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January 11, 2011 > News From the New Haven Unified School District

News From the New Haven Unified School District

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Parent Resource Center opens at Hillview Crest:
A grand opening celebration for the new Parent Resource Center at Hillview Crest Elementary School is scheduled for Friday, January 14. The celebration, including an appetizer potluck provided by parents and Principal John Hazatone, will start at 6:30 p.m. The Resource Center, which has been in use since October even while being finished, is designed to give parents a place for research, meetings, workshops, and casual discussions. Six computers are set up in the room, a play area for toddlers has been created, and the school has received donations of tables and chairs, two nice easy chairs, a coffee maker, and plants.

Judges needed for MLK Tournment:
The James Logan High School forensics team is recruiting volunteer judges for the 15th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament, to be held January 14-16, at the high school. Students from throughout the state will debate topics such as nuclear energy, deportation, and America's military presence throughout the world. The tournament begins Friday, January 14, with preliminary rounds of the team debate competition starting at 4 p.m. Competition resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues all day and into the evening. The final round Sunday starts at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. at the new Center for the Performing Arts. Anyone interested in helping as a volunteer judge can contact parent coordinator Florence Graham at (510) 589-3519 or

Parent workshops resume next week:
Empowering parents with tools, strategies, and skills is the goal in a series of free Parenting Workshops being hosted by the District and the New Haven Adult School. The workshops resume Wednesday, January 12, with a session on "Positive Behavior Management in the Home," from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Cabello Student Support Center, 4500 Cabello Street. Another session on "Parents Rights and Responsibilities" will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, on January 14 at the Adult School, 600 G St., Union City.

Other dates, topics, times and locations:
- Friday, January 28: "General Health and Nutrition," 9 a.m. - noon, Adult School.
- Wednesday, February 9: "Reading Strategies," 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cabello.
- Friday, February 11: "ADD and ADHD," 9 a.m.- noon, Adult School.
- Wednesday, February16: "Mental Health: Understanding the Impact," 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Educational Services Center, 34200 Alvarado-Niles Rd.
- Friday, March 4: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.- noon, Adult School.
- Wednesday, March 9: "Math Strategies," 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cabello.
- Wednesday, March 16: "Understanding State Assessments," 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Educational Services Center.
- Wednesday, April 13: "Transition for Pre-Kindergarten and Fifth-Graders," 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cabello.
- Friday, April 15: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.- noon, Adult School.
- Wednesday, April 20: "Transition to Adulthood: 6th to 12th grade," 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Educational Services Center.
- Friday, April 29: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.- noon, Adult School.
- Friday, May 13: Topic TBD, 9 a.m.- noon, Adult School.
- Wednesday, May 18: "Summer Faire: Pre-K to 5th Grade," 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Cabello.

"Safe Routes to School" workshop scheduled:
Parents interested in joining the District's partnership with Alameda County's "Safe Routes to Schools" (SR2S) program - which promotes carpooling, "walking school buses" and other transportation alternatives at elementary and middle schools - are invited to attend a free workshop with SR2S leaders from throughout the county on Saturday, January 22. SR2S is looking for volunteer leaders interested in learning how to recruit and keep other volunteers, working with principals and teachers to build stronger programs, and engaging their communities to create safer and healthier neighborhoods.

The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the TransForm Office, 436 14th Street, Suite 600, Oakland. A continental breakfast will be served, childcare will be available, and there will be a drawing for prizes. Registration deadline is January 15. For more information, contact SR2S Coordinator Carrie Harvilla at or (510) 740-3150, ext. 326.

Names 'n' notes:
Chief Academic Officer Wendy Gudalewicz and principals Tracie Noriega of Alvarado Elementary School and Alberto Solorazano of Cesar Chavez Middle School are among the winners of the Administrator of the Year awards announced by the New Haven Administrators Association. Also honored were CCMS Assistant Principal Roxana Mohammed, Director of Maintenance and Operations Frank Camarda and Executive Assistant Gina Dutra of the Division of Teaching and Learning.

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