We're excited to re-launch this monthly e-newsletter to keep you and the San José Unified community informed about district projects and proposals, provide updates on ongoing programs and initiatives, and share some of the amazing stories we hear every single day from our schools, parents, staff, and neighbors.

We hope you'll find this to be a helpful tool in learning more about all that San José Unified has to offer, and for keeping appraised of important issues that affect our neighborhood schools and our students.

Please reach out anytime with questions, comments, or concerns, and don't hesitate to send us suggestions for how to improve this newsletter.

Peter Allen
Public Information Officer
District Headlines
We want to hear from you!
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:

Why Measure Y?
With mail-in ballots for the November 8th election going out this week and a long list of state and local measures facing voters, we want to be sure you are aware of a very important one at the end of your ballot.

On August 4th, the SJUSD Board of Education voted unanimously to send Measure Y to the voters. Measure Y would generate approximately $5 million annually in locally-controlled funding through a tax of $72 per parcel. This funding would be used to support recruitment and retention of high quality employees in our schools and classrooms, a key objective of our Strategic Plan, Opportunity21.

At this time, San José Unified is one of only a handful of districts in Santa Clara County that is not basic aid and does not have a dedicated parcel tax. This makes it difficult for us to compete with our neighbors to hire the best and brightest employees, who are facing high costs of living in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area. Measure Y would ensure that we can place a high quality teacher in every classroom.

You can learn more on our website, and click here to register to vote before the October 24th deadline.
Bringing the District Office to You
One of our goals is to make San José Unified more accessible for parents, teachers, and our entire community. That's why, starting this school year, Superintendent Albarrán and her executive team will be attending weekly meetings with principals and parents at our school sites.

Each week, they'll visit 2-3 schools, with the first round of visits scheduled for this Friday, October 14th. This also means that we are discontinuing the monthly Superintendent's Brown Bag lunch at the district office. We found that the time and location of the brown bags made it difficult for many parents and community members to attend.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity as we bring the district office to you. Stay tuned to our district calendar or contact your principal to find out when we're coming to your school!
Giving the Gift of Vision
Students at Olinder Elementary were delighted when San José Sharks players Joel Ward (left) and Chris Tierney helped them try on brand new eyeglasses provided by non-profit Vision To Learn, which kicked-off its third year serving students in Santa Clara County by providing free glasses to 47 students at a special event on September 29th.

SJUSD Deputy Superintendent Stephen McMahon, Assistant Superintendent Jackie Zeller, Health and Family Support Programs Manager Melinda Landau, Board of Education President Teresa Castellanos, and San José Teachers Association President Jennifer Thomas joined representatives from Vision To Learn, Kaiser Permanente, and the Sharks Foundation to celebrate the project's success to-date and what's yet to come. The students were also presented with complimentary tickets to the Sharks' home game on October 5th.

Solar Energy at Elementary Schools
San José Unified is finalizing designs for the installation of solar photovoltaic systems at our 25 elementary school campuses over the next 12 months. The solar systems are being designed with the target of reducing each school's annual electricity bill by 80-100% (a savings of $25 to $30 million) over at least 25 years. This project will also provide some great benefits beyond cost savings:
  • Education - The solar installations will serve as learning laboratories. The contractor designing and installing the systems will provide curriculum on solar energy for teachers to share with their students.
  • Environment - The electricity generated by each solar energy system will offset greenhouse gas emissions from 520,000 car miles.
  • Student Comfort - Solar arrays will serve as shade structures on hot days.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this project, please contact our Facilities & Operations Department by calling (408) 535-6200.
SJUSD Shows Assessments Progress
Students in San José Unified showed significant improvement in the second year of California's Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessment exams, according to data released by the Department of Education (CDE) in August. The results reveal successes in key areas targeted by the district's strategic plan, Opportunity21, particularly with regard to closing the achievement gap. Learn more on our website.
District Website
Board of Education
Local Control Plan (LCAP)
District Events
Board of Education
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District Advisory Committee (DAC)
Monday, Oct. 17, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Family University
Sat, Oct. 22, 10am-3pm
Hoover Middle School
1635 Park Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Community Advisory Committee on Special Education (CAC-SE)
Monday, Oct. 24, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Voluntary Integration Plan Committee (VIP)
Monday, Oct. 24, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Board of Education
Thursday, Oct. 27, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, Nov. 6, 6pm
District Office
855 Lenzen Ave.
San José, CA 95126
Employee Spotlight
Scott Krijnen, Teacher, Castillero MS
Scott was recently named CSN Bay Area's 2016 All-Star Teacher Award after winning an online vote.
Gay Brasher, Speech and Debate Coach & Teacher, Leland HS
Gay was selected by the National Communication Association as the 2016 recipient of the Marcella E. Oberle Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Margaret Isied, Counselor, Lincoln HS
Margaret was recently honored with the Steve Hankins Award for emerging counselor of the year from the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).
SJUSD in the News
Teacher Recruitment
SJUSD was proud to have a permanent teacher in almost every classroom on the first day of school.
Tracy to San José
The high cost of living in our region forced one student into a 70-mile commute to stay in her San José Unified school.
San José Unified School District | 855 Lenzen Ave.,  San José, CA 95126
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