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Superintendent's Letter to Community: New Netflix Series, 13 Reasons Why


Dear Families of East Side Union High School District:


We want to make you aware of a new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why.  The series is based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name written by Jay Asher.  Parents/guardians need to know that 13 Reasons Why is an intense Netflix drama that is not a light watch for younger children.  This series explores suicide, rape, bullying, depression, and anxiety in teens. The story behind the series involves a student who has received seven double-sided cassette tapes from a classmate who has recently committed suicide. This series may be difficult for impressionable minds to watch and process in a healthy way.  In watching the series, young people and teens could interpret the message that suicide is a viable and/or romanticized option.


This show is being watched and talked about by many young people in our high schools. These very important topics have become more prevalent in our teens' lives and are regularly present on social media. This show could help parents start conversations with teens about sensitive issues such as suicide, bullying, isolation, and depression.


Below are links surrounding this show that will help provide resources for you when you sit down with your child to discuss the series.  All of this information will be shared with all of our staff members as well.


If you feel that your child needs support in this area, please reach out to the Social Worker on your child’s campus. In addition, Uplift Family Services provides 24-hour crisis services by trained mental health professionals that can help a suicidal teenager. Uplift can be reached at (408) 379-9085.  If your child is in crisis, call 911.


Other Crisis Hotlines

Bill Wilson Center SOS Crisis Hotline:  (408) 278-2585

Text “LISTEN” to 741-741 for text support

24/7 Hotline for Teens: (408) 850-6125


Thank you for your time and attention.  As always, we must work together to keep our children safe and healthy.




Chris D. Funk


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ESUHSD Graduation & A-G Completion Rates Reflects Multi-Year Increases


Dear East Side Union High School District Family,


The California Department of Education (CDE) released the 2015-16, 4-Year Cohort Graduation, UC/CSU A-G, and Dropout Data. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight that for the sixth consecutive year, our graduation rates and A-G completion rates have increased, and our dropout rates have decreased. We have an amazing group of educators and staff members that work hard every day with our students and families working towards graduating every student to be college and career ready.


Below are some key highlights of the data that was released by the CDE:


Overall Graduation Rate: 85.0%
  •  Hispanic graduation rate of 77% represents a 3.5% year-over-year increase and 11.4% increase
     from 2011-2016
  •  African American graduation rate of 85.5% reflects a 9.2% increase from 2011-2016 


Graduation Rates for Special Populations has increased
  •  English Language Learner (ELL) graduation rate: 71.9%
  •  Socioeconomically Disadvantaged (SED) Graduation Rate: 80.3%
  •  Students With Disabilities (SPED) Graduation Rate: 61.8%
  •  Foster Youth Graduation Rate: 51.4% 


Overall A-G Completion Rate: 45.5%, reflecting a 12.2% increase from 2011-2016


ESUHSD is dedicated to maintaining a high level of commitment to graduating our seniors and paving the way to college and career. Below, I've included several charts that illustrate a six-year upward trend of graduation and A-G completion rates.

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our East Side community. 





Chris D. Funk


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Newsletter Edition


August 30, 2016
  • Superintendent's Letter:  New School Year 2016-2017
  • Graduate Profile
  • Spartan East Side Promise
  • Magnet Programs & Career Services
  • High School Student Internships
  • College Night
  • Parent/Guardian Resources & Information
  • Adult Education
 December 5, 2016
  • Superintendent's Letter:  Winter 2016 & Welcoming 2017
  • IHS Students Head to Kenya
  • OGHS Students Heading to London
  • MPHS International Film Award Winners
  • STHS Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Award:  Natalie Lai
  • SCHS to Participate in Japanese Language Education Assistant Program
  • WiFi Update
 February 14, 2017
  • Superintendent's Letter
  • Science Teachers John Sphar & Ron Wou Selected for NASA Program
  • United States Presidential Scholars
  • Anton Cao, EVHS, AP Examp Perfect Score -- Second Time
  • Sciencepalooza!
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Student Awards Recognitions
  • SVEF Math Symposium & Forum
  • IndepenDance Goes to Disneyland
  • City Council Members - IHS Graduates
  • Bond Program Update
  • In the Media
 March 3, 2017
Superintendent Funk invited ESUSHD community to ESUHSD Board Study Session
  • Agenda items:  
    • Update - Point-Counterpoint Budget Task Force
    • District's Budget:  Developing a Budget Approach to Address Potential Qualified Budget
    • ESUSHD Employee Benefits Program
 April 7, 2017 James Lick High School iMentor Program
April 13, 2017
ESUHSD Graduation & A-G Completion Rates Reflects Multi-Year Increases
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October 5, 2016
Clown Scare Tactics
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November 10, 2016  Presidential Election Results
 November 17, 2016
January 17, 2017
Presidential Inauguration Letter
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 February 7, 2017
You Have a Voice:  A Conversation about Political Art
and Racism in America
Invitation to Art Exhibition by San Francisco-based artist Mark Harris
April 17, 2017 2016 Strategic Plan & Progress Report
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April 27, 2017
New Netflix Series:  13 Reasons Why
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To obtain information from the California Statement Department of Education, select the link below.

Non-Discrimination Statement

East Side Union High School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. East Side Union High School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Office of the Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at (408) 347- 5061 or 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, Ca 95133.

Declaración Contra la Discriminación

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el abuso en los programas educativos, las actividades o el empleo por causas de ascendencia real o percibida, edad, color de la piel, discapacidad, género, identidad de género o expresión de género, nacionalidad, raza u origen étnico, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, estado de paternidad, embarazo o estado familiar o civil o asociación con una persona o grupo de personas con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Preparatoria East Side requiere que el personal escolar tome los pasos necesarios inmediatamente para intervenir cuando sea seguro hacerlo en caso de ser testigos de un acto de discriminación, acoso, intimidación o abuso.

Las preguntas o quejas de acusaciones de discriminación, acoso, intimidación y abuso o las preocupaciones sobre la igualdad y el cumplimiento de la ley con relación al artículo IX del Código de Educación deben ser dirigidas a la Oficina del Asistente del Superintendente para los Servicios de Enseñanza al (408) 347-5061 o a la siguiente dirección: 830 N. Capitol Ave, San José, Ca 95133.

Tuyên Bố Không Phân Biệt Đối Xử
(Non-Discrimination Statement)

Học Khu Trung Học East Side nghiêm cấm mọi hành vị kỳ thị, quấy nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt trong các chương trình giáo dục, các hoạt động hoặc trong công việc không được đặc trên cơ sở về tổ tiên, chủng tộc hoặc sắc tộc, tôn giáo, giới tính, khuynh hướng tình dục, cha mẹ, người mang thai, gia đình, hoặc tình trạng hôn nhân, hoặc liên hệ với một người hoặc một nhóm với nhiều điểm thực tế hoặc đặc điểm về nhận thức. Học Khu Trung Học East Side đòi hỏi nhân viên nhà trường phải tiến hành ngay các biện pháp can thiệp một cách an toàn khi họ chứng kiến các hành vi kỳ thị, quấu rối, hăm dọa hoặc bắt nạt.

Nếu có các câu hỏi hoặc khiếu nạo về sự phân biệt đối xử, sách nhiễu, hăm dọa và bắt nạt hoặc liên quan đến Title IX sự công bằng và tuân thủ các điều này xin qúy vị liên lạc với Văn phòng Phó Tổng Giám Đốc Đặc Trách Giáo Dục tại số điện thoại (408) 347-5061 hoặc địa chỉ 830 N. Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95133.