Logan Students Selected for National Leadership Program
Five James Logan High School sophomores have been accepted into the People to People Leadership Program in Medicine, to be held at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in June.
Christina Chong, Minh Quang Le Nguyen, Kristy Wong, Michael Wong and Frank Zapeda will join students from across the country to focus on leadership, teambuilding, community service, college admissions and professional aspirations. The goal is to help students learn to make a difference in their communities, develop leadership skills and build their college resumes. The students were nominated by Logan biology teacher Michelle Galaria.
Beth Morris-Wong, library media teacher at Hillview Crest Elementary, has been selected to participate in the “Picturing America” conference June 23-26 in Newark, N.J. The conference, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be on “Modern and Contemporary America” in the 20th and early 21st century and is designed to provide educators and librarians with knowledge, skills, and resources to design, implement an extensive curriculum developed by the NEH. Picturing America features 40 poster-sized reproductions of masterpieces of American art and a teaching guide.
Superintendent to Chat With Classified Employees
Superintendent Kari McVeigh on Thursday (Jan. 7) will hold the first two in a series of six forums designed to give her a chance to talk informally with representatives of classified employees in various job classifications. It's an idea that sprung from a recent meeting with Logan secretary Raquel Leon, president of the District’s chapter of the California School Employees Association, who noted that such forums were held regularly in New Haven many years ago.
The forums Thursday will be for representatives of clerical workers and paraprofessionals, as selected by their colleagues at each site. Future forums will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19 (maintenance/custodial meeting; transportation meeting) and Wednesday, Feb. 3 (technology/Kids First/campus security technician meeting; food service meeting).
Shakespeare Reigns in Room 441
Unable to decide between Othello and Hamlet, Logan teacher Jodie Schwatzfarb and her student-teacher, Melissa Manoguerra, decided that their World Literature students should study both. But that’s not all. The students in Room 441 will perform rewritten versions of both Shakespeare classics during second, third and fourth periods. Othello runs Jan. 14-15, Hamlet runs Jan. 19-20 and a “blended play” runs Jan. 21-22.
Family Reading Night at Searles
Union City Councilman Richard Valle and Police Officer Ryan Seto were among the guest readers for a Family Reading Night at Searles Elementary School, teacher Kathy Langham reports. The readers also included District Director of Instructional Support Scott Pizani, Searles Principal Debi Knoth, staff members Diane Baker, Sharon Gregory, Annette Iwamoto and Lillian Martinez and Logan High student Daniel Rivas.
The event also included a book fair, a Spirit Wear booth sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Club, a bookmark-making activity and families listening to audio books.
“At the end of the evening families left full of smiles and a renewed commitment to make reading a priority in their homes,” Ms. Langham said.
Public Hearing Set on New Haven Community School Waiver
During the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a public hearing will be held on a proposal to allow sixth-grade students who have been expelled to attend the New Haven Community School. Because the CommunitySchool serves seventh- through 12th graders, the proposal requires a waiver from the California Department of Education. Anyone interested in commenting on the waiver proposal or in offering suggestions for serving expelled sixth-grade students is invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.
Names ’n’ Notes
Word came from Placerville during the holiday break that former District Nurse Bob Hespen passed away Friday, Dec. 18. Funeral services were held in El Dorado Hills and a memorial service was held in Pleasanton. In lieu of flowers, Bob requested contributions be sent to Snowline Hospice (6520 Pleasant Valley Rd., Diamond Springs, 95619) or St. Augustine's Catholic Church (3999 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, 94566). … Grammy Award nominee Red Grammer, former lead singer with the Limelighters, will perform a benefit concert Saturday, Jan. 30, for Music for Minors II, a non-profit organization that trains docents to provide music education in classrooms. The program, which started in Fremont Unified, has grown to include New Haven and several other districts. The concert, designed for families and featuring music for all ages, will be at 2 p.m. at Harbor Light Church, 4760 Thornton Ave., Fremont. Tickets, priced at $14, are available by mail (Music for Minors II, 37141 2nd St., Fremont, 94536), by e-mail (Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org ), by phone (733-1189) and by fax (713-9879).