Board Highlights
from the March 23, 2021 meeting
Trio of video readings of Board resolutions bring perspective to district's Culture of WE
Resolution 2021.32 Denouncing
Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander Sentiment in any form
Resolution 2021.30 Recognizing and Honoring March 31 as Cesar E. Chavez Day of Service and Learning 
Resolution 2021.29 Celebrating
April 19-23, 2021 as Adult Education Week
in Milpitas Unified School District 
A show of solidarity for the Asian American Pacific Islander community, along with resolutions honoring the life work of Cesar E. Chavez and recognizing the accomplishments of Adult Education, were part of the March 23 MUSD Board of Education meeting.

Students and MUSD team members developed, revised, organized and produced video readings for each of three resolutions exemplifying the District's inclusive Culture of WE.

Board Members Minh Ngo and Michael Tsai set the framework for Resolution 2021.32 Denouncing
Anti-Asian American Pacific Islander Sentiment in any form, which was then reviewed and revised by a group of student leaders, including Lladro Valley of Pilipinx United Student Organization (PUSO), Tammy Huang and Dennis To of Asian American Association (AAA), Kent Nguyen of Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Audrey Tran of Chinese Club, LeslieAnn Chua of Korean American Student Association (KASA), and Esha Dalsania of Desi Union, with guidance from Milpitas HS teacher Tonichi Lorenzana and Desi Union Advisor Kaila Schwartz.

MUSD Community Liaison Norma Morales gathered three Latinx students to help with the video production of Resolution 2021.30 Recognizing and Honoring March 31 as Cesar E. Chavez Day of Service and Learning.

Meanwhile, the Milpitas Adult Education Team, led by Principal Giuliana Brahim, organized an amazing group of adult learners from a diverse set of backgrounds to partake in their video reading of Resolution 2021.29 Celebrating April 19-23, 2021 as Adult Education Week in Milpitas Unified School District.

The Board unanimously approved all three resolutions.
  
RECOGNITIONS
Milpitas Police Department
Milpitas Police Department Officers were recognized by the Board and District Leadership for their participation in the virtual Read Across America at five schools.
Milpitas Speech & Debate Team
The Milpitas Speech & Debate Team, including state qualifier Renee Chapla and advisor Charles Schletzbaum, was honored by the Board and District Leadership for qualifying for the state tournament for the first time.
MUSD Academy of Travel & Tourism and community contributors
Tricia Brownstein, her hospitality academy students, and donors were recognized by the Board and District Leadership for assembling and distributing over 200 care packages to Milpitas community
Jackery and MCEE
Jackery and the Milpitas Community Educational Endowment were recognized by District Leadership and the Board for their donation in support of serving our students in need.
HIGHLIGHTS
Principal's Report: Spangler staff focuses on support services for all students
Principal Luis Lopez and his Spangler team shared their report centered around MUSD Strategic Goal #4 Focus services and support systems to ensure that all students are engaged in their learning and are making social, emotional and academic gains.

Lopez was joined by 4th/5th grade combo teacher Lesly Yamatake, 4th grade teacher Amber Blanco-Garcia, and School Site Council president Elaine Silveria for the Principal’s Report.

Spangler, which has at least a 96 percent attendance rate at each grade level, has taken a collaborative approach to meet the needs of its families and learners involving teacher contact, attendance clerk, counselor and assistant principal home visits, parent meetings, and mental health counselor.

“Ensuring that all students are engaged and making academic gains is quite the challenge at this time. However, Spangler has been working very hard to make it happen,” said Yamatake in her 26th year at Spangler.

The veteran educator shared how staff analyzed what worked and did not work from last spring, developed student/parent surveys, and used the In-Person Learning rubric from the district’s Advisory Task Force to identify “the targeted needs of all our students.”

Synchronous, differentiated small group work, study hall for support, What I Need intervention (WIN) groups, tutors and peer groups have been implemented at different classes this school year.

Breakout rooms, office hours and virtual conferences have also helped keep families engaged, according to Silveria.

“What I see (in the breakout rooms) is a lot of teamwork and leadership skills,” Silveria shared. “Office hours provide focused attention on students.”
MUSD Innovators on the Move! video series continues with Spangler's Donna Nelson
MUSD educators are a talented bunch, reaching our learners with their passion, knowledge, and innovation. When faced with a pandemic, our MUSD team members rose to the challenge creating MUSD EducatEveryWhere.

We’ve always been a sharing, collaborative crew. That’s why we’ve begun this video series "MUSD Innovators on the Move!" highlighting the practices, methods and approach of our teachers, specialists, paraprofessionals, and classified team members. 

At MUSD, we move forward together and this is how we do it!
Board learns of Student Participation, Progress and Performance in MUSD EducatEveryWhere v. 1.0-3.0 
Principals from each of MUSD's schools took turns sharing their site-specific data with the Board and Community in a Study Session dedicated to Student Participation, Progress and Performance in MUSD EducatEveryWhere v. 1.0-3.0.

COVID-19, a world pandemic, challenged all of us to adapt new ways of teaching to ensure continuity of learning. Our teachers and leaders faced a complex learning environment, learning new ways of teaching, navigating different learning contexts, and constantly adapting to change, all while staying true to the teaching practices they know will help our students learn through implementation of effective distance-learning practices to support all learners during his unique year. 

The presentation comes in direct alignment with Strategic Goal 4: Focus services and support systems to ensure that all students are engaged in their learning and are making social, emotional and academic gains, staff will provide a state of our students’ participation, progress and performance as per our local assessments. The team will explore the direction we need to take for extended learning opportunities this spring, summer and beyond.
ELPAC update offers insight into progress made by district's English Learners
Coordinator Parwinder Johal led an update on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California at the March 23 board meeting.

Once identified as an English Learner, a student shall be annually assessed for language proficiency using the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) comprising the Initial, Summative, and Alternate ELPAC until they are reclassified based on criteria specified in our policy.

Staff provided an update on the ELPAC administration and Reclassification plans for 2021.
MUSD Board of Education approves variety of education items at March 23 meeting
The Board of Education unanimously approved the following education items at the March 23 meeting: