San José Unified Board of Education Selects Finalist for Superintendent

After several months of extensive community engagement and deliberation, the San José Unified Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection of a finalist for the position of Superintendent. Nancy Albarrán was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates from our local region and across the country. Ms. Albarrán is currently serving as Interim Superintendent following the departure of Dr. Vincent Matthews in October 2015. Her formal approval as the next Superintendent of San José Unified is pending final action at an upcoming, regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting. For further information, please click here

Después de muchos meses de extensiva participación comunitaria y deliberación, la Mesa Directiva tiene el placer de anunciar su elección de la finalista al puesto de Superintendente. La señorita Nancy Albarrán fue electa dentro de un grupo de candidatos altamente calificados locales y de todo el país. La señorita Albarrán funge como Superintendente Interino desde de la partida del Dr. Vincent Matthews en octubre de 2015. Su aprobación formal como la siguiente Superintendente del Distrito Escolar Unificado de San José está en espera de la medida final en una próxima junta ordinaria de la Mesa Directiva.

Gorgeous roses in our garden!

Nowak Garden
A few of our super star teachers and staff members came out on a Sunday afternoon to clean up the garden.

Tiger with Price
Show your Terrell Pride
Stop by the office to purchase this magnet for $5 each.

Garden Day
Even Terrell alum came to lend a hand in the garden!

Open House 2016
Join us on the 10th of May!  All family and community members are welcome!

White Roses
White roses are flourishing in the garden.

Mr. Todd, our tech guy

Roses 2
More amazing roses that are filling our garden right now!


California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program - CAASPP

Last spring, schools and districts across California participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress program, also known as CAASPP. This set of assessments provides information on student progress under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), supporting more rigorous instruction in San Jose Unified School District and increased expectations for students.

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 852, each year school districts are required to notify parents or guardians of their pupil’s participation in the CAASPP tests. In addition, districts are required to inform families of their right to exempt their student from taking the CAASPP tests. For families wishing to exempt their student from a CAASPP assessment, a written request specifying the test(s) to be exempted must be submitted annually to the school site.

To learn more about the CAASPP assessments your student may take, or the exemption process, please click here.

Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil - CAASPP

La primavera pasada, las escuelas y distritos escolares de todo California participaron en el programa de Evaluación de California del Desempeño y Progreso Estudiantil, también conocido por sus siglas en inglés como CAASPP. Este conjunto de evaluaciones proporciona información del progreso de los estudiantes con respecto a los Estándares Académicos, Comunes y Fundamentales del Estado (CCSS). Los resultados de la evaluación brindan apoyo para impartir enseñanza más rigurosa en el Distrito Escolar Unificado de San José con el fin de aumentar las expectativas académicas de todos los estudiantes.

De conformidad con las reglamentaciones del Código de California, Título 5, Artículo 852, cada año a los distritos escolares se les requiere que notifiquen a los padres y tutores acerca de la participación de sus hijos en los exámenes CAASPP. Además, a los distritos escolares se les exige que informen a las familias que tienen el derecho a pedir que se les exente a sus hijos de tomar los exámenes CAASPP. Las familias que no deseen que sus hijos tomen una evaluación CAASPP, deberán pedirlo por escrito, especificando cuál examen o exámenes no desean que tomen sus hijos y entregar dicha solicitud escrita a su escuela, cada año.

Para obtener más información de las evaluaciones CAASPP que podrían tomar sus hijos o sobre el proceso para pedir que a sus hijos se les exente de tomarlas, por favor haga clic aquí.

Teacher Appreciation Week is Here!

Our beloved teachers deserve to be celebrated May 2-6!  Take the week to let your child’s teacher know how much you appreciate all that they do.  PTA has created some ideas:

  Monday     Students bring a card or drawing expressing how much the teacher means to him/her
  Tuesday     Bring a flower or plant (can be one flower picked from your garden)
  Wednesday Sign a “Thank you” banner for your child’s teacher in the morning and at lunch
  Thursday     Bring a small gift for your teacher
  Friday       Bring a plate of desserts or treats to the office to share with teachers

Art Angels Fundraiser

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016*, Silicon Valley Gives will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action.  Our own, Art Angels is one of the non-profits supported by SV Gives.  Last year, Art Angels received $1,384.74 from this fundraiser.  We need to continue to raise funds in order to keep art at Terrell.  Please consider making a donation by visiting: or writing a check directly to Art Angels.  *This is a one day event.

$25 =  2 sketch books;  $35 = glue guns & glue sticks for a class of 30;  $50 = construction paper for 100 projects; $100 = paint brushes for 3 classrooms of 30 students each; $250 = 20 pieces of art can be mounted for an art show