Broncos Bulletin

April 2017 - Bernal Intermediate

Principal's Message

Hello parents and guardians.

It's April and hopefully we are coming to the end of the wet weather season. Baseball season has started, the flowers are blooming, and we are pushing towards the end of the school year. Near the end of the month we will begin our state testing. We will be preparing all of this month and all students will be ready to go on the first day of testing, which is May 1st. We were super excited to have six graders from Santa Teresa, Taylor, Anderson, and Baldwin students visit Bernal Intermediate School on April 7th. The visiting students received tours from Bernal leadership students, met school administration and support staff, hung out at break with current Bernal students, participated in a Spirit rally, played musical chairs, and sang songs. It was a wonderful day. It was a great way for next year’s students to get an early look at life as a Bernal Intermediate School Student. Don't forget Friday, April 14th is the end of the grading period. Monday, April 17th is the beginning of spring break. I hope you all find a relaxing and enjoyable week of sunshine and relaxation that week.

One final note, this year’s promotion ceremony is June 8th, 5 pm at Oak Grove High School. Start making your family plans!

Before leaving you I would like to take a moment to celebrate two of our school’s finest teachers. These two have received acknowledgement and recognition in a recent district office celebration I'm sure you are happy to celebrate them as I am as well. Have a great month and take care of yourself and others.

AVENEIR GUEVARRA – 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Winner of the Vision Award for Community Involvement

Aveneir has strong pride in his community ties, specifically for his Filipino-American and his family's Latin-American ties. At Bernal, he is involved with the Latino Student Club, Filipino Student Club, and the Hispanic Parent Group. He is also very familiar with the local history of the Native American ancestors that inhabited the land that Bernal and the surrounding community rest on today. I even heard he might have been out selling Girl Scout cookies on Super Bowl Sunday. Who does that?! Only a great dad that's invested in making a better community.

ALLISON CRAWFORD – Instructional Coach. Winner of the Vision Award for Innovative Spirit.

Allison epitomizes what an innovative spirit should be. As a math teacher, you always walked into her room and witnessed students making meaning from math, not just "doing" math. From number talks, to Algebra tiles, to group projects to friendly competition, Allison strived to make math real and meaningful in every way for her students. Now as Bernal's Instructional Coach, she continues to keep this model at the forefront of everything she does. From helping the PBIS team come up with more innovative ways to motivate students, to mentoring young math teachers, Allison truly maintains a spirit of innovation. We are lucky to have her at Bernal. More importantly, so are the students and staff!

April Spirit Days

Friday, April 7th: BERNAL Spirit Day

Friday, April 14th: Tie Dye Spirit Day

Friday, April 28th: Dynamic Duo Spirit Day

Strengthening Families Program (Week 1)

Tuesday, April 4th, 5:30-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Are you interested in having a happy family, strong bonds of love & respect, well-behaved kids, a joyful marriage relationship, and kids kept safe from alcohol & drugs?...The Strengthening Families Program offers all that and more!

All families are welcome!
Please register with a school counselor (Tara Reed or Martha Bejar).

Click here to see the flyer for more information.

When: Every Tuesday starting April 4th (excluding 4/18 during spring break)

Cost: FREE

Program Schedule: 12 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.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Community Involvement and Innovative Spirit Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 4th, 6pm

5035 Edenview Drive

San Jose, CA

At Davis Intermediate School in the multi-purpose room.

Celebration of English Proficiency

Tuesday, April 11th, 5:30-7pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

This is a celebration of Oak Grove students that are being reclassified to Fluent English Proficient. Invitations were sent to families with students that are being celebrated at the event.

Strengthening Families Program (Week 2)

Tuesday, April 11th, 5:30-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Term 5 Ends Friday, April 14th

Grades will be mailed home around April 28th (due to spring break).

Spring Break (NO School): April 15th - April 23rd

School resumes Monday, April 24th.

Strengthening Families Program (Week 3)

Tuesday, April 25th, 5:30-8:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Career Day at Bernal

Wednesday, April 26th, 8am-2:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Bernal Intermediate will be hosting it's very first annual Career Day! This will be an opportunity for students to learn about a variety of career options that might be of interest to them. Six, 40-minute sessions with students. All careers welcome! Hands-on demonstrations encouraged. Breakfast and lunch provided to the presenters.

If you are interested in presenting please fill out the survey so we can contact you with more information.

If you are interested in donating food and drinks for our presenters, please email Ms. Bylsma at

Hispanic Parent Meeting

Thursday, April 27th, 6-7:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

In Library.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Spring Orientation for Incoming 7th Graders

Tuesday, May 2nd, 6-7pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

All Incoming 7th Grade Bernal Families,

Bernal will be hosting a Spring Orientation on Tuesday, May 2nd from 6-7pm for all incoming 7th grade families. Please join us to learn more about Bernal Intermediate's expectations, dress code, after school sports, student clubs, and much more!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Multicultural Festival and Club Night

Friday, May 12th, 4:30-6:30pm

6610 San Ignacio Avenue

San Jose, CA

Come join Bernal's 2nd annual Multicultural Festival on Friday, May 12th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm. We will also have several of Bernal's student clubs represented at the event. Come with your family and friends to enjoy a fun evening!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Annual Statewide Testing at Bernal Intermediate

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP became the new state academic testing program two years ago. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. CAASPP includes computer-adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as the new pilot test for science (CAST) in grades 5 and 8.

Bernal students will take the test between May 1st - 19th. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at

Following the spring 2017 testing, students will receive individual score reports. Student score reports will be sent home to parents and will include an overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English–language arts and mathematics, and other information. This test is based on the Common Core State Standards and involves different types of test questions than the previous STAR tests. This year is the pilot year for the science test (CAST), therefore there will be no scores reported for this pilot test this school year. If you would like to exempt your student(s) from CAASPP, a letter must be submitted to the principal.

If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at

Please take a moment to read the Parent Notification Letter. The letters are provided in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. This letter will also be sent out via School Loop on 3/3/17.

Updated School Calendar on School Loop Homepage

Check out our updated school calendar on Bernal's School Loop Homepage!

You will find all upcoming district and school events!

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Bernal's Run, Hide, Defend Drill 3/27

In our continued efforts to maintain safety in our schools, students recently participated in our annual Run, Hide, Defend drill here at Bernal. The drill came after students were provided lessons that involve a protocol for responding during an emergency situation and practice opportunities to build barricades. The instruction that students received focused on three options (Run, Hide, Defend) that students and teachers have in the event of an active shooter emergency. The Run, Hide, Defend protocol is recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Chiefs of Police, the Santa Clara County Police, and others.

Preparing our students for real and present dangers (including fire and earthquake) is part of a fundamental education in the 21st century. Different times, different circumstances, and different dangers require that we prepare students in different ways. It can be difficult to contemplate something bad happening in our schools, but through responsible planning and training, we are able to respond to a crisis in order to better protect ourselves and those around us. Safety depends on our ability, our determination, and our commitment to make emergency preparedness a top priority. During the drill on 3/27, students were overwhelmingly successful in the drill and knew what to do in case of a RHD emergency, which indicated that our annual drills are better preparing them for a worst case scenario that hopefully never comes to pass.

We encourage you to engage in discussions with your child about school and community safety in an effort to be prepared to act in the event of an emergency. To learn more about the shift from "Code Red" training to "Run Hide Defend" training, Santa Clara County Police chiefs have put together a video describing the purpose and rationale behind the drill.

*Warning: due to the very nature and purpose of the RHD drill, this video contains a stimulation of a weapon being used and is not appropriate for small children to view.

Understanding Growth Mindset

Understanding Growth Mindset:

Strategies for Addressing Mindsets:

Growth Mindset Within Math:

Giving Better Student Feedback:

  • Embracing Failure: Building a Growth Mindset Through the Arts: Learn how educators at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico teach students how to integrate critical feedback. (Edutopia, 2016)
  • Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing: Review tips from a high school English instructor about how to conduct better conferences with students; take a look at specific examples of process praise and feedback that can encourage autonomy, purpose, and choice. (Edutopia, 2014)
  • Praising the Process: Watch this video of a writing workshop from a first grade classroom to see how to use process praise to encourage a growth mindset. (Teaching Channel, 2015)
  • Using Praise to Enhance Student Resilience and Learning Outcomes: Explore Do’s and Don’ts, FAQs, and other information about how to use feedback to alter student mindsets. (American Psychological Association)
  • The Secret to Raising Smart Kids: Read an article authored by growth-mindset researcher Carol Dweck about research into growth mindset, and learn how to give valuable feedback by focusing on the specific process a child used to accomplish something; at the end of the article, there are several useful examples of effective praise. (Scientific American, 2015)

5-Minute Film Festival: 5 Videos to Explore Growth Mindset

RSA ANIMATE: How To Help Every Child Fulfil Their Potential
The power of yet | Carol S Dweck | TEDxNorrköping

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