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e-News for Tuesday, September 3, 2019

e-News for Tuesday, September 3, 2019

First Public Hearing Regarding Map Options for “By-Trustee-Area” Elections

As part of the District’s transition from “at large” to “by-Trustee-area” elections, tonight, Tuesday, September 3, is the first of five opportunities for the public to provide input on proposed maps for Trustee areas.  All three of the map options being considered meet the legal requirements outlined in CVRA and are available for review here.  More detailed map options can be found below:

Scenario 1

Scenario 2

Scenario 3

The District is providing five in-person opportunities to the community to review and provide feedback over the next six weeks before the Board of Trustees votes on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for a map that will be put into effect for the November 2020 Board elections.

This release of map options comes at the end of the “Pre-Map” period wherein the District engaged the community with two public hearings to solicit input before drawing map options. 

Each map option for consideration:

  1. Meets the equal population requirement (that each trustee area have equal population with up to a 10% variance);
  2. Creates at least one trustee area wherein the Hispanic/Latino population and two trustee areas wherein the Asian population increases to majority influence by Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP/eligible voters) based on up-to-date CVAP statistics compared to District-wide averages;
  3. Complies with the Federal Voting Rights Act;
  4. Respects communities of interest as much as possible;
  5. Is compact and contiguous as much as possible; and
  6. Follows man-made and natural geographic features as much as possible.

Upcoming Meeting and Hearing Schedule

September 3, 2019 – 1st Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)

September 4, 2019 – Community Input Meeting regarding Map Options at 5:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School (31604 Alvarado Bl., Union City, CA 94587)

September 5, 2019 – Community Input Meeting regarding Map Options at 5:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose room at Cesar Chavez Middle School (2801 Hop Ranch Rd., Union City, CA 94587)

September 17, 2019 – 2nd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)

October 1, 2019 – 3rd Public Hearing regarding Map Options at 6:30 p.m. and adopt map option during the Governing Board meeting at the District Office Board Room (34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587)

The New Haven community is invited to attend as many meetings and public hearings as you would like.  If you cannot attend and wish to review and/or comment regarding the proposed map options under consideration, please submit your comments and feedback to  All map preference feedback will be relayed to the Board prior to its discussion and adoption of a map option. 

Pioneer Elementary Teacher Receives American Literacy Corporation Award

Benilda Medders, a teacher at Pioneer Elementary School, has been awarded one of the 2018-19 “Outstanding Contributions to Literacy” awards by the American Literacy Corporation. This award will be presented at a reception held on October 19th at the Officer's Club in Sacramento, California. Ms. Medders is also a member of the Alameda County Reading Association, the local chapter of the California Reading Association. 

The American Literacy Corporation (ALC), a non-profit organization, annually grants $2000 awards to selected teachers and certificated support personnel in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. These are enthusiastic teachers who create an environment of success, where students are excited and motivated to learn. These outstanding teachers serve as leaders in their own schools, districts, and communities. Winners also receive a $500 grant to be used for a school-wide literacy event. Winners who submit a letter from their local California Reading Association chapters also receive a grant for $500.00 for their chapter. 

Superintendent's Survey

Our superintendent, Dr. Thompson, is currently gathering information from stakeholders across our organization that will become the basis for working with the School Board to develop a new strategic action plan for the District.  We encourage you to participate in this process. To participate by answering a short five-question survey, please click here

Emanuele Elementary Upper Grade Students Invited to Participate in Robotics and Debate

The Emanuele Tiger Community is excited to invite all fourth and fifth graders to participate in the Robotics STEAM Team or join the Speech and Debate Club this year.  The Emanuele Robotics Team, in its seventh year, with sponsorship by The Girl Scouts "Space Cookies Team," is learning to program, research and participate in a FIRST LEGO League Challenge, to be held at NASA, on November 16, 2019. The Robotics Team is fortunate to have Logan Student, Rayna Arora, as lead Robotics Coach, along with Mrs. Arora, and Ms. Gina Pacaldo.

The Emanuele Speech and Debate Club is beginning its third year, thanks to the initiative of Logan Student, Aditi Sharma. Both programs are free after school enrichment programs that offer options for students to have a fun time while doing guided Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, Speech and Debate activities, projects and public presentations.

Special Education Meet and Greet Dinner ~ September 16th at 6:00pm

Mission Valley SELPA is hosting a Meet & Greet Dinner on September 16th.  Join us for a BBQ dinner and an opportunity to meet and connect with your Special Education Director and network with other parents. Learn about what’s new in special education in New Haven. This event will be hosted at Mission Valley ROP, located at 5019 Stevenson Blvd, in Fremont.

10th Anniversary Mutt Strut October 5, 2019

Attention dog lovers! The New Haven Schools Foundation is once again presenting its super-popular “Mutt Strut” event on Saturday, October 5. This is a great opportunity to bring the family to walk or run with your dog on the beautiful grounds of the Masonic Home in the Union City hills. There will be games, costume contests, and other pet-related vendors.  New this year is the Tickle Me Petting Zoo. Individual and family tickets are on sale now at and prices go up on September 20.  Guests receive an event t-shirt and a goody bag with lots of treats.  For more information, please click here.

Alameda County Teacher Day at the Coliseum

The Oakland Athletics will be hosting Alameda County Teacher and Educator Day at the Oakland Coliseum for their game on Sunday, September 8, starting at 1:05 pm against the Detroit Tigers.  Discounted tickets for the game can be purchased here.  These discounted tickets are available to those who work in education along with their family and friends.  Click here for more information.

Professional Development Opportunity

Are you an educator working with a student who has Down syndrome who spends at least a portion of his/her day in a general education setting?  Do you need help figuring out how to modify the curriculum and activities for a student working below grade level? The Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area is proud to present a workshop entitled Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Down Syndrome.  Attending participants will learn about topics such as inclusion, using peer supports, and modifying from a strength-based approach. This workshop is free and is open to all; teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents. For more information, please click here.  Interested individuals can find registration information here.

Cypress Mandela Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Program Information Session, September 12

Cypress Mandela is a nationally-recognized West Oakland based nonprofit that operates a hands-on, pre-apprenticeship program for adults with the aim of placing graduates into local construction jobs. With its “boot camp” discipline and emphasis on life skills as well as technical construction trade skills, Cypress Mandela has proved to be particularly successful in serving young adults whose life experiences have been challenging. The program has an impressive 85-90% job placement rate.

An orientation and application session will be held on Thursday, September 12th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Cypress Mandela Training Center, Union City Satellite Site located at the former Barnard-White Middle School campus, 725 Whipple Rd, Union City.   Click here for more information.