Are you curious about our new look?
Dear ,

You may have started to notice a different look for San José Unified. Over the past nine months, we've engaged with groups of teachers, students, parents, staff and community members to develop a new way of thinking and talking about the school district and our role in preparing today's students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.

In the months ahead, you'll start to see the results of this work, beginning with the new logo at the top of this newsletter and continuing through our updated Strategic Plan, Local Control Accountability Plan, and a brand new website for the 2017-18 school year.

Our goal is to bring together the circles of people who make San José Unified the most innovative and collaborative school district in the Silicon Valley around one mission: to elevate opportunities for all.

Your opinion is very important so we encourage you to let us know what you think by contacting our Public Information Office at pio@sjusd.org.


Regards,
Nancy Albarrán
Superintendent
What's happening?
Enrollment Center moving to District Office

The San José Unified Enrollment Center is on the move, and this time, it's for good! Beginning June 12th, we look forward to serving parents and families in a new location at the district office, 855 Lenzen Avenue in San José.

This move is part of a years-long effort to bring all of our family services under one roof. Our goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those services by providing you with a convenient, one-stop shop for all of your questions, concerns, and needs.

For more information and directions to the new and improved Enrollment Center, please visit sjusd.org/enrollment.

Please note that the Enrollment Center will continue at its current Erikson campus site (4855 Pearl Ave.) until June 12th
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Preschool enrollment now open!

The San José Unified preschool program is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year. We're proud to offer this free program to children of eligible families who will be four years old by December 2nd.

Our preschool program prepares students with the critical foundations they need for their academic career - from kindergarten through adulthood. The program offers an age-appropriate curriculum that focuses on the whole child by encouraging active exploration, developing problem solving skills, building relational and self-help skills, as well as promoting a healthy self-esteem.

We offer 3-hour, part-day sessions (morning and afternoon) at many of our elementary schools. For more information, please visit sjusd.org/preschool or call (408) 535-6083 ext. 14202.

#omgrobots

Leland High's FRC Team 604 Quixilver was part of the winning alliance at the FIRST Robotics 2017 Silicon Valley Regional at the San José State Event Center on March 29th. Their alliance with Bellarmine College Prep and Crystal Springs High had the highest score of any team competing in any FIRST Robotics event worldwide! Teams from Pioneer, San José High, and Willow Glen High also participated in the regional competition.

The Leland team moved on to the FIRST championships in Houston last week, where they took first place in their division and placed 4th overall! Watch this video to learn more about this year's theme, STEAMWORKS, and stay tuned for updates. You can also follow Team 604 Quixilver on Twitter.
Measure H Citizens' Oversight Committee delivers annual report

The San José Unified Board of Education has accepted the fourth annual report from the Measure H Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC). The report details construction and facility upgrade projects at all district schools and other sites in 2016 that utilized funds from Measure H, a bond passed in 2012 with over 71% of the vote.

The volunteer CBOC is comprised of San José Unified parents, neighborhood leaders, representatives of taxpayer associations and senior organizations, and members at large. As stated in a cover letter from Chairman Michael Smith, "members of the Committee have expressed strong satisfaction and confidence in the District's overall management of the Measure H bond program."

You can visit go.sjusd.org/measurehannualreports to read all four annual reports from the CBOC, and go.sjusd.org/measurehcboc to learn more about Measure H.

Apply to serve on the Measure Y Citizens' Oversight Committee

Measure Y was approved by more than 67% of voters in the General Election of November 8, 2016. It assesses a $72 per parcel annual tax on properties within San José Unified School District, beginning in 2017-18 and effective through 2024-25 (8 years).

In June, our Board of Education will appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that Measure Y funds are spent only for the purposes described in your ballot. The committee will include parents or guardians of currently enrolled San José Unified students as well as representatives from: an organization representing the business community; a senior citizens' organization; and a bona fide taxpayers' organization. At-large positions will also be available.

If you are interested in volunteering to serve on this committee, please send an email to our Public Information Office at pio@sjusd.org with subject line "Measure Y Oversight Committee". You can learn more about Measure Y at go.sjusd.org/measurey
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Graduations & Promotions 2017

San José Unified high school graduations and middle school promotions are scheduled for June 6-8, with most ceremonies at the Municipal Rose Garden. 

Upcoming events

Voluntary Integration Plan Committee (VIP)
Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, May 8, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

San José Unified Council of PTAs
Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00pm
District Office, Room 133, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Academic Language Acquisition (ALA) Program Orientation
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 9:30am
Almaden Elementary School, 1295 Dentwood Dr, San José, CA 95118

District Advisory Committee (DAC)
Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC-SE)
Monday, May 22, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126
In the spotlight

New student board members selected - On April 6th, the Board of Education appointed Ethan Dang of Leland High and Riya Mody of Pioneer High to serve as Student Board Member and Alternate (respectively) for the 2017-18 school year. Ethan and Riya were selected through a rigorous interview process to provide student input and involvement to the board. They're pictured here with Superintendent Nancy Albarrán and Board President Pam Foley.

Students raise money for flood victims - Anyone who thinks kids don't know what's up should watch this story from NBC Bay Area to see how two students at Hacienda Elementary stepped up to help fellow students and neighbors impacted by the recent Coyote Creek floods.

From the "Where are they now?" file - Lincoln High alum Selamawit Bekele was a recent recipient of a President's Engagement and Innovation Prize from Penn University, where she will graduate this year. Awarded annually, the prizes provide funding for Penn seniors to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Learn more
In the news

Community stunned by popular Willow Glen teacher's sudden death (Silicon Valley Community Newspapers) A popular substitute at Willow Glen Middle and High schools recently passed away. Read more

Women's History Month: Meet paid family leave advocate Jennifer Thomas (Mercury News) The San José Teachers Association  President was profiled as part of a series on local female leaders.  Read more

California's High School Graduation Rate Soars (KQED) San José Unified's grad rate of 87% bests statewide averages, and the district has made progress with English Learners.  Read more
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