Berryessa Union School District
January 2017


January 23, 2017
Berryessa Music Boosters Meeting
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Board Room, District Office 

January 24, 2017
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
5-6:00 pm
Board Room, District Office 

February 14, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

February 28, 2017
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
5-6:00 pm
Small Board Room, District Office 

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.
New District Mobile App
A big thanks to Dave Johnston, BUSD Director of Technology Services, and the IT department for their development of the new BUSD mobile app available for free on the Google Play Store and iTunes. The app has easy to use features that will help you stay in touch with us such as staff directories, nutrition services information. The integrated calendars allow you to add district events to your personal calendar in a quick click. Waiting at the doctor's office? Take a break from Facebook and browse our news page to learn about the good happening at BUSD schools. Scroll down to the section after my letter for more information on downloading our new mobile app.
2017-18 Budgeting Process Begins 
Developing our district's budget is a six-month process beginning in January after the Governor releases the proposed budget for the fiscal year, which starts in July. At the January Board meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to approve our budget and LCAP timeline that is aligned with the state budget process. Our community's feedback is vital during this process to guide and shape the district to continue to meet our students' evolving needs. Built into the process are Board meetings, stakeholder surveys, public hearings, stakeholder meetings, and presentations. Please review the timeline and mark your calendars to participate in this process.
Approved Budget & LCAP Timeline
New Board Member Positions
During the December School Board meeting, the Board reorganizes by selecting its officers for the following calendar year. In 2017, Thelma Boac will be President, Hugo Jimenez will be Vice President, Khoa Nguyen will be Clerk, and David Cohen and Richard Claspill will continue to serve the district as Board Members. I will continue to serve in the role as Secretary to the Board. On behalf of our district, I would like to thank our distinguished Board of Trustees for their commitment to serving our community's schools.
School Achievement Plans 
School level teams working with their Site Councils have developed the plans to improve the academic performance of all students. The 2016-2017 plans have been reviewed to assure that they are consistent with our Local Control Accountability Plan and that the expenditure of funds is aligned with the goals of the plan.
Achievement Plans
Rainy Day Drop Offs

Please be extra cautious while driving to and from school on rainy days. Drive slow and allow your family extra time to arrive at school on time.

TIP: Have your children keep their backpacks and rain gear in the back seat with them. When you reach the drop-off curb your children will be ready for a quick exit with minimal soaking and will not impede traffic flow. 
Download BUSD 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 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
Take Survey
Parent University Survey
We will be hosting our Parent University Conference on Saturday, April 1, 2017. In order to provide meaningful sessions, please let us know the parenting topic sessions you would be interested in attending.
DELAC Meeting Schedule
District Office
Board Room
8:30 – 10:30 am

February 2, 2017
March 16, 2017 
May 11, 2017
Please contact Lidia Vazquez for additional information at 
(408) 923-1886 or
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
February 2, 2017
March 16, 2017 
May 11, 2017
Download 2016-2017 Calendar
Download 2017-2018 Calendar
2016 - 2017 Important Dates

· February 20 - 24 – Presidents’ Break
· April 17 - 21 – Spring Break
· May 29 – Memorial Day
· June 9 – Last Day of School for Students
BUSD School Board

Next School Board Meeting: 
February 14, 2017, 6 pm, District Office
Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes 

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
Piedmont Middle School Receives $42,500 Grant 
Four years ago, Piedmont Middle School applied for a grant for their multipurpose room floor from the Lowe's Charitable & Educational Foundation and never received a response. Thankfully, through Lowe's auditing process, we were contacted that Piedmont was awarded a grant of $42,500 and their notification to BUSD had slipped through the cracks! 
Grants from Berryessa Art & Wine Festival

The Berryessa Art & Wine Festival and Berryessa Business Association for awarding grants, funded by the proceeds of the 2016 Festival, to BUSD teachers and programs. Frank Cancilla, BAWF Chair, and Assistant Superintendent Joseph McCreary, delivered the checks to our very happy teachers and program coordinators.

Middle School STEMscopes 

All middle school science teachers will have access to STEMscopes in January and February, to use and evaluate the STEMscopes curriculum. This STEM-focused curriculum was developed using the Next Generation Science Standards and the California Science Framework. 
Parent Review Opportunity for New Language Arts Program

The ELA/ELD Leadership Committee will be piloting English language arts and English language development programs beginning in January and ending in April 2017.  Materials are on display at the District Office. Parents may view the materials on display during normal business hours. Since the last adoption, the Common Core State Standards and the California English Language Development Standards were developed. The new standards call for an integrated approach to teaching English Language Development, meaning that language is taught throughout the day including during science, social studies, and math lessons. In addition, an interdisciplinary approach is recommended to help students make connections across the subjects and deepen their knowledge. A new adoption will give teachers resources for meeting the demands of the new standards.
ELA/ELD Pilot Overview
Central Kitchen Construction
Bond Construction Update

All 13 sites are operational and have received Permission to Operate from PG&E

More and more Measure L fund projects are reaching completion. Please read the board presentation for details on completed projects and timelines for remaining bond construction work. 
Construction Board Presentation
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
Slideshow from Social Media Awareness Workshop
Parent Education - Tech Talks

This week, Toyon Elementary School offered the second program in its Toyon Parent Education workshop and dinner series. Each month's program alternates between raising healthy families and digital awareness (EdTech). While parents are in their workshop, their children participate in parallel STEAM workshops directed by the YMCA. 
BUSD Innovates
Vinci Park Cleans Up
Students respond with innovative ideas when you ask them to solve a real world problem. BUSD teachers find ways to harness their innate curiosity and innovation in classroom lessons. Vinci Parks' 5th graders in Ms. Rout's class completed a two-week science lesson block on the hydrosphere that integrated science learning and language arts. First, students identified a topic in their Studies Weekly newspaper - oil spills. Students took notes using the two-column method and developed their own summaries of the material. In a team-building exercise, students applied their knowledge of oil properties, oil spills, and water to develop an effective method to clean up a real oil spill. The lesson block ended with a "gallery walk" that allows the students to share their method and reflect on their outcomes.
BUSD Engages
Laneview students participate in their school's board presentation
Laneview Site Report and Video 

Laneview Elementary School Principal Carol Mar delivered a site report at the January Board meeting. Students recited a poem about their courageous ancestors to demonstrate the "chant" strategy from their Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) classroom.
Watch Laneview Presentation Video
Free Parenting Workshop: Saturday, January 21, 2017

BUSD Superintendent Will Ector is on the panel for the workshop on working with Principals and Superintendents.

8:00 am - 9:15 am Registration
9:15 am - 1:00 pm Workshops

Peterson Middle School
1380 Rosalia Drive
Sunnyvale, 94087
Space is limited. Please sign up for your choice of workshops.
Event RSVP
Board President Thelma Boac and Superintendent Will Ector with Disrupt 2.0 guests.
Disrupt 2.0

Our district was proud to support the San Jose - Silicon Valley Book Launch and author signing of Filipina Women's Network's book on Filipina Women Leadership, DISRUPT 2.0 Filipina Women: Daring to Lead at the Berryessa Community Center on January 7, 2017. 

YMCA's Early Learning Readiness Program

Toyon Elementary offers the YMCA Early Learning Resources program for caregivers with children ages 1-5 every week on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am-12 pm in Toyon room 13. The program is free to all and any participants. 
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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1376 Piedmont Road 
San Jose · California · 95132 
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