MUSD’s Love4Literacy Program was honored with a Golden Bell Award from California School Boards Association celebrating outstanding education programs and governance practices. Pictured from left: Greg Barnes, MUSD’s Director of Learning & Development, and Gerry Lopez, MUSD’s Coordinator for Child Development Centers, hold the Golden Bell Award at the 2019 CSBA Education Conference in San Diego, Calif.
The Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) was selected as one of 57 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards, celebrating their 40th year, are presented by the California School Boards Association to promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices. The awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.
Milpitas Unified School District received its award at a well-attended reception and ceremony on Dec. 5, 2019, at the CSBA Annual Education Conference. The conference is the premier continuing education event for California school boards and the largest education leadership conference in the state.
With a goal of creating academically equitable communities by reducing educational and opportunity gaps, the Love4Literacy program’s objective is to increase reading exposure for non-school aged children while fostering early vocabulary and literacy skills through the use of oral, traditional and digital literacy materials. Milpitas Unified School District partnered with Milpitas Library, YMCA, and Health Trust to sponsor a variety of educational events for young readers and family members, including pancake breakfast reading and resource fairs, free educational field trips, summer camps, and a 17-week Kindergarten experience. Each event was designed to develop educational concepts and a love for literacy among the youngest readers, as well as to offer parents resources designed to foster their growing educational relationship with their children.
“Love4LIteracy has grown tremendously over the last three years,” Superintendent Cheryl Jordan said. “It has provided our families with opportunities to experience learning alongside their children as they explore historical parks, museums, working farms and more. The action based learning together approach gives our students a jumpstart on an educational path of success.”
A judging panel composed of experts from school districts and county offices of education across the state reviewed written entries and made initial recommendations. On-site validators then reviewed the recommendations and assessed the programs in action. This year’s Golden Bell winners demonstrated that they are addressing student needs through areas such as equity and access, school climate and safety, technology and wellness.
“Now more than ever is a time to acknowledge and celebrate innovative and impactful programs that make a difference in the lives of our young people,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “This year’s Golden Bell winners truly serve as beacons of success as we work to more fully and equitably serve all of California’s public school students.”
To learn more about the Golden Bell awards and all the winners, visit the program’s website at https://gb.csba.org/.
Tickets are still available for Saturday Night's CIF Championship Football Game at Milpitas High School, where the Central Coast Section and NorCal champion Trojans will host Reseda for the 5-A state title.
Tickets can be purchased at the MHS Student Ban between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. today through Friday of this week. Cash only: Adults $12; Students/Senior Citizens (65+) $8.
Tickets are also available online and can be used directly from your phone. Multiple tickets can be purchased and used on one phone; the ticket taker will click redeem and then swipe to the next ticket to repeat the process. The link is
The Arizona Walk-thru gate will be open for ticket sales/entrance from 5-6:30 p.m. Gates will open after the end of the game for a Half Hour only. Anyone staying for awards ceremony plan to exit main entrance only.
The Main Entrance by the large gym will be open for ticket sales starting at 4 p.m. and run through the end of the game. Entrance to the field will start at 4:30 p.m. Cash only for ticket sales.
Parking will be $5 cash per vehicle. We will open the outdoor basketball courts if needed and Milpitas PD will bring light poles for safety lighting.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Milpitas is going to be in blue sitting on the main bleachers. Reseda will be in white sitting in the visitor bleachers next to the soccer field.
No Animals are permitted; only registered Service Animals are allowed as per CIF State Rules.
No Tailgating in the parking lot prior to the game.
The Athletic Boosters will be BBQ'ing & selling from the snack shack as well as an additional table for milk tea (Teaspoon). One food truck will be on site as well. No outside food or drink will be permitted.
Bathrooms are located at the Snack Shack by the softball/baseball field.
We are a CIF School that has agreed to follow the tenets of Pursuing Victory with Honor. We will not berate the officials or the members of either team. No artificial noisemakers are allowed.
NO ONE is allowed on the field after the game. All fans are to remain in the stands to watch the awards presentation. Milpitas PD will be present to ensure the safety of both teams players, coaches and staffing personal. Field passes are required by all individuals to be on the field.
Fresh off last weekend's 26-19 victory over Caruthers in the CIF NorCal Regional, the Milpitas High school football team will host Reseda in the State Division 5-A Championship Game this Saturday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
Pre-sale tickets for CIF State Football can be purchased online at https://gofan.co/app/events/78144. (This link will expire on Thursday, December 12 at 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. on Thursday, fans can buy tickets online via the "general" game link.)
With the win over Caruthers, this year's Trojans became the first in school history to be crowned Central Coast Section and NorCal Champions.
Coach Kelly King was named Coach of the Year by the Oakland Raiders and honored at Sunday's pregame ceremony on December 8.
MHS is in need of volunteers to help with hosting the CIF State Championship Game. For more details, please contact MHS Athletic Director Joanna Butcher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Coast Section D-IV Champion Milpitas High School football team is headed to Caruthers, CA for a CIF Regional Bowl Game, scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday, December 7.
Tickets can be purchased at https://gofan.co/app/events/77244.
Every ticket purchased prior to Thursday evening will earn $1 back to MHS.
Need a ride to the game? There is a rooter bus leaving at 2 p.m. on Saturday from MHS, located at 1285 Escuela Parkway. Cost is $5 per rider or 10 cans (all proceeds donated to the Milpitas Food Pantry in the name of Jack Emery).
Currently there are 28 spots available. All payment is collected in P-12, the Athletics Office. Please contact Joanna Butcher at email@example.com for any questions.
With a Victory this weekend, the Trojans would HOST the State Football Game on December 14 at 6 p.m.
If you want to cheer the team on as they leave, the teams bus will depart at 8 a.m. Saturday morning from MHS.