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E-News for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

E-News for Tuesday, May 14, 2019


Two Public Hearings to be Held Regarding Transition to By-Trustee Election System

At its April 30 meeting, the Board heard a presentation from Peter Fagen, of Fagen, Friedman, and Fulfrost LLP, who shared information regarding the California Voting Rights Act or CVRA.  The CVRA prohibits the use of “at-large” elections when such an election system “impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election”.  An “at-large” election refers to elections where individuals are elected to represent the whole of a city, state or district. New Haven Unified elects its school board members through an at-large election process. Mr. Fagen explained that if at-large elections prevent a “protected class” of citizens to elect a representative member, then the system is prohibited. One way to address the challenges of an at-large election is to move to an election by “trustee area” which means that a district would be divided into individual areas where registered members of those areas can elect their own representative.


New Haven Unified was recently informed that our current at-large election process was preventing a protected class of citizens from electing a representative to the school board and that the district must move to a “by-trustee area” election system.  Mr. Fagen shared that cities and school districts throughout the state were all being served with similar notices. He went on to explain that government agencies (cities and school districts) who have gone on to fight these notices in court were losing routinely and were obligated to pay not only their own attorneys’ costs but those of the organization that were demanding the change in the legal system.  Mr. Fagen went on to give examples of government agencies that had fought, lost, and the millions of dollars that they were being forced to pay.


Mr. Fagen went on to explain the process and timeline for moving from an at-large election to a by-trustee area election system.  The Board voted to begin the transition to a by-trustee area election system beginning with the 2020 Governing Board Election. Mr. Fagen’s presentation can be found here.


Public hearings will be held by the Governing Board of the New Haven Unified School District as part of the transition to a by-trustee area election system to receive community comments and public testimony concerning the composition of potential trustee voting areas in advance of the the preparation of draft trustee voting area plans by the District’s demographer.


The hearings will be held on Wednesday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 28, both starting at 6:00 p.m. and held at the Board Room of the Educational Services Center located at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.


For more information, please click here.


Logan’s Institute of Community Leaders to Hold Exhibition Night, Thursday, May 16

The Institute of Community Leaders (ICL) is holding its 7th annual Exhibition Night on Thursday, May 16th!  Join us to applaud our ICL 9th and 10th graders' hard work throughout the year. We will also hold a Senior Signing Ceremony, as our graduating seniors announce where they will be attending next year.  Exhibition Night will be held in Memorial Square, at the far end of Logan's campus, from 6:30 - 8:15 pm. We hope to see you there!


4th Annual African American Recognition and Celebration, Saturday, June 1

The New Haven Unified School District and the District African American Advisory (DAAA) would like to invite you to the 4th Annual African American Recognition and Celebration.  This will be an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the achievements of African American students in our district that are current 5th, 8th, and 12th graders who are either promoting to the next grade span or graduating!  The event will take place on Saturday, June 1st at 2:00 p.m. at James Logan Pavilion, located at 1800 H Street in Union City. This event is free and we are hoping that you will join us in rallying together to acknowledge the achievements of our students! For more information, please click here or email Rhonda Flemming at rflemming@nhusd.k12.ca.us.


JLHS Athletics Presents 33rd Annual Summer Camps!

The James Logan High School Athletic Program is proud to offer its 33rd Annual Summer Camps.  Sports offered this summer (subject to change) are Badminton, Boys Basketball, Football, Girls Basketball, Girls Volleyball, Boys Water Polo, Girls Water Polo, Swimming, Track & Field, Cross Country, Wrestling!  Please click here for more information.


CCHS Students to be Featured at Studio 11 Gallery Art Show, June 7

Students from Conley-Caraballo High School will be featured in an art show entitled, “Celebrating Creativity at Conley”.  The show, intended to be an opportunity to showcase Conley talent and celebrate our community, will include art, poetry, and interdisciplinary projects created by Conley-Caraballo students.  The event will be held on Friday, June 7, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Studio 11 Gallery, located at 34626 11th Street in Union City.  Appetizers will be provided by the school’s culinary department and music will be provided by the music club.


Click here for more information.


Latino Parents Advisory Meeting, Thursday, May 23

Latino Parents Advisory meeting, May, 23rd, 5:45 p.m., Barnard White Middle School campus. This will be the final meeting of this year. There will be two presentations that evening:


5:50 p.m.: MATH SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES - How To Help Your Child When They Don't Understand The Language of Math


6:20 p.m.: Trauma Informed Practices Social Emotional Learning


Please join us.


Ballet Folklorico de James Logan Spring Concert Friday, May 17

The Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School will be holding their annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 17, at Logan’s Center for the Performing Arts, beginning at 8:00 p.m.  Information about the event and how to purchase tickets can be found here.


AES Parent-Teacher Club Sponsors “Healing for Mothers” Day Long Retreat

The Alvarado Elementary School Parent Teacher Club (AEPTC) is sponsoring a day long "Healing for Mothers" retreat on Saturday, May 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Alvarado Elementary.  The retreat will include yoga, meditation, self care tools, and the most profound of all: rebirthing.


For more information about the retreat and to purchase tickets (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the AEPTC), please click here.


Logan’s Institute of Community Leaders to Hold Exhibition Night, Thursday, May 16

The Institute of Community Leaders (ICL) is holding its 7th annual Exhibition Night on Thursday, May 16th!  Join us to applaud our ICL 9th and 10th graders' hard work throughout the year. We will also hold a Senior Signing Ceremony, as our graduating seniors announce where they will be attending next year.  Exhibition Night will be held in Memorial Square, at the far end of Logan's campus, from 6:30 - 8:15 pm. We hope to see you there!


Pilipinx Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 1st

Registration is now open for the First Annual Pilipinx Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, June 1st. This special ceremony will be hosted by New Haven PASE ( Pilipino American Society for Education) and Filipino Youth Association (FYA) at Itliong Vera-Cruz Middle School.  This ceremony does not replace the traditional Logan High Ceremony. We will also acknowledge PASE Scholarship recipients and will end with a light refreshments. All students who identify as Filipino are invited.


Please register via the following link: http://bit.ly/PilGrad2019


CCMS Retirees 2019 - Save the Date

CCMS will be honoring their 2019 retirees: Teri Gruenwald, Joni Gilbertson, and Ester Claudio. Please join us to help celebrate!  Friday, May 31 at El Torito in San Leandro. The cost is $35.00 per person which will include a buffet dinner. Please RSVP no later than Friday, May 10 to Doris Gallagher at CCMS. Checks can be made payable to the CCMS Staff Fund.  Click here for more information.


Union City Family Center (formerly Kids' Zone)
The Union City Family Center (UCFC) operates a dynamic Family Center, located on the campus of the Barnard-White Middle School.  UCFC Family Liaisons, assigned to specific school sites, expand access to UCFC and partner resources for the community. Liaisons provide case management and resource linkages for displaced/low wage families/youth who receive needed support with shelter, transportation, emergency food, clothing, job training/job search (Highway to Work & Cypress Mandela), financial coaching/taxes (SparkPoint), affordable childcare (Kidango) applying for benefits, and our safe parking lots program for displaced families ~ all co-located at the Union City Family Center. UCFC partners with community volunteers and over 35 community agencies!  


The Union City Family Center is now an Alameda County Food distribution site! Food will be distributed every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. UCFC is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA (on the Barnard-White Middle School campus). Volunteers are welcome!