School Days eNews | February 2019
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Message from the Superintendent, Dr. Stella M. Kemp
Spring is quickly approaching and we are as busy as ever in Santa Clara Unified!

This month we are immersed in SCUSD Vision 2035, our strategic vision work. An important part of this is your input, so we are holding community meetings across the district in our second round of community input sessions. In this round, we seek feedback on the early themes emerging in our Graduate Portrait, Educator Portrait, and the district Systems Shifts that will lead to the successful implementation of the vision. Our community-wide feedback session was held this past Saturday, February 8, where we had over 100 students, families, staff, and community members join us for an activity-filled afternoon. Thank you to those who came out - there was a lot of excitement and great conversations about this work. We look forward to concluding the face to face sessions this week as we hold several more special sessions with students, staff, Family Resource Center, special education, and the north of Highway 101 communities.

See the full list of dates, times, and locations on our Vision 2035 webpage. If you are unable to join us at these meetings, please take our survey to give your voice to our visioning initiative. Visit the district website to read my full message to the community.

The Great Kindness Challenge

Bowers studentsThe last week of January marked this year’s official 2020 Great Kindness Challenge week — and what a spectacular week it was! Schools from across our district participated in the challenge with the goal of cultivating a culture of kindness. Students were “challenged” to perform as many good deeds as possible in one week. Visit the district website to learn more.

2020 STEAM Expo Video Contest

Peterson students and teacher Ildiko StennisThe district’s 2020 STEAM Expo is approaching fast on March 28 and students at Peterson Middle School started their preparations early with a video contest to publicize the event. The winning commercial was filmed at Mission College, where this year’s event will be held. Visit the district website to check out the winning video and learn more about the STEAM Expo.

Kindergarten Students Learn about
the Civil Rights Movement

Callejon kindergarten studentsIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 21, Don Callejon students in teacher Melissa Le’s kindergarten class reenacted what can only be described as a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement — Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Check out the video on the district website.

Transforming Math Learning
in Elementary Classrooms

Over the past two years, 77 elementary teachers from 14 Santa Clara Unified sites have participated in math workshop professional development to address the question “How do we as teachers curate a math workshop block that meets the needs of all of our learners?” Facilitated by math Teachers On Special Assignment (TOSA) Deanna Watts and Katie Leadbetter, the professional development focuses on structures for engaging students in productive struggle and deeper level thinking, as well as guided math groups and learning stations for targeted instruction and continued practice of concepts. Visit the district website to learn more.

Voting Workshops in Multiple Languages

In preparation for the 2020 elections, the County of Santa Clara Registrar of Voters will be hosting a variety of workshops with translations in different languages. The workshops will focus on introducing a handful of advantageous changes for Santa Clara County voters. The workshops will also cover different ways for people to get involved in the election process. This is the perfect opportunity for you to prepare for the Presidential Primary Election on March 3, 2920. 

Visit the district website to see the remaining dates and locations. 

2020 Census: Everybody Counts

Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau counts every person in the U.S. and these numbers are used to help decide how billions of dollars reach families and schools. 2020 is one of those years and it will be the first year to rely heavily on online responses. Our Family Resource Center will be hosting several community presentations in multiple languages on February 26 on the Adult Education campus (1840 Benton Street, Santa Clara).

Visit the district website to choose your preferred time or language.

Reaching Out to Help
First-Generation College Students

The Reach Foundation is a local nonprofit charity that offers individualized coaching to guide low-income, first-generation-to-college, high school seniors in Santa Clara through the college application and financial aid process. The organization offers renewable scholarships of $2,000 to $6,000 yearly for the course of a student’s university experience. The foundation supports students by providing long-term mentoring which is clearly successful as it boasts an 85 percent college graduation rate. Read more including how to apply for scholarships on the district website.

Family Resource Center Receives
$4,000 Donation

school suppliesIn January, Santa Clara Unified School District’s Family Resource Center (FRC) announced a grant donation of $4,000 from The Mission City Community Fund (MCCF). This is the FRCs largest single award since it opened in 2017. Learn more about the MCCF donation and a donation from Santa Clara High students who made scarves to help families stay warm this winter.

School Accountability Report Cards

School Accountability Report Cards now availableEach year, a School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is published for the most recently completed school year for all schools in the district. At the January 30 board meeting, the 2018-2019 SARCs were approved by the Board of Trustees and they are now available online on the district website to view, download, and print.

Cold and Flu Season

It’s cold and flu season and with it comes the spread of germs and viruses. We encourage all students and staff to take common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including common illnesses like colds and flu.

Visit the district website for some healthy habits to help prevent cold and flu and for up-to-date information about Coronavirus, please visit the Santa Clara County Office of Education website.

Board Briefs
In an effort to keep the community up-to-date and informed of actions by the Board of Trustees, we share Board Briefs. Please visit our Agenda Online page to view the current and all previous board agendas.

Calendar of Events

Questions? Comments?
Jennifer Dericco
Public Information Officer
(408) 423-2131
Phillipa May
Communication Specialist
(408) 423-2109
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