E-News: May 3, 2011

Last Day to Vote on Measure B
Today is Election Day for Measure B, the “Taking Care of Our Kids” emergency funding measure. Measure B, a temporary parcel tax, would raise approximately $3 million per year for four years to minimize class size increases and reductions to the school year and to fund after-school activities.
 
There are no polling places today, because this is a vote-by-mail election, and it is too late to mail ballots in time to be counted. However, voters can drop off their completed and signed ballots from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at either Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 703 C St. Union City, or at Alameda County Fire Station No. 32, 31600 Alvarado Blvd., Union City. Ballots also can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.at City Hall, 34009 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City.
 
Voters also can deliver ballots to the Main Post Office, 33170 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City, but those ballots should be handed to a clerk, not dropped in an outside box or inside mail slot.
 
Equity Task Force Seeks Parents’ Input
The District’s Equity Task Force – a group of students, teachers, administrators and community members charged with identifying and recommending ways that the District can be a more equitable place for all – will solicit input from parents at a special meeting next Tuesday, May 10. The meeting will be held at the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts, starting at 6 p.m.
 
The meeting will be led by Enid Lee, a nationally recognized expert in multi-cultural education who has been working this year with the Equity Task Force and the District’s Instructional Leadership Teams.
 
Coach Johnson Seeks Win No. 500
James Logan High softball coach Teri Johnson will be seeking her 500th career victory today when her Lady Colts play host to Irvington in a 3:45 p.m. game. In 24 seasons, Coach Johnson has a 499-133 record and has won 14 Mission Valley Athletic League championships and three North Coast Section titles, including last year.
 
“Show of Shows” – Version 2.0 – Is This Saturday
If you missed last year’s “Show of Shows” that helped inaugurate the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts, you’ll get another chance this weekend.
 
Director of Bands Ramiro Barrera has put together a second “Show of Shows,” to be performed Saturday (May 7). The 7 p.m. celebration of the performing arts will feature Logan’s bands, color guard, percussion ensemble, show and jazz choirs, chamber singers and advanced concert choir. Tickets, priced at $25, are available from music students and online (www.loganband.org). Proceeds will benefit Logan’s instrumental and vocal programs.
 
Choirs Hit High Notes in Boston
James Logan High’s advanced concert choir and chamber choir both won first place in their divisions last week at the Festivals of Music competition in Boston, The advanced concert choir was named the Outstanding Choral Group in the entire competition.  And choir director Erin McShane sounded just as excited about the impression her students made on the people they encountered.
 
“For five days we toured Boston and learned about the American Revolution and visited Salem to learn about the Salem witch trials,” Ms. McShane reported. “Everywhere we went we were complimented on how polite and warm our students were.  The flight attendants told me that they had never seen a more polite and well behaved group of high school students.”
 
Boosters Plan Second “Race to Save Student Activities”
The second annual “Race to Save Student Activities” will be held Saturday, June 11, at Cesar Chavez Middle School. The event, created by the New Haven Boosters Association to raise funds for after-school activities and awareness of how state budget cuts are threatening such programs, will include 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs – or walks -- along the Alameda Creek Trail, as well as races for children of all ages. Starting time is 9 a.m.
 
Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for teens and $10 for children. Runners and walkers can register online ( http://www.active.com/running/union-city-ca/race-to-save-student-activities-2011?int=29-6). Online registration requires a small fee.  Mail and drop-off registration will be available starting the week of May 16.
 
Once again this year, Alpine Awards will serve as a major sponsor.
 
New Haven Community Continues Efforts for Japan
Through the leadership of Teacher Michael Howey, the staff at the Cabello Student Support Center raised approximately $400 for American Red Cross outreach to victims of the earthquake, tsunami and resultant nuclear crisis in Japan, CSSC coordinator Tasha Dean reports.
 
Meanwhile, Hillview Crest Elementary sold out its supply of “Hope for Japan” bracelets, turning over a profit of $902 to the Red Cross, teacher Kelly Payton reports. “We even received orders from people outside of our district,” Ms. Payton added, “and some of the bracelets are being shipped to former exchange students who have returned to Japan.” 
 
Cinco de Mayo Car Show
In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, a car show is scheduled during both lunches Friday (May 6) at James Logan High. The event is sponsored by Logan’s M.E.Ch.A chapter of the National Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán, which promotes higher education, culture and history for Latino students. Proceeds will go toward student scholarships, adviser Gabriela Esquivez reports. Applications are available from Ms. Esquivez in Room 407 or by contacting her (471-2520 or gesquivez@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
 
Logan to Host One-Act Festival
The Drama Department at James Logan High will present an evening of comedy and love Friday (May 6) when it hosts the 22nd annual One-Acts Festival in the Little Theatre.
 
Five drama students will direct six one-act plays, drama teacher and adviser Debbie Hughes reports. Jaiden Caballero is directing the comedies “Sure Thing” and “No Skronking,” and Ashraf Dahud is directing the hilarious “Processional” and a special production of “The League of Semi-Superheroes,” starring Logan administrators in every role. Also, Skyler Lee is directing the whimsical “After,” and Shahreen Masood and Sheilja Gandhi are directing “Arabian Love.”
 
Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets, priced at $7, will be available at the door. For more information, contact Ms. Hughes (dhughes@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
 
Teachers Plan Rally Next Week
The New Haven Teachers Association, joined by the Union City Police Officers Association and the Alameda County Fire Fighters Association, will sponsor a free hot dog barbecue and carnival games Wednesday, May 11, in the parking lot at James Logan High. The event, being held in support of Union City’s public employees, will be from 5 to 7 p.m.
 
Final Parent Workshop Is May 18
The final in the year-long series of free parenting workshops offered by the District will be held Wednesday, May 18. The “Summer Faire: Pre-K to 5th Grade” will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Cabello Student Support Center, 4500 Cabello St., Union City.
 
Folklórico Celebration, Fundraiser
The Ballet Folklórico de James Logan will present Concierto de Primavera on May 21 and 22 at the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students with identification and $10 for children under 12. More information is available from Logan counselor and Folklórico adviser Jaime Huertas (Jhuertas@nhusd.k12.ca.us or 471-2520, ext. 60124).
 
The Ballet Folklórico also is teaming up with Logan’s cheerleaders for a Fiesta Zumba fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday (May 6) in the Pavilion. Zumba is a fun and energetic workout featuring Latin music. Admission is $10.
 
Names ’n’ Notes
Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz will be honored Friday (May 6) as Curriculum and Instruction Administrator of the Year at the Association of California School Administrators Region IV Awards Dinner in Concord. … Former James Logan High football star DeJon Gomes was selected by the Washington Redskins in the fifth round of the National Football League draft Saturday. A standout running back at Logan before switching to defense during two years at City College of San Francisco, the 6-foot, 208-pound safety had seven interceptions and caused five fumbles in 23 games at the University of Nebraska. … Her colleagues at Pioneer Elementary School are planning a retirement party for teacher Pauline Bettencourt on Saturday, May 14. For more information, contact Tina Handshy (thandshy@nhusd.k12.ca.us) or Colleen Conley (cconley@nhusd.k12.ca.us). … A free presentation on college affordability is scheduled Wednesday, May 11, at the Union City Library. College consultant Vicki O’Day will offer information on college costs, the availability of federal and state aid, need-based and merit aid, saving for college and finding colleges that fit family finances. The presentation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. The library is at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. … The Princess Project is continuing to collecting money, dresses, and suits for underprivileged seniors from James Logan and Conley-Caraballo high schools who might otherwise be unable to afford end-of-year activities such as the Senior Prom. To donate or to inquire about getting help, contact teacher Logan teacher Tina Bobadilla-Mastel (tbobadilla@nhusd.k12.ca.us).