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San José Unified is home to more than 3,000 employees who make the extraordinary ordinary every day, from teachers and counselors to bus drivers and nutrition specialists to nurses and custodians. You may never meet some of them, but they are all working together to prepare today's students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.
We pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking employer, providing a high level of support, continuous growth, and mindful leadership that helps foster and retain a motivated and successful workforce. Each year, we recognize employees who go above and beyond to elevate opportunities for all, and we honored them at a Board of Education meeting in May (above):
Teacher of the Year
Allison Pruitt, Intervention Specialist, Washington Elementary (center)
Classified Employees of the Year
Tracy Decaires, Grounds Equipment Operator (far left)
Gail Ippolito, Instructional Associate, Trace Elementary (2nd from right)
Bertha Marquez, Office Assistant, Hoover Middle School (2nd from left)
Please join us in extending our hearty thanks and congratulations to these outstanding employees - and the entire team that makes San José Unified the district of choice for anyone who wants to have a positive impact on our future.

Nancy Albarrán
What's happening?
Photo c/o Centers for Disease Control
Keeping our community healthy

Over the past few weeks, a number of our students have come down with a fairly common stomach virus that has been impacting communities up and down the state. District officials, school administrators, and our professional health staff have worked tirelessly and diligently to keep this highly contagious virus from spreading, in close consultation with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.
Some of the steps we've taken include:
  • Cleaning and sanitizing affected schools on a daily basis;
  • Sending school nurses to classrooms at affected schools to instruct students on good hygiene and handwashing habits ( see this story from the Mercury News );
  • Voluntarily cancelling or postponing non-instructional events at some schools.
In most cases, students feel better within 1-2 days. However, following guidelines from public health officials, we have asked parents to keep their students out of school until they are symptom free for at least 48 hours . This is to ensure that they have fully "shed" the virus before returning to campus.
The most important thing you can do is make sure you're washing your hands on a regular basis. This may seem like a simple step, but there's more to washing up than just running water over your hands.
Watch this video
from the Centers for Disease Control to learn how handwashing the right way can get rid of germs and chemicals. The video is also available in Spanish. If you'd like to learn more about proper handwashing and preventing the spread of illness, visit the CDC website .
Strategic plan and local control

Through more than 30 community meetings over the past seven months, we've been collecting input from students, staff, families, and community members to shape our updated Strategic Plan and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
Now, we need your help. We invite you to review and provide comments on the draft LCAP. Your comments will be used to refine the plan, which will be presented to our Board of Education at their meeting on June 15th for additional public comment.
Click here to review the draft LCAP, then  click here to take a survey and offer your comments. This survey is open through Monday, June 5th.
We encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the LCAP
. If you have any questions, please send an email to Scott Peterson, Strategic Projects Manager, at .
Kids learn how to pedal safely

Students and staff from Reed Elementary were joined by San José CIty Councilmember Donald Rocha and other community leaders for a fun ride to campus as part of National Bike to School Day (BTSD). This annual event highlights the importance of physical fitness and keeping our streets safe for all modes of travel - and all ages!
Strive summer internships

This summer, 55 high school students from San José Unified will be placed in paid, hands-on internships with Silicon Valley companies in a variety of fields, from science and technology to building trades to retail and communications. This new program developed out of a partnership with Strive San José , a wing of the former San José-Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and the work2future Foundation .
"We're thrilled to partner with Strive San José to launch an innovative internship program that provides students with the opportunity to apply what they're learning in the classroom to real life experiences," said San José Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. "This hands-on work with Silicon Valley companies will help prepare today's students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow."
Look for more news about this exciting program coming soon!
Summer facility upgrades

It's time for some much-needed facility upgrades at our school sites, and summer months are traditionally the best time to avoid disrupting valuable instructional time for our students. This year, we'll be finishing the installation of new solar energy systems at our elementary schools, replacing aging HVAC units, completing routine maintenance, and more.
If you'd like to learn about construction projects coming to your neighborhood school this summer, we encourage you to reach out to the principal or join the School Site Council (SSC). You can also contact the Public Information Office at or (408) 535-6444.

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 district events

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Measure H Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
Monday, June 5, 2017, 6:00pm
Schallenberger Elementary, Room 17, 1280 Koch Lane, San José, CA 95125

Secondary Final Exams
Tuesday, June 6, to Thursday, June 8

Last Day of Instruction
Thursday, June 8

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

Special Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:00pm
District Office, Room 129, 855 Lenzen Ave, San José, CA 95126

See you next school year!
In the spotlight

Employees of the Year recognized for their service - Last month, district officials and trustees recognized teachers and staff who went above and beyond this school year to help our students discover their own greatness. Check out pictures from our Employee Recognition Awards at Gunderson High School.

Leland celebrates 50th anniversary in style - A cohort of community leaders, alumni, staff, and students was on hand May 13th to celebrate 50 years of Leland High School's service to the San José community. Read this write up in the Mercury News.

Lowell mariachi program makes sweet music - Student musicians from Lowell Elementary were recently featured in a KPIX Cool Schools segment. Thanks to reporter Kenny Choi for highlighting the musical talents of our students!
In the news

San Jose Unified kids get hand-washing lessons (Mercury News) Our nurses taught students at Anne Darling Elementary how to stay germ-free and have fun at the same time. Read more

As Bay Area population rises many longtime Californians move out (KTVU) Families and employees struggle with a lack of affordability.  Read more
Wave of solar panel projects planned for district schools this summer (Community Newspapers) Elementary school campuses will get solar energy upgrades as part of a district-wide sustainability project. Read more