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March 3, 2010 > New Haven Schools 'e-news' updates

New Haven Schools 'e-news' updates

Submitted By Rick La Plante

The dedication ceremony for the new James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The event, which will be open to the public, will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances from both Logan's Show Choir, under the direction of Erin McShane, and members of the school's nationally renowned forensics team, under teacher Tommie Lindsey. Tours of the Center-which features a 599-seat theater, support facilities and an educational wing of music and drama classrooms-will also be provided.

In addition, the New Haven Schools Foundation is planning a gala celebration in the new facility on the evening of Saturday, May 22. The event, featuring a "Show of Shows" created by Logan Director of Bands Ramiro Barrera, will be to raise funds to purchase a grand piano and/or additional equipment for the new facility. Ticket information will be available soon.

Ballet Folkl—rico Prepares for 20th Anniversary
An integral part of New Haven culture and community since 1990, Ballet Folkl—rico de James Logan High School will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special performance Saturday, May 15. The troupe, founded by Logan counselor Jaime Huertas, was the first high school folkl—rico dance company in the East Bay, and Mr. Huertas estimates that approximately 1,000 students have participated in either the performing group or classes.

The anniversary celebration will include performances by Mariachi exicanismo and special guests El Ballet Folkl—rico Mˇxicano de Carlos oreno and Compa–ia Mˇxcio Danza, two of the most established dance troupes in Northern California. Bay Area radio personality Sylvia Chac—n will serve as master of ceremony.

To purchase tickets-priced at $15 for adults, $12 for students and $10 for children under 12-contact Mr. Huertas (510) 475-2520, ext. 60124 or

Forensics Winners
Ben Mabie won both the Impromptu and Extemporaneous competitions, and he teamed with Shrian Sukumar to win the Public Forum competition, as Logan forensics students dominated the Hub City Classic earlier this month in Hattiesberg, Mississippi.

Coleton Schmitto finished first in Humorous Interpretation and teamed with Alexa Rocero to win Duo Interpretation, Ismael Williams finished first in Dramatic Interpretation, and Kelsey Glenn won the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Children's Book Project

From March 15 to March 26, there will be drop-off boxes in the offices of all New Haven schools to collect books for the Children's Book Project. The San Francisco-based non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged children learn to read by providing them and their shelters, schools, daycares and community centers with books and other resources. Since 1992, the organization has provided more than 1.5 million books to children throughout the Bay Area. The Commission also is exploring the idea of holding an event to give away some of the donated books to New Haven children.

Parent Project
A Spanish-language version of "Parent Project," a 13-week class designed to help parents of teenagers learn effective prevention and intervention techniques, will begin Wednesday, March 3. An English version will begin Tuesday, March 16. Materials cost $35 and the weekly fee is based on family income.

For information on the Spanish class, call Luz Ponce (510) 574-2149 or Adrian Valdez (510) 675-5821. For information on the English class, call Kristie Potter (510) 675-5217. The program is offered through Fremont Youth & Family Services and the New Haven Adult School.

"Parent Project Jr. Loving Solutions," a similar program designed for parents of children 5 - 10 years old, will start April 22. For information on the English program, call Joy Callison (510) 489-4141, ext. 62624. For information on the Spanish program, call the Adult School (510) 489-2185.

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