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E-News for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

E-News for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

District Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, 1/21
All district schools will be closed on Monday, January 21, in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

Logan High School to Host 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational Tournament
On Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th, James Logan High School will host the 25th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational Tournament.  This much anticipated annual event is a speech and debate tournament hosted by the James Logan High School Speech and Debate team. Students come from across the country to compete in academic events and create discourse around important social issues facing the world today. The tournament is held in honor of the power, poise, and presence of the great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his commitment to a greater vision of our future. Please support!  Click here for more information.

Hiring Judges for the MLK Invitational Debate Tournament

Judges are needed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational Tournament.  For more information, please click here.

NHSF Scholarship Applications Coming Soon
Graduating seniors from all NHUSD high school programs are eligible to apply for college scholarships through New Haven Schools Foundation starting February 1. Detailed information will be emailed to students in the next few weeks. Over $140,000 in scholarships were awarded to the class of 2018, and this year’s offerings are expected to surpass that amount. If you know of an individual or organization that would like to sponsor a scholarship, they can do so on our website:

NHSF Grant Application Period Opens February 1
Coming soon! Every year, the New Haven Schools Foundation awards grants to teachers, advisors, program managers, and coaches. Grant applications may be submitted beginning February 1 through March 3, 2019. There are four grant programs:  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. Grants are submit to budget limitations, and may be used for supplies, equipment, books, software, fees and other similar items. Start thinking about it now, and watch for more information as the date approaches.

Logan High School Science Teacher Named Humane Educator of the Year

James Logan High School teacher, Angela Higgerson, has been named the “Humane Educator of the Year” by Animalearn, an anti-cruelty organization.  Please click here to read the Patch article on this amazing teacher.

Institute of Community Leaders Parent Night, Thursday, January 10th

ICL families -- please join us for our January ICL Parent Night on Thursday, January 10th.  Our focus will be on ways to help students prepare for final exams and make a strong start in second semester!  This meeting will be most helpful for families of freshmen and sophomores. We will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 in the James Logan Library Reference Room.

Collecting Blankets and Sleeping Bags for Homeless Families in the Bay Area
Winter is here and there are many homeless in our area living in the cold. Do you have any extra blankets or sleeping bags that are gently used or new that you would like to donate? Eastin Elementary PE Specialist Darlene Crittendon (Coach C.) is collecting blankets and sleeping bags for Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter located at 588 Brown Road in Fremont, CA. If you are able to donate a blanket or sleeping bag, please make sure these items are washed and clean before donating. The blankets and sleeping bags will be distributed to the homeless population throughout the Bay Area. The Sunrise Village Homeless Shelter is part of Abode Services and runs a residential program that serves the homeless in Alameda County and beyond. All donations can be dropped off at New Haven Unified School District 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd. Union City, CA 94587.  The last day to donate blankets is Friday, January 18.

New Haven Adult School, Migrant Education, New Haven Unified/DELAC and the Union City Family Center present:
Author, Professor, and national award winner Francisco Jimenez presents "The Transformative Power of Education" on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 4:30 pm at the New Haven Adult School!  Doors will open at 4:00 pm! Author Francisco Jimenez' story has captivated the hearts of our Spanish and English Parent Book Clubs at various school sites. We hope you can join this amazing event for our community.  Please click here for more information (Spanish).

Happy Holidays from the Union City Family Center
Thank you to the following partners for hosting events and/or donating toys, hygiene products, and more to make this holiday season extra special for our families and community: NHUSD ESC/School Sites, Compassion Network, Newark Elk's Lodge, Bay Bombs Car Club, Plus One Crew, ATS Garage, the Daily Bowl, Hayward Bart Police, Union City Police Department, Resonate Church, Convoy of Hope, LOV Adopt a Family, Esquivez Holiday Family Giving, James Logan Track Coaches Tree Giveaway, Mr. H. Grewal, Mr. S. Kay from James Logan HS (holiday gift cards), First 5 Alameda County, and the Alameda Community Food Bank!  More than 1000 youth and adults' benefited from the kindness of others! Together We are Better!

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.

NOTE TIME CHANGE - 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 3:00 pm - 5:00 p.m. UCFC is located at 725 Whipple Road, Union City, CA (on the Barnard-White Middle School campus). Volunteers are welcome!

Logan Track and Field Team to Host Olympic Week in February

During the first week in February 2019, the James Logan High School Track and Field Team takes center stage as it hosts Olympic Week.  Olympic Week will be a celebration of athleticism, accomplishment and encouragement. Former US Olympians will visit K-12 schools throughout Bay Area school districts to share their personal and Olympic stories.  Students will be encouraged to accomplish their dreams in athletics and life through goal setting, dedication and teamwork. This clinic will be dedicated to Speed City, the 1968 Olympic team and Dick Fosbury.

Olympic Week will conclude on a high note with the 32nd Annual Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic on Saturday, February 9, 2019.  Students and amateur athletes throughout California and neighboring states will converge on the James Logan High School campus for a unique opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most renowned athletes.  In 2016, nearly 1000 coaches and athletes participated in hands-on workshops at the largest “learn by doing” clinic in the United States. Workshop leaders include:

  • Dick Fosbury – 1968 Olympic Gold Medalist and inventor of the “Fosbury Flop” high jump technique
  • Michael Powell – 2 time Olympic Silver Medalist and current Long Jump World Record Holder
  • Kevin Young – World Record Holder 400 meter Hurdles
  • Karin Smith – 5 time Olympian in the Javelin

The 2019 Clinic will have special meaning as the Bay Area pays tribute to the 1968 Olympic Team, the most decorated track and field team in US history.  In a year of war, assassinations and urban riots, the 1968 track team provided lights of hope and showcased America at its best. The 1968 U.S. track and field squad not only blew away the competition but also the record books during a historic seven days at Mexico City.  More information about the event can be found here.