Earlier this month, San José Unified was proud to join San José Mayor Sam Liccardo, San José Evergreen Community College District Chancellor Debbie Budd, and education leaders from across our city to launch the San José Promise.

The San José Promise is designed to address the barriers that are leaving many of our youth behind. It brings together three community colleges - San José City, Evergreen Valley, and West Valley - with three high school districts - East Side, Campbell Union, and San José Unified - to deliver college readiness and job training programs for our students.

A key component of this initiative is the San José Promise College Scholarship, which provides up to two years of full-time community college for low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented students.

The San José Promise is entirely funded by the California College Promise Innovation Fund, the City of San José, and the participating colleges, as well as private and corporate donors. At the launch event on March 8th, Mayor Liccardo announced that necessary resources are in place to ensure that the program is sustainable for generations to come.

You can learn more about the San José Promise by reading this story from Lincoln High School graduate Klayre Guzman Ortega, one of the program's early beneficiaries. And look for more coming soon.

Nancy Albarrán
District Headlines
A new way to measure student success
San José Unified School District performs well above statewide norms in new reports released last week by the California Department of Education as part of their online dashboard, a tool designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools.

Instead of relying exclusively on test scores, this new system provides a snapshot of how schools and districts perform in a variety of state and local indicators. The dashboard supports California's groundbreaking Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which gives districts and schools more flexibility in using state resources.

Performance for state indicators is calculated based on the combination of current performance (status) and improvement over time (change), resulting in five color-coded performance levels for each indicator (from highest to lowest): Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red. San José Unified receives a Green (high) rating in 4 of the 5 state indicators on the current dashboard - English language arts, mathematics, graduation rate, and suspension rate - and Yellow (medium) in English learner progress - which is ahead of many comparable districts for this indicator.

"While we recognize there is work to do, this first year of reporting validates the investments we've made in our students and staff since the launch of the LCFF," said Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. "Our district has led the way in using data-driven analysis to inform our decision-making, and we're excited to use these new state reports to guide our next steps in aligning resources to best serve our needs."

The CDE has launched a public portal for accessing the dashboard results. We encourage you to have a look and see how we stack up.
Helping flood victims
The City of San José is still in need of volunteers willing to spend a few hours to help our friends and neighbors recover from recent floods. They are particularly in need of bilingual volunteers for on-the-spot interpretation in Vietnamese and Spanish. You can click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer.

If you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation to help those affected by the floods, please give to the San José Flood Victims Relief Fund, administered by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

For regular updates, please visit this special page on the City's website.
Supporting our families
Our Family University Winter Session at Hoover Middle School was a huge success. Nearly 150 parents and family members took time on a Saturday to participate in classes on subjects from setting up an email account to helping students develop their writing skills and college readiness. We're pleased to report that 85% of participants rated the program a 5 out of 5 on satisfaction surveys!

Looking ahead, the Spring Session is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st, from 10:00am to 3:00pm, also at Hoover. Please visit our website for more information and to register today. Child care and live Spanish translation is available.
An update on Measure Y
We're grateful for the confidence shown by our community in voting to pass the Measure Y parcel tax. We want to share this timeline for implementation:
  • March 2017: Exemption application mailed/emailed on request and available for download on the SJUSD website - Please email your name, address, and contact info to pio@sjusd.org or call (408) 535-6444.
  • June 30, 2017: Deadline to file an exemption application
  • July 2017: San José Unified files paperwork with County Tax Collector
  • Fall 2017: Measure Y Oversight Committee established (more info to come)
  • December 2017: First property tax payment with $72 Measure Y assessment due
  • January 2018: First apportionment of funds to San José Unified
Measure Y will provide approximately $5 million in annual support for our students, teachers, and school staff for the next eight years.

Please contact our Public Information Office at pio@sjusd.org or (408) 535-6444 with any questions.
Save the dates to share your input on our local control plan
Thanks to everyone in our community who's offered questions, comments, and suggestions for us at town halls and other community meetings throughout the school year. We've used your input to draft our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2017-18 school year, which we'll share for your feedback at these upcoming public meetings:

April 24th:  District Advisory Committee (DAC)

The final draft of the LCAP will be reviewed at the DELAC meeting on May 8th and the DAC meeting on May 15th . All of these meetings are held on Mondays at 6pm at the District Office, 855 Lenzen Avenue in San José. Child care and Spanish translation is available.

There will also be an online feedback form for parents and community members who can't attend in person. We'll share that link as soon as it's live.

The Board of Education will have a public hearing of the 2017-18 LCAP at their meeting on Thursday, June 1st. The final vote is scheduled for June 15th.
District Website
Board of Education
Local Control Plan (LCAP)
Spring Recess
Please note that regular district services will not be available April 10-14 due to Spring Recess.
District Events
Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)
Monday, March 20, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Intradistrict Leadership Committee (ILC)
Monday, March 20, 6pm
Pioneer High School
1290 Blossom Hill Rd.
San José, CA 95118
Future Chefs Live Competition
Tues, March 21, 2:30pm
Gunderson High School
622 Gaundabert Ln.
San José, CA 95136
Measure H Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)
Monday, March 27, 6pm
Lincoln High School
555 Dana Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Community Advisory Committee on Special Education (CAC-SE)
Monday, March 27, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Family University Spring Session
Saturday, April 1, 10am
Hoover Middle School
1635 Park Ave.
San José, CA 95126
San José Unified Council of PTAs
Monday, April 3, 7pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Board of Education
Thursday, April 6, 6pm
District Office, Room 129
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, April 17, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Spotlight
Honoring Coach "B"
Earlier this month, the Board of Education honored Pioneer High School Athletic Director and longtime boys basketball coach Joe "B" Berticevich on being named West Coast Sectional 2016 Coach of the Year by the Coaches Association of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
The lights are bright
Last week, the Board of Education recognized our own Broadway High School, which has been named a Model Continuation High School for 2017 by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. Congrats to all of Broadway's students, teachers, and staff!
Winning the future
Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) students earned 58 medals at the 2017 SkillsUSA Regional Leadership and Skills Competition on February 11, including 18 students from San José Unified schools. Check out these photos from the event.
SJUSD in the News
'All-hands-on-deck' effort cleared mud, reopened school (Mercury News) After a five-day herculean effort to clean out, repair, replace and sanitize the campus in the wake of recent floods, Olinder Elementary reopened on time. Read more
San José launches program to offer free college (ABC 7) City, colleges, and school districts launch a new program aimed to make community college more affordable for all and free for some low-income students. Read more
Pizza and sibling rivalry motivates family of wrestlers (RG Resident) Siblings Haven and Mia recently pulled off an impressive sister act at the Central Coast Section Girls Wrestling Championships. Read more
Coding for a Better Tomorrow (eBay blog) Girls at Horace Mann Elementary participated in a coding training hosted by the San José Woman's Club and eBay. Read more
Watch: Santa Clara County Superior Court judges read to kids on Read Across America Day (Mercury News) Bachrodt Charter Academy had some special visitors to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Read more
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