New leaders in Milpitas Unified School District will meet with residents and share highlights about their sites during a free community breakfast co-sponsored by the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association and Sunnyhills United Methodist Church on January 7.
Presenters will include Superintendent Cheryl Jordan; Norma Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Development; Milpitas High Principal Phil Morales; Weller Elementary Principal Alicia Padilla; and Gerry Lopez, Coordinator of Early Childhood Development and Family Engagement -- all new in their roles serving Milpitas.
"Schools are the backbone of our community,” said Allysson McDonald, president of the Sunnyhills Neighborhood Association. “With the personnel changes in MUSD during the last six months, we wanted to provide an opportunity for community members to meet some of the new staff, hear about their goals and strategies going forward, and find out how the community can partner with them to ensure that our schools are the best."
Jordan said this opportunity for discussion is important particularly because Milpitas High School, Weller Elementary School, and the Sunnyhills Child Development Center all serve the Sunnyhills neighborhood.
“It’s an opportunity to meet us and hear how each of us is working with our school community to build a ‘Culture of We,’” she said. “The ‘Culture of We’ is a focus to show the rest of the world how a dynamic, diverse community of people from all backgrounds, speaking about 50 different languages, can live together in a way that we respect what one another has to say, we value and celebrate one another’s cultures, and we are always here for each other.”
The breakfast will run from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7 at Jones Hall in Sunnyhills United Methodist Church, 355 Dixon Road, Milpitas. Donations will be accepted. The Milpitas Community Breakfast occurs the first (non-holiday) Saturday of the month except July and August. For more information, call (408) 262-0420.