Voters have approved Milpitas Unified School District’s Parcel Tax, Measure E. We are on year 1 of an 8-year $84.00 a year parcel tax extension.
The purpose of the Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) is to provide oversight and accountability on the expenditures funded by Measure E to ensure that said funds are spent for the purposes approved by the voters. The PTOC will review the expenditures of these funds by the District and will report to the Board of Education and the community annually on how these funds have been spent.
We are seeking volunteers for the following positions to serve on the committee:
All members with the exception of business organization representative must be registered voters within the Milpitas Unified School District. The Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (PTOC) shall consist of at least five (5) members who shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees to serve a term of two or three years, without compensation.
Typically, the Committee meets twice a year at mutually convenient dates and times. PTOC meetings are open to the public. As an ad hoc committee of the Board of Education, PTOC meetings are subject to the Brown Act.
For more information or to request an application form, please contact Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) at (408) 635-2600 ext. 6022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. An application form may be emailed, mailed, picked up from MUSD or downloaded from the District’s website at www.musd.org.
Applications may be sent to the Business Services’ Office, Milpitas Unified School District, 1331 East Calaveras Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035. Thank you!
Thomas Russell Middle School eighth grader Eunice Lee continues to cement her legacy among the nation’s best jump rope competitors as she earned one gold medal and three silver medals at this summer’s 2023 U.S. National Jump Rope Championship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Lee achieved gold for the 3-Minute Single Rope Speed Endurance, where she went on to a second-place finish with a juniors-best score of 455 at the Grand Nationals, and silvers for 30-Second Single Rope Speed Sprint, Single Rope Individual Freestyle, and Single Rope Pairs Freestyle.
“It was very exciting and nerve-racking at the same time to see many talented and hard working jumpers all competing for gold,” Lee shared. “Every time another jumper performed or did their event and it was getting closer and closer to my turn, I would feel my nervousness kick in and I just kept reminding myself to not focus on anything or anyone else but me.”
Lee is currently a 4-time U.S. National Jump Rope Champion for 3-Minute Speed (2021, 2022, and 2023) and Single Rope Individual Freestyle (2022). She placed second at the Grand Nationals for 3-Minute Speed twice (2022 and 2023).
“Without my parents, I couldn’t have made it this far. I really think that all my hard work and long hours have paid off,” Lee said. “They have been supporting me all the way from the beginning of my jump rope journey and I could never thank them enough for all the praying, encouragement, attention, time, cheerleading, coaching, and most of all, all the love they gave me.”
A Milpitas native who formed the Milpitas Jump Rope, Lee proudly represents her hometown and credits the Milpitas Elementary Olympics for kick-starting her jump rope accomplishments.
“Whenever they ask me how I started to jump rope, I always tell them about the Milpitas Elementary Olympics and how I found my talent there,” Lee said. “I hope that the population of jump ropers will continue to grow in Milpitas and in the Bay Area.”
Watch video clips of Lee competing in this year's National Championship:
Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant from Assemblymember Alex Lee’s District 24 Office to support local workforce development through the construction of the MUSD Innovation Campus.
“I’m excited to secure $1.5 million in the 2023-2024 state budget for MUSD’s Innovation Campus,” said Assemblymember Lee. “The funding will help MUSD build new learning experiences for high schoolers and adult learners, enriching its workforce development pathways. Doing so will help the school district prepare learners of all backgrounds to enter the dynamic workforce.”
A first-of-its-kind high school through adult, early childhood education research and workforce development center–located on the site of the former Samuel Ayer High School–the MUSD Innovation Campus will be a hub for future-ready learners of all ages to connect with local businesses and partners within classrooms and labs tailored to provide a real-world education.
“The MUSD Innovation Campus is unique in that it will intertwine business, higher education, governance, and community partnerships in uncommon ways,” said Superintendent Cheryl Jordan, who has invested her life’s work with MUSD. “This is about engaging learners in experiences that will shape their understanding of possibilities that they can manifest through their ingenuity and collaboration in the global world of work.”
The new facilities will support a wide variety of programming, including business entrepreneurship, robotics, virtual reality, Audio/Video production, coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science and virtual design and construction, as well as simulation for legal, financial, manufacturing and health career training. The MUSD Innovation Campus will provide dedicated space for MUSD’s Adult Education School, Calaveras Hills High School and additional facilities for Milpitas High School students.
“I graduated from Milpitas HS ten years ago, and being a product of MUSD, it brings me great pride to see its vision of harnessing the diversity of MUSD learners to the Innovation Campus,” added Assemblymember Lee, a Sinnott Elementary, Rancho Milpitas MS and Milpitas HS alumnus. “Those in the MUSD community come from all walks of life. Their life experiences and political beliefs helped build my understanding of the diversity of the district I represent.”
Board of Education President Chris Norwood, also a proud product of MUSD public schools, noted: “For generations to come, the MUSD Innovation Campus is an education and economic investment for our children, adult learners, and employers of Milpitas. The Milpitas Unified School District Governing Board of Trustees recognizes the continued and ongoing efforts of Assemblymember Lee’s office in supporting our vision. We look forward to continuing our work with his office, other education-minded elected officials, and regional funders as we manage unforeseen post pandemic challenges.”
With the completion of Phase 1 for the start of the 2023-24 school year, the MUSD Innovation Campus is set to ignite workforce pathways and early childcare research in our region and beyond in two additional phases. Phase 2 is slated to be completed in summer 2024, while the Phase 3 opening is estimated for fall 2025. MUSD continues to seek the support of individual financial partners like that of KLA Corporation to sponsor this first-of-its-kind bridge between local businesses, institutes of higher education, governance, and future-ready learners. For more information, please visit: https://www.musd.org/musd-innovation-campus-campaign.html. Through partnerships with community, colleges and universities, as well as local businesses, the MUSD Innovation Campus will provide training and education that support growing and emerging career fields and practical career simulation. This novel academic institution will prepare Milpitas students of all ages for the local – and global – job market.
Upon full capacity, the 99,000 sq. ft. campus will consist of six new two-story buildings, as well as one modernized building complete with classrooms, learning labs, career simulation facilities, and STEAM labs. The campus is designed to provide environments for a wide variety of programming supported by flex spaces and outdoor learning quads. Each building will include sustainable materials, energy efficient lighting, all-electric mechanical systems, stormwater catchment and water-efficient landscaping.
“I am committed to ensuring that students have access to a quality public education,” Assemblymember Lee concluded. “The Innovation Campus will serve as a springboard to success for learners’ future careers, and I look forward to seeing its door open for the MUSD community.”
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About Milpitas Unified School District
Milpitas Unified School District is a beacon for learning for more than 10,000 students in early childhood through adult education. We have high expectations for every student and provide multiple opportunities and pathways for success. We provide learning opportunities for all and create nurturing environments where students are inspired and empowered. MUSD is an exceptional district in which students and staff are critical thinkers and trailblazers known for creativity and innovation. We prepare students to go out into the world and make a difference as responsible citizens who are passionate about life and learning. To learn more about Milpitas Unified School District, visit www.musd.org, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MilpitasUnified, or follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @MUSDFamily.
This summer, 100 Milpitas Unified School District 4th-6th grade students have been immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the STEMGirls Milpitas High School’s 2023 STEMpower program.
STEMGirls Milpitas HS partnered with the MHS Math Club, Medical Society, Environmental Society, and Aerotech to organize this ongoing summer program, with a focus on STEM subjects that often intimidate students or certain populations like women are underrepresented in.
STEMgirls President Savan Bollu worked alongside STEMgirls officers Tvisha Nepani, Lauren Lee, Ling Casenas, and Cassie Salazar to facilitate the program, along with 15+ volunteers from all participating clubs on designing the program.
“Each club designed an experiment; we ordered necessary materials; STEMgirls took care of outreach/logistics; we collaborated with clubs on assembling the kits and distributed them to parents in a drive-through at Russell; and we are in the process of teaching our four virtual demo sessions,” Savan explained.
The experiments that students are working on are:
“We have loved seeing parents encouraging their students to participate in such STEM programs, and even more, seeing students that consistently join our virtual sessions, ask questions, and are super curious about STEM!,” Savan added. “We hope to help them feel confident asking questions, tackling difficult subjects, and solving global issues in the future.”
In the four programs STEMGirls has hosted so far, they’ve had more than 550 participants from over 22 schools. This is a recap video from the summer 2021 program: https://youtu.be/CVaS4v6Q410.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:
The governing board of Milpitas Unified School District will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.