Berryessa Union School District
October 2017

District Events

October 12, 2017
  • Berryessa District Advisory Committee (BDAC) Meeting, 6:30 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

October 17, 24, 31, 2017
  • Latino Literacy Workshop, 10-11:30 am, Berryessa Public Library, Information

October 17, 2017
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

October 24, 2017
  • Berryessa Education Foundation5-6 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation

November 2, 2017
  • District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting, 8:30-10:30 am, District Office - Board Room - childcare available, Information

November 13, 2017
  • Music Boosters Meeting, 4:30-5:30 pm, District Office, Information 

November 14, 2017
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

November 16, 2017
  • Berryessa District Advisory Committee (BDAC) Meeting, 6:30 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

November 20-24, 2017
  • No School/District Closed - Thanksgiving Break
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
Superintendent Dr. Roxane Fuentes
A Growth Mindset

Fall has arrived and everyone has been incredibly busy providing the best learning experiences possible for BUSD students. As I meet with various groups across the District, I am so impressed with everyone’s dedication and commitment to keep our students at the forefront.  As we continue to foster a growth mindset across the District, the Board of Trustees and I realize the importance of goal-setting and continuous improvement.  
During this month’s Board meeting on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, we will be sharing BUSD’s 2017-18 Strategic Plan’s goals and objectives for student and District success. These goals and objectives were developed collaboratively with stakeholders from across the community - staff, students, parents, and community members.

Our five goals for 2017 - 18 are as follows:

  • Attract and Retain Highly Qualified Staff
  • Ensure Professional Development and Coaching Support for All Staff
  • Enhance Our Safe Learning Environment
  • Improve Student Achievement for All Students
  • Broaden Parent and Community Engagement and Support

These five strategic goals will also be the goals of our LCAP for the 2017-18 school year.  We look forward to engaging the community further in these targeted areas.  
Connecting with Berryessa's Students

The best part of my first month as Superintendent has been getting to know our awesome students. Our students are a great source of inspiration and have made me so proud to be at Berryessa. I had the opportunity to walk to work with Cherrywood Elementary School students as part of International Walk and Roll to School day. While we were walking to school, it was great to hear reports from Majestic Way and Sierramont on their successful walk and roll to school events. I would like to give special thanks to San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep and San Jose Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ristow for "walking and rolling" to school with our Sierramont Middle School students this morning. 
Superintendent Dr. Fuentes Walks with Cherrywood Elementary School
San Jose Councilmember Lan Diep and San Jose Department of Transportation Deputy Director Ristow at Sierramont Middle School
Serving Our Community

It was my honor to receive a Congressional recognition from Congressman Ro Khanna for my work in education serving the Latino community. The award recognized my work toward increasing student achievement, increasing access to STEAM opportunities, and leading the development of Ethnic Studies Curriculum. I would like to thank School Board Trustee Mr. Richard Claspill and his wife Anne for attending the event to support and represent Berryessa.
Engaging Professional Development

On Wednesday, September 27th, we held a Professional Development day for all certificated and classified employees in the District. All staff participated in specialty workshop sessions that focused on their area of practice and allowed for collaboration with peers across different district sites.
Many of our elementary teachers delved deeper into the newly adopted English Language Arts and English Language Development program for TK through 8th grade. The workshops for middle school teachers highlighted their subject-specific area (i.e. Math, Social Studies, Science, PE, Music/Arts). Our special education teachers and paraprofessionals received training on a new curriculum to help support students with dyslexia. Noon Duty supervisors also participated in professional development in the area of playground management and clerical staff engaged in Google Suite training.
BUSD Technology Leadership Summit
This month, we hosted the BUSD Technology Leadership Summit with Dr. Nate Lang, a leader in technology focused on divergent thinking and innovations in education. District Administrators, Principals, and School Site Tech Leads discussed how to best leverage technology to advance learning in the classroom.
With great pride,

Dr. Roxane Fuentes
Get Social with BUSD
Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Follow Superintendent Dr. Fuentes on Twitter at @BUSDFuentes and the District at @BerryessaUSD. Stay up to date with BUSD events and news on Facebook

Student Nutrition Services

If your household has not already been qualified for free and reduced price meals this school year and you think you may qualify, we encourage to submit a 2017 - 2018 free and reduced meal application as soon as possible.   

The more students who qualify for free or reduced meals at your school, the more government funding your school may receive. 

Applications may be completed at the new Student Nutrition Services office for the fastest processing. Applications can also be found on the district website under Student Nutrition Services or at your school office. 

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
Mobile App and Text Notifications
School directory information, district news, district calendar, school lunch program, parent portal. Learn more about the mobile app features here
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.
Citizen Involvement
Next School Board Meeting: 

October 17, 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
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.
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.

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 click the buttons below for more information and to download the application. 
Measure K Information
Measure L Information
BUSD Innovates
Piedmont Middle School Awarded Math Grant

We are happy to announce that Piedmont Middle School has been awarded a $9,000 grant for teacher training and support from CPM, a California nonprofit dedicated to improving sixth through twelfth grade mathematics instruction. 
Maker Build Day

Summerdale Elementary School partnered with Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) and Project Ember to provide a Maker Build Day for students and families to create custom furniture for their school's Maker Space.

"I really feel energized when I see kids and their families engaged in something like this - it was fun and empowering to them and it was a great service project for the school." - Principal Patty McDonald

On Friday, classes cycled through the "construction site" to learn construction site safety, basic tool use, and to start creating the furniture framework. On Saturday, families joined the students to complete the projects. Children from preschool to high school age were out there drilling, hammering, and creating work tables and storage units for Summerdale's Maker Space.
BUSD Engages
Elementary School Back to School Night 

We loved meeting new families and reconnecting with returning families at our Back to Night at our Elementary Schools. Thank you for taking the time to be involved in your child's education. We look forward to a great partnership. 

Hispanic Parent Orientation


BUSD Educational Services held an orientation for Hispanic parents to learn how to support their child and familiarize themselves with our district resources, services, and processes.The Berryessa Public Library also presented information about services available through our fantastic local public library. 

Vinci Park Running Club


Vinci Park's Running Club is off to a great start! The club meets every Monday and Wednesday, except for rainy days, from 7:20 to 7:50 am. The running club has set a goal to collectively run enough miles to cross the USA from San Jose to New York City - 2,546 miles! 

Gallery Walks


In today's engaged classrooms, "gallery walks" are often used by teachers to get children out of their desks and into peer-to-peer discussions and active subject exploration. At Berryessa schools, we take the "gallery walk" to the next level by bringing in parents and caregivers to participate in the walk. At the end of a unit lesson, parents and caregivers are often invited to visit their child's classroom for a "gallery "walk." Students lead their special guest through the lesson's gallery walk. We know that the best way to master a subject is to teach it to someone else. The learning through teaching is especially robust when students are teaching their loved ones!
Thank you to all our families for taking time out of their busy evenings to attend a "gallery walk." If you haven't made it to a gallery walk yet, we hope these pictures from "gallery walks" at Brooktree Elementary and Vinci Park Elementary School will encourage you to attend your child's next gallery walk. 
BUSD Cares
Character Education Program

Piedmont Middle School partnered with the 49ers to provide students with the NFL Character Playbook curriculum as a supplement to life skills classes. The students participated in a live video conference with 49er team players that involved a discussion of character education issues and a Q & A session.
Latino Litearcy Program Flyer
Latino Literacy Project
Taller de Lectura para Padres Hispanos

October 17, 24, 31, 10-11:30 am

Berryessa Public Library
3355 Noble Street, San Jose

Childcare is available during the meetings. 

The program requires 10 participants. You must register with Lourdes Calande, or 408-923-1902. 
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. 
Families Learning Together Literacy Event

Saturday, October 14, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa Clara County Office of Education
1290 Ridder Park Dr. near Brokaw & Old Oakland Rd.

For families with Kinders – Grade 12 students this is a free parent led workshops on literacy, reading, writing, listening, speaking and language. In addition, there will be games, food, and fun! 

BUSD School Fall Festivals

October 20, 2017
Cherrywood Elementary School - Pumpkin Night
6:30-7:30 pm

October 26, 2017
Toyon Elementary School - Harvest Festival & Walk-A-Thon
4:30-5:30 pm (Walk-A-Thon) and 5:30-7:30 pm

Northwood Elementary School - Harvest Festival
5:30-8 pm

Summerdale Elementary School - Harvest Festival
6:30-8 pm
Harvest Festival

October 27, 2017
Laneview Elementary School - Harvest Festival
6:30-8:30 pm

Vinci Park Elementary School - Family Festival
5:30-7:30 pm
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: October 24, 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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