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All San Jose Unified School District Students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.
Mission Statement
San Jose Unified School District’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.

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Red and Gold


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Formerly Edwin Markham Middle School

Willow Glen Middle School, built in 1950, was formerly called Edwin Markham Middle School, named after famous poet Edwin Markham (1852-1940).  Markham taught literature in El Dorado County until 1879, when he became Education Superintendent of the County.  Markham attended an early college in Vacaville, CA, where he studied literature, and eventually completed his classical courses in 1873 in Santa Rosa, CA.  At the time of his death, he’d amassed a huge personal library of 15,000+ volumes. Edwin’s correspondents included Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ambrose Bierce, Jack London, Carl Sandburg and Amy Lowell.  Five schools in California were named in honor of Edwin Markham, one of which was our middle school.


Dear parents and students,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year! I hope you enjoyed your summer break and that you’re ready for another great year of teaching and learning.

Over the summer, the school district staff was hard at work getting ready to welcome you back. Our work will remain focused on the implementation of the school district’s strategic plan – Opportunity21. As we begin this school year, we continue to move this plan forward. Specifically, we will focus on ensuring that we have the highest quality staff in our schools. We know that retaining and recruiting high quality teachers and support staff will help ensure our students receive the finest 21st century education. This year we continue with implementation of the Common Core State Standards as we challenge our students with a more rigorous curriculum, continue to use data to drive decision-making, and identify ways in which to continue to be more effective and efficient in the delivery of our services. All of this work will help all San Jose Unified students succeed.

Again, welcome back! I know you are ready to work hard and I challenge you to do so. We will be here to guide and support you on your quest to success! Have a great 2014-2015 school year.

Dr. Vincent Matthews
San Jose Unified School District

Apreciados padres y estudiantes:

¡Bienvenidos al ciclo escolar 2014-2015! Espero que hayan disfrutado las vacaciones de verano y que estén listos para emprender otro año magnífico de enseñanza y aprendizaje.

Durante el verano, el personal del Distrito trabajó con ahínco a fin de tener todo listo para darles la bienvenida. Nuestro trabajo seguirá centrado en la implementación del plan estratégico del Distrito – Oportunidad21.
Al dar comienzo a este nuevo ciclo escolar, continuaremos poniendo en marcha dicho plan. Nos concentraremos específicamente en garantizar que tengamos personal de la más alta calidad en nuestras escuelas.  Sabemos que retener y reclutar a los maestros y al personal escolar más capacitado y competente ayudará a garantizar que todos nuestros estudiantes reciban la mejor educación posible, a la altura del Siglo XXI.  Este año seguiremos poniendo en práctica los estándares académicos, comunes y fundamentales del estado en nuestro afán por presentarles retos a nuestros estudiantes con un plan de estudios más riguroso, continuaremos usando los resultados estadísticos para fundamentar y dirigir las decisiones que tomemos e identificaremos maneras en las cuales sigamos siendo eficaces y eficientes al impartir enseñanza y brindar servicios. Nuestra labor conjunta ayudará a triunfar a todos los estudiantes del Distrito Escolar Unificado de San José.

¡Bienvenidos nuevamente! Tengo la certeza de que todos están listos para trabajar con mucho empeño y yo los animo para que así lo hagan.  ¡Estaremos aquí para guiarlos y apoyarlos mientras trabajan por alcanzar el éxito! Que tengan un ciclo escolar 2014-2015 fantástico.

Dr. Vincent Matthews

Distrito Escolar Unificado de San José


Welcome to Willow Glen Middle School!

Willow Glen Middle School focuses on academic excellence and college readiness for all students by providing a strong academic curriculum supported by core instructional teams at each grade level. Electives include art, band, choir, computer technology, drama, journalism, leadership, robotics, speech, solar energy science, French, Spanish, and yearbook. Advanced math and foreign language courses are offered, as are support courses in reading and math. Additional academic support and student activities are also provided through the After-School All-Stars program. A wide variety of sports are popular after school in conjunction with the Eastside Athletic League, SJUSD Basketball League and the After-School Think Together Group.

Appointment of New Willow Glen Middle School Principal

New Principal Paul Slayton.pdf
In Spanish: Nuevo Director - Paul Slayton
More Administrative Appointments at WGMS
In regards to new appointments, we now have three new administrators who are eager to start the new 2014-15 School year here at Willow Glen Middle School.  Our new appointees are:
Mr. Patrick Sieler, Assistant Principal
Ms. Kimberly Maruyama, Assistant Principal
Ms. Valerie Ruiz, Assistant Principal

2014-2015 YEARBOOKS

Start thinking about ordering your yearbooks today.  Yearbooks will be priced at just $37.00 until September 5th, 2014.  Personalize your books with your name for just an additional $5.00 and get 4 icons free.  Order your yearbooks at:  Jostens

Dear Ram Families,
The first day of school is August 13, 2014
The Summer Mailer has information details about upcoming schedule pick up, PE clothes, the campus uniform policy and please check out the new bell schedule.  Please click below and review.


Click 2014-15 School Supply List.pdf to download and print list.

2013-2014 8th GradePromotion Ceremony photos taken by Lifetouch Information

see Student-Activities

Check out what our students are doing

More detailed information on current activities see Student Activities

See all information under Students Link Ups (Student Link Ups )

Local Control Accountability Plan

All SJUSD stakeholders are invited to review and comment on the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which describes the district’s vision for students, annual goals and the actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.  The LCAP will be reviewed at the following district-level parent meetings:

District Advisory Committee (DAC)
Monday, May 5 from 6:00-8:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave
Room 337

District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Monday, May 19 from 5:00-8:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave
Room 129

In addition, the Board of Education will conduct a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting:

Board of Education Meeting
Thursday, June 12 at 6:00pm and Thursday, June 29 at 6:00pm
District Office, 855 Lenzen Ave
Room 129

Plan de Rendición de Cuentas de Control Local
Invitamos cordialmente a los miembros de todos los sectores del Distrito para que participen en el proceso de revisión y comentarios del Plan de Rendición de Cuentas de Control Local (LCAP, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual describe la visión del Distrito para los estudiantes, las metas anuales y las medidas que tomará el Distrito a fin de lograr que se realice dicha visión y que se cumplan las metas.  El plan LCAP se analizará en las siguientes juntas para padres a nivel del Distrito:

Comité de Asesoría del Distrito (DAC)
El miércoles, 14 de mayo de 6:00 a 8:00pm
Oficinas centrales del Distrito, 855 Lenzen Ave
Salón 337

Comité del Distrito de Asesoría para Estudiantes Aprendiendo Inglés (DELAC)
El lunes, 19 de mayo de 5:00 a 8:00pm
Oficinas centrales del Distrito, 855 Lenzen Ave
Salón 129

Además, nuestra Mesa Directiva llevará a cabo una audiencia pública en su junta programada en la fecha siguiente:

Junta de la Mesa Directiva
El jueves, 12 de junio a las 6:00pm
Oficinas centrales del Distrito, 855 Lenzen Ave
Salón 129


As of October 11, 2013 the portal is now self-serve.  Parents and students will need to add additional security preferences when registering a new account or logging into an existing account.
Security preferences are another layer of protection for your account and will allow you to reset your password should you ever need to.  Users can log in up to three times before these settings will be required.
Log onto Parent Portal here:  Campus Parent Portal Access


Make sure you check out (Student Link Ups )for log on access to English magazines and news sources from your classes.


CLICK HERE: Uniform/Dress Code

Uniform Donations are Appreciated
All students are encouraged to donate outgrown uniform items in room D104. Clean items only, not torn or stained items, please.

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