Berryessa Union School District

April 2016
In This Issue
April Events

April 8, 2016
Rain or Shine!
6:30 - 8:30 pm 

April 12, 2016
School Board Meeting
6 pm, District Office, Board Room

April 26, 2016
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
5 - 6 pm, District Office

April 28, 2016
Groundbreaking Celebration
Piedmont Middle School
2 pm

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.
Superintendent's Update

We would like to thank all of our BUSD families who have students in our District who will be continuing their education with us next fall. For those of you moving onto high school or out of the area, we wish you all the best. Our community gives a warm welcome to our new BUSD families who have chosen to live in our beautiful neighborhood and attend our public schools. If you have not registered your child, please click here for enrollment instructions.

Spring Parent Conferencing
Our elementary school teachers have reported a good attendance at their parent-teacher conferences in March. Parent teacher conferences are an important link in the school-home relationship. The conference is a collaborative dialogue that reviews the student’s achievements, potential, work ethics, and social and emotional well-being. Parents are reminded that middle school parent conferences will be conducted from April 11th through April 29th.

Berryessa Union School District is busy collecting information from all stakeholders in the community in preparation of our Local Control Accountability Plan. Every year input from our business community, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and bargaining units are solicited in the modification of our LCAP. The LCAP sets the priorities for how district resources are used to meet the needs of all students in the district.

BUSD is happy to report the original Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival is returning to the community on its regular date - the Saturday before Mother's Day. That date this year is May 7, 2016. The Art & Wine Festival has always been sponsored by the Berryessa Music Boosters, a non-profit organization that has hosted the event for over 30 years. This year, this free event will be sponsored by the Berryessa Education Foundation in conjunction with the Berryessa Business Association. The funds raised at this event will be donated to support the BUSD music and arts programs.

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

Please provide your feedback to guide our district and schools to promote safety, enhance learning supports, improve student achievement, and reduce health risks that stand as a barrier to learning. The Healthy Kids School Climate Survey is voluntary, anonymous, and you may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Thank you for your help to create positive learning environments for our students.

*If you have more than one child at a school or within the district, please complete one survey per child.

1. Access the login page for the survey by clicking on your child’s school here.

2. Use the school code and click the “Take Survey” button
School Climate Survey
As part of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) school districts are required to develop, adopt, and annually update a three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). At BUSD, we think of our LCAP as guiding our strategic plan. Created through collaboration with parents, teachers, bargaining units, trustees, business community, and administrators, the LCAP identifies annual goals, actions and measures progresses for student populations across multiple performance indicators. Importantly, the District’s budget must be aligned with the academic priorities set forth in our LCAP. Parent input is a key factor in developing our LCAP goals and evaluating our progress toward those goals.
Take LCAP Survey
BUSD Leads
2 pm
Piedmont Middle School

Measure L Annual Report
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.
BUSD School Board

  • Next School Board Meeting: April 12, 2016,
6 pm, District Office
Berryessa Students Participate in SJSU African-American Readiness Summit

A conference for African American middle and high school students where they receive information about college preparation and admissions, careers, study strategies, financial aid, and scholarships. Students also experience campus life by touring the campus, connecting with college students and leaders, faculty and staff, and participating in campus activities.

This conference is a partnership between the Berryessa Union School District, other local school districts, the university and and several community organizations.
Sierramont Advanced Band Performs at Sharks' Game
Morrill Middle School Has Wining Streak At Anaheim Music Festival
Nearly 100 Morrill Middle School musicians traveled to the Anaheim Heritage Festival in March where they had an unprecedented winning streak in this prestigious national music competition. Morrill won a Gold #1 in junior high band, orchestra, and choir. The Morrill Orchestra won an Adjudicator’s Award and Best Orchestra in the Festival, a category which included high school orchestras! To top it off, Morrill Middle School also won Festival Sweepstakes, which is awarded to any school, junior high or high school, that brings 3 ensembles, including choir and instrumental, with the top score from the three ensembles. We are proud of the Morrill musicians for performing well musically while demonstrating excellent behavior, attitude, and citizenship. 
Sharkie Visits Brooktree Elementary

Fifth graders in Ms. Wang’s class at Brooktree Elementary received a special visit from Sharkie as a reward for winning the San Jose Sharks’ “Reading is Cool” program in February.
Brooktree Students Practice Decision-Making Skills with Fun Methods

Fifth grade students learned about democratic decision-making processes in deciding the fate of chocolate milk sales at school. Organized by Ms. Castillou, Brooktree fifth graders participated in a debate panel with four presentations as to whether or not chocolate milk sales should be permitted on campus. Adults from the community and district staff worked with the children to guide in presenting their case, tallying votes, and respectful disagreement manners. After hearing arguments for both sides, continuing chocolate milk sales convinced the voters.
District Technology Plan Update
District Technology Plan

Berryessa Union School District continues to create a District Technology plan even though State and Federal requirements have been removed. This commitment to a well-thought and solid plan allows the District to maintain its dedication to 21st Century learning. The last District Technology plan was adopted in 2013 and will expire at the end of this school year. The Director of Technology Services and the Technology Committee are in the process of refining the plan to reflect the District’s progress in meeting objectives, evolving priorities and new technology developments.

The District’s technology vision is the foundation of the District Technology Plan:

  • Migration towards “Everywhere, All The Time Learning,” that embraces the idea that students have access to quality educational resources both during and after school hours.
  • Providing students and teachers the tools they need.
  • Utilizing technology that supports District educational initiatives.
  • Pursuing professional development that helps teachers and students progress from “passive use” to “active use” technology classroom instruction.

At the March 2016 School Board meeting, Dave Johnston, Director of Technology Services, presented a progress report on this year’s District Technology Plan. This update addresses current plan progress and outlines the plan development and implementation timeline.
Ruskin STEM Night

Ruskin Elementary held its second annual STEM night in March 2016. Ruskin Science Lab teachers, staff, parents, and community partners volunteered to create this successful and fun event. Hands-on STEM activities included a Vortex Cannon, Garden in a Glove, Lego Robotics, DNA Extractions, and many more.

Second graders in Mrs. Bettencourt’s class at Noble Elementary School placed second and fourth graders in Mr. Amutan’s class at Ruskin Elementary School placed third in a SumDog math contest that included 1000 students from San Jose schools.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted by the State of California. The NGSS shift science instruction away from an emphasis on knowledge acquisition towards teaching students to use scientific knowledge and engineering practices to conduct investigations and solve problems. For more info on NGSS, check out this link.  

Each school district progresses through three stages as they adopt the NGSS standards. The stages are awareness, transition, and implementation. In the Berryessa Union School District (BUSD), we are in the awareness stage as we build parent knowledge and teacher expertise. Assistant Superintendent Joseph McCreary provides an update on BUSD's adoption of Next Generation Science Standards.
Read Parent Letter

Join Summerdale Elementary families, students, alumni and friends to celebrate our 40th anniversary. 

April 8, 2016
6:30 - 8:30 pm 
Rain or Shine - We will have a fun time!

Food Trucks Lively Music Fun Photo Booth Games & Prizes Balloon Animals
Event Details

Piedmont Middle School
2:00 pm 

This groundbreaking celebration will kick off the 2016 projects funded by community-supported Measures L Bond:
Projects include:
  • Flexible Instructional Space/Modernization at Summerdale, Noble, Northwood, and Vinci Park Elementary Schools, and Sierramont Middle School.
  • Paving at Morrill Middle School, Noble, Sierramont and Vinci Park Elementary Schools.
  • Central Kitchen
  • LAN Cabling Upgrade Phase II
  • Solar-Energy Conservation

Bond Project Information

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. 
Event Details
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