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February 7, 2012 > New Haven School District

New Haven School District

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Logan students invited to vie for national honors:
James Logan High School students Diane Qi and Michael Xu have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. Scholars are selected on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas, including academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and community. Annually, fewer than 150 students are chosen from among outstanding graduating seniors across the country to become U.S. Presidential Scholars. Semifinalists will be announced in April and the winners in May, and the winners will be invited to Washington D.C. in June, for a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

Community meetings continue:
Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz is hosting meetings throughout the District to review the essentials, present data and ask participants to identify questions or concerns based on the data and the essentials. She also will ask participants to help identify and prioritize potential action steps. Parents, staff and community members can attend the meeting at their neighborhood school or select another meeting that fits their schedule.

The remaining meetings are:
Thursday, February 9: Emanuele Elementary, 6 p.m. (This also is the designated meeting for Cesar Chavez Middle School). Wednesday, February 15: Hillview Crest Elementary, 4 p.m.; Kitayama Elementary, 5:30 p.m.

Next parent workshop scheduled:
"Practical Strategies to Promote Positive Behaviors in Your Kids" will be the topic Wednesday, February 15, at the next session of New Haven Unified's ongoing series of parent workshops.

District Social Worker Sandy Vaughn will review seven tactics to promote good behaviors and apply those to common problems such as completing homework and chores and getting up and out in the morning. Parents who attended the January workshop will have an opportunity to discuss how the tactics worked or didn't, "but you DO NOT have to have attended the January workshop in order to benefit from this one," Ms. Vaughn emphasized.

The meeting will be at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. To reserve a place, call Marianne Pitta (471-1100, ext. 60425). Childcare and translation services are available on request.

Parcel Tax advocates seek volunteers:
New Haven Unified School District is considering the possibility of placing a parcel tax on the June ballot, in an effort to mitigate some of the budget cuts that have been forced on the District because of the state's ongoing financial difficulties. A group comprised of parents, community members, teachers and classified employees is continuing to meet to plan a campaign.

Those interested in learning more are invited to the group's next meeting, at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 16, at the New Haven Teachers Association office, 32980 Alvarado Niles Rd., Suite 812, Union City. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to fill out and submit a contact form, available online at

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G Stars:
Fifth-grader Elaine Mai was the winner in Eastin Elementary Spelling Bee and will go on to represent the school in the Regional Spelling Bee, a precursor to the national finals, teacher Pei-Pei Ketron reports. Daphne Pan and Albert Pei, also fifth-graders, finished second and third, respectively, and will represent Eastin at the Alameda County Spelling Bee.

Students with disabilities:
High school students with disabilities and their parents are invited to attend "Your Future Is in Your Hands," a presentation on programs and services available after high school, on Wednesday, February 8, in the Teen Center at Central Park in Fremont. More information about the event, which will include representatives of organizations providing a wide variety of services for students from New Haven, Fremont and Newark, is available by contacting Rosa Burciaga (510) 657-2350, ext. 12436 or

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