E-News: May 27, 2008

Barnard-White Marks 35th Anniversary Today
Alumni, past and current staff members, parents and other members of the Barnard-White community are invited to take part today in an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of the school. Dance troupes and the choir and symphonic/concert band will perform, and choir and band alumni also are invited to participate. The event will be from 4 to 6 p.m., in the school courtyard.

“Be the Change” Week at Logan
James Logan High School students are raising money for victims of the earthquake in China and the cyclone in Myanmar and also will conduct a bone-marrow drive during “Be the Change” Week, starting today.

Juniors Suzanne Wu and Jane Tian, members of teacher Sarah Du’s C4 (Chinese Connections to Community and Culture) Club, came up with the idea for the fund-raising drive to aid victims of the earthquake, which quickly was expanded to include victims of the cyclone in Myanmar. Donations will be collected isn second-period classes today through Friday. Another junior student, Supada Sritanyaratana, took the lead in organizing the bone-marrow drive, after a friend was diagnosed with leukemia. The drive, to be held Thursday, also will be held on behalf of another Logan student, a senior, who is battling the same disease. Donors, who must be 18 or older, will register with the National Marrow Donor Program and submit to a simple cotton swab of the mouth.

Tommie Lindsey Among “All Star Teacher” Finalists
Logan teacher and forensics coach Tommie Lindsey, whose championship speech and debate teams have brought national attention to the school, is one of five finalists for the 2008 All-Star Teacher Award sponsored by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Online voting is under way at www.comcastsportsnet.com to help select the winner, who will receive $10,000 for his or her school.

Video vignettes featuring Mr. Lindsey and the other finalists will be shown on San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s telecasts June 1 through July 11. Voting continues through July 15, and the inner will be announced July 20, during a Giants’ pre-game show from AT&T Park.

SERA Awards
Fifty-eight members of the New Haven have received SERA Awards (Special Education Recognition Awards) from the Mission Valley SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). Honorees include  special education and general education teachers as well as paraprofessionals, specialists, administrators, parents and others. Courtesy of Andrea Lemos, we’ll share the names over the next three weeks, starting today with RSP (resource specialist program) and SDC (special day class) teachers:

Danielle Cruz and Donna Smith-Harrison of Alvarado Elementary, Grace Taylor and Pei Ketron of Searles, Pat Puckett of Alvarado Middle, Jennifer Vijeh and Sarah Wiford of Barnard-White, Michelle Doniger, Hannah Watson, Sean McIntosh and Katy Martinelli of Chavez, Kristina Baeta, who works at both Kitayama and Chavez, Jeff McNesby of Logan, Cindy Zimmerman, Rory Allie, Monique Abatte and Cameron Raphael of the Cabello Student Support Center and Kristen Symula of New Haven Community Day.

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