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January 28, 2009 > News from the New Haven Unified School District

News from the New Haven Unified School District

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

Witnesses to History

More than two dozen students and at least two teachers from James Logan High School, as well as their principal, a young singer from Cesar Chavez Middle School and several other individuals with New Haven ties, are among an estimated 2 million people who converged on our nation's capital to see Barack Obama sworn in as our 44th President (Jan 20, 2009). Also in Washington are four Chavez teachers and two folks each from Pioneer and Hillview Crest elementary schools, meaning the New Haven contingent with stories to tell for the rest of their lives numbers at least three dozen people.

Logan social science teachers Alida Lombardi and Jeff Ustick and 24 students are in Washington for the annual "Close Up" trip, part of a government/citizenship program for high school students nationwide. Logan sophomore Laelonie Zamora also is in D.C., attending the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference and Principal Judy Billingsley also is there, with members of her family.

The New Haven individual with the best view today? That might be Michael Wang, 12, a seventh-grader at Cesar Chavez Middle School. He is a member of the San Francisco Boys and Girls Chorus that was invited to sing as part of the ceremony. Four Chavez teachers - Patsy Lockhart, Doreen Anthony, Archie Sims and Kim Christian also are in Washington.

Tawnya Shaw, a second-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary, got tickets to the Inauguration through her cousin, from Sen. Dianne Feinstein. They've also got tickets to one of the Inaugural balls tonight. Another Pioneer teacher, Casey Rodriguez, also is in Washington, with family. Hillview Crest teacher Cheryl Fobbs and Kids First Program Specialist Cassandra Van Buren are there, too; in fact, the Van Burens were to have lunch with Sen. Ellen Corbett while in Washington.

Superintendent Continues to Visit School Site Councils As part of her efforts to get to know New Haven, Superintendent Kari McVeigh is attending School Site Council meetings at every school in the District.

Her remaining SSC schedule: Wednesday, Feb. 18, Kitayama Elementary, 5:30 p.m. and Pioneer Elementary, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 19, Alvarado Elementary, 6 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 26, Cesar Chavez Middle School, 6 p.m.; Thursday, March 12, Alvarado Middle, 6 p.m.

All-State Honor Band
The California Band Directors Association has announced that 14 Alvarado Middle School students have been selected through audition to participate in the 2009 California All-State Honor Bands, AMS band director Nelson Agregado reports. More than 1,500 students from schools throughout the state auditioned. The AMS representatives: Alexander Abusaidi (trombone), Raymond Joseph Cal-Ortiz (tuba), Katie Chang (clarinet), Catherine Chen (flute), Hayley Chong (euphonium), Jeffrey Chu (baritone saxophone), Patrick Fang (clarinet), Abigail Huliganga (French horn), Emily Lin (clarinet), Niko Martinez (tuba), Michael Monh (clarinet), Ryan Nicanor (bass clarinet), Connie Truong (percussion) and John Wong (tuba).

Logan Turns 50
The next meeting of Logan alumni interested in planning events for "Logan Turns 50," a year-long celebration planned for the 2009-10 school year, will be Thursday, Feb. 19. The meeting will be at 7 p.m., at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road.

Wall of Fame
As construction continues on Logan's new Performing Arts Center, the New Haven Schools Foundation is selling tiles for the "Wall of Fame" outside the entrance. Engraved tiles, 4-by-8 inches each, can be engraved with the name of someone you would like to honor, or a brief message can be included on a tile.

The price of $120 includes a two-line inscription of up to 20 characters per line (counting spaces and punctuation). Three lines cost $150. To get an order form, call 471-1100, ext. 2004, or order online (

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