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E-News for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

E-News for Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Long-time CCMS Campus Monitor, Ms. Meeks, Passed Away Last Week

We are sad to report that Diane Meeks, who served as the campus monitor at Cesar Chavez Middle School for almost nine years, passed away last week after a long battle with an illness.

Information regarding services for Ms. Meeks will be shared when it becomes available.

Notice to ALL New Haven Unified Employees and Families
New Haven employees, leadership and the Board are fundamentally committed to equity and justice. We take pride in being a leader in the effort to make school a place and schooling a process where everyone feels safe anywhere within our boundaries.  We place a high value on our constant commitment to humanity demonstrated by our ongoing humanitarianism.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., so eloquently expressed, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The base of the Statue of Liberty carries the following words:

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Those words were placed there as a symbol of hope and freedom for immigrants. The words are as applicable today as they were when France gifted the statue to the US in 1886.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) gives immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as Dreamers, the ability to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits and live safely in the only country many of them have ever known. Therefore, I am asking All NHUSD employees, regardless or political persuasion, to reaffirm our commitment to justice through our compassion.

The information below* describes how our district enrolls students, handles information related to citizenship and immigration (we don’t) and how we will respond should the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency request information regarding our students.

School districts must provide all children equal access to school, regardless of their immigration status
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) that under the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, if a state provides a free public education to U.S. citizens, it cannot deny such an education to undocumented children. The Court found that denying students a basic education because of their immigration status was denying them “the ability to live within the structure of our civic institutions, and foreclose any realistic possibility that they will contribute in even the smallest way to the progress of our Nation.”

New Haven Unified does not inquire regarding a student’s immigration status
New Haven does not inquire about a student’s immigration status when enrolling for school.  For enrollment purposes, the District only requires proof of age and documents to verify that the family lives within our district boundary.  Our clerks are practiced and knowledgeable of our enrollment procedures and understand that it is inappropriate to inquire about immigration status.

New Haven Unified does not require a social security number, or any other documentation that discourages undocumented students from enrolling in school
New Haven does not request or require information such as social security numbers in order to enroll.  Further, there is no mechanism for keeping or maintaining such information in our Student Information System.

Previously, the district required, per Board Policy, an enrolling parent or guardian to have picture identification (of any kind) that had the address of record printed on it.  We no longer require this for enrollment.  Parents need only a picture identification of any kind (expired, out-of-state, etc.) for identity confirmation purposes only.  No photocopy of this id is kept.

Schools may not share student records with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without parental consent
Federal law (FERPA) prohibits the District from sharing student records without parental consent.  This protects against the sharing of personally identifiable student information except for certain exceptions including in response to a court order or subpoena, or a request for “directory information.”  Education Code section 49076 mandates that school districts shall not permit access to student records without written parental consent or under court order, with very limited exceptions.  These exceptions do not include ICE and immigration authorities.  Any subpoena or government request for such records would be subject to review by our legal counsel before we complied.

Schools, students and parents should be aware that immigration enforcement actions are generally avoided at schools
Generally, ICE and Border Patrol avoid enforcement actions at “sensitive locations,” including schools, school bus stops, health care facilities, places of worship, weddings, funerals, and during public demonstrations such as a parade.  This, of course, is subject to change.

* This is a summary of the CSBA Legal Guidance document entitled “Providing All Children Equal Access to Education, Regardless of Immigration Status”

New Haven will continue to stand for inclusion, equality and justice for all its people.

Know Your Rights Workshop, September 21, 6:30 pm, at IVCMS, September 28, 6:30 pm, at Our Lady of the Rosary

A DACA Renewal and Know Your Rights workshop will be held at the Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School MultiPurpose Room on Thursday, September 21, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM and Thursday, September 28,  from 6:30PM to 8:00PM, at Our Lady of the Rosary in Decoto

A Know Your Rights workshop will be given to educate participants.  Afterwards, DACA Dreamer volunteers will be present to assist with application renewals for DACA recipients. Information will be available for those interested in learning how to better support Dreamers.

The goal of this workshop is to support our DACA dreamers, our community and remind everyone that we are a safe space and a compassionate city.

We hope to see you there!

Zumba with Mimi at Guy Emanuele!
Long time community supporter and Zumba Instructor,  Mimi Quiroz, will be hosting new Zumba classes at Guy Emanuele Jr. Elementary School beginning Tuesday, Sept. 26th at 6:30 pm. Joining Mimi will be Instructor, Judith Lopez. Classes will be free for the first two weeks and all proceeds go to the school. Please see the flier for more details.  Zumba classes will continue at Cesar Chavez Middle School on Monday and Wednesday at 6:30 pm and Saturdays at 9 am.

Click here for more information.

Cool Tools Conference in New Haven
East Bay CUE is proud and excited to partner with New Haven Unified School District to present Cool Tools for Learning, Fall 2017: The event for K-12 teachers who think, lead, and change education one student at a time.

Registration will be free for the first 50 NHUSD registrants.  You'll receive breakfast, lunch, either a new or one year CUE membership renewal,  .4 units of District credit, and you'll walk away with mind-blowing tech integration ideas you can use in your classroom on Monday!

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
Time: 8:30-3:30
Location: New Haven Adult School, 600 G Street, Union City, CA 94587

Click here to register.

Free and Informative Fatherhood Class To Start October 12 at IVCMS

The R3 Academy Fatherhood Class is set to start at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School on Thursday, October 12, at 6:00 pm.  Called the R3 Academy due to it’s focus on three of the most important relationships in a father’s life (with his child/children, with his children’s mother, and with colleagues at work), participants will learn communication skills, job search and money management skills that will positively impact all these relationships.

Fathers and expectant fathers interested in this multi-week class are encouraged to attend the next Information Night on Thursday, September 28, from 6:00-7:00 pm.  To view a recent KGO News story on the project, please click here.

For more information on this free and powerful academy, please click here.

Equity Council Update

The New Haven Equity Council is excited to share with you various strategies in culturally responsive pedagogy and culturally relevant curriculum this year.  The Equity Council would like to invite you to preview an amazing app that allows you to choose a literary concept, the texts you want to use, and the app will give you a menu of songs/lyrics to help teach the concept.

Sage Salvo from WordsLiive will be in town to provide a demonstration on Tuesday, September 26th at 3:45 pm, in the CCMS Forum. Please RSVP here.  Short videos about the project can be found here and here.  The website: is undergoing construction but will be available after Wednesday this week.

Check out the Equity Council website here.

Ghebray Invitational Cross Country Event, Saturday, September 23

The Ghebray Invitational, hosted by the James Cross Country Team, will be held on Saturday September 23, at Quarry Lakes.  There will races for all ages: an elementary race, a middle school race, high school races and open races.  Any attendee in the New Haven Unified School District is able to participate for free.

This event is in honor Giliat and Yoesf Ghebray, the top to distance runners in the history of James Logan High School and Union City.  Both went to Cal Berkeley, were All-Americans and semi-finalists at the Olympic Trials in the 5000 meters.  Please click here for more information about this event.

Cross Country Team members will collecting donations for hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.  All proceeds from the meet will be donated to hurricane victims.

"Meet & Greet" for Parents of Students with Special Needs
Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee is hosting a "Meet & Greet" on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:00pm at Kids’ Zone, 725 Whipple Avenue, Union City, CA 94587. Join special education administrators and New Haven families for appetizers and conversation. Learn about what’s new in special education in New Haven Unified School District and network with other parents of students with special needs.

Luna Mexicana: Day of the Dead Celebration
The Division of Teaching and Learning and the Oakland Ballet Company are proud to present Luna Mexicana: Day of the Dead Celebration. This professional theatrical dance production celebrates Dias De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead). It will be an exciting, lavish, vibrant evening of visual and performing art and entertainment.

This event will be held at the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:00pm. General admission tickets are $15.00 + processing fees and can be purchased online here.

Advanced ticket purchases are highly recommended.

Join New Haven Unified School District and the Oakland Ballet for this incredible evening.

October is Filipino American History Month

October is Filipino American History Month! To kick it off, the Filipino-American Educators Association (FAEAC) is hosting its biennial conference on September 29-30 in San Diego. PASE (Pilipino-American Society For Education) will be co-hosting this conference. Curriculum for Assembly bills 123 ( Filipinos in the Farm Labor Movement) and 199 (World War II in the Philippines) will be debuted. These lessons are aligned to the new CA History/Social Science Framework. For information on registration, please visit

PASE, in partnership with FANHS ( Filipino-American National Historical Society) will be hosting a Filipino-American History Month Celebration at Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School on Saturday, October 14th, from 10am-4pm. The event is free and open to the public. Please visit this link for more information.

The Mutt Strut Is Coming!
Attention dog lovers! The New Haven Schools Foundation is once again presenting its super-popular “Mutt Strut” event on Saturday, October 7. 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 and costume contests, a pet adoption center, and pet-related vendors. Individual and family tickets are on sale now at Guests receive an event t-shirt and a goody bag with lots of treats. Sign up before September 22 to get the early bird discount!

Save the Date for “Diamonds in Education”
The New Haven Schools Foundation’s annual gala raises funds that support educational and extra-curricular programs in our schools. It will be held on Saturday, October 21 at the Paradise Palace / Mirage Ballroom, and features dinner and cocktails, casino games and prizes, DJ dancing, and auction items. This year, it will also recognize the NHUSD teachers and classified employees of the 2016-17 school year, and honor a local organization and an individual who have given extraordinary effort to supporting education in our community. Tickets are available online, at Please join in to support this worthy cause!

New Haven Adult School
Classes start September 11th. Visit our NEW website at for up to date information. For our complete Fall & Winter 2017 brochure, click here.

High School Diploma & GED: registration Aug 29 & 30

English as a Second Language: registration Sept 6 & 7
Career & Technical Education: registration
Community Ed: Yoga & Essential Oils, Traffic School & Driver's Ed.