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June 8, 2010 > News from New Haven School District

News from New Haven School District

Submitted By Rick La Plante

A goal is to open a small "School Within a School" at Logan in the fall of 2011, starting with 150 freshmen. One grade level would be added each year until there are about 600 students in grades 9-12 by 2014-15. Teacher Stephanie Papas, a member of the design team, reports that the group is eager to share the work that has been done so far to establish the "structure and theme of the school" and determine "how it will fit in with Logan proper."

GATE Committee
New Haven is at the beginning of a one-year moratorium on GATE identification, after it was determined earlier this year that the identification process not only resulted in enrollment disproportionate to District demographics and unequal across different schools, but that it did not reflect scientific understanding of "giftedness." The GATE Committee will meet twice a month, from September through December, to determine how to resolve these issues and to make recommendations to be implemented in spring 2011.

Parents and staff members who are interested in serving are asked to submit their names, school site and contact information to Executive Assistant Amber Spencer in the Division of Teaching & Learning (471-1100, ext. 60404, or aspencer@nhusd.k12.ca.us).

Grading Task Force
The Division of Teaching & Learning also is seeking parents and staff members to serve on a Grading Task Force, as the District attempts to address inconsistencies in how student performance is evaluated across schools and grades, and even between teachers in the same course.

Parents and staff members who are interested in serving are asked to submit their names, school site and contact information to Executive Assistant Amber Spencer (471-1100, ext. 6040, or aspencer@nhusd.k12.ca.us).

Time for Sports Campers to Register
Registration is under way for Logan High's annual summer sports camps, Athletic Director Tom Rosenthal reports. Camps are open to students as young as 8, depending on the sport. They begin as early as June 21 and run as late as Aug. 26. Cost is $25 to $80, depending on sport, length of camp and age group.

Names `n` Notes
Great prizes are available for children who take part in the Alameda County Library's "Make-A-Splash - Read" summer program. To participate, pick up a gameboard at the Union City Library, starting Monday (June 7), and use it to keep track of time spent reading, then bring the gameboard back to the library and spin the prize wheel once for every 30 minutes of reading. The program runs from June 14 through August 14. The Union City Library is at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road.

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