Public Notice

Dear Community, 

Due to forecasted strong and dry winds, PG&E is considering proactively turning off power for safety across portions of San Mateo and other Bay Area counties. When gusty winds and dry conditions occur, combined with a heightened fire risk, PG&E may need to turn off power for public safety.  

At this time, none of the schools in the Brisbane School District are anticipated to be affected. I will continue to monitor this development and communicate with all staff and families if this situation changes. We will share any information we have about the duration of the outage and our plans, including a possible school closure, if needed. We have plans in place for short-term power outages; however, an extended power outage could leave us without water and sewer services. My hope is that I can give ample notice if a school closure must occur. 

This potential power outage is a great time to make sure that your household is prepared in the event of an extended power outage and natural disaster. More information can be found  at to help your family prepare for a disaster. 

I would also like to take this time to share with the community a document the District put together on how we plan to address potential air quality issues in out District. Please review the attached FAQ to fully understand how we plan on addressing air quality circumstances. 

Thank you, 

Ronan Collver



Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

Brisbane School District Community,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

I often tell people that the first day of school is by far my favorite school day. The

energy level of the students and staff is always very high as the excitement of a new

beginning is upon us. The key is finding ways to keep that enthusiasm and energy up

throughout the school year. I suggest staying in contact with your child’s teacher,

participating in school activities, and taking an active role in your child’s education.

The site administrators as well as myself are here to assist whenever possible.

We have some changes this year in the Brisbane School District that I would like to

share with you. Due to enrollment being up at both Panorama Elementary School

and Brisbane Elementary School, we welcome two new teachers. Jamie Lerner at

BES and Katherine Tang at Panorama. Both will be teaching 3 rd grade at their

respective schools. With the increase in school populations, we found it necessary to

hire additional staff to keep our class sizes at manageable numbers. Ms. Heather

Carr relocated out of the area this summer, and we were fortunate to hire Dina

Warren just prior to the start of the school year. Panorama also has a new Special

Education resource teacher, Wendy Ferrigno, who filled the vacancy left by Miranda

Calkins. Jennifer Roberts returns to BSD to serve as our School Psychologist. We are

all very happy to have her back in the District. I am also proud to introduce two new

paraprofessionals to our District. Both are new as employees, however, not new to

our community. Amanda Foulds will serve as a paraprofessional at BES and James

Fletcher has been assigned to Lipman Middle School.

I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Andrea Katotokis for her

many years of service in the District as well as welcome Traci Storer to her new

position in the District as the Principal of BES. Ms. Storer’s departure from Lipman

left the District searching for a new 8 th grade teacher. Dan Herve was hired this

summer as the newest member of the Lipman family.

We were fortunate to purchase a new school bus this summer, and we can’t wait for

the children to use it for field trips as BSD strongly supports “being there”

experiences for our students. As with all new school busses, our new bus is fully

equipped with seat belts. Our very own Martin Gonzalez is will be finishing up his

school bus driver requirements and will have the bus on the road early this Fall.

Our staff is very dedicated to always improving their trade and becoming students

themselves. This year our District will continue our pursuit of educating ourselves

and our students on the very important concept of equity and anti-bias teaching.

Anti-bias Teaching: What does it mean to be a social justice educator? This

interactive professional development will stretch our understanding and

application of the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. Through

independent, partner and small group work, we’ll explore what social justice

educators do—the big areas of our work and the practices that accompany them.

We’ll also investigate how beliefs and ideology are the single most important factor

to successfully reaching and teaching all students, and we’ll consider our individual,

ongoing professional and personal learning goals. Time will be spent lesson

planning through exploration of the lesson plans, learning plans, student facing texts

and instructional strategies found on .

Another key professional development topic for this school year is science. The Next

Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards.

Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do.

The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.

These standards give local educators the flexibility to design classroom learning

experiences that stimulate students’ interests in science and prepares them for

college, careers, and citizenship. You can find more information on these standards


Our custodian and groundskeeper crew have been working hard all summer to

prepare our facilities for our students and staff. I appreciate the hard work and long

hours they put in all summer long to make repairs and create a clean and welcome


I look forward to seeing many of you through the school year and please do not

hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Ronan Collver



Brisbane School District

New Year Updates from Mr. Collver

Hello Community, 

I hope everyone is settling into the new year, and I hope it is off to a positive start for all of you! I want to take a moment of your time to share some Brisbane School District news with you. 

The California School Dashboard contains important information on schools, districts, and county offices of education to provide a more complete picture of what contributes to a positive educational experience for students. The Dashboard can be found at:

  • When you enter BRISBANE into the search box, you will get 4 choices. Unfortunately, the first two are both called BRISBANE ELEMENTARY. The first one is for BES and the second is for DISTRICT information. The other two are clearly labelled Panorama School and Lipman School. 

  • It is important to note that the Dashboard ratings are based on a difference from one school year to the next. In other words, the 2018(17-18) ratings are based on an increase or decrease in that category from 2017(16-17).

  • Overall, we should be very proud of our ratings on the Dashboard. Our schools are doing a great job!

  • School principals, in conjunction with the District office, will be working with individual schools to formulate ideas to improve some of our ratings that could use improvements. 

  • Data from the Dashboard helps guide stakeholder discussions in annually updating our Local Control Accountability Plan.

School Accountability Report Card: SARC: Please find our SARCs for the 17-18 school year at 

Museum of Tolerance: The majority of our staff will be attending a two-day training at the Museum of Tolerance in  Los Angels on January 28th and 29th. This is a wonderful opportunity for some quality professional development surrounding equity at virtually no cost to the school district. Those who are unable to make the trip will be reviving professional development on social education topics as well as participate in activities surrounding equity in schools. 

School Attendance: I want to take this opportunity to remind families and students of the importance of regular school attendance. We understand that illness does occur and we want students to be healthy at school. Please remember that if you plan on having an activity that takes you away from school for 5 days or more, you can ask for the school to put together an independent study for your child. Independent study information can be found on our website ( or contacting your school.

School Closure: I wanted to address the District's guidelines for closing a school due to the power outage one of our schools suffered this week. Closing school for a day is a very tough decision to make, as you may recall from the concern over air quality over the past few years. Generally, when it comes to closing a school due to a power outage, I look at many factors. Will it affect our school's ability to have a reliable source of water and heat? Will the classroom temperature be acceptable without our HVAC system? How long is the outage predicted to last? Rarely is the circumstance so dire that we need to close a school due to a power outage. However, it is very important that our schools have current parent phone numbers and emails in the event of a school closure. 

Twitter: In an effort to keep up with the times, I am working on sharing wonderful ideas and District topics through Twitter. Follow me at @SuptCollver

Have a great year!
Ronan Collver, Superintendent



Hola comunidad

¡Espero que todos se estén preparando para el nuevo año, y espero que haya tenido un comienzo positivo para todos ustedes! Quiero aprovechar un momento de su tiempo para compartir algunas noticias del Distrito Escolar de Brisbane con usted.

El tablero de la escuela de California contiene información importante sobre escuelas, distritos y oficinas de educación del condado para brindar una imagen más completa de lo que contribuye a una experiencia educativa positiva para los estudiantes. El Tablero se puede encontrar en:

  • Cuando ingrese BRISBANE en el cuadro de búsqueda, obtendrá 4 opciones. Desafortunadamente, los dos primeros se llaman BRISBANE ELEMENTARY. El primero es para BES y el segundo es para información del DISTRITO. Los otros dos están claramente etiquetados como Panorama School y Lipman School.

  • Es importante tener en cuenta que las calificaciones de Dashboard se basan en una diferencia de un año escolar a otro. En otras palabras, las calificaciones de 2018 (17-18) se basan en un aumento o disminución en esa categoría de 2017 (16-17).

  • En general, deberíamos estar muy orgullosos de nuestras calificaciones en el Panel de control. ¡Nuestras escuelas están haciendo un gran trabajo!

  • Los directores de las escuelas, junto con la oficina del Distrito, trabajarán con escuelas individuales para formular ideas para mejorar algunas de nuestras calificaciones que podrían utilizar mejoras.

  • Los datos del Tablero ayudan a guiar las discusiones de los interesados en la actualización anual de nuestro Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local. http: //www.brisbanesd. org / lcap

Informe Escolar de Rendición de Cuentas: SARC: Por favor encuentre nuestros SARC para el año escolar 17-18 en informes/  

Museo de la Tolerancia: La mayoría de nuestro personal asistirá a una capacitación de dos días en el Museo de la Tolerancia en Los Ángeles el 28 y 29 de enero. Esta es una oportunidad maravillosa para un desarrollo profesional de calidad que rodea la equidad prácticamente sin costo para el distrito escolar. Aquellos que no puedan realizar el viaje estarán reviviendo el desarrollo profesional en temas de educación social, así como participarán en actividades relacionadas con la equidad en las escuelas.

Asistencia a la escuela: https: // www. GjGC14cc   Quiero aprovechar esta oportunidad para recordarles a las familias y los estudiantes la importancia de la asistencia regular a la escuela. Entendemos que la enfermedad ocurre y queremos que los estudiantes estén saludables en la escuela. Recuerde que si planea tener una actividad que lo aleje de la escuela durante 5 días o más, puede solicitar que la escuela realice un estudio independiente para su hijo. La información del estudio independiente se puede encontrar en nuestro sitio web ( formas / ) o contactando con su escuela.

Cierre de la escuela: Quería abordar las pautas del Distrito para cerrar una escuela debido al apagón que sufrió una de nuestras escuelas esta semana. Cerrar la escuela por un día es una decisión muy difícil de tomar, como recordará de la preocupación por la calidad del aire en los últimos años. Generalmente, cuando se trata de cerrar una escuela debido a un apagón, observo muchos factores. ¿Afectará la capacidad de nuestra escuela para tener una fuente confiable de agua y calor? ¿Será aceptable la temperatura del aula sin nuestro sistema HVAC? ¿Cuánto tiempo se predice que durará el corte? Rara vez la circunstancia es tan grave que necesitamos cerrar una escuela debido a un apagón. Sin embargo, es muy importante que nuestras escuelas tengan los números de teléfono y correos electrónicos actuales de los padres en caso de que se cierre la escuela.

Gorjeo: En un esfuerzo por mantenerme al día, estoy trabajando para compartir ideas maravillosas y temas del Distrito a través de Twitter. Sígueme en @SuptCollver

Que tengan un buen ano,
Ronan Collver, Superintedent

Dear Brisbane School District Community,

I wanted to communicate out to the community on the Brisbane School District’s
official response to political action that is being organized around the nation related
to gun violence.

I know many of you join me in your personal support of efforts to organize and
peacefully protest. I am sure that you are also, like me, sensitive to the youth in our
district and our role to be politically neutral.

There are three newsworthy national protests identified at this point in time. Below
is a description of each planned event. After each event, I have included official
direction as to how we are going to respond as a district.

March 14, 2018: National School Walkout:
Enough: National School Walkout: Organizers are encouraging teachers, students,
administrators, and others to walk out of class for 17 minutes beginning at 10:00
a.m. This event is intended to be 100% student driven and organized.
Official Direction: As a District, we believe in the students’ rights to free speech and
we will provide staff members on our playground to supervise any students who
choose to exercise this right. Teachers will remain in their classrooms unless called
upon for supervision. Students are to remain on campus.
March 24, 2018: March For Our Lives
March for Our Lives: protest in Washington DC and other cities, including San
Francisco and San Jose. Additional protests might be held in San Mateo County.
Organized by students from Parkland, Florida, “March for Our Lives is created by,
inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their
lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school
shootings that has become all too familiar.”

Official Direction: As this is a Saturday event, there is nothing the district needs to
do to plan or prepare.  Often times, political topics fit into the curriculum of a
particular grade under the topic “civics”. The role of the school district is that of
education and not to impart any of our personal beliefs upon the students.

April 20, 2018: National High School Walkout
National High School Walkout for Anti-Gun Violence. Student-organized walkout
commemorating the 19th anniversary of the Columbine campus shooting. Some
organizers are calling for students to stay out of school until “their demands are
met” (ie. gun laws are changed).

Official Direction: As this event is focused, at least right now, on high schools and it
calls for kids to actually “walk out of school” and not return until congress updates gun laws, it does not apply to the Brisbane School District and we cannot support
students missing school. This event is beyond the district’s ability to provide
support for “safe and peaceful protests that don’t unduly disrupt the school day.”

The District is understanding of the sensitive nature of the horrific event at the
Florida High School and understands that this topic can be very alarming to many of
our students. I want to assure you that we are talking about this in age-appropriate
ways with our student body. At times, this means not talking about it at all. Schools
should focus their discussion on the safety plans at our schools and our protocols in
case of any emergency. As with any emergency, the staff at each school will monitor
the students concerns and act appropriately to ease any stress or tension that may
arise in any of our students.

Thank you for your time,

Ronan Collver