Support Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) high school students who are hosting a 2nd Annual Haunted House on campus!
The haunted house is open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 27th, 30th, and 31th at 760 Hillsdale Ave, San Jose. Follow the self-guided, high-tech, haunted path through a spooky graveyard and indoor scenes.
Tickets are sold at the door and are $5 per person.
Working in partnership with parents to provide open communication and ensure the safety of all students, I wanted to inform you of an event that occurred today, Thursday, October 26. We received a report at approximately 12:15 p.m. that a ninth grade student brought a gun to Milpitas High School today. Administrators took immediate action and called the Milpitas Police Department, which responded promptly to lock down the campuses at Milpitas High School as well as neighboring Pomeroy Elementary and Russell Middle School.
Police took the student suspect into custody at MHS, and Pomeroy and Russell were given an “all clear” by 12:30 p.m. Soon thereafter, police lifted the “shelter in place” order at all three schools. After taking the freshman into custody at MHS, they conducted a search of the campus to be sure there were no other weapons on campus, and that there were no other students involved. It is now confirmed the student was indeed acting alone, there was only one weapon, and the suspect is now with authorities at the police station. As of 1:00 p.m., students were proceeding to lunch and administrators sent separate messages to parents of the three schools.
At Russell Middle School, Principal Damon James explained in his memo to parents that being asked to “shelter in place” meant they were to shut their doors and have all students remain in the classrooms with the lights out. Very soon, staff and students were informed that everything was handled and that they were safe on campus. Students who were in need of anxiety support were sent to the Learning Center, where counselors were allowing them to talk out their feelings.
As a precautionary measure, the Milpitas Police Department did order a secondary lockdown of the schools. After their investigation, they allowed us to release the lockdown. The situation was contained quickly because of cooperation within the community. It is important for students to inform adults when they see or hear of weapons on campus, and that’s exactly what transpired. We are grateful that police and administration were able to work together to quickly ensure the safety of all our students.
As Superintendent, there is nothing more important than the safety of our students and team members. You have my assurances that we are a safe school environment, and that school is back to normal. If anyone has any questions or concerns, feel free to contact my office to schedule an appointment.
Superintendent of Milpitas Unified School District
Update: Click here for the Press Release from Milpitas Police Department
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 Wednesday, November 1st from 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Russell 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: Wednesdays: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Place/Host: Russell Middle School (Learning Center)
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
Milpitas did well this weekend at the presentation high school debate Invitational where every every Milpitas team won a trophy. The sophomore sophomore team of Siddarth Vaidnathan and Neil Sharma made it to final round of public forum in the junior varsity division. Junior Nisha Porchezhiyan was awarded third speaker in varsity public forum out of 96 competitors. Sophomore Neval Mulaomervic was awarded 7th speaker in varsity public forum. Juniors Oishika Barat and Josephine Tai made it to semi finals and became the second team of ours to partially qualify for the Tournament of Champions held every year at the University of Kentucky in May. Sophomore Brandon Schletzbaum and junior Sana Jaffery cleared to the round of 16. In junior varsity public forum the sophomore team of Joshann Chiang and Areebah Iqbal cleared to tge round of 8. In 3 public forum tournaments we have sent 11 entries, and 10 of those 11 have cleared to elimination rounds.
The Herb Quon Memorial Garden at Anthony Spangler Elementary School got a face lift on September 30. Dozens of Spangler students, staff, and families joined together with volunteers from the Milpitas Kiwanis Club, Oak Hill Cemetery Landscape Team, and the Milpitas High School Key Club to weed, plant, and beautify the garden. Thanks to the hard work of the Spangler PTA Board and President Silvia Dias, volunteers planted veggies, flowers, fruit trees and succulents across the garden. The revamped garden is being used for science enrichment classes, outdoor instruction, and is now open for student enjoyment during some recess periods.
At the 2017 Harker Debate invitation and Qualifier for the Tournament of Champions, All 3 Milpitas teams had a 4-2 record and cleared to Double Octo finals (the round of 32) out of 83 teams. Achieving this were the Junior team of Josephine Tai and Oishika Barat, and the Public forum team of Sophomore Brandon Schletzbaum and Junior Sana Jaffery.