Third-Graders Do Great Job on Essays
Participation doubled this year in an essay challenge that was part of a local real estate agent's annual project to provide every New Haven third-grader with a dictionary.
For the past seven years, agent Sunil Sethi and his partner, former New Haven teacher Steven Fong, have purchased approximately 1,000 dictionaries and delivered them to each of the District's elementary schools. Their partners this year were insurance agent Kristie Turner, Risha Kilaru of Prospect Mortgage and the office of Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle.
Last year, the partners introduced an essay challenge for the students, and this year the challenge attracted entries from about 30 percent of the District's third-graders, up from about 15 percent last year. All students who submitted an essay received a recognition award, and their essays were published in an online compilation.
More information, including a link to the compilation, is available online ( http://sunilsethi.com/SSRE-in-the-news.htm#.UQsNgh1LXHo).
Parent Project Starts Feb. 26
The Parent Project, a program designed to provide support, tools and strategies to help parents deal with the challenges of rearing teenagers, will begin a new session later this month.
The 13-week program for parents of children 10 and older, sponsored by Union City Youth & Family Services, will be held from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 26. Registration is $35, plus a weekly class fee.
More information, including location, is available by calling Kristie Potter (675-5217). General information also is available online (www.parentproject.com).
MVROP to Offer Administrative Professional Course
The Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program, which provides career technical education for students in the New Haven, Fremont and Newark school districts, will introduce an Administrative Professional course this month.
The new course is designed to teach students the skills necessary to obtain positions in businesses, update students' administrative support skills and instill communication and problem-solving skills. Students must pass an entrance test to qualify for enrollment.
Information sessions are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. today (Tuesday) and Wednesday (Feb. 6), and at 4 p.m. next Monday (Feb. 11) and 10:30 a.m. next Thursday (Feb. 14), at the MVROP campus, 5019 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont. The course begins Tuesday, Feb. 19.
More information is available online (www.mvrop.org).
Names 'n' Notes
Tonight (Tuesday) is Transition Information Night for High School Students with Disabilities, reports Linda Hamann from the Workability program at James Logan High. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Teen Center in Fremont's Central Park, 39770 Paseo Padre Parkway. For more information, contact Ms. Hamann (firstname.lastname@example.org or 471-2520, ext. 60133). …Logan student-athlete Warren Miles Long has been named to Cal-Hi Sports' all-state football team. Warren, a running back and linebacker, has accepted a college scholarship to play at Northwestern. … Eastin Elementary School teacher Paul Stickland is the latest of several New Haven teachers to have a grant application funded through the online charity Donors Choose, colleague Beth Morris reports. His project, "Bookcase and Take Home Book Bags," includes an adjustable bookcase for his classroom and book lap "buddy bags" for his students. …A community forum on "Human Trafficking in Our Communities" is scheduled Friday evening (Feb. 8) at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Board of Education President Linda Canlas reports. Speakers will address the relevance of human trafficking to our communities, internet safety and services provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and finding services in our community and on the internet. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the church is at 32223 Cabello St., Union City. … The Helping Hands Community Service Club at Alvarado Middle School has started an "Eat Better" campaign to inspire New Haven students and their families to eat healthier and be aware of how food affects health and well-being. Club president Nicole Meyer and Helping Hands members are asking folks to show their support by "liking" the group on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EatBetterCampaign) … The "Teens for Jeans" drive is continuing Cesar Chavez Middle School. Used jeans that still can be worn can be delivered to teacher Jennifer Carini (email@example.com) for donation to homeless shelters. More information is available online (www.dosomething.org/teensforjeans). ... Third- and fourth-grade girls who attend New Haven schools are invited along with their mothers to the 28th annual Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hopkins Junior High in Fremont. The event, a morning of fun, hands-on math and science adventures sponsored by the Fremont branch of the American Association of University Women, will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cost is $22 per pair, and the registration deadline is Feb. 18. For more information, contact coordinator Miriam Keller (firstname.lastname@example.org or 683-9377). …Music for Minors II, which provides music enrichment to students at several schools in New Haven, Fremont and Newark, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a gala Friday, March 15, at the Fremont Marriott. The event, from 6 to11 p.m., will include dinner, silent and live auctions, and a variety of entertainment. Reservations can be made by phone (733-1189) or e-mail (email@example.com and more information is available online ( www.musicforminors2.org).
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