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January 20, 2010 > News from the New Haven Schools

News from the New Haven Schools

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Logan Students Selected for National Leadership Program:
Five James Logan High School sophomores have been accepted into the 'People to People Leadership Program in Medicine,' to be held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in June.

Christina Chong, Minh Quang Le Nguyen, Kristy Wong, Michael Wong and Frank Zapeda will join students from across the country to focus on leadership, teambuilding, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations. The goal is to help students learn to make a difference in their communities, develop leadership skills and build their college resumes. Logan biology teacher, Michelle Galaria, nominated the students.

Picturing America:
Beth Morris-Wong, library media teacher at Hillview Crest Elementary, has been selected to participate in the "Picturing America" conference June 23-26 in Newark, New Jersey. The conference, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on 'Modern and Contemporary America' in the 20th and early 21st century and is designed to provide educators and librarians with knowledge, skills, and resources to design, implement an extensive curriculum developed by the NEH. Picturing America features 40 poster-sized reproductions of masterpieces of American art and a teaching guide.

Shakespeare Reigns in Room 441
Unable to decide between Othello and Hamlet, Logan teacher Jodie Schwatzfarb and her student-teacher, Melissa Manoguerra, decided that their World Literature students should study both. But that's not all. The students will perform rewritten versions of both Shakespeare classics during second, third and fourth periods. Othello runs January 14-15, Hamlet runs January 19-20 and a 'blended play' runs January 21-22.

Family Reading Night at Searles:
Union City Councilman Richard Valle and Police Officer Ryan Seto, were among the guest readers for a Family Reading Night at Searles Elementary School, teacher Kathy Langham reports. The readers also included District Director of Instructional Support Scott Pizani, Searles Principal Debi Knoth, staff members Diane Baker, Sharon Gregory, Annette Iwamoto and Lillian Martinez and Logan High student Daniel Rivas.

The event also included a book fair, a Spirit Wear booth sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Club, a bookmark-making activity and families listening to audio books.

"At the end of the evening, families left full of smiles and a renewed commitment to make reading a priority in their homes," Ms. Langham said.

Public Hearing Set on New Haven Community School Waiver:
During the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 19, a public hearing will be held on a proposal to allow sixth-grade students who have been expelled to attend the New Haven Community School. Because the Community School serves seventh- through 12th graders, the proposal requires a waiver from the California Department of Education. Anyone interested in commenting on the waiver proposal or in offering suggestions for serving expelled sixth-grade students is invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.

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