Berryessa Union School District
March 2017


April 11, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

April 17-21, 2017
No School - Spring Break

April 25, 2017
Berryessa Education Foundation Meeting
5-6:00 pm
Board Room, District Office 

April 25 - June 2, 2017:
State Assessment Window

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. 
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1­408-­923­-1902 (Spanish)
1-­408-­923-­1903 (Vietnamese)
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Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
2015 Citizen of the Year Tyler Shewey, 2016 Citizen of the Year Will Ector, and County Supervisor Dave Cortese
Leading BUSD - An Honor

I am humbled by recent recognitions for my work in leading the Berryessa Union School District - Superintendent of the Year Award for Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 8/Santa Clara County, Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council's 2016 Citizen of the Year, a commendation from Congressmember Ro Khanna for outstanding community service, and an award from NASA AMES Research Center for participating in their Black History Month panel. In truth, it is a big thank you that I owe to the Berryessa community! Each day, I get to come to work at the best job that I truly love surrounded by dedicated educators and inspiring students supported by a generous community.

Each day, I discover inspiration walking the halls of our campuses and witnessing children awaken to the love of learning. Thank you, to our dedicated teachers who engage our students to reach their highest self and develop paths for students to overcome struggles. Thank you, to our district leadership and support staff who constantly set a high bar and encourage continuous professional development. Thank you, to our engaged parents who partner with the district to create a strong school-home alliance. And, thank you to our community for its dedication to supporting strong public schools. 
Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council and Will Ector
Congressmember Ro Khanna, Superintendent Will Ector, and local community leaders
Deputy Superintendent Phuong Le, Business Office Administrator of the Year
Deputy Superintendent Phuong Le, Business Office Administrator of the Year
Please join me in wishing congratulations to Phuong Le, BUSD Deputy Superintendent - Administrative Services, on being selected to receive the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 8 (Santa Clara County) Business Office Administrator of the Year Award for all of her efforts on behalf of the students, staff, and community of the Berryessa Union School District. The ACSA Award recognizes her integral role in the creation and implementation of safe and creative BUSD learning environments, the development and improvement of District technology, ensuring equity and quality programs for all students, establishing legal and efficient fiscal protocols, and her dedicated community involvement and leadership.
During this month’s Board Meeting, Morrill Middle School Principal Joann Vaars and teachers Tina Nguyen-Lee, Susan Papert, and Juanita Rodriguez presented the benefits of co-teaching. Co-taught classrooms have been found to foster greater academic engagement and fewer disciplinary issues amongst the students due to a high level of individualized attention that allows the child to feel valuable and confident. There are also great benefits for teachers, as well. Co-taught teachers express a stronger connection with students and families and increased cooperation with students. Please view the presentation below for more details about the roles of teachers in co-taught classrooms. We are proud to offer a variety of instructional opportunities for our teachers and students.
Co-Teaching Board Presentation
BEF Raffle Raises $31,000 To Benefit BUSD Students​​​​​​​

I would to thank like the Berryessa Education Foundation (BEF) for their dedicated support of our schools through their outreach, volunteer support, and popular raffle. This year’s BEF raffle sold 7,884 raffle tickets raising about $31,000 to benefit our BUSD 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. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter to see the prize and winner list. ​​​​​​​
2017-2018 Enrollment 

Enrollment packets are now 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 during these registration events. 
  • 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
April 3rd to June 23rd 9 am - 1 pm Resident Home School Office
June 26th - August 3rd, Monday - Thursday  9 am - 2 pm  District Office
Beginning August 7th 9 am -1 pm Residence Home School Office

Enrollment Information
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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
DELAC Meeting Schedule
District Office
Board Room
8:30 – 10:30 am

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

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

Next School Board Meeting: 
April 11, 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
State Assessment Window:
April 25 - June 2, 2017

During the state assessment window, independent study requests will not be granted. If you child must miss school due to an appointment, please contact your school site office to coordinate the best time and day so that your child does not miss any important assessments. Please help your child do their best on their assessments by making sure they get enough sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and have a nutritious snack and lunch packed.
Continual Professional Development

This month, BUSD Educational Services and educators completed their third day of collaborative planning for writing workshop with a focus on opinion writing across different grade levels. Sobrato Early Academic Language(SEAL) teachers completed their last training modules, which included a lesson observation.  
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
SJ Earthquakes Kick Off Healthy Choices Program

Our Noble Elementary School third and fourth graders were excited to kick off a healthy choices and exercise program with the San Jose Earthquakes this month. The team representatives taught the children simple strategies to make smart choices. For example, the students were shown how many sugar packets are in one soda can. The students couldn’t believe how many sugar packets they would consume if they drank sodas every day for one week. At the end of the six-week program, an Earthquake player will return to campus to celebrate the kids making healthy choices.
BUSD School Social Workers Help Emotional Well-Being

BUSD Social Workers, Arlene Tinajero, Sarah Rodriguez, Kayla Santos, Galib Haswarey, Jenna Rafalow, Chireen Hammad, and Aleece Nyland reported to the Board and answered questions on the direct and indirect services, benefits, and job functions of district school social workers. BUSD school social workers provide services related to students' social and emotional needs, link home-school-community services, and help provide programs to address bullying behavior, truancy, suspension, and expulsion rates. Please view the presentation below for detailed information on School Social Work services. 
BUSD Social Worker Program
BUSD Innovates
Next Generation Science Standards Integration 

Middle school science teachers have created a standards maps for the NGSS integrated approach to instruction and in April will begin developing integrated units, thereby creating a guide for all middle school science teachers so that instruction across the district can be consistent.  
Regional Science Fair Competition

Both Piedmont Middle School and Sierramont Middle School had students representing BUSD at the Synopsys Championship this month. This annual event showcases students in the Santa Clara County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. This science fair challenges students to go beyond their classroom studies to do project-based research working either independently or in teams. Projects address issues in the fields of Computer Science, Environmental Science, Medicine & Health, Chemistry, Biology, and other related categories. Our student projects submitted innovative projects ranged from a frozen pain reliever, a bionic arm, a greywater treatment solution, a specialized cut and draw ruler, and an Arduino-controlled YouTube play button.
BUSD Celebrates Diversity
BUSD Celebrates Black History Month with NASA Ames Research Center

Twelve African - American BUSD students were chosen to participate in a panel discussion and tour of the NASA Ames Research Center at an event honoring Black History Month, sponsored by the African American Advisory group of NASA Ames. Superintendent Will Ector and Sierramont Middle School Principal Mosley were invited as panelists in the discussion on “Crisis in Black Education.”
BUSD Engages
Career Day Ignites Sierramont Students

Over 35 professionals participated in our annual Sierramont Middle School Career Day. Students were able to explore their career interests and discover career paths they never before considered. We were thankful to have six successful Sierramont alumni return to campus to participate in our Career Day.
Test Prep For Parents

At BUSD we believe that parents/guardians play a vital role in their children’s academic and social success. We believe in offering our BUSD families the opportunity to improve their strategies and tools to help their children navigate school and succeed. This month, BUSD Instructional Coach Kalpana Thatte lead a parent workshop at Northwood Elementary School focused on understanding California’s state assessments (SBAC) along with resources and strategies to help students perform well on their upcoming assessments.
Please complete the form below and return to your school office by March 17, 2017
Parent University Registration Form
BUSD Parent University

April 1, 2017

8 am – 12 noon

Summerdale Elementary School

1100 Summerdale Ave

San Jose, CA  95132

Parents will be able to select from some of the following workshops:

  • Communication and Discipline 
  • Digital Citizenship and Cyber Bullying
  • Raising a Healthy and Positive Child
  • Understanding Common Core Math
  • Helping Your Child with Writing
  • Reducing and Managing Stress/Anxiety


Childcare will be provided for children 4 -11 years old

For more information, please call the District Office 923-1829 ** Información en español al 923-1902 ** Thông tin tiếng Việt gọi số 923-1903 **  如果您需要講中文的服務, 請致電 (408) 923-1901

40th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival 

May 7, 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Berryessa Community Center
Free Admission

San Jose's original art and wine festival, sponsored by the Berryessa Business Association features local art vendors, delicious food, fun entertainment and community information. 

A portion of the money raised will be donated to the BUSD Music program and the Berryessa Music Boosters.
Event Information
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
BEF Raffle Raises $31,000 To Benefit BUSD Students

This year’s Berryessa Education Foundation sold 7,884 raffle tickets raising about $31,000 to benefit our BUSD students.

On March 25th, the anticipated raffle was held in the packed District Board Room. Thanks to the generous support of our local community donating services, gift certificates, and a variety of goods there were 64 main raffle prizes, plus 40 fun giveaways for audience members present for the mini raffle. 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.

Thanks to the generous support of our local community

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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San Jose · California · 95132 
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