Berryessa Union School District

July 2016
In This Issue

August 9, 2016
School Board Meeting
District Office Board Room

August 22, 2016
First Day of School

September 13, 2016
School Board Meeting
District Office Board Room

September 14, 2016, 6 pm
Assessment Results Information Meeting
District Office Board Room

District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm

BUSD Contacts
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Kung kayo ay nangangailangan ng tulong sa wikang Tagalog, mangyari lamang na
tumawag sa 1-408-923-1904.

Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
New Logo

I am happy and proud to introduce our new Berryessa Union School District logo. During the June 21, 2016 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the new Berryessa Union School District logo. Our previous logo served the district for many years and the district leadership felt it was time for an image that better represented our students and our values. 

We worked with a well-respected education-focused graphic designer who became familiar with our strategic plan, family population, and district values. He created several potential logos and the district leadership worked together to refine the logo to best represent BUSD. 

We like that the new logo's star shape represents achievement while portraying interconnecting people to create the star. At BUSD, we view each student as an individual who is part of a globally-connected environment. Students must be able to solve problems both individually and collaboratively. We believe that the "Pathway to the Future," is one in which people from diverse backgrounds come together to overcome obstacles and achieve greatness.  
Fun Summer Learning

We hope that all of our Berryessa families and staff are enjoying summer vacation. Learning never stops during summer's adventures. The summer is a fantastic time to stretch your child's interests and activate their learning with a new book. Please see our Summer Reading Lists in this newsletter for ways that your child can continue their learning and prepare for a successful 2016-17 school year. 
Find a Local Summer Meal Program

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 years and younger at many locations throughout the Bay Area during the summer. Click this link to find a site near you.

Summertime is a time to play hard, but it is also a time to remember to eat right. Make sure good nutrition remains a priority all summer long and students will return to school in the fall healthy, sharp, and ready to learn.
Find a Summer Meal Program

Parents will soon receive student assessment results and a parent/guardian letter from BUSD's Educational Services in the postal mail. Please check your mailbox in the following weeks and read this important parent letter on how to interpret your child's assessment results. 

Save The Date
BUSD Educational Services has scheduled a parent/guardian meeting to provide our families with additional information about the assessment results and helpful tips to assist you with your child's academic success. 

September 14, 2016, 6 - 7 pm
Berryessa Union School District Office
Main Board Room 
Read CAASPP Letter
2016 - 2017 Important Dates

· August 22 – First Day of School for Students
· September 5 – Labor Day
· November 11 – Veteran's Day
· November 21 - 25 – Thanksgiving Break
· December 19 - Jan. 2 – Winter Break
· January 16 – MLK Jr. Day
· February 20 - 24 – Presidents’ Break
· April 17 - 21 – Spring Break
· May 29 – Memorial Day
· June 9 – Last Day of School for Students
Download 2016-2017 Calendar
Enrollment Immunization Requirements

Effective for the 2016-17 school year, California SB 277 no longer permits immunization exemptions based on personal beliefs for children in public and private schools. Proof of current immunizations is a required for enrollment in all BUSD schools. 

Students entering the 7th and 8th grade must also show proof of their Tdap (Pertussis/Whooping Cough) booster before school starts. 
BUSD Guide to Immunizations
BUSD School Board

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

2016-2017 Local Control Accountability Plan and Budget

During the June 21, 2016, School Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved both the Local Control Accountability (LCAP) and operating budget for the 2016-17 school year. The LCAP sets the priorities for how district resources are allocated to meet the needs of all Berryessa students. The LCAP was created with input from our business community, parents, teachers, administrators, trustees, and bargaining units. The budget aligns resources to meet the LCAP priorities. 
Download 2016-17 LCAP
Download 2016-17 Budget
Piedmont Middle School
Summerdale Elementary School
Northwood Elementary School
Vinci Park Elementary School
Vinci Park Elementary School
Bond Construction Update

Solar Project

The district's solar-focused energy conservation project is currently on schedule to install solar panels at all school sites, except the District Office. During the last week of May 2016, construction started at Morrill Middle School, Sierramont Middle School, Northwood Elementary School, Summerdale Elementary School, Cherrywood Elementary School, and Noble Elementary School. Work began at Majestic Way Elementary School and Toyon Elementary School during the last week of June 2016. Laneview Elementary School, Ruskin Elementary School, and Piedmont Middle School construction began in July 2016. Brooktree Elementary School's solar implementation is awaiting approval from the California Division of the State Architect (DSA). Opterra, the solar panel contractor, has removed some existing trees at school sites to facilitate the solar panel installation. As part of its contract, Opterra is committed to replacing removed trees with new tree plantings, although in a different location on that school site.  
Modernization Projects

The Central Kitchen modernization project will be re-bid as a result of receiving the original contractor's bid over budget. The Central Kitchen project is being value-engineered with new contractors to meet the original budget commitment. As a result, the Central Kitchen modernization project will be delayed by approximately six months. 

This summer's modernization projects are occurring at Sierramont Middle School, Noble Elementary School, Northwood Elementary School, Summerdale Elementary School, and Vinci Park Elementary School. Projects include updating and/or replacing classroom furniture, painting, floors, and creating Flexible Instruction Spaces. Vinci Park's Flexible Instructional Spaces will be constructed in 2017. 

Pavement Improvement

This summer, playgrounds and parking lots are being rehabilitated at Vinci Park Elementary School, Noble Elementary School, Morrill Middle School, and Sierramont Middle School. 

LAN Cabling

BUSD Technology Services' districtwide high-speed LAN cabling project is on target to be completed by the end of December 2016. 
Measure L & Measure K Citizens' Oversight Committee Member Opportunities

Berryessa Union School District seeks volunteers to serve on the Bond Measure L and Parcel Tax Measure K Independent Citizens' Oversight Committees. Each committee meets quarterly at the BUSD District Office, at 1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose.

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.
Measure L is a $77,000,000 general obligation bond measure, approved by voters in November 2014,  that authorizes funding for upgrades, repairs, and new construction projects for district schools and facilities.  Measure L CBOC members serve two-year terms. Please click here for member requirements.
Measure Ka parcel tax approved in 2012, allocated $1.3 million in funding for maintaining strong core academic programs, updated technology and science instruction, libraries, and attracting and retaining quality teachers through the extension of the Measure W parcel tax that expired in 2013. Measure K COC members serve a three-year term. Please click here for more information.
Interested in Serving?
Please download the application below and follow its instructions. Questions about the Measure K committee should be directed to BUSD Business Services at  or by calling the Business Office at (408) 923-1860. For questions regarding Measure L, contact the Superintendent’s Office at or call 408-923-1815.
Download Measure L Application
Download Measure K Application
If interested in this position, please return the completed application to the Superintendent’s Office at 
1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA 95132.
Summer Reading Lists

Learning can be lost when students do not engage in educational activities during the summer. Educators refer to this as the "summer slide." It is a fact that reading helps students maintain academic skills. Therefore, we encourage you to set a reading goal with your child of at least 20 minutes per day. Our local public libraries have many wonderful books to explore and offer a fun summer reading program. Click here to read the BUSD Library Services' Summer Flyer and to find the closest San Jose Public Library locations.

San Jose Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

Participating in San Jose's Public Libraries Summer Reading program is a great way to encourage summer reading. Click here for more information on summer reading opportunities at our local public libraries. 
Automatic External Defibrillators at All BUSD Sites

During the June 21, 2016 Board Meeting, The Board of Trustees approved a grant from the Racing Hearts Foundation that provides the installation of automatic external defibrillators (AED) at all Berryessa Union School District schools and training for all staff.

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anyone, even young children and athletes. Every year nearly 300,000 Americans die of sudden cardiac arrest. An AED is a portable electronic device that can stop an abnormal heart rhythm by delivering an electric shock through the chest to the heart and allowing the heart to return to a normal rhythm. The device is able to self-determine whether or not if a shock is necessary in a health emergency. Although all teachers and staff at each site will receive AED training, the device is simple enough for a sixth grader to use properly. 

Installing AEDs districtwide maintains the Board of Trustees commitment to protect the healthy and safety of all BUSD students and staff. AED installation and staff training will begin this fall 2016. 
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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