Berryessa Union School District
October 2016

October 18, 2016, 6 pm
School Board Meeting, Agenda
District Office Board Room

October 25, 2016, 5-6 pm
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
District Office Board room

District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm

BUSD Contacts
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Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
New Website
After many months of tireless work and long hours, our IT Department, led by Dave Johnston, completed our beautiful new website,

Dave Johnson and his team created a website that we feel will help our families find the information they need faster and easier. The new, appealing format will allow us to showcase more of the good work that happens at Berryessa Union School District. At the top of the page, you will find quick links to relevant information categories. We are sure you will love the new, easy to read District calendar and school directory features that you will find in the top right icon bar. Please take a few moments to browse the page and let the District know what you think of the new design. 
Powering Success Through Sustainability 
I am excited to announce that we held our ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the District's Measure L summer construction projects. A large part of the summer projects was the installation of our own solar power grid, which is being converted from PGE as I type. We also unveiled our spectacular new Flexible Instructional Space - a unique 21st Century learning environment that is designed to invoke a sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity. 

The event garnered press coverage in over 200 online news outlets, including the Silicon Valley Business Journal and The Sacramento Bee. Scroll on down to the Measure L section in this newsletter to read more about our Ribbon Cutting Event. 
Thanks for Taking Care of BUSD! 
At our latest Board Meeting, we received the report of another milestone in the maintenance and care of our District facilities. This summer our Maintenance and Operations and Transportation Department completed over 300 work orders to keep our facilities and grounds looking good and working efficiently. A snapshot of major projects, not related to the Measure L bond, ranged from installing Automatic External Defibrillators at all school sites, moving, painting school buildings, repairing irrigation to conserve water, and installing fire department Knox boxes at all schools' fire lanes. I'd like to give a big thank you to the crews who work behind the scenes at BUSD! 

Text Notifications

BUSD families are now able to receive text message notification from their schools - in addition to emergency notifications. We understand that every family has a different cell phone data plan, we want to assure that parents can control receiving text messages. By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.

Parents can log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on "Contact Preferences" in the menu on the left. Once there, they can check or uncheck boxes to match their preferences. Emergency messages will override these preferences. If both voice and text are checked, the system will call on the phone first and if unable to reach them, a text will be sent as well.

For parents without portal access, we are creating a form which they will be able to use to indicate their contact preferences.
Student Assessment Information
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program that was based on 1997 standards. The primary goal of the new statewide testing program is to better prepare all students for college and careers in the 21st century. Computer-based assessments, developed through the Smarter Balanced Assessment  through rd Consortium, form the cornerstone for CAASPP. All 3rd through 8th grade students take the new exams. For our severely disabled students, an alternative exam is available.

The English proficiency of all English Language Learners (ELLs) is assessed using the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Initial CELDT Assessments are administered, if possible, during the summer. The rest of the exams is given in September and October of each year.

All 5th and 7th graders take the Physical Fitness test in early spring, which assesses- student physical wellness.

California Education Code states that parents/guardians can submit a written request to the principal of their student's school if they do not wish to have their student take any or all parts of the State’s CAASPP tests. Berryessa teachers and schools support students to do well on the tests and help them learn test-taking skills that will enable them to be successful throughout their school career and beyond. We encourage parents to contact their child's teacher or principal with any concerns they may have about the tests before they request that their student be excluded from taking the test(s).

Read Parent Letter

Have you applied for your child's free and reduced price school lunch yet? If you think your family may qualify, you are encouraged to submit a 2016 -2017 free and reduced meal application as soon as possible.

Applications may be completed at the District Office for fastest processing. Applications can also be found on the district website under Child Nutrition Services (click here for information) or at your school office.  
YMCA's Early Learning Readiness Program

Toyon Elementary offers the YMCA Early Learning Resources program for caregivers with children ages 1-5  beginning on October 19th. The program will be held every week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am-12 pm in Toyon Family Resource Center. The program is free to all and any participants. 
DELAC Meeting Schedule
District English Learner Advisory Committee Meetings

The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meets regularly to advise the district governing board regarding district goals and objectives and to assist in developing a district-wide plan for the education of English Learners and the programs and services for English learners.  

Parents are invited to attend the meetings. Childcare will be provided for children 4 years and older. 

District Office Board Room
8:30 – 10:30 am
November 17, 2016
February 2, 2017
March 16, 2017 
May 11, 2017

Please contact Lidia Vazquez for additional information at (408) 923-1886 or
2016 - 2017 Important Dates

· 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
Road Closures

The City of San Jose will be installing a new sewer main on the east side (northbound traffic direction) on Capitol Avenue between Hostetter and Sierra Road from through November 22nd during the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Detours are available. Please allow extra travel time.   
Road Closure Detour Flyer
BUSD School Board

2016-17 Board Meeting Dates
August 9, 2016 January 17, 2017
September 13, 2016 February 14, 2017
October 18, 2016 February 28, 2017
November 15, 2016 March 14, 2017
December 6, 2016 April 11, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 23, 2017

June 6, 2017

June 20, 2017

Board Endorses Proposition 55

During the September 2016 meeting, the School Board Trustees voted to endorse Proposition 55 - The California Children's Education and Health Care Protection Act. 
Board Resolution 16-02

Parent Resources for Understanding CAASPP Results

In September, Education Services held a parent meeting to help parents better understand and interpret their child's annual assessment results. As with any standardized test, the CAASPP is just one snapshot of a student's achievement. Educators use many different factors to evaluate student progress. Since the CAASPP tests are very different from past assessments, it is important to understand how the test works, what it measures, and what the scores represent. Here the resources and documents to help our parents learn more about CAASPP tests and results.  
Parent Meeting Presentation  CAASPP FAQ CAASPP Parent Guide   Online Parent Resources Common Core State Standards Resources
Measure L Summer Projects Ribbon Cutting 

To celebrate the completion of our 2016 Measure L summer construction projects, we held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, October 13, 2016.  

In five short months, we have completed the solar installation at 13 sites to start producing renewable energy by the end of 2016 and save the District over $22 million in 25 years. The ceremony will also celebrate the creation of the Central Kitchen, Flexible Instructional Spaces, and modernized schools at Sierramont, Noble, Northwood, Summerdale, and Vinci Park. Other key projects included the paving of playgrounds and athletic areas, restoring flooring and walls, upgrading cabling, and improving classroom furniture.

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.
BUSD Cares
Vinci Park Gets Fit with The San Jose Earthquakes

Vinci Park students participated in health and wellness program led by the San Jose Earthquakes and Sutter Health. As part of a fun, five-week program, the Earthquakes encourage students to increase their physical activity in the classroom and at home by doing 20 minutes of physical activity each day. The program offers students interesting activities to keep fit. 

Noble Elementary 5th Graders Present Character Education Program to School Board

Fifth-grade Principal Leaders presented their work to the School Board Trustees during the September meeting. Fifth-grade Principal Leaders work on group projects focused on anti-bullying, compassion, and acceptance and participate in a site service project. Students are selected for the Principal Leaders program by recommendation of their teacher or by a vote of their class. The Principal Leaders work with Noble Principal Andrea Ortiz to strengthen campus culture by reading and discussing leadership and character-driven story books. The Principal Leaders share these concepts and ideas with their peers on campus. The culmination of their work is a school site service project in which the group determines an area of campus that needs to be improved, develops an action plan, and works with the appropriate District staff to lead the project to completion. 
AVID Family Dinner at Morrill Middle School

Morrill Middle School families gathered for a family dinner to raise funds for its AVID program. AVID is a national program that encourages first generation college bound students by helping families learn about college requirements and procedures. Morrill students sold event tickets and helped prepare, serve the delicious spaghetti dinner. 
BUSD Innovates
Toyon STEAM Academy 

Mobile Ed's STEAM Museum transformed Toyon Elementary's gymnasium into a state-of-the-art hands-on children's museum focused on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Activities were offered at a variety of workstations enhanced Toyon's existing science and math curriculum and exposed our students to new high-tech fields of study.  
Parent Technology Resources

BUSD's IT department has gathered a useful set of resources to help parents guide their children in using technology wisely and safely. Please bookmark this page, as we will be updating it frequently with new information. 

BUSD Engages

The Latino Literacy Project is a literacy education program for Hispanic parents that encourages critical reflection and dialogue through the use of reading and art projects.  The books have been carefully chosen so as to reflect the social, cultural, and linguistic knowledge of Latino Families. Once a week parents from our schools participate in this program. They read bilingual books and make their own family album. We provide child care and snacks. At the moment we have 13 participants from ten of our schools, including the middle schools. Parents also receive information about nutrition, preparation for parent-teacher conferences, and the state testing process. Parents participating in the program have the group to be a source of information, education, and friendship. 

The program will continue to meet weekly on Tuesdays through October 25th at the Berryessa Public Library between 9:30–11:30 am. The October 25th meeting will celebrate with a potluck meal. 
Teacher Mrs. Papert Engages Morrill Middle School 6th Grade Parents
Great Turnout at Back to School Nights

We would like to thank all of our Berryessa families who attended their school's Back to School night. These community events are a great way to meet your child's teachers, learn about the class curriculum and expectations, and most of all, your participation shows your child you value their education. If you were unable to attend your child's Back to School Night, please contact your child's teacher for any information that was given to parents that evening. 
Standing Room Only at Vinci Park Back to School Night
Halloween 5k at Vinci Park
October 31, 2016
1:30 pm

Participants can run/walk in their costume if they want to. The cost is $15 for one person, and any additional family members will only be $10 per person. A t-shirt is included only if registration is returned byOctober 7th. 

November 8th Election Day Jobs

The local Registrar of Voters is seeking
front end election day staff. 
Job Requirements
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
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