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AMS Takes Third Place in Mathcounts Competition

Alvarado Middle School finished in third place Saturday among 16 teams that took part in the Mathcounts East Bay Chapter competition, parent and team coach Geeta Arora reports. “Ours was the youngest team on the stage, with three sixth-graders and one seventh-grader,” Ms. Arora noted. “The first two teams were all eighth-graders, except for one seventh-grader.”

Daphne Pan, Riya Arora, Albert Pei and Sanjim Uppal made up the official team, and AMS’s other mathletes were Haaris Kadri, Arshia Deep, Alex Fong, Serena Lee and Michelle Yi.


Race to the Top

In December, the New Haven Unified School District was named one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) competition. The District will receive more than $29 million over the next 4½ years, to personalize student learning, improve student achievement and educator effectiveness, close achievement gaps, and prepare all students to succeed in college and careers. 

This month, New Haven RTTT-D Director Lisa Metzinger began updating staff about the seven projects that are part of the grant: 1) Literacy and Common Core State Standards, 2) Community Connections, 3) Teacher/ Principal Evaluation, 4) Technology and Personalization, 5) Grading and Assessment, 6) College and Career, 7) Implementation/Program Evaluation. E-News is sharing Ms. Metzinger’s updates with the greater community. Today’s update is on Project 4: Technology and Personalization:

This project, currently facilitated by Chief Academic Officer Dr. Arlando Smith, involves a committee of classified, certificated and administrative staff, community members, students and parents who have been working hard over the last several weeks.  Their task is to review research based evidence of best practices and structural configurations to most effectively meet the technological needs of NHUSD.  They have been learning about 21st century education and the skills students will need to be successful in this ever changing world.  Specifically, the task force is charged with recommending a plan based on the requirements of the RTT-D Grant and the personalization requirement therein.  The task force has six subcommittees:

  • User Policy
  • Product Review
  • Professional Learning/Professional Development
  • Personalization and Product Usage
  • Online Forms and Blended Learning
  • Infrastructure

These committees are working to identify specific outcomes for all students and staff concerning technology use; recommend a model or series of models to the superintendent that effectively address the needs of all staff and students in the district; recommend plans for implementation; recommend plans to engage and communicate to stakeholders any proposed changes; and recommend models based on research to address the needs of all students in the district.

Most recently, a subgroup from the committee visited New Tech High School in Napa, and another group will soon be visiting Apple to learn about successful practices in other schools and districts in order to incorporate those best practices into our plan.

Kindergarten Enrollment Packets Available

Enrollment packets are now available for parents of children old enough to start kindergarten next fall. Children born between Nov. 2, 2007, and Sept, 1, 2008, are eligible to attend traditional kindergarten in 2013-2014, and children born between Sept. 2, 2008, and Dec. 2, 2008, are eligible for transitional kindergarten.

Enrollment packets can be picked up at the Centralized Enrollment Center, adjacent to the Educational Services Center at 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd., Union City. The CEC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available by calling 476-2625.


- Sunil Sethi



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