E-News; Oct. 16, 2012

Alvarado Middle School Shows Improvement on API
Alvarado Middle School raised its Academic Performance Index to 817, up 3 points from last year, according to results released last week by the California Department of Education. AMS’s improvement was inadvertently omitted from a District news release last Thursday.
The API is a score of between 200 and 1,000 assigned to all schools and districts in the state, based on the results of standardized tests taken each spring. James Logan High and Alvarado Elementary also showed improvement in 2011-12 scores.
Race to the Top
New Haven teachers and administrators continue to work together on an application for a federal Race to the Top grant that could bring up the District to $30 million in much-needed funding over the next four years.
The hard work of identifying priorities to match a projected budget is under way. The general outline:
·         60 percent for Teaching and Learning, including literacy, science and math professional development, student interventions, English Language Development, college and career readiness, grading and assessment and evaluation.
·         30 percent to support technology, “one of the key ways we believe teachers will be better able to personalize instruction,” in the words of Superintendent Kari McVeigh, including hardware (electronic tablets for students and teachers) software and training.
·         10 percent for community engagement, including Kids' Zone programs and a district-wide program for teacher and parent relations.
“The money is categorical and may only be used to provide the projects intended by the grant,” Superintendent McVeigh notes, “but it may help us free up some categorical money to provide other supports … so although it will not solve our budget situation, receiving the grant would go a long way for us in improving student learning.”
The application is due Oct. 30. Grants will be awarded in December.
Chris Ryan Memorial
A Tribute to Chris Ryan,” a memorial gathering for the James Logan High School teacher who died last week, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, pending confirmation from Mr. Ryan’s family and a planning meeting this week. The memorial would begin at 3:45 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Look for an E-News update next week.
Formal funeral services will be private, at the request of the family.
Halloween Fun 
There’ll be something for everyone – boys and girls, moms and dads, ghosts and goblins -- when the New Haven Boosters Association stages a Halloween Eve Carnival on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at James Logan High School. The celebration, on the outdoor basketball courts will be from 4 to 8 p.m.
Ring toss, five-pin bowling, par-one golf, “Flip a Frog, “Tip the Clown” and 10-12 other carnival games will give kids of all ages chance to test their skills and win prizes. A jump house will be set up for younger children, and there will be prizes for carnival-goers who come in the best costumes.  Eastin Elementary School choir and the Logan High’s Show Choir both are scheduled to perform, and a DJ will provide additional music and entertainment.
Admission is free. Tickets for carnival games are priced at $1 each of six for $5.
The event is a fund-raiser for the Boosters, which for the second year in a row is helping the New Haven Schools Foundation meet its $100,000 pledge to help fund the District’s co-curricular and extra-curricular programs.
Anyone interested in helping with the event is invited to a planning meeting next Tuesday, Oct. 23, starting at 6:30, at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. Folks who can’t make the meeting but would like to volunteer to help with a booth, the jump house or at the popcorn machine can contact Rebecca Venable ((rvenable@newhavenboosters.org)). There’s more information on Facebook (www.facebook.com/events/423502194376942/). 
The carnival will be held in conjunction with the weekly “Logan High Street Eats” event in the Logan parking lot. Tonight and every Tuesday night, gourmet food trucks offer dinner and sweets from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The sponsoring New Haven Teachers Association donates its share of the proceeds to help support student activities.
Tickets on Sale for Hall of Fame Banquet
Tickets are still available for James Logan High School’s annual Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held  
Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley. The event starts at 6 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $55 for individuals and $500 for a table of 10, can be ordered by contacting Sara Muse (471-3850, ext. 60118 or smuse@nhusd.k12.ca.us).
Vince Amey, Monique Ambers and Archie Gilbert, who went on to play professional football, basketball and baseball, respectively, are among eight individuals who will be inducted. Tennis player Liz Marpuri, track and field stars Natasha Neal, Nkosinza Balumbu and Kevin Craddock and longtime athletic trainer Jorge Maldonado also will be honored, along with the 1996 girls’ track and field team that came within one point of the state championship.
Superintendent to Host Q-and-A Sessions for Employees
Superintendent Kari McVeigh will host an informal question-and-answer session for employees at Hillview Crest Elementary School today (Tuesday), starting at 2:20 p.m. It will be the latest in a series of voluntary after-school meetings for teachers, classified employees and administrators at all New Haven schools. The remainder of the schedule:
·         Tuesday, Oct. 23: Alvarado Elementary, 2:20 p.m.
·         Wednesday, Oct. 24: Searles Elementary, 2:20 p.m.
·         Thursday, Oct. 25: Kitayama Elementary, 2:20 p.m.
·         Thursday, Nov. 1: Emanuele Elementary, 2:20 p.m.
“Miles for Smiles”
In anticipation of National Make a Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, the James Logan High cross country team is taking names of people who might enjoy a “Miles for Smiles” visit.
Since last year, the cross country team has been running through the community at least twice each month and visiting someone in need. “The goal is to put a smile on someone’s face,” reports Coach Lee Webb, whose runners have visited, “disabled, war veterans and seniors in our community.” The visits include “some type of gift, communication and at least some smiles.”
To submit a name, e-mail Coach Webb (lwebb@nhusd.12.ca.us).

Essay Challenge
Local real estate agent Sunil Sethi and Steven Fong and their team of partners who delivered dictionaries and thesauruses to every New Haven third grader earlier this month are sponsoring an Essay Challenge. Third-graders are invited to write about healthy eating habits and on eating habits they’d like to improve.
Each student who submits an essay will get a commemorative prize. A compilation of the essays will be available online (last year’s is at www.sunilsethi.com/Essay-Contest/2021-Essay-Contest-Book.pdf). More information is available on Facebook (www.facebook.com/essaycontest).
Partners on the dictionary/thesaurus project and the essay contest are Risha Kilaru of Prospect Mortgage,insurance agent Kristie Turner and County Supervisor Richard Valle.
Names ’n’ Notes
Emanuele Elementary School is in immediate need of an interpreter to help communicate with a Korean student and his family. If you can help, contact literacy coach Winnie Hardie (whardie@nhusd.k12.ca.us). … The Parent Teacher Club at Alvarado Elementary School will hold a flea market Saturday (Oct. 20) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Selling spaces are $15 for one spot and $25 for two. Sign up in the front office or by e-mailing Mani Allen (mallen@nhusd.k12.ca.us). Vendors can begin setting up at 8 a.m. … The District’s legal counsel, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, is sponsoring the statewide “Celebrate Success” student art contest. Students are invited to submit to their art teachers drawings that capture the essence of success, unique to their own perspective, in a celebratory fashion. Entrants will be critiques on theme, execution and creativity. Teachers are asked to forward their students’ work to Sue Periera, Association of California School Administrators, 1029 J. St., Sacramento, 95814. Two winners in each of five age brackets (grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12) will receive up to $250 each. Deadline is Oct. 31 and rules are available online (www.fagenfriedman.com). … Zumba enthusiasts are invited to Conley-Caraballo High School on Monday and Wednesday evenings to get a workout and help the school’s culinary arts program. The class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $3. CCHS also is planning a “Holiday Market” and garage sale Saturday, Nov. 17. The celebration will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Selling spaces are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the school (471-5126). … Searles Elementary, in partnership with the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, is hosting free Zumba classes in the school cafeteria from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To reserve a spot, call Luz Ponce at Searles (471-2772, ext. 61502) or Susan Pienado at the health center (471-5880, ext. 3119). … The James Logan High School Alumni Association is raising money for its scholarship fund by selling tickets to the Oakland Raiders’ games against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 6 and against the Kansas City Chiefs on Dec. 16. Tickets cost from $40 to $60, depending on seating level, and $20 from each purchase will be donated back to the scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, download the form available on the Alumni Association’s website (http://www.jamesloganalumni.org/news-and-events.html ) or contact Matt Dutra (mattdutra74@gmail.com or 408-904-9181). … Alvarado Middle School has begun recruiting volunteer presenters for Career Day on May 10. To help, contact counselor Mara Loth (mloth@nhusd.k12.ca.us).