Aria Mercado
School Days eNews | November 2019
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Message from the Superintendent

Dr. Stella M. KempWow - I can’t believe it is November already! I continue to visit and meet with students, families, staff, and community each week to learn about our district. There are so many exciting things going on across the district right now and I’d like to highlight our largest initiative which is launching this month - strategic planning!

We are seeking to chart a new vision for the future of public education in our district. This vision will serve as a true ‘north star,’ guiding and aligning all of the district’s plans and innovations. Learn how to get involved on the district website.

New Dual Language Immersion Program
Opens in 2020

In the fall of 2020, the district will launch our first Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program at Scott Lane Elementary School. DLI is a different and more enriching model of educating students in two languages, giving students districtwide an opportunity to become bilingual and biliterate, starting in elementary school.

Dual language immersion programs include native English-speaking students and native speakers of a foreign language. The goals of dual language immersion programs are to develop bilingualism/biliteracy, academic achievement, and cross-cultural competencies for all students. Find out more information about the program such as how it works and what the benefits are on the district website. Stay tuned for more information about the application process.

CAASPP Results Released

CAASPP, California Assessment of Student Performance and ProgressOn October 9, the 2019 results for the online California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)/Smarter Balanced Assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics were publicly released by the California Department of Education. Learn about the findings on the district website.

Student Spotlight: Aria Mercado

The proverb “the best things come in small packages” is proven when you meet one of our outstanding students, Aria Mercado. Aria is one of our Kindergarten students who recently transitioned from the Bowers preschool special education program to general education classes at Bracher. Visit the district website to learn more about Aria and her journey growing up with brittle bone disease and watch a heartwarming video featuring Aria and her mom below.

Student Spotlight: Aria Mercado

Staff Spotlight: Maintenance Department

Maintenance department staffOver the last several weeks, improvements have been underway to help remove the years from the Bryan Osborne Nature Area in preparation for the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The improvement projects were successful thanks to the maintenance department's commitment to excellence and teamwork. Read more about the dream team on the district website.

Students Named Top 300 MASTERS

Cabrillo studentsAnother proud moment for Santa Clara Unified as three 8th grade students — Jeremy Flint, Noah Barlahan, and Ryan Co — from the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute at Cabrillo Middle School are named national Top 300 MASTERS in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS competition. The Broadcom MASTERS is a STEM focused competition for middle school students. Learn more on the district website.

Fostering a Love for Literacy at Mayne

Mayne students at Alviso library

On a beautiful fall evening in October, 86 first graders and family members from Mayne Elementary School met at the Alviso Public Library for an evening with books, friends, teachers, and their neighborhood librarians. The 2nd Annual Family Library Night was another successful collaboration between Mayne and the staff at the library.

Families received a tour of the library and information about the programs on offer. Read more on the district website.

Huge Donations at Hughes


The Kathryn Hughes community have been busy collecting donations that make a difference in the lives of others. For the second year running, the school participated in the Socktober movement and collected 482 pairs of socks to donate to their local homeless shelters. In addition, the Hughes community participated in Treats for Troops, a Halloween Candy collection program that serves our service members, wounded heroes, and veterans. This year, they gathered over 170 pounds of candy — that’s a lot of candy! Learn more about the programs on the district website.

Drop, cover, hold on

ShakeOut. Don’t FreakOut

Would you know what to do in the event of an earthquake? We made it a priority to make sure that all of our students and staff knew what to do. On October 17 — along with around another 24 million people — schools that hadn’t already had their school's earthquake drill and the district office participated in the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.

Visit the district website for some important information that may help you and your family before, during, and after an earthquake.

Staying Safe on Wheels

Student on bike wearing helmetTo help parents and families to comply with California State Law, which requires all youth under the age of 18 to wear helmets when they ride a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or use skates and with district policy, Santa Clara Unified will provide any student with a helmet with proof of a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates. Please contact your school’s front office for more information.

Read about our Safe Routes to School initiaive in partnership with the City of Sunnyvale and the City of Santa Clara on the district website.

Donations Welcome

Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Help make Thanksgiving a festive occasion for Santa Clara Unified School District families in need, by donating a frozen turkey. Drop off at the Family Resource Center (FRC) at 1840 Benton Street, Santa Clara, from November 20-26, 2019, 9:00-4:00 pm (or by appointment). More info on the district website.

Holiday Giving Tree

The Family Resource Center is hosting a Holiday Giving Tree for at-risk and homeless children in Santa Clara Unified School District. Beginning November 18, stop by the FRC and select a holiday tag from the Giving Tree describing a gift to purchase. Visit the district website for more info.

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