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September 14, 2010 > News from New Haven School District

News from New Haven School District

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Homework Center opens next week:
New Haven students who need a little extra help can get it starting next week when the Union City Library opens its Homework Center.

Students in kindergarten through 10th grade can get help in all subject areas from high school students under the supervision of adult tutors. Paper, pencils, calculators, and some textbooks and laptop computers are available.

The Homework Center will be open Monday through Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For elementary students, a parent or caregiver must remain in the library while the child is receiving help.

The library is located at 34007 Alvarado-Niles Road. For more information call (510) 745-1464, ext. 7.

Carpool efforts continue at elementary and middle schools:
With the District able to offer only limited bus service - one of the results of continued cuts by the state to the education budget - morning and afternoon traffic around New Haven campuses was predictably heavy during the first week of school. The District is continuing to work with Alameda County's "Safe Routes to School" program to help form carpools to get students to and from school.

To sign up online, enter the group password "onelesscar" at:
Alvarado Elementary and Alvarado Middle (
Eastin Elementary (
Emanuele Elementary (
Hillview Crest Elementary (
Kitayama Elementary (
Pioneer Elementary (
Searles Elementary (
Cesar Chavez Middle (

"Safe Routes to School" is also helping parents coordinate "walking school buses" and bicycle safety programs at New Haven schools. Some sites have identified parent leaders to work with SR2S; others are looking for volunteers. For more information, see your school newsletter and/or website or contact the principal.

Board of Education candidates invited to forums:
Four candidates are running for two spots on the Board of Education, and the New Haven community will have at least two chances to hear from the candidates before the November 2 election.

Candidates Jerico Abanico, Linda Canlas, Sarabjit Cheema, and incumbent Gwen Estes have been invited to a League of Women Voters forum Wednesday, October 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Road. The candidates have also been invited to a forum Wednesday, October 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Paddy's Coffee House, 3900 Smith Street, in Old Alvarado.

The League and Paddy's also are planning forums for City Council candidates. The League's forum is Monday, September 27, at City Hall, starting at 7 p.m. Paddy's will host its forum Wednesday, October 20, starting at 6 p.m.

Names 'n' Notes:
New Haven teachers and others with school-related programs are invited to apply for one of two $500 donations that will be awarded in the "School Spirit Edition" of the 1st United Service Credit Union Pays It Forward program. For more information, go to and type "Pays It Forward" in the search tool. Deadline is September 15.

Community organizations and others interested in bringing their events to the James Logan High School Center for the Performing Arts are invited to contact theater manager Alan Dye at (510) 471-2520, ext. 60395, or

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