Broncos Bulletin

March 2019 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Guardians:

A hearty welcome to the month of March from all of us at Bernal Intermediate School. To begin this month’s newsletter, I would like to acknowledge a very special Bernal staff member, Sandra Sustaita. “Miss” Sandra is an instructional aide in our special education department. Sandra's list of positive qualities is exhaustive so I will highlight a few. A key trait of a good school instructional aide is to be able to connect with students and teachers of a variety of needs and talents. In addition, an aide needs to be flexible, yet firm, friendly, and consistent. Sandra is all of that and more. We are thrilled to have her as a staff member at Bernal and can't thank her enough for all she does. Thank you Miss Sandra for all you do.

2019 California Distinguished School Award

I would like to congratulate Bernal students, teachers, staff and parents. On February 26, Bernal was named a 2019 California Distinguished School! Distinguished Schools are awarded for making exceptional gains English/Language Arts, Math, low discipline rates, and student attendance rates. Part of the award involves a school having to achieve exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years. A lot of hard work, dedication and partnership went in to our success. As stated by Tony Thurmond, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction: “I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.” As the principal of Bernal, I am very proud and humbled to share this award with all of you as part of the Bernal community.

Also on tap during March (for more details on each of the events below, go to school loop:

As always, take care of yourselves, and each other.

Jamal Splane, Principal

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8th Grade Panoramic Picture

Thursday, March 7th, 8am-2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

The 8th Grade Panoramic Picture will be taken on Thursday, March 7th during the school day.

School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, March 7th, 5:30-6:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Join us for Bernal's School Site Council Meeting on Thursday, March 7th at 5:30pm in the library.

Spring Awards Night

Tuesday, March 12th, 6-8:15pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

7th - 6:00pm

8th - 7:15pm

Chipotle Fundraiser

Tuesday, March 12th, 5-9pm

5670 Cottle Road

San Jose, CA

Home & School Association Meeting

Thursday, March 14th, 7-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Come join Bernal HSA's March meeting in the Library on Thursday, March 14th from 7-8:30pm.

Spring Pictures

Friday, March 15th, 8am-2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

No School - Monday, April 1st - Cesar Chavez Day

Grades: How To Calculate Your GPA

Point values: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1,F=0

Example: Per Term/Per Semester

Subject/Class: Grade=Points Earned

  • English: A=4
  • Math: B=3
  • Science: C=2
  • Social Studies: B=3
  • P.E.: A=4
  • Elective: D =1

Total Points=17

Total Points Earned, DIVIDED by, the Total Number of Classes (6)=GPA

17/6 = 2.83 GPA

Participation in the promotion ceremony is a privilege and not a right. This privilege is earned through demonstrating positive behavior and satisfactory academic progress through grades and behavior. District requirements for participation in the graduation ceremony and activities include:

  1. Achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least 1.50 in one of the two semesters (January or June report card) AND
  2. Receive no more than three (3) total semester F grades for the entire year of 8th grade year and No more than two (2) F’s on the second semester report card for the 8th grade year.

All students BELOW 1.99 GPA will be placed in Academic Action Plan and will be required to check in with a counselor until their GPA is above a 2.0

March Spirit Days

3/9 - Super Hero Day

3/15 - Spring Pictures Day (no spirit day)

3/22 - none

3/29 - Black Out/White Out Day

Term 4 Ends March 8th

Term 4 is ending on Friday, March 8th.

Progress Reports will be mailed home on Friday, March 15th.

3/9/19 Super Saturday Academy Session

Bernal will host our next Super Saturday Academy Session on Saturday, March 9th from 8:15am - 12:30pm! Attending the Super Saturday will allow students to make up one absence from this school year. Permission slips were sent home on Tuesday, February 26th! I've attached a blank permission slip below for your convenience as well.

Students need to turn in their permission slip by Monday, March 4th and attend the full session so they can:

  • 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 email Allison Crawford at if you have any questions!

*Permission slips may be turned in late (by Thurs. 3/7), but students will NOT be able to order a lunch if it's turned in late. They will need to bring their own lunch.

Bernal Spring Book Fair: March 11th - 15th

Dear Bernal Parents and Guardians,

The Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair will be in the Bernal Library March 11th-15th at break, lunch, and after school until 3:00pm. The HSA is in NEED of additional volunteers to make this book fair a success. It’s a easy gig and a fun chance to see our students in action. There are LOTS of open shifts!!

Please use this link below to sign up to help at the fair:

Thanks for all your help in supporting our school.

Candace Warner

Bernal HSA President

Spring Awards Night - Tuesday, March 12th

If your child is a recipient of an Academic Award this Spring, invitations were mailed home week of February 25th.

Instructions the Spring Awards Night event:

Parents, upon arrival, please enter the big gym through the main entrance doors (PARENT ENTRANCE) (on the left, facing the gym) and find a seat in the bleacher stands.

Students, please enter the big gym through the door on the (STUDENT ENTRANCE) side (on the right side, facing the gym).

Students will sit in a designated area based on their GPA (academic growth & 3.00-3.49, 3.5-3.99, or 4.0).

You are welcome to take pictures with Bernal Staff at the end of the event.

We are proud of our students’ academic accomplishments. Your presence at Spring Awards Night will complete the recognition of your child’s excellent work and diligent efforts.

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Bernal's HSA next Dining for Dollars is coming up!

Where: Chipotle (5670 Cottle Rd. Suite 30)

When: Tuesday, March 12th from 5pm-9pm

This fundraiser is the same night as Bernal's Spring Awards Night. We encourage families to stop by for a tasty dinner before or after Awards Night! It's a great way to treat your student for their hard work, makes feeding your family a snap, and proceeds go back to our school!

Chipotle is very generous, and gives back 33% to Bernal!!

Please bring the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting Bernal to make sure the proceeds are donated to Bernal!

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Sign up to be a presenter at Bernal's Career Day on Wed., April 17, 2019!

Pre-order your student’s yearbook ASAP!

The current discounted price of $40 is only available for a limited time! The yearbook is full color, hard bound, and full of memories! You won't want to miss out!

Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Would you like to do something special to congratulate your student on this momentous transition to the next phase of their education and young adult life?

Design and create your own space in the yearbook by including a special message and precious baby photos.

Ad Space is available for purchase by 8th grade parents until MARCH 25th, and all designs must be submitted by then.

School code: 16304


$20 for 1/8 of a page

$30 for 1/4 of a page

$60 for 1/2 of a page

$120 for a full page

Volleyball and Soccer Game Dates in March

Season Dates: 1/28 - 4/10

A Teams - Volleyball & Soccer

3/5 Bernal at Davis 3:30

3/12 Bernal at Sylvandale (Volleyball 3:30; Girls Soccer 3:30; Boys Soccer 4:45)

3/14 Bernal at Christopher (NO volleyball; Girls Soccer 3:30; Boys Soccer immediately after)

3/19 Bernal at Brownell 3:45

3/21 Bernal at Murphy 3:45

3/26 Bernal at South Valley 3:45

3/27 Bernal at Solorsano 3:30 (Soccer Only)

3/28 Solorsano at Bernal 3:30 (Girls Volleyball Only)

B Team - Volleyball

3/5 Davis @ Bernal

3/12 Britton @ Bernal

3/14 Bernal @ Davis

3/21 ​Herman @ Bernal

3/26 Bernal @ Herman

Check our School Loop page for all game dates:

Attention Washington D.C. Travellers!

If you are attending the Washington D.C. Trip in April, please save these following upcoming dates for important mandatory meetings:


This meeting is mandatory for each student their parent(s) to attend. We hand out finalized itineraries, a behavior contract, and discuss many other important details about the trip. Parents turn in paperwork to you at the end of the meeting.

Thursday, 4/4 at Lunch: Rules for the Road 1 (Locations TBD; students only)

Thursday, 4/11 Lunch: Rules for the Road 2 (Locations TBD; students only)

Thursday, 4/18 Lunch: Rules for the Road 3 (Locations TBD; students only)

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. Please read the attached letters and Bernal's testing schedule for more information.

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) Miguel R. - 225 points

2) Dayna L. - 105 points

3) Alice N. - 81 points

4) Safiya A. - 75 points

5) Diana C. - 67 points

6) Vincent N. - 63 points

7) Daniel C. - 61 points

8) Marco L. - 60 points

9) Luis R. - 60 points

10) Daniel G. - 60 points

Santa Teresa Park Beautification Day!

Santa Clara County Parks & Friends of Santa Teresa Park Present:

When: March 2nd & 3rd, 9am-12pm

Where: Santa Teresa County Park's Historic Curie Property

Sign up:

Partners in Reading - San Jose Public Library

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