Broncos Bulletin

March 2018 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Greetings Parents and Guardians,

I hope this newsletter finds you all happy healthy and continuing to pursue your goals for this year. We are into the month of March and continue the work toward our school vision of providing students and staff a safe school climate; cultivating an atmosphere of teamwork and togetherness between all stakeholders including teachers, students, and parents; providing instruction in the classroom that’s rigorous relevant to all experiences; and building a sense of belonging and connectedness to school.

Our parent and staff school site council met a couple of weeks ago and looked at preliminary data which evaluated how students are progressing in English Language Arts and Math from our first benchmark assessment in September to our second benchmark assessment December. Early results indicate we are making extraordinary progress in both areas for all students. Also, our Home School Association is working hard continuing to sell school spirit wear, preparing for our spring book fair, as well as helped to plan and run a very successful Valentine’s Day school dance a couple of weeks ago before the winter break.

In addition, Bernal just ended up a very successful month of February celebrating and recognizing all of the accomplishments and achievements of African Americans throughout our history up to and including today. Our advisory program this week is wrapping up a discussion within each classroom of various events of significance throughout the civil rights era.

I would like to give a special shout out to our English Language Development (ELD) department for making extraordinary progress with our students that are second language learners. We are reclassifying students that are designated as English learners into a classification of Fluent English proficient. This status as learner helps students’ overall ability to perform better in all areas of study. The numbers of students this year that have been reclassified is outstanding. Special shout out goes to English language development teacher Leesa Mandel, English language development instructional aide Juana Amarena, affectionately known to all at as Ms. Gio, as well as our instructional coach extraordinaire Allison Crawford. Our second language learners have felt very proud of their accomplishments this year.

Another special shout out goes to our special education teachers. Our students with disabilities have been making remarkable gains in both English Language Arts as well as Mathematics. A special shout out goes to special education teachers Cynthia Paigen, Roxanna Chita-Williams, Juliet Kulig, and Jill Vaughn. I can’t forget speech language therapist Chloe Gu, who supports goals for our special education student as well. It has been a true team effort; emblematic of one of our pillars of purpose, which is teamwork.

I could give more shout outs but for now that’s gonna be it. As always take care of yourselves and each other have a great month of March!

Dr. Splane


Term 4 Ends Friday, March 2nd!

Grade reports for Term 4 will be mailed home on Friday, March 9th.

March Spirit Days

March 2nd - Bernal Spirit Wear Day

March- 9th - Dress Like a Teacher Day

March 16th- Wear GREEN for St. Patty's Day

March 23rd- Celebrity Look Alike Day

March 30th - No School

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Honors Night

Students who have achieved a high standard of excellence in his/her academic work during the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year will be recognized for their success at an Academic Achievement Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is to honor our many outstanding students in the following categories for semester 1 grades: Honor Roll (GPA-3.00 to 3.49), Principal’s List (GPA-3.50 to 3.99) Principal’s List (GPA-4.00). Invitations letters will be given to students being recognized as we get closer to the event.

EVENT: Honors Night

DATE: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

PLACE: Bernal Intermediate School, Main Gym

TIME: 7th Grade 6:00 P.M.

TIME: 8th Grade 7:15 P.M.

If you would like to volunteer to help, please reach out to our counselors: Martha Bejar ( and Tara Reed (

MOD Pizza Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 6th, 10:30am-10pm

5670 Cottle Road

San Jose, CA

Support Bernal's HSA while getting some delicious food at MOD Pizza on Tuesday, March 6th ALL day long!

Bring the flyer below or show it on your mobile device.

HSA Meeting

Thursday, March 8th, 7-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

The March Home & School Association Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 8th from 7-8:30pm in Bernal's Library.

Super Saturday Session #4

Saturday, March 10th, 8:15am-12:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Please read information below about Bernal's Super Saturday Sessions!

Bernal Spring Book Fair: March 12th - 16th

Dear Bernal Parents and Guardians,

The Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair will be in the Bernal Library March 12-16th. We will be setting up and hosting the teacher and staff Preview Day on Friday, March 9th. The HSA is looking for volunteers to help with the set up, daily running, and take down of the fair. Please use the link below to sign up to help at the fair. We are also looking for a current 7th grade (or incoming 7th grade) parent/guardian that would be interested in being the book fair chairperson next year. This person could be the co-chair with Emily for this fair to 'learn the ropes.' Please email for more information.

Please keep an eye out for messages on donations for candy and the Teacher Preview Day as well.

Thanks for all your help in supporting our school.

Super Saturday Academy Sessions

So far, Bernal has held three Super Saturday Academy Sessions this year and they have been successful and a lot of fun for the students! Attending a Super Saturday Academy Session will allow students to make up one absence from this school year.

As a reward for attending a session, student will:

  • Earn 10 Bronco Bucks!

  • Be entered into a raffle to earn a pizza party for them and 5 friends!

  • Earn an In-n-Out certificate!

  • Be entered into a raffle to win a mile pass for P.E.!

Please encourage your child to attend the Super Saturday Academy Sessions (if they have any prior absences) to participate in exciting experiments, hands-on activities, and/or engineering challenges, and so much more! Here are two videos that capture the exciting learning that took place at the first two sessions: 12/9/17 Session, 1/20/18 Session

Mark your calendars for future Super Saturday sessions as well!

March 10th, April 28th, and May 19th

Please email Allison Crawford at if you have any questions!

Spring Break!

Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 8th

March Sporting Events

Soccer (start times 3:30)

3/1 @ Davis

3/5 @ Leyva

3/13 @ Solorsano

3/15 @ Bernal

3/20 @ Britton

3/22 @ Bernal

3/27 @ Bernal

Volleyball (start times 3:30)

3/1 @ Davis

3/13 @ Solorsano

3/15 @ Bernal (boys play first)

3/20 @Britton

3/22 @ Bernal (boys play first)

3/27 @ Bernal (boys play first)

B Volleyball (co-ed)

3/6 - Bernal at Herman

3/7 - Bernal at Davis

3/15 - Davis at Bernal

Bernal Dance Team

Bernal Dance Team will have practice every Wednesday and Friday from 2:50-3:45pm.

Top 10 Bronco Buck Earners in February

Congratulations to the following students for being the top 10 earners of Bronco Bucks during February! Keep showing RISE behavior to earn your Bronco Bucks! :-)

1. Lexi P - 82 points

2. Sasha S. - 67 points

3. Katherine P. - 65 points

4. Asia C. - 59 points

5. Alina C. - 57 points

6. Christopher G. - 56 points

7. Dayna L. - 52 points

8. Nevaeh O. - 52 points

9. Kaitlyn K. - 52 points

10. Corey A. - 51 points

8th Grade Boys Basketball Awards Banquet

The 8th grade Bernal Boys Basketball Team held their annual awards banquet on Thursday, February 15 at Restorante Italiano. Each player was awarded a participation medal. The following players were also awarded individual trophies.

Evan G. – Most Improved Player Award

Lam P. – Most Team Spirit Award

Christian A. – Coaches Award

Shem M. – Most Valuable Player Award

The team struggled at the beginning of the season, but really improved as the season progressed. Although the team’s final won-loss record was 3-10, the team won three of its final five games of the season. The highlight of the season was the victory over Valley Christian on January 30, at Bernal’s gym. The Broncos beat Valley Christian by two points, 37-35. However, just two weeks earlier Valley Christian had beaten the Broncos by 18 points, 49-31, at the Evergreen Basketball Tournament. The victory over Valley Christian was a testament to the hard work that the players had put in at practice and the constant badgering by their coach, Julian Mancias, to give 100% effort at every practice and game. “It was a very rewarding season,” Coach Mancias said. “I was very proud of the team. They gave their best effort at every game and practice, and that is all a coach can ever ask of his players.”

Santa Teresa High School Freshman Orientation and Parent Campus Tours

Attention Parents of 8th graders attending Santa Teresa High School next year!

Parent Campus Tours at STHS:

When: 2/1, 3/1, 4/19, 5/3, at 9:00am

Where: Santa Teresa Library

Who: PARENTS of 8th grades students who will be attending STHS next year. (NO students should attend, as they should be in school during this time)

If you'd like to RSVP or have any questions, please contact Elvin Jackson, the Parent Community Involvement Specialist for Santa Teresa at (408) 347- 6233 or

Meal Price Increase Effective March 1, 2018

January 30, 2018

Dear Parents and Families,

Oak Grove School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department is committed to providing all students with nutritious, well balanced meals to nourish their minds and bodies for learning.

This letter is to notify families of a meal price increase on regular priced lunches for both students and adults.

Lunch Meal price increase will be effective March 1, 2018.

Oak Grove School District School Lunch Prices

Jun 2007 - Feb 2018 (previous prices):

Student $2.75

Adult $3.25

New Prices Effective March 1, 2018

Student $3.00

Adult $3.50

- No change in Breakfast Meal price -

Free or Reduced Meal Applications

If you have not applied yet for free or reduced priced school meals, we encourage you to go to our website – – to complete an online application or you can pick up a paper application at your student’s school. Once an application is received and processed, a letter of determination will be sent to the provided address. If a student is approved for free or reduced meal prices, their status is effective the day of approval.

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Memo in Spanish

Statewide Testing Notification

California students take several mandated statewide tests. These tests provide parents/guardians, teachers, and educators with information about how well students are learning and becoming college and career ready. The test results may be used for local, state, and federal accountability purposes.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Assessments

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) computer adaptive assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics tests are administered in grades three through eight and grade eleven to measure whether students are on track to college and career readiness. In grade eleven, results from the ELA and math assessments can be used as an indicator of college readiness.

California Science Tests (CAST)

The new, computer-based CAST measures student acquisition of the California Next Generation Science Standards. It is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school. The new computer-based CAST replaces the California Standards Tests (CST) for Science.

California Alternate Assessments (CAA)

The computer-based CAA for ELA and CAA for mathematics is administered to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities in grades three through eight and grade eleven. Test items are aligned with the CCSS and are based on the Core Content Connectors. The instructionally embedded CAA for Science is administered in grades five and eight, and once in high school.

Standards-based Tests in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts

California offers the optional STS for Reading/Language Arts, which are multiple-choice tests that allow Spanish-speaking English learners to demonstrate their knowledge of the California content standards. The California Spanish Assessment (CSA) will replace the optional STS. The CSA will be a computer-based assessment that is aligned with the California CCSS en Español.

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 60615, parents/guardians may annually submit to the school a written request to excuse their child from any or all of the CAASPP assessments.

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California

California will transition from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) in 2017–18. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners and the other for the annual summative assessment to identify students’ English language proficiency level and to measure their progress in learning English.

Physical Fitness Test

The physical fitness test (PFT) for students in California schools is the FitnessGram®. The main goal of the test is to help students in starting lifelong habits of regular physical activity. Students in grades five, seven, and nine take the fitness test.

California Department of Education | January 2018

California Science Test (CAST)

A Parent Guide to Understanding the CAST

The California Science Test or CAST is part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress or CAASPP. The CAST will be field tested in 2017‒18 and be operational in 2018‒19. The CAASPP System is designed to give information to teachers, students, and their families about what students know and are able to do. It also indicates whether they are on track to be ready for success in college or career when they graduate from high school.

Click this link or download the pdf below to get more information about the CAST.

Nightmare on Puberty Street Notification

Dear Bernal Parents & Guardians,

We are pleased to announce that Bernal Intermediate School has scheduled the play Nightmare on Puberty Street for all students on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Nightmare on Puberty Street is a free play from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs that has been performed for over 5 million students across Northern California.

Education Code (EC) 51938 requires school districts to notify parents about any “instruction in comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education.” Nightmare on Puberty Street contains sexual health information. For more information about the play, please view the parent guide (see attached).

If you DO NOT want your child to view this play, please sign the OPT-OUT form attached below. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sincerely, Keely Elizabeth Berg

Assistant Principal

Strengthening Families Program

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum that helps prevent teen substance abuse and other problem behaviors while improving parent/child relationships. Advent Group Ministries is offering this free program designed for parents and their children ages 6 to 11 or 12 to 17*. After a complimentary family meal, parents and youth meet in separate groups for one hour then come back together to practice the skills they’ve learned. Sessions are highly interactive and include role-playing, discussions, learning games and family projects.

When: Every Thursday beginning January 11th (11 weeks total)

Where: Bernal Cafeteria/Forum

Program Schedule: 11 weeks

5:30—6:30 pm: A complimentary family dinner is part of the weekly program.

6:30—7:30 pm: Families view a short video. Parents and children then break into separate groups to discuss the video.

7:30—8:30 pm: Parents and children come back together to practice the skills they’ve learned.

Register: For more information, or to register your family for SFP, please contact Rocio Gonzalez

Strengthening Families Program Flyer - English

Strengthening Families Program Flyer - Spanish


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  3. March 15th
  4. March 22nd

Students who attend with their families, will receive 30 BRONCO BUCKS for each session attended!

Stop. Think. Connect

National Cyberbullying Awareness Campaign. Click above for more information.

OGSD's Cultural Arts Expo was a Success! Thank you Mrs. Juhasz for showcasing your Bernal art students' work!

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Math Tutoring

Need extra support with Math?

Math tutoring is held on Mondays thru Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30pm in room 212 by Mr. Mancias. It is open to ALL students!

Language Arts Tutoring

Need extra support with Language Arts?

Language Arts tutoring is held on Tuesdays from 2:30-4pm and Wednesday from 2:30-4:30pm in room 219 with Ms. Sisco. It's open to all students!

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Get Affordable Internet Access at Home

Apply to get affordable internet access at home:

Volunteers Needed for Noon Duty & After School Crosswalk Support!

We need the help of community members to ensure our students are safe during lunch and after school. Please see Mrs. Berg if you would like to learn more and to sign up!

Click here to volunteer!!!!