Board Highlights
from the May 25, 2021 meeting
Swim time: New Milpitas HS Aquatics Center agreement makes way for community swim
Providing community access to the Aquatics Center at Milpitas High School was secured with a new one-year lease agreement with Milpitas Aquatic Club. The Board of Education unanimously approved the pact at the May 25 meeting.

With Business Services Manager Kelly Ng leading the district's efforts, Milpitas Aquatic Club agreed to provide community access to the pool during the summer, as well as lifeguards during athletic practices, home games, and swim PE classes. Summer recreational swim is scheduled for Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

"It's our goal to help grow and improve aquatics in the Milpitas area by offering a fun, safe and competitive program in swimming, diving, and water polo," said Kyler Van Swol, head coach of Milpitas Aquatic Club.

The district solicited community input through a multilingual survey, which garnered nearly 600 responses. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they would use the pool for a nominal fee.

The new one-year lease agreement will run from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Review the full board presentation here.
  
HIGHLIGHTS
Randall World Languages School outlines
3-year plan to add third language
Randall Elementary Co-Principal Kristan Prolo shared a plan for the next three years that will help determine the third language and its implementation in the World Languages School model by the 2023-24 school year.

The Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade World Languages program, which will use an 80-10-10 model, will be available to all student residents within Milpitas Unified School District.

"I truly believe that Milpitas, as an innovator in education, will be a model for this type of program," Prolo said. "This fits with the type of global learners that we are creating."

Randall currently is a dual immersion school with Spanish and English, and as envisioned by the Board and Superintendent, will become a school of three languages in the near future. The third language is yet to be determined, but the goal is for students to be fully biliterate in Spanish and English, and have the ability to converse and have basic literacy in the third language.
Burnett Elementary School 6th graders honor Classified unit with special video resolution
Burnett Elementary School's Kristian Lecours and Jennifer Harlow's sixth-grade class produced a video reading of Resolution 2021.38 Declaring the Week of May 16-22, 2021 as Classified School Employee Week in Milpitas Unified School District. Participating students were Riddhi Sharma, Vera Loui, Maya Mulpuru, Anika Biswas, Braeden Laino, Gabrielle Glass, Tyler Truong, Airah Jade Limos, and Sophia Lynn Villahermosa.

RECOGNITIONS
Exceptional student-athletes
Milpitas HS student-athletes Annika Cruz (golf), Jason Do (water polo/swimming), Sahil Raj (distance runner), Nguyen, Justin (cross country / track) and Samantha Rodriguez (softball) were recognized by the Board and District leadership for their accomplishments during the 2020-21 sports season.
E-Tech Academy students
Chang-Lin (Johnny) Tsai and Xinyi Zhu, G. Chris Andrade and Gillian DeGuzman, Emma Kurcina and Fion Wong, Anuj Rajesh, Rishita Rokariya, Tanish Katkar and Joel Verakukalaparmbil, and Khang Nguyen were honored by the Board and District Leadership for their accolades in the 2021 design challenge.

HIGHLIGHTS
Milpitas HS Social Media Library Team introduces new podcast and video readings
The Milpitas HS Library Social Media Team, organized by Librarian Joy Kim, introduced their new podcast and video readings project to the Board and community at the May 25 meeting. Milpitas HS students Siya Arora, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Tanisha Varma and Angela Lee shared the details.

The team’s work can all be viewed now on their new Google site, titled The Learning Place. The MHS Library Social Media Team’s mission is "connecting Trojans, building community, and promoting awareness." For the first podcast, the team interviewed seniors who started their own businesses during these challenging times.

Joy is still recruiting students who are interested in being interviewed for future podcast episodes. Additionally, the team has developed its Video Reading Project collection, where students read children's books aloud on video for younger students. MUSD students can submit video recordings using physical books or digital books you might find on Sora.
Randall Elementary Team shares their Principal's Report in video form
Randall Elementary School Co-Principal Kristan Prolo was joined by staff, students and parents for this Principal's Report, which was a video production for the May 25 meeting.
MUSD Innovators on the Move! video series continues with Rose and Sunnyhills CDCs
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!
L&D Team leads Expanded Learning Opportunity Plan, LCAP study session
Assistant Superintendent Norma Rodriguez and her Learning & Development Team opened the May 25 meeting with a study session on the 2021-24 Local Control Accountability Plan and followed with a report on the Expanded Learning Opportunity Grant.

The LCAP is a district plan; a living document to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to improve student outcomes. The 8 Priorities are: Basic Services, Implementation of State Standards; Parental Involvement; Pupil Achievement; Pupil Engagement; School Climate: Course Access; and Other Pupil Outcomes.

The district's LCAP Advisory Committee met regularly to work on the plan, and team members attended training sessions at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Additionally, 18 engagement sessions were held with multiple
stakeholders, including DELAC, CBAC, and SELPA, from September through May, along with surveys sent to staff and families.

The funds received through the ELO Grant must be utilized for programs and opportunities that serve any of the following: Low-income students; English Learners; Foster youth; Homeless students; Students with disabilities; and Students who perform below grade level.

In MUSD, the ELO Grant funds will be used for expanded summer school opportunities (Summer 2021), increase intervention for struggling students, address social-emotional needs, expand credit recovery opportunities, provide professional development and parent education.
City locked in as founding member of MUSD Alliance Partners for Future-Ready Learners
The Board unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding between MUSD and the City of Milpitas that names the City as a Founding Member of the MUSD Alliance Partners for Future-Ready Learners initiative.

The 10-year initiative seeks to increase the local Milpitas employment rate for high wage jobs beyond 25%, support Milpitas business community, and provide MUSD learners, parents and residents with global skills in driving the future of work. It will provide 75 Founding Member Organizations (FMO) unique opportunities to invest in their organization’s stability, present and future local workforce, and local economic prosperity.

Membership is an opportunity to establish a mutually beneficial understanding and collaborative working relationship between the entities that drive the Milpitas economy, MUSD and its strategic partners. At the May 11 meeting, Superintendent Cheryl Jordan announced a 3-year, $750,000 partnership with KLA, establishing the firm as one of the FMOs.
MUSD Board of Education approves variety
of education items at May 25 meeting
The Board of Education approved the following education items at the May 25, 2021 meeting:
  • Disclosure of Milpitas Teachers Association (MTA) Collective Bargaining Agreement;
  • Certificated Salary Schedule adjustments for 2020-2021 School Year between the Milpitas Teachers Association (MTA) and Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD);
  • Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators; and
  • Teacher-Middle College High School English Teacher Job Description – Certificated