Superintendent Dr. Kemp and Washington Open students
School Days eNews | January 2020
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Welcome back to school and to 2020! With a new decade comes more new firsts for me in Santa Clara Unified. I kicked off the new semester in a really exciting way — serving as teacher Cindy Voreyer’s substitute teacher for her kindergarten class at Washington Open Elementary School on Friday, January 10!

December was a busy month for our strategic planning initiative. We spent time with and heard from hundreds of students, families, staff, and community through our “big” event on December 11, more than 30 focus groups that week, and a communitywide survey. Thank you for taking the time to “imagine tomorrow together” as we consider what we most desire for our graduates and their futures.

Please visit the district website to read my full update about our strategic planning initiative. I would also like to invite you to join me at two of our important upcoming events:

  • Community Input Session | Saturday, February 8 from 1 - 3 p.m., Santa Clara High School Main Gym
  • Community Installation | Saturday, March 28, Mission College

Substitute Teachers Wanted

Do you love working with kids and are you looking for flexible part-time work? If so, maybe substitute teaching would be the right fit for you! SCUSD is currently looking for people with a bachelor’s degree who have already taken or are interested in taking the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST).

Why become a substitute teacher?

  • Competitive pay rates: Daily rate of $155 or $180 for long term
  • Friendly, positive working environment
  • Job flexibility

What qualifications are needed?

  • Love for children and education
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Desire to learn

If this sounds like you or someone you know, spread the word!


Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program Orientation

Did you know we have a new Spanish Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program opening at Scott Lane Elementary School in the 2020-2021 school year? The program is open to all Santa Clara Unified students who will be in kindergarten or first grade next year.

Join us for our last DLI orientation for the 2020-2021 school year to find out how to apply: 

January 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (English and Spanish)
Scott Lane Elementary School Cafeteria, 1925 Scott Boulevard, Santa Clara

Find more information online at

STEM Leadership Institute Recognized with Distinguished California Education Honor

Golden Bell AwardsSCUSD and San Francisco 49ers STEM Leadership Institute was selected as one of 57 recipients of California’s leading educational honor, the Golden Bell Award. The Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in public education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and practices. Read more on the district website.

Staff Demonstrate Service Above Self

(L-R) Elizabeth Knirck, Magaly Ramos-CartagenaWe are proud to share that at the San Andreas Regional Center’s 21st Annual Service Above Self Awards luncheon, two SCUSD teachers were honored for their achievements. Congratulations to post secondary teacher Magaly Ramos-Cartagena and Braly Elementary School’s special education teacher Elizabeth Knirck. Read more on the district website.

New Faces on the SCUSD Leadership Team

Lisette Moore-Guerra, Coordinator of Health and Wellness

Lisette Moore-Guerra joins us from Palo Alto Unified School District where she has been the student services coordinator in the Student Wellness and Support Services department for the past four years. Learn more about her on the district website.

Shari Giacomini,
Special Education Program Specialist

Shari Giacomini joined the SCUSD team as a special education teacher on special assignment in August 2018. She supported students in non-public school settings, coordinated private school referrals, and supported literacy and professional development. Learn more on the district website.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu
Visits New Valley High

Assemblymember Kansen Chu and New Valley studentsAs part of New Valley High School’s unit on political participation, teachers invited State Assemblymember Kansen Chu to conduct a town hall meeting with the students on December 6, 2019. Learn about what the students did to prepare for the visit on the district website.

First Place in FlexFactor Competition

Team Blind SpotOn December 11, 2019, Wilcox's Team Blind Spot, made up of students Ishu Agrawal, Amanuddin Syed, Rahul Ganesh, and Allen Loomis, won 1st place in the fall semester FlexFactor competition for their division. They accomplished this with a near-perfect score of 49.6 out of a possible 50. Read more on the district website.

Christmas 4 Kids

Students eating lunch at Christmas 4 Kids event
Students receives bike from Santa at Christmas 4 Kids event
On December 12, Rotary Club of Santa Clara and Lexus of Stevens Creek partnered to share holiday fun with almost 200 underserved Santa Clara Unified students. The excited students from Bowers, Briarwood, Hughes, Montague, and Scott Lane Elementary Schools arrived at Lexus of Stevens Creek — courtesy of Royal Coach Tours — for their own personal meet and greet with Santa. Read more about this and other holiday partner events on the district 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 webpage to view the current and all previous board agendas.

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Public Information Officer
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Communication Specialist
(408) 423-2109
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