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E-News for Tuesday, February 7, 2017


E-News for Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The New Haven Unified School District is seeking the community's input in its search for a Superintendent
In August of 2013, the New Haven Unified School District Board of Education adopted a "Co-Superintendency" model to lead the District.  Chief Academic Officer, Arlando Smith, and Chief Business Officer, Akur Varadarajan, were chosen to take on these roles in addition to serving in their existing capacities.

At the Board's October 18, 2016 meeting, they announced that the Co-Superintendency model had served its purpose and that the Board would begin a Superintendent search with the intent that the search be concluded by the end of the 2016-17 school year.  In order to facilitate that search, the District has secured the services of McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C., an executive search firm.

The search firm is meeting with the various stakeholders throughout the community to gain their input in regards to what qualities and characteristics they are looking for in a Superintendent.  To that end, the firm is hosting two Community Forums.  The first forum will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:00 pm (please note that this is an added event).  The second forum will be held on Thursday, February 9, starting at 6:30 pm.  Both forums will be held at the Educational Services Center, located at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  The community is invited to attend these forums and provide their input.  Spanish translation will be available.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but are interested in providing input to the search firm, please click the appropriate link below to answer a brief, five-question survey.

Community Input Survey (English)

Community Input Survey (Spanish)

Community Input Survey (Tagalog)


New Haven Unified Personalization Summit: Call for Proposals

Due to the popularity of last year's Personalization Summit, we will be holding it again this year.  We have room for up to 250 teachers, who will be paid the hourly rate for attending.  Information on registration for the Personalization Summit be available before Spring Break. 


We want to have our own staff lead sessions.  Last year, we had over 50 staff members present.  We will have even more food trucks this year and we will have an exciting keynote from Jaime Casap, the Google Education Evangelist.


WE NEED PRESENTERS!!  If you are interested, please COMPLETE A CALL FOR PROPOSALS.  Presenting teachers will receive compensation for preparing for the presentation.  Proposals are due by February 22, 2017.  


Please contact Kim Klindt at if you have any questions.


Bay Area DaVita Kidney Care Clinics donate $2,000 to Hillview Crest Elementary

Two Bay Area DaVita Kidney Care Clinics each donated $1,000 to Hillview Crest Elementary School.  Pracilla Singh came to Hillview Crest  on Friday, January 27, and presented Principal Jessica Lange Brar with a check from each location.  Principal Lange Brar and the Hillview Crest staff plans to spend the money on classroom libraries.  Teachers with many years of experience will get their classroom libraries updated, and newer teachers will build their collections.  This will allow for the addition of more high-interest books and newer copies of much-loved classics to go home with students daily.  Every Hillview classroom sends books home with students regularly and all students are expected to read regularly at home as part of their at-home skill practice.  DaVita Kidney Care is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.


Writing Workshop Professional Development: Looking at Student Work

Come join us for another writing workshop session. Participants will be given time to analyze their student’s writing, craft teaching points for revision & editing and learn how to personalize instruction to meet the needs of their students. Please bring your Chromebook, earbuds/headphones, and student work (such as writer's notebooks, writing folders, on-demands or drafts, etc.)


Target Audience: TK-5th grade teachers, - all levels of experience

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:45-4:45

Location: ESC, Room A/B

Compensation: Hourly pay or District Credit

To register, please complete this form.


CCMS STEM Robotics Team Needs Your Help!

The Cesar Chavez Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Robotics Team could use support from parents and high school students who are interested in coaching and mentoring younger students.  If you or someone you know has an affinity for technology or robotics, please consider supporting this worthy endeavor.  The CCMS students are eager and the teacher, Carolyn Aguirre, is excited!  We would like to capitalize on the talents and assets that exist within the New Haven community.  If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Aguirre at or Vicki Baker at


The Village Method to Host Black History Celebration

The Village Method (TVM) is hosting a Black History Celebration and has a few spots available for talented students to help us celebrate the month. If you know of any students and/or groups that may be interested in showcasing their talent, please reach out directly to Mark Gaskins at or call 510.470.1721. For more information regarding this event, please see the linked flyer.


Spring Professional Development Opportunities

Many teachers have asked for courses offered for district credit, as a way to learn and as a way to move over on the salary schedule.  This spring, we are offering a variety of professional development opportunities for district credit. Please click on this link to learn more.


Careers in Education Fair, Saturday, February 11

Co-hosted by the Alameda County Office of Education and the New Haven Unified School District, the Careers in Education Fair is for the community of current Kindergarten - 12th Grade educators looking to advance their careers and those interested in pursuing a career in K - 12 education. The event will be held at at the James Logan High School Pavilion, located at 1800 H St., Union City, CA, on Saturday, February 11, from 9-11:30am.  For more information, please click here.


Applications Now Being Accepted for Peer Language Model Program

New Haven Unified School District accepts a few typically developing peers to serve as language models in each of our preschool classrooms.  General education peers are placed according to availability. The Peer Language Model component is an important part of our program.  Children learn not only from adults, but from watching and interacting with other children.  New Haven is now accepting applications for Fall 2016. Please pick up an application at the ESC or contact Mary Rios at 471-1100 x60517.  For an application, please click this link.


District African American Advisory (DAAA) to Host Zumba Fundraiser

Mark your calendars!  DAAA will host a Zumba Night to raise money for the Dream Scholarship on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Itliong Vera Cruz Middle School (Multipurpose Room).  Join former Logan Teacher, Jacki Sprague and fellow instructors for an exciting event!  $10 cash at the door. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support the students with a donation using the New Haven Foundation PayPal Giving fund. After you make your donation, you will receive a confirmation email from PayPal. Please forward that information to with instructions to direct your donation to “The Dream Scholarship.” Your donation is considered a tax-deductible contribution to the PayPal Giving nonprofit, so save your email notice for your tax return.  Thank you in advance for the support. 


Attention 2017 Graduates:  NHSF Scholarship Application Period Opens Feb. 6

Last year, the New Haven Schools Foundation awarded $106,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.  Students planning to graduate in 2017 from James Logan High School, Conley-Caraballo High School, New Haven Adult School, and the Decoto School for Independent Study are eligible to apply for community-funded scholarships beginning February 6.  At that time, students may self-register online at, complete the application form and submit their essays and letters of reference. All applications must be completed by February 28, 2017.


NHSF Grant Application Period Opens Jan. 30

Every year, the New Haven Schools Foundation awards grants to teachers and classrooms in NHUSD.  This annual tradition recognizes innovative ideas for learning that may not be covered by normal classroom and school budgets  Winning a grant is an exciting event for the student and teacher beneficiaries!  Teachers and administrators may apply for grants beginning Monday, January 30, 2017.  


Three types of grants may be requested:

  • Innovations in Education – classroom grants for teachers.
  • Project: Enrichment – grants for co- and extra-curricular programs.
  • Brian Kelly Tutoring Grants – grants awarded primarily to tutoring programs.

All applications must be submitted by February 17, 2017. Visit  to apply.


New Haven Adult School News

2nd Annual Open House March 4th

Mark your calendars! New Haven Adult School, your pathway to success, is hosting it's 2nd annual Open House on Saturday March 4th from 11am-2pm. This is a community event and is open to the public. New and prospective students will have the opportunity to meet the staff, tour the school and register for Spring Quarter. Partners of NHAS will have tables set up with resources for the entire family. There will also be food, fun and games for children. Please see flyer for additional details. If your organization would like to register a table for our event, please send inquiries to Jami Majewski at or click here for details.


VITA & New Haven Adult School partner to bring Free Tax Preparation 
Why pay for tax prep? If your annual household income is $54,000 or less, visit our FREE TAX PREP site at New Haven Adult School. See flyers for details (EnglishSpanish and Chinese).


New Haven Adult School

600 G Street, Union City

Saturdays 10am-1:30pm

January 28-April 15 (closed March 4th)



NEW ESL class! If you're an English language learner (18+) and get confused by American humor and expressions OR want to work on your pronunciation, this class is for YOU! This class is FREE and open to all levels. See flyer for details. Open enrollment January 23-March 16. Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:45am-1:00pm. See flyer for details.

Register by phone or in person
New Haven Adult School

600 G Street, Union City
(510) 489-2185


Residential & In-Home Health Care Training in Union City!

This new hybrid class begins February 22nd. Students will enjoy in person classes combined with online assignments. As a student you’ll learn how to provide person-centered support for daily living activities to clients in their homes and/or residential care facilities. You’ll learn about common diseases, infections, chronic illnesses and disorders found in a residential care setting; techniques to assist clients with self-management and activities like bathing, dressing, hygiene care, diet, exercise, social interactions, and more. You’ll learn how to assist in clients taking medications properly and how to assist them in community and social engagement activities. See flyer for details. 


Logan Boosters to Host Third Annual Crab Feed

The James Logan High School Athletic Boosters will host their Third Annual Crab Feed on Saturday, March 18.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the James Logan High School athletic teams.  Please click here for more information.


TK-5 Writing Workshop Professional Development

We are offering a series of after school workshops on Writing Workshop.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with grade-level colleagues from across the district and Literacy Coaches to deepen their understanding and practice of Writer’s Workshop. Topics will include: Opinion/Argument Writing, Revision & Editing, as well as Informational /Explanatory text. Each session will include time to plan, discuss and explore mentor text, and engage in a blended learning model.  Participants may attend 1, 2, or all 3 sessions!  Hourly pay or district credit will be available.  


Please click on this link to register.  We hope to see you there!


Union City Kids' Zone - SAVE THE DATES and more ...

Union City Kids' Zone Open House Celebration - Saturday, March 25, 2017 

Union City Kids' Zone Community and Service Partners Invite You to "Welcome to the Zone" Our Open House Celebration.  Come learn more about Union City Kids' Zone & Partner services, while enjoying food, fun, activities, music, and more on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Barnard-White Middle School (725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA).


Union City Kids' Zone to Host Vino with Amigos Fundraiser, Friday, May 5, 2017

Going to wine country is fun, but sometimes it’s nice to not have to drive miles and miles from one winery to another.  Be surrounded by friends for a night of fun and Cinco de Mayo festivities as we bring wine country to Union City for a great cause!  Come learn the stories behind six different Latino-owned wines and sample each one at the Union City Kids' Zone's Vino with Amigos!  Ticket information, location and time will be announced soon!

Proceeds from this event will go towards our community's families in need.