Berryessa Union School District
April 2017


April 25 - June 2, 2017:
State Assessment Window

May 8, 2017
District Art Show
6-8 pm
Board Room, District Office 

May 9, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

May 13, 2017
10-5 pm
Penitencia Creek Park

May 15, 2017
Music Boosters Meeting
4:30-5:30 pm
Board Room, District Office 

May 18, 2017
DELAC Meeting
8:30-10 am
Board Room, District Office 

6:30-8 pm
Board Room, District Office 

May 23, 2017
School Board Meeting
6 pm
Board Room, District Office 

May 29, 2017
No School - Memorial Day

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.
Dashboard Flyer
Dashboard Flyer - Spanish
Dashboard Fast Start Reference Guide
Broader Outlook on School Performance

California is field-testing a new online resource, the California School Dashboard, designed to help communities access robust information about K-12 districts and schools - including BUSD. The site features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success: test scores, graduation rates, English learner progress, and suspension rates. Gone are the days of rating schools on a single API score, based primarily on test scores. This new tool is now part of our school accountability system based on the 2013's Local Control Funding Formula. 

As a key part of California's commitment to transparency and continuous improvement, the Dashboard is the next step is a series of major shifts in public education that have raised the bar for student learning, transformed testing, and focused on equity for all students. The Dashboard provides a complete picture of a school's progress by providing information on different aspects of student performance. 

The Dashboard is a work in progress - metrics and reports will be added over time. Because this is the field test, modifications will be made based on user feedback. Please check out the new Dashboard and let our Assistant Superintendent Dr. Joseph McCreary and the Education Services department know your thoughts on this new accountability tool. 
Screenagers Film: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Morrill Middle School
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm
Free Tickets Required

This month, Sierramont Middle School presented the award-winning documentary Screenagers to a full house. We are happy to inform our community that there is another opportunity to see this important documentary on how "screen time" impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

  • Parents are encouraged to bring their students ages 10 and up.
  • The event is free, though registration is required.
  • Due to popular demand, registration by May 15th is required. 
Celebrate 40 Years of Community Support and Fun

May 13, 2017
10 am - 5 pm
Berryessa Community Center
Free Admission

For the past 40 years, the Berryessa Business Association has led our community in hosting San Jose's original art and wine festival - The Berryessa Art and Wine Festival to support programs at our local Berryessa public schools.

San Jose's original art and wine festival features local art vendors, delicious food, fun entertainment, and community information for the entire family. We hope we see all our BUSD families at the festival. 

Please visit the Berryessa Art & Wine Festival website to learn more.
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. 
  • 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
Download 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 the 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

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

· May 29 – Memorial Day
· June 9 – Last Day of School for Students
BUSD School Board

Next School Board Meeting: 
May 9, 2017, 6 pm, District Office
May 23, 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.
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
Breakfast With The Principal

Twice a year, Northwood Elementary School's PTA hosts a student breakfast with Principal Andrew Derrick. The students enjoy the opportunity to tell their ideas for school improvements and new programs and to provide updates on campus life. And the feeling is mutual! Principal Andrew Derrick loves the chance for an in-depth conversation with his students. The breakfasts have provided a special perspective on the students unique solutions and innovative ideas for their school. 
Want to see Screenagers?

Morrill Middle School
May 24, 2017
6-8 pm
Screenagers at Sierramont

This month, Sierramont Middle School hosted a “Screenagers” movie and pizza night for over 200 people. “Screenagers” is a documentary film that connected with our families and students. The film explores how teens interact with each other using electronic devices and examines the parental role in controlling this behavior. Many experts share their viewpoints on tech addictions, violent video games, digital citizenship, and more. Our families found that the film prompted important conversations about family communication and responsible tech usage.
BUSD Innovates
Spring Hatches At Majestic Way

As part of an integrated science lesson, Ms. Pastor's class at Majestic Way Elementary School helped hatch baby chicks. Thanks to the support and guidance of a class parent, the students learned about the various stages of a chicken's life - from egg to baby chick. The students cared for the eggs for 21 days in an incubator and were very excited to witness the hatching. The students completed various activities utilizing math and language arts skills to enhance their experience of hatching baby chicks. The chirping baby chicks in the Kinder pod definitely added an exciting spring touch to school! 
Regional Science Fair Competition

Both Piedmont Middle School and Sierramont Middle School had students representing BUSD at the Synopsys Championship. This annual science fair event showcases students in the Santa Clara County who will become our future scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians. Synopsys 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 ranging from a frozen pain reliever, a bionic hand, a grey-water treatment solution, a specialized cut and draw ruler, and an Arduino-controlled YouTube play button.
Piedmont Middle Schooler Julia Lovato received an Honorable Mention Award for her "Rolling Relief" product. The judge's stated that her project is "extremely and immediately marketable; beautiful in its simplicity and usability."
Sierramont Middle Schooler Elise Phan's "Bionic Hand" project received the First Place Award. Her project was nominated to advance directly to National Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) competition and invited to display her project in the FUTURE Science Fair.
BUSD Celebrates Diversity
Multicultural Fashion Show

Cherrywood Elementary School celebrated their community’s diversity with a Multicultural Fashion Show and Dinner. Thirty students strutted the catwalk in their ethnic clothing and sang and signed “It’s a Small World.” In addition to showcasing clothing from around the globe, the diverse languages and learning styles present at Cherrywood were honored during the evening. Over 100 people enjoyed food from Mexico, Vietnam, the United States, China, India, Greece, and France. We love celebrating our diversity at BUSD schools!
BUSD Engages
National Junior Honor Society

Beginning in August 2017, Piedmont Middle School will offer students the opportunity to participate in the National Junior Honor Society, the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students. The organization not only recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges them through active involvement in school activities and community service. 
Noble Drama Program

Noble Elementary School students in the Drama program worked for twelve weeks to learn lines, songs, acting, staging, costume and set-design to produce "The Wiz." Thank you to Noble Elementary PTA for sponsoring this wonderful production.
Majestic Way Opera

At this month's Board Meeting, BUSD Trustees and audience members were treated to a special musical performance by Majestic Way Elementary School's second graders. The students, dressed in "down on the farm" attire performed the introduction song from their "Three Piggy Opera," a myriad of songs portraying the classic tale of the three pigs and the big bad wolf. The students will debut their opera at Majestic Way on May 18th. Bravo!
40th Annual Berryessa Art & Wine Festival 

May 13, 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. Please visit the Berryessa Art & Wine Festival website to learn more.
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
Learn More About BEF
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. This year's raffle raised about $31,000 for our 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.

A big thank you to your our local community for their dedicated and generous support of Berryessa public schools!

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1376 Piedmont Road 
San Jose · California · 95132 
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