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E-News for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

E-News for Tuesday, December 12, 2017

IVCMS Eighth-Graders Engage in Constitution Project, Need Community Volunteers

Itliong-Vera Cruz eighth-grade students will be analyzing and understanding the U.S. Constitution and challenged with the task of proposing an amendment to our system of government.

On Monday, January 29 and Tuesday, January 30, eighth-grade students will be presenting their proposals to a panel of "mock" members of the Senate and House of Representatives who will vote to determine if their amendment should pass.  Those who amendments pass, will be given an envelope to mail their proposal off to Senator Kamala Harris or Representative Bill Quirk.  

The site is in need of people who are willing to sit in on these presentations.  If you are able to help us on this day by being a panel member please sign up or  if know anyone who can help, please forward this sign-up genius to them.  


Institute of Community Leaders Alumni Panel, Thursday, December 21

On Thursday, December 21st ICL alumni from our first three graduating classes will visit current ICL students during a special assembly.  Alumni will discuss their own path to college and will give students advice for how to successfully explore college options, pay for college, and prepare for college.  They will also discuss their own experiences transitioning to college life

Kitayama Elementary Needs Your Help in Creating a Makerspace

Kitayama Elementary School is asking for your help.  They need donations to help stock their newest addition, a Makerspace work area for our students.

Makerspaces are areas that offer hands-on, creative ways for students to design, experiment, build and invent as they engage deeply in science, engineering, and tinkering.  They will learn skills to help prepare them for college and career.  They will also expand their knowledge of their curriculum and apply their learning to real life problem-solving situations.  Students will use these tools to work on individual projects aligned to their areas of interest.  The Makerspace aligns with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  We believe that every child who walks through our doors is a GENIUS and we will help them discover their passion!

The following items would be much appreciated: cardboard tubes (lg. & sm.), duct tape, blue painter tape, Scotch tape, empty tissue boxes, sturdy scissors, fabric, Legos, low temp. glue guns and glue sticks, plastic spoons, the possibilities are endless… * Items may be dropped off in the office or in room 29.

Searles Elementary School to Pilot Spanish Two-Way Immersion Program
Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, Searles Elementary School will be piloting and implementing a Spanish Two-Way Dual Immersion Language Program.  Starting with kindergarten and adding a grade level each year after, students in the program will receive instruction in Spanish and English.  Two-Way Dual Language Immersion program fosters bilingualism, biliteracy, enhanced awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity, and high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages.  This program is a wonderful way for Native Spanish speakers and Native English speakers to be proficient in two languages.

Parents of incoming kindergarten students who are interested in the program will be required to attend a Parent Information Meeting. Please click here for more information.

Emanuele Elementary School Students Hit Fundraising Goal and Teachers with Pies

Earlier this year, Emanuele Elementary School students participated in the Jogathon, the school’s annual fundraising event.  Having smashed through their fundraising goal by earning over $19,000 for school and student activities, the students won the right to “pie” teachers and administrators!  Emanuel Elementary principal, Clint Puckett, assistant principal, Eric Barron, and teachers Luke Green (PE Teacher), Joe Grijalva (2nd grade), Jason Lowe (4th grade), Denise Noval (4th grade), and Divina Herrera (kindergarten) took one for the team and were “pied” in the face in front of the school on Friday, December 8.  Pictures from the event can be seen here.

Miles for Smiles Program Needs Your Help to Help Others

The Miles For Smiles Program sponsored by the James Logan Cross Country Team will be serving the community again this year during the Christmas Holidays.  The program serves the needy, special needs students and their families, veterans and seniors.  This season, the program will also be donating twenty Christmas trees.  The program is looking for donations and names of any families or individuals in need.

Listed below are some items that can be donated and are in high need.

School Supplies


Gift Certificates



Educational Items




Sports Equipment

Donations will wrapped and delivered on Saturday December 23 at Logan in the Boys PE office starting at 10:00 AM.  Anyone is welcome to help!

The Miles for Smiles program is sponsored by the James Logan Cross Country Team and is based out of James Logan High School.  The programs does many activities during the year including visits to homes, days at the movies, taking students and adults out to community events and donations to families all year long.

Contact Coach Webb for more information

IVCMS Looking for Interested Fathers and Father-Figures for Classes

Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School is hosting R3 Academy Fatherhood Classes for our Fathers and Father-Figures on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  These classes are both in English and Spanish.  This 12-week course highlights the three key relationships that Fathers and Father-Figures have: with child(ren), co-parent, and at work.  The weeks are focused into Relationship and Parenting Skills (8 sessions), Job Search Success Skills (2 sessions), and Money Management Skills (1 session).  Over the summer, a few of our IVCMS fathers completed this workshop with great reviews and it was highlighted on ABC News as well. Click the R3 Academy Classes link to learn more.

We have heard such great feedback from our Fathers and Father-Figures that we are considering starting another set of 12 week R3 Academy Classes in February.  We would like to see if there is enough interest among IVC's and the NHUSD's Father and Father-Figures to do so.  A minimum of 12 participants are needed to commit to enrolling with a "Yes" or a "Maybe" for the course (English & Spanish) in order for these classes to take place.  

Registration is FREE, along with the classes and workbooks used due to a federal grant received by the organization teaching the classes. That organization is the Healthy Relationships California, a non-profit, non-sectarian educational organization.

Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey to let us know your interests.

Thank you so much for your time and participating in this survey.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Logan's Black Student Union to Host Kwanzaa Celebration December 21

The Logan Black Students Union (BSU) is sponsoring its annual Kwanzaa celebration on December 21st. The program will be held in the Student Union beginning at 5:30pm. It is a potluck, so bring a dish to share!  For more information, click here.

Educational Tour to China in June 2018
Logan High School teacher, Ms. Du, is planning an educational tour to China in June 2018!   The group will see Beijing’s Imperial palaces, walk the vast Great Wall of China, tour the Temple of Heaven, visit Xi’an to see the Terra Cotta soldiers, explore Reed Flute Caves in Guilin and stroll through old Colonial Shanghai.  Please check out for tour details.  Please sign up asap since space is limited.  Please click here for instructions if you are interested in joining us for this exciting tour.  Please contact Explorica directly at 1888-310-7121. or Ms. Du at 510-471-2520 ext. 60249 or if you need further assistance.   

Attention Logan Alumni!

James Logan High School is in the process of building a more complete Alumni Database and Network.  Please take a few seconds and fill out the form found here.  Feel free to share the link with any other alumni you know!  Your support is appreciated as always!

After School Professional Development
Teaching and Learning is pleased to present several after-school professional development sessions, offered for District Credit and facilitated by New Haven staff.  Please click on this link to review the brochure and register for sessions.  The link allows you to register for multiple sessions.

We look forward to seeing you at the sessions!


Union City Kids' Zone (UCKZ)
UCKZ operates a dynamic Family Center, located at Barnard-White Middle School.  UCKZ Family Liaisons, assigned to specific school sites, expand access to UCKZ and partner resources for the community. Liaisons provide case management and resource linkages for displaced/low wage families/youth who receive needed support with shelter, transportation, emergency food, clothing, job training/job search (Highway to Work & Cypress Mandela), financial coaching/taxes (SparkPoint), affordable childcare (Kidango) applying for benefits, and our safe parking lots program for displaced families ~ all co-located at the UCKZ Family Center.

UCKZ partners with community volunteers and over 35 community agencies!  Since September of 2017, the following resources have been rolled out through Union City Kids' Zone/New Haven Unified School District in collaboration with:


  • Big Smiles - provided over 300 students district-wide with preventative and restorative dental care; onsite at school.
  • Vision to Learn - 146 students received free eye exams and free glasses; also onsite at their respective school.
  • Shoes that Fit - 55 new sneakers were given to NHUSD students.
  • Compassion Network - 79 families were recipients of thanksgiving meals; and students at Logan High School and Conley-Caraballo High School receive monthly snacks from Compassion Network.

The following collaborative partners have been instrumental in donating holiday gifts, food, gift cards, toys and more to students and families this holiday season:


  • New Haven Adult School, Bay Bomb Car Club, Fremont Elk Lodge, Safe Passages, Resonate Movement, Centro de Servicios, Esquivez Family, Union City Police Department, Bart Police Department, New Haven Unified School District & School sites.


Last, but not least, thank you to the following organizations for the on-going food security support given to our families:

Daily Bowl and Alameda County Food Bank

Union City Kids' Zone invites you to visit the Family Center located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA; or visit us on the web at to learn more about events and resources.