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E-News for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

E-News for Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Eastin Fourth Grader Featured in Scholastic News

As a 4th grader, Eastin student Isaiah Petersen spent some of his summer time responding to a debate on the banning of straws in the Scholastic News.  The Scholastic News is a weekly nonfiction publication that is read and enjoyed by over 6 million students across the country. His response was featured in one of his 5th grade Scholastic News magazines.

Recently, District Technology Staff Developer Kim Klindt paid a visit to Ms. Mata's 5th grade classroom to guide the students through WeVideo.  This introduction led Isaiah and classmate Sahil Aggarwar to create a video featuring the Scholastic News submission and an interview with 4th grade teacher, Vanessa Leong.  The clip showcases the benefits of writing, along with some of the tech skills the two boys have acquired. That video can be found here.

Conley-Caraballo High School to Host Dia De Los Muertos Festival

On Friday, November 2, Conley-Caraballo High School will host a Dia De Los Muertos event from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be children’s activities, Aztec dancers, a community altar and Bay Bombs will be bringing their bikes and cars to display.  Please click here for more information.

The Monarchs Have Arrived

Two weeks ago, we shared a story about Monarch caterpillars that were seen in the District Office atrium.  A number of those caterpillars were shared with elementary schools across the district so students could witness their metamorphosis into butterflies.  Over the weekend, Monarch butterflies emerged from several of the chrysalises. A short video with pictures of these butterflies can be seen here.  Photo and video credits:  Joyce Walker

Institute of Community Learners Hosting Parent Night, Thursday, November 8th

Institute of Community Learners (ICL) families are invited to attend our next ICL Parent Night on Thursday, November 8th, at 6:30 p.m.  We will learn about graduation and college entrance requirements, and how the ICL course sequence helps students prepare to meet both. We will meet in the James Logan Library Reference Room.  We hope to see you there!

Union City Family Center (formerly Kids' Zone)
Please consider donating to the Union City Family Center (UCFC).  We are currently in need of cleansing and hygiene products for families in need: Toothpaste, Deodorant, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, and Bars of Soap.

The Union City Family Center is now an Alameda County Food distribution site! Food will be distributed every Tuesday that school is in session from 3:30 pm - 5:30 p.m. UCFC is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA (on the Barnard-White Middle School campus). Volunteers are welcome!

Freedom Through the Arts: Exploration of Black Youth Voice, Art and Community
Curriculum Developed and Led by Mahea Gaskins, The Village Method (TVM)

In continuing its work in elevating Youth Voice & Leadership, TVM Scholars explored and were trained in methods to engage others by using Afro-centric artistic expressions. They studied artists like Jacob Lawrence and Aaron Douglas to recreate stories of the Great Migration to the Harlem Renaissance. TVM Scholars led workshops in partnership with the Integrated Learning Department of the Alameda County Office of Education and explored how to create collaborative atmospheres for learning. They also presented at the "Inventing Our Future" Summit at the Chabot Space & Science Center. This summit led educators throughout the Greater SF Bay Area in activities that explored mural making, poetry and dance from the Harlem Renaissance while being led by middle and high school TVM scholars.

We are proud of the TVM Scholars of the New Haven Unified School District for their growth and contributions to our community. Their murals will be on display at the district office soon! Please stop by and check them out.

Black Students of California United (BSCU) comes to Alameda County!
On Saturday October 20th, Black students throughout the Greater Bay Area came together at Chabot Community College to begin their work in collective action. Both middle and high school-aged delegates from BSU's were all invited to attend. The event, hosted and sponsored by The Village Method, brought Keynote speaker Baayan Bakari, Author/Poet - Tyson Amir, and other workshops dedicated to focusing attendees on the greatness within them. The Black Student Achievement and Success Programs (UMOJA, My Sister's Keeper, and Striving Black Brothers Coalition), Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, and Academic-GPS also presented during the day. Check out the video here:

The BSCU was established to provide California’s Black youth with the tools, education and experiences to prepare them to become fully engaged participants in the state’s civic and economic life.

Take the Challenge for New Haven!
Once again, the New Haven Schools Foundation (NHSF) has been selected as a beneficiary of the Rotary Chili Pepper Challenge! The Rotary Club of FUN Sunset and other Tri-Cities Rotary Clubs match donations two-to-one!

Foundation President John Shockley took the Challenge at our recent board meeting to get the ball rolling. It's super-easy to participate and donations of any size are appreciated.

Eat a pepper or a cookie... we don't care! Shoot a video and challenge friends. Make a donation at  You can watch NHSF President John Shockley’s video here.

Skip the video and just make a donation. But please tell your friends. You can mail a check payable to the Niles Rotary Foundation to our PO Box below, OR make a credit card donation here.

The American Association of University Women to Host Annual Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day
On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the The American Association of University Women, Fremont Branch will host their annual Mother/Daughter STEM Discovery Day,  a morning of fun and learning for 5th/6th Grade girls and their mothers. The event will be held at Hopkins Jr. High, 600 Driscoll Rd, Fremont, and is open to New Haven eligible families. For more information, please click here.