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The Brentwood Union School District will provide an exemplary education to all children in a safe, student-centered environment designed to nurture the whole child and partner with families to prepare globally productive citizens.

2015-2016 District Goals ~~ District Core Beliefs ~~ LCAP


1st Grade Hoedown at Garin School

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First grade students at Garin enjoyed dancing during the hoedown held earlier this week.  To see these talented students in action, please click on the movie file.  Garin 1st Grade.MOV

Pioneer Buddy Bench

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After noticing kids walking around the playground by themselves, Tiara, a 5th grade student at Pioneer decided to do something about it. Her solution was a "buddy bench" which allows those without a playmate to sit in the designated area, triggering a message for others to invite them to join their fun.  Way to go, Tiara!

Students Visit Mission San Juan Bautista

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Fourth grade students from Garin Elementary toured Mission San Juan Bautista and participated in an interpreter led program called the Mission Game.  The San Juan Bautista Historic State Park includes several structures built in the 1800's.

Garin School Gobble Off

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Garin School students display their awards for the 2016 Gobble Off.  Students were scored on their gobble quality, poultry dance and their turkey enthusiasm.  130 students participated in this years event!  Congratulations!

BUSD Education Foundation Hoedown

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The BUSD Education Foundation hosted a Downtown Hoedown event on November 13th.  The event was a great success raising more than $7,000 to support the students of the Brentwood Union School District.  Thank you to the Foundation and their committee for their dedication, time and efforts!

Brentwood Elementary 3rd Graders "Salute to America"

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Brentwood Elementary 3rd grade students had their “Salute to America” show on Tuesday, November 10th, to honor Veterans and those currently in the military.  Students sang patriotic songs and presented a slide show created of third grade students’ family members who have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Congressman McNerney Visits Mary Casey Black Elementary

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Congressman McNerney visited Mrs. Lopez's class at Mary Casey Black Elementary today to read holiday cards created by students for soldiers stationed overseas during the holidays.

Native American Day at Ron Nunn School

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4th grade students at Ron Nunn School celebrated Native American History Day on October 23rd.  Students experienced rotations of activities including learning about the history of Native Americans locally and in America.  They learned about cultural dress and accessories, games, hunting traditions and transportation methods.  Presentations by local docents from Regional Parks sharing about the Tule boats and use of Tule plants in local native tribes.

Operation Creekside

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Bristow MS students contributed 70 extremely full boxes to send to soldiers stationed overseas.  The students also raised $1113 to cover all of the shipping costs.  This is an amazing effort!  Some of the groups involved were the FOR Club; Productions, Leadership and Web.  Great job Bristow!

Middle Schools Participate in Great American Smokeout

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All three district middle schools participated in the Great American Smokeout to promote healthy living!  You can find more information at http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/ or https://www.ucanquit2.org/Events/2015/GASO15.aspx 

Veteran's Day Activities at Brentwood Elementary

Veteran addressing students.jpgBrentwood resident and Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Phil Ehrhorn shares stories with Brentwood Elementary 3rd grade students.  

Hour of Code - Coming December 7-18th

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BMS vs. EHMS - Special Olympics Unified Sports

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The Unified basketball season continued on Tuesday, November 3rd where the Edna Hill Bobcats played the Bristow Bears at Bristow Middle School.

There is still time to catch a game this season.  Upcoming games:  Tuesday, November 17th - BMS @ AMS - 3:15pm; Thursday, November 19th - EHMS @ AMS - 3:15pm; Monday, November 30th- BMS @ EHMS - 3:15pm.  We hope to see you there!

AMS Jazz Band

6th grade AMS Jazz Band students perform music from the Great Depression.  Students are reading "Bud, Not Buddy", a novel set during that period in American History.

Halloween Fun at Marsh Creek Elementary


Halloween Fun at Brentwood Elementary

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TK Pumpkin Science

LV tk pumpkins.pngTransitional Kindergarten students from Loma Vista got a lesson in pumpkin science.  Students measured, weighed, counted and tested the pumpkin material to see if it would float.  Everyone enjoyed exploring the inside of the pumpkin.

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Congratulations to Bristow and Adams Middle School athletes for competing in our very first Unified Sports game at Bristow Middle School yesterday. Special Olympics officials were in attendance and believe that the Brentwood Union School District is the first middle school unified sports league in the western United States.

AMS Band Fundraiser Success!

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They sold over 1200 tickets and raised nearly $9,000 for the AMS band program.  All bands performed.  Guests were entertained with music, food, a costume contest and Halloween games.  

Great job AMS Band!


Bristow MS - Kids Against Hunger

Bristow Kids Against Hunger.jpgBristow students packaged 15,120 meals during their Kids Against Hunger event last Wednesday.  Way to go Bristow!

Marsh Creek Elementary Walk or Bike to School Day

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Marsh Creek Elementary School staff and students participated in a Walk or Bike to School event on Wednesday, October 21st.


Loma Vista Dissects Owl Pellets


Fourth grade students at Loma Vista dissect owl pellets as part of a study on food webs and food chains.

Loma Vista Kindergarten

A glimpse into a Loma Vista kindergarten classroom shows students making bracelets out of beads while studying math.  Other students are listening to a story and writing/drawing their response to a question.


Brentwood Rotary Installs Safety Signs

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A big thank you to the Brentwood Rotary for donating 24 signs to be installed throughout the district.  These "Drive Carefully" signs remind everyone how important it is to drive safely around our schools.

BUSD Education Foundation - November 13th Hoedown

The BUSD Education Foundation is hosting a "Downtown Hoedown" with live performance by Toree McGee and Rodeo House on November 13th at the Brentwood Community Center.  For more information click here.

All proceeds support the students of the Brentwood Union School District.



TK Students Celebrate September Birthdays

September Birthday collage Loma Vista.jpgTransitional Kindergarten students from Loma Vista enjoy a Dr. Seuss themed birthday celebration for all students turning 5 in September!  Happy Birthday!!

BUSD Fall Break

School sites within the Brentwood Union School District will be closed during Fall Break - September 28th-October 9th.  Classes will resume on Monday, October 12th.

EHMS National Geographic Geography Bee

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Edna Hill Middle School is proud to announce that 7th grader, Ryan Cook came out on top this year in the 2015 National Geographic Bee held in the Edna Hill Theater on Thursday, September 17th 2015. All 15 student finalists should be proud of their accomplishments, having to have gone through a preliminary and secondary round earlier in the quarter. Nice work. Ryan will now wait to take the state level test. If he qualifies there he would move on to the National Geographic Geography Bee in Washington D.C.

Patriot Jet Team Foundation 3rd Annual Gala

The Patriots Jet Team Foundation, a local STEM-based youth education non-profit is located at the Byron airport.  The Foundation volunteers have worked with our middle school students to support extended learning opportunities for students.  Your support is needed to continue these special programs.  If you are interested in attending their Gala, please register at www.pjtf.org.

National Day of Service and Remembrance

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In honor of September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, Bristow Middle School held a "Gather in the Quad" and had a moment of silence as Taps was played by Mr. Morello and the first chair trumpet players.  Following the moment of silence, 26 students were recognized by their peers for creating a positive school climate.


Loma Vista 2nd Grade Musical

Second grade students from Loma Vista perform Get Up and Grow!


Barnes & Noble Book Fair

Pictures of staff and students participating in the 2015 Barnes & Noble Book Fair. 

EHMS Students Attend 6th Grade Camp

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Students from Edna Hill Middle School were observed enjoying activities at camp.

Pioneer Celebrates California's Birthday

4th grade students from Pioneer spent some time celebrating California's 165th Birthday.

Anti-Bullying Protest at EHMS

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Edna Hill Middle School students rally to protest bullying.  Their action came as a result of reading "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury.  Students from Mr. Rodriguez's class invited Leadership and other 7th grade classes to get involved as they felt that something should be done to make sure no one feels a lack of power.  It was a positive protest to stand up for what is right.  Great job Bobcats!

Curriculum & Instruction Parent Nights

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Please come to our brand new Curriculum & Instruction Parent Nights!  Come learn more about what happens in our classrooms!  There are two nights to choose from:

August 27th @ Adams MS or September 3rd @ Edna Hill MS 6:30pm-8:15pm.

The evening begins in the theater followed by break-out session options in classrooms.  Parents of students in grades TK-8 are invited.  Session topics are:  Math Practice Standards and Shifts, English Language Arts Shifts, Smarter Balanced Assessment, Academic Vocabulary, Digital Technology, Collaborative Conversations, Literacy in the Content Areas, ELD/ELL's and the CCSS, and Math Placement and Pathways.

For more information click here. Espanol.

Bristow 6th Grade Camp

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DELAC Bilingual Cafe

On August 20th, the DELAC committee hosted bilingual author Elizabeth Jimenez.  Ms. Jimenez taught a mix of home literacy strategies, empowerment for involvement in the school community, and practical parenting tips.  The next event is scheduled for September 3rd as part of the District Parent Education Night.

AMS Creative Dramatics Performs at Barnes & Noble


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Students in the Adams Middle School Creative Dramatics class, under the direction of Lindsay Kellogg and Kara Clapp perform at the Barnes & Noble Book Faire.

Bristow Rocks - Rachel's Challenge Commitment

Bristow Middle School students have accepted Rachel's Challenge to chose positive influences, dream big, believe in themselves, spread kindness, show compassion, look for the best in others, and start a chain reaction.  They believe that their act of kindness will create a chain reaction in our community.

Village Community Resource Center News


The Village Community Resource Center received a $2,500 check from AT&T's "Investing in California" program.  Assemblyman Jim Frazier recommended VCRC for the award.  During his speech he surprised the agency by matching the donation to support K-3rd grade Read to Succeed program. The Brentwood Union School District appreciates the great work that VCRC does for the students of our district!  These generous donations will go a long way to support those efforts.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair - August 20th

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The BUSD Barnes & Noble Bookfair is scheduled for Thursday, August 20th.  For more information click here.

Library Sponsored Author Assembly at Marsh Creek

MCreek Library Assembly.jpgThe Contra Costa County Library sponsored an author assembly with Margarita Engle at Marsh Creek.  Students listened as she read one of her children's books, Drum Dream Girl.  They learned about perseverance, culture, persistence, and musical talents.

Library Chromebook Partnership

Library Chromebooks.jpgBUSD Board President, Emil Geddes delivers ten new Chromebooks to Liz Fuller, Senior Community Library Manager at the Brentwood Library.  These devices will provide additional technology access to students.

For more information about when they are available for student use, click here.

1st Day at Bristow MS


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It was a great day across the district to welcome students back to school for the 2015-16 school year.

AMS Leadership Welcomes New Students

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AMS Leadership students welcome new 6th grade students to the Welcome BBQ.


Mother's of Brentwood Donate 144 Backpacks!

Mothers of Brentwood July 2015 cropped.jpgA big thank you to the Mother's of Brentwood who recently donated 144 backpacks filled with school supplies for students in need.  Their continued support is greatly appreciated by the students and staff.  The Mother's of Brentwood have generously donated backpacks to students in need over the past several years.

Welcome Jeff Weiss - Director of Special Education

Brentwood School District is proud to welcome Jeff Weiss as our new Director of Special Education.  Jeff was formally approved by the Board at last night’s meeting on June 10th.


Jeff Weiss began his teaching career as a Special Education teacher working with Severely Emotionally Disturbed students in Los Angeles and San Leandro in non public school settings.  In 2005, he moved to Washington State where he was a teacher in the Everett Public Schools for eight years.  During this time he earned his administrative credential and also earned National Board Certification in Special Education.  Most recently, Jeff has returned to California and has served as a Coordinator and Director of Special Education at St HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento.   During the first round interview, Jeff maintained a repeated theme around collaboration.   The panel liked Jeff’s organized thinking and the confidence and positive energy projected.  One of his references described him as a ‘natural leader’ who is a systems thinker, but also one who gets people to work together effectively.


Jeff and his family currently live in Elk Grove.  He has already been in Brentwood for a couple of days on his own time.  He will officially start on July 8th.  Once he comes on board, you can expect a variety of opportunities to meet Jeff and begin orienting him to our district, programs, and all the wonderful people who guide and support our students.  Congratulations Jeff!

EHMS Promotion 2015!

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BMS Promotion 2015!

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Welcome BMS Principal Jon Ovick!


Congratulations to Jon Ovick who was recently hired by the Board of Education as the new Bristow Middle School Principal.

Many Brentwood residents already know Mr. Ovick, as he has worked in Brentwood, and at Bristow School, in the past. Mr. Ovick actually began his teaching career as a Special Education teacher at Bristow School. He then was hired as a Vice Principal at Adams before returning to Bristow to work as a Vice Principal. Three years ago, Mr. Ovick left Brentwood to work in the Jefferson School District as the Principal of Traina School.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Ovick and welcoming him back to Bristow School!

Kindergarten Family Picnic at Garin School


The Outsiders at BMS


7th grade students at Bristow Middle School read the book The Outsiders.  As a culminating activity, students took on the persona of a Greaser or a Soc.  Students participated in a "rumble" (debate) which allowed them to critically think about the rivalry between the two groups.

Brentwood Elementary Kindergarten Rocks

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On May 13, 2015, a large group of family and friends came to watch as Brentwood Elementary’s kindergarteners dove into the enchanting world of Nursery Rhymes by performing Nursery Rhyme Rock.  Tales such as Humpty Dumpty, Hickory Dickory Dock, Hey Diddle Diddle, and Three Blind Mice were told through song by the kindergarten classes of Mrs. Heaney, Mrs. Oest, Mrs. Boden, and Mr. McGee.

Welcome AMS Principal Michael Wood!

Mike Wood.jpgCongratulations to new Adams Middle School Principal Michael Wood who was recently approved by the BUSD School Board for the 2015-16 school year.

Mr. Wood has been a teacher and an administrator in the Liberty High School District.  He taught English at Heritage and most recently has been an Assistant Principal at Freedom High School.  The interview panels were very impressed with Mr. Wood's knowledge of, and commitment to, quality instruction, his passion for education, and his support of teachers and students.

Congratulations again to Mr. Wood!

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Brentwood Updates

Please report any water leaks or irrigation problems immediately to Paula Rios at 925-513-6321.

2015-2016 District Budget Presentation has been posted. For more information click here.

To view the 2015 CAASPP Board Presentation (09-23-15) click here.

The Contra Costa SELPA Community Advisory Committee is hosting a Parent Training & Meeting. For more information click here.