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May 18, 2010 > New Haven Unified School District news

New Haven Unified School District news

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Teacher Appreciation Day:
Wednesday, May 12 was Teacher Appreciation Day in the New Haven Unified School District, coinciding with California Day of the Teacher. As the old saying goes, "If you can read this, thank a teacher." Do it today.

On behalf of Superintendent Kari McVeigh, a resolution was adopted by the Board of Education last week, in appreciation of the district's teachers.

"Show of Shows" Tickets Going Fast:
Tickets are becoming scarce for the "Show of Shows" gala Saturday, May 22, to celebrate the opening of the JLHS Center for the Performing Arts.

Alumni musicians and performers - many of whom have gone on to become professional musicians, singers and dancers - will join student performers on stage in a variety show being put together by Logan Director of Bands Ramiro Barrera, whose musicians have won national and international acclaim.

The event is being sponsored by the New Haven Schools Foundation, which is hoping to purchase a grand piano for the Center. More than 100 tickets were sold at a meeting of the Band Boosters on Tuesday night.

The semi-formal event starts with a catered reception in Guy Emanuele Pavilion at 6:30 p.m., with the performance to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced at $50, can be purchased through NHSF Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle (510) 471-3850 or Baro-valle@nhsfoundation.com).

Challenge Issued for "Run to Save Student Activities":
The Alvarado Elementary School staff is forming a team to run the 5-kilometer event - and is challenging other schools to compete in the "Fastest Feet Relay Race" - at the upcoming "Run to Save Student Activities." The event is being organized by the New Haven Boosters Association, a group of parents eager to help assure the future of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities during these difficult budget times.

The event, being sponsored by Alpine Awards and Union City Leisure Services, is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, starting at 9 a.m., at Cesar Chavez Middle School. It will include 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer races along the Alameda Creek Trail, followed by age-group races and the relay, in which the Boosters hope to find the fastest teams from both District schools and local businesses. Advance, discount registration is $20 for adults, $15 for high school students, $10 for elementary and middle school students and $40 per relay team. For more information, e-mail Eileen Riener (eriener@earthlink.net).

In addition to the races, the Boosters are planning a festival area with booths available for games, giveaways, promotions, etc. Rental fees will be $50 for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space. For more information about festival booths, e-mail Natalie Haney (nathaney1@gmail.com).

Besides fund-raising, the Boosters hope to raise awareness that although the District was able to maintain stipends that pay coaches and teachers for students activities for 2010-11, those funds are not in the budget for 2011-12. For information about joining or helping the group, e-mail Michael Ritchie (mritchie02@sbcglobal.net) or John Shockley (john.shockley@sri.com.

Safe Routes to School:
Intent on providing alternatives to families who will be affected by the elimination of bus transportation, New Haven Unified has partnered with the Alameda County "Safe Routes to School" Program to promote safe walking and biking to school and to minimize traffic congestion in school neighborhoods. SR2S helps schools, parents and the local community organize "walking school buses," teaches bicycle safety and also helps parents and volunteers organize car pools.

SR2S representatives are attending meetings this month at all New Haven elementary and middle schools. The remainder of the schedule:

Wednesday, May 19: Emanuele Elementary, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19: Hillview Crest Elementary, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19: Kitayama Elementary, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 20: Alvarado Elementary, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, May 25: Alvarado Middle, 6 p.m.

SRS2 in Alameda County is funded with a grant from Measure B, the county's half-cent transportation sales tax, administered by the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority.

Middle School Music News:
The sixth-grade choir at Cesar Chavez Middle earned a gold rating in a competition last Friday at Chabot College, Director Jennifer Carini reports. Special recognition was given to the boys for their outstanding work. All four CCMS choirs have received golf medals in competition this year.

At Alvarado Middle, meanwhile, students are rehearsing for "Talent Is Here Again in 2010," the school's annual musical extravaganza. The performance will be Thursday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m., at Guy Emanuele Pavilion at Logan High. It will feature bands, choirs, guards, Grupo Latino dancers and Bollywood dancers and the school's new ukulele group, teacher KenYetta Agregado reports.

For more information on tickets and/or the DVD, contact Mrs. Agregado (kagregado@nhusd.k12.ca.us).

Food Allergy Awareness Week:
As part of Food Allergy Awareness Week, Monica Cheung, a registered nurse and the mother of an Eastin Elementary School student with food allergies, has been raising awareness at Eastin.

Retirement Parties:
A retirement party for Director of Pupil Services and former Logan principal Don Montoya is scheduled Friday, June 4, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Cabello Student Support Center. Reservations are $20 and can be made through Marianne Pitta (489-4141, ext. 60452 or mpitta@nhusd.k12.ca.us).

A retirement part for Cesar Chavez teacher Doreen Anthony is scheduled Thursday June 10, at CiCi's Italian Ristorante in Niles. No-host cocktails will be served at 4:30 p.m. and a buffet dinner starts at 6. Cost is $30 per person. RSVP to CCMS Secretary Kathi Sathre (487-1700, ext. 60002 or ksathre@nhusd.k12.ca.us). Deadline is June 7.

Names 'n' Notes:
Aspiring comedian Joey Bragg, an eighth-grade student at Cesar Chavez and the son of Emanuele Elementary librarian Ken Bragg, finished second in the finals of the eighth annual Rooster T Feathers New Talent Comedy Competition.

Logan's girls' soccer team is planning a car wash Saturday, May 22, in the parking lot at the Dan Oden Swim Center. Prices will be $5 for cars, $10 for small SUVs and $13 for larger vehicles. The fund-raiser will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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