Berryessa Union School District
January 2018

District Events

February 13, 2017
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

February 19- 23, 2018
  • No School - Presidents Break

February 27, 2018
  • Berryessa Education Foundation5-6 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

Save The Date

March 10, 2018

Parent University
Raising Confident, Creative & Collaborative Children
8-12 pm at Vinci Park

    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's Update
    Dr. Roxane Fuentes

    Calling for Full and Fair Funding in California’s Public Schools

    Thank you to our Berryessa Union School District Trustees for adopting a full and fair funding resolution during our January 16, 2018, Board meeting. Advocacy in this area is critical in our efforts to raise California school funding to the national average by 2020 and to the average of the top ten states by 2025.  
    Currently, California has the world's sixth-largest economy and the highest gross domestic product of any state. Yet, we rank near the bottom nationally in funding for public schools, a status that threatens the prosperity of our state and the strength of our communities.
    While California lags behind most of the country in public school funding, school districts and county offices of education are facing increased financial pressure from rapidly rising costs. It's time that California ends decades of underinvestment in public schools and provide the resources needed to offer all students a high-quality education. View BUSD Full and Fair Funding Resolution.
    Landed Partnership

    I am very excited to announce our District's partnership with Landed, an organization that provides a down payment fund for Berryessa Union School District staff buying a home. Our district has prioritized identifying innovative ways to help staff members manage one of the biggest challenges they face outside of work – finding sustainable housing in this expensive region.
    Affording the high cost of a down payment is one of part of the housing challenges in our area. Landed provides half of an educator’s down payment, up to $120,000. In exchange, the educator will share in the gain (or loss, if any) of their home when they sell or refinance. For more information, please read this article from the San Jose Mercury News on the partnership.
    Berryessa Leadership Technology Summit

    As part of our Berryessa Technology Leadership Summit, Amy Brown, a K-12 education strategist for CDW-G provided an engaging seminar on leading digital transformation in education. It was a great opportunity to share best practices in technology integration and discuss ways we can improve our support to teachers and staff in this area. Thank you to our Technology Services department for bringing industry leaders to our campus.
    Save the date! The first annual Berryessa Technology Extravaganza or "B Tech E" will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Summerdale Elementary from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This free, voluntary event will provide an opportunity for district teachers and staff to receive valuable training in technology, have collegial discussions, and interact with district vendors of technology products and services. It will include a keynote, breakout sessions, vendor tables, door prizes, and lunch. Please register so we know how many people to expect. Be sure to let us know if you're interested in leading a breakout session!
    Board Updates

    During the January School Board meeting, the Board approved the 2016-2017 Financial Audit and adopted the 2018-2019 Budget and Local Control and Accountability (LCAP) timeline. Dr. Joseph McCreary provided the Board with an update on LCAP progress. The LCAP is a powerful part of the Local Control Funding Formula that is designed to help all students succeed. The LCAP highlights district-wide and school-wide goals in eight state priority areas, demonstrates progress toward meeting the goals, and the expenditures required to implement each of the goals and actions. BUSD community stakeholders play an important part in developing, reviewing, and supporting the implementation of the LCAP. There will be several means for involvement in the upcoming months. We especially look forward to expanding student voice in this process as we conduct student focus groups at each school in the month of February. View LCAP Update Presentation and the District’s LCAP website.
    Design Collaboration Session for BUSD Staff
    Mr. Tony Kanastab presented Measure L bond updates (View Board presentation Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). We are pleased to report that construction has started at the remaining school sites and look forward to Toyon’s construction in early Fall. Today’s students require environments that encourage discovery and deeper understanding. Flexible Instructional Spaces (FIS) are fundamental to the next generation of teaching and learning. FIS encourages creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication one step further. We are so excited to see what our students will accomplish when wonder and curiosity are unleashed!
    English Learner Assessments

    Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the
    assessment that is used to measure how well students understand English when it is not their primary language. We encourage families to read this information guide (English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese) the provide information on the upcoming assessment. The California Department of Education also provides practice tests online. If you do not have a computer at home, the Berryessa public library is a great resource for free computer use. More information about the ELPAC can be found on the California Department of Education ELPAC web page.

    Thank you for your collaboration in creating a Pathway to the Future, 

    Dr. Roxane Fuentes
    BUSD Superintendent
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    Citizen Involvement
    Next School Board Meeting: 

    February 13, 2017
    6 pm


    BUSD School Board

    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

    California Healthy Youth Act Task Force

    The District would like to invite several parents of 7th-grade students to participate in the California Healthy Youth Act Task Force, to serve in an advisory role as we update our curriculum for health and sexual health education programs. The task force would meet four times during the school year in the afternoon so that the teachers could also attend. To learn more about the California Healthy Youth Act, please read this FAQ and the legislative bill AB-329
    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.
    Applications Now Being Accepted for Oversight Committees

    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.

    Measure K Parcel Tax Oversight Committee Available 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) Available 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 visit the Measure K and Measure L websites to find out more information and to download the application. 
    Dashboard Launch

    California's Department of Education launched its California School Dashboard to help parents and community stakeholders find valuable information on school and student performance in an easy-to-understand format. The report includes test scores, graduation rates, and college and career readiness.

    Please watch this short video to help you utilize this new tool.
    BUSD Innovates
    Roller Coaster Demo Video
    STEM Roller Coasters

    As part of Science Engineering and Mathematics programming at Sierramont Middle School, students created small-scale roller coasters to apply lessons learned in physics, engineering, and design principles. As the students tested marbles of various materials, they collected data to calculate speed, potential and kinetic energy. Trips to Great America will never be the same again!
    Maker[Space]Ship Visits Northwood

    San Jose Public Library's Maker[Space]Ship made a stop at Northwood Elementary School to invite some classes to climb abroad for a STEM experience. The Maker[Space]Ship is a bus that is converted into an innovative mobile workshop that overcomes access barriers in San Jose to foster creative ideas, connects people with technology, and encourages problem-solving, collaboration, and discovery.
    BUSD Engages
    Simulated living space on the ship
    Voyage to Virginia

    Fifth grade teachers at Noble Elementary School organized a time travel trip back to 1607 for their students. The program, "Voyage to Virginia" simulates life during this long ocean voyage when people left England to settle in Virginia. Parent volunteers and teachers work together to bake food that would be similar to what was eaten on the ship, such as ship biscuits, dried fruits, jerky, and apple cider. Each fifth grader is allowed one towel to represent the space one would have on the ship. All of their belongings must fit on to this towel. During the simulation event, students even rotate going "above deck" (aka outside) occasionally and keep a detailed voyage log throughout their hard journey. 
    Ship Biscuits
    Crowded Ship Quarters
    Gallery Walks

    Throughout our District, teachers use "Gallery Walks" as an opportunity for students to showcase their learning at a special event that culminates a unit of study. Parents, grandparents, and even siblings visit the classroom to hear and see firsthand what the students have been studying. Students are actively engaged in sharing their ideas with the visitors and responding to questions from the visitors. Gallery Walks provide a meaningful and rich experience to the student's classwork. Students in our English Learner programs especially benefit from the opportunity to speak practice public speaking in a supportive environment. 
    Gallery Walk at Laneview Elementary School 
    Program Flyer - English
    Program Flyer - Spanish
    Loving Solutions / Soluciones Cariñosas

    A series of parent education workshops for families with children ages 5 to 10. The workshops will teach tools to recover control and build trust with your children. All workshops will be given in Spanish.

    Si usted está creando niños de 5 a 10 años y quiere aprender herramientas para recuperar control y crear confianza en sus hijos, venga y acompáñenos.
    Le invitamos a participar en este taller para ayudarle a
    establecer reglas en casa y que sus niños adquieran
    buenos hábitos tanto en casa como en la escuela.

    Fridays, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    through February 16, 2018
    Viernes del 12 de enero al 16 de febrero, 2018

    Berryessa Union School District Office 
    1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose

    Childcare for children ages 3-5. 
    Habrá cuidado de niños y tentempiés.

    Please invite your friends and confirm your attendance with Mrs. Calande at (408) 923-1902.
    Invite a sus amigas y confirme su asistencia al (408)923-1902 con la Sra. Calande.
    Interested in a Teaching Career?

    Individuals with or completing a Bachelor’s degrees, business professionals interested in a career change, and classified school employees looking to transition into certificated positions should attend this seminar to learn how to become a teacher in Santa Clara County.

    Save the Date!

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Penitencia Park 

    Homework Help at the Library 

    Did you know that our local Berryessa public library provides homework help? In addition to online resources for homework help, the library offers a homework club in both English and Spain, homework tutoring, and a homework coach. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the link, under "events" to find the details for homework help opportunities. 
    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: February 27, 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

    Next Meeting: March 19, 2018, District Office
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    San Jose · California · 95132 
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    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 instructionsEmergency messages will override these preferences. By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.