Board Highlights
from the May 26, 2020 meeting

MUSD promotes from within to fill two elementary school principal vacancies
Assistant Principals Stephanie Park and Deanna Sainten were announced as the new site leaders at Curtner and Weller Elementary Schools, respectively, at the May 26 Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education meeting.

Park, an assistant principal at Spangler Elementary School in her second year with MUSD, returns to Curtner where she previously served as the primary school’s assistant principal. Prior to that, Park, who earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Santa Clara University, spent nearly 14 years as a teaching lead with Cupertino Union School District. 

“She’s a person who listens deeply and thoughtfully, and has a record of bringing people together and has strong instructional leadership,” said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, sharing that Park was volunteering in Washington Heights, N.Y. when she “found a sense of purpose in connecting with students and families in a way that brought them an ability to dig deeper in their learning.”

Sainten, the MUSD Educator of the Year in 2012, has spent her entire professional career at Pomeroy Elementary School spanning nearly 14 years as a student-teacher, teacher, and assistant principal. During her MUSD tenure, Sainten took on prominent roles in PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports), Summit Personalized Learning Platform, where she developed grade-level curriculum, and African Ancestry Success Community, where she recruited and trained high school students to mentor elementary school students.

  
HIGHLIGHTS
Board recognizes students, employee for helping in fight against COVID-19 pandemic
Girl Genius fundraises for PPE
Milpitas High School junior Shivali Gulati is using her renowned Genius Girl communications platform to help raise funds for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).


Read her story here.
Nakka sisters make masks, give back to local community
Sisters Avishkrita Nakka, a freshman at Milpitas High School, and Alankrita Nakka, a student at Sinnott Elementary School, have been sewing masks for Milpitas police officers and firefighters.

Read their story here.
MUSD employee starts her own mask-making endeavor
Michelle Eacret, senior administrative secretary in MUSD Learning & Development Department, gathered fabric and started making facemask coverings for the local community under her new venture, M.E. Designs.

To purchase her masks, visit the M.E. Designs website here.
Milpitas HS students honor MUSD classified employees with video resolution reading
Milpitas High School student leaders Lladro Valley, Kelly Nguyen, An Kieu, Duong Nguyen, and Nyla Choates developed Resolution 2020.37 Declaring the Week of May 17-23, 2020 as Classified School Employees Week in Milpitas Unified School District.

The students then created a video reading of the resolution .
Board honors KLA Corporation for continued support of MUSD's strategic goals
District leadership recognized KLA Corporation for its continued to support of MUSD programs, initiatives, students, and staff.

Most recently, KLA made a $100,000 donation to support MUSD EducatEveryWhere distance learning program. Since 2017, KLA has donated nearly $500,000 in monetary and in-kind donations toward MUSD's strategic goals .

Along with Cindy Campbell, Director of the KLA Foundation, KLA was virtually represented by Nicole Speciale, Marketing / Communications Manager, and Elizabeth Hirai, Grant Distributor.

Additionally, MUSD presented KLA with a Memorandum of Understanding to be a founding member of the MUSD Alliance Partners for Future-Ready Learners .
Board reviews current Milpitas High School Physical Education Program
Greg Barnes, Director of Secondary Education, Educational Services; Francis Rojas, Milpitas High School Principal; and Corrine Osborne, MHS Physical Education Dept. Chair, shared an overview of the MHS Physical Education Program .

The Board requested a follow-up discussion with staff at a future board meeting to discuss additions to the PE program.
Board takes unanimous action on variety of important education items
At the May 26 meeting , the Board unanimously approved the following:
SPOTLIGHT
Burnett Elementary engages students, keeps them connected with distance learning
Principal Hanna Asrat and the Burnett Elementary School community shared how the team has been engaging students through distance learning over the last 71 days of Sheltering in Place.

Asrat was joined by Assistant Principal David Kennedy, sixth grade teacher Kristian Lecours, RSP instructional assistant Lynda Brown, PTA president Jasvir Singh, and sixth grader Markson Pham.

Innovative, creative and unique were words used to describe how the Burnett staff has deployed the Educate Everywhere distance learning model at their site. Asrat said the goal has been to keep students connected as a school community throughout this challenging time.

While using Google Classroom as the main platform to connect teachers with their students, Burnett staff sends out daily emails with class assignments to both students and parents to maintain a school day routine. At the end of the week, staff posts a weekly summary, with student highlights. In addition, they have live math lessons each day for students who need the hands-on instruction and social interaction. Finally, there are themes for each day of the week: Mythology Monday, Tune Tuesday, Mindfulness Wednesday, TikTok Thursday, and Kahoot Friday.

Support staff has initiated small group virtual meetups for students who need the additional help, and they talk regularly about what’s going on in their lives during the COVID-19 environment. To ensure all students are staying connected, staff also has reached out to families via phone calls, ParentSquare and emails to see the best way to assist them.
Video of May 19 special meeting available
If you missed it and want to watch a video recording of the May 19 special meeting on COVID-19, please click here or visiting www.musd.org.