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e-News for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

e-News for Tuesday, September 10, 2019

“By Trustee Area” Election Update and New Trustee Area Maps

The District has begun the process of transitioning from “at-large” Trustee elections to "by Trustee area" election where the District is divided into five areas that will ultimately be represented by one Trustee per area. Conceptual maps have been drafted for this transition and are available for review. These maps and other relevant information are available on our website and can be accessed by selecting the following link: By Trustee Election Link.

Board Committees on Finance and Communication 

At the August 20 Board meeting, two Board committees were created: (1) the Budget & Finance Committee; and (2) the Communication & Advocacy Committee. These committees are designed to be small working groups consisting of two Board members and a few staff members. During these meetings, the Board members will act in an advisory capacity to assist staff in planning and implementing work related to the committee subject areas. Since they contain less than a quorum of board members, no actions can be taken during these meetings and the normal regulations that dictate how Board meetings must operate do not apply.

Though not regular Board meetings, announcements and notifications about these meetings will be given in the same manner as regular Board meetings so that members of our community may come and observe. Any recommendations that come from these committees will be taken to the full Board at a regularly scheduled Board meeting for action.

The Budget & Finance Committee will work on creating a budget development plan for the 2020-21 school year and the first meeting is scheduled for September 19 at 4:00 p.m. The Communication & Advocacy Committee will begin developing a plan to improve our communication systems and to develop a community outreach and marketing plan. The first meeting for this committee will be on September 26 at 4:00 p.m. Both of these meetings will take place in the Educational Services Center.

Superintendent's Survey

This survey will be open through the month of September for all stakeholders to provide input to the superintendent who will use this information to recommend new district goals to the NHUSD Board of Education. Please take the time to complete this brief survey to help inform these goals. You can access the survey by selecting the following link: Superintendent's Survey

The Importance of Free and Reduced Priced Meal Applications

The Free/Reduced Priced Meal Program benefits the District and families in a variety of areas unrelated to school meals including school funding, low-cost internet access, college application fees, SAT fees and transit passes (check with the local transit agency or BART). Even if your child doesn't plan to eat school lunches, it is important to fill out the Free/Reduced Priced Meal Program application to ensure our schools and families receive all available benefits of this program. 

Households may apply online for the school year 2019-2020 by clicking here. Paper applications are also now available to all District households.  Applications may be obtained at all school sites and at the office of Food & Nutrition Services located at 2831 Faber Street in Union City, California 94587

For more information about the benefits of the Free/Reduced Priced Meal Program, click here.

Union City Family Center ~ We are here for the children: As many times ... as long as it takes!

The Union City Family Center (UCFC) is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City (Barnard-White Middle School).  Preparing children ages 0-5 for kinder readiness through the First 5 Alameda County Neighborhoods Ready for School (NRFS) grant. Please join us at:

  • Grand Opening of the 'Little Hands: Learn n' Play Room' on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the UCFC.  Thank you to First 5 Alameda County's NRFS grant and Fremont Bank in helping us to create a special space where children ages 0-5 can play, learn, and begin to get ready for kindergarten. Dads, Moms,Grandparents and Caretakers will be able to participate in story time, art and outdoor activities with their little ones. Join us for TOT TIME beginning September 10th at 11:30 am at the Union City Family Center's 'Little Hands: Learn n' Play Room.' For more information, click here and here.
  • Family Game Night is a free and fun opportunity for families in need of a place to go with their kids on a Friday evening beginning on Friday, October 11 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the UCFC. We would love to have about five High School volunteers who are looking for community service hours to host a board game table. A special invitation to our Father figures in our community. For more information, please contact: Imelda Rivas at or 510 476-2770 ext. 61061. Please click here for more information.
  • Story Time at SEA or HVC for children ages 0-5 that are currently being hosted at Searles and Hillview Crest Elementary Schools.These story time programs consist of stories, songs, rhymes and movement activities.  Come join the fun of reading and learning with your little ones! Story time starts at 8:15 am every Wednesday. Please contact your Family Service Assistant Maria Lazo, Alexandra Cardenas or the Union City Family Center for additional information. Click here for Searles informationClick here for Hillview Crest information.

Meeting the needs of our students and their families to thrive, succeed, and achieve!  Join us (the Union City Family Center) for regular food distribution every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m at the UCFC. Volunteers are welcome!  

District African American Advisory (DAAA) Committee Meetings

We would like to invite members of the New Haven Community to our District African American Advisory Committee meetings for the upcoming school year. 

The purpose of the DAAA is to:

  • Create a systemic processes to prepare African American students for a required A-G path to college K-12
  • Incorporate practices that support the DAAA purpose into the operation of ALL school sites, i.e., Academic supports, Mentorships, Speakers, etc.
  • Serve as a forum to meet and discuss without inhibition how to best serve African American students
  • Address policies and practices that inhibit the DAAA mission 
  • Engage in celebrations, recognition  and Saturday enrichment program

District African American Advisory (DAAA) Meetings 

Education Services Center

34200 Alvarado Niles Road

Room AB

5:45pm - 7:30pm


Mondays on October 7, November 4, December 2, January 13, February 10, March 2, April 13, May 11, and June 15

James Logan Class of 1979, 40 Year Class Reunion

Alumni of James Logan High School’s Class of 1979 will be celebrating their 40th Class Reunion on Saturday, October 19, at the Marriott Hotel in Pleasanton.  Please click here for more information.

Special Education Meet and Greet Ice Cream Social ~ September 16th at 6:00pm

Mission Valley SELPA is hosting a Meet & Greet Dinner on September 16th.  Join us for ice cream 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. Please click here for more information.

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.

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.