New haven Unified E-News for Wednesday, February 25, 2015



News From the New Haven Unified School District


*due to technical issues, the E-News was not able to be sent on Tuesday, February 24


District to Hold Community LCAP Meeting Tonight, February 25, Community Invited

The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is a required component of the Local Control Funding Formula provided by the state of California to local school districts. The LCAP plan was written and developed with feedback and input from community stakeholder groups.  The New Haven Unified School District will be holding its second community meeting to solicit feedback and input on the District's LCAP tonight, February 25, at 6:00 pm, at the Holly Community Center.  Spanish translators will be present at both meetings.  Unfortunately, childcare will not be available. 


Decoto School for Independent Study Hosts College and Career Fair 

Decoto School for Independent Study hosted it's 2nd annual College & Career Fair on Wednesday, February 11th. It was a great turnout with representatives from the following schools/programs: Chabot College, Ohlone College, Cal State University East Bay, Marinello Schools of Beauty, Mission Valley ROP, Job Corps, Union City Youth Employment Program and a FAFSA information table. When asked, after the fair, students said, "it was fun and helpful," according to Maricela Stephens, Counselor. She also added, "We talk about college and post high school plans with our students throughout the year, but there's something about having them hear the information directly from the source that tends to make a bigger impact. And honestly, the more they hear about it  and are exposed to it, the better."


James Logan High School Boasts Multiple National Merit Scholars

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test —a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.  Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program.  Of the 50,000 applicants, 15,000 of these are chosen as National Merit Scholarship Finalists.  These students represent the top 0.01% of all initial applicants!  The Logan Finalists are Simran Johal, Niathi Kona, Karen Shi, Uma Mahajan, and Ashley Chang.


In addition, Uma Mahajan and Ajjit Narayanan, are finalists in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.  This program, established in 1964 by executive order of the President, is intended to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.  Congratulations to Uma and Ajjit!


Conley-Caraballo High School to Host Financial Aid Workshop, Thursday, February 26

On Thursday, February 26th from 6:00pm-7:30pm, Conley-Caraballo High School will be hosting a Financial Aid Workshop in the Media Center. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about Federal and State grants, federal loans, and work-study. They will also be assisted in filling out the on-line FAFSA application. Spanish speaking assistance will be available as well.


New Haven Schools Foundation Asks Community to Mark Their Calendars!

The New Haven Schools Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 fundraising organization dedicated to supporting schools in the New Haven Unified School District. The Foundation is pleased to provide a number of grants for teachers (e.g., Innovations in Education, Virginia Swihart New Teacher Support) and student programs (e.g., Project: Enrichment, Brian Kelly Tutoring Fund). Additionally, the Foundation's Pathways to Success program awards more than $70,000 in scholarships each year. In 2014, we awarded a recordsetting
$83,000… an incredible accomplishment that has fueled the Foundation's determination to increase its fundraising efforts for 2015.

Please mark your calendars, get ready to have some fun, and help us achieve another successful year!


Saturday, March 21, 2015
Acacia Creek's 4th Annual Spring Fling Fashion Show and Luncheon
(11:30 am – Acacia Creek Retirement Community, Union City)

Saturday, April 25, 2015
New Haven Bubble Blast Fun Run – NHSF's Annual Race for Student Activities
(Cesar Chavez Middle School, Union City. Other details TBA.)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
"Pathways to Success" Awards Ceremony and Scholarship Luncheon
(11:30 am at Crown Plaza Hotel, Union City)

Friday, May 8, 2015
Memorial Golf Tournament, in collaboration with the Lions Club
(10:00 am registration, 12:00 noon shotgun start – Sunol Valley Golf Club, Sunol)

Saturday, September 19, 2015
NHSF Annual Gala
(Mark Green Sports Center, Union City. Other details TBA.)


Victim of Gun Violence Shares Lesson with Conley Students

"Wow, that assembly made me think about a lot of things," reflected a Conley student after Arthur Renowitzky, paralyzed from the waist down by a gunshot to his abdomen and spine, delivered some words of wisdom at a school-wide assembly last Thursday. The audience takeaway? Violence solves nothing, go after your passion, and that life goes on even after serious trauma. 


On a sweeter note: ROP chef Ms. Shaleah Nelson and her classes delighted the entire school by professionally serving handmade crepes topped with berries and cream, or a choice between red velvet and vanilla cupcakes on Friday the 13th. What luck! 


Logan Track Team Excels at Indoor Track Meet

Congratulations to the Boy and Girls Track and Field Teams who competed in the Indoor State Championships over the Valentine's Day weekend in Fresno.  Twenty six athletes were finalists in their events and fourteen athletes were State Medalists, Coach Lee Webb reports.  The Boys Team placed 3rd as a team.  Great Job!


Public Invited to Movie Screening to Support Unaccompanied Minors

The South County Unaccompanied Minors and Migrant Families Collaborative cordially invites you to attend a screening of "Which Way Home" a documentary that follows the lives of migrant children from Central America/Mexico on their journey to the U.S. This is a fundraising event where all proceeds will go to legal representation fees for unaccompanied children and migrant families seeking asylum in Southern Alameda County.

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (doors open at 5:45pm)
Location: Our Lady of Our Rosary Church
703 C Street, Union City, CA 94587

$6.00 per ticket (donation at the door or pre-sale)

Click on the Eventgrid invite to purchase tickets via credit card or paypal:

*(paper tickets will be available for purchase from Collaborative members: Logan Health Center, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center, Susana Peinado or Kids Zone Staff)

  *   Beverages and Food will be sold during the event
  *   Event is Wheelchair accessible




- Sunil Sethi


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