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E-News for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

E-News for Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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

Grant Peterson, Long-time District Teacher and Administrator Passes Away

The District was saddened to hear that long-time teacher and administrator, Grant Peterson, had passed away recently.

Grant Peterson had a storied career as an educator. He worked first as a teacher, then counselor at James Logan High School.  Later, he became Director of Pupil Services, serving as a key member of Guy Emanuel's administrative team that made New Haven Unified preeminent in the state.  After retirement, he served on the Hayward School Board and on the GLSEN National Board (Gay and Lesbian Straight Education Network). He was ever personable, professional, and passionate, focusing on underserved students, such as students of color, English Language Learners, and LGBTQ students.  

In lieu of a funeral, there will be a tree planting service in the near future.

New Haven Unified Receives Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant
In the Fall of 2018, the New Haven Unified School District applied for a grant from the California Department of Education (CDE) entitled the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant. The SSAE program is authorized under Title IV, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (Federal Catalog Number 84.424A). The purpose of the SSAE grant is to encourage and support eligible local educational agencies to increase capacity to:

  • Provide all students with access to well-rounded educational opportunities;
  • Support safe and healthy students; and
  • Support the effective use of technology

We are pleased to announce the application from New Haven Unified was approved by the California Department of Education and will be awarded $559,536.00. Items and activities that will be funded by this grant include but are not limited to:

  • Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Professional Development
  • Professional Development for Visual Thinking Strategies
  • Professional Development for Trauma Informed Practices
  • Union City Family Center Support for Integration with the Logan Health Center with Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, La Familia, and Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
  • Create a collaborative with the Center for Healthy Schools and Communities that will enable NHUSD to strengthen and expand our student supports, including efforts to become a trauma - informed district and to improve services and integration in order to improve the health and academic success of the district’s highest need students.
  • Musical Instruments Replacement / Repair / Supplies for Middle and High School
    Technological improvements for the Logan Dance Studio
  • Technological improvements for the Logan Center for the Performing Arts
  • Provide student support for participation in the After School Public Speaking (Forensics) Middle School Program

All grant funds must be expended or legally obligated by September 30, 2019. Scott Pizani, Director, K-12 Instruction, will serve as the Project Director for the SSAE Grant.

Two Way Dual Immersion Parent Information Meeting
At Searles Elementary, we have experienced tremendous success during our first year of implementation of the Spanish Two-Way Dual Immersion Language Program.  We have been impressed with our students’ growth in their bilingual and biliterate skills, academic achievement, as well as cross cultural competency. This program is a wonderful way for Native Spanish speakers and Native English speakers to become proficient in both languages.  

We are excited to continue to build on the success of our Two-Way Dual Language Immersion program.  If you are a parent of an incoming kindergarten student or a student who will be a 1st grader for the 2019-2020 school year and are interested in the program, please attend our mandatory Parent Information Meeting.  

Two Way Dual Immersion Parent Information Meeting
February 21, 2019
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Searles Elementary - Media Center.   

Please RSVP to Alyssa Corpuz via email at or (510) 471-1100 ext. 60493.

Come Learn About Your Student’s English Language Proficiency Assessments
We are pleased to announce that we will be offering a parent session on English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), an assessment that will measure the progress of your student’s English language development.  Come and learn about additional ways you may support your student at home!

Please attend one of the sessions offered at the district office (ESC) rooms A & B  on the following dates, Wednesday, January 23rd and Thursday, January 31st. We will meet from 5:00-6:00.  We hope to see you there.

For more information, please contact Rhonda Flemming at 510-471-1100 ext. 62638.

Logan Student Featured in Solo Art Show in San Francisco

James Logan High School student Matthew Lam is having a SOLO art show at the Strut Gallery in San Francisco  Opening night is Friday, February 1 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and the show runs through February 23. This is a huge accomplishment for any artist, but is particularly impressive as he is the youngest to display work in this gallery. His focus is diversity and equality, two things Logan values highly. Please click here for more information.

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.

Get ready Union City! A high-flying, slam-dunking, rim-rattling basketball show is coming to town!
The world-famous Harlem Wizards will visit the Logan Pavilion on Friday, February 8th for an evening of great fun and fundraising. The Wizards will play a game against a team of NHUSD administrators, teachers, community leaders, and community members. Proceeds will benefit all of our participating schools in the district.

The event will feature a variety of fun interactive extras to complement the Wizards' dazzling demonstration of hoops artistry: Pregame "Wiz Kids" warm-up, contests, comedy, awesome slam dunks, audience participation, merchandise giveaways, and more. The game will conclude with the Wizards' signature dance extravaganza that will have the crowd on their feet!

To purchase tickets, and for more information, visit (  Some tickets are sold out so hurry and buy yours!  For more information, click here.

The home team players will be thrilled to play in front of family, friends, and fans, and spectators will delight in seeing their beloved teachers, principals, and community leaders run the court. Come out and cheer - you will not want to miss this fantastic experience that will benefit our most precious resource: The kids!

Support the District African American Advisory by Coming to Buffalo Wild Wings, January 22

Please come by Buffalo Wild Wings on Tuesday, January 22, to help support the District African American Advisory who will receive 10% of the proceeds for the day.  In order for your purchase, supporters will need to show this “ticket”, either printed out or on their phones.  If you don’t have either, don’t panic, just tell your server that you’re there in support of the DAAA.  Funds raised will go towards student scholarships.

ACRA Book Club; Who’s Doing the Work?
The Alameda County Reading Association is proud to present their second Book Club of the 2018-19 school year, “Who’s Doing the Work?”, by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris.  Meetings will be held in the Amador Elementary School Library, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the following dates:  1/24, 2/28, 4/11. The cost of the event is $30  for all three sessions. It is free for ACRA members.  Interested individuals can RSVP here.  More information can be found 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:

Bystander Intervention Training, Thursday, January 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Please join Union City Stands United Against Hate and CAIR SF Bay Area for an interactive Bystander Intervention Training. This training will be taking place on Thursday January 24, at the New Haven Unified School District Office, from 6pm-8pm.  Click here for more information.

If you have any special accommodations, please email Harris Mojadedi at  

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.

CAC Meeting for Parents of Students with Special Needs
Mission Valley SELPA Community Advisory Committee presents “We Disagree, Now What? Moving IEPs Forward”.  Join us for a presentation and learn options and strategies such as gathering additional data, reframing issues, bringing in a facilitator and when you may want to consider legal assistance (see attached flyer).

Date: Monday, January 28, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location:    Thornton Junior High School Library -  4357 Thornton Avenue, Fremont

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 and at