Berryessa Union School District

March 2016
In This Issue
March Events

March 2, 2016
Measure L Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee Meeting
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
District Office, Board Room

March 8, 2016
School Board Meeting
6 pm, District Office, Board Room

March 16, 2016
Community Meeting
City of San Jose-Flea Market Property
6:30 pm - 8 pm
Vinci Park School Multipurpose Room

March 17, 2016
Berryessa District Advisory Council
6:30 - 8 pm
Piedmont Middle School Library 

March 22, 2016
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
5 - 6 pm, District Office

March 25 - April 1, 2016
No School: Spring Break 
District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: (408) 923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm


Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
Superintendent's Update

Judging by the new blossoms on the trees, Spring has sprung! Spring also marks the beginning of registration for the 2016-17 school year. Please see our enrollment section to learn about the registration process to enroll students entering our transitional kindergarten program through 8th grade. Parents may pick up the new registration packet at any of our schools or may download it from our website. Please be advised student immunization requirements have changed effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Bond Update

BUSD held a successful contractor outreach event for all contractors to enlighten them on BUSD's plans for bond facility improvement over the next two years. We had over 100 individuals attend this event. I explained our district's vision to give our students a 21st century learning environment and the need to keep our students and staff safe. The objective was to make the contractors aware of the timelines and types of projects BUSD will be going out to bid for over the next six months.

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

Middle School Math Placement Tests:
February 29 – March 11, 2016
Berryessa Union School District offers two math pathways for 7th-grade general education students. To determine which class your 6th grade student will be placed in the 2016 -17 school year, BUSD will be using two different tests - a performance task-based assessment and a nationally recognized online diagnostic test called the Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project.
Privacy Options in Recent Student Data Case
The California Department of Education (CDE) is currently engaged in litigation that impacts all California public school districts. The plaintiffs, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systematic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.
BUSD is not involved in the lawsuit nor subject to any of the suit’s allegations. Nonetheless, the court ruling requires the CDE to provide the plaintiffs access to personal student data on all K-12 students (general and special education) who have attended a California public school since January 1, 2008. The data may include personally identifiable student information. Parents have the right to object to the public release of their student’s data.

  • If you have any questions or require more information, please visit the CDE website.
  • For additional information from Superintendent Torlakson, click here.
Objection Form - English
Objecion - Espanol
BUSD Evolves
BUSD Board Approves Solar Project
During the January 19th School Board meeting, the BUSD Board of Trustees approved the expansion of our district’s green footprint through the implementation of a solar energy project. BUSD will invest $9.95M in the installation of solar panels across all 13 schools and District Office.
“We are pleased to have the solar project come in under bid thanks to the in-depth initial planning stage focused on priority setting and community input,” said Will H. Ector, Berryessa Union School District Superintendent.
BUSD's solar initiative began in Spring 2015 when the Trustees and District leadership committed to setting goals for energy saving, renewable power, and energy education that has a positive financial impact. OpTerra Energy Services will lead construction and project management. The project is made possible as part of the 
Measure L Bond Program
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BUSD Leads
Measure L Annual Report
Bond Measure L Citizens' Oversight Committee Vacancy

Berryessa Union School District seeks a volunteer to serve on the Bond Measure L Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Committee meets quarterly at the BUSD District Office, at 1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose.

Measure L is a $77,000,000 bond measure that authorizes funding for upgrades, repairs, and new construction projects for district schools and facilities.  

A prerequisite for this position is membership in a bona fide taxpayer association. 
Download Application
If interested in this position, please return the completed application to the Superintendent’s Office at 
1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA 95132.
BUSD School Board

  • Next School Board Meeting: March 8, 2016, 6 pm, District Office
Noble Elementary Selected for Presidential Project

Noble Elementary School students will participate an interactive classroom video conference as part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project. The project selects schools across the United States to participate in an online classroom series with Presidential historians at museums, Presidential Libraries, and National Presidential Historic Sites to explore historical themes and events. 

This year's program focuses on Presidential Powers and the Constitution. Noble Elementary students will learn how different presidents in different eras have interpreted and exercised presidential powers. Students will investigate primary source documents for research and presentation throughout the interactive classroom session. 
Piedmont Middle School Student Jennifer Nguyen
"I would like to thank everyone who supported me throughout this entire journey. A huge special thanks to Mrs. Flora, my science teacher, the entire Piedmont Middle School staff, and my dad for making everything possible and for sparking my love for science."
- Student Jennifer Nguyen

National Science Fair Competition Nominee

Piedmont Middle School student Jennifer Nguyen received a nominee distinction at the Broadcom MASTERS, a national science project competition for her project, "A 40% Cheaper Alternative to Robotic Eating Aid." Only the top 10% of middle school science fair projects receive this great honor! Nguyen also won First Place in Engineering at the Synopsys Championship and an Honorable Mention Award in Applied Mechanics and Structures category at the California State Science Fair

Jennifer created a robotic feeding aid made entirely out of Legos for disabled people. In the market, there are robotic feeding aids that range from $500-$6000. Her theory suggested that it was possible to build the exact same machine with Legos for only an astounding price of $200. She chose Legos as her building medium because the parts can be found anywhere, allowing people to build their device at home. Her model was praised for its convenience and its lightweight, efficient design making it easier to transport and to assist with eating. 
Student-created Bionic Arm
New Science Academy at Toyon Elementary

Toyon Elementary School will be the Berryessa Union School District's first Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Academy beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

The STEAM Academy will integrate various content areas to engage students in multi-disciplinary thinking, experiential learning, and real-world problem-solving. STEAM activities encourage collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. 

Principal Maria Smith, her staff, and BUSD leadership are defining the program objectives and planning the implementation of this exciting and engaging new program. Check this newsletter for updates as Toyon moves full STEAM ahead! 
“I like helping students acquire the skills they need, but also opening up their mind to be creative, flexible and encourage them to experience the world as much as they can and expect them to solve problems before they bring them to me."

- Teacher Youngmi Park
Brooktree Teacher Wins Silicon Valley Education Foundation Teacher of the Month Award

Brooktree Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Teacher Youngmi Park was selected as the January Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) Teacher of the Month. Youngmi Park received a grant to take her young students to the Children’s Discovery Museum. The grant, provided by the Wells Fargo Teacher Innovation Classroom Grant from SVEF, financed the museum field trip for 129 students from transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and a special education class. 

Youngmi Park has been teaching for 12 years, although she first started her career in the science field. Her passion for education and the well-being of children led her back to the classroom. She received her MA in Education from Stanford University, where she focused on Language, Literacy and Culture. She is particularly interested in language acquisition and development. 
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All BUSD schools' health offices will stock Epinephrine Auto-Injectors ("EpiPens") to provide emergency medical aid to students and staff believed to be suffering from an anaphylactic reaction. 
In the past, schools were only allowed to store EpiPens for students with a doctor's prescription. The California State Legislature passed a 
law that allows school districts to obtain EpiPens that may be used for students and staff who have an undisclosed allergic reaction. Statistics show that children with unknown allergies may experience their first reaction while at school. BUSD school nurse Gagan Bains, MEd, RN, is training staff at all BUSD schools in the proper administration of EpiPens. Our district has received four free EpiPens for each school from Mylan Specialty's  EpiPen4Schools program. 

BUSD is pleased that passage of the law will allow our district to help all children in case of an anaphylactic emergency. 
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BUSD Events

Save The Date! 39th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival: May 7, 2016, 10 – 5 pm
Artists, Food Trucks and Entertainment for All! This San Jose tradition supports all schools in the Berryessa Union School District.
Penitencia Creek Park located at 3050 Berryessa Rd in San Jose, CA  95132​.
Volunteers Wanted
Booths are available for artists to showcase and sell their creations.
Community Row will feature booths from local businesses, non-profits, and government agencies. 
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