As we enter the holiday season, I want to express my thanks and gratitude to you for being a part of the San José Unified community. I am inspired every day by how we unite to elevate opportunities and prepare today's students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.

In case you hadn't heard, Measure Y, the San José Unified parcel tax, passed by a very narrow margin. The County Registrar is conducting an automatic recount as I write this message, but we do not expect that to change the result. We will send out details about next steps once the vote is officially certified. Please call our Public Information Office at (408) 535-6444 if you would like to request a senior exemption.

I would also like to congratulate and welcome our newly-elected Board of Education Trustee Kimberly Meek and re-elected Trustees Teresa Castellanos and Pam Foley. I look forward to working with them and the entire board to keep San José Unified the most innovative school district in Silicon Valley.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again for your support.

Regards,
Nancy Albarrán
Superintendent

P.S. Please SAVE THE DATE for our next districtwide Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 13th at Gunderson High School.
District Headlines
Enrollment & Pre-Registration for 2017-18
SJUSD enrollment and pre-registration for the 2017-18 school year is coming up fast! We encourage parents and guardians to schedule an appointment in advance with our Enrollment Center.

Phase 1 of Secondary Enrollment (Grades 6-12) opens on January 23, 2017, and closes on February 8. Elementary Enrollment (Grades TK-5) opens on February 6, 2017. In order to enroll your student in an elementary magnet school, you must register no later than March 17, 2017.

Pre-registration is available for students who live within our attendance boundaries but do not currently attend a SJUSD school. Parents of currently enrolled 5th and 8th grade students will receive a notice to register their student for middle or high school in January.

If you have any questions, please visit our website or call the Enrollment Center at (408) 535-6412.
SJUSD Receives Family-Friendly Workplace Award
Last month, the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Office of Women's Policy (OWP) honored San José Unified with their Family-Friendly Workplace Award, which recognizes employers who have implemented family-friendly policies that address the realities of working families.

The annual award is open to companies of any size that are physically located within Santa Clara County. San José Unified was one of only five companies to receive Gold status by satisfying all criteria in all categories. The honorees were celebrated at a public meeting and reception on November 14th at the Santa Clara County Government Center.

Breaking Down the Walls
From November 15-18, over 1,100 SJUSD students from Willow Glen and Pioneer High Schools participated in Breaking Down the Walls, a program designed to unify, empower, and engage every student to create a positive and supportive campus climate. WGHS hosts this program every other year to address student challenges and community building. Their motto is "It's hard to hate someone whose story you know," and students left full-day workshops feeling more invested in and connected to their school and classmates.

Join Our Team!
Want to earn money and gain experience working in a friendly and supportive environment at the most innovative school district in Silicon Valley? San José Unified is hiring!

We're currently in need of bus and van drivers, clerical staff, student nutrition and technology specialists, teachers, substitutes, and more. Flexible work schedules, health benefits, and career advancement opportunities are available.

Visit go.sjusd.org/jobs to see open positions, and consider joining our team today!
Last chance to share your thoughts!
If you haven't already, please take a few minutes before the New Year Recess to complete a simple survey on our strategic plan and construction projects, and share the link with friends and neighbors:

SJUSD Links
District Website
Employment
Board of Education
Local Control Plan (LCAP)
New Year Recess
A friendly reminder that regular SJUSD services will not be available from Dec. 26th through Jan. 9th due to the New Year Recess.

Please visit our website to review our Instructional Calendar for 2016-17 as well as 2017-18.
District Events
Board of Education
Thursday, Dec. 8, 3pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, Dec. 12, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Secondary Final Exams (Grades 6-12)
Wed-Fri, Dec. 21-23
Measure H Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6pm
Leland High School
6677 Camden Ave.
San José, CA 95120
Board of Education
Thursday, Jan. 12, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Martin Lurther King, Jr. Day (No School)
Monday, Jan. 16
SAVE THE DATE: SJUSD Town Hall
Monday, Feb. 13, 6pm
Gunderson High School
622 Gaundabert Lane
San José, CA 95136
District Spotlight
Hero in the Classroom
SJHS biology teacher Gerson Sandoval earned a $1,000 grant for his school from Wells Fargo!
Willow Glen Cares
WGHS is participating in an "Adopt a Family" program for the holidays, and 26 staff/community members are already signed up!
A Special Author Visit
Author Francisco Jimenez recently visited River Glen School to meet students who read his books in both English and Spanish. 6th graders also presented personal projects based on his stories and experiences.
SJUSD in the News
New Superintendents Reflect on Challenges Ahead
Our own Nancy Albarrán is featured in this profile of 4 Superintendents across California.
SJHS Coach: No Arms, No Legs, No Problem
An assistant football coach at San José High is beating the odds and inspiring the community.
School Challengers Aim to Boost Student Achievement
There will be a new face on the San José Unified Board of Education starting December 8th.
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