As required by Education Codes 42103, 42127, and 52062, the governing board of Milpitas Unified School District will hold a Public Hearing to solicit public comment on the 2018-19 Local Control and Accountability Plan and proposed Budget of the District, prior to final adoption. Notice is hereby given that the Milpitas Unified School District Board of Education has set the hour of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in the Board Room of the Milpitas Unified School District, 1331 E. Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, Building 500.
The Budget Study will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.
The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan and proposed Budget can be inspected by the public beginning June 1st, 2019 during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Milpitas Unified School District Office, Building 200, Room 205 Business Services office, 1331 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, California 95035.
Please click here to review the LCAP draft.
Here is the form if you would like to provide us feedback.
Rancho PTSA partners with a few local restaurants to come up with some fantastic Give Back Nights this week (5/20 - 5/24). Many of these restaurants are offering all-day options for both "dine-in" or "to-go" orders, where they will "Give Back" 15-20% to Rancho PTSA.
Here is the current roster of restaurants that are participating next week. Please remember to grab a receipt for your child to submit for the drawing of prizes!
Monday - Royal Taco, Pho Saigon, Naan-N-Masala and Mikonos Grill (All day & night)
Tuesday - Giorgio's, Naan-N-Masala and Mikonos Grill (Giorgio's only from 4-9 p.m.)
Wednesday - Royal Taco, Pho Saigon, Naan-N-Masala and Mikonos Grill (All day & night)
Thursday - Red Robin, Naan-N-Masala and Mikonos Grill (Red Robin only from 4-9 p.m.)
Friday - Mikonos Grill (All day)
Royal Taco (http://www.royaltaco.com/ ) on Landess by Seafood City
Pho Saigon (https://www.phosaigonnoodle.com/ ) on Landess by Seafood City
Naan-N-Masala (http://www.naannmasala.com/ ) on Dempsey by Savers
Mikonos Grill (https://mikonosgrills.com/ ) on Calaveras next to Yogurtland
Giorgio's (http://www.giorgiositalianfood.com/ ) on Calaveras by Safeway
Red Robin (https://www.redrobin.com/ ) at the Great Mall
All that is required is show up to the restaurant, and show the specific flyer(see below for the vouchers) for the venue you choose. You can either give them a printed flyer or show them the flyer on your phone.
Pho Saigon Donation Voucher
Royal Taco Donation Voucher
Naan N Masala Donation Voucher
Red Robin Donation Voucher
Giorgio's Grill Donation Voucher
by Shannon Carr, Board Support and Communications Specialist
The Milpitas Management Association hosted its annual Every Student Succeeding Breakfast on May 3, honoring students who exceed expectations and the adults who support them along the way.
Luis Lopez, co-MMA president, opened up the event by saying the event was created several years ago and “really embodies and represents the spirit of perseverance of the district’s beliefs of every student being valued, challenged, and successful.”
Each school celebrated at least one student, and Principals shared their stories of success before they received an award.
“They face life’s challenges head on, and today we are proud to highlight these young men and women who have already overcome great obstacles to succeed,” Lopez said. “Their stories are remarkable and their futures are bright.”
For Nanci Pass, Principal of Rose Elementary School, her student was sixth grader Shabana Baigzad, who started this year.
“One of things she told me very early in the school year is, ‘I don’t want people to feel sorry for me. This is who I am, and I am proud of who I am,’ and that is who Shabana is,’” Pass said of Baigzad, who uses a wheelchair.
“She is the fiercest advocate I’ve ever seen for a student who knows how to speak up, say what she speaks, articulates extremely well; I’ve never seen a sixth grader who can articulate what she’s thinking, what her needs are, and her desire for independence,” Pass added.
When Baigzad joined Rose, she joined the school’s broadcast team, made a group of friends, and actually advocates for a number of her friends who have challenges of their own.
“She has so impressed the staff this year,” Pass said. “Even though she’s new at Rose, she just came in and has become a leader in her sixth grade class. Shabana, we have been very proud to know you. As I told you earlier, I wish you started earlier because I would have liked to see you grow up and develop into who you are as you are a wonderful person and I know you’re going far.”
Superintendent Jordan said stories like Baigzad’s and the others being honored is the “why” behind the driving force for Milpitas employees.
“Each one of you students is a reason why we educators do what we do, and there are a lot of people in the world who could learn a lot from each of you,” she said. “...You have perseverance, you have accepted challenges in your life, you’ve overcome those challenges, and not only that but you do it with a smile and sense of accomplishment, a sense of joy, and a sense of giving. And those are the ingredients of a leader.”
She concluded: “Each one of you students are leading us now. Thank you for the work that you do each day. Thank you for making the world a better place by being in it, by smiling, by sharing your strength, and also exuding joy wherever you go. Thank you parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents, because without you there supporting them, they wouldn’t have gained whatever it is they learned to help them persevere.”
Milpitas High School seniors among 3,000 students to participate in first-ever 'National Signing Day'
Milpitas High School seniors Vincente Gonzales and Jose Cabrera were two of 3,000 students at 300 high schools across the country that participated in the first ever National Signing Day May 8 at Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE).
Similar to “National Signing Day” events for high school student athletes, SVCTE seniors went up in groups of 10 to sign letters of intent (a promissory note to themselves) and announce their career plans to pursue a career in the skilled trades.
“I’ve been in Career Technical Education for over 26 years,” said Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent of the Metropolitan Education District, which operates SVCTE. “This is a day that is really heartwarming for me, to recognize how important careers are to students.”
Gonzales and Cabrera announced their plans to work in construction following their work at SVCTE. Gonzales said he wants to continue on the path his father has laid while Cabrera said it’s a career he’s looking into due to his interest in having such a hands-on job. They both said being in the program has allowed them to tools they have never used before, including a jigsaw, circular saw, and miter saw. And during their year with the program, they have learned how to build windows and do floors.
The event was sponsored by SkillsUSA and Klein Tools, and San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo took part in the festivities along with his father Tony Garoppolo, a recently retired electrician.
“Student athletes aren’t the only ones deserving of recognition for their achievements,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director for SkillsUSA. “...So students, today is a celebration of you. Your pledges you’re signing today are to accept an opportunity to learn, to work, and to show that skilled careers matter, not only to you but to our nation’s workforce and our nation’s economy.”
Construction teacher Kurt Cheetsos said National Signing Day came to SVCTE because of an application he completed in January. In just one week, he found out the school had been selected, an opportunity he believed was important to expose students to community members sharing their validation of the skilled trades, rather than just their parents or teachers.
“I’m really passionate about leading students in the trades,” he said. “It’s my passion as a teacher.”
Principal Alecia Myers-Kelley, the daughter of an electrician, said the event was “a wonderful way to raise awareness that it’s not always about college. I think for a lot of our students in particular, it’s going to validate what they already know. That all the work they do throughout the year will lead to something great.”
More than 300 students receive industry-based certifications at SVCTE each year, which represent training that might mean immediate employment for students following their high school graduation. The school has 138 students enrolled in the construction trades program.
Before students signed their letters of intent, Jimmy Garoppolo and his father interacted with students across the country through a live video feed on Klein Tools’ Facebook page.
“Just like signing day, it was an unforgettable moment for me in high school,” Jimmy Garoppolo said. “I think it’s just as important to acknowledge and celebrate the students who choose to pursue this career in the skilled trades. Having witnessed firsthand the hard work, skill, and dedication of my dad for 40 years, like I said, I applaud the young people in this country who are taking those next steps toward a career in the skilled trades.”
Randall Elementary School held its first-ever Multicultural Festival May 3. They had performances from each grade level representing different countries (i.e. China, the Philippines, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ireland, and Hawaii). Among the performances were a Merungue dance from Puerto Rico, a hula dance from Hawaii, a ribbon dance from China, and the transitional kindergarten students sang "Un Poco Loco" from Coco!
Teachers and parents ran food sales including pupusas, egg rolls, horchata, and pozole. Students showcased their cultural artwork along the patio and by their classrooms.
by Shannon Carr, Board Support and Communications Specialist
Pomeroy Elementary School is instilling important life skills for some of its sixth graders by allowing them to lead and complete community service projects. After-school program Club 6 was founded by Assistant Principal Deanna Sainten, then a teacher, and former Paraeducator Reynard Elzey 11 years ago with the intention of having a safe place for students to go and do homework after school, and with a purpose of her own.
“Community service has always been a passion for me and part of my life. Teaching is a really demanding job, and Club 6 became something I looked forward to every week. It was mine, it had never been done here before, and seeing the students’ dedication has always been a source of inspiration,” Sainten explained. “Club 6 provides balance for me in my career.”
Sainten said it was only natural to form the club into one centered around civic engagement in order to instill leadership, teamwork, and build camaraderie amongst the students.
“I enjoy Club 6 because we get to help the people in need and when those are happy, I am happy,” said sixth grader Chloe Kwan. “Ms. Sainten and Coach Rey are kind and joyful leaders that I admire. This makes Club 6 a better place for everyone.”
Every Wednesday throughout the year, the approximately 60 sixth graders take the initiative to develop, organize, and complete service projects to benefit the local community. Sainten emphasized that while she and Elzey are present each week during the club time to provide guidance and supervision, Club 6’s service projects are entirely student run.
The club is tied directly to one of Milpitas Unified School District’s Strategic Goals, to “Develop educational pathways that allow students to apply their passion in learning for their future careers.”
“Club 6 is like a miniature sanctuary for me. Whenever I am having a tough time, Club 6 will always cheer me up,” said sixth grader Jenny Nguyen. "The people here are really friendly and the projects we have are always fun to conduct. It makes me feel good knowing I’m helping somebody out.”
During the first meeting of the school year, Sainten explained students share their ideas and create a list of potential projects that are voted on, with the exception of a couple non-negotiables. Each year, they gather more than 1,500 pounds plus dollar donations of food for Second Harvest Food Bank and each year they fill more than 10 massive bins worth of clothing donations for Sacred Heart Community Center, focusing on jackets in the winter time. Upward of six projects are completed each year and once one is decided on, students come up with a plan on how to execute it, which often involves asking those in the entire school for donations.
“I love Club 6 because I get to share my ideas and help the community,” said sixth grader Estela Paniagua. “I love helping people out and we do fun activities for the school. Club 6 is a safe place and an amazing club.”
There is a wide breadth of projects that the students have participated in, from gathering 200 to 300 toys for the Milpitas Fire Department to distribute to local families during the holidays to raising $2,200 in five days for local women’s and children’s shelters through Penny Wars, conducting a park and school cleanup, gathering more than $2,000 for the Humane Society over the years in addition to making blankets for the animals and collecting donations, writing letters to the people affected by the California wildfires and working tirelessly to raise funds in conjunction with other sixth grade initiatives to raise enough funds to have a well built in a village in South Sudan through the Iron Giraffe Challenge.
Sainten shared an unforgettable project that took the entire school year. Last year the club put together 100 backpacks filled with toothbrushes, toilet paper, soaps, lotion, and other toiletries for those that were currently homeless in the community. Sainten and Elzey, in partnership with Officer Alex Prince from the Milpitas Police Department, drove around Milpitas for three hours to distribute backpacks among 10 encampments.
“We literally got to hand them to people,” she said. “That’s something I will never forget.”
Valerie Makower, Diana Orlando, and Sangeetha Ramu shared their perspective as parents about the impact Club 6 and its service projects has made on their children. While they had different stories, each shared a common theme; that the club helped build their children’s leadership skills that began in sixth grade but which has continued well throughout their life.
Orlando’s daughter Sophia and Ramu’s daughter Elakya Thirumoorthy are currently in college while Ramu’s other daughter Nithila Thirumoorthy is currently in Club 6, Makower’s daughter Kayla is a sophomore at Milpitas High School and her daughter Leah is in sixth grade at Pomeroy.
“Ms. Sainten resonated with our family because we are all about community service and donations, and being a blessing to others when you have been blessed yourself,” Makower said. “And she was an extension of pretty much what our family philosophy is.”
Ramu shared similar sentiments.
“It is a very important life skill to feel the empathy and do for others,” Ramu said. “So instead of teaching it in words and writing, you do it in action and it brings out even more. I think the action part makes them learn that there are so many people who need our help and contribution to community.”
She added that both of her daughters’ sense of belonging, community, and leadership skills were acquired through Club 6. For her daughter in college, Elakya, she is in leadership there while her younger one, Nithila, is a very empathetic person, has become a school officer and is trying out for leadership at Thomas Russell Middle School next year.
“She talks about compassion, belonging, community, kindness, giving,” in her application, Ramu said, “and I think all that is role modeled here at Club 6.”
Orlando agreed that Club 6 lays the groundwork for a lot of students who continue to be leaders through opportunities in middle school, high school, and college. She added that the foundation that is laid for those skills is often unknown when they first join.
“You really start to see the kids who are true leaders and it is the ones sometimes you would never think would step up to play that,” she said. “…We always say every kid has their niche. Well Club 6 becomes their niche for a lot of our kids who wouldn’t do it in their regular classroom.”
Sainten is not sure what the future of Club 6 holds but is thrilled with how it has developed. For some of her former students, for example, they started a Club 6 at Milpitas High School the last two years.
Ramu shared that it is important because, “School is not just about academics. It is about developing civic responsibility too. So I think in that way Club Six is on the dot and I would say it would be great if all our schools in our district could do something like this.”
“Starting Smarter,” family websites for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
Using these websites, families can become involved in their child’s progress and: