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E-News for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, March 6, 2018

New Haven Unified Elementary Extravaganza, Thursday, March 8th and 9th
The New Haven Unified School District is hosting the first ELEMENTARY EXTRAVAGANZA!!  This will be a performing arts event showcasing the choirs and musical groups from all seven of our elementary schools in a single performance (over 500 performing students!).

Please help us spread the word for this exciting evening and plan to join us!!

Date: Thursday, March 8th and Friday, March 9th - 7:00 pm
Location: Logan Pavilion 1800 H Street Union City 94587
Tickets: $10.00 + processing fee

Advanced ONLINE ticket sales are HIGHLY encouraged and can be purchased here.

This event will have RESERVED seating
All proceeds will support Elementary Music Programs in the district

More information can be found here

District to Implement More Rigorous Intruder Drill to Better Prepare Students and Staff

Schools in the New Haven Unified School will be practicing a new, more rigorous intruder/lockdown drill starting this week.  The drill, called a “Pink Shirt Drill”, was conceived by a joint safety committee made up of administrative and teacher leaders.  In this drill, a NHUSD employee wearing a bright pink shirt that says "N.H.U.S.D. INTRUDER" walks onto campus and attempts to gain entry to the building.  The site then responds and locks down as they would if it was an actual intruder. Parents, staff, and students at each school will know the three-day window during which the drill may occur, but they won’t know exactly when.

The purpose of the drill is to set into motion the appropriate steps staff will take to ensure maximum safety of all if an intruder is seen on campus.  Teachers will go over the drill procedures with students before the drill to make sure students are aware of the drill and know how to appropriately react if they see the person in the pink shirt. Teachers will also review the procedures to follow once we are simulating a lockdown.

Questions regarding this drill should be directed to site administrative staff.

Introducing the Union City Family Center (formally Union City Kids' Zone (UCKZ)
We are excited to share important news regarding the evolution of our organization.  We are delighted to announce that our organization formally known as Union City Kids' Zone will now be known as the Union City Family Center (UCFC). UCFC operates a dynamic Family Center, located on the campus of the Barnard-White Middle School.  UCFC Family Liaisons, assigned to specific school sites, expand access to UCFC 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 Union City Family Center. UCFC partners with community volunteers and over 35 community agencies!

Union City Family Center 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.

Union City Family Center - SAVE THE DATE
Union City Family Center's Open House Celebration - Saturday, May 19, 2018
The Union City Family Center Community and Service Partners invite you to its Open House Celebration.  Come learn more about the Union City Family Center & Partner services, while enjoying food, fun, activities, music, and more on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Barnard-White Middle School (725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA).

Logan Senior Wins First Place in Speech Competition, Advances to Next Round

Logan senior Taylor Turner has won the Rotary Area 3 speech contest, and will now advance to the regional competition. The annual Richard D. King Speech Contest provides prize money for college at every level, with a total of $1500 going to the District 5170 winner. Taylor’s quest began with a speech at the local Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City, Newark (FUN) and last week’s area contest included students from high schools in the Tri Cities. With two levels of competition remaining, Taylor’s speech about service to humanity, entitled “Me to We,” will be heard by hundreds of people along the way.

Logan Senior Takes Seventh Place in State Wrestling Meet

Congratulations to Aaron Perez for placing 7th at the California State Wrestling Meet held in Bakersfield this past weekend.  Aaron defeated NCS Champion Kyle Parco from De La Salle in his match to earn the state medal. Logan junior Romeo McNeal competed well and had a 2 -2 record at the tournament.  Congratulations to both for representing Logan at the state meet.

Harlem Wizards in Town to Take On Union City All-Stars for Kitayama Fund Raiser

On April 23rd, the Harlem Wizards basketball team is taking on the Union City All-Stars (New Haven staff members, Mayor, Superintendent, UCPD, and Alameda County Fire).  This is a fundraising event at the James Logan Pavilion. It is a fun night for our community to come together and support students in our district. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  More information about this fun event can be found here.

The Village Method

Black History Month - 2018 was jam packed with cultural celebrations, learning about our rich heritage, field trips, Congolese drumming and dancing!  Thank you to all those who supported our scholars and helped to make the evening memorable. TVM Scholars made the East Bay Times - CLICK HERE to read more.

Here's a quick recap:

  • TVM Scholars went to Stanford University and was hosted by the Black Student Union during their Black History Program. While there, they toured the campus, spoke with current Stanford students and alumni about college life, and visited the Historically Black Colleges & University (HBCU) recruiters to learn more about college-life outside of California.
  • With the guidance and support from TVM Mother Natalie McBride, IVCMS & CCMS TVM Scholars created a mural which was an interpretation of what they learned about the Harlem Renaissance. These murals were later displayed at the Freedom Through the Arts Black History Celebration on February 23rd at the James Logan High School Center for Performing Arts.
  • Every Friday, between January 23rd and February 16th, youth and families participated in Congolese Dancing and Drumming with Kiaza Malonga from the Malonga Casquelord Center in Oakland, CA. Thank you to Heather Thorner (IVCMS - Principal), Ramon Camacho (CCMS - Principal) and Abhi Brar (JLHS - Principal) for your financial support in bringing the dance and performance to the New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD). CLICK HERE to view a video of one of the practices.
  • After learning the dances and other performances, TVM Scholars were ready to showcase what they learned! On Friday, February 23rd The Village Method hosted its 2nd Annual Black History Celebration which had an attendance of over 300 attendees. Special performances by Saxophonist - Kevin Moore, the Malonga Casquelord Dance Troupe & Balafonist, and Mother Lillie Sutton (who shared her account of the Great Migration). To view pictures and see video CLICK HERE
  • In collaboration with the African American Regional Educational Alliance (A.A.R.E.A.), TVM Scholars toured Cal State East Bay, presented at the Professional Development Summit and unveiled our Youth Cultural Ambassadors Program (YCAP) where some of our high school-aged scholars will be traveling to Haiti this Summer!

TVM is more than just an after school program and we appreciate the support of our families, schools, district leadership, and community members like yourself.  We sincerely value your kind words and the many volunteers that pour into our growing efforts. It takes a village. To learn more about TVM: CLICK HERE

NHSF Grant Application Period is Open
Every year, the New Haven Schools Foundation awards grants to teachers, advisors, program managers, and coaches. Grant applications may be submitted between March 1 and March 30, 2018. There are four grant programs open this year:  a) Innovations in Education – Classroom grants for teachers. B) Project: Enrichment – Funding for co-curricular or extra-curricular programs. C) STEM – Funding for innovative projects in science, technology, engineering, and math. D) Brian Kelly Tutoring Fund – Support for tutoring programs in the New Haven Unified School District.

You can’t win a grant if you don’t apply! Grants are submit to budget limitations, and may be used for supplies, equipment, books, software, fees and other similar items. Simply complete the online form for consideration. Use a computer, not a mobile device. We recommend using the Chrome browser for best results. You will receive an email notification confirming that your application was submitted successfully.

NHSF Earth Day Celebration Features Crossfit Challenge
This year’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, will offer a professionally-timed 5K run for adults and children. CrossFit One World is joining the event adding an exciting new element to the program. CrossFit will lead two twenty-five minute fitness programs – one for adults and one for youth. Crossfit incorporates elements of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and track and field training techniques into workouts.  We’ll have science-focused activities, as well. This is a family event promoting fitness, good health, and great community spirit. The 5K run starts at Cesar Chavez Middle School and runs along the Alameda Creek Trail. There will be vendor and community booths, music, and fun. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Watch for more details!

NHSF Scholarship Application Reviews Underway
Almost $120,000 in community-funded scholarships are on offer this year from the New Haven Schools Foundation. Graduating seniors have completed the application process, and the scholarship sponsors are now reviewing applicants. Thank you to all of the wonderful organizations, businesses, and individuals who donated scholarships for our students. Save the date! Our 2018 Pathways to Success Scholarship Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

2018 Alameda County Transition Information Faire - March 24, 2018
The Transition Faire is an opportunity for students and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, service providers and school district staff to learn about life after high school. The Faire includes an educational showcase of adult services programs and a variety of educational workshops.  Please click here for additional information.

New Haven Pilipino-American Society For Education (NH PASE) Scholarships
NH PASE is proud to announce our annual scholarships for 2017-18.  These scholarships were established to support students of Filipino and Filipino-American descent, and their college endeavors.

For more information and to download the scholarship application, please click here.

Any questions can be directed to Mr. Angeles, Ms. Bobadilla, or Mr. Santos

Thirty-Day Window Open for Community Input on New Proposed Textbook

The following textbook has been considered as a recommendation for adoption. The textbook has been evaluated and found to be in compliance with California Code Sections 60040-60044.

Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition, 2nd Edition by Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Jane B. Reece, Robert B. Jackson, Robin B. Heyden and Robin Heyden.  Published by Pearson Education and Benjamin Cummings © 2017. ISBN No. 978-0-13-427891-9.

The book title is being posted publicly for a 30-day period. Any questions or complaints regarding the instructional materials should be directed to Lisa Metzinger, Chief Academic Officer at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587, (510) 471-1100.

ELA/ ELD Instructional Materials (Grades K-5) 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 elementary school level.  Two sets of materials have been piloted in our classrooms over the course of this school year, Benchmark Advance and Wonders 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 March 20, 2018.

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

Call for Proposals - 2018 Personalization Summit

Calling all innovators! Are you future ready?  Is there a part of your practice that you can share with other educators? We are seeking people who are passionate about innovative ideas in education!!  If you are interested, please complete a CALL FOR PROPOSALS.   

Below are the logistics for this year's Summit:

Place: James Logan High School
Dates: June 19 and 20, 2018
Time: 8:00a-3:00p

All New Haven teachers whose proposals are selected will receive hourly pay for planning time and for presenting.   

Proposals are due by Friday, March 9, 2018.  
Please contact Kim Klindt  if you have any questions:
This conference is in partnership with East Bay CUE (
Illuminate Education will also be offering sessions.

James Logan Athletics 4th Annual Crab Feed
4th Annual JLHS Athletics Crab Feed, March 24th, 2018 at the Mark Green Sports Center in Union City, tickets are now on sale.  Go to: to purchase your tickets online.  $45 a ticket. Head coaches for all teams are selling tickets as well.

JLHS/Kids Zone Princess Club & Glam Squad Is Looking For Help To Help

The JLHS/KidsZone Princess Club & GlamSquad helps disadvantaged students attend Prom in style. Please donate gently used gowns and accessories to replenish our closet. Any monetary donations will go towards the purchase of bids for our displaced and foster youth. Volunteer barbers will be needed on 5/3/18 and hairstylists and makeup artists are needed on 5/5/18.

Please contact us for more info: ; ; ;

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!

NHAS Offering Instructor-led Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2016, March 29

The New Haven Adult School will be offering an evenings only, instructor-led Microsoft Excel 2016 class beginning Thursday, March 29.  Click here for more information about the course.


In order to make sure that students are ready for this intermediate-level course, interested individuals should review the Beginning Excel lessons 1-12.  Students should possess these skills BEFORE taking Intermediate Excel. Click here to see lessons 1-12.

FREE Offer to District Employees - Would you like to use our computer lab to study Excel lessons 1-12? Here's our special FREE offer to you! Enroll and pay for Intermediate Excel now, and we'll throw in seat-time in our EVENING Career Skills Center Lab from  Feb 15 - Mar 22nd. This is a $30 value!

How To Take Advantage of this Opportunity

  1. Print and complete a student demographic form (Click here to download)
  2. Send the completed form to Michelle Walker-Wade at New Haven Adult School (email to:
  3. State in the email the evening(s) you'd like to attend the study lab starting Feb 15th. These are: Tue or Thur or Tue/Thur -  Time: 6:15-8:45 ( These times are flexible since you'll be working independently)
  4. Our office will enroll you in FREE study lab for Feb 15 - Mar 22nd  AND in the $45.00 Intermediate Excel 2016 (starts March 29th). We will email your class information to you.
  5. Call or stop by our office to pay your class fee.

We look forward to seeing you at the adult school!
Contact: Michelle Walker-Wade (