E-News: Nov. 12, 2013

LOGAN FALL PLAY OPENS THURSDAY
The drama department presents its fall play, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” opening Thursday (Nov. 14) at James Logan High School, teacher Larry Wenner reports. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m.

Encore performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday, also at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

FOUNDATION TO HONOR BARBARA ARO-VALLE
The New Haven Schools Foundation will pay to tribute former executive director Barbara Aro-Valle during a luncheon Thursday (Nov. 14) at the Hilton Newark/Fremont. Read More… »»

Board Votes to End Superintendent's Contract

UNION CITY (Friday, Nov. 8, 2013) – The Board of Education of the New Haven Unified School District voted this week to end the contract of Superintendent Kari McVeigh. Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arlando Smith and Chief Business Officer Akur Varadarajan, who have served as interim co-superintendent’s since Aug. 23, will continue to do so, as the Board begins the process of identifying a new permanent superintendent. Read More… »»

E-News: Nov. 5, 2013

RACE TO THE TOP UPDATE
As one of only 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition, New Haven Unified is receiving more than $29 million over a 4½-year period, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. The District’s RTTT-D Director, former Kitayama Elementary principal Lisa Metzinger, is updating staff regularly on how the grant is being implemented, and E-News is sharing Ms. Metzinger’s updates with the greater community. The latest update: Read More… »»

E-News: Oct. 29, 2013

HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL TONIGHT AT LOGAN
Young ghosts and goblins from throughout the District are invited to take part tonight (Tuesday) when the New Haven Boosters Association and the New Haven Schools Foundation host their annual Halloween Carnival, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot at James Logan High. Read More… »»

E-News: Oct. 22, 2013

LOGAN HALL OF FAME BANQUET SET FOR NOV. 2
Paul Kanazeh, runner-up at the state wrestling tournament in 1995, and the wrestling team that finished third in the state in 1996 will be among those inducted Saturday, Nov. 2, into the James Logan High School athletic Hall of Fame. Read More… »»

Board of Education Briefs: Oct. 15, 2013

More than 30 people spoke to the Board of Education during a public hearing Tuesday night on a petition calling for the creation of a charter school within the boundaries of the New Haven Unified School District. Read More… »»

E-News: Oct. 15, 2013

LOGAN HALL OF FAME BANQUET SET FOR NOV. 2
Track and field standouts Cheri Craddock and Carla Estes and brothers Giliat and Yosef Ghebray are among six former James Logan High School student-athletes who will be inducted Saturday, Nov. 2 into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Craddock, who graduated in 2002, was a 10-time North Coast Section champion in track and field and won a scholarship to the University of Washington. Also a four-year letter winner in basketball, she later coached Logan’s girls’ team. Read More… »»

E-News: Oct. 8, 2013

NEW HAVEN MOURNS SARA HUSOKOWSKI ANDERSON
Memorial services are scheduled this week for Sara Husokowski Anderson, a young and talented New Haven teacher who died tragically after suffering a brain aneurism last week.

“Ms. H,” who was only 36, taught at Searles and Hillview Crest elementary schools and at Cesar Chavez Middle School. After giving birth over the summer, she was on maternity leave this fall, but she had planned to return to work, at Alvarado Elementary. She leaves behind her husband, Edwin Anderson, an Alameda County firefighter, and their 7-week-old son, William. Read More… »»

Board of Education Briefs: Oct. 1, 2013

The Board of Education on Tuesday night received a presentation outlining the work of the Union City Kids’ Zone, a partnership between the District and more than a dozen other local agencies, designed to provide cradle-to career services for the District’s most vulnerable students and their families. Read More… »»

E-News: Oct. 1, 2013

“A DAY MADE BETTER” for MS. AGUIRRE AT CCMS
Cesar Chavez Middle School’s Carolyn Aguirre is one of about 75 California teachers scheduled to be honored today by Office Max on “A Day Made Better.” Read More… »»

E-News, Sept. 24, 2013

PIONEER TEACHER TO BE HONORED BY COUNTY
Longtime Pioneer Elementary School kindergarten teacher Catherine Schoon, the New Haven Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year for 2013-14, will be honored Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Alameda County Office of Education’s annual Teachers of the Year celebration. Read More… »»

Board of Education Briefs: Sept. 10, 2013

The Board of Education on Tuesday night approved the appointment of Quiauna Scott as Director for K-12 Programs.

Ms. Scott, who replaces Dr. Olivia Lynch in the Division of Teaching & Learning, comes to New Haven after serving as principal at Carquinez Middle School in Crocket. Former vice principal at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, she also served as principal of James Madison Middle School in Oakland.

Also on Tuesday night, the Board:

• Approved the annual investment report for 2012-13.
• Approved the unaudited actuals financial report for 2012-13.

E-News: Sept. 10, 2013

TRAFFIC REMINDERS
Traffic around schools, especially in the morning, always is an issue. For everyone’s safety, follow your school’s guidelines for drop-off and pick-up zones Read More… »»

E-News: Sept. 3, 2013

API SCORES UP, GRADUATION RATE INCREASES
Students at Conley-Caraballo High School recorded eye-opening gains and pupils at Searles Elementary and Pioneer Elementary also showed impressive improvement, according to standardized-test results released last week. The District’s graduation rate also improved.

The annual Academic Performance Index (API), released by the California Department of Education, are scores 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. Read More… »»

RTT-D Update: Welcome Back

Welcome Back!  I hope you had a fabulous summer vacation.  We're looking forward to an exciting year as we begin implementing the initiatives in Race to the Top, preparing our students to succeed in the 21st century.
 
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