On behalf of the Board of Trustees and I, welcome to the 2018-19 school year - another great year of learning, collaboration, and discovery! I would like to take this opportunity to say, once again, how honored I am to be your Superintendent of Schools. Berryessa Union is a great school district because of each of you. In the past year, as I get to know everyone, I have learned the tradition of striving for excellence in the district is due to the wonderful people of our district community and the hard work of our students, staff, and families. Someone recently said to me, “You hit the jackpot with BUSD,” and I absolutely agree!
Several changes have taken place in administration since the last day of school in June. Please extend a warm Berryessa welcome to the following new members of our team:
Thomas Carroll Principal, Morrill MS
Daniel Chaja Principal, Piedmont MS
Krista Castillou Principal, Toyon ES
Gokcen Ceran Asst. Principal, Piedmont MS
Maria Smith Asst. Principal, Sierramont MS
We look forward to the contributions that our new administrators will provide their school communities and students!
We very excited for the launch of our new Dual Language Mandarin Immersion program for kindergarten and first grade at Cherrywood Elementary School. This is an exciting, enriching and challenging educational opportunity for 21st century learning. Students learn to collaborate, communicate, and think critically and creatively in all academic content areas in both English and Mandarin! Standards-based instruction in both languages ensures that all students are able to achieve high academic standards as well as they become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural citizens.
This school year we are also pleased to share that we are providing extended day kindergarten at each of our elementary schools. This opportunity will enhance academic and social development of our young learners. Our teachers have been diligently preparing for this program initiative since the Spring. Our principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, and instructional associates look forward to welcoming our kinders to school!
We are happy to share some important information regarding capital improvement initiatives from our bond construction program that the Berryessa Union School District has implemented. By the end if this summer, each school in Berryessa now has the following improvements completed: flooring replacement, interior painting, exterior painting, replacement of audio visual system at the MPR's, upgraded ADA parking, upgraded wireless infrastructure, and new classroom furniture. Thank you for supporting Measure L! Our MOT team has also been very busy cleaning and preparing our schools, grounds, and buses for the first day. We are so pleased to kick off this next school year with such improved learning environments and curb appeal for all!
We have a great deal to look forward to for the new school year as we open our doors once again to our students, and continue to develop a “Pathway to the Future.” We are proud and honored that you are part of our district community and this important work!