In case you didn't know, today is Election Day! If you haven't already, we encourage you to get out and vote, either at the polls or by submitting your mail-in ballot. Visit the Registrar of Voters website to find the nearest polling place and hours for local drop-off sites.

If you'd like objective information about the numerous candidates and issues on a very crowded ballot, you can visit Ballotpedia (the Wikipedia of elections) or Voter's Edge (formerly called SmartVoter). You can also learn more about Measure Y - the San José Unified parcel tax - on the district website or by reviewing the official voter guide.

We hope everyone will take a few moments today to participate in our democracy, and please talk with your children about the importance of civic engagement. After all, voting impacts their future!

Cheers,
Peter Allen
Public Information Officer
District Headlines
Don't forget to take our survey!
There's a lot happening in San José Unified this year, and we want you to be a part of it. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts on our strategic plan and construction projects using this online survey, and share the link with friends and neighbors:

Lincoln HS Wins STEM Innovation Award from SVEF
Lincoln High School's Computer Science Program and teacher Nancy Ureña Reid have been selected to receive a 2016 STEM Innovation Award from the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. The award, which includes a $5,000 grant for the program, will be presented at the SVEF Pioneers & Purpose Celebration on November 9th at the San José Convention Center.

Over the past three years, Ms. Reid has established a program strand of high-quality computer science classes that has already graduated students with merit-based scholarships to study computer science in college. As part of developing the program, she has worked to build strong partnerships with the Silicon Valley community, including Microsoft, TEALS, Univision, Google, Stanford, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren.

"We're proud of Nancy, her students, and the whole team at Lincoln for receiving this well-deserved award," said SJUSD Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. "Programs like this help make our district a hub of innovation and give our students the tools to succeed in an increasingly technology-driven world."
Helping Save Lives with AEDs
Through a partnership with Racing Hearts and Santa Clara County, San José Unified has installed automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all of our school and office sites. Last month, we held a special event at San José High School to train students on proper use of the AEDs. Check out photos from this fun event!
Piecing Together Our History
As you may have read in Scott Herhold's column in the Mercury News, retired Hoover Middle School teacher Ed Hodges has volunteered his time to help piece together the history of San José schools. He's run into a roadblock nailing down a few opening/closing dates, and he's in need of an assist. Please review this list and contact us with any information that may be useful (years are best guesses from available info):

Canoas opening (1961); Allen opening ('65); Simonds opening ('65); Terrell opening ('66); Erikson opening ('68); Williams opening ('68); closing ('72); Longfellow closing ('72); Graystone opening ('74); Los Alamitos opening ('74); Carson opening ('75)

Additionally, if you have any artifacts or memorabilia pertaining to your neighborhood school or the district, please let us know so we can start a catalogue. Our goal is to celebrate the history of San José Unified as we move into the future!
Sharing Stories, Connecting People
We're excited to team up with StoryCorps, a pioneering oral history non-profit, to bring The Great Thanksgiving Listen to San José Unified. This project empowers high school students to connect with elders over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and record interviews using a free app. It's a great opportunity for students to learn about history from first-hand accounts, and to connect with members of older generations.

Check out this touching video for an example, and stay tuned for more from our students!
SJUSD Links
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Local Control Plan (LCAP)
Holiday Closures
SJUSD schools and offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day, as well as Nov. 24-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
District Events
Board of Education
Thursday, Nov. 10, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Advisory Committee (DAC)
Monday, Nov. 14, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Community Advisory Committee on Special Education (CAC-SE)
Monday, Nov. 21, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Interdistrict Leadership Committee
Monday, Nov. 28, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Budget Advisory Committee (BAC)
Monday, Dec. 5, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Board of Education
Thursday, Dec. 8, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Spotlight
Schallenberger Elem. Celebrates 60th Anniversary
The Board of Education recently recognized Schallenberger Elem. School for six decades of service to the San José Unified community.
WGHS Seniors Complete Genesys Training Program
Congratulations to Willow Glen High seniors Violeta (Violet) Gil Martinez and Cooper Banchero for completing a rigorous internship training program through Genesys Works - Bay Area!
Leland Let's Bring Change 2 Mind Club
Leland HS Counselor Gabriel Welcher recently started a campus club to raise awareness of mental illness and eliminate the stigma students face.
SJUSD in the News
Pink Patch Project
The San José Unified Police Department was proud to participate in a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness.
Horace Mann Elem. Celebrates Tradition
Parents recently held a carnival to raise money for their school while honoring the Peruvian tradition of Ginkana.
Silicon Valley Schools Seek Taxes, Bonds
SJUSD is one of many districts across Santa Clara County with a tax measure on the ballot.
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