by Olivia Contreras, Randall Elementary Assistant Principal
Project Cornerstone's mission is to engage adults and youth to change our schools and communities into environments where all youth develop essential skills for social and academic success. This year at Robert Randall Elementary School, we wanted to increase parent engagement by bringing Project Cornerstone's Los Dichos to our school. It is proving to be a very exciting endeavor and our parent engagement is growing by leaps and bounds!
Parent volunteers enter transitional kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms and spend about an hour, once a month, reading a specially selected bilingual book, each containing a valuable developmental asset. After reading and engaging students in discussions, parent volunteers lead students in an art project that connects to the story. Parent volunteers spend countless hours prepping and adorning our school with student work.
The entire Randall community is thoroughly enjoying the experience. When students see our Los Dichos parent volunteers, they are quick to ask when their next visit will be and our parent volunteers are full of pride and joy to know their presence is truly valued!
By Shannon Carr, Board Support and Communications Specialist
Students and staff from Calaveras Hills High School are quite literally taking strides to combat cancer during this year’s Relay for Life on April 27-28 at Townsend Field in Santa Clara. The group of 15 students and multiple staff members has already raised $500, as of February 13.
The team is led by Cal Hills Principal Carl Stice as Team Captain and 2018 Relay alumni Destiny Peterson, Shaleah Taylor, and Flora Herrera as Teen Captains.
Fundraising kicked off with a community dinner, where the students explained what and why they are participating in the cause, and has also included speaking in front of the district’s administrators, selling luminarias, asking for donations from District Office employees, staff emails, and personal asks.
According to Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley, Cal Hills teacher and Relay coordinator, each team member is expected to raise at least $100 “so students will need to do some independent fundraising as well, which is a skill they are learning as part of the process.”
“We are proud of our students’ drive in supporting the work of cancer research; they are our leaders today and tomorrow,” said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan.
Last year, Cal Hills was one of the highest grossing teams for the 24-hour walking event that raises money and awareness about cancer prevention, research, and services through the American Cancer Society. They are hoping to make a large impact again this year.
“The American Cancer Society Relay for Life movement brings together 3.7 million people at events across the world to help save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer,” according to a Relay for Life proclamation. “...Thanks to funds raised through the Relay for Life movement, the American Cancer Society is able to attack cancer from every angle, delivering research breakthroughs, empowering people with resources and information, and convening community-based and national leaders who work tirelessly to create awareness and impact.”
It continues to state that thanks to funds raised through the event, there has been a 25 percent decline in the U.S. cancer death rates since 1991. Despite this, there is still more work to be done. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2017 alone, 1.6 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer in the United States.
Kappeler-Hurley said it is her 11th year participating in Relay for Life, and the cause is one that is incredibly important to her. She has lost multiple friends and family members, and have lots of family members who have dealt with cancer.
“Empowering students to take action against a disease that has hurt their families is very rewarding. It’s a real challenge to go out and fundraise and organize a team at their age. I am so proud of these students and the work they are doing!” Kappeler-Hurley added.
Stice found out he had squamous cell carcinoma in his throat and mouth in 2003, at the age of 33. Because it was an aggressive cancer, Stice had to undergo both chemo and radiation simultaneously. He was in treatment for five months. He has been cancer free since treatments ended in 2004. Many of our MUSD students and staff members have close ties to family members with cancer.
For more information or to make a donation, contact Kappeler-Hurley at (408) 396-7952 or visit the site.
By Shannon Carr, Board Support and Communications Specialist
The Milpitas community will come together to honor three of the newest additions to the Milpitas/Samuel Ayer High School Hall of Fame on Friday, March 15. Seats are still available for the 12th annual event that will kick off at 6:15 p.m. preceded by a reception with a no-host bar starting at 5:30 p.m.
Jeff Lamb, chairperson of the Milpitas High School Hall of Fame Committee, said the event was founded when teacher Dennis Gori suggested it since a building couldn’t be named after deceased counselor Ned McIver. He said the committee, which consisted of 13 people this year, is usually looking for a former teacher, classified employee, and a former student.
This year he said was the most nominations he has seen since being on the board, particularly in the student category. Inductees are chosen after the person who nominates them sends in a writeup justifying their reasoning and the committee sits down and goes through the candidates.
“We recognize people for a lot of different reasons,” he said.
This year’s inductees are:
-Lillian Bogovich: 2015 Milpitas High School teacher retiree, who taught 25 years at Milpitas High School. She also served as the theater director for many school productions, designing sets and coaching students as actors and actresses. She mentored other teachers in many ways, including planning and leading a writing workshop and always sharing her classroom, ideas, lesson plans, and wisdom.
-Mike Downs: 1973 Ayer High School alumnus, 2010 Washington State High School Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee. Downs begins his 32nd season as the head coach of the Vikings, with his teams advancing to the state tournament the last 11 out of 12 years, winning two years in a row with a 24-2 record each time (2005 and 2006). He has been named coach of the year several times in leagues around Washington, and in 2006 he was named by the National Federation of High School Sports as the Coach of the Year in Washington. That same year he was also named Sportsman of the Year by the Pacific Northwest Officials Association.
-Vic Parrette: 1978 Ayer High School alumnus, VP of Operations Radiation Power Systems/Milpitas High School football coach. Parrette was a football player at Ayer on the 77 championship team and coached the Milpitas Knights in the early 1990s before joining the Milpitas High football staff, where he coached 17 years.
“We think it’s a good thing to recognize people from the high school and to recognize other people in the community,” Lamb said. “We think it’s a great thing for the school district but also for the Milpitas community. “
Lamb said he is hoping at least 100 people attend the event in which profits from the evening go to the annual Milpitas High School Hall of Fame Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating male and female senior, distinguished by academic achievement and service to the community.
“We like to give up to three $500 scholarships,” he said.
Donations will be available during the evening for additional scholarship contributions. For those who cannot attend the dinner but wish to make a donation, mail your donation to Lamb at the address listed below.
The cost of the dinner is $45 per person. Seating is limited so complete the form below today and send it with your check to Lamb at Milpitas High School, 1285 Escuela Parkways, Milpitas, CA 95035. The deadline is March 4.
For more information, email Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (408) 592-4918.
For immediate release Contact: Shannon Carr,
Board Support & Communications Specialist
(408) 635-2600, ext. 6031
Calaveras Hills High School was named one of 31 continuation high schools in the state newly designated as a Model Continuation High School for 2019, according to a News Release that was issued by the California Department of Education on February 13. More than 51,000 students attended the state’s 435 continuation high school during the 2017-2018 school year.
"These schools have created exemplary programs and strategies that provide students with a second chance at academic success,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond stated in the release. “The commitment demonstrated by the teachers and administrative staff, combined with a culture of caring that focuses on the emotional and education needs of the unique populations they serve, are what make these continuation high schools the best examples of how to help kids strive and reach their full potential.”
The schools were selected based on a rigorous application process that included a peer review panel and on-site visit. Cal Hills’ visit was held last December.
"We are very proud of the designation of being a Model Continuation High School in the state,” said Cal Hills Principal Carl Stice. “It brings positive attention to the great things that alternative high schools like Cal Hills are doing to help students who have experienced challenges and have overcome them with the right supportive educational environment. I would especially like to thank our teachers and staff, because without them working hard every day, this designation would not have happened!"
The Model Continuation High Schools Recognition Program is a joint project of the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Continuation Education Association (CCEA). The program honors continuation high schools for the comprehensive services they provide at-risk youth through instructional strategies, flexible scheduling, guidance, and counseling, according to the news release.
Calaveras Hills was recognized, in particular, for having rigorous academic classes, Career Technology Education classes in Engineering, a very positive school culture utilizing evidence-based Restorative Justice practices, and a highly qualified and caring staff.
“Our students at Cal Hills High School are inquisitive, resourceful, and eager for challenges that will open the world to them in ways they could not have imagined,” Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said. “Our Cal Hills team of professionals believes in the power of possible and has forged new pathways for our learners such as engineering, robotics, and community based instruction. We are proud that our Cal Hills graduates are ready for their next venture forward, and that the state has designated the school a Model Continuation High School."
All 31 schools, including Cal Hills, will retain its designation for three years. They will be recognized at the 2019 CCEA State Conference in Santa Clara April 26-28.
by Brenda LeBeck
On January 24, William Burnett Elementary families gathered for its fourth annual Family Engineering Night. Eighty-three people, comprised of 28 Bulldog families, joined together for an interactive evening of learning, collaborating, and engineering. Their challenge was to design and build a boat that could travel and carry cargo. We cheered on families as they followed the Engineering Design Process to tinker with their designs, trying to increase their boat’s speed and the amount of cargo it could carry. Our administrators and extended MUSD family joined in enthusiastically, working together to design and test boats of their own, building community across both school and district.
San Jose State University (SJSU) is considering changes to guidelines that would affect freshmen and transfer students seeking admission to the university in fall 2020 and beyond. This change does not affect students who have already applied or are applying for admission for fall 2019 or spring 2020. For current impaction criteria visit the Undergraduate Admissions Impaction site.
The changes proposed for impaction are focused on increasing access to SJSU's unique programs for local students while also ensuring transfer students are prepared for upper-division coursework, better enabling students to complete their undergraduate degrees in a timely manner. SJSU proposes expanding the local admissions area for admission purposes and revising supplemental coursework preferences for upper division transfer applicants in select programs beginning with the fall 2020 admission cycle.
Click here to read more about Impaction 2020 at SJSU website.
Monday, March 4, 2019, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
SJSU Student Union Theater
Located on the lower level of the Diaz Compean Student Union, near the 9th Street Paseo and the Industrial Studies Building
Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 3:30 to 5 p.m.
3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara
Telecommunication Building (TAV) 130
Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Lincoln High School
Lincoln Center (Library)
555 Dana Avenue, San Jose
Local non-profit organization Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is currently seeking entries for its annual art, essay, and video contest: "Growing Up Asian in America" from kindergarten through 12th grade Bay Area students. This year's theme is "My Contribution to America" and entries are due on Friday, March 15. Rules and submission instructions are included in the guidelines online here and at www.aaci.org/guaa. 10 Best in Class winners will receive a $500 award and Honorable Mention winners will also be selected. All winners will have their entries showcased on the AACI website and have a chance to be featured on NBC Bay Area. Please note: Participants must live and/or attend a school within the following counties: Santa Clara, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Alameda, or San Mateo.