting
BUSD Innovates
Automated Softball Tee Loader
Kylee Nielsen's Automated Softball Tee Loader
Four Piedmont Middle School Students Receive Awards at Synopsys Silicon Valley Science and Technology Championship

Berryessa is proud to announce Piedmont Middle School had four students earn awards at the recent Synopsys Championship. This annual event showcases students in the Santa Clara County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This science fair challenges students to go beyond their classroom studies to do project-based research working either independently or in teams. Projects address issues in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and other related categories.

Kylee Nielsen’s “Automated Softball Tee Loader” won 2nd place in 8th Grade Physical Science and Engineering. Her invention loads a softball on a tee for players and coaches to facilitate batting practice. Elena Kong, Anna Phan, and Jenny Pham created “The Giving Machine” that received an 8th Grade Certificate of Achievement from the Society of Women Engineers (and included Amazon Gift Cards!). The Giving Machine is a game that helps feed homeless and helps the environment at the same time. The machine is made out of wood, metal, glass, and cloth and takes “crushed cans” instead of coins to play.
Cherrywood Loves Science

Cherrywood Elementary School provides hands-on Science lessons for all students in grades K-5. Recent Science classroom projects included their Schmahl Science instructor teaching 4th graders about the intricate features of the eye through dissecting a cow eye. A gravity instruction project involved students constructing a parachute out of various materials to protect an egg from cracking. The students held a demonstration and tested their parachutes to see if their device protected the egg when dropped.
Ruskin Team Wins at Tech Challenge 2016

Ruskin Elementary School’s 5th-grade team, Ethan Cao, Kyle Feng, Kevin Han, and Teddy Obukhov participated in the recent Tech Challenge 2016 at the Tech Museum – Taking Flight and won the Outstanding Engineering Design Process award.

The kids demonstrated teamwork, critical thinking, problem-solving, and learned a lot about the engineering design process. We are proud of our team of innovators and hope they inspire their peers to take challenges in their lives and have fun!
Tech Challenge 2016 Video
Winners: Ethan Cao, Kyle Feng, Kevin Han, and Teddy Obukhov
Berryessa Education Foudnation
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. The BEF holds an annual community-supported “Raffle to Make a Difference” across all Berryessa schools. All of the raffle proceeds benefit our BUSD students and help fund teacher grants for instructional enrichment.

This year’s raffle raised a total of $23,600 in profit. Ruskin Elementary sold the most tickets of all BUSD schools with 1,643 tickets sold! Schools will receive 50% of their ticket sales to use toward educational needs and projects. The remaining 50% funds BEF Teacher Grants, for which individual or team teachers may apply for classroom equipment and instructional materials.

Thank you to our donors who generously donated raffle prizes and a big thanks to our community for participating in this year’s raffle. You made a difference!

Learn More About BEF
District Art Show
Gallery Reception
May 2, 2016
6:30 - 8 pm
View Art Gallery: May 1 - 25, 2016 in the District Office  

39th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival: May 7, 2016, 10 – 5 pm
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