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June 26, 2012 > News from New Haven Unified School District

News from New Haven Unified School District

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Student Achievements:
Logan High juniors Sarah Dahdouh and Deborah Witherspoon won the national championship in the Duo Interpretation category at the National Forensic League championships. "All 14 Logan students advanced to the octofinals (top 60), which means that everyone broke to outrounds, which is a very rare occurrence," Coach Tommie Lindsey reported. Logan also won a School of Excellence award for the 20th year in a row.

Former Logan High triple-jumper Ciarra Brewer recently qualified to represent the United States in the World Junior Track and Field Championships next month in Barcelona, Spain. Ciarra, a 2011 graduate now attending the University of Florida, jumped 42 feet, 9 inches to finish in second place, just three-quarters-of-an-inch behind the winner, in the U.S. Junior Championships in Indianapolis. Her effort marks the 21st time that a Logan athlete or coach has qualified or been named to represent the U.S. in an international competition, Coach Lee Webb reports.

School Calendar:
With New Haven teachers and administrators having voted to work and be paid for nine fewer days than during a normal school year - to help the District cope with a $12 million deficit caused by continuing state budget cuts - and with the association representing classified employees having reached a tentative agreement, the District has updated the student calendar for 2012-13.

Pending approval of the budget by the Board of Education, the school year once again will be 175 days, five fewer than in 2010-11. All employees will sacrifice four additional work days and take a 1 percent salary reduction, assuming classified employees vote to ratify their tentative agreement.

The first day of school will be Aug. 29 and the last day will be June 12. There will be no school Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), Nov. 19-23 (Thanksgiving Recess), Dec. 24-Jan. 4 (Winter Recess), Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Day), Feb. 18 (Presidents Day), April 1-5 (Spring Recess) and May 27 (Memorial Day).

The non-student budget-cut days are Oct. 19, Nov. 9, Jan. 18, Feb. 11, March 29 and May 24. There are six dates instead of five because teachers also are giving up their grading day, which would have been Oct. 19 for primary teachers (K-5 schools would have been closed, but 6-12 students would have been in school) and Jan. 18 for secondary teachers (6-12 schools would have been closed, but K-5 students would have been in school). Teachers also are giving up their two preparation days before the start of school and one day at the end; classified employees and administrators also are giving up four non-instructional days.

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