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E-News for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

African American Regional Educational Alliances Recognizes New Haven Students
The African American Regional Educational Alliances (AAREA) is an initiative of the Choose College Educational Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose overall goal is to emerge, sustain, and grow a regional collaborative network that designs and implements innovative educational services targeting the needs of African American youth and their families in various East Bay Area regions, by engaging in meaningful conversations and reviewing best practices for improving the academic success of African American students.

A number of New Haven students were nominated and selected as African American Student Achievement and Excellence Awards recipients.  On Sunday, April 22, at AAREA’s 14th Annual African American Student Achievement & Excellence Awards, these New Haven Unified students will be honored.  Congratulations!

Alvarado Elementary School
Julian Jackson

Cesar Chavez Middle School
SirJude Brown
Amir Jones
Elijah McPheeters
Taliyah Vernali

Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School
Theodore Carnes
Calee Galloway
Xiomara Green
Phillip Griffin
Nevaeh Heard
Joycelyn Jackson
Taelah Snyder
Jacob Watts

James Logan High School
Kwaku Owusu

Kitayama Elementary School
Nkechi Ahanotu
Essence Balumbu

For more information on this event, please click here.

Logan Senior Wins First Place in Regional Speech Competition

Logan senior Taylor Turner has won the Regional level of the Rotary annual Richard D. King Speech Contest, and will compete again on Saturday in the final round at West Valley Community College in Saratoga. The annual contest provides prize money for college at every level, with a total of $1500 going to the Rotary District 5170 winner. Taylor’s quest began with a speech at the local Rotary Club of Fremont, Union City, Newark (FUN), and she went on to win the area contest competing against students from high schools in the Tri Cities. In the Regional contest, held on Saturday, April 6, Taylor again gave her speech about service to humanity, entitled “Me to We.” One of the judges shared that he had never before given a perfect score to a speech contestant!  Again, Taylor ranked at the top and is going on to the final round at Rotary’s District Convention.

James Logan Choirs Win Big in Anaheim

Over Spring Break, the James Logan High School Advanced Concert Choir, Jazz Singers, and Show Choir all went to compete in the WorldStrides Heritage Music Festival in Anaheim. All three choirs won 1st place in their divisions. The Show Choir won an Adjudicator Award (top score from that judge). In addition, the group won the Sweepstakes Award for being the best choir program at the festival.  Congratulations Logan Choir!

Logan Students Earn College Credit through MVROP

As part of the continuing partnership between the New Haven Unified School District and the Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP), ten students were able to earn community college credit through their Mission Valley ROP class, Electronic Media Production II.  They have each earned 3.0 units of Ohlone College Credit for “Live TV Studio Production”. Congratulations to Caitlin Codilla, Danilo Gatchalian, Alvaro Gonzalez, Kayla Hamblett, Karla Manalang, Daniel Martinez, Jenny Nguyen, Eduardo Salas, Phillip Ventigan, and Sir Jabari Victor Williams.

Logan Team Wins Medical Device Design at Bioengineering High School Competition

Congratulations to the team from Logan who won the Medical Devices design competition at the UC Berkeley Bioengineering High School Competition last Saturday.  The competition asks contestants to identify a problem in medicine or biology and design a bioengineering solution in seven weeks. The Logan team, consisting of Romy Mastel, Alan Lin, Justin Tran, Abhijeet Grewal, and Ivan Liongson, took home first place for the second year in a row!  Their winning design was for a Synthetic Continent Ostomy and Improved Afferent Anti-reflux Valve Stability for Short Bowel Syndrome Patients

New Haven Schools Foundation Grant Application Period Closed
The New Haven Schools Foundation has received a record $90,000 in requests for project funding from NHUSD teachers and administrators! The types of projects proposed span key learning areas such as literacy, math, science and the arts, and would reach students at every grade level in the district. The Foundation board would like to thank all of those who put such careful thinking into some wonderful initiatives for our schools. Funding for grants will be limited by the budget, but board members will do their best to make as many dreams come true as possible. If you’d like to make a donation to help NHSF fund more of these projects, please email Helen Kennedy at or call 510-909-9263.

New Haven Schools Foundation Scholarship Application Reviews Completed
Scholarship sponsors have now completed reviews of student applications and are deliberating over their decisions.  We’re happy to report that funding for scholarships has now topped $130,000 for the second year in a row, and many sponsors reported being moved by the student stories that they read in the applications. Students will be notified of the outcome in mid- to late April.

Pathways to Success Luncheon Tickets On Sale Now
The New Haven Schools Foundation’s annual Scholarship Luncheon will be held on May 2, 2018 at the Paradise Ballrooms in Fremont. Doors open at 11:00 AM for student and sponsor photos at the selfie station. The keynote speaker will be Robyn Rodriguez, Ph.D. who is Professor of Asian American Studies at U.C. Davis, the author of several noteworthy books, and a member of the James Logan High School Class of 1991. The Art and Cheryl Kuhlmann Award, given to an exemplary scholarship sponsor, will be presented to the Migrant Parent Advisory Council. Students who receive scholarships will receive two complimentary admissions. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $75 per person, and may be purchased online, at

The James Logan Forensics Team Invites You To Its Spring Showcase
James Logan Forensics is hosting a Speech & Debate Showcase on Friday, April 13 at 6:00pm in the JLHS Little Theater. This event is a community event to show family, friends, and community members what the team does. There will be a suggested donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students, but no purchase required to attend.  The program will be middle-school friendly and current parents will be there to answer questions about the program and Summer Academy.

Special Education Ball - April 13, 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.

Logan girls Wrestling Team to Hold Chipotle Fundraiser on Friday, April 13

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support James Logan Girls Wrestling. Come in to the Chipotle at 30920 Dyer St in Union City on Friday, April 13th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to James Logan Girls Wrestling.  Click here for more information.

Logan Princess Club Has Caps and Gowns to Loan Upcoming Graduates, Looking for More
The Logan Princess Club will be loaning graduation caps and gowns to seniors who are homeless or displaced, foster youth, or have severe financial need. 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.

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.

Adult School Open House Saturday April 28
Mark your calendars! New Haven Adult School 3rd Annual Open House is Saturday, April 28th, from 11am-2pm. This is a community event and is open to the public. New and prospective students will have the opportunity to meet the staff, tour the school, connect with our partner agencies, and register for Spring Quarter. Partners of NHAS will have tables set up in the Multi-Purpose Room with resources for the entire family. There will also be food, fun and games for children.

Community partners, to book a table for this event, please email:

DON'T MISS OUT! See Flyer for additional details.

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).  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.

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.  More information can be found here.

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!