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Celebrating American Education Week

Americans throughout our nation are celebrating American Education Week (Nov. 16-20). American Education Week is an opportunity to thank your child's teacher, the counselor who helps guide your child, the assistant who welcomes you to the front office, the school nutrition worker who serves your child lunch, the bus driver who is the first one and the last one to greet your child each school day, and all public education employees who play a role in helping children succeed. 

The National Education Association has designated different activities for each day of this week. On Thursday, Nov. 19, public educators across the nation invite community members to visit schools and "walk in their shoes," learning more about the role of what educators do to make sure students are successful. 

At San José Unified School District (SJUSD), parents, community members, elected officials, friends and neighbors, and all stakeholders have two opportunities to learn more about the work of its 3,000 public servants to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide all students with the finest 21st Century education.  

Superintendent's Brown Bag -- Thursday, Nov. 19, District Office at noon. 

At this event, San José Unified stakeholders have the opportunity to sit down and hear from the Superintendent about the work of the school district.


Board of Education Business Meeting -- Thursday, Nov. 19, District Office at 

6 p.m.

San José Unified stakeholders are invited to witness governance in action as the Board of Education makes decisions and sets policy. Click here for this meeting's agenda.

To learn more about American Education Week and the activities for the remainder of the week, visit the National Education Association. We also invite you to visit your local San José Unified school and ask school leaders about how you can become involved at school or in your child's education from home.

San José Unified's Leadership Transition

The San José Unified Board of Education will meet for a special session Board meeting to discuss the process for hiring the school district's next Superintendent of Schools. The meeting will take place Thursday, Nov. 19. at 4 pm in the Board Room at the school district's administration building located at 855 Lenzen Ave. 

Veteran educator Nancy Albarrán, the school district's assistant superintendent of instruction, is currently serving as Interim Superintendent of Schools after the departure of Dr. Vincent Matthews in October. Click here to see the agenda for the special session Board meeting. 

San José Unified stakeholders are invited to visit the Leadership Transition section on regularly for continued updates on the Board of Education's search for a new superintendent.

All three Excellence in Education awards presented to San José Unified

The San José Silicon Valley Camber of Commerce annually presents three Excellence in Education Awards--the Student of the Year, the Teacher of the Year, and the Principal of the Year. The chamber honors these three individuals during its annual "Legends and Leaders" event, where they will be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions. 

This year, all three awards were presented to members of San José Unified. Click here to learn more about the Gunderson High student, the Olinder Elementary instructional coach, and the Washington Elementary principal, recipients of this year's awards.

Former ALA (Academic Language Acquisition) student earns college scholarship fund

Unique to San José Unified, the ALA (Academic Language Acquisition) Program is for students who are English Language Learners (ELLs). ALA is a well articulated, multi-year program with the dual goals of developing the student's English language proficiency while developing academic skills in core content areas in the child's primary language, such as Spanish. Read here  about how the ALA program and a devoted teacher helped shape the course for a future college student.

Watch this video in Spanish to learn about ALA at SJUSD
Olinder Elementary Instructional Coach  Mr. Christina Rubalcaba (L) and Olinder Elementary Principal Dr. Carla Chavez Torres (Center) join their student as she is honored with a $40,000 college scholarship fund.

Booksin Elementary students thank America's veterans

The Booksin Elementary learning community recently collected candy and donated it to Operation Care and Comfort to send to our troops. Creating the candy care packages has become an annual celebration for Booksin students. 

This school year, students collected 1,519 pounds of treats. The Booksin Elementary community comes together every year to work on this project just in time for Veterans' Day.

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