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April 21, 2010 > New Haven school news

New Haven school news

Submitted By Rick La Plante

April is "Family Survey Month:
Eager to receive feedback from parents as part of an ongoing effort to maintain effective communications, the District this month is conducting a family survey, including questions about students' academic and social experiences, parent and student interaction with teachers and other staff members, school safety and District and school site communications. To make it as convenient as possible for parents, the survey is online ( Parents without access to a computer are invited to take the survey at Open House, or when they visit the school for any other reason this month. The 30-question survey, available in both English and Spanish, takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. Parents with children at more than one school are asked to take a separate survey for each child.

Logan Guard Regains Title:
The James Logan High School Color Guard reclaimed its title as Scholastic World Champions at the 2010 Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio, Band and Guard Boosters President Liza Madayag reports.

Logan's World Guard, performing a program entitled "Undercover" under the direction of Mark Metzger, opened the three-day competition with a second-place finish in the quarterfinal round, scoring 94.7 points, just behind Carmel High, 97.8. The following day, in the semifinals, Logan pulled away from the pack, scoring 96.55 points to finish ahead of both Carmel, 95.90, and defending champion Avon (Ind.) High, which had 94.80. Logan dominated the final round, scoring 97.25 points.

Logan's World Guard dominated the WGI championships from 1998 to 2007, winning 10 consecutive championships. Logan opted not to compete in 2008, performing instead at the Olympic Games in Beijing, and Logan finished second in 2009, behind Avon.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2010-11:
Enrollment packets are available for the 2010-11 school year. Union City and South Hayward residents with children starting kindergarten in the fall can pick up a packet at the Cabello Student Support Center, 4500 Cabello St., Union City.

Scholarship Luncheon Set April 23:
The New Haven Schools Foundation will hold its annual scholarship luncheon Friday, April 23, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The Foundation will give $54,900 worth of scholarships to 71 seniors from Logan and Conley-Caraballo high schools. Tickets, priced at $75, are still available for the 11:30 a.m. event. Contact Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle ( or 471-3850).

ACSA Honors:
Retiring Director of Student Services Don Montoya and New Haven Adult School Principal Nancy George, who also serves as director of intervention services for the District, will be among the regional winners honored Friday, April 23, at the annual Association of California School Administrators dinner in Concord. Also being honored are six District winners: Logan Vice Principal Rhonda Neagle and House Principal Yvonne Hull, Kitayama Elementary Principal Lisa Metzinger, Alvarado Elementary Assistant Principal Cheri Benafield, Pupil Services Manager Mark DeMuri and Executive Assistant Lori Valdes from the Department of Teaching & Learning.

"Tiger Fest" Anniversary Celebration:
Emanuele Elementary School will celebrate its 10th anniversary Friday, April 23, with "Tiger Fest." The event, from 4 to 7 p.m., will include performances by the Emanuele and Cesar Chavez Middle School choirs and various other presentations and performances. Former Superintendent Guy Emanuele, after whom the school in named, is scheduled to receive a special presentation. For more information, call the school (471-2461).

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