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E-News: Feb. 8, 2011

Logan Students Do Their Part
Members of the Sustainability Club at James Logan High School will be removing litter and debris, planting bushes and trees and doing some site design planning Saturday, Feb. 19, part of their continuing effort to restore an area along the creek behind William Cann Civic Center Park in Union City.
Club members and some of their parents, along with some of adviser Michelle Galaria’s other biology students and a few students from Irvington High, started the project last month, mulching, raking, planting and cleaning the area in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
“The area was overgrown with non-native, invasive plants, which is not only bad for the ecosystem but it made that area a little creepy,” Ms. Galaria reports. “Now Logan students get to plan, design, plant and maintain native species for the creek ecosystem, make it family friendly and educational.”
Future projects will include monitoring water quality, stenciling, storm drains and an educational exhibit about the plants and area, as well as general maintenance, Ms. Galaria added.
Community Meetings Tonight, Thursday on School Facilities
Parents, employees and other members of the New Haven community can get an early look tonight (Tuesday) at possibilities for meeting future facilities needs throughout the District.
The first of two meetings on the District Facilities Master Plan will be at 6:30 p.m. in The Spot, the student union/cafeteria complex at James Logan High. A second meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 10) at Pioneer Elementary.
Even in difficult budget times, planning for future facilities needs is important. Recommendations for future improvements at various schools include parking lot reconfigurations, security fencing, new multi-use and two-story classroom buildings, the conversion of multi-use buildings into library media centers, and the installation of all-weather fields and tracks at the middle schools. The meetings also will include discussions about the master plan process, condition assessment of current facilities and funding possibilities. 
Valentine’s Concert Thursday
Chocolates and flowers will be the theme Thursday (Feb. 10) for a concert featuring acclaimed pianist Richard Glazier and a special “Valentine’s Wind Orchestra” at the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts.
The centerpiece of the 7:30 p.m. concert will be George Gershwin's “Rhapsody in Blue,” conducted by JLHS music director Ramiro Barrera. Mr. Glazier will be joined by the “Valentine’s Wind Orchestra” put together by Mr. Barrera. It is made up mostly of Bay Area professional musicians, along with selected Logan students.
Tickets are $25, with proceeds supporting the high school’s music programs. Tickets are available online ( All tickets will be at will call on the night of the concert.
Olympians Here This Weekend
Former and reigning Olympic champions, world record holders and two hometown Olympic hopefuls will take part Saturday (Feb. 12) in the annual Willie Davenport Olympian Track and Field Clinic at Logan.
Olympic legends Dick Fosbury, who revolutionized the high jump, and Eddie Hart, the world’s fast human in 1972, will take part again this year, along with reigning women’s discus gold medalist Stephanie Brown and three-time Olympian James Robinson, an 11-time national champion in the 800 meters. The list of world record holders includes sprinter Maurice Greene, hurdler Kevin Young and long jumper Mike Powell.
Also participating will be two Logan graduates who are training to make the 2012 Olympic team, triple jumper Nkosinza Balumbu and hurdler Kevin Craddock.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the clinic will be from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Registration fees are $10 for youth, $20 for adults and $350 per team. For more information, e-mail Logan track and field coach Lee Webb (
Walk and Roll to School Days
Students at four New Haven elementary schools will celebrate Valentine’s Day by taking part in
“Healthy Hearts Walk and Roll to School Day.”
Students at Eastin, Kitayama, Hillview Crest and Pioneer are encouraged to walk or “roll” (bicycle, scooter or skateboard) to school Monday, Feb. 14. Searles Elementary is celebrating the event today (Tuesday).
The celebrations are being coordinated by Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School program, which encourages walking and rolling to school to alleviate traffic and for the benefits of physical exercise. More information is available on the SR2S website (, or by contacting coordinator Carrie Harvilla (
Academic Achievement Night Next Week at Logan
Logan will celebrate Academic Achievement Night on Thursday, Feb. 17. The “enhanced open house,” as described by Principal Amy McNamara, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m., preceded by a barbecue fund-raiser at 5 p.m.
In addition to the traditional classrooms visits, parents and their students will be invited to attend workshops on getting to and paying for college, with information available about both four-year and two-year colleges. Information on career training programs and the military also will be available. Many workshops will be conducted in both English and Spanish.
African-American History Celebration
The Black Student Union at Logan is inviting community members to celebrate African-American history and culture at the high school Thursday, Feb. 24. Students will perform spoken word, poetry, dance and singing in The Spot from 5:30 to 8 p.m., adviser Dorothy Allen reports. Refreshments will be served.
Parent Workshop Schedule
The next in a series of free Parenting Workshops being hosted by the District  will be on “Reading Strategies,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 9) at the Cabello Student Support Center, 4500 Cabello St., Union City.
A workshop on “ADD & ADHD” is scheduled Friday (Feb. 11) from 9 a.m to noon at the New Haven Adult School, 600 G St., Union City.
Future workshops:
·         Wednesday, Feb. 16: “Mental Health: Understanding the Impact,” 6-8 p.m., Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.
·         Friday, March 4: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.-noon, Adult School.
·         Wednesday, March 9: “Math Strategies,” 6:30-8 p.m., Cabello.
·         Wednesday, March 16: “Understanding State Assessments,” 6-8 p.m., Educational Services Center.
·         Wednesday, April 13: “Transition for Pre-Kindergarten and Fifth-Graders,” 6:30-8 p.m., Cabello.
·         Friday, April 15: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.-noon, Adult School.
·         Friday, April 29: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.-noon, Adult School.
·         Friday, May 13: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.-noon, Adult School.
·         Wednesday, May 18: “Summer Faire: Pre-K to 5th Grade,” 6:30-8 p.m., Cabello.
Names ’n’ Notes
Logan track and field standout Ciarra Brewer has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend the University of Florida. Ciarra who holds world and national age-group records in the long jump and triple jump, was one of the most sought-after track and field athletes in the country this year, Coach Lee Webb reports. … The New Haven Schools Foundation, which raises money for college scholarships, classroom projects and after-school activities in the District, has received a $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank. The Foundation is one of 13 Alameda County educational agencies or education support organizations to receive a Wells Fargo award. … New Haven students who need a little extra help can get it Monday through Thursday afternoons at the Homework Center at the Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road. Students in kindergarten through 10th grade can get help in all subject areas, from high school students under the supervision of adult tutors. Paper, pencils, calculators and some textbooks and laptop computers are available. The Homework Center is open from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. For elementary students, a parent or caregiver must remain in the library while the child is receiving help. For more information, call 745-1464, ext. 7.
The three Parent Project Jr. classes getting started this month, to help parents of children ages 5 to 10, are taking place at two locations each. The Tuesday night class is meeting at Alvarado Elementary School through March 1, before moving to Pioneer Elementary through March 29. The Thursday night class is meeting at Kitayama Elementary through March 3, before moving to Searles Elementary through March 31. Both of those classes are from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Saturday morning class for Spanish speakers is meeting at Emanuele Elementary through Feb. 26, before moving to Hillview Crest Elementary through March 26. That class meets from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, call 489-2185.