Berryessa Union School District
November 2016

November 21-25, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday Break

November 29, 2016, 5-6 pm
District Office Board Room

District Office
1376 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: 1-408-923-1800
Hours: 8:00 - 4:00 pm
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tumawag sa 1-408-923-1904.

Superintendent Will H. Ector, Jr.
Strategic Planning
During November, BUSD held our six-month Strategic Planning meeting and workshop to review and to revise, as necessary, the BUSD three-year goals and strategic objectives. We had a stakeholder committee of 40 participants that consisted of teachers, Union members, parents, the Berryessa Citizens Advisory Council, and the Berryessa Business Association. We were even joined by several middle school students to add an important student perspective to our dialogue. 

During the workshop, we worked together to ensure that our Strategic Objectives align with our district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and our school site plans. This alignment assures that our priorities guide how we allocate district resources. 

Our district is expanding the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program throughout our schools. Please view the SEAL Board presentation (yellow button below) for the exact expansion details. The SEAL program is designed to build the capacity of elementary schools to produce engaged, confident, skilled and motivated learners. The program powerfully develops the language, literacy, and academic skills of all children, especially young English Learners. We are receiving promising results on the SEAL program's ability to promote high-level cognitive, language and literacy skills and develop confident, motivated, engaged learners. 

In the photos below, we feature the SEAL work of Brooktree Elementary students at the end of their "Getting to Know Me" lesson unit. At the end of each SEAL unit, parents are invited to attend a Gallery Walk. Students proudly take their parents around their classroom, explaining their program activities and what they have learned during the unit.
SEAL Board Presentation
Healthy Holiday Parties
Happy Holiday Season! As we move into the festive holiday season, the district’s Wellness Committee would like to remind our families of our Student Wellness Policy for classroom celebrations. The following is an excerpt from the policy (AR 5030):

Classroom Celebrations and Rewards
  1. Class parties or celebrations that involve food shall be held after the lunch period and shall be limited to no more than one party per class per month. 
  2. Parents are encouraged to offer healthy food and beverage choices for celebrations. Foods should be commercially purchased and devoid of common allergens, e.g., peanuts, to minimize the risk of food-borne illness and allergic reactions. 

Our Child Nutrition Services department created a list of fun and healthy alternatives for classroom celebrations.
Healthy Classroom Party Ideas
Text Notifications

BUSD families are now able to receive text message notification from their schools - in addition to emergency notifications. We understand that every family has a different cell phone data plan, we want to assure that parents can control receiving text messages. By default, texting is turned off to prevent unexpected charges from their phone provider.

Parents can log into the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and click on "Contact Preferences" in the menu on the left. Once there, they can check or uncheck boxes to match their preferences. Emergency messages will override these preferences. If both voice and text are checked, the system will call on the phone first and if unable to reach them, a text will be sent as well.

For parents without portal access, we are creating a form which they will be able to use to indicate their contact preferences.
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. 
DELAC Meeting Schedule
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. 

District Office Board Room
8:30 – 10:30 am
November 17, 2016
February 2, 2017
March 16, 2017 
May 11, 2017

Please contact Lidia Vazquez for additional information at (408) 923-1886 or
2016 - 2017 Important Dates

· 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
Road Closures

The City of San Jose will be installing a new sewer main on the east side (northbound traffic direction) on Capitol Avenue between Hostetter and Sierra Road from through November 22nd during the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Detours are available. Please allow extra travel time.   
Road Closure Detour Flyer
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


Curriculum Leadership Teams
Teachers from all BUSD schools will participate on curriculum leadership teams for science, math, English language arts, and technology. Curriculum teams promote leadership to improve teaching and learning in Berryessa schools. Teachers are enjoying this opportunity and are enthusiastically collaborating to review new instructional materials, create curriculum maps to support instruction, and develop professional development for their school sites.
Measure L Generates Solar Power and Premier Learning Spaces 

Although we recently celebrated a Ribbon Cutting event, the district continues to check off more items from the Measure L improvements and modernizations' "to do" list. We are happy to report that 93% of our new solar arrays are producing solar power! Majestic Way Elementary School is pending the final connection and transfer from PGE. 

Teachers and students are mesmerized with our new Flexible Instruction Spaces (FIS). These adaptable, multi-purpose instructional spaces are fully integrated with the latest technology and give teachers a place to really make their lessons come alive. Each FIS site has a unique timeline due to the collaborative nature of the design phase. Flexible Instruction Spaces will be completed at all schools sites in 2018. 

Please click on the yellow button below to download the School Board update on all Measure L projects. 
October Bond Board Presentation

Finished Flexible Instruction Spaces at Summerdale Elementary School

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.
  • All applications must be renewed annually to ensure eligibility. 
  • Applications may obtained on our website ( or at the District Office
  • The completed application may be mailed or delivered to the District Office – Business Services Department – at 1376 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA 95132
  • For assistance call (408) 923-1869.
Measure L & Measure K 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, 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 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.

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
Walk To School Day

International Walk to School Day, on October 5th, was a global event that promoted healthy and eco-friendly options for school transportation. Sierramont Middle School had 558 walkers - about 54% of the school! Sierramont Middle School Principal Chris Mosley noted that traffic was definitely calmer on Walk to School Day. We hope the event helps encourage the adoption of eco-friendly transportation to and from school on a regular basis. 
Sierramont Staff Welcomes Walkers
Red Ribbon Spirit Week

Red Ribbon Week is an enthusiastic Spirit Week when students and teachers make a unified and visible commitment towards a drug-free future. Students make a drug-free pledge and learn about healthy, safe habits and life choices. We love the creativity and spirit of our Noble Elementary School students "socking" it to drugs! 
Brooktree Elementary School Mix It Up Day

During "Mix It Up at Lunch" Day, Brooktree Elementary School students were encouraged to have lunch with students outside their immediate circle of friends/class. Students told their teachers they were happy to meet new friends and felt more comfortable talking with someone they haven't met yet. 
BUSD Innovates
Professional Development

At BUSD, we believe that our teachers and staff must stay current with the latest educational trends, research, and innovations to deliver a high-quality education to our students. One of the ways to accomplish this ongoing learning is through on or off-site professional development seminars. Just as businesspeople attend trade conferences, teachers and educational staff, participate in their own version of "trade" conferences. Last month, in addition to technology training, teachers collaborated with their grade level teams to develop and refine Language Arts and English Language Development strategies.
Laneview Elementary School Teachers during last month's professional development workshops. 
Cardboard Challenge

In an interesting upcycling project, students at Summerdale Elementary School came to school on a sunny Saturday in October to create awesome structures, games, statues, and contraptions from cardboard leftover from Bond Measure construction projects. 
Parent Technology Resources

BUSD's IT department has gathered a useful set of resources to help parents guide their children in using technology wisely and safely. Please bookmark this page, as we will be updating it frequently with new information. 

BUSD Engages
Creating a College-Going Culture

On a Saturday in October, fifty-two students from Piedmont Middle School, Sierramont Middle School, and Morrill Middle School attended College Day Gives You ALAS (Advancing Latina/o Achievement and Success) Conference at San Jose State University.
The conference features programs and strategies that prepare and motivate young students and their families to overcome barriers to their college dreams. The conference keynote speaker was Astronaut José Hernandez, who journeyed on the STS-128 shuttle mission where he oversaw the transfer of more than 18,000 pounds of equipment between the shuttle and International Space Station and helped with robotics operations.

Parents attended the conference with their son or daughter, allowing them to learn how to help their child succeed in achieving their college dreams. 
Toyon College Spirit

Toyon Elementary School celebrated College Day by wearing college shirts and decorating classrooms doors to promote their college and career path. 
Students Vote

Students Vinci Park and Noble Elementary School participated in the Every Kid Votes!, a mock Presidential Election by Studies Weekly. Every four years, elementary Schools around the nation cast their ballots for their preferred presidential candidate. Teachers align the voting experience with social studies and language arts learning standards and objectives. 
Noble Elementary School
Noble Elementary School
Vinci Park Elementary School
Vinci Park Elementary School
Vinci Park Hosts 49er Rush Fun Run 

The San Francisco 49ers Junior Rush held a Fun Run Race for Vinci Park Elementary students. Students ran a 1 mile and listened to an inspirational talk from the 49er Junior Rush about the importance of being active every day. 
BUSD Fall Spirit 

Berryessa schools held a variety of harvest festivals with pumpkins, petting zoos, face painting and festival games; Halloween parades; and even a 5K Fun Run to celebrate autumn. 
Toyon Harvest Fair
Morrill Staff
Toyon Harvest Fair
Piedmont Staff
Toyon Harvest Fair
Vinci Park Harvest Fair
Vinci Park Fun Run
Free Entrance at Lawrence Hall of Science

The Lawrence Hall of Science offers free admission to any individual presenting an EBT card and their family members. The Hall has a diverse array of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs and exhibits designed for preschoolers through adults to explore and engage with a variety of STEM topics. From encounters with live animals in our Animal Discovery Room to engineering challenges in the Ingenuity Lab and our Design Quest exhibit, there is something for everyone at the Lawrence Hall of Science.
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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