We're excited for you to join us at our 2018 Parent University on Thursday, January 25th at Randall Elementary! In order to prepare and create the best Parent University experience for you and our presenters, please check out our workshop offerings and let us know what you're interested in attending. This will help our presenters bring enough materials for all attendees. We look forward to seeing you there!!
by Ann Du Bois
A language and literacy program called the “SEAL Model” is thriving at seven of our MUSD schools. The highlight of a SEAL unit is often the culminating gallery walk, when families and other guests are invited to come visit the classroom, and students showcase their learning. On Dec. 20, Spangler’s kindergarten classes, led by Ms. Adidjaja, Ms. Singleton, Mrs. Hilton-Nickel and Mrs. Castello, proudly welcomed a large group of families who enthusiastically filled up the multi-use room for their “Community Helpers” unit gallery walk. Kindergarten parents came prepared with cameras galore and they were in full paparazzi mode.
The Spangler kindergarteners presented their shared research projects, highlighting information about a community worker of their choice (e.g., sanitation worker, teacher, dentist, veterinarian, librarian, police officer). The process of creating shared research projects was a collaborative one, and students impressed visitors with their knowledge, enthusiasm, and presentation skills.
“I was the first one who started it in my group,” said kindergartener Daniel from Ms. Adidjaja’s class. “I was so happy. My mom and my baby sister were there and I taught everyone. It was great.”
Kindergartener Coraline also commented, “I showed people what we did and I was telling them about where they work and all about veterinarians. Mommy came. I didn’t want her to go. It was fun!”
Around 9:30PM on January 7, 2017, an Instagram post was brought to the attention of the Milpitas High School administration through an alumnus who saw the post. This post was a repost that stated "Don't go to school tomorrow @MHS. Students" "Loaded up bout to head out," which was superimposed over an image of several weapons.
Milpitas PD was immediately notified and MHS Principal Rojas with his assistant principal team also investigated. They determined through Instagram and social media that none of the associated accounts were connected to our students or Milpitas. The team found this news article from Albemarle County, Virginia that the threat was directed toward Monticello High School in Virginia and that a juvenile suspect has been detained. Milpitas Police has confirmed the same and that no threat has been made toward Milpitas High School.
Nevertheless, Milpitas PD will have additional presence around Milpitas HS tomorrow and every staff member at Milpitas HS will be vigilant throughout the day.
You can help by reminding your children that it is essential that if they hear or see something that seems strange or unusual, they should report it to an adult right away; our mantra is if you see something, say something. We are committed to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students.
The City of Milpitas will be hosting a series of meetings about affordable housing and to present the details of its Affordable Housing Nexus Study.
If you have any questions or requests about the meeting, input or comments regarding the Affordable Housing Nexus Study, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Wong, Housing and Neighborhood Services Manager at (408) 586-3286 or send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In case you weren’t aware, Milpitas Little League and Bobby Sox sign-ups are underway, where there is an Early Bird sign-up special to take advantage of this month for both leagues, and there is a big registration day this Saturday for both leagues.
Milpitas National Little League registrations will be happening at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Great Mall from 12-2. Please see the attached flyer or go to their website, Little League Registration, to learn more. You can register online, but you will still need to drop off forms in person.
North Valley Milpitas Bobby Sox will be having in-person registrations at the Round Table Pizza at Landess & Morrill from 12-2. See this site for more information, Bobby Sox Registration. They do not offer online registration, so you will need to go in person to register your daughter(s).
The Milpitas Unified School District is offering a free series of parent meetings open to all parents and caregivers. Join Project Cornerstone’s engaging workshop - Take It Personally, starting Thursday, January 11th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm at Rancho Middle School. You do not need to be a parent from Russell, just an adult who cares about all kids.
We know that your strong family is the best predictor of your children's success. Parents and caregivers need fresh ideas that work to keep families close, as children grow. Come learn new tools for strengthening your relationships with children and youth in this 6-week workshop facilitated by Project Cornerstone. Each week we will share, discuss, and practice ways to show caring, give support, set boundaries, and build strong relationships that help youth succeed in school, friendships and life!
Learn tools you can use now- to strengthen your family connections and help young people thrive.
Class Title: Take It Personally
Dates: Thursdays: 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Place/Host: Rancho Middle School (Library)
Workshop paid for by District
Free childcare and snacks will be provided.
Sign Up today: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0945aba72d6-take
Questions? Contact Ziem Neubert at Ziem@projectcornerstone.org
Please come to our community open house so that we can get your feedback on our proposed new affordable development at 355 Sango Court. It will have 101 affordable apartments & some will be for formerly homeless veterans and other families in Milpitas.
Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Pearl Zanker Elementary School
For many, the senior year of high school holds a nostalgic allure as the last year “kids can be kids” before the rush of the adult world swirls around them. Although there are still plenty of fun activities and memory-making at Cal Hills, the senior class is squarely focused on preparing for the future that they will create. Through hands-on and highly relevant lessons in both Economics and English, students are getting a taste of what awaits them after graduation.
“I feel that the flexibility in English lends itself to this career preparation unit perfectly,” says instructor Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley. “The students in my class started with identifying major life goals such as whether or not they wanted to be married and have families, what type of lifestyle they wanted to have, and then researched careers that fit their interests, skills, and budgetary needs. Students then created résumés, cover letters and participated in mock interviews with HR professionals from MUSD and the community.”
Students built their listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies as they practiced the practical skills related to searching for and obtaining a job. They will finish the unit by creating individual vision boards they can reference well beyond graduation.
In Economics, instructor Megan Bence has constructed an entire quarter surrounding personal finance and the skills necessary for managing money responsibly. “We started this quarter by learning the basics of personal finance, and budgeting. Students are currently working on an extensive budgeting assignment where they project their incomes, and goals in regards to community college or four-year institutions. They’re looking into the costs of higher education, how to apply for financial aid, and what their fixed and flexible expenses will approximately cost. If they go over budget, they then have to reassess how much they’re spending,” says Ms. Bence.
Students are being encouraged to take a realistic look at what adult life will soon look for them. They’re asking themselves tough questions - will you be relying on your parents for financial support, how much does rent cost in the Bay Area, and what are you striving for five years down the line? Ms. Bence says, “Students are facing a harsh reality right now - the majority of my class went over budget the first time they tracked their spending. I think they’re starting to realize that they won’t be able to live off of minimum wage on their own, which I can only hope will continue to motivate them to push for fulfilling careers.”
As Ms. Bence’s Economics class progresses, they will also be filing taxes, discussing tips for saving and the importance of retirement plans, learning how to invest in the stock market, and acting as if they are the financial advisors for other professionals. Students will also be given the option to download free applications on their cell phones for budgeting and investing, tying in their most-used devices efficiently and effectively as tools for success.
Ms. Kappeler-Hurley and Ms. Bence have similar goals for their kids: prepare students for future success with graduation right around the corner.
By Tonichi Lorenzana
For the second consecutive year, students from PUSO, the Filipino Club at Milpitas High School (MHS), were invited to attend Google’s annual Filipino Students Day sponsored by the Filipino Googler Network (FGN). The FGN is comprised of Filipino professionals at Google dedicated to community outreach; their overall goal is to increase workplace diversity in the tech industry by giving students of color an inside look at Google.
As part of the Filipino Students Day, MHS students, along with students from other local high schools were invited to Google’s Sunnyvale campus to explore what career opportunities Google has to offer. Students participated in a career panel where they met with Filipino Google employees from a variety of departments and fields including: legal, marketing, human resources, community outreach, Google search engine, Android programming, virtual reality, culinary, and more. The Google employees wanted to make it clear that Google careers are not limited to, as they put it, “just computer programming.”
Following the career panel, the students (from all of the schools) participated in a “design thinking” activity where they were mixed up and divided into groups, given a current world problem or challenge, and tasked with creating a tech-based solution. This activity asked the students to design a product to solve an issue; in essence, they were asked to “think and work like Googlers.” The groups then pitched their design ideas to the Google employees in a format similar to the TV show Shark Tank. Following the activity, the students had some fun exploring Google virtual reality programs and eating the delicious (and free!) food at the Google cafe. The day concluded with a large group discussion, led by some young Googlers, about how culture, heritage, and family expectations affected their college and career choices. The employees gave the students an in-depth look into their personal lives, educational backgrounds, and other influences that helped get them to where they are today. They ended the discussion with a poignant lesson about how the path to success is not always a straight line.
The FGN has proven to be a very dedicated group with regards to exposing our students to a variety of career opportunities. Aside from inviting the students from PUSO to Google each of the last two years, FGN, in conjunction with the Asian Pacific Islander group at Salesforce, hosted a Made with Code Party at MHS in October. This event specifically targeted female students and aimed to expose them to the field of computer programming. The young women learned some programming basics to design games, create music, and even create clothing for a digital fashion show.
Events such as the Filipino Google Day and the Made with Code Party serve a great purpose in exposing our students to potential future careers, and both Google and Salesforce have pledged to continue to invite our students to events in the future. Hopefully, these events spark new curiosities within our students and set them on the road to a successful future.