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Mission Statement

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


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!

EHMS Ultimate Frisbee

EHMS Ultimate.jpgThe Edna Hill Ultimate Frisbee team competed for the first time in the California Middle School Championship Series held in Pleasanton.  The team went 2-2 for the day.   Everyone had a great time.  They are already planning for next year!

Building Community at Garin


PES Student travel to the Colonial Days

Mrs. Tognolini's and Mrs. Zanotto's 5th grade classes from Pioneer Elementary recently traveled back in time to the Colonial Days.  The students worked hard to become "experts" of a colonial trade; and they shared their "expertise" with the students of Pioneer!

LV 4th Graders Go To Sutter's Fort

Fourth grade students from Loma Vista Elementary recently visited Sutter's Fort in Sacramento.

BMS Wind Ensemble in Sacramento

The Bristow Middle School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Morello was invited by Assemblyman Jim Frazier to perform on the steps of the capitol.  Great job Bristow!

American History Through Time at Garin

Garin students perform American History Through Time.  Great Job Everyone!!

Hawks Second Grade Weather Report

Second grade students from Marsh Creek Elementary School learned about extreme weather for their research project.  They got to be newscasters reporting extreme weather.  Great job HAWKS!

Thank you to Bristow Productions for recording and making DVD's of their broadcasts.

BMS Advisory Quiz Show

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Student and staff faced off in a Character Theme Quiz Show in the Quad at Bristow Middle School.  Any wrong answer and you got slimed with cooked noodles.

MCB Author's Celebration

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First grade students from Mary Casey Black Elementary participated in an Author's Celebration to share their own literature.

Marsh Creek is Going Bananas for Books!

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Marsh Creek Elementary students read 100 million Accelerated Reader words causing Principal D'Alfonsi to keep her word and dress up like a banana.  Way to go student readers!

MCB Hosts Multicultural Event

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On Friday, May 1st students at Mary Casey Black Elementary was full of fashion, culture and food as students shared their heritage.  Students modeled their traditional outfits, read poetry, created visual displays about countries around the world and shared food samples from traditional recipes.  It was a very special evening!  A special thanks to Sasha Ordaz for her to work to organize this event.

Bandapalooza at BMS

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The 12th annual Bandapalooza, held at Bristow Middle school, Wednesday evening,  was a huge success!  With standing room only, parents packed the auditorium to hear the 5th grade beginning bands of Ron Nunn, Marsh Creek and Loma Vista play selections from their new curriculum method books!  After each  5th grade band played, the audience was mezmorized when the 6th Grade Bristow band played arrangements of Harry Potter, Let It Go, from the Disney hit, Frozen and Pirates of the Caribbean!!!  The evening was topped off with a standing ovation after all bands played together Frere Jacques and Jaws!!!  It was an evening of musical celebration!!!  Music is alive and well in Brentwood!!!!

2015-2016 Transitional Kindergarten

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Transitional kindergarten (TK) is the first year of a two year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum which is age and developmentally appropriate.

The TK program is designed as a bridge between preschool and kindergarten for children turning 5 years old between September 2nd and December 2nd.

TK will be offered at ALL school sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Visit your resident school site to register today!

More information is available at www.brentwood.k12.ca.us/stuserv

BMS Participates in Music in the Parks

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"Congratulations to the Bristow Choir and Wind Ensemble for their outstanding performances at the Music in the Parks Festival at Six Flags last Saturday.  Both the band and the choir earned superior ratings and won first place in their divisions.  The Wind Ensemble also was the recipient of the Overall Band Award, scoring higher than over 20 bands in attendance. 

At the end of the award ceremony, Bristow earned the "Espree Day Core" award, the highest honor of the entire festival.  It's presented to a school who demonstrates proper social and musical behavior, and who are sensitive to the feelings of others and applaud accomplishments no matter if by one’s own school or another school. Evaluation takes place from arrival at the festival site to the awards presentation. All schools are eligible for this award, but only one group has the honor of taking this trophy with them back to their school.  Way to go, Bristow!"

Parent Power Play & Learn

Parent Power Play Learn.jpgOn Saturday, the Brentwood Library,  Brentwood Union School District, REading ADvantage, First 5, Village Community Resource Center, the Child care Council and Raising a Reader partnered to present: Parent Power - Play & Learn. This event was held from 9am-Noon at Brentwood Elementary School.  Many parents and children participated to play learning games, do projects and receive free books.  Thanks to the leadership students from Bristow who came to volunteer.

Bristow Staff Feeds Students

Bristow staff kicked off student testing by cooking a big breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, eggs, cheese, strawberries, and milk!  The staff served about 350 students Tuesday morning to help reinforce the importance of a health breakfast and a full stomach before taking a test.  A special thanks to Mrs. Whelan for keeping one of Bristow's traditions alive!

3rd Graders Perform at Loma Vista

Third grade students at Loma Vista put on an awesome musical in March to honor Dr. Seuss, sharing with the audience many fun facts and the timeline of his life and career.  This musical was written by the third grade teachers at Loma Vista a few years ago and continues to entertain and educate students and parents.  Way to go Leopards!

2nd Grade Musical at Pioneer

Students from Pioneer perform an African folktale, Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock..

Young Authors Day at Garin

Garin Young Authors Day.jpg"Pascal Lee, author and director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project is a true pioneer of Mars exploration.  Mr. Lee was present at Garin for a student assembly to share his book "Mission: Mars" and to offer a firsthand, behind-the-scenes account of ongoing efforts to get humans ready for Mars. 

Bristow Choir Performs National Anthem

BMS Warriors.jpgThe Bristow Middle School Choir, under the direction of Mark Morello, recently performed the National Anthem at a Golden State Warriors game!  The Choir sounded awesome and the game was exciting too!  Way to go Bristow!!

Fun Run at MCB!

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Students from Mary Casey Black participated in a FUN RUN sponsored by the PTA.  All funds raised by students will go fund the purchase of a school marquee.

Once Upon A Time...


Edna Hill School PASS program has created a new program, called Once Upon a Time, to pass on gently used formal apparel to students in need.  Can you help?

Here we are embarking upon an exciting time of year for so many kids in our community.  It’s time for 8th grade dances, promotion, high school proms and graduation.  However for some kids and families this can be a time of stress, as all these events take resources that some families don’t have.  This is where Once Upon A Time comes into play.  There are so many girls out there that have dresses and shoes from dances, cruises, special events etc. that they no longer wear; boys out there that have dress pants, shirts and shoes that they’ve grown out of.   Imagine…once upon a time a community came together to make these special events possible for all; to take care of their own and to give back just by donating what they no longer wear.  Is there any better fairy tale than that?

If you’re interested in changing lives and helping our local teens, you can drop off items at Edna Hill Middle School or for more information contact Traci Kemper at 513-6440 or email at tkemper@brentwood.k12.ca.us

Garden Club's 1st Harvest

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Students from the Marsh Creek Elementary Garden Club recently harvested carrots and kale during the first harvest of their school garden.  The plants were grown from seeds that were planted in January.  Students look forward to harvesting beets and potatoes next!

Be Brave, Be Kind and Be Grateful

Aiden Bartling, 4th grade student at Krey, joined forces with his Aunt to bring her Be Grateful project to the students at Krey Elementary.  With the help of the student council students, they created three project boards printed with Be Brave, Be Kind and Be Grateful.  During a school wide assembly, Aiden and his Aunt, Sarah Doran, shared their desire to positively impact students and staff through these statements.  Each student council representative read statements explaining what it means to Be Brave, Be Kind and to Be Grateful.  The boards will be permanently on display along the playground fence line and will serve as a reminder that there is so much for which we can Be Grateful.

Bristow Snow Club

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The Bristow Middle School Snow Club headed to Bear Valley for snow, sun and fun!  Students and staff enjoyed skiing and snowboarding.  The snow club is led by Mrs. Church-Pearson, Mrs. Norris, and Mrs. Finn.

Pioneer Students Release Trout

smithtroutrelease.jpgStudents from Pioneer in Mr. Smith's class met over spring break to release 32 fish at the Contra Loma Reservoir.  These rainbow trout were raised in Mr. Smith's 5th grade classroom at Pioneer.

AMS Music Tour at CSU, Chico

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The Adams Middle School Band just returned from a very successful musical tour to CSU, Chico under the direction of teacher, Lindsay Kellogg.

EHMS Spelling Bee Champ - Vincent Chen

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Congratulations to Vincent Chen, a student at Edna Hill Middle School.  Vincent placed 8th overall at the Contra Costa Spelling Bee last week!

Pioneer Musical

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Third grade students at Pioneer did an amazing performance of "The Brentwood Musical" written by Wanda Hill.  The musical takes the audience on a musical journey through Brentwood's history.

Special Olympic Athletes from BMS

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Bristow’s proud Special Olympic Team played basketball at Heritage High School this past February.  Mrs. Reed’s class showed their awesome skills and their hard work preparing for this big day!

Loma Vista Student Art

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Students splattered paint on canvas for a display at the art show as they learned about the style of Jackson Pollock, an influential American painter and major figure in the abstract expressionist movement.

TK's Learn about Firefighters at RNS

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Transitional Kindergarten students at Ron Nunn School learn about working as a firefighter.  Firefighter Edminster, also a father to one of the students, shared information about his job duties and the equipment he wears.

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Brentwood Updates

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

Transitional Kindergarten - A strong start for young learners. For more information click here.

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