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E-News for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

E-News for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear New Haven Parents,

You have probably noticed teachers’ communications, flyers or leaflets about contract negotiations between the District and the New Haven Teachers’ Association. You may have also seen or heard that teachers are now engaging in a “work to rule” campaign. Here is some information on what this means.

What is “work to rule?”

"Work to rule" is a term used to describe a strategy used by unions to put pressure on employers during negotiations. It means that teachers, to show support to their union’s position in negotiations, perform only the amount of work required by the negotiated contract, District policies and regulations, and past practice (in other words, “working to the rules”). Most teachers, as with many other District employees, go above and beyond their required work. To teachers this may mean working above and beyond their minimum required work day to meet with parents and to participate in non-mandatory school-related activities. During difficult labor contract negotiations, however, unions ask teachers to withhold these additional, voluntary services.

In general, when teachers work to rule, they are engaged in what is called “protected activity”, meaning it is protected under collective bargaining laws. Since this activity is legally protected, employees may not be disciplined or discriminated against because of their decision to participate in them. What is not legally protected, however, is a refusal by teachers to continue to perform required (versus voluntary) duties.

What parents can expect
Until negotiations-related issues are settled, parents can expect to see teachers handing out leaflets, attending Board meetings, and participating in other activities – including work to rule - intended to put pressure on the Board. It is important to remember that in difficult negotiations, emotions can run high; sometimes the statements made by unions in leaflets or speeches, etc., are intentionally “dramatic” in order to generate support. For this reason, it is important to listen to both sides carefully, including checking in often with the District website at

Parents can also expect to see teachers declining to perform voluntary duties – those beyond what is required. If the duties no longer being performed are truly voluntary, parents should understand that teachers are legally entitled to “work to rule” in this manner. However, if teachers refuse to perform required duties, this is not permissible activity. Teachers and staff will continue to respond to parent emails and phone calls in a timely manner. Things like Open House, Back to School Night, after school athletic coaching, performing after school interventions (stipend or hourly), serving on committees (stipend or hourly) such as book adoptions, ILT, curricular committees, etc., daily and after school supervisions, club advisory, SSC, SRT, PTC (if they are receiving supervision credit), participation in Induction (BTSA) support activities and IEP meetings are just some of the duties not subject to “work to rule”, so teachers will continue to perform these professional responsibilities.

Finally, parents can expect that there will be a contract settlement. Many districts go through tough negotiations, but one fact is not open to dispute: Negotiations always settle, and a contract is always reached. Sometimes it just takes a little longer to get there. In the meantime, rest assured that our students will continue to receive the high quality education we have always provided. At the end of the day we are all on the same side, so thank you for your patience and understanding through this process.

Eastin Students Selected as Finalists in the Celebrate the Sea Children's Art Competition.
Olivia Mai (Kinder) and Sylvia Mai (2nd Grader) from Eastin Elementary School are both selected to be among the top 100 finalists in the Celebrate the Sea Children's Art Competition sponsored by the Ocean Geographic Society. This annual art competition is open to children from around the world and encourages young artists to draw their perspectives in conservation of the ocean. Both Olivia and Sylvia have been selected as top finalists in this art competition and will be traveling to Manado, Indonesia later this month to compete in the premier round of the art competition.  Congratulations to both Olivia and Sylvia!

JLHS Theater Program Takes Home Top Honors at Ohlone Theater Festival

At the 24th Annual Ohlone College High School Theater Festival this past weekend, students from James Logan High School and the JLHS Theater program competed against over 1,000 high school student artists from more than 34 different schools.  The festival contains 100 awards in 35 categories judged by professional artists and educators from around the region. The Logan troupe consisted of 11 competitors. In the end, the program’s results were nothing short of impossible:

  • Eric Matibag - 1st Place overall in Men's Comedic Classical Monologue, 3rd Place overall in Men's Dramatic Contemporary Monologue
  • Manase Misa - 2nd Place overall in Men's Dramatic Classical Monologue
    JJ Sarmiento, Manase Misa, Jeffery Beckerleg, Nathan Ng - 2nd Place overall in Improv/Theater Games
  • Keana Aiuto - Top 10 finalist overall in Women's Comedic Classical Monologue
  • Roznel Veluz, Ronald Imperial, Audrey Truong, Vinh Tran, Katelyn Wong  - 2nd Place overall in Technician's Relay.

The team brought two students to help monitor the events: Elizabeth Barton-Mattos and Israel Avila.  None of the above would have happened without them.

All of these results led to James Logan High School receiving the Judge's Sweepstakes Award, for the school that receives the highest average points per entry, one of the top coveted awards given at the festival.  

For more information about the event, please click here.

Logan Princess Club Has Caps and Gowns to Loan Upcoming Graduates, Looking for More
The Logan Princess Club will be loaning caps and gowns to seniors who need them for graduation. They encourage anybody with an Achievers brand cap and gown sitting around to donate it for a student in need. They especially need black gowns this year. Anyone who would like to donate or borrow can contact Erin Dal Porto at Logan, or 510-471-2520, Extension 60243.

Kitayama Elementary Needs Your Vote to Expand Its Maker Space!

ScholarShare 529’s Scholar Dollars Grant Program will award more than $300,000 to California’s K-8 public and charter schools in 2018. The school with the most votes wins.  With the Scholar Dollars Grant, Kitayama Elementary, a Title 1 school serving 805 diverse students in Alameda County, can expand its student MakerSpace learning lab to help redesign it as a  MakerSpace/ STEAM Learning Lab. The lab will include robots for coding applications and makerspace equipment, which might include drills, saws and more. We envision creating a space where all students can work together: Walls of Metal Sheeting where students might use magnetic tracks to create roller coasters; a Lego wall where they might work collaboratively on designing architecture or the playground of the future, and of course books to support them in their learning and research.

With this grant Kitayama Elementary will be able to create its new innovative lab to support a STEAM Educational approach, which offers access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. This will help them meet their school wide focus of students constructing viable arguments, and critiquing the arguments of others through collaboration, interpretation and production.  Please consider supporting this wonderful program.

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.  Haga clic aquí para obtener información adicional

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.

Tools for Change Workshop for Tri-City Parents and Caregivers of Adolescents

City of Union City Youth & Family Services in partnership with Fremont Youth & Family Services is offering a workshop for Tri-City Parents and Caregivers of Adolescents (ages 12-18).  Caregivers learn effective prevention and intervention techniques to help their teens grow into safe and competent adults. Class meets for 4 weeks Wednesday evenings beginning April 11, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Please click here for more information.

Harlem Wizards in Town to Take On Union City All-Stars for District Fundraiser

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.  Funds raised will be used to support programs at Emanuele Elementary, Kitayama Elementary, Pioneer Elementary, Searles Elementary, Hillview Crest Elementary, Cesar Chavez Middle, and Itliong Vera-Cruz Middle.

Spring quarter starts March 26 at New Haven Adult School.
Check out our upcoming Career Education and College Preparation classes for adult learners:

INTERMEDIATE MS EXCEL 2016  - Mar 29 – Jun 7 | 6:15 pm-8:45 pm  TH
In this instructor-led course you’ll learn about simple to complex formulas and functions, how to work with large worksheets, Pivot Tables and What-if analysis, look-ups, tracking and inspecting workbooks and more. Click HERE for information

BASIC COMPUTERS - Mar 27– May 29  | 10:45 am - 2 pm TU
In this instructor-led beginning computer class you’ll learn about beginning operations needed to use the computer and on building keyboarding and table/data entry skills.  Click HERE for information

COLLEGE PREP WRITING & TECHNOLOGY - Mar 26 – July 26 | 11:45 am - 1:45 pm M-TH and 9:45-11:30 am T-W
In this instructor-led course you’ll learn about college-level reading text and writing requirements, as well as, the educational technology tools/resources and the independent learning strategies commonly used in college courses.  Click HERE for information

CAREER SKILLS CENTER - Mar 27 – May 29 | various times T, W or TH
The purpose of CSC is to gives students an opportunity to work independently on skills and tasks necessary to achieve their college and career goals. Some of the self-paced courses include keyboarding/typing skills, MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, financial accounting & Quickbooks 2017 and courses offered through online Open Education providers (free and low-cost).  Click HERE for information

RESIDENTIAL & IN-HOME CARE TRAINING -April 10 - Jun 13 |10:30am to 2pm T- TH or 5:30 to 8:45pm TH
In this instructor-led course you’ll learn how to provide person-centered support for daily living activities to clients in their homes and/or residential care facilities.  You’ll learn about common diseases, infections, chronic illnesses and disorders found in a residential care setting, and more. Click HERE for information

Pharmacy Technician Certification Board – Exam Prep - Apr 14 – Apr 28 | 9 am to 12 pm Sat
If you’ve already completed a CORE pharmacy technician training, or are already working as a retail clerk in pharmacy, and have not yet passed the board examination, this 3-day test prep class will help you prepare.  Click HERE for information

Special Education Ball - April 2018
Mission Valley SELPA cordially invites Special Education students and parents and/or guardians to attend the Special Education Ball on April 13, 2018.  Please click here for additional information.

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).

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!  Registration is available here.

New Haven Pilipino-American Society For Education (NH PASE) Scholarships - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 28th.
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.

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!