|Steve Betando, Superintendent|
Morgan Hill Unified School District
15600 Concord Circle
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
|June 2014 An Amazing Year
August 2013 Continued Commitment to Excellence
|Today, the Ninth Circuit Court denied the plaintiff’s petition for a rehearing by the Court on the case involving students in 2010. The court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of the school, confirms that there is a delicate balance that must be achieved in protecting students’ First Amendment rights within the operational and safety needs of schools. In this particular instance, the Court again confirmed that both the specific events of May 5, 2010, and the pattern of which those events were a part, were not unconstitutional. The ruling recognizes that school officials intervened in concern of a violent disturbance threat and that the threat that was on campus at that time was real. In holding that school officials did not act unconstitutionally on that day four and a half years ago, the Court recognized that the protection of student safety must be an administrator’s primary responsibility.|
The Board of Education has appointed Mr. Steve Betando Superintendent effective January 28, 2014. Mr. Betando began his career in education as a teacher in the Franklin-McKinley School District. He advanced from teaching to vice-principal, principal, curriculum director and assistant superintendent. Before coming to Morgan Hill, Mr. Betando was assistant superintendent in Fremont Unified School District, and interim human resources director/consultant for San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. He arrived in Morgan Hill in January 2012 as interim assistant superintendent for human resources and was appointed to that position permanently in July. Mr. Betando holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education, Administration and Supervision. He has authored publications and taught a variety of courses, seminars, and workshops related to positive work relations, creating a culture of high achievement, preparing for negotiations, and effective evaluations, to name a few.
Mr. Betando has built strong relationships with district staff and community members in the short time that he has been in Morgan Hill. He is a great listener and problem solver. He has knowledge and experience in curriculum, finance, transportation, food services, maintenance and facilities, and human resources.
We welcome Mr. Betando to his new position and look forward with excitement to the year ahead.
|Superintendent Steve Betando was invited to read to students at the Board of Education meeting on October 21, 2014 for the Los Dichos Program volunteer recognition. Parents and children demonstrated a Los Dichos lesson for board members and volunteer parents were recognized for their dedication to the program. Below is a brief explanation of the program:
To help Silicon Valley’s Spanish-speaking parents better support their children’s education, Project Cornerstone developed “Los Dichos de la Casa,” or Los Dichos. This Spanish-language program is opening new doors for monolingual parents to support their children’s educational success as well as that of other youth in the community.
Los Dichos helps Spanish-speaking parents become involved in their children’s education and instills a sense of positive cultural identity in their children. Los Dichos volunteers are trained in Spanish by a bilingual/bicultural Project Cornerstone staff member in the principles of positive youth development, including the importance of parent involvement in education.
Each month, Los Dichos volunteers read specially selected bilingual books in the classroom and lead activities and discussions about topics including tolerance, family pride, peaceful conflict resolution and other important values.
The impact of Los Dichos is threefold:
By leading a lesson in Spanish, the volunteers demonstrate that their language and heritage are valued in the classroom, helping build positive cultural identity for their children and their Latino classmates.
All students in the class learn the same positive lesson and develop greater appreciation and respect for the culture of their Latino classmates, promoting greater cultural competence and tolerance throughout the school community.
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