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E-News for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

District Closed in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, 1/16
All district schools will be closed on Monday, January 15, in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

2014 Logan Alumnus Passes Away Unexpectedly

Jansen Quiros (class of 2014), passed away unexpectedly due to an illness on December 26.  While at Logan, Jansen participated in Cross Country and Track and Field.  He excelled both on and off the track helping to lead his​ ​Cross Country Team to State and was recognized as the best team in the school’s history while he earned over a 4.00 GPA.  He was involved with the school’s Special Olympics and also served as a tutor to many students.  He was set to graduate from UC San Diego in the spring.

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.  


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.

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.

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.