Byron USD Monthly Newsletter

November 2021

Superintendent's Message

Dear BUSD Families,

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to send each of you a sincere word of thanks and my warmest wishes for a happy and safe holiday celebration with your loved ones.

On behalf of our Board of Education and district leadership, it’s also my privilege to express our appreciation for the unwavering dedication of our school administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and guardians.

Your commitment to our students along with your spirit of cooperation and support for each other has allowed us to persevere in our shared educational mission. We have not, and will not, always get it right, but we owe ourselves some grace as we strive to ensure an engaging, supportive, and safe learning environment for all our students.

We are a student-centered school community and, with that in mind, I would also like to encourage all of us, parents, guardians, and educators, to celebrate the students in our lives this Thanksgiving season. The changes and adversity we all experienced this year have been especially hard on our children and youth. So, no matter what your holiday celebrations look like this season, please take time to acknowledge and encourage the students in your family.

My blessings to each of you and your loved ones and best wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving!

With BUSD pride,

Reyes Gauna, Ed.D., Superintendent

"Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; and the larger kind we feel for what we give." - Poet Edwin Arlington Robinson


  • December 1, 2021- Climate Committee Meeting
  • December 2, 2021 - Regular Board Meeting
  • December 4, 2021 - Parade of Lights
  • December 6, 2021- Finance Committee Meeting
  • December 8, 2021- Safety Committee Meeting
  • December 15, 2021- Climate Committee Meeting
  • December 16, 2021- Regular Board Meeting
  • December 22, 2021- Minimum Day (ALL SCHOOLS)
  • December 23, 2021 - January 7, 2022 - Winter Break

To access the Student Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year CLICK HERE.

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Native American Heritage Month - November 2021

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.



Timber Point Elementary

I’m so thankful to be the Wolf Pack principal. We truly have amazing students and staff here at Timber Point. This week we supported World Diabetes Day and wore blue to school. Our students completed MAP testing and overall our students showed growth. They are working hard and we are seeing great improvement. Our students blew away the A/R reading challenge and have read over 6 million words! I visited each class to read them a story in costume! Our PTA Pie Company fundraiser was a success and as a school we sold 194 pies! Just a reminder, that when we return on November 29th it is a minimum day for students.

We are the PACK!

-Principal Susan Evans

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Discovery Bay Elementary

Here are some updates from Discovery Bay Elementary! Last week we had a Canned Food Drive Blitz – just 3 days. We had some extra play time as a small incentive, and our students and families were so generous! In just 3 days we collected 1, 527 food items! Our Dolphin students and families also did an amazing job on our Read-A- Thon! As a school we raised a total of $11,385! The best part is, as a school site in the span of a couple of weeks, our students read a total of 54,058 minutes. Last but not least, all week long all of our classes have been reading and doing activities with the story of the creation of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The story is about Tony Sarge and his inventive creations and superior problem-solving skills that led to the first Macy’s Parade in 1924. On November 19th we had our “Balloons Over DBE” parade and every student in the school made their own creative balloon to hold in the parade.

-Principal Erika Parlog

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Excelsior Middle School

As we head into the Thanksgiving Break, this second quarter has already been packed with things going on here at EMS. We have just finished our second round of MAP Testing and we will now be looking at the results of this most recent session to help guide us in giving our students the support they need. In EMS sports, Cross Country and 6th grade Girl’s Basketball are in full swing and going well! The last week before our break was Spirit Week, which ended in a Spirit Rally. Our Leadership class was able to plan, organize, and put on our first in-person rally in over a year! There were fun games, a lot of music, and students who earned a 3.00 gpa first quarter were recognized. Kudos to the Leadership Class for a great Spirit Week and Rally. Finally, this year, our office staff coordinated with the DB Lions Club Thanksgiving meal program and from this, 60 families in need from our community received Thanksgiving meals. We want to thank them for all their hard work. Happy Thanksgiving!

-Principal Lem Vergara

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Community Resources/Information

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The Choose Love Formulais based on the profound result of practicing the character values inherent in “Nurturing Healing Love,” which are:

Courage + Gratitude + Forgiveness + Compassion in Action.

These four character values are easy to learn. When practiced, they strengthen the health and resilience of individuals, improve the community and culture of groups and promote a safer, more peaceful and loving world.

The benefits of teaching SEL in schools are significant; the addition of neuroscience, positive psychology and character education delivered by the no cost Choose Love For Schools™ program has a positive impact in overall school culture and the students’ and educators’ and school staffs’ lives outside of school, too.

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COVID-19 Information:


To access Byron Union School Districts COVID-19 Page, please click here .

BUSD Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in working for The Byron Union School District?

If you’ve ever considered a job working with the school district, there is no better time than now!

The Byron Union School District has the following opportunities available for employment opportunities:


Substitute Classroom Teacher

Long Term Substitute: PE/Science/Math: 6th grade

Speech and Language Pathologist

Intervention Teacher

Part time Elementary Music Teacher

Home/Hospital SAI Teacher - Excelsior Middle School

In-Home Tutoring/Home Instruction - Excelsior Middle School


Educational Sign Language Interpreter

Licensed Vocational Nurse

Chief Business Official

Occupational Therapist

Campus Supervisor/Crossing Guard @ Timber Point Elementary

2021-2022 Instructional Aide

2021-2022 EL Instructional Aide

Substitute Special Education/Paraprofessional

Substitute Custodian

Substitute Food Service Assistant

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Human Resources Department at (925) 809-7502 or (925) 809-7504

To see all job opening please visit EDJOIN.ORG !

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