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August 7, 2012 > Summertime news from New Haven Schools

Summertime news from New Haven Schools

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Stuff the Bus:
The local community can help provide supplies for New Haven students during the weekend of Aug. 17-20 when Walmart once again hosts a "Stuff the Bus" event at the Union Landing shopping center.

A District school bus will be parked outside the Union Landing Walmart from Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 20, and shoppers will be invited to purchase items from a list of school supplies and "stuff the bus" with donations for students. Shoppers have donated hundreds of reams of paper, thousands of pencils, pens and crayons, and hundreds of binders and folders since the event began in 2011.

Parents, school employees and other community volunteers will greet shoppers and accept donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, but donation bins will be available 24 hours a day.

A couple of volunteers are needed to fill the 4 to 7 p.m. slots Saturday and Sunday. To volunteer, email:

School Start:
The first day of school for New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) students, on Wednesday, August 29, will be a minimum day. Classes will start at the regular time but will be dismissed early.

Elementary schools will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 12:05 p.m., and middle schools will begin at 8:40 a.m. and end at 11:50 a.m. At James Logan High, all Wednesdays are minimum days; classes will begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 1:50 p.m. Conley-Caraballo High will observe its everyday schedule; classes will begin at 8:07 a.m. and end at 12:36 p.m.

This year, because of state budget cuts, teachers will not be in their classrooms on the two days prior to the start of school, as they have been in the past. The two preparation days are among the nine workdays that teachers are giving up to help offset continuing state cuts, and all other New Haven employees also are giving up nine workdays. All employees also are taking an additional 1 percent pay cut.

Normal dismissal times this year will be 2:05 p.m. at elementary schools, 2:55 p.m. at middle schools, and 3:25 p.m. at Logan.

Parents of children just starting school or who are otherwise new to New Haven Unified must pick up and complete an enrollment packet, available at the Centralized Enrollment Center, located in the annex next to the Educational Services Center at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road. When picking up a packet, a parent also can make an appointment to return the completed forms

Team Zoe:
In memory of Zoe Inciong, a popular James Logan High School student who died in July from a rare form of bone cancer, Logan Principal Amy McNamara is organizing "Team Zoe" to take part in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, scheduled Aug. 25 and 26 at the high school. For more information, or to join the team or make a donation, visit the Union City Relay for Life website (, then e-mail Ms. McNamara ( with the time you would like to walk or how you would like to participate.

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