Berryessa Union School District
April 2018

District Events

April 24, 2018
  • Berryessa Education Foundation5-7 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation

May 8, 2018
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

May 12, 2018
  • Berryessa Art & Wine Festival, 10 am-5 pm, Berryessa Community Center, Information
    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
    Dear Berryessa Union Community

    I would like to thank the Berryessa Education Foundation (BEF) for its successful “Make a Difference” raffle to support Berryessa students. Raising approximately, $25,000, the raffle definitely lives up to its name by making a difference for our students! Entirely run by volunteers, BEF has raised over $350,000 since 1992 with all proceeds directly benefiting Berryessa students by providing teacher grants and school-wide grants for cutting-edge technology and innovative curriculum materials. Thank you to all in our community who generously donated items for the raffle, participated in the raffle, and worked to solicit donations for the raffle. Check the winners list to see if you won a raffle item.
    Strategic Plan

    In March, the District Board of Trustees and District Strategic Planning Steering Committee met to evaluate and adjust the District’s Strategic Plan Objectives based on feedback from our community survey and community input meetings. While our strategic goals provide our roadmap for the District’s next three years of progress, these strategic objectives outline exactly who in the District will be leading the work to meet these goals. For each goal, there are several milestone steps that will mark progress toward achieving that goal. The District will hold another Strategic Planning Retreat in September to evaluate these milestones and plan objectives for the following six months.
    Dual Language Immersion Programs Information
    Dual Language Immersion Programs 

    On March 6, 2018, the District held a Parent Informational Meeting for Dual Language Immersion Programs. During the meeting, the District shared the Dual Immersion 90/10 model and discussed long-term plans for implementation success. There has been significant interest in Dual Immersion across our community and we are excited to be able to offer these new  programs. Our Assistant Superintendent, Education Services, and several school administrators attended a two-day dual language immersion training with Santa Clara County Office of Education learning how to successfully launch an immersion program. We are currently accepting applications of interest for Mandarin Dual Immersion at Cherrywood and Spanish Dual Immersion at Toyon for kindergarten and first grade. Please contact our Educational Services Division at (408) 923-1828, if you have any questions regarding the Dual Immersion Programs!
    Board Updates

    School Safety
    The Board of Trustees adopted the School Safety Resolution 17-19 at its March 13, 2018 Board meeting. This resolution outlines how the District is committed to maintaining safe and secure learning environments for all students and the District’s belief that all students deserve access to support that enhances their physical, emotional, and mental health. The resolution urges the state of California and the United States Congress to invest in services to prevent bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence in our schools and to provide funding for programs and staff, such as counselors, nurses, and psychologists, that support students’ mental, physical and emotional health. The resolution also urges the state of California and the United States Congress to implement measures that prioritize student safety and environments where all students have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

    Bond Progress
    The District held a ribbon cutting event for Laneview Elementary School's new Flexible Instruction Space on Friday, March 16, 2018. Developed with input from Laneview's educators, students, and community, this adaptable learning environment supports diverse teaching and learning needs while optimizing project based learning, personalized instruction, and 21st century skill development. We are excited for Majestic Way Elementary School Flexible Instruction Space's ribbon cutting this spring. The District is making great progress with Measure L commitments and is thankful for our community's commitment to quality public education.  
    District Finances
    During the March meeting, the Board approved the 2017-2018 Second Interim Budget Report. Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services, Phuong Le presented this review of the District’s finances based on the Governor’s proposed budget in January 2018. An important aspect of the District's budget is the strong connection with our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP provides the strategic roadmap for developing a budget that can successfully allocate resources for student services. The LCAP is created with community input to identify annual goals, outline specific actions, and measure student progress to develop the District’s academic priorities.
    District Video Profiles

    The District has updated our video profile series that highlights the different aspects that make Berryessa Union School District an inspiring, unique, and innovative place to learn, grow, and work.  
    Thank you for your collaboration in creating a Pathway to the Future, 

    Dr. Roxane Fuentes
    BUSD Superintendent
    Get Social with BUSD
    Are you on Facebook and Twitter? Follow Superintendent Dr. Fuentes on Twitter at @BUSDFuentes, the District at @BerryessaUSD, BUSD jobs can be found at @BerryessaUSDHR, and Technology Services is at @BUSDTech.

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    Currently Enrolled Students
    Students who attended a BUSD school this year and are simply moving from one grade to another or who are moving from an elementary school to a middle school are not required to register again. Your student will be automatically enrolled in the next grade and new 6th graders are automatically assigned to their resident middle school. Families with new middle school students will receive information from their school regarding needed forms and schedule information during the summer, usually in August.

    New Families to the District
    New students can register online. Follow the instructions provided in the online portal. Upon completion, please print a copy of the registration and complete steps 2 through 8 below. Note: You will need a valid email address in order to register online. 

    • Enrollment for 2018-2019 instructions and can be accessed on the District website here. Please remember to click "next" at the bottom of the first page. 
    • Early enrollment events for new to the district families can be found here
    Citizen Involvement
    Parents Learn About State Assessments

    Northwood Elementary School parents packed the house to learn more about California's Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) that are held in the spring. If you are interested in learning more about state assessments, the California Department of Education has prepared a website dedicated to providing parent guides on the assessments in English and Spanish based on students' grade level. California PTA has a parent-focused website with information on how to help your child prepare, how to understand the assessment reports parents receive in the summer, and what the tests measure. 
    Next School Board Meeting: 

    May 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
    Mark Your Calendars!
    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. 
    BUSD Innovates
    Piedmont Students Participate in Bay Area Science Fair Competition

    Congratulations to the Piedmont Middle School students who participated in the Synopsys Championship (Santa Clara Valley Science and Engineering Fair). The Synopsys Championship showcases students who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. 
    Students are challenged to go beyond their classroom studies to do independent project-based research. They work independently or in teams to address questions in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and a half-dozen other categories.

    • Bicycle Generator – Dat Truong, Khanh Nguyen, Honorable Mention, Physical Science and Engineering Category
    • Potato Peel Battery – Kayla Cao
    • Conducting Robot – Amy Ton Nu, Second Place, Physical Science and Engineering Category, and alternate to the California State Science Fair
    • Laundry Lift – Phoebe Trinh and Medwin Simpliciano, Huong Le
    • Redesigned Laundry Hamper – Kyle Bermillo and Kris Lalas, Honorable Mention, Physical Science and Engineering Category
    • Turbine Phone Charger – Francis Do
    • Home Automation – Harjot Singh, Second Place, Physical Science and Engineering Category
    • 2-in-1 Backpack – Ashna Singh, Trinity O Leary
    Summerdale Students Build Their Own Computers

    BUSD SEAL Educational Coach Samantha Rainer, Ed.D. and Summerdale Elementary School third grade teacher Genevieve Lulu created a project that integrates science, technology, design thinking, problem solving, and language arts – computer building! Using Piper computer kits, students built computers using hardware and then designed the software to run on their custom-built computer. The students loved the project and look out, Silicon Valley – they are already making plans for interesting and innovative hardware designs and software programs! 
    BUSD Cares
    Internet Safety & Bullying Prevention Tips from SJPD

    Thank you to the San Jose Police Department for stopping by Piedmont Middle School to visit our eighth graders to talk about internet safety and bullying. 
    Successful Parent University Weekend Seminar

    In the beginning of March, our Education Services department hosted BUSD's annual Parent University weekend seminar at Vinci Park Elementary School. Parents selected workshops focused on the theme of Raising Confident, Creative, and Collaborative Students (view program). The seminar had a great turnout and parents suggested that they would like the opportunity to have longer workshop sessions and more workshop events throughout the year. Parents who are eager to learn and want to spend Saturdays at educational workshops – the District couldn't be more proud of our engaged community!

    Thank you to Education Services for continuing to offer a variety of informative parent education opportunities and thank you to all our Berryessa families who dedicated their Saturday to honing their parenting skills! The Educational Services team would like to thank Principal Parisa Nunez and her teachers for hosting Parent University at Vinci Park, and would especially like to thank the following BUSD staff who offered their time and expertise by conducting a parent workshop: Tina Choy, Maricela Krickovic, Krista Castillou, Aleece Nyland, Kayla Santos, and Kylie Gomez.
    BUSD Engages
    Berryessa Cultivates Readers
    In celebration of School Library Month in April, we would like to thank all of our Library Media Technicians who make school libraries places where students connect, engage, and discover. 
    Noble LMT Carla Ryan
    Congratulations to Noble Elementary School Library Media Tech Carla Ryan on receiving the 2017 Judy Moomaugh Award of Excellence for exemplary service by a library paraprofessional in all of Santa Clara County, awarded by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Carla Ryan's positive impact on students’ excitement for reading and learning is tremendous. She became a rock star at Noble when she introduced puppet shows and Reader’s Theater to students and teachers. Reader's Theater has become a catalyst for greater enthusiasm for the library and reading as well as motivating students to write their own scripts, make characters, and design scenery.
    During March, our schools celebrated Read Across America month and Dr. Seuss's birthday with school library visits from special guest readers, pajama reading events, reading contests, read-a-thons, and even a Green Eggs and Ham breakfast! 
    Northwood Bridge Library

    We'd like to remind our community about the San Jose Bridge Library at Northwood Elementary School. A Bridge Library provides books, library staff assistance, and library resources for families and serves as a "bridge" between the Family Resource Center (FRC) and the full range of library services offered at San José Public Library branches. 
    Vinci Park Third Graders Create Historical Museum
    Ms. Kocher's third graders at Vinci Park Elementary School created a Living Wax History Museum as a culmination project for their history and language arts curriculum unit on important historical figures. Each student researched a person who has made a significant impact on history and prepared a biography report on this person. For the Wax History Museum day, students transformed into "wax statues" of their historical figure and taught families who visited the museum about how their person made a difference in history. 

    NBC Meteorologist Visits
    Toyon Kindergarteners
    Jeff Ranieri, Chief Meteorologist at NBC Bay Area, stopped by Toyon's Kindergarten class for a very special Early Language lesson integrating science and language arts on the topic of weather. The students loved learning about the different types of clouds and weather patterns. In fact, they are continuing to write stories that involve dramatic weather well after Jeff Ranieri's lesson! 
    Berryessa Touch-A-Truck!

    Climb abroad and explore emergency vehicles, fire trucks, police vehicles, race cars, delivery trucks, construction vehicles, and more! A taco truck and fruit truck will be on site to buy dinner and snacks. 

    Free Admission 

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    6 to 8 pm
    Berryessa Community Center
    3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose


    Please contact Frank Cancilla if you are interested in volunteering for this event. 
    Frank Cancilla: 
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    Continue the Berryessa Tradition
    and Bring the Family to the
    Berryessa Art & Wine Festival!

    Proceeds raised will provide grants for Berryessa Union School District classrooms. Last year, the Festival generated $16,000 for BUSD classrooms.

    Event features artists, food and wine, crafts, music, and activities for kids. 

    Free Admission 

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

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

    Berryessa Public Library Opportunities

    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. 

    Library and family service resources are also available at the Northwood Elementary School Bridge Library
    Support BUSD
    The Berryessa Education Foundation is a volunteer-staffed foundation that has raised nearly $350,000 since 1992 to supplement the District’s budget to improve our students’ educational experience. This year's raffle raised about $25,000 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: April 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

    Next Meeting: May 21, 2018, 4:30-6 pm, District Office
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    San Jose · California · 95132 
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