Editor's Note: The following message was sent from District 3 Supervisor Dave Cortese on February 22. He can be contacted at: Supervisor Dave Cortese, 70 W. Hedding St., 10th floor, San Jose, CA 95110, (408) 299-5030, or email@example.com.
I want to express my concern to those affected by the recent flooding and hope that you are warm, dry and prepared to face more storms expected over the weekend. We also want to provide you with information on how to report emergency situations and actions to take as the water recedes and cleanup begins.
For those wishing to help, the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter has set up a volunteer station at 2731 North First Street, San Jose, that will be operating from noon to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, February 23).
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has also set up a webpage to accept donations to help families in need.
If you are unsure about any of the information below, you may call my office at 408-299-5030 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Streets and Roads
The Santa Clara County Health Officer, Dr. Sara Cody, recommends the following guidelines for anyone who risks coming in contact with flood waters:
The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health is providing health and safety guidelines for individuals returning to flooded areas.
Calling ALL African American Parents!
In honor of National African American Parent Involvement Day, the Regional Parent Network of AAREA is encouraging all African American parents/guardians and care-takers of African American children to visit at least one of your student's classes starting the week of February 21st.
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MILPITAS - Chris Norwood readily admits he is guided by past adventures, including as Clerk for the MUSD Board of Education.
“In my opinion, the sign of a great community is based upon the engagement of its residents,” he said. “I am a long-time Milpitas resident and have witnessed its evolution first hand.”
Chris may be in his third year of his first term on the Board, but his commitment to Milpitas community and school-based activities began a long time ago. He was a Cub Scout, member of the Milpitas Citizens Preparedness Action Committee, and played Milpitas Police Activity League (PAL) football, Milpitas High School basketball, and badminton. After graduating from high school and West Valley College, Chris became the assistant Milpitas High School varsity basketball coach under Coach Steve Cain.
“As a person, my wife, kids, and family (dad deceased) are my everyday inspiration,” he added. “I am a big Christian kid at heart who has some intense moments, loves to learn, enjoys great food and rich cultural experiences.”
In his journey, Board Member Chris said “it has been an amazing eye-opening experience to have the opportunity to be a part Milpitas education system.”
"I’ve witnessed first hand how MUSD prides itself in serving all children,” he added. “We are constantly learning. We are a well rounded, tolerant, and incredibly diverse school district. We foster an environment of opportunity for all. We produce IVY league, UC, CSU and Junior College students. We produce college athletes, artists, musicians, technology professionals, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and elected officials.”
When asked of some of his greatest pleasures in serving on the Board, Chris shared attending the Milpitas High School graduation as a board member and shaking hands with the graduates is always a “surreal” experience. He also thrives from continuing to learn more about the teachers in the classrooms, administrators, and the leaders working hard behind the scenes. Chris believes in the pursuit of happiness for employees, parents, children, and city residents alike.
“I look forward to the Board continuing its growth and supporting the school district team, parents and most importantly, students,” Chris said. “The Board of Education is a reflection of the city and we have (or had) children in our school system. We play to each others strengths, appreciate, respect and genuinely care about each other. We see how the world is changing around us - technologically, politically and economically. We think deeply about our parents and their children."
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MILPITAS, CA - Families, Board Members, Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, Principals, school administrators, and Mayor Rich Tran came together for an evening of celebration during the African American Student Achievement Award Ceremony on February 9 in the Milpitas High School theater.
“There are two awards that students were nominated for: the outstanding academic achievement award and the outstanding accomplishment award,” explained event host Venus Cenizal, MUSD Coordinator of Learning and Development. “Students who excel in at least one academic area receive the outstanding academic award and students who have had a specific accomplishment, demonstrated social and emotional maturity, and/or demonstrated resiliency in the face of adversity are awarded for outstanding accomplishments.”
Board Members and guests from the City of Milpitas formed a receiving line to shake hands with the 44 total students who were recognized that evening, from the elementary to high school level throughout the district.
“I want to tell each one of you young leaders, that you make us very proud and we are glad to be here tonight to celebrate you,” Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said.
Raquel Kusunoki, Director of Elementary Education, introduced the elementary administrators and student recipients while Russell Principal Damon James and Rancho Principal Casey McMurray recognized their recipients followed by Milpitas High School Principal Phil Morales and Calaveras Hills High School Principal Carl Stice.
During a poignant keynote speech, Fr. Jon Pedigo from the Diocese of San Jose spoke about systemic injustice and how to overcome obstacles.
“You got to believe that you’re going to be successful. You gotta believe in yourself, because if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else is going to believe in you,” he said.
Following the speech, Principal Damon James shared his thoughts about the message that he said moved him.
“One of the things that I think about when I was growing up, what my parents talked to me about it, was how victorious our ancestors have been,” he said. “So when you think about that hope, all of you remember that victory.”
Members from Akoma Arts also attended the event, to perform a community chant from Assata Shakur and a dance piece called Africana.
At the end of the program, Venus asked honorees to look at the rose they received that evening, in addition to their certificate.
“Let’s take a moment to think about your parents, your family members, and all those who believed in you, encouraged you, and supported you in order to be able to receive this award,” Venus said. “The rose you received, dear recipients, is for you to honor those in the audience this evening who have been part of your achievement and accomplishments. At the closing of the program, please honor your loved ones by giving them the rose that you’re holding."
By Emmy Yu, Milpitas High School student and reporter for "The Union" school newspaper
Members of the Milpitas High School Science Olympiad Team compete to create more than the average vinegar-and-baking-soda volcano. In their recent tournament at Mira Loma High School, students showcased their talents in events that ranged from tower and helicopter building to wind power physics.
“The Mira Loma competition was one of our harder invitationals for sure,” Science Olympiad Co-Captain Long Dang said. “There were two schools that were national champions from past years.” The 4th Annual 2017 Mira Loma Invitational held in Sacramento featured teams from all across Northern California.
“I believe that we’ll see a more accurate representation of our skills in the upcoming competition,” Advisor Christopher O’Connor said, “especially considering how competitive the teams based in the Bay Area are and the amount of teams that compete.” Despite not placing in the Mira Loma invitational, the team went on to participate in the Wicklund Science Olympiad Tournament in Mountain House, winning first overall of the eighteen teams competing.
“One word to describe Mountain House would be ‘unexpected,’” Junior Rachel Chiang said. “A lot of us went through the day thinking we wouldn’t do very well, but it was a nice surprise considering how hard we worked to study for our events.”
The various events throughout the competition include both a written exam and a building portion. The teams are ranked based on the number of correctly answered questions and the building events are judged on how well students meet the parameters and specific guidelines.
Compared to the Mira Loma competition, “Mountain House didn’t have the two national champions, but it was a competitive invitational nonetheless, Dang said. “In fact, one of the schools spent $6,000 on their robot arm while our robot arm cost about $200 for reference.
With the newly earned win at Mountain House, the team moves on to the Golden Gate Invitational hosted in collaboration with Stanford and UC Berkeley students.
“We’ll be able to compete against at least four teams from Washington, two teams from Texas, another two from Nevada, and one team coming all the way from Hawaii,” Advisor Letta Meyer said.
Events featured at competitions include Ecology, Experimental Design, and Hydrogeology. Junior Jennifer Zhang is scheduled to compete in all of these categories.
“In my Hydrogeology portion, we take a written test, work with computer groundwater simulations, and map possible contamination zones,” Zhang said.
Other events include building balsa wood helicopter and constructing miniature wind turbines to compete to produce the most voltage.
Photos by Jason Foy Photography
Curtner Elementary School held its annual Lunar New Year celebration on February 8, during two separate assemblies for kindergarten- through third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders.
“Celebrations like this honor the multiculturalism that's reflected in our community and builds confidence and benevolence in our students,” Principal Jackie Vo-Felbinger said.
Sixty-five percent of Curtner students identify as Asian. Each year, from late January to the middle of February, many Asian countries (including China, Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Singapore) celebrate the Lunar New Year as national holidays.
This year, organization Able2Shine joined in the festivities at Curtner, working closely with the Parent Teacher Association and staff to provide training to students and parents on coordination of the assembly, student performances, and gathering of outside performers.
“We received comments from students of all backgrounds who talked about how much they enjoyed the show and how they want to experience this celebration again,” Vo-Felbinger said. “The celebration shined light on the pride of students who had these experiences as a part of their family traditions, bonding them even more closely to the school.”
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