Berryessa Union School District
August 2017


August 17, 2017
First Day of School 
**Districtwide Minimum Day**

August 22, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm 
Board Room, District Office

August 31, 2017
Middle School Back to School Night
6-8:00 pm

September 4, 2017
No School - Labor Day

September 7, 2017
Elementary School Back to School Night
Cherrywood, Laneview, Majestic Way, Noble, Northwood, Ruskin
Summerdale, Vinci Park
6 pm

September 12, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

September 14, 2017
Elementary School Back to School Night (Brooktree and Toyon only)
6 pm

District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm
Be sure to download our Board-approved calendar for 2017-2018 here so that you can plan your family vacation to coincide with school holidays. 
For Translation Assistance Please Call The District Hotline:
1-­408-­923-­1901 (Chinese)
1­408-­923­-1902 (Spanish)
1-­408-­923-­1903 (Vietnamese)
1-408-923-1904 (Tagalog)

An office assistant will get in touch with you to deliver the translation of the document.
Si desea más información en español por favor llame a la línea de asistencia en español al 1-408-923-1902 y alguien le llamará para darle un resumen de este documento. 
Xin gọi số hotline của khu học tại 1­-408-­923-­1903
và sẽ có người giúp quí vị để hiểu những điều cốt
yếu của văn kiện.
Kung kayo ay nangangailangan ng tulong sa wikang Tagalog, mangyari lamang na
tumawag sa 1-408-923-1904.

Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
Farewell Letter
Farewell BUSD Families

Dear BUSD Parents and Guardians,

The first day of school on Thursday will be my 44th First Day of School as an educator. This will also be my last, as I will be retiring from the Berryessa Union School District at the end of this month. It has truly been my honor to complete the circle of my career serving this vibrant district as the superintendent of schools for the past six years.

My goal has always been to create a learning environment that celebrates diversity and ignites curiosity and creativity. We work hard to make sure your child has a talented teacher to spark their dreams and strengthen their spirit for learning.
I would like to thank the BUSD Board of Trustees for their trust and solid support of my student-centered vision and leadership for this district. A special “thank you” to the talented team of administrators and educators who have collaborated with me to develop and refine our classroom learning program. We have successfully created 21st Century learning environments supported by resources relevant to student success. I am extremely proud that all of our employees put our students first and strive daily to improve our effectiveness.

I am thankful to the larger Berryessa community for the dedication and support of our students. Together, we were able to pass the first facilities bond in over 20 years to modernize all thirteen schools in the district. This week, we opened a brand new Student Nutrition Services building that will provide a state of the art facility to meet our student’s daily nutrition needs. We have increased our student access to technology by sporting a 1.5 to 1 of students to computer ratio. Our campuses are safer now than they were six years ago because of the modernization.

And parents, I want to thank you for allowing me to serve you and your family every day. I’m confident you will continue to support our mission and vision as we transition to new leadership. Although it is difficult to close this chapter, I leave here knowing BUSD will be just fine!

Will H. Ector, Jr.

Superintendent of Schools

Berryessa Union School District

Honoring BUSD Employees of the Year

During, our Welcome Back to School meeting, we honored this year's BUSD Employees of the Year. 

Toyon kindergarten teacher, Joan Hagan, was awarded the Certificated Employee of the Year. “She makes her students' first experience at school memorable: warm environment, exciting learning opportunities, and she engages all of her parents to be involved,' said Toyon Elementary School Principal Maria Smith.

This year’s Classified Employee of the Year is Sergio Nunez, a custodian at Summerdale Elementary School. “ Sergio Nunez is not a classroom teacher, para, administrator, or office employee who works directly with kids. Yet his work impacts everyone on campus like no other. From mopping floors to setting up tables, and cleaning up “accidents” in the restrooms. Sergio works daily to ensure that Summerdale students have a clean and safe environment in which to learn,” said Summerdale Elementary School Principal, Patty McDonald.

Chris Mosley, Principal at Sierramont Middle School was awarded Administrator of the Year. “Chris Mosely has been in the district for 15 years. He has served as principal of Noble Elementary School, Morrill MIddle School, and now at Sierramont. He is one of the most techno-savvy administrators in the district. His strength is his ability to foster positive relationships with students, teachers, parents and his peers,” said Will Ector, Superintendent.
Joan Hagan and Will Ector
Sergio Nunez and Will Ector
Chris Mosley and Will Ector
Superintendent Search Update 

Our Board of Trustees would like to thank our community for their thoughtful contributions in providing stakeholder feedback in the Superintendent Search survey and Community Input forums. Our community stakeholder feedback helped the Board create a candidate profile that represents the experience, skills, and characteristics desired for the next Berryessa superintendent. Throughout the summer, the hiring committee reviewed applicants against this candidate profile and recently spent two days in panel interviews with the strongest candidates.
New Video Series: The Best of Berryessa

We are proud to share our new videos that capture the "best of Berryessa." These video compilations provide an overview of the district, a focus on the Sobrato Early Academic Language Program (SEAL) offered at several BUSD elementary schools, a glimpse of our integrated technology instruction, an up-close look at our new Flexible Instructional Spaces, and our annual reclassification ceremony for our English language learners.
BUSD Overview
BUSD Sobrato Program
Video: Reclassification Ceremony
Video: BUSD Technology
Video: Flexible Instruction Spaces
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minimum Day
Districtwide ​​​​​​​
Middle School 1st Day Information
School Common Dress Code

Our website provides important information (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Chinese) for our Middle School students' first day back to school.

The information packet includes our calendar, district absence policy, Board policy overview, uniform complaint procedures, Healthy Schools Act notice, student state assessment notice, child health and disability prevention information, immunization information, student technology agreement, parent and student rights and notification agreement, district wellness policy, health services consent form, and the Armed Forces Family Member form.

Each form details where the completed documents should be delivered.
BUSD Elementary Schools

Cherrywood - Laneview - Majestic Way 
 Noble -  Northwood - Ruskin
Summerdale - Vinci Park

September 7, 2017 
6 pm

Brooktree - Toyon
September 14, 2017 
6 pm
BUSD Middle Schools

Sierramont - Piedmont - Morrill

August 31, 2017 
6 pm
BUSD Eclipse Livestream
Solar Eclipse 2017

Our teachers are so excited to experience the 2017 Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21st with their students. It is a great opportunity to integrate science lessons into the day's activities. We are working with teachers and staff to make sure everyone understands the appropriate safety measures to view the partial eclipse that San Jose will experience. During the eclipse, our website will feature a live feed from the Exploratorium in partnership with NASA that will show two different locations along the total eclipse path.  

Our website also features eclipse viewing safety information in English and Spanish. 
School Meals 

BUSD Student Nutrition Services is dedicated to promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and providing access to appealing and affordable meal options for all BUSD families. Meals, food, and beverages sold or served at our schools meet state and federal requirements based on USDA Dietary Guidelines.
On the Student Nutrition Services website, parents may view school meal menus, pre-pay student meal accounts, download the application for free or reduced lunch, and find valuable health and nutrition information.
If you think your family may qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, you must complete an application for the 2017-2018 school year. Each BUSD family should have received an application packet in the mail. If you did not receive one, please stop by our offices at the new Central Kitchen. Only one application per family household is required.
Meal prices for the 2017-18 school year:  
Lunch $ 3.00
Reduced price lunch $ 0.40
  Brunch (at Middle Schools) $ 2.00
   Reduced price brunch $ 0.30

Packing your child’s lunch? Check our website for tasty smart snacks for school!
Student Nutrition Services New Location

BUSD Student Nutrition Services is now located at our beautiful new Central Kitchen facility, near Piedmont Middle School.  
New Address:

951 Piedmont Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132
Student Nutrition Services Map
Download Mobile App

Features include: 
  • Schools: A complete listing of all BUSD schools, staff directory and contact information, and related school site information.
  • News: Links to the District's newsletter, Connections, Facebook posts, and news highlights. 
  • Calendar, School Lunch Program, Parent Portal, District Website, District Contact Information can all be found under the "other" menu option. 
BUSD Mobile App Instructions
Text Notifications

In addition to emergency notifications, BUSD families may receive text message notification from their schools. To control your text message preferences, visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on "Changing your Messenger Contact Preferences."

Emergency messages will override these preferences.

By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.
Text Message Instructions
Download 2017-2018 Calendar
2017 - 2018 Important Dates

August 17 First Day of School 
August 31 Middle School Back to School Night, 6-8:00 pm
September 4 No School - Labor Day
September 7 Elementary School Back to School Night
September 27 No School - Professional Development Day
November 10 No School - Veteran's Day
November 20-24 No School - Thanksgiving
December 18-29 No School - Winter Break

January 1 No School - Winter Break
January 15 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 19-23 No School - Presidents' Holiday
March 30 - April 6 No School - Spring Break
May 28 No School - Memorial Day
June 8 Last Day of School

The BUSD District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is comprised of BUSD staff, parents, and community members who advise the district on English Learner programs offered by BUSD.
DELAC Information
Upcoming DELAC Meetings

November 9, 2017
January 25, 2018
March 8, 2018
May 10, 2018

8:30 am – 10:30 am
BUSD District Office

During the meetings, child care will be provided for children 4 years old and above.
Berryessa BART Extension Safety Notice

The third rail and other BART facilities (i.e., substations) are powered on along the new BART Berryessa Extension. The third rail is a power source and method for providing electricity to the railway track and trains. Please stay out of the fenced-in BART railway track. Touching the track or third rail may result in death by electrocution. 
BART Safety Notice
BUSD School Board

Next School Board Meeting: 
  • August 22, 2017, 6 pm - closed session, 7 pm - open session, District Office
Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 

2017-18 Board Meeting Dates
August 8, 2017
January 16, 2018
August 22, 2017
February 13, 2018
September 12, 2017
February 27, 2018
October 17, 2017
March 13, 2018
November 14, 2017
April 10, 2018
December 5, 2017
May 8, 2018

May 22, 2018

June 5, 2018

June 19, 2018
2017-2018 Budget and LCAP

The District's 2017-2018 Local Accountability Plan and Budget were approved by the BUSD Board of Trustees at the June 20, 2017 board meeting. The public hearing on the 2017-2018 Budget and LCAP were held on June 6, 2017 and the Board received comments during the following two-week public comment period.

The LCAP is a roadmap that guides the District's strategic direction for programming and fiscal responsibilities. The LCAP defines all District priorities and is created in collaboration with our community through public LCAP meetings and a stakeholder survey.

The Budget will be reviewed and updated twice during the school year and the Board receives reports on these interim adjustments.
2017-2018 Budget
2017-2018 LCAP
Measure K Parcel Tax Senior Waiver

Home-owner residents of the Berryessa Union School District who were at least 65 on July 1, 2014, or for each year thereafter are exempt from paying the $79.00 per year parcel assessment. To receive the exemption, a completed application and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Berryessa Union School District by June 30th prior to the following July 1st of each fiscal year.

The completed application may be mailed or delivered to the District Office – Business Services Department. For assistance call (408) 923-1869.
Citizens' Oversight Committee Member Opportunities

As part of our obligation to the community to be accountable for the funds we get from bonds and parcel taxes, the Board of Trustees would like to invite you to apply for one of the vacant positions on the Oversight Committee. The committee meets quarterly at the BUSD District Office.

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.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following vacant Measure K Oversight positions:

Parent Representative for the Morrill Middle School Family (Brooktree, Laneview, Northwood Elementary schools, Morrill Middle School)

Three Community Representatives who must reside in the Berryessa Union School District Boundaries

Certificated/CTAB Representative current employee of Berryessa Union School District

Interested in Serving?
Please download the application below and follow its instructions. Applications may also be found on our website or at the District Office. Questions about the application and selection process and the expectations of committee members may be submitted to Elizabeth Womack by e-mail at or by phone at (408) 923-1869.
Download Measure K Application
BUSD Cares
Student Orientations

To ease first day jitters and best prepare our students for a successful new school year, our middle schools all host orientations and “Where Everyone Belongs” (aka WEB) Day. New middle schoolers learned to navigate the campus, discussed the basics of student life, met teachers and staff, and participated in team building activities.

WEB Day and Orientation at Piedmont Middle School
BUSD Engages
Professional Development 

Summer work for our educators extends far beyond lesson planning for the new school year. Educators read the latest educational research and theory, collaborate with colleagues, and attend professional development workshops during their students’ summer vacation.
The Creativity at the Core seminar is a great example of the work our educators do during the summer. BUSD teachers and administrators from Toyon Elementary School and Brooktree Elementary School attended this professional development institute offered by the Santa Clara County Office of Education in partnership with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative, CREATE CA, the California Department of Education, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education-Artspiration. During the course, BUSD educators experienced exciting ways to expand and strengthen arts learning aligned to California State Standards, promote 21st Century academic achievement, and learn more about STEAM and Career Technical Education models of education.

Toyon Principal Maria Smith noted that the Institute reinforced her belief that “each student learns differently and that integrating the arts can work to give all learners access to quality public education.”
Berryessa Education Foundation
Learn More About BEF
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. Last year's raffle raised about $31,000 to provide teacher grants to implement their projects using innovative technology, curriculum, and classroom materials to enhance the students' learning experience.
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1376 Piedmont Road 
San Jose · California · 95132 
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