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San Josť Unified launches Redesign 2.0

The "Dynamic Schooling" students from Lincoln High participate in a class at San Josť State University.
More than 150 San Josť Unified School District (SJUSD) students spent part of their summer learning in new, innovative environments within the district. SJUSD launched three pilots this summer as part of its innovation efforts. District teachers, administrators, and staff developed the concepts as members of the Innovation Team and translated their ideas into reality. Click here to read about the summer pilots.


San Josť Unified students have option to study biliteracy earlier in their academic careers 

This school year, San Josť Unified School District (SJUSD) parents will have an additional option at the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) level. SJUSD's TK program has been offered for students learning primarily in English or in Spanish through two of the school district's programs (Structured English Immersion - SEI or Academic Language Acquisition - ALA). As of the 2015-16 school year, TK students can start learning core content areas in two languages - English and Spanish - and be on their way to becoming fully biliterate. 

San Josť Unified's TWBI program offers students the opportunity to learn to read, write, and communicate academically in two languages, English and Spanish. TWBI at the TK level will be offered at Bachrodt Charter Academy. 

Parents can learn more about the program by visiting the school district's website at Should parents decide that this program is the right choice for their child, they are invited to call 408-535-6232 to register and to obtain information about the next steps toward biliteracy. Parents are encouraged to call early, as spaces are limited. Should the school district receive more registrations than spaces available, the district will hold a lottery.


San Josť Unified addresses facility use to better serve all San Josť children
Parents and community members invited to a series of community gatherings throughout July

San Josť Unified School District (SJUSD) developed a facilities plan to accommodate the growing number of charter schools in the school district and to better serve students and families in several of its existing programs. The SJUSD Board of Education approved the plan earlier this year. 

The facilities plan impacts several of San Josť Unified's facilities which is why the school district is inviting parents, community members, and any other interested stakeholder to a series of community gatherings taking place in the next month throughout the school district. Click here for a list of the scheduled meetings.

SJUSD School Bond Report Issued 

The San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) Measure H Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) presented its second Annual Report on the progress of the expenditure of Measure H bond revenues. The Annual Report summarizes the CBOC's findings and provides an overview of Measure H bond program activities through December 31, 2014. Click here to read the report.

San Josť Unified employees working for students 
SJUSD staff takes advantage of the summer to tackle large projects and polish their skills, all to better serve students. 

Three thousand employees serve San Josť Unified Students during the school year and many of them were hard at work during the summer making sure the district is ready to welcome students on August 12 for another year of teaching and learning.

San Josť Unified custodians dedicated a week to polish their skills. The professionals, who keep San Josť Unified schools safe and welcoming, participating in the week-long professional learning session learning best practices for the work they do behind the scenes to make sure students have a safe learning environment. 125 San Josť Unified custodians maintain 3.3 million square feet of space across 42 schools and other district facilities.

Teachers also dedicated time during the summer to learn best practices on how to keep helping students learn. The teachers and administrators from six school sites featured in the video below participated in a rigorous week of professional development around early literacy led by Dr. Sunday Cummins. Teams of K-2 teachers, instructional coaches, intervention specialists, and principals worked tirelessly to build their expertise in early literacy for the upcoming school year. In addition to theory and new strategies, the teachers also had the opportunity to practice their new learning with extended school year students at Lowell Elementary.
SJUSD Early Literacy Institute 2015
SJUSD Early Literacy Institute 2015
Meet the new Student Board Members for 2015-16
San Josť High and Willow Glen High students ready to serve

Two San Josť Unified School District (SJUSD) rising high school seniors will serve on the SJUSD Board of Education this coming school year. Lydia, a senior from San Josť High, will serve as the SJUSD Student Board Member. William, aka "Sammy," is the Alternate Student Board Member. Sammy will be a senior at Willow Glen High. 

2015-16 Student Board Members:

Lydia is pursuing her International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma at San Josť High. She is the ASB president, plays on the volleyball te
am, and is at Stanford University this summer as she plans for a career in biomedical engineering.

The sciences also are of interest to Sammy as he will be taking his third physics course at Willow Glen High this school year, Advanced Placement (AP) Physics 2. He is a swimmer, a cross country runner, and a tutor.

The San Josť Unified School District (SJUSD) Board of Education (BOE) typically meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month. Parents, community members, employees, and any stakeholder are all invited to the Board meetings and witness governance in action as Board members set policy to better serve students. The meetings take place at the school district's central office, which is located at 855 Lenzen Ave. Business meetings begin at 6 p.m. The next meeting is set for Thursday, Aug. 6. Click here to learn more about SJUSD's Board of Education.