November 2019

November 27, 2019

News and notes related to San José Unified and education policy

Lowell Mural

Many thanks to Assembly Member Ash Kalra and his team in their fundraising effort to repaint a mural at Lowell Elementary School. The original mural, featuring a colorful image of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, was part of an annual neighborhood improvement and beautification project organized by Assembly Member Kalra. The mural was a gift to the school and the community before it was marred by graffiti paint, hours before parents arrived for back-to-school night. Kalra and his team hope to raise the needed funds to bring back the mural to the Lowell campus.


San Jose’s Pioneer High School provides students with mental health support, (ABC7, Nov. 14, 2019) School shootings across America have left many students wondering if a similar event could happen in their communities. Navigating the stress and anxiety from the shootings, as well as daily life can be difficult, but students at Pioneer High School are doing something about it.

School Shootings: How to talk about it with your kids, (ABC7, Nov. 14, 2019) Tragedies such as the school shooting in Santa Clarita often force many of us to pause and reflect on school safety in our communities. “It’s best to make sure we’re attentive to what the research is telling us in order to make sure that what we’re doing is smart and doesn’t have unintended consequences,” said Santa Clara University psychology professor Thomas Plante.

Hablan sobre la seguridad en las escuelas a raíz de tiroteos, (Telemundo 48, Nov. 14, 2019)
Algunos distritos escolares en San José dicen la seguridad de los estudiantes es una prioridad y ya algunos han implementado estrategias para proteger a sus alumnos.

Safety Protocol
What are the school protocols to follow in case of a shooting at a Bay Area school? (Univision 14, 2019) Bay Area school districts ensure that keeping students out of danger is their priority and recommends that parents wait for school authorities to contact them by phone, text message or email.

Bay Area sophomore sensation one of nation’s best, (The Mercury News, Nov. 2, 2019) Northern California high school water polo fans have a chance to see a possible future star in the sport for two more years. This season at Leland High School, sophomore Jenna Flynn has racked up a jaw-dropping 103 goals and 45 assists in 16 matches entering this week.

Dia de los muertos
This is how Halloween (and preparing for the Day of the Dead) celebrates Hispanic children in the Bay Area, (Univision14, Oct. 31, 2019) These children celebrate and identify with the two traditions: Halloween and the traditional Day of the Dead.

Wellness Center at Pioneer high School a much needed and welcome addition, (Almaden Times, Nov. 1-Nov. 14, 2019 pg. 14) Organic and grassroots change is afoot at Pioneer High School.  What started as a meeting in the Leadership class last year with members of the general student body grew into a practical, relevant and very real place for positive change.



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