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.
2016-2017 District Goals ~~ District Core Beliefs ~~ LCAP
FREE Summer Meals For Kids
The Brentwood Union School District is providing FREE MEALS to any child 18 years and younger from June 6th through July 15th. You do not need to sign up, just come and eat! Meals are being served from 12:00pm through 12:30pm at:
Brentwood Elementary, 200 Griffith Lane
Villa Amador, 2101 Sand Creek Road
Village Resource Center, 633 Village Drive
For more information click here. Come eat with us this summer!
The school offices are now closed for summer break. School sites will reopen on Monday, July 18th. The district office will remain open during the summer.
If you need to enroll your student, you can take care of this business between the hours of 9:00am-3:30pm at the BUSD District Service Center, 255 Guthrie Lane, Brentwood. If you have any questions about the enrollment process please call 925-513-6300.
Enjoy your summer! School will resume on August 1st!
Change In Promotion Time at EHMS
Due to the extreme heat, the promotion ceremony for Edna Hill Middle School has been rescheduled to 7:30pm on Thursday, June 2nd. Thank you for your understanding.
"Catch A Special Thrill"
Assemblymember Jim Frazier is partnering with the C.A.S.T. For Kids Foundation among others to host the "Catch A Special Thrill (C.A.S.T.) for Kids fishing event" at the Brannan Island State Recreation Area in Rio Vista for children with special needs on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The check-in time is 7:00am to 7:30am, the even runs from 7:00am to 1:00pm.
Each participating child will receive a plaque with a photograph of the child and their Boat Captain. They will also receive a free rod, reel, and tackle box to take home. Reservations are on a first-come/first-served basis. To register a child, go to: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?
Please contact Erica Rodriguez-Langley at 925-513-0411 with any questions.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Mary Casey Black Elementary first graders did a terrific job singing and dancing for family and friends in "How Does Your Garden Grow?"
AMS #icanhelp Spirit Day
Adams Middle School had a #icanhelp sprit day this Wednesday and welcomed students to campus with a High Five Highway! The leadership class started the highway and as students and staff went through the highway, they joined the line. It was a great way to start the day with positivity and get students and staff smiling in the morning!
CPR Training at Bristow
In conjunction with AMR, over 2,000 middle school students were trained in the basics of CPR. Compression only CPR is easy to learn and has the ability to save lives while waiting for paramedics.
Exceptional Volunteers 2016
2016 Employees of the Year
Public Works Open House
The City of Brentwood Public Works Department held a fun and educational Public Works Open House for our district 3rd graders on May 17th. This is a fun-filled day of learning where students get exposed to science, engineering and other behind the scenes work that is done to keep our city well-maintained and safe. We are proud of the partnership we have with the City to bring this program to students.
Thank You Turkey Trot!
Thanks to the generous donation from the Turkey Trot, Marsh Creek was able to purchase new PE Equipment! This is just a small sample of the items purchased to be used by students.
Matt Dailey to be 2016-17 Garin Principal
The Brentwood Union School District is thrilled to announce that Matthew Dailey was selected by the BUSD Board of Education last night as the next Principal of Garin Elementary.
Mr. Dailey is currently the vice principal at Freedom High School. Previously he was a teacher and assistant principal for Adams Middle School in Brentwood. Mr. Dailey is well known for building positive relationships with students, staff and parents. He is highly visible on campus.
BUSD is proud to have Mr. Dailey returning home to Brentwood.
Reading Advantage at MCB
Shirley Kalinowski and Balbina Bernal along with Lindsay Dupont presented to Mary Casey Black parents about promoting literacy at home. A fantastic resource shared by Reading Advantage.
The 7th grade Language Arts classes at Bristow Middle School are reading the novel, The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton. This week they were given a special presentation by BUSD’s Board of Education member, Johnny Rodriguez, who came to talk with students in relation to the focus question of the novel: “What Does it Mean to Belong?”. He told students of his own involvement with gangs and how he overcame many obstacles and now has his own mentorship program for kids who are struggling with poor choices. The kids really appreciated his openness and honesty throughout the presentation.
Bristow Music Honors
MCB Multicultural Event
Over 30 Mary Casey Black Elementary students modeled traditional clothing, read poetry, sang or danced as they celebrated their heritage with their family and friends. The multicultural event was held on Friday, May 6th. A special thanks to Sasha Ordaz who organized the event.
Pioneer 3rd Graders Perform
Third grade students from Pioneer Elementary perform "Brentwood Musical".
Kindergarten students at Brentwood Elementary recently performed "Nursery Rhyme Rock".
Author's Celebration at MCB
The student's in Mrs. Bowen's first grade class at Mary Casey Black Elementary impressed their family and friends as they read their own fiction and non-fiction creations.
Honors for Mrs. D'Alfonsi
The Brentwood Union School District is proud to announce that the Contra Costa Reading Association (CCRA) has chosen to honor Marsh Creek Elementary Principal Teresa D'Alfonsi with the prestigious International Literacy Association (ILA) and the California Reading Association (CRA) "Celebrate Literacy Award." Mrs. D'Alfonsi will be honored at a dinner on May 26th. Congratulations Teresa!
School Lunch Hero Day
Staff Appreciation at Bristow
Thank you to the Bristow Parent's Club who work so hard for staff throughout the year to make sure students are supported. Bristow ROCKS!!
Adams MS Students Honored
In 1989, the California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) Honor Award was renamed in remembrance of the former CJSF Registrar, Marian Huhn. The Marian Huhn Memorial Award recognizes junior high school students for their academic excellence and service to the school and community. CJSF chapters may nominate top two students for the Marian Huhn Award. Nominated candidates submit a packet including letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Five students from each region receiving a $250 award. Adams Middle School is proud to announce that our two nominees, Rylee Cagle and Mateo Pena received this honor on Saturday, April 23, in San Jose. Congratulations Rylee and Mateo!
Rotarians and Interact Club at Garin
Thank you to the amazing Rotarians and Interact Club members who gave up part of their weekend to repaint the US Map at Garin School. A special thank you to Dirk Zeigler and Tom Raniere for their leadership on this wonderful project.
Loma Vista Presents
Loma Vista’s First Graders did an amazing job singing about all they have learned this year. They learned songs in 3 different languages and each class worked on memorizing a special poem. The Loma Vista First Grade teachers want to thank Bristow Productions for capturing the special night on video . Thanks to Menchies, families were able to stay and celebrate their first graders hard work with a yummy treat.
Everyone enjoyed Bandapalooza with students from Ron Nunn, Marsh Creek, Loma Vista and Bristow Middle School.
RNS Enjoys Square Dancing
Ron Nunn School 1st grade students demonstrated their square dancing skills for parents and guests.
Of Thee I Sing
Brentwood Elementary 5th grader students performed "Of Thee I Sing".
GATE Bowling Mixer
Elementary and Middle School GATE students enjoyed some time together bowling, enjoying popcorn and drinks.
Norma Arreguin CCCOE Employee of the Year
The Brentwood School District is proud to announce that Garin School para-professional Norma Arreguin has been selected as the Contra Costa County Office of Education Employee of the year in the para-professional/instructional aide division. Ms. Arreguin is a long time Garin School contributor. She has been a campus supervisor, and instructional aide performing intervention services, a classroom volunteer, translator and District Employee Child Care Assistant. She volunteers to serve on many committees and has been a trainer for Garin bilingual parents. Ms. Arreguin leads the organization of the “Day of the Child” multi-cultural event every year at Garin Elementary. She always is focused on helping others and always has a smile on her face. Outside of her work at Garin School, she continues to provide help and support for families in need. An amazing example was when she heard of a parent with a child at Children's Hospital in Oakland, she drove that parent to Oakland every night and served as an advocate in ensuring her child received the best and most appropriate care.
Ms. Arreguin will be honored at a reception in April at the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She has also been advanced to the state level for consideration of recognition.
AMS at the Stockton Heat
Members of the AMS Creative Dramatics Class Choir performed the National Anthem at the Stockton Heat hockey game. It was a wonderful performance.
Mark Morello Wins My Favorite Teacher Contest
Bristow Middle School teacher, Mark Morello wins the Barnes &Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest. For more information click here.
American Girl Fashion Show
Please Join Us as the Brentwood Union School District Foundation hosts an
American Girl Fashion Show™
Styles of Yesterday & Today
The American Girl Fashion Show is a fun-filled event for girls and their families, friends, and favorite dolls! Celebrate the experience of being a girl, whether yesterday or today, through a colorful presentation of historical and contemporary fashions. Enjoy elegant refreshments, enter to win door prizes, and learn how clothing has changed over the years to reflect history, culture, and girls’ individual styles. All proceeds benefit the Brentwood School District Education Foundation.
Show dates and times are: Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 10:30am and 2:00pm & Sunday, April 24th at 2:00pm
Ticket Link: http://03d3542.netsolstores.com/tickets.aspx
Mad Science at MCB
Mary Casey Black students and staff were amazed by the Mad Science presenters! They even involved the teachers in their experiments. Thanks to the BUSD Education Foundation; MCB was able to have two Mad Science Assemblies.
BUSD teams advance to World Odyssey of the Mind Finals
Over 4,000 students competed at UC Riverside after winning regional competitions throughout the state. First and second place teams travel to the World Finals in Iowa. BUSD was one of the top Odyssey of the Mind participants in the state with ten teams that ascended to the state finals after winning at the regional competition.
The Brentwood Elementary No Cycle/Recycle Team, led by coach Susan Wallace, placed 2nd in the state in the mechanical/vehicle problem. Teams design, build and operate vehicles of various size and with various power sources. Sometimes they drive the vehicles, and sometimes the vehicles perform tasks, such as overcoming obstacles or visiting other "countries" to retrieve artifacts. Members of that team include Katharina Wallace, Kevin Straigt, Kaelyn Finnigan, Tony Trapanese, Trenton Taylor, Hayden Cooper and Zack Johnson.
The Pioneer Elementary Something Fishy Team, led by coach PJ Dodgson, placed 2nd in the performance problem. In this problem, teams present performances that revolve around a specific theme and incorporate required elements. Members of the team include Peyton Armatis, Jordyn Davies, Andrew Dodgson, James Eaton, Kaida Hou, and Elly Longoria.
MCB American Music Through Time
Fifth grade students at Mary Casey Black Elementary did a fantastic job performing "American Music Through Time". Families and friends enjoyed their songs and dances. Great Job!!
Brentwood Elementary OM Team
Brentwood Elementary's Odyssey of the Mind teams are pumped up and ready to compete in this weekend's state finals at UC Riverside. Best of luck to all of the teams!
AMS Band at Disneyland
Students from Adams MS traveled to Disneyland over March break. The Jazz Band performed in the Hollywood Backlot Studio at California Adventure. The Symphonic Band also performed in that same location the following day. Students also participated in the Disney Recording Arts Workshop. There were 126 students and parents representing Adams MS - It was a great experience!
Congratulations Samy D'Amico!
The Brentwood Union School District is thrilled to announce that Pioneer Elementary School principal, Samy D’Amico, has been selected as a co-recipient of LMC’s 2016 César Chávez “East County Educator Award.” The César Chávez East County Educator Award recognizes a member of the educational community who demonstrates the qualities of César Chávez and a commitment to student success and equity, particularly for students of color and those from low-income families. He will be honored at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the LMC campus.
Congratulations Samy – we are all very proud of you!
Cyber Safety Event for Parents
Please join BUSD as we host a Cyber Safety event for parents. This important information will be presented by the Brentwood Police Department on March 30th at 5:30pm in English and again at 7:00pm in Spanish at the Edna Hill MS Theater, 140 Birch Street, Brentwood. For more information click here.
2016 Teacher of the Year - Juliet Simens
Juliet Simens is currently a 4th grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary. She has been a district employee for 15 years, she has also taught 1st and 3rd grades. Juliet is the type of teacher who takes every opportunity to receive additional training that will help her students succeed. She has been a leader in piloting new programs like Reading Wonders, and was an early user of chromebooks in her classroom. She has served on both site and district committees, such as the school Leadership Team, the district Academic vocabulary committee and the district Technology Advisory Committee. Besides using all of this learning to support her students, Juliet is a constant collaborator and supporter of her peers as they too work with new materials and strategies. She also has accepted student teachers into her room, providing guidance and support. Juliet truly cares about each and every student that comes in to her class and wants what is best for them.
2016 Classified Employee of the Year Norma Arreguin
Norma Arreguin is a long time Garin School contributor. She has been a campus supervisor, and instructional aide performing intervention services, a classroom volunteer, translator and District Employee Child Care Assistant. She volunteers to serve on many committees and has been a trainer for Garin bilingual parents. Norma is a joyous "servant leader". She always is focused on helping others and always has a smile on her face. Outside of her work at Garin School, she continues to provide help and support for families in need. An amazing example was when she heard of a parent with a child at Children's Hospital in Oakland, she drove that parent to Oakland every night and served as an advocate in ensuring her child received the best and most appropriate care.
OM Regionals at Edna Hill MS
Congratulations to all of the Brentwood Union School District teams that participated in the Odyssey of the Mind Delta Regional Tournament this past Saturday. Fourteen BUSD teams took home a medal. The 1st and 2nd place teams for each division qualify for the state finals at UC Riverside in April. BUSD will be represented by 12 teams at the state finals! Congratulations to everyone.
First Place Teams: Loma Vista Elem., 3 Edna Hill MS teams, 2 Brentwood Elem. teams, Garin Elem., and Pioneer Elem.
Second Place Teams: Ron Nunn Elem., Brentwood Elem., Bristow MS, and Garin Elem.
Third Place Teams: Brentwood Elem., and Edna Hill MS.
Greg Chappel - Wrestling Hall of Fame
Congratulations to Bristow Middle School Teacher and long-time Liberty Wrestling Coach, Greg Chappel, who is being honored as one of the newest inductees into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame! Congratulations Coach Chappel!!
MCB Read Across America
Superintendent Dana Eaton spent time reading with students at Mary Casey Black Elementary as part of their Dr. Seuss celebration.
EHMS Elementary Band Tour
Edna Hill Middle School's 6th grade Concert Band went to Garin, Mary Casey Black and Brentwood Elementary to perform for students. They performed a few selections and then invited each 5th grade band student to play along with them.
Food Service Staff from Pioneer and Ron Nunn celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday by serving Green Eggs and Ham.
Seuss on the Loose Fun Run
Students at Garin School were pictured enjoying their Seuss on the Loose Fun Run! This activity raised $10,000 - Way to go Garin!!
BUSD Recruiting Team
The district was well represented at the recent Contra Costa County Job Fair! Thank you to all the staff who gave up their Saturday to meet with potential candidates.
BUSD Alumni Giving Back
Former BUSD student, Zack Pakin returned to Bristow MS to share a presentation on "How to Own Your Own Business" as a young person. Great job Zack!
BMS Presents Dogsbreath Devereaux
Bristow Middle School students performed "Dogsbreath Devereaux, the Dastardly Doctor". This melodrama was performed under the direction of teacher Mary Church-Pearson.
EHMS Spaghetti Feed
Students from Edna Hill MS are pictured having fun at the recent Spaghetti Feed.
AMS Science Fair 2016
All 7th and 8th grade students prepared projects for the Adams MS Science Fair Night. The gymnasium was filled with over 700 presentation boards. The highlight of the science fair was all of the student work. However, the presence of some astronomers from the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society who brought a range of high-powered telescopes for students and parents to use was an extra bonus.
Students at Marsh Creek School playing Scrabble at lunch time. A big thank you to Mrs. Delgado for hosting this activity for students.
Important Information on Release of Student Data by CDE
For more information on the release of confidential student data by the California Department of Education please click here.
Informacion importante sobre la liberacion de los datos del estudiante confidencial
Parenting the Strong-Willed Child
Once again, BUSD is hosting a FREE five week program designed specifically for parents of strong-willed and impulsive children ages 5-10 years old. For more information, please click here. This program was offered in the Fall as well and was very popular. Please plan to join us.
MCB Math Night
Mary Casey Black Elementary hosted another terrific Family Math Night. A big thank you to Mary Black, Deb Burns, Katie Cuevas, Amy Galbraith and Kate Ghilarducci for their efforts to make this a special night. The families received instruction on how to use the math games that they received and an explanation on the theory behind the games. The MCB families now have more resources to support math literacy at home.
BMS Special Olympics
Mayor Taylor Honors Dr. Eaton
Mayor Bob Taylor presented Dr. Eaton with a Certificate of Recognition at a recent board meeting. Dr. Eaton was selected as the ACSA Superintendent of the Year for Delta Region 6.
EHMS Top Spellers
Edna Hill Middle School Spelling Bee winners are: 1st place - Casey Sullivan; 2nd place - Savannah Luy; and 3rd place - Marcelo Alfonso. Congratulations!
MCB Musical Brentwood
The third grade classes at Mary Casey Black Elementary performed Musical Brentwood last night in front of family and friends. The third grade teachers taught the songs, which illustrate the history of Brentwood. The performance ends with a slide show of pictures of Brentwood comparing common landmarks from the past and present. Everyone is so proud of these 3rd graders!
BMS Productions Kicks Off Kindness Week
Students from the Bristow Middle School Productions Cave surprised staff at the district office with breakfast in honor of Kindness Week! Staff members were treated to all kinds of wonderful goodies. It was a great way to start the week! A big THANK YOU to the students and parents of Bristow for this act of kindness!
New Art Supplies for for Pioneer
The students at Pioneer Elementary have new easels and canvases to enrich their art classes. A big thank you to the amazing Art Docents! Our district is very fortunate to have such wonderful parent volunteers!!
Guide Dogs Visit Garin School
Thanks to Garin librarian, Kylee Tong, "Guide Dogs for the Blind" visited Garin to share how they raise and train dogs to donate to people who are blind. Mrs. Tong works with this organization and is a dog trainer herself.
Weather Station at Ron Nunn School
A Bloomsky Weather station has been installed at Ron Nunn school. Students are super excited to be the meteorologists for the school. If you are interested in following the weather in Brentwood, you can download the free "Bloomsky" app.
This information was recorded on February 2nd, click here to play: http://bsky.co/v/eaB1rJytnpS4qai4_-8_2016-02-01.mp4
A Special Birthday Surprise for Dr. Krey
Nearly 1,000 students, staff and family members came together to surprise Dr. Paul Krey on his 80th Birthday at Krey Elementary School. Principal Brian Jones led the celebration with included multiple performances and speeches. Happy Birthday Dr. Krey!
Gold Dust or Bust at RNS
Gold Dust or Bust performance at Ron Nunn School! Way to go Eagles!!
Garin Spelling Bee Winners!
Garin Elementary School held its annual Spelling Bee on January 29th. There were student representatives from each 4th and 5th grade class, 18 total, competing for the top two spots. At the end of the day, it was Lily Costanza from Mrs. Agpalo's 5th grade class who walked away the winner. The runner up was Nick Brady from Mrs. Ostlund's 4th grade class. All participants did a fantastic job. Lily will be moving on to the county spelling bee in the spring. Congratulations Lily and Nick!!
Fun in the Kitchen
Today was the 100th day of school! Staff from the Ron Nunn School kitchen wore special hats to celebrate. Carmen & Ginger make school lunches special!
AMS Spelling Bee Winners 2016
Adams Middle School top spellers are (from left) Jon Sulit - 3rd place, Kaitlyn Le - 1st place and Tammi Sison - 2nd place. Kaitlyn will represent AMS at the Contra Costa County Spelling Bee on March 26th in Walnut Creek. Great work spellers!
Brentwood Rockin' Jump Donates Chromebooks
Due to the generosity of the Brentwood Rockin' Jump, students in Mrs. Gandara's class have 13 Chromebooks and 1 laptop to use in class! Thank you owners Shelley & Mark and Manager Dawn for your generosity. If you are at Rockin' Jump, you may want to thank them in person.
Kids Against Hunger
Students from Bristow and Pioneer worked together to pack over 15,000 meals for hungry children overseas! An amazing effort by everyone.
Brentwood Regional Community Chest
Brentwood staff, students and community members work together to pack boxes for families in need. Thank you to everyone for their participation. BRCC was able to provide food and gifts for over 500 families!
Let it Snow
First grade students from Brentwood Elementary performed the musical "Let It Snow" before an enthusiastic crowd! Their good wishes for snow in California seem to be working!
Pet Smart Donates Stuffed Animals
Students at Marsh Creek Elementary are shown with their stuffed animals donated by Pet Smart. Pet Smart presented stuffed animals to every TK-2nd grade student! A great big THANK YOU to Pet Smart for their generosity!
BMS December Attendance
Congratulations to Bristow Middle School for having the best December attendance district wide! Way to go Bears!!
CMEA Honor Band and Choir
Nine BUSD music students participated in the CMEA Conference Honor Band and Choir over the weekend. The students were from all three of our district middle schools. Congratulations to all of these talented students!
Mayor Honors Outstanding Educators
Mayor Taylor honors three BUSD Oustanding Educators Joseph Thornhill, Polly Gallagher, and Tamara Reed at last night's City Council meeting.
BUSD Outstanding Educators
BUSD is proud to announce that we have three Outstanding Educators representing Adams, Bristow and Edna Hill Middle Schools as nominees for the California League of Middle Schools Region 4 Educator of the Year! Congratulations to Tamara Reed (BMS); Joseph Thornhill (AMS) and Polly Gallagher (EHMS). The nominees were honored at a dinner at St. Mary's College.
MCB Performs Anansi
Mary Casey Black's 2nd graders did a fantastic performance of Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. Family and friends in attendance were very proud!
BMS Collects Toys for BRCC
Bristow Middle School students once again won "The Giving Tree Trophy" for collecting the most toys and food items for the Brentwood Regional Community Chest. Bristow students and staff collected 4,163 cans, toys and coats. Adams MS was a close second with 3,575 and Edna Hill MS collected over 2,000 items. All three middle schools collected 9,738 items in total for local needy families. Great job everyone!
Holidays Around the World at Pioneer
Second grade students from Pioneer, performed music from "Holidays Around the World" in front of a packed house on Wednesday. Congratulations to these students on their outstanding performance!
Superintendent Visits with Santa Gary
Superintendent, Dana Eaton was first in line to have his picture taken with Santa Gary at Garin! Happy Holidays everyone!!
Delta Strummers Perform at Garin
The fabulous Delta Strummers performed at Garin today spreading holiday joy! This is the second year that the Strummers have played at Garin. Some of these talented musicians also volunteer at the school. Thank you for sharing your time and talents! To watch the video, click here.
Mother's of Brentwood Bring Christmas to BUSD Families
The Mother's of Brentwood (MOB) delivered gifts for 8 families, one family from each elementary site, within our district. They provided a multi-page questionnaire to each family to determine size, need and interests and then shopped with those facts in mind. The Mother's of Brentwood wanted to insure that these families have a very Merry Christmas. A big THANK YOU to this wonderful group of ladies for their ongoing support of our students and families in our community!
Bristow Students Helping Others...
Bristow MS students in Mr. McNamara's class were exploring how poverty affects communities. After reading "Bud, Not Buddy" a story that takes place during the Great Depression and addresses poverty and homelessness throughout the novel, students got involved to collect socks, hats, blankets, toothbrushes and other items that people living on the street could use. Items are being put into bags along with Christmas cards and will be distributed to homeless people on December 22nd.
In addition, Video Productions was able to contribute funds to the Homeless Connection/Kids Helping Kids from donations received at their charity video showcase that raised about $400 for several charities, including some serving the homeless. Great job Bristow!
Accolades for Superintendent Dana Eaton
Superintendent Dana Eaton has been selected by the Delta Region Association of School Administrators (ACSA) to be honored as Superintendent of the Year. This local recognition celebrates his strong and compassionate leadership in our community. Congratulations Dr. Eaton!
ACSA Administrators of the Year
The district is pleased to announce that Jennifer Whitney, Adams MS Assistant Principal; Greg Hetrick, BUSD Director of Student Services; and Teresa D'Alfonsi, Marsh Creek Principal were selected by the Delta Region to be honored as ACSA Administrators of the Year! Please join me in congratulating these outstanding administrators.
Students from Bristow MS WEB, FOR and Leadership at Heritage High School for the #icanhelp photo shoot.
Future "Coders" from Edna Hill MS
Future "coders" at Edna Hill MS in Mrs.Gonzalez class coding video games during "hour of code". The are learning to code through Star Wars, Minecraft and Disney's Frozen.
Garin School's Winter Concert
Garin's 5th grade students performed a Holiday Concert for everyone to enjoy. All students had an opportunity to attend the two daytime performances followed by an evening performance for families. Garin is very grateful for Mrs. Hill and the talented band students. Holiday Cheer filled the room as the students played!
East County Unitarian Neighborhood Group & Friends Donate Books to Garin
Several members of the East County Unitarian Neighborhood Group gathered for some holiday fun. Instead of exchanging gifts, they brought books to donate to the Garin School Library. Their generous book donation value exceed $830! Due to this group's generosity, students will have many new books to read in their library. Thank you!
AMS Jazz Band Competes at Jazz Festival
The AMS Jazz Band competed in the Jazz Festival at Delta Valley College in Stockton over the past weekend. Adams received top ratings for their performance and was also given the Outstanding Soloist Award for Jyrhed Suriba's trumpet solo "My Funny Valentine". It was a fantastic festival and the students did a great job representing Adams Middle School and the Brentwood Union School District!
Marsh Creek Elementary Posada
On December 4th, Marsh Creek Elementary held their Posada event. This annual tradition is a wonderful way for the Marsh Creek Community to come together to welcome the holiday season.
Bristow Staff Support Movember
Eighteen male Bristow staff members supported Movember, which is growing our your “Mo=mustache”, in an effort to bring awareness to everyone about maintaining good physical and mental health. The Bristow staff included, Officer Rucker, support staff, administrators, and teachers. Bristow students watched the staff members grow out their “Mo’s” for all of Movember while in advisory the students talked about important ways to continue and improve their own well being!
Turkey Trot 2015
The 2nd Annual Turkey Trot was a great success! There were over 1,000 participants this year, doubling the number from last year. Over $30,000 was raised to support the Brentwood and Liberty Union School Districts. A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this a great success...
No Turkey for Perky
Kindergarten students at Mary Casey Black Elementary did a great job at their "No Turkey for Perky" musical performance. Thank you to the amazing parents who helped prepare the props and background set, the fantastic students with their talented singing voices and the teachers and support staff who made all of this possible. Poor Perky, still no turkey!
Snack Packing at Ron Nunn School
The KC Club from Ron Nunn School conducted a snack collection for active military personnel prior to Thanksgiving break. Students collected enough snacks and money to fill 44 boxes for active military via Operation Creekside. The FOR Club from Bristow Middle School supported the students in packing the boxes. Great job supporting our troops!
1st Grade Hoedown at Garin School
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
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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.
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
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
Brentwood resident and Vietnam Veteran, Sgt. Phil Ehrhorn shares stories with Brentwood Elementary 3rd grade students.
Hour of Code - Coming December 7-18th
BMS vs. EHMS - Special Olympics Unified Sports
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
TK Pumpkin Science
Transitional 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.
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!
AMS held it's annual Pumpkins & Pancakes Band Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th at Adams Middle School and it was a HUGE success!
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 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
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
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.