Berryessa Union School District
September 2017

District Events

September 6, 2017
  • Measure K Oversight Meeting, 5 pm, 
    District Office - Small Board Room, Agenda

September 7, 2017
  • Elementary School Back to School Night, 6 pm: Cherrywood, Laneview, Majestic Way, Summerdale, 6:30 pm: Noble, Northwood, Ruskin

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

September 14, 2017
  • Elementary School Back to School Night, 6 pm: Toyon, Brooktree, 6:30 pm: Vinci Park

September 26, 2017
  • Padres Hispanos Meeting, 10-11:30 am, Berryessa Branch Library, 3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose, Information

  • Berryessa Education Foundation, 5-6 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation

September 27, 2017
  • No School - Staff Professional Development Day
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)

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.
Superintendent's Update
Superintendent Dr. Roxane Fuentes
Dear Berryessa Union Students, Staff, Parents, and Residents,​​​​​​​

It is with great honor and excitement that I join the Berryessa Union School District as your new Superintendent of Schools. BUSD has a well-known reputation for excellence and I am humbled to serve this community. Since I have been here, I have learned this tradition of excellence exists due to the support of our vibrant community and the dedicated hard work of our students and staff. The pride, enthusiasm, and the close-knit family feeling that permeates BUSD schools and our larger community have been so heart-warming. Thank you for your outreach to me.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself. As you have read, I attended the University of Southern California for both my undergraduate and doctoral degrees. Fight on! I also have had the good fortune to attend CSU Fullerton and CSU Long Beach. I began my career in education as an AVID college tutor and then served as an elementary teacher, instructional coach, principal, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Each of these incredibly rewarding experiences has prepared me for this next level of leadership. I deeply believe in delivering a high-quality and comprehensive education for all students, in the importance of developing a growth mindset, and in the power of learning from others through mentorship and community service. I fully embrace BUSD’s mission to provide all students the skills to become lifelong learners and successful 21st-century global citizens. 

My mission as your Superintendent parallels my passion to offering every student a rigorous teaching and supportive learning environment where all students have a strong sense of belonging and are inspired to grow intellectually, emotionally, and socially. It is critical to every student’s future success that they promote from BUSD with the skills and capabilities necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams. I believe these goals are best achieved by a school system that builds relationships based on trust, community, collaboration, and transparency. I look forward to kicking off my tenure with a Strategic Planning session with the District leadership on September 12th, which I will report on in our next monthly newsletter.
Morning Meeting the PTA Leaders
During the following weeks, I look forward to visiting schools and classrooms, participating in community meetings, and working with our Berryessa Union leadership team to develop goals that will expand our student-focused excellence and drive us toward continuous improvement in all that we do.
Finally, I want to congratulate Mr. Will Ector, Jr. for his 44 years of exemplary service and leadership in the educational field. I wish him well in his retirement!

With great pride,

Dr. Roxane Fuentes
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September 7, 2017 

Noble - Northwood - Ruskin
 6 pm

Cherrywood - Laneview - Majestic Way - Summerdale
 6:30 pm

September 14, 2017 

Vinci Park
6 pm

Brooktree - Toyon
6:30  pm
¡Bienvenidos al distrito y a la biblioteca Pública de Berryessa!

26 de septiembre, 2017 de 10:00 a 11:30 am
la biblioteca de Berryessa Public Library. 
3355 Noble Avenue, San Jose.

Les invitamos a asistir a una orientación para saber cómo apoyar a sus niños y familiarizarse acerca de nuestros recursos, servicios y procedimientos.

El distrito Escolar de Berryessa considera que nuestra diversidad es nuestra fortaleza. Deseamos alentar a nuestros padres que hablan español a participar y mejorar la relación y la comunicación entre la comunidad hispana y el personal escolar. 

La biblioteca de Berryessa proporcionará información acerca de los servicios que ofrece. 

  • Habrá un refrigerio ligero, café y cuidado de niños. Habrá una rifa.
  • Por favor llame a la Sra. Calande al (408) 923-1902 para mayor información.

School Meals 

Please note that if your children qualified for free or reduced lunch in 2016-17, you will need to complete a 2017-18 free/reduced meal application to see if they will continue to qualify.  If we do not receive a complete application for your children by September 8, 2017, they will automatically lose their free or reduced-price eligibility status and will need to pay full price for meals ($2.00 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch) beginning on September 11, 2017. If you did not receive an application in the mail, please stop by the new Student Nutrition Services office as soon as possible to complete one. The new SNS office is located at 951 Piedmont Rd (adjacent to Piedmont Middle School). 

Anyone may apply for the free/reduced meal prices at any time during the school year.  However, the more students at your school who qualify for free or reduced price meals at the start of the school year, the more money your school can receive from the government to spend on student programs. 

Student Nutrition Services Website

On the Student Nutrition Services website, parents may view school meal menuspre-pay student meal accountsdownload the application for free or reduced lunch, and find valuable health and nutrition information.

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 Child 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 BUSD Mobile App
School directory information, district news, district calendar, school lunch program, parent portal. Learn more about the mobile app features here
Text Notifications

In addition to emergency notifications, BUSD families may receive text message notification from their schools. To learn more about the district's use of text message please read this and to control your text message preferences, visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on "Changing your Messenger Contact Preferences" or follow these step-by-step instructions

Emergency messages will override these preferences.

By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.
Download 2017-2018 Calendar
2017 - 2018 Important Dates
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
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 Leads
Next School Board Meeting: 

September 12, 2017
6 pm

BUSD School Board

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

May 8, 2018

May 22, 2018

June 5, 2018

June 19, 2018
Measure K Parcel Tax Senior Waiver

Home-owner residents of the Berryessa Union School District who will be at least 65 on July 1, 2017, or for each year thereafter where the homeowner reaches 65 on July 1st of that year, 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. Learn more about the exemption and download the form.

  • All applications must be renewed annually to ensure eligibility. 
  • Applications may be obtained on our website or at the District Office

The completed application may be mailed or delivered to the District Office – Business Services Department. For assistance call (408) 923-1869.
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 Measure K Parcel Tax Committee, and/or Measure L Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Both committees meet 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 and Parcel Tax impact on students, classrooms, schools, and the district.

Applications are currently being accepted for the following vacant positions:

Measure K Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Positions
  • Parent Representative for the Morrill Middle School Family (Brooktree, Laneview, Northwood Elementary schools, Morrill Middle School)
  • Two Community Representatives who must reside in the BUSD Boundaries
  • Certificated/CTAB Representative current BUSD employee
  • Classified/CSEA Representative current BUSD employee 

Measure L Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Positions
  • Taxpayer organization representative (2 year term)
  • Parent Representative:  Parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the district and active in a parent-teacher organization (2 year term)

Interested in Serving?
Please click the buttons below for more information and to download the application. 
Measure K Information
Measure L Information
BUSD Cares
Bryan Stow Visits Piedmont Middle School

Piedmont Middle Schoolers kicked off their school year with an inspiring anti-bullying presentation from Bryan Stow, the Bay Area first responder who was brutally attacked at an L.A. Dodgers baseball game. 

Bryan Stow's courageous presentation showed students firsthand the effects of senseless physical bullying, shared his painful recovery struggle, and taught the students techniques for empowering "a path of kindness" in those with bullying tendencies. 
BUSD Innovates
Hands-On Learning During Solar Eclipse

BUSD educators took full advantage of the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, to integrate STEAM learning into the day's instruction. Safety was the first priority and students enjoyed learning all the different innovative methods to "view" the partial Solar Eclipse we experienced in San Jose. 
BUSD Engages
Middle School Back to School Night 

We would like to thank our Morrill, Piedmont, and Sierramont Middle School families for such a fantastic turnout at our Middle School Back to School nights. We enjoyed meeting our new families and reuniting with returning families. 
Program Flyer
Nana y Yo:
Free Early Learning Readiness Program

Wednesdays & Fridays, 10 am - 12 pm
September 2017 - June 2018

Toyon Elementary School 
995 Bard Street, San Jose

The YMCA is offering a free 36-week play-based model program at Toyon Elementary School for caregivers and their children ages 0-5 years old to help prepare children for kindergarten. 

This is not a drop-in program. You must register with Morgan King, or 408-715-6538. 



The Computer History Museum is offering affordable hands-on STEAM learning opportunities for students in sixth through eighth grade. The Design_Code_Build program has various one-day workshops that focus on problem-solving and innovation and feature a keynote presentation from a tech industry rock star. Financial assistance is available by contacting program coordinator Cate Robbins,
Free Park Passes for 4th Grade Families 

If your child is a 4th grader, your family qualifies for a free annual pass to our nation's beautiful natural parks and historic sites. Apply here and enjoy exploring!
Support BUSD
The Berryessa Education Foundation 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. Learn more about supporting our foundation

  • Next Meeting: September 26, 2017, 5-6:00 pm at the BUSD District Office, Board room. 
The Berryessa Music Boosters supports Berryessa Union School District's award-winning music programs. Please consider supporting and joining the Music Boosters. Learn more about supporting our Music Boosters
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1376 Piedmont Road 
San Jose · California · 95132 
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