First, I want to thank everyone who joined our district-wide town hall meeting on Monday at Gunderson High School. We had a great turnout and heard valuable questions, comments, and suggestions from our parents, staff, students, and community. We look forward to continuing the conversation with you.

Last week, the Board of Education passed a resolution supporting immigrant students and families. This action was prompted by uncertainty surrounding federal immigration policy and proposals from the new administration. You can read the full text of the resolution here.

As always, the safety and security of students remains our top priority. We will continue to do everything within our power to keep our campuses safe spaces for learning.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Nancy Albarrán
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UPDATE: Enrollment for 2017-18
Phase 1 of Elementary Enrollment (Grades TK-5) is now underway and closes March 17th . In order to be considered for an elementary magnet school, you need to register your student during Phase 1.

Phase 1 of Secondary Enrollment (Grades 6-12) is now complete. You will be informed of your student's school assignment during the week of March 13th. Soon afterward, your school principal will contact you with information about programs for the upcoming year.

Secondary enrollment is still available for students who live within our attendance boundaries but do not currently attend a San José Unified school.

Please contact the Enrollment Center at (408) 535-6412 or make an appointment online.

Immigration Resources
San José Unified welcomes all students, regardless of their immigration status. With that in mind, the Board of Education recently passed a resolution reaffirming that our schools will remain safe spaces for learning.

As part of this resolution, the district commits to working closely with other local government agencies and community groups to ensure that all students and families, including those that are undocumented, have access to accurate information and support.

Please visit this new page on our website for resources to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding immigration status, policy, or legal services.

Learning Outside the Box
On February 2nd and 3rd, 100 students enrolled in career technical education courses at Gunderson, Lincoln, Leland, Pioneer, San José and Willow Glen high schools visited six Silicon Valley companies for an out-of-the-box experience as part of our inaugural Job Shadow Days, in partnership with Strive San Jose and the Silicon Valley Organization (formerly the San José/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce).

Unlike traditional, observation-focused, one-on-one job shadow experiences, this program offered students a chance to get hands-on with what Silicon Valley professionals do in their workplace. Broken up into small groups, students learned about computer science, engineering, multimedia, construction, health science, bio tech, and more.

Participating businesses included Accenture, the Microsoft Store at Valley Fair, Blach Construction, and NextFlex, as well as the SJUSD Department of Operations, Maintenance, Facilities & Grounds. Here's a great recap from our partners at NextFlex.

San José Unified also partners with Strive San José on a Summer Internship Program that provides students with the opportunity for a more in-depth workplace experience. Visit to register today and contact SJUSD Industry Liaison Cat Uong at for more info.

Town Hall Recap
Thanks once again to everyone who participated in our Town Hall Meeting on Monday at Gunderson High School! It was inspiring to see so many community members support our students by making their voices heard.

We also encourage you to participate on one or more of our community and parent advisory committees, which meet on Mondays at the District Office. Visit our website to learn more.

PTA Council Seeking Board Members
The San José Unified Council of PTAs is currently recruiting Executive Board members for the 2017-18 school year. A number of roles require previous PTA experience, but there are some that just need caring and/or passionate volunteers.

The Council is particularly in need of input from parents of English Learners in order to better address the diverse needs of San José Unified families.

In case you're wondering, most officer and committee positions require just a few hours since the primary role of the Council is to support the leaders of school PTAs.

If you'd like to learn more, please send an email to Christine (Chris) Gray and the Nominating Committee at

District Website
Board of Education
Local Control Plan (LCAP)
Winter Recess
Please note that regular district services will not be available February 20-24 due to Winter Recess.
District Events
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferencing
Feb. 27 to March 3
Community Advisory Committee on Special Education (CAC-SE)
Monday, Feb. 27, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Board of Education
Thursday, March 2, 6pm
District Office, Room 129
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Advisory Committee (DAC)
Monday, March 6, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, March 13, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Board of Education
Thursday, March 16, 6pm
District Office, Room 129
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)
Monday, March 20, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Spotlight
Gunderson's 40th Birthday
At their meeting of January 26th, the Board of Education recognized our "youngest" high school, Gunderson, for its 40th anniversary serving the students of San José Unified. Principal Kelli Knapp and her team accepted the honor from Board President Pam Foley and Trustee Paymon Zarghami.
30 Years at River Glen
A few weeks later, on February 9th, the board recognized River Glen K-8 School for 30 years of innovative partnership between families, community, teachers, and staff, focused on nurturing active global citizens and leaders of tomorrow. Principal Tracy Young accepted a certificate on behalf of the school.
Sister Act at Lincoln
It's a family affair on the Lincoln High girls wrestling team. Sisters Mia and Haven Olmos (grades 10 and 12) each won their weight class at this year's CCS Championships. This was Mia's first title and Haven's third straight. Their older sisters Michelle and Sarena each won CCS titles in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Michelle is now a coach on the Lincoln team.
SJUSD in the News
Students test future job terrain during National Groundhog Job Shadow Day (Mercury News) SJUSD students participated in an immersive, career-oriented experience through a partnership with the Silicon Valley Organization. Read more
Loss of federal program could more than triple AP exam fee for some students (EdSource) Cuts in federal education funding puts an added burden on states and local districts that offer free and reduced-price exams. Read more
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