Berryessa Union School District
November 2017

District Events

November 10, 2017
  • No School - District closed for Veteran's Day

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

November 28, 2017
  • Berryessa Education Foundation5-6 pm, District Office - Board RoomInformation

December 5, 2017
  • School Board Meeting, 6 pm, District Office - Board Room, Information

December 18- January 1, 2017
  • No School - Winter Break

    District Office
    1376 Piedmont Road
    San Jose, CA 95132
    Phone: 1-408-923-1800
    Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm
    Download 2017-2018 Calendar
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    Superintendent's Update
    Dr. Roxane Fuentes
    Strategic Plan for Success

    At this month's Board meeting, the Board approved 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.

    I created a Strategic Plan infographic summary that reviews the objectives that will guide the District. I strongly believe that a strategic plan is a living document - not something that sits in a binder on the shelf. The infographic format is easy to print to keep as a reminder that achieving the objectives of the District's strategic plan is the work of the entire community. Each group plays a vital part in supporting the District's work.

    I hope that you read our "citizen involvement" section below for ways that you can engage with the District to help achieve our strategic goals. 
    New Employee Orientation

    I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new BUSD employees and I look forward to supporting your success in the Berryessa Union School District. I highly value the experience each of you brings to the District. The first goal in our 2017-2018 Strategic Plan is to "attract and retain highly-qualified staff." To complement our strong, ongoing professional development, we have also developed a substantial new employee orientation to work toward this strategic goal. 
    Our fall orientation included all new hires from the last six months - from administrators, teachers, classified and certificated staff, and even substitutes. Each Cabinet Lead introduced their department and described their departments' role in the District along with the support that their department provides staff and students. Each of our District's Union leaders also discussed the benefits of Union membership and held in-depth breakout sessions to review how the Union supports District employees. And because we are a District that also understands the importance of having fun while learning - our new employees received BUSD swag, tasty refreshments, and moments to get to know their new colleagues on a personal level. 
    Annual State Assessment Results

    At our October board meeting, we reviewed the Smarter Balance results from the assessments our students participated last spring. 

    For students meeting or exceeding the state standards, both the Districts English Language Arts (ELA) and Math scores are higher than the state scores and close to or equal with the Santa Clara County scores. 
         ELA MATH
    BUSD 59% 55%
    Santa Clara County 62% 55%
    California 49% 38%

    We are pleased with the continued, overall student success shown in the assessment results. BUSD administrators and teachers are continuing to dig deeper into the data to discover areas to strengthen and practices to expand to support the individual needs of all students. Across the state, school districts did not experience significant growth in assessment results (EdSource, Sept. 22, 2017). District administrators are monitoring this statewide investigation into the SBAC assessments to aid in our analysis and interpretation of BUSD scores. Click here to download the SBAC 2016-17 board presentation. 

    Next Steps
    Teachers and administrators have been reviewing results that are site-specific and at the individual level. The new addition to our ELA/ELD curriculum, which involves teachers focusing on differentiation/small group instruction, was not in place prior to these assessments. Another new addition includes ELA assessments that are aligned with SBAC and California State Standards taught throughout the unit. We are implementing new dyslexia curriculum and training and expanding Sobrato Early Academic Language, a comprehensive model of intensive, enriched language and literacy education designed for English language learners, into more Berryessa classrooms. For mathematics, all grades have implemented new pacing guides that focus on cluster standards and math benchmarks that are aligned to the new pacing guides. 

    It is important to remember that these assessments are just one snapshot of your child's educational achievement profile. Your child's teacher will be able to provide a more robust review of your child's academic assessment. If you missed a parent-teacher conference, please consider reaching out to your child's teacher to schedule a time to review your child's progress.
    Fall Festivals

    The fun fall harvest and Halloween festivities across the district for the past month have been a wonderful opportunity to meet so many of our Berryessa families. Thank you to all the fabulous volunteers and staff who helped create these memorable experiences for our students and community. Please scroll down this newsletter to view more pictures of these events. 
    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
    Citizen Involvement
    Next School Board Meeting: 

    November 14, 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.
    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 Science Teachers on Spirit Day
    Next Generation Science at BUSD Middle Schools

    Science instruction in California is undergoing a major shift in instructional methods and curriculum and our  Berryessa middle school teachers are paving the way forward. In the past, science was taught in silos - life sciences, earth science, physics, etc. were individual classes with little overlap. As any scientist will tell you, the practical applications of science is interdisciplinary and integrated. California has adopted a complex and rigorous Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as its preferred model to address the reality of subject integration.
    The California state-approved curriculum will not be available until early 2019, so our teachers ahead of the game in adopting these standards. Our science teaching teams are collaborating to develop an engaging multi-disciplinary science curriculum that meets the NGSS. Lessons incorporate the observation of a phenomenon and invite students to solve real-world problems based on that observation. 

    Or as BUSD teachers have put it simply, we are teaching kids to think like scientists! 
    College Tours Start Early

    Developing a college mindset starts early. At Toyon Elementary, third-grade students visited Evergreen Community College and fourth and fifth graders visited Stanford University and UC Davis! The Stanford and UC Davis trips were made possible through a virtual reality expedition provided by 4-H Youth Development and Google. 
    VR Field Trips

    Berryessa educators have been exploring technological solutions to provide students with increased field trip experiences through virtual reality devices. While a virtual reality device can never replace the beneficial experience of going on an in-person field trip, virtual reality devices are being used in innovative ways that increase access to places often out of reach for field trips. When Toyon Elementary School's transportation plans hit a snag for College Day at DeAnza College, a virtual reality expedition was taken to both Stanford University and UC Davis - in one lesson! 

    Virtual reality field trips can also be easily integrated easily into classroom curriculum. During an Early American History lesson, 5th graders used Google exposition view finders to explore Independence Hall in Philadelphia! Our students love the ability to travel the world from their classrooms! 
    BUSD Engages
    BUSD Education Services offered a Social Emotional Learning workshop to a full house at Northwood Elementary School. 
    Parent Education 

    At BUSD, we believe that education doesn't stop with our students; it involves the entire family. Throughout the year, each BUSD campus offers various opportunities for parent education. Our parent-teacher organizations and Education Services offer parenting workshops and lectures that help parents become better parents and learn how to positively influence their child's education.

    Fall Festivals


    Our schools enjoyed celebrating the fall harvest season and Halloween through festivals, fun runs, pumpkin decorating, and Halloween parades. After a successful first few months of school, it was great to spend time with our community and to embrace the bounty of friends, good food, creativity, and community connection. 
    BUSD Cares
    Toyon Volunteer Extraordinaire 

    Congratulations to Toyon Elementary School volunteer extraordinaire Robin Charles Morrison! He was selected as the recipient of the San Francisco 49ers Unity Award. Robin serves on the Toyon School Site Council, the Berryessa District Advisory Committee, and as a "Leader in Me" mentor. He also volunteers as a Toyon noon duty supervisor every day. Away from Toyon, Robin coaches the Berryessa Cougars youth football team, which includes many Toyon students.

    "It is volunteers like Robin who make a difference in the lives of children," said Maria Smith, Toyon Principal. "He makes a difference at Toyon every day and for the Berryessa community."
    Toyon Principal Maria Smith and Toyon Volunteer Robin Morrison. 
    Toyon Volunteer Robin Morrison (far right) with other award recipients. The couple on the far left represents the Perry family. The award is named after former 49ers players Joe Perry and Wally Yonamine.
    Kindness Chalk Walk

    Ruskin Elementary School's social worker, Aleece Nyland, Piedmont Hills High School Acts of Random Kindness Club and Ruskin 5th Graders participated in a Kindness Pledge and Chalk Walk.

    The group used chalk to create beautiful uplifting affirmations that covered the Ruskin playground for the entire school to experience during recess. Our students were delighted to explore the playground and discover such thoughtful, kind messages to brighten their day.
    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. 
    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. 
    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: November 28, 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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    San Jose · California · 95132 
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