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Bowers Open House Dances!

Take a look - our Bowers' students AND staff know how to have fun!

 

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Walk-a-thon May 25th

Please join the fun!  We'll be walking on May 25th to earn money to support our Starting Arts vocal music program at Bowers for all students K-5!  There will be prizes, music, and snacks.  If we meet our goal of raising $10,000, Mrs. Blanc and staff will wear a Bowers uniform every day the last week of school and students will get FREE DRESS every day!  

 

If every student raises at least $35.00, we will be able to meet our goal!!

 

Pledge sheets, prize lists, and t-shirt orders will go home on Wednesday, May 11th.  T-shirts are partially sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and are just $5!

Important Dates to Remember

Uniform Complaint Procedure Update

May 13, 2016

Re:       Addendum to Student and Parent

            Information Handbook 2015-16

 

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, Employees, School and District Advisory Committee Members, Private School Officials and Other Interested Parties:

 

At the board meeting of May 12, 2016 the Santa Clara Unified School District Board of Education adopted newly revised policies concerning Uniform Complaint Procedures BP 1312.3  While each of the programs that this policy applies to is unique, this policy addresses specific areas of state and federal law they share in common including the protection of students from discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, the unlawful charging of pupil fees and District compliance with the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) requirements.  This policy together with the Administrative Regulations (AR 1312.3) establishes procedures to be followed in the investigation of complaints concerning these matters. 

 

It is the responsibility of the District to ensure annual dissemination of a written notice of Santa Clara Unified’s complaint procedures to students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, school and district advisory committee members, appropriate private school officials or representatives and other interested parties that include information regarding unlawful pupil fees and LCAP requirement.

 

Please read the following information so you are aware of changes to the Uniform Complaint Procedure policy, an addendum to the Student and Parent Information Handbook, 2015-16 and the District Poster for the Annual Notification for Uniform Complaint Procedures.

 

Uniform Complaint Procedure

 BP 1312. 3:  The Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) has the primary responsibility to insure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations and has established procedures to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs and the charging of unlawful fees.  The District shall investigate and seek to resolve complaints using policies and procedures known as the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) adopted by the Santa Clara Unified Board of Education.  

 

It is the responsibility of the District to ensure that the person(s), employee(s), position(s) or unit(s) responsible for compliance and /or investigations shall be knowledgeable about the laws/programs that he/she is assigned to investigate.

 

The District shall investigate complaints alleging failure to comply with laws and/or allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying complaints based on actual or perceived age, ancestry, color, ethnic group identification, gender expression, gender identity, gender, disability, nationality, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or on a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, or the unlawful charging of pupil fees in any program or activity that receives or benefits from state or federal financial assistance.

 

The District shall also investigate allegations that it has charged impermissible fees for participation in an educational activity. A complaint of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees may be filed pursuant to the local UCP. A pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity. 

 

A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  • A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
  • A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  • A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, suppliers, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

 

Complaints of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees may be filed with a principal of a school. A complaint regarding pupil fees may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information to support an allegation of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees.  Should the District find merit in a pupil fees complaint, the District will provide a remedy to all affected students, parents and guardians, and where applicable all effort will be made to compensate all involved in the payment of those fees.

Complaints may be filed with the District’s Compliance Officers

Kathie Kanavel                                              Andrew Lucia

Assistant Superintendent                                Assistant Superintendent

Educational Services                                      Human Resources

1889 Lawrence Road                                     1889 Lawrence Road

Santa Clara, CA 95051                                  Santa Clara, CA 95051

408 423-2124                                                  408 423-2014

 

Copies of these policies are available in their complete form on the Santa Clara Unified website at santaclarausd.org, through the Santa Clara Unified District Office, and at all schools in Santa Clara Unified School District at no charge to the recipient.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Stanley Rose III, Ed.D.

Superintendent

IMPORTANT: UPDATE ON THE MORGAN HILL CASE

Dear Parents, Families and Community Members,

 

On March 1, the federal judge overseeing the special education lawsuit titled 

Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of 

Education modified her earlier order and decided that records containing 

information about California students will not be provided directly to the attorneys 

Instead, the California Department of Education (CDE) will maintain control of the 

database and assist the plaintiffs’ attorneys in searching for information relevant 

to the case. According to the judge’s order, no personally identifiable information 

of any student will be released to the attorneys unless a secure method is used to 

manage the data. 

Additionally, any disclosure of student data to the attorneys would be subject to 

a protective order by the court that prohibits further release of the data. The 

judge’s orders have never authorized the release of confidential student data 

beyond the attorneys in the Morgan Hill matter.

The March 1 order also clarifies that “objection” forms filed with the court do not 

serve to “opt out” of the disclosures. While parents, adult students and former 

students have until April 1, 2016, to file an objection, the objection does not mean 

a record will be withheld from the plaintiffs’ attorneys. As before, the Santa Clara 

Unified School District has not been asked for any student data in connection with 

this lawsuit and does not have any control over the actions of the CDE or other 

parties to the lawsuit.

A copy of the judge’s order can be accessed here: 

www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/morganhillcaseorder.pdf

CDE Court Case Re: Student Records

Notice from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

Dear Parents, Families and Community Members,

 

Santa Clara Unified School District recently received notices from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson with information about a pending lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) which you may have heard about. A link to the notices can be found here. The case is a federal district court case entitled Morgan Hill Concerned Parents’ Association and Concerned Parents Association v. California Department of Education, and the CDE notification indicates that various student records are being ordered to be produced by the CDE to the relevant parties involved as part of the lawsuit which alleges that CDE violated students’ and parents’ rights under specific laws related to disabled children, including, but not limited to, former and present special education students.

The Court has ordered the CDE to release numerous documents and student data for children who are attending or who have attended a California school at any time since January 1, 2008. It is our understanding that these records contain personally identifiable information on a vast number of public education students. A protective order by the court is in place restricting use of the information for the specific purposes of the lawsuit alone and noting that no such records are to be released to the public. It is important to note that in no way is our District involved in this litigation and the District is neither being required to release any student information as a result of this lawsuit, nor will the District be releasing any student information.

The release of these records by CDE is out of the District’s hands given the current court order. However, we are offering this information to you as a courtesy to make you aware that, pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the California Education Code, you can file an Objection Form directly to the court which will preserve your right to object to the ordered release of your child’s information and records. The Objection Forms can be found in English and Spanish below or via this link.

Objection Forms must be submitted to the court by April 1, 2016, via regular mail, as follows:

            United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
            c/o Clerk of the Court
            Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
            501 I Street, Room 4-200
            Sacramento, CA 95814
            Attn: Document Filed Under Seal

While the lawsuit is specifically concerned with CDE’s compliance in regards to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, there is no indication that the information to be released by CDE to the court pertains only to students who actually participated in one of these programs during the relevant timeframe. 

Again, the District is not, and will not be, releasing confidential pupil information. Only CDE is the subject of the court order. We are providing this notice so that you can determine whether or not you wish to object to the release of records by CDE as a parent of a currently enrolled child or as a formerly enrolled adult student. If you have additional questions please contact the CDE at (916) 319-0800 or visit their website.

 

 

Notificación del Superintendente de Instrucción Pública del Estado

 

 

Estimados padres, familias y miembros de la comunidad,

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Santa Clara recientemente recibió los avisos del superintendente de Instrucción Pública del Estado Tom Torlakson con información sobre una demanda pendiente en contra del Departamento de Educación de California (CDE), quizás ya haya oído hablar de esta. Un enlace a los avisos se puede encontrar aquí. El caso es un juicio en la corte federal de distrito titulado Asociación de Padres Preocupados de Morgan Hill y Asociación de Padres Preocupados contra el Departamento de Educación de California, y la notificación del CDE indica que varios registros de los estudiantes se han ordenado a ser producidos por el CDE para las partes relevantes involucradas como parte de la demanda, que alega que el CDE violó los derechos de los estudiantes y de los padres las leyes específicas relacionadas con los niños con discapacidad, incluyendo pero no limitado a las corrientes de educación especial pasadas y actuales.

La Corte ha ordenado al CDE a liberar numerosos documentos y datos de los estudiantes de aquellos niños que asisten o que han asistido a una escuela de California en cualquier momento desde el 1 de enero del 2008. Es de nuestro conocimiento que estos registros contienen información de identificación personal de un gran número de estudiantes de educación pública. Se estableció una orden de protección por el tribunal la cual restringe el uso de la información para los fines específicos de la demanda por sí solos y observando que no hay tales registros se darán a conocer al público. Es importante tener en cuenta que de ninguna manera nuestro Distrito está involucrado en este litigio y el Distrito no está obligado a divulgar ninguna información de estudiantes como resultado de este juicio, ni el Distrito divulgara información de estudiantes.

La liberación de estos registros por CDE está fuera de las manos del Distrito dada la orden judicial actual. Sin embargo, les estamos ofreciendo esta información como una cortesía para hacerles saber que, de conformidad con los Derechos Educativos y Privacidad (FERPA) y el Código de Educación de California, usted puede presentar la Forma de Objeción directamente a la corte que preservará su derecho a oponerse a la liberación de la información y los registros de su hijo(a). Las formas de objeción se pueden encontrar a continuación en Inglés y Español o a través de este enlace.

La Formas de Objeción deberán ser enviadas a la corte antes del 1 de abril del 2016, por correo, de la siguiente manera: 

            United States District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
            c/o Clerk of the Court
            Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
            501 I Street, Room 4-200
            Sacramento, CA 95814
            Attn: Document Filed Under Seal

Mientras que la demanda se refiere específicamente con el cumplimiento del CDE en lo que respecta a Ley para la Educación de los Individuos con Discapacidades y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, no hay ninguna indicación de que la información que sea liberada por el CDE a la corte se refiere sólo a los estudiantes que participaron en uno de estos programas durante el período de tiempo relevante. Una vez más, el Distrito no está liberando estos registros. Les estamos notificando para que usted pueda determinar si o no desea objetar a la divulgación de los registros por el CDE como padre de un niño(a) actualmente inscrito o como un estudiante adulto anteriormente inscrito. Si tiene alguna pregunta adicional, por favor comuníquese con el CDE al (916) 319-0800 o visite su sitio web.

 

 

Bowers Garden Clean-Up Day! Thank you Intuitive Surgical!

Project Cornerstone

Become a Project Cornerstone reader & volunteer!  Click here for more information.  We are looking for parents, grandparents, guardians, to read stories to our students in our Assest Building Champion (ABC) program.  Here is a list of the stories that will be provided in year one. All that is required from you is about an hour of your time each month.  Please email Mrs. Blanc if you are interested and she will send you the information.  You can also find information about Project Cornerstone here in our Bowers website!

Preschool "Typical Peer" Opportunity

Hello Bowers Community!

Greetings from Room 22 and 23, Bowers' Specialized Academic Instruction Preschool classes.  We have a "typical peer" program in our classes and we are wondering if you have children, grandchildren, or family friends who would be interested in attending preschool MWF from 8:15­ - 10:45 am for the 2015-16 school year.

The typical peers would be helping our students as "language models."  We are looking for children who are 3­ to 5 years old who have had some type of daycare, home school, or preschool experience.

Please email us to let us know if you are interested!

Thank you!

Stephanie Harris and Kat Chang

snharris@scusd.net or kachang@scusd.net


The Governing Board of Santa Clara Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals.  The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these perceived or actual characteristics.  The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district.

The District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so and when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Select Your Language

Yearbooks are here!

2015-16 Yearbooks will be on sale starting Monday, May 15th during our Book Fair hours, 2:15 - 3:15 daily.  They will also be on sale at Open House, and in the office starting May 23rd.

Cash or checks made out to Bowers PTA are accepted!

We Need Your Bottlecaps!

5th Grade is collecting plastic bottle caps of all sizes and colors for an end of year project.  Please bring them to the office or drop them in the box outside Rm. 11.

Thank you!

Spring Fling Family Dance!

Where:  Cafeteria

When:  Friday, May 20th

Time:  6:30 - 8:30

Who:  Everyone is invited!

          Parents must attend with children

Cost:  $1 per person or $5 per family!

LCAP INPUT

The draft 2016-2019 LCAP and supporting documents are now posted for public comment on the district website.    http://www.santaclarausd.org/overview.cfm?subpage=1989713.  The window for comment is open until Friday, June 10, 2016.  On June 14th, the LCAP will be presented to the school board as a planning item and for approval on June 30th.  Thank you for any input you can provide!

SCUSD Summer Programs

Please click here to find out about summer offerings in the district this year.

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BOWERS PTA on Facebook

Bowers Uniform Reminder

Please remember that students are only allowed to wear:

 

Red or white polo-style shirt

Black bottoms only

 

Sweatshirts worn in the classroom must be solid red, white, gray or black.

 

(Target.com has long sleeve polo shirts and sweatshirts, perfect for winter, for $4.70 - $11.90 each.)

 

Check Out our New Water Bottle Filling Stations

Check Out our New Water Bottle Filling Stations