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E-News for Tuesday, May 2, 2017

E-News for Tuesday, May 2, 2017

First Day of School for Next School Year

The first day of school for the 2017-18 school year is Wednesday, August 30, 2017.  The full school calendar will be available shortly.

Thank you for your patience.

Free Pre-Apprentice Construction Program Information Session, Thursday, May 4

Cypress Mandela is a nationally-recognized West Oakland based nonprofit that operates a hands-on, free 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 information session for the next cohort will be held Thursday, May 4, starting at 6:00 pm, at the Union City Satellite Site, located at the Union City Kids Zone, 725 Whipple Road, Union City.

For more information, call (510) 208-7350 or visit their webiste:

Join Us for James Logan High School’s Genius Hour Showcase, Monday, May 15

Three Logan teachers are participating in Genius Hour with their classes this year.  They have offered their students the freedom to pursue their passion, to engage in focused and in-depth study on a topic that inspires them.  Throughout the semester, students have researched their topic, preparing to share their knowledge and inspire others.  Students will be showcasing their learning on Monday, May 15, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at James Logan in the Al Rod Gym and the Pavilion.  ​The students are excited to share what they have learned.  We invite you to attend and help support our students!

Some of the topics include:

  • Programming
  • Concussions and football
  • Game programming/development
  • Philosophy of love
  • Architectural design
  • Feminism
  • Animation
  • Bioengineering
  • Oncology
  • Careers in photography
  • Beauty standards
  • Sports injury
  • Vegetarianism
  • Psychology (the brain's role in depression and love)
  • George Orwell
  • Writing musicals

It would provide tremendous support and validation for the students' hard work and dedication to have members of the New Haven community present to witness and applaud their showcase presentations.

ICL Exhibition Night to be Held Thursday, May 4, 6:30-8:00 pm

The Institute of Community Leaders at James Logan High School -- otherwise known as ICL -- is holding it's annual Exhibition Night on Thursday, May 4th from 6:30 - 8pm.  The community is invited to see all of the hard work our 9th and 10th graders have done this year, and to join us in congratulating our ICL seniors as they 'sign' for the college they will be attending in the fall.  Please join us in Memorial Square, near Logan's Little Theater, at James Logan High School!

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.

New Haven Students Participate in the Tech Challenge
During the weekend of April 29-30, six students from Cesar Chavez and Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle Schools participated in the Tech Museum's Tech Challenge.  Students were challenged to build a device that could traverse a ravine.  The students started their work during the Saturday STEM Enrichment Program in Ms. Vicki Baker's Tech Challenge Class.  Things went so well, six students decided to participate in the Tech Challenge.  

We are very proud of Paula Perez Garcia, Jasmine Mahay, Diana Contreras Fernandez, Desi Hanza, Charlene Olivar and Isabella Moussavi, who demonstrated their skills as designers, coders and engineers at the Tech Challenge!  They showed great perseverance and dedication, meeting after school and on weekends to design their devices and t-shirts.  We believe this may be the first group from New Haven to participate, but since the girls plan to enter the challenge next year, it won't be the last.

Itliong-Vera Cruz Eighth Graders to Host Community Building Event at Open House, 5/11

Eighth graders at Itliong Vera Cruz Middle School completed reading “Breaking Through” by Francisco Jimenez and were tasked with and answering the question of how a community can overcome adversity and build community.

As an outcome of this assignment, the students are organizing the Union City Community Festival at the IVCMS Open House on May 11, 2017 from 5:30PM to 6:30PM. There will be games, desserts, arts and crafts, and information booths created by students.  They have been working hard and would love to see faces from the community there.

Minutes from the District's Guiding Coalition Meeting
The Guiding Coalition met on April 25, 2017.  Most of the morning was spent examining a draft of the LCAP Annual Update for 2016-17.  The team was informed that the LCAP will be presented at a Public Hearing at the June 6 Board Meeting.  Feedback will be solicited at that time, and the final LCAP will be presented to the Board on June 20 for approval.

In addition to the LCAP work, the Guiding Coalition continued its work on developing the district vision for the future.  For more detailed information on the meeting, please read the Guiding Coalition Minutes for April 25, 2017.

African American Regional Educational Alliances Recognizes New Haven Students

The African American Regional Education Alliances (AAREA) is an initiative of the Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose overall goal is to emerge, sustain, and grow a regional collaborative network that designs and implements innovative educational services targeting the needs of African American youth and their families in various East Bay Area regions, by engaging in meaningful conversations and reviewing best practices for improving the academic success of African American students.

On Saturday, April 29, at AAREA’s 13th Annual African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards, the following New Haven Unified students were selected to be honored.  Congratulations!

Hillview Crest Elementary School

Nyarah Anderson-Brown

Kitayama Elementary School

Lauren Summers

Cesar Chavez Middle School

SirJude Brown

Senit Ghile

Hannah Jefferson

Damurryon Laimont

Imani Lewis

Cydnee McPheeters

Meiko Monasterial

Joel Osei

Brianna Rice

Car’Leon Rogers

Kieana Saunders

RaeUnJali Scott

Yasmin Seymore

Jalynn Summers

Aamoni Talanoa

Kairah Underwood

Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

Kaleb Elarms-Orr

Samiyah Gardner

Asiyah Glover

Phillip Griffin

Neveah Heard

David Henry

Jaylean Higgins

Deyon Hodges

Brandon Houston

Joycelyn Jackson

Darnell Jennings

Josephine Jones

Keniyah Larkins

Robert Lee III

Maurion McHenry

Maurshan McHenry

Yaa Owusu

Isaiah Pennington

Kamelah Simmons

Jonathan Watts

Aliyah Wiley

James Logan High School

Savannah Simpson

Register for the Personalization Summit
This year we are offering a three-day Personalization Summit to the first 250 registrants.  Here are the particulars:

Dates:  Monday, June 12, 13, and 14, 2017
Times: 8:00am – 3:00pm (with a one hour lunch) With food trucks again!
Location: Conley-Caraballo High School
Compensation: Certificated/classified hourly rate or 1.2 units of district credit

The Summit will begin with a Keynote from Jaime Casap from Google and will include many offerings on personalization, technology use and integration, and personalizing learning to meet the social/emotional needs of students, and more.  Please click on this form to register for the Summit, and to learn about some of the sessions being offered this year.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Kim Klindt
Teresa Malone

We look forward to seeing you in June!

NHUSD Equity Council Wants to Hear from Our Employees

The NHUSD Equity Council is a group of students, classified staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members whose purpose is to identify and recommend ways that our district can be a more equitable place for all people. To inform our work, we would like to know your experiences as a staff member. Your input, combined with input from students and parents, will be used to better inform our work. This survey is anonymous, so please answer as honestly as you can.

Please visit NHUSD Staff Equity Survey 2017.

Thank you in advance,
Ramón Camacho, Tanya Leno, Tracie Noriega
Equity Council Tri-Chairs

ELA/ ELD Instructional Materials (Grades 6-8) on Display / Seeking Input
The New Haven Unified School District is in the process of piloting English Language Arts (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD) Instructional Materials for the middle school level. Two sets of materials have been piloted in our classrooms over the course of this school year, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Collections (2017 edition) and StudySync by McGraw Hill School Education. These materials are now on display at the Educational Services Center (ESC).

We are seeking input and feedback from teachers, parents and community members to assist in informing our selection of materials.  Teachers, parents and community members are asked to review these materials.  Once individuals have completed their review of the instructional materials, they will be given an opportunity to provide feedback and input.

The materials will be on display at the ESC adjacent to the Technology Lab until May 17, 2017.

If you have any questions or need any additional clarification or information, please contact Hui Stevens, Director of EL Services at

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 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.

Summer School at New Haven Adult School

ESL Classes June 19-July 27


Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-11:30am


Tues/Wed, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Registration June 6 & 7, 8:00am OR 5:00pm

Registration takes approximately 3 hours

No child care available during registration

High School Diploma & GED June 19-July 27


Mon-Thurs, 8:30am-11:30am


Tues/Wed, 12:30pm-3:00pm


Tues/Wed, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Registration June 13 & 14, 8:30am OR 5:30pm

Registration takes approximately 1 hour

No child care available during registration

Adult Basic Education June 19-July 27


Tues/Wed, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Registration June 13 & 14, 8:30am OR 5:30pm

Registration takes approximately 1 hour

No child care available during registration

Health & Human Services June 12-August 8

Get ready for college science courses like physiology & anatomy at the Health Science Essentials Summer Boot Camp! This pre-college program is FREE for young adults 18-24!

Class starts June 12th. Click here to find out more!

Basic Computers/Office Technology/Learning Online June 13-August 8

Click here for details.

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 2017. Please pick up an application at the ESC or contact Mary Rios at 471-1100 x60517.  For an application, please click this link.