Board Highlights
from the January 28, 2020 meeting
MUSD, SJECCD boards conduct joint meeting
Milpitas Unified School District hosted its annual joint session meeting with San Jose Evergreen Community College District on January 28, 2020.

Each District’s Board of Trustees and Leadership teams listened in as MUSD and SJECCD staffs combined for a joint presentation on the unique partnership.

MUSD Assistant Superintendent of Learning & Development Norma Rodriguez and Director of the College Extension Michael Mooney led the joint presentation that involved staff members from both districts.

The program allows for Dual Enrollment, and as it is further developed, students will be able to graduate from MUSD with both a high school diploma and an AA degree. The MUSD-SJECCD partnership also encompasses summer programs for students, community engagement events, and strategic planning for our Middle College High School for Fall 2021.

The crowning moment, however, belonged to Milpitas High School student Frank Valdez, who was introduced as the first from MUSD to graduate through SJECCD’s Promise Program, which ensures up to two years of free community college.

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that the Promise Program is now available to all Milpitas High School and Calaveras Hills High School students.
Board honors MUSD's two 2020 California Distinguished Schools
Principals Nanci Pass, of Alexander Rose Elementary School, and Maria Hartman-Hernandez, of Curtner Elementary School, brought some members of their respective school communities to share in the honors.

Rose and Curtner were among only 21 elementary schools in Santa Clara County and 324 primary schools throughout the state to achieve the Distinguished School designation from the California Department of Education.

The Distinguished School Awards Program recognizes outstanding
education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for closing the
achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance. This year,
there were 324 elementary schools throughout the state to achieve the
Distinguished School designation.
Steward selected as January's #WEareMUSDChampions Award Winner
School Linked Services Coordinator Nicole Steward was recognized as the District’s #WEareMUSDChampions Award Winner for January, after being nominated by Rancho Milpitas Middle School teacher Ken Chiu.

To learn about what Steward does as a School Linked Services Coordinator for the District, watch her video highlights .
MHS student-athletes earn recognition from Board for winning league doubles title
Milpitas High School tennis players Kathryn Kerr and Shania Bognot each received a Certificate of Achievement from the Board, after joining forces to win the SCVAL El Camino League Doubles Championship this past season. They are coached by Dong Pham.
Board recognizes Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution
The Board approved Resolution 2020.23 Recognizing and Honoring January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution at the January 28 meeting. Cal Hills teacher Kimi Schmidt read the resolution.
Zanker Elementary Principal's Report focuses on MUSD's Strategic Goal #1
Zanker Elementary School Principal Shangrila Mia-Ramzen, along with Assistant Principal Recep Iscan and PTA President Fritzi Borja, led the Principal’s Report presentation that offers the Board a glimpse into their school community.

Mia-Ramzen and staff gave examples of how Zanker follows MUSD’s Strategic Goal #1 (Build a Culture of We that engages parents, staff, and community partners in supporting student success) by forming partnerships and working collaboratively with their school site committees, other school communities, and local groups.

They also shared that Zanker has made incremental growth from last year to the current year in its Chronic Absenteeism and Suspension rates. In addition, Zanker has maintained a 95 percent Attendance rate for grades K-3 and a 96 percent Attendance rate for grades 4-6.