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E-News for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

E-News for Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Logan Students Sweep Biomedical Engineering Honors Society Competition
Ten schools, a total of thirty student teams, participated in the Biomedical Engineering Honors Society Competition held at UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall.  Teams were tasked to create unique solutions to a societal problem of their choice. Teams could choose to focus on either synthetic biology or medical devices. Groups had seven weeks to research their solutions, then submit a scientific poster and academic video. At the competition, each team had to provide two industry pitches and two academic presentations to UC Berkeley undergraduates and professors.

This year, two teams from Logan competed, each with five students. As a result of the teams' hard work, both were victors: James Logan Team A (Summer Batasin, Truc Le, Vincent Peng, Toan Nguyen, and Nathan Ho) won first place in the medical devices category with their project “Modified Foley Catheter with a Concertina-Type Hinge and Anti-Biofilm Coating”, while James Logan Team B (Romy Mastel, Abhijeet Grewal, Alan Lin, Justin Tran, Ivan Liongson) won first place in the synthetic biology category with their project “Using Mastocyte Suppression to Combat Neuroinflammation in Autism Spectrum Disorders”.

Both teams won devices to be used in their school's curriculum, pertaining to their categories. These wins were a first for Logan High Schools students, but definitely not the last.

Following their victories, James Logan Team A has consulted a patent lawyer to patent their device, while James Logan Team B has met to discuss fine-tuning their project, and eventually getting support to professionally research it.

Next Meeting to Discuss Racial Tensions on School Campuses Scheduled for April 17th

As the District continues in its attempts to address issues of group-related tensions that spill over to our campuses, we have scheduled our next Community Meeting for Monday, April 17th. The meeting will begin at 6:00 PM at the District Office.

The issues that manifest on our campuses are deeply seeded and long held. The District has been working in collaboration with the City Union City leadership to address the situation. It may seem as though this is a matter germane to high schools. Quite the contrary. These seem to be issues that take place away from campuses with campus being the convenient meeting place.  

At the April 17 meeting, the focus will be on strategizing potential options that will, at a minimum, begin the dialogue about the impacts of violence on the schools and the community as a whole.

Kitayama Teacher Highlighted in Washington Post for Using News to Teach Empathy

Kitayama Elementary School fifth-grade teacher, Kelly Payton, was highlighted in a Washington Post article regarding her use of Newsela, a website that takes current news stories that focus on the concerns and plights of others and rewrites them for students of varying reading levels.

A link to the article can be found here.

Logan’s Prince/Princess Project Needs Your Help!

The Logan Prince/Princess Project will be loaning caps and gowns to graduating seniors who need them. THey are in dire need of donations of red caps and gowns.  Anyone who has a red (or black) cap and gown to donate can bring it to Logan, attention Erin Dal Porto (room 42). Also, if you have borrowed a cap and gown in the past, we kindly ask you to return it to Erin Dal Porto as soon as possible.

Ballet Folklórico to Host All-Pro Wrestling, Saturday, April 22

The Ballet Folklórico will sponsor an All-Pro Wrestling Event Saturday, April 22nd, in the Guy Emanuele Pavilion.  Former Logan student, Joey Gaytan, aka, “TMD”  will be one of the headliners!  Ring Side seats are $20 and regular admission is $15.  For more information and tickets contact WWW.ALLPROWRESTLING.COM or see Mr. Huertas in the Dance Studio after school every Wednesday through Friday.

New Haven Schools Foundation’s Earth Day Run for Our Schools, Saturday, April 22

5K/10K fans, families and students of the New Haven Unified School District and the surrounding communities are invited to be a part of this popular chip-timed event.  Runners and walkers can look forward to a great race that starts and finishes at Cesar Chavez Middle School.  Check-in and race day registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  The start time for the 5K and 10K races is 9:30 a.m.  The 5K/10K race course closes at 11:30 a.m.

Youth races are also a part of the day’s events.  Youth races will start at 11:00 a.m.

  • Kindergarten to 5th grade – 400 meters

  • 6th grade to 8th grade – 800 meters

  • 9th to 12th grade 1 mile

New Haven Schools and community businesses and non-profits will have Earth Day themed booths at Cesar Chavez track from 8:30 to noon.  Bring the family for Earth Day related activities and information – a great way to celebrate Earth Day!!

More details and a printed flyer for race registration is available here.

Online registration is available at

This event is a fundraiser for the New Haven Schools Foundation benefiting the students and teachers of New Haven Unified School District.

Second Annual Arlevia Livingston Heptathlon/Decathlon to be Held, April 14, 15

The second annual Arlevia Livingston Heptathlon/Decathlon will be held this Friday and Saturday at James Logan High School.  Information regarding the event can be found here.
Arlevia was a special young lady to many people.  Please come and share with us what she shared with you!  There will be a special ceremony on Saturday, April 15, at 10:45 a.m. before the second day of the heptathlon starts.

Ballet Folklórico to Hold Annual Concierto de Primavera, Friday, May 12th

The Ballet Folklórico will be holding its annual Concierto de Primavera (Spring Dance Concert) Friday, May 12th, starting at  8pm in Logan High School’s Center of the Performing Arts. They will be premiering new dances from various regions of Mexico.  Live music will be provided by a Mariachi and Puerto Rican Folklórico musicians. Two local children groups will also perform.

Tickets will be reserve seating this year: Adults $20; $15 Senior Citizens; $12 for students with I.D. and $10 for children under 12 yrs.

Please contact Jaime Huertas by emailing him at Logan or personal email  More information on the website.

Alameda County Reading Association to Host Book Club for Semester Credit

Need semester units? Join Alameda County Reading Association for a chance to engage in conversation and learning centered around growth mindset. Read A Mindset for Learning, by Christine Hertz and Kristine Mraz.  Then, join ACRA for a book club discussion. Earn a semester unit while doing so.  The book club discussion will be held Thursday, April 13 at El Patio Restaurant, 37311 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, from 4:00 - 5:30 pm.  Please click here for more details.  Contact Sandy De Muri at to sign up.

Logan Track and Field Star to Sign with Graceland College

Logan senior, Payton Young, will have a signing celebration on Thursday, April 13,
in the Student Union.  The celebration will start at 6:00 PM.  Payton will be signing with Graceland College in Iowa.  Payton is a jumper and multi-event student/athlete on the Track and Field Team.

James Logan HS Puente Program Day at the Oakland A's
Help the James Logan HS Puente Program raise money for our Southern California college trip! Join us on Saturday, April 22, for an A's game! First 10,000 fans get an A's/Warriors T-shirt. Tickets are $20 each in the Plaza Outfield Section. See linked flyer for details.

Searles Elementary Day with the Oakland A's
Join Searles Elementary School on Saturday, April 22, for an A's game! First 10,000 fans get an A's/Warriors T-Shirt. Tickets are $20 each in the Plaza Reserved Section. Please click here for more information.

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

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.

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.

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!  Please click here for more information.  Proceeds from this event will go towards our community's families in need.

Traffic Violator School
Got a ticket? No problem! New Haven Adult School offers an instructor-led, DMV-approved, Traffic School one time per month. To register, call or stop by. 600 G Street, Union City, CA 94587. Click here

  • April 15, 8am-4:30pm

  • May 20, 8am-4:30pm

High School Diploma & GED
We want YOU! Don't put off graduation any longer. Work at your own pace, in a classroom or online. Register any time. We have morning, afternoon and evening classes available. Only 140 credits needed to graduate. Participate in a Cap and Gown Ceremony (available each year in June). Click here for more details