Board Highlights
from the May 22, 2018 meeting
LCAP Study Session
Norma Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Development, led a Study Session about the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).

Rodriguez introduced the item by stating that this three-year plan has three broad goals aligned to specific measurable outcomes.

They include:
  • All MUSD students will receive standards-based instruction, curriculum, and assessments by highly qualified teachers in a safe environment to be fully prepared for college and career.
  • All MUSD students are fully invested to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally in a safe, nurturing, and culturally responsive school environment.
  • MUSD supplemental students consisting of low income, English learners, foster youth, and special education will make significant academic growth at the end of the 2018-19 school year as per the annual measurable objectives.

A public hearing about the LCAP will be held at the June 12 Board Meeting, taking place in the Milpitas High School cafeteria at 7 p.m.
Trustees honor Cal Hills' students who participated in Relay for Life April 28-29
Superintendent Cheryl Jordan and the Board of Education recognized Cal Hills' students who participated in Relay for Life April 28-29 in Santa Clara. Student Kalmintas Kupciunas accepted the certificates on his teammates behalf. He was pictured alongside teacher Sridaya Mandyam-Komar and Assistant Principal Karisa Scottt in addition to teachers Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley and Dr. Kimi Schmidt, who were able to be present through a remote videoconference teacher.

"What was really exciting about this Relay for Life is that our Cal Hills kids are seen as leaders," Jordan said.

The "Cal-Hills Mustangs" group raised $4,397.73 to date - with a goal of $4,000 - for the 24 hour walking event that raises money and awareness about cancer prevention, research, and services through the American Cancer Society.
Board honors students from the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educator's program
Superintendent Jordan and the Board of Education recognized s tudent honorees from the Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educator's 29th annual Student Recognition Program. The ceremony, which was held May 6 at San Jose State University, is one of the longest running events in the nation organized by a local community organization to recognize African American students for their accomplishments.
Science Olympiad medal winners honored
Superintendent Jordan and the Board of Education recognized students who received a medal from different Science Olympiad tournaments throughout the year. The Milpitas Unified group consists of students from Milpitas High School in addition to Rancho and Russell middle schools, with the latter two competing in a separate division than the secondary school.

"We start our competition season in January, and started with a medal tally. By the end of the year we were at 130 medals," said Science Olympiad coach Letta Meyer. "What the students do is just phenomenal."

Following taking the picture, students showed off some of their projects from different categories. They included a Rube Goldberg machine that has many different actions that trigger the next action; helicopter, which is powered by a rubber band and sits on the ceiling; a mousetrap vehicle that has to push a cup along and deposit it at 3 meters down the path and reverse without touching; a battery buggy, which has to be designed to stop between 9 and 12 meters and during competition they are told where it has to stop; and more.

"The way that Science Olympaid works is we have 23 events that students compete in," Meyer said. "We have a team of 15 students that compete in the 23 events. They always have a partner to work with, and they range from events of things that they built, like these, to also some knowledge events."

Meyer said the Science Olympiad program is expanding into the elementary school level. The first annual MESO tournament will include teams from Sinnott, Curtner, and Pomeroy coming to the high school this Saturday and competing in 22 events.
Staff recognized for support of SCCOE Workability Career Fair
Superintendent Jordan and the Board of Education recognized staff members Jennifer Garcia and Annette Rodarte for their support of the fourth annual Workability Career Fair on March 27 at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, and their support of our students with special needs.

The event offers students an opportunity to learn job interview skills, get professional assistance with resumes and cover letters, and interview with Bay Area employers including Safeway, City of Milpitas, Home Depot, and Shoreline Amphitheatre.
STEAM Showcase teachers recognized
Superintendent Jordan and the Board of Education recognized staff members who participated in the school district and Milpitas Community Educational Endowment STEAM Showcase at Milpitas High School on March 3.

"Behind the work that our students do, there are always caring adults and staff members who put in a lot of extra time," Jordan said. "So we wanted to recognize those staff members who participated in the STEAM Showcase."
Dual Immersion Program Update
On January 26, 2016 the Board approved the opening of the first Two Way Bilingual Immersion/Dual Immersion Program starting with Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year. 

The program housed at Randall Elementary has completed its second year of implementation. Randall Principal Carlos Salcido provided a  program update presentation . The staff also included a summary of the students’ academic progress in the second through sixth grade English only program, as well as next steps for the programs, staff, and school.
Adult Education Articulation WASC Report
Milpitas Adult Education has been awarded the first initial WASC accreditation for three years, through June 30, 2021. Principal Giuliana Brahim presented the process, experiences, findings, and next steps. The accreditation will provide more opportunities to access career technology education, and other opportunities for the program's adult learners. Brahim said the WASC visiting committee noted the programs areas of strength include a dedicated faculty and staff focused on students. They also highlighted engagement with the local Adult Education consortium. Regarding areas for growth, they encourage Adult Education to have a unified mission statement across both the Ayer school site and Corrections Department.