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 ~ LCAP
Measure B Funds At Work
The first Measure B project of the year is underway at Ron Nunn School. An expanded driveway will reduce traffic, loop time and will improve safety. Thank you Brentwood!
EHMS Winter Concert
Student musicians from Edna Hill Middle School performed for family and friends at the recent Winter Concert.
AMS Winter Concert
AMS 6th grade band, jazz band, 7th and 8th grade band and choir performed on December 20th. It was a huge success and featured small ensembles, students playing on pots/pans and glasses. Mr. Wood, principal joined the musicians for the narration of Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Mother's of Brentwood
A big THANK YOU to the Mother's of Brentwood for providing holiday gifts for district families in need!
Staff and students volunteering for the Brentwood Regional Community Chest! Volunteers donate, collect, sort, and distribute food and toys to families in need in our own community. Great job everyone!!
Let It Snow!
“Heartfelt thanks to all of the first grade students at Brentwood School! You did your best and had fun learning about music as you prepared for our winter program.”
Farewell Denise Barrios
Board President, Carlos Sanabria presented Fiscal Services Coordinator, Denise Barrios with a certificate in honor of her retirement after 22 years of dedicated service! We wish you well in your next chapter, we will miss you!!
At the December 15th Board Meeting, Board Clerk, Scott Dudek gave the Oath of Office to Trustees, James Cushing and Carlos Sanabria. Both were re-elected to four-year terms. The Board selected Trustee, Scott Dudek to serve as the new Board President and Trustee Johnny Rodriguez will take over as the Clerk for the 2017 calendar year.
Thank You Brentwood Art Society!
A big thank you to Dan Berns and the Brentwood Art Society who presented a check for $7,322 to BUSD Superintendent Dana Eaton for the Art Docent program at the December Board Meeting. The Brentwood Art Society raises money through the Art, Wine and Jazz festival held each year. The Art Docent program provides art history and instruction at all of our elementary schools.
RNS KC Club at Summerset
Tonight was another amazing night of spreading good cheer with our Summerset neighbors. Our Ron Nunn School led by the KC Club sang carols throughout Summerset. We ended the evening at the Clubhouse where the Summerset 1 board presented our school with $1500. What a blessing to be in partnership with our neighbors!! It is always such a positive joyful night for all involved. Thank you to Laurie Ford and Monique Wirkus for continuing to lead this amazing program.
MCB Principal for the Day
Jenny a 3rd grader at MCB, has found her calling! She served as Principal for the Day and did a terrific job. Her duties included: reading to kindergarteners, handing out Hoot Loot at recess, helping students with class work and attending a lesson planning meeting with 5th grade teachers. Jenny is an excellent principal!
Marsh Creek Posada
Marsh Creek School celebrated it's 12th Posada with fun games, delicious food, great entertainment, and a special visitor from up North!
WEB at AMS
Adams hosted its first WEB club meeting at lunch this past Friday in Katie Humann’s classroom. WEB, which stands for Where Everybody Belongs, brings together students with special needs and their general education peers. Adams students Avery Bredwell and Ambria Gee launched the club this term and the first meeting was extremely well attended. Students got acquainted with the club rules and purpose in the big circle and then broke into smaller groups to engage in conversation.
Garin Elementary Posada
Garin School students and families enjoyed a festive Posada event on December 9th.
Bristow Students - In The News!
Hour of Code
Fourth and fifth grade students participated in "Hour of Code" during Computer Science Week, December 5th-11th.
EHMS Donates to Canned Food Drive
Students in Mrs. de Fremery's advisory class brought in 575 cans for the BRCC food drive. They calculated that if they built their pyramid with all of their donations, it would be 11.5' tall at the peak. Way to go EHMS!
AMS Jazz Band
The AMS Jazz Band participated in the Delta Jazz Festival. They received high scores in all categories and placed 2nd out of all of the middle school jazz bands. Three student soloists were also awarded outstanding soloist awards: Rafael Leria, Isaac Ordonez and Natalie Rodriguez. Congratulations to all of these talented Adams Middle School students!
BMS Determination For Success
Bristow’s DFS (Determination For Success) and GATE students were given the opportunity to go to San Jose State University in November. The students had a tour of the campus guided by a college student, they got to visit the book store and eat in the student union. We will be planning another trip to a college in the spring. The goal is to visit colleges and experience what it is like to be on a college campus. Go to college to make your dreams come true.
Brentwood Elementary Kids Against Hunger
Brentwood Elementary did an awesome job packing food for the Kids Against Hunger program. They teamed with the FOR Club from Bristow MS in order to make a difference for people in need.
Turkey Trot 2017
Over 1500 people participated in the 3rd annual Turkey Trot this year! Great job everyone!!
Garin Cougars - Holiday Parade
The Garin Cougars brought some sunshine to an otherwise rainy Downtown Holiday Parade!
Poor Perky, Still No Turkey
Kindergarten students from Pioneer perform "No Turkey for Perky". A kindergarten tradition enjoyed by all!
No Turkey for Perky at Garin
Students in Mrs. Sullivan's class perform No Turkey for Perky at Garin!
No Turkey For Perky
MCB Elementary Kindergarten students were excited to share the Thanksgiving story of Hazelbelle Hanks with family and friends in their school performance of No Turkey for Perky. We are proud of their hard work and effort! Congratulations and Happy Thanksgiving!
BMS Special Olympics
Bristow Middle School students participating in the Special Olympics! Congratulations to all of these amazing athletes.
Turkey Trot 2016
CLMS Teachers of the Year!
We are very excited to announce that we have award winning, 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 Mike Waechter from Bristow, Kourtney Williams from Edna Hill and Katie Humann from Adams! These talented and hard working teachers will represent our great district and staff so well.
Lunch with Officer Rucker at Marsh Creek School
As a silent auction donation, Officer Rucker donated his time to have lunch with a group of Marsh Creek students. He ate lunch with these students and even had time for a game of Candy Land. Another great example of what an awesome community we have!
BUSD Education Foundation Hoedown
The BUSD Education Foundation held their Hoedown event at the Brentwood Community Center to raise funds for Art and Science! A good time was had by all.
Walk Thru American Revolution
Patrick Henry is accused of treason in Walk Thru American Revolution in Mrs. Delgado's 5th grade class at Marsh Creek Elementary School. All 5th grade students studied for their role and participated in this program that makes American History come alive.
Delta Region ACSA Honorees
The Brentwood Union School District is proud to announce that two BUSD administrators were selected by the Delta Region to be ACSA Administrators of the Year! These wonderful principals from our school district were chosen by a regional panel of educators.
And the honorees are…
Michael Wood – Adams Middle School Principal - Delta Region Middle Grades Principal of the Year
Liz Ybarra – Mary Casey Black Elementary Principal – Delta Region Elementary Principal of the Year
Please join me in congratulating these outstanding administrators. A special dinner will be held in their honor in the spring of 2017.
Congratulations again Mike and Liz!
Kids Helping Kids at RNS
The KC club and Room 15 at Ron Nunn School raised $402.69 trick or treating for UNICEF. That's enough to purchase a bicycle to deliver medicine to children in refugee camps, provide 35 malnourished children with life saving nutrition for 2 days, plus provide many children with clean water for a year! Way to go Ron Nunn students!!
Colonial Day At MCB
The 5th graders at Mary Casey Black Elementary became the teachers during the Colonial Day Event. They had to research trades and crafts during that time period. They created informational displays, dressed in period costumes and presented facts from their research to all of the younger students at the school. It was an incredible experience. Go Fifth Grade Owls!
Edna Hill and Bristow Middle Schools enjoying Unified Sports!
A Patriotic Salute to America
Brentwood Elementary third graders presented “A Patriotic Salute to America” yesterday to both students and parents. This performance included our nation’s most patriotic songs and a photo slide show of our students’ family members who have served in our armed forces. Our third graders learned a lot about patriotism and honoring our country’s veterans.
Free Homework Help!
The Brentwood Library is providing Free "drop in" homework help on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00pm. Help is available in the Brentwood Community Center on the 2nd Floor in the room next to the elevator. Subjects covered include: Math (K-Algebra 2); Reading/English; Science; and History. Homework help is available on days when school is in session.
AMS GATE Field Trip
Adams MS GATE students went on a field trip to Intuitive Surgical. The company manufactures surgical robots. Students toured the facility and were trained to use the robots. Students practices placing tiny rubber bands onto targets.
AMS Presents Willy Wonka Jr.
Adams Middle School premiere of Willy Wonka Jr. It is an amazing show led by Ms. Kennealy with over 90 students!
Dia de los Muertos at Garin
Garin English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) set up displays honoring the dead for Dia de los Muertos. Students visited the displays and then enjoyed one of three traditional desserts served by Ms. Norma and Mrs. Biggs.
Area Festival Performance
Students from Adams MS, Bristow MS and Heritage HS did a terrific job at the area festival.
AMS Music Booster Event
The Adams MS Music Boosters held the 6th Annual Pumpkin and Pancakes fundraiser. This was the largest year ever, serving nearly 1,100 guests. The Boosters partnered with the local Rotary and Lyons Clubs who cooked and donated all of the pancakes. Nearly 300 musicians from the 6th grade band, 7th/8th grade band, and jazz band performed at the event. It was a huge success!
MCB Students Shine at VCRC Event
Angie and Genesis Baeza, students from Mary Casey Black Elementary, practiced their public speaking skills on Saturday, October 22nd. They were part of a community building event at Village Community Resource Center (VCRC). It was a celebration of how VCRC has grown its programs and supported many local students and their families.
Red Ribbon Week at Garin
Garin jump starts Red Ribbon Week with a spectacular BMX show with a message to live safe and drug free!
FREE Car Seat Safety Inspection
Assemblymember Frazier is hosting a Free CHP Car Seat Safety Inspection. For more details, click here.
Rotary Donates Dictionaries to 3rd Graders
Thank you to the Brentwood Rotary Club who annually donate a dictionary to every single 3rd grade student in our school district! The first word the Rotarians had the students look up... "service". Many of our outstanding students will grow up to serve their community as well!
Congratulations Juliet Simens!
Congratulations to Pioneer Elementary teacher Juliet Simens on being honored as the Brentwood Union School District Teacher of the Year. The Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year dinner was held last week and honored teachers across the county. It was an inspiring night, full of professionals who repeatedly reminded all in attendance why teaching and teachers need to be celebrated and respected for the positive impact they have each an every day. Juliet represented the district very well. Congratulations Juliet!
Bristow Science Camp Rocks
Bristow attended Science Camp the week of Labor Day! Students, teachers, and over 40 parent chaperones had a fantastic time taking science classes during the day. At night students watched skits from naturalists, went on a solo night hike, and enjoyed an old-fashioned barn dance.
Loma Vista- Get up and Grow!
The 2nd grade team at Loma Vista Elementary recently performed Get Up and Grow! Great Job!!
Tiara's Act of Kindness
Tiara, a 6th grade student at Adams Middle School enlisted the help of other students to collect items for students in local foster care. Congratulations Tiara! Your Act of Kindness will certainly make a difference for others!
Bristow Kids Against Hunger Event
Students at Bristow Middle School packed 14,680 meals that will be going to the Manteca area, Haiti, and the Philippines. Way to go Bears!
Brentwood Library Closure
The Brentwood Library will be closed for two weeks starting at 6:00pm on Saturday, October 22nd. The library will re-open on Monday, November 7th at a temporary location in the City of Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street. The hours at the temporary location will be Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am-5pm and on Tuesday, from Noon-8:00pm.
BUSD Education Foundation Presents...
The BUSD Education Foundation is hosting a Downtown Hoedown on Friday, November 4, 2016 from 6:00-10:00pm at the Brentwood Community Center. Details can be found here. We hope you will plan to join us!
Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.busdedfoundation.org/
National Geographic Geography Bee
Edna Hill Middle School recently held the National Geographic Geography Bee. The top three winners are: (left to right) Remington Freeman - 3rd place, Colby Calabrese - 1st place, Brody Moreno-McClure - 2nd place. Also pictured is Mr. Philip Rodriguez, facilitator of the National Geography Bee.
Colby will take a state entry exam later this year and will be in the running to travel to Washington DC for the final National Geographic Society Geography Bee. The winner of the National Bee receives a $50,000 scholarship and a trip to an exotic location paid for by the National Geographic Society. Good luck Colby!
Down Syndrome Connection Presentatioin
Eli and Jennifer Cooper from the Down Syndrome Connection shared his book "Through Eli's Eyes" with students at Loma Vista. Eli shared that down syndrome is a part of him but not all of him. Students shared ways they can support one another, be a good friend, and how students are more alike than they are different.
Ron Nunn Music Celebration
Ron Nunn students enjoying a music celebration for having the highest attendance in the district during August!
Cookies for the Courageous
Garin's third grade students presented "Cookies for the Courageous" to Brentwood Police Department Officer of the Year, Michael Rucker.
Pioneer Celebrates Admission Day
Fourth grade students and staff from Pioneer Elementary celebrating California Admission Day.
Cookies for the Courageous
Third grade students from Garin School spent time with teachers and parent volunteers baking "Cookies for the Courageous" to support local service men and women, firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Great job Garin!!
Fun with Kiwanis at MCB
Thanks to the Kiwanis of Brentwood, Mary Casey Black Elementary students and the Brentwood community were treated to a fun Saturday including: tricycle races, a jumpy house, bike safety checks, free books, hot dogs and much more! Some of the special guests that joined the event were: the local fire department, Salvation Army, Reading Advantage, La Clinica, One Day at a Time and several other local resources and service clubs.
Brown Bag Family Picnic Lunch at Garin
Over 400 family members showed up to Brown Bag Lunch with their students at Garin! A great way to spend your lunch!!
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Students and families were seen enjoying the Barnes and Noble Book Fair held earlier this week.
Garin 4th Grade
Fourth grade students from Garin School painted California Flag t-shirts. The students will wear the shirts on field trips, as well as during their performance of "Gold Dust or Bust". Great job Garin!
New Student Meet & Greet at AMS
Counselor, Lauren Todoroff organized a "Meet and Greet" for the 99 students at Adams MS who are new to the district. Small groups of these students met in the library, engaged in an icebreaker activity that encouraged interaction with each other. Information was also shared about student counseling services available at the school. The session ended with tips for making new friends. Students who met at this gathering have been observed sitting together at lunch having made new friend.
Spaghetti & Meatballs at Krey!
Food Services staff served spaghetti and meatballs made from scratch at school today. A student from Krey enjoying this new meal selection!
Marsh Creek Back to School Picnic
Happy 80th Birthday Ike Montanez
Loma Vista principal, Mr. Calabrese and the entire school population surprised community icon Ike Montanez for his 80th Birthday! They held a special "fire drill" and sang Happy Birthday to the former Garin Principal and Board Member. The Library at Loma Vista School is named in his honor. Happy 80th!
Officer Rucker Honored by City Council
Brentwood Police Department's School Resource Officer Michael Rucker was honored as Police Officer of the Year at a City Council Meeting in August. BUSD is proud to work with Officer Rucker and appreciates the positive impact he has on our students and staff.
1st Grade Olympic Ceremony at Pioneer
Pioneer's 1st Graders had their very own Olympic Ceremony parading around the campus waving their flags!
Brentwood Elementary Off to a Great Start
Student's are off to a great start in Mrs. McNamara's class!
Garin Back to School BBQ
Garin PTA hosted a Back to School BBQ and Movie Night recently. There were close to 400 people in attendance!
Thank You Brentwood Best Buy!
Sneak a Peek at MCB
A new school year begins with Sneak a Peek at Mary Casey Black Elementary. TK through First grade students and their families explored their new classrooms and met their teachers on Friday, July 29th.
Thank You Mothers of Brentwood
A big THANK YOU to the Mothers of Brentwood. Each year they support our students by providing a supply of backpacks, filled with supplies for students in need. The district appreciates our ongoing relationship this fabulous group. This year, they delivered 144 backpacks to make sure students have what they need to begin the school year. We are very grateful for their kindness and generosity.
School Resumes August 1st!
Brentwood Library Gala
The Brentwood Library Foundation is hosting a Gala Event on Saturday, September 24th at the Brentwood Community Center. If you would like more information please click here.
"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.