Board Highlights
from the October 8, 2019 meeting
Curtner community brings school pride to board room
The Curtner Elementary School community soared into the October 8 school board meeting, with an intense sense of pride in what they've accomplished and what they hope to accomplish this school year.

Led by Principal Maria Hartman-Hernandez, they first showcased the new methods they've been using to tackle Absenteeism this year, including the Curtner Community Carpool, Curtner Convocation, an Attendance Mentor on site and an incentive program.

The proof was in the pudding as Curtner is at a 98.5 percent attendance rate so far for the 2019-20 school year.

Curtner staff did not come alone, as at least a dozen students joined them and were active participants, starting with a trio leading the board room in a flag salute. Along with staff, the students then guided the Board Members and Executive Cabinet in a lock-box, escape-room style challenge. Students gave hints as Board Members and Administrators attempted to solve clues to determine the code and unlock the box.

Finally, Principal Hartman-Hernandez introduced the school-wide push to change Curtner's mascot from the Stallions to the Bald Eagles. She presented the Board with a Curtner Mascot Change Proposal, which included a timeline of when and how she engaged staff, students and families during the process. One telling statistic was that 76 percent of 829 total polled preferred the Bald Eagles as the Curtner mascot.

To view more photos from the Curtner visit to the Oct. 8 meeting, click here.
Dr. Gerry Lopez and CDC Team recognized for Innovation in Service Delivery
Dr. Gerry Lopez and his Child Development Center Team were lauded for their efforts in building a program from scratch and turning it into a self-sustaining asset to the district that now brings money in.

"We are very proud of all the work you've done in the last three years," said Supt. Cheryl Jordan in detailing the efforts of the entire CDC staff led by Lopez.

Lopez added that they are continuing to grow and expand the services provided by the CDC program.

Lopez later shared some local history and read the resolution into record honoring Hispanic Heritage month.
Russell receives $5,000 grant from Milpitas Community Educational Endowment
The Milpitas Community Educational Endowment issued a $5,000 grant to Russell Middle School for its Student Leadership activities. Top photo: Robert Jung, representing MCEE, brought a giant check to the Oct. 8 board meeting to give to the Russell students (above), who detailed all the ways they plan to use the grant money to improve their Student Leadership initiatives at the school site
Board adopts resolutions in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Confucius' birthday
To view the Hispanic Heritage resolution, click here.

To view the Confucius resolution, click here.
New Assistant Principals announced for Zanker and Sinnott Elementary Schools
Photo left, Recep Iscan comes to Milpitas after spending more than a decade with San Lorenzo Unified School District, including the last four as a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) with literacy and restorative justice. He was selected as the new Assistant at Zanker Elementary School.

Photo right: Vanessa Espitia, a TOSA and Special Day Class teacher, was named the Assistant Principal at Sinnott Elementary School. She grew up in Milpitas and said "This is my home."

Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, who was delighted to introduce both new hires at the Oct. 8 meeting, commented: "Vanessa has demonstrated through her work with MUSD that she is committed to what's best for all students and staff members."
MUSD to host pair of community input meetings in October
Superintendent Cheryl Jordan and the Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education will host a pair of community meetings in the month of October to share information, exchange ideas and gain valuable input from our MUSD families and community on two key topics.

Both sessions will take place in the MUSD Board Room, located at 1331 E. Calaveras Boulevard, Building 500.

The first community input meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. October 15 and will focus on the Provisional Appointee Process.

The second community input meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. October 28 and will focus on Board Room Infrastructure and Modernization.