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December 23, 2009 > New Haven Unified Board of Education Briefs

New Haven Unified Board of Education Briefs

Submitted By Rick La Plante

***The Board of Education received a presentation on campus safety from James Logan High School Principal Amy McNamara and School Site Council President John Shockley. Ms. McNamara told the Board that there were reductions this fall in both the number of gang-related fights on campus and in the number of ninth-grade suspensions.

***The Board of Education recently decided on the name 'James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts' for the theater and music/drama education complex that the District is building at the high school. The name is one of two that were advanced to the Board by the Facilities Names Committee, from a list of 23 nominations suggested by the community.

***Construction on the Center, which includes a 599-seat theater, rehearsal spaces, and an extensive educational wing, is expected to be completed in late January. A dedication ceremony, which will be a free event and open to the public, is being planned for mid-February. In addition, to raise money to help furnish the Center, the New Haven Schools Foundation will sponsor a grand gala, the 'Show of Shows,' on Saturday, May 22.

***The Board approved the revised Single Plan for Student Achievement at Hillview Crest Elementary School, which despite significant and sustained improvement in student performance during the past two years is in 'Program Improvement.' Principal Beth Davies told the Board about the introduction of Critical Literacy into the school's curriculum, and first- and fifth-grade teachers Julie Francisco and Kelly McIntosh showed examples of how 'story arc' is used to help grow student understanding and vocabulary of texts.

Agendas of regular Board of Education meetings and minutes of past meetings are available on the District website: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us.

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