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
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!!
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
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.
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
Transitional 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The BUSD Barnes & Noble Bookfair is scheduled for Thursday, August 20th. For more information click here.
Library Sponsored Author Assembly at Marsh Creek
The 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
BUSD 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
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
AMS Leadership students welcome new 6th grade students to the Welcome BBQ.
Mother's of Brentwood Donate 144 Backpacks!
A 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.