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April 23, 2013 > New Haven Unified Board of Education update

New Haven Unified Board of Education update

Submitted By New Haven Unified School District

The Board of Education, on April 16, approved the renaming of Alvarado Middle School to Itliong - Vera Cruz Middle School, effective September 2015. The name change honors the memory of Filipino-American labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

The Board instructed District staff to formulate an implementation plan and secure funds to cover costs before the name change takes effect. Community groups have pledged to cover the costs, estimated at approximately $15,000.

Contemporaries of Cesar Chavez, after whom the District's other middle school is named, Itliong and Vera Cruz helped lead the 1965 Delano Grape Strike that led to the formation of the United Farm Workers.

It is believed Itliong - Vera Cruz Middle School will be the first school in the nation named after Filipino Americans.

Also, the Board:

Received an update on the adoption of Common Core State Standards, a nationwide initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English/language arts and mathematics. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arlando Smith outlined the District's efforts to build CCSS awareness, provide professional development for staff and help parents know how the standards will affect their children's education. Dr. Smith provided examples of "shifts" that will occur, such as reading as much non-fiction as fiction in English/language arts and focusing on depth, as opposed to breadth, in math.

Recognized students from Pioneer Elementary School who have participated in an after-school writing/journalism enrichment class to produce the "Pioneer Pathways" newspaper.

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