Berryessa Union School District
May-June 2017


July 4, 2014
District Closed - Holiday

Augst 8, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

August 17, 2017
First Day of School 

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

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

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

Like to Plan Ahead? 

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.
Retirement Announcement

This month, I announced my retirement after six inspiring years at BUSD and a total of 43 years dedicated to education. I was honored to read BUSD School Board President Thelma Boac’s comments about my tenure at Berryessa Union School District.

“Mr. Ector’s leadership at the district greatly improved the quality of our educational programs, strengthened the district’s connection with our local community, and increased student achievement. While we are sad to see Mr. Ector’s departure, we are grateful for his strong ability to set high goals and adjust resources to achieve those goals and always maintaining a student-centered focus for every decision.”
~ Thelma Boac, School Board President.
I am proud of our district’s achievements, such as creating 21st Century learning environments at every school, increasing student access to classroom technology, extending the district’s parcel tax, and passing the first facilities bond in over 20 years to modernize all thirteen schools in the district, that have been accomplished under my leadership. These accomplishments would have been impossible without such a talented administrative team, dedicated educators, a supportive Board of Trustees, and an engaged community, who always put our students first.

In my retirement, I plan to continue my advocacy for public education and mentoring of aspiring administrators. My retirement will be effective August 30, 2017.

The Board of Trustees has initiated a superintendent recruitment process and would like your input on your desired qualities for our district’s next superintendent. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. We will also hold a community listening session on June 30, 2017, at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm at the District Office to learn our community's desired qualities for the next BUSD Superintendent. 
Superintendent Survey
Community Input Session Invitation
Honoring BUSD Retirees

At our June 6, 2017 Board Meeting, we honored this year's BUSD retirees. We are so thankful for the many years of commitment and service to our Berryessa students this group of retirees has provided to our district and community. We'd like to thank the two Boy Scouts from Troop 201 for leading our pledge of allegiance for this special meeting. 
BUSD Board Trustees and Retirees 
BUSD Board Trustees and Boy Scouts
District Receives Outstanding Awards

BUSD had an exceptional night at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) awards gala in May. Our district had the outstanding (and rare) recognition of receiving two leadership awards in the same district! It was an honor to receive the "Region 8 Superintendent of the Year" and Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Services Phuong Le was recognized as the "Business Office Administrator of the Year." BUSD educators and our School Board Trustees enjoyed an evening celebrating our district's accomplishments. Although it is a tough act to follow, we look forward to our summer to plan for an even better 2017-2018 school year! 
Anne Claspill, BUSD School Board Trustee Richard Claspill, and BUSD Assistant Superintendent - Education Services Dr. Joseph McCreary
Superintendent Will Ector, Deputy Superintendent Phuong Le, School Board Trustee David Cohen
School Board Trustee David Cohen, School Board President Thelma Boac, and School Board Vice President Hugo Jimenez
Central Kitchen Ribbon Cutting
On June 15, 2017, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of our new Central Kitchen - the first new building in our district in 25 yrs! As part of the Measure L bond modernizations, our new Central Kitchen will serve the entire school district and can prepare up to 5,000 meals a day. 
Congratulations BUSD 8th Graders

On behalf of the BUSD Administration and Leadership teams, I would like to congratulate our 8th graders as they continue on their educational journey to high school. We’d like to thank these wonderful students for their hard work and commitment to their education. We wish you well in high school and sincerely hope that you will return to your roots of BUSD elementary and middle schools to share your knowledge and experience throughout your life.
Avoiding the Summer Slump

Learning never stops during summer's adventures. The summer is a fantastic time to stretch your child's interests and activate their learning with a new book. Please see our Summer Reading Lists for a great list of recommended books to kick off your child’s summer reading. ​​​​​​
BUSD Summer Book List
Summer Reading Challenge

Have you registered for the San Jose Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge? Stop by our local Berryessa Library branch to sign up and participate in one of the many summer activities for all ages. 
Summer Meals 

Our neighboring community, Alum Rock, is offering the 2017 Summer Lunch Program for all students and children between the ages of 1-18 years old. The program runs through August 2017. San Jose Public Libraries also offer a similar summer meal program.
Alum Rock Summer Meals
San Jose Library Summer Meals
Student Nutrition Services New Location

As of August 1, 2017, BUSD Child Nutrition Services will be located at our new Central Kitchen facility, near Piedmont Middle School.  
New Address:

951 Piedmont Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132
Student Nutrition Services Map
2017-2018 Enrollment - Please Enroll Now

School administrators use the summer to plan classes and assign teachers. Registering your child as early as possible helps ensure an accurate planning process. 

Enrollment packets are available to download from our website under Education Services or the "enrollment" icon at the top right of the page. Each school site also has a direct link to enrollment information on their websites. Hard copies of enrollment information will also be available at each school office. 

Important Notes:
  • Current BUSD 5th-grade students do not need to enroll for BUSD middle schools. 
  • Transitional Kindergarten students enroll at their resident school. We only have 3 sites that have the TK program, the district makes every attempt to assign students to the TK site nearest to their resident school.
  • Intra-District Transfer Request Forms will not be accepted for Northwood, Ruskin and Sierramont Middle School due to lack of available space. 
  • To enroll your student, you must bring a completed registration packet. Incomplete packets will not be accepted.
  • All vaccine records must be current.

Enrollment Dates After March Enrollment Events
June 26th - August 3rd, Monday - Thursday 9 am - 2 pm District Office
 Beginning August 7th 9 am - 2 pm  Residence Home School Office

Enrollment Information
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
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 8, 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
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
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
Lunch on the Lawn

To celebrate a fantastic school year, Toyon Elementary School hosted its second Lunch on the Lawn after Field Day. Toyon families enjoyed picnic lunches with their children under the cool shade of our new solar panels. Toyon Principal Maria Smith even led a few enthusiastic line dances on the blacktop!
BUSD Innovates
Summerdale Received California Honor Roll Award

Summerdale Elementary School has been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of 1,866 public schools in California to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.
The 2016 Honor Roll recognizes schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. 
BUSD Celebrates Diversity
Commitment to Language Learners

Two of our instructional coaches received their Reading Recovery Certificates from St. Mary's College. Krista Castillou and Maricela Krickovic completed a year of training in working with students who need extra support in learning literacy skills so that they are proficient by the end of first grade. The training was strenuous - they went to class every Monday night for 3 hours, in addition to providing daily lessons for students. We are proud of their commitment to learning and willingness to work hard to help all students succeed.
BUSD Engages
Nine Artists in County Art Collection

BUSD is proud to have nine student artists’ work selected into the Young Artists Showcase permanent collection at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. The SCCOE Student Gallery is California's largest collection of adjudicated student artwork. A committee of art specialists from throughout the community select the winners.
Alyssa Li, Heart Earth, Grade K, Ruskin Elementary  
Chloe Lee, Dream Beach, Grade 2, Ruskin Elementary  
Diya Choyi, Chasing Balloons in My Dream, Grade K, Ruskin Elementary  
Jiashuo Wang, Welcoming a New Member Into Our Family, Grade 5, Majestic Way  Elementary  
Lillian Chung, Above It All, Grade 6, Sierramont Middle  
Megan Li, The Cat, Grade 3, Ruskin Elementary  
Nathan Chen, Fish in My Heart, Grade 1, Ruskin Elementary  
Neoma Morab, How People Live in the Village, Grade 4, Ruskin Elementary  
Rachel Li, The Circle in the Pond, Grade 7, Sierramont Middle
Choir Accolades

Sierramont Middle School’s Honors Choir earned a Superior grade, first place award, and “Best Choir” award at the Music in the Parks Contest for Middle School at Great America.  
Burglary Prevention Workshop

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
7-8:30 pm
Berryessa Community Center Multipurpose Room
3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose, CA 95132

The San Jose Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and Santa Clara County District Attorney Community Prosecution Unit are presenting several workshops throughout the City of San José on burglary prevention.

  • How to discourage, deter and prevent residential crimes such as burglaries and auto theft  
  • Burglary trends in San José  
  • Judicial process  
  • Information on how to host a Neighborhood Watch Meeting.
Event Information
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. This year's raffle raised about $31,000 for our students. All of the raffle proceeds directly benefit our students by providing grants for teacher’s ideas for innovative technology, curriculum, and classroom materials to enhance the student learning experience.

A big thank you to your our local community for their dedicated and generous support of Berryessa public schools!

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1376 Piedmont Road 
San Jose · California · 95132 
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