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What’s all the fuss about Common Core?

There’s been a lot of buzz around “Common Core State Standards” (CCSS) and yet many parents and students who are most directly impacted by it are still puzzled. To help alleviate any fears and clear up misconceptions, school districts in the Tri cities have held workshops and informational meetings for interested students, parents and community members.

Essentially, Common Core is the new K-12 educational direction, with benchmarks for the subjects of English and Math, presently being implemented in 45 states and Washington D.C. ...
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Fremont community holds vigil in remembrance

The Fremont community came together on the evening of November 16 to remember a young life cut short by a tragic accident. Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) student Jason Park had died in a DUI accident. Fremont Council PTA (Parent Teacher Association) and Mission San Jose High School’s Mission Possible PFA (Parent Faculty Association) hosted the community-wide “candlelight vigil” at Lake Elizabeth, which drew a large number of parents, students, friends, local dignitaries and community members.

Liz Fischer of the Fremont Council PTA helped to organize the program, which also had as its focus -- teen driver safety. Additionally, AAA (Automobile Assoc. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
October 29, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held October 23, 2013.

Agenda Item – Automated External Defibrillators:
Alameda County Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS) gave an informational presentation, to the Board and Staff, on the Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) which provide an electrical pulse through the heart to help restore normal heart rhythm during a massive heart attack (Sudden Cardiac Arrest.). In 2012, ACEMS launched Project Heart Safe to provide AEDs (Philips FRX) and training to 185 public locations. ...
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New science elective at Newark Junior High
October 15, 2013

The excitement in the students’ voices could be heard upon entering the classroom of teacher Kerry Knight at Newark Junior High. To a visiting observer, it was evident that the students were interacting and actively engaged in their learning as part of STEM Explorations, a brand new science elective class. The one-year course, developed by Knight and fellow science teacher Mark Dieter, focuses on (STEM) science, technology, engineering and math, concepts and skills beyond what is generally covered in the 7th and 8th grade science curriculum. ...
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Grizzly Youth Academy reaches out
October 15, 2013

Sometimes students can use a helping hand and need options outside of the traditional school system route. That’s exactly the reason that 20 years ago, the National Guard established the Grizzly Youth Academy Challenge Program, to reach at-risk or struggling kids, and help them succeed in a disciplined and supportive environment.

The five month residential charter high school program is geared for youths, both boys and girls, between the ages of 16 through 18. The nearest academy is located at San Luis Obispo and another is in San Diego. ...
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County Superintendent visits local teachers
September 24, 2013

In advance of the selection of the Alameda County Teacher of the Year, to be announced at an awards event on Thursday, October 3, Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, has been making the rounds. Jordan has been greeting the teacher finalists representing many of the county’s school districts. Recently, TCV tagged along on a couple of these classroom visits, to Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont and Bridgepoint High School in Newark.

Fremont’s Teacher of the Year finalist, Judy Cuturrufo of Oliveira Elementary, was in the middle of a grammar lesson with her current 4th graders, when congratulated by Jordan and the other visitors. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
September 17, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on September 11, 2013.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Board President Larry Sweeney asked attendees for a moment of silence in memory of “9/11” and in recognition of “all those serving to protect our freedoms.”

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Fremont Schools Superintendent, Dr. James Morris stated that the Board had approved the acquisition of real property located at 53068 Fremont Blvd.

Supt. Morris thanked the FUSD schools’ staffs and those at the District office for a “smooth start to the school year. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
August 20, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on August 14, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
The District approved a new Coordinator of Health Services, Cheryl Knight.


Oral Communications/Public Comment:
The American Swim Academy presented a check for $5,568 to Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) from a fundraiser held in May to mark the opening of the swim school’s Fremont location.

District parents Dennis and Ruth Carmichael addressed the Board regarding the District’s decision to change their children’s school attendance area. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
August 6, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held July 24, 2013.

Closed Session:
Superintendent James Morris announced that the following new administrative appointments had been approved:
Liza Muzaffery as Principal of Mattos Elementary
Ronaldo Fisher as Assistant Principal at Kennedy High School
Nathania Chaney-Aiello as Assistant Principal at Washington High School


Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
The superintendent commented on his visit to the Summer School being held at Walters Jr. High and complimented the students and staff for all their educational effort. ...
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Newark Unified addresses language development
July 30, 2013

At Schilling Elementary in Newark, a group of enthusiastic young students were celebrating the completion of their Summer English Language Academy. This intensive five-week program for 180 Kindergarten – third graders (English learners) was designed to accelerate language, grammar and vocabulary skills, in order to jumpstart their success in the upcoming school year.

Understanding that English learners lag behind their classmates on standardized assessments, the school district’s administrators, had recruited Clark Consulting and Training, Inc. to implement an intensive English language program in Newark during the summer. Title III Funds (Federal Govt. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
July 2, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on June 26, 2013. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
June 25, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on June 12, 2013.

Closed Session:
All of these nine administrative actions were approved unanimously.

Three new elementary school Principals:
Leanna Sutton at Warwick
Muriel Evans at Hirsch
Angela Morariu at Glankler Learning Center

Three new elementary Assistant Principals:
Mike Pappas at Warm Springs Elementary
Sarah Clark at Forest Park
Catherine Strommen at Ardenwood

New Assistant Principal at Thornton Jr. ...
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Teachers’ wishes come true
June 11, 2013

Carrying colorful balloons and placards, shouts of glee greeted the visitors who entered the classrooms of unsuspecting teachers on the morning of June 3. It was the annual surprise visit by members of the Fremont Education Foundation, accompanied by school district staff, who were there to bestow Innovative Teacher Grants on a number of Fremont teachers.

Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) distributes these grants to teachers for their specific classroom projects via funds raised at the Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Gala, held this year on February 22. ...
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Disability Awareness Day
June 11, 2013

To help younger students understand and learn more about classmates with special needs, Fremont’s Special Education teachers and staff planned a Disability Awareness Day at Grimmer Elementary on May 31. Aligned with the school’s anti-bullying campaign, the event was organized by Resource Specialist, Joni Clark. The daylong program was filled with hands-on activities for first, second and third graders geared to help them experience and understand what it is like to have a disability.

Clark explained, “As special educators we strive to bring awareness and to promote acceptance for our students with special needs -- we’re all alike, but in different ways. ...
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Compassion Weekend cleans up at Mattos Elementary
June 4, 2013

Mattos Elementary School in Fremont was a hub of activity on the weekend of April 27 – 28 as a group of industrious volunteers were participating in Menlo Park Presbyterian Church’s (MPPC) annual “Compassion Week” activity. Mattos was the lucky site selected for receiving the “sprucing up.” Supporting the MPPC church were additional groups of volunteers from Centerville Presbyterian Church, Jubilee Christian Center, Girl Scouts, and local community and business members.

Stephanie Wesley, a member of MPPC, who lives in Fremont, was helping to coordinate the effort at Mattos. ...
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Graduation ceremonies - An annual tradition
May 28, 2013

As summer is just around the corner, students are preparing for their college and high school graduations. The following is a listing of local high school and college ceremonies in the greater Tri-Cities area:

COLLEGE GRADUATIONS:

CSU East Bay
Graduate Degree Ceremony
Friday, June 14
5 p.m.
Hayward Campus, University Stadium
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward

CSU East Bay
Undergraduate Ceremony (B.A./B.S.)
Saturday, June 15
10 a.m.
Hayward Campus, University Stadium
25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. ...
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Professional Development Center opens at Fremont School District Office
May 28, 2013

With a brisk snip from an exaggerated pair of scissors, the festive ribbon was cut on May 6, officially opening up the Fremont Bank Foundation Professional Development Center at the Fremont Unified School District Office. Work had begun in November, according to Hattie Hyman Hughes, Executive Vice President, Nonprofit Group, and President, Fremont Bank Foundation. “It’s amazing and happened rather quickly. It’s beautiful and inviting. We’re interested in facilities where people are coming together to share ideas -- teachers, parents and students.”

The new video/T.V. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
May 21, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on May 8, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris announced the appointment of Zach Larsen as Principal of Mission San Jose High School, effective July 1. Larsen grew up in Fremont and attended Chadbourne Elementary, Hopkins Junior High and Mission San Jose High (MSJHS), graduating in 1993. While at Mission he participated in swimming all four years and was an editor for the school newspaper, the Smoke Signal.

After high school, Larsen attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in History. ...
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Civic Learning Award recognizes Irvington High School
May 14, 2013

The Associate Justice of the California State Supreme Court, the Honorable Ming Chin, visited Irvington High School on April 29 to recognize and thank students for their civic involvement. Over 300 students and staff filled the school’s Valhalla Theater to hear him speak about the students’ community oriented service efforts. Various city and state representatives, as well as Fremont School Board members also had the opportunity to say a few words to those in attendance.

“Civic learning and involvement programs are incredible. Students are learning about government, getting involved and engaged in the issues, which is a very important part of volunteering,” stated his Hon. ...
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Spelling Bee, deaf style
May 7, 2013

It was a morning of firsts as a group of young students at the California School for the Deaf (CSD), participated in their inaugural Elementary Spelling Bee on April 26. An excited and packed audience of parents, teachers and students filled up Klopping Theatre.

According to parent Elvis Zornoza, “The APTC (Association of Parents, Teachers and Counselors), had brought up this idea at a general meeting and the Elementary principal, Adele Ann Eberwein expressed how much she would like to have it happen this year. APTC voted and passed the new business to create a first annual Spelling Bee for CSD Elementary. ...
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report
May 7, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on April 24, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris introduced Robert Moran who has been hired as Principal at Washington High School, effective July 1. Moran grew up in Fremont and attended schools here, graduating from Washington High in 1987. He is a graduate of UC Davis and holds a Masters of Fine Arts from San Jose State University. For the past 17 years, Moran has worked at Irvington High School, 12 years as an Art teacher and for the last five years as an Assistant Principal and Vice-Principal.

Dr. ...
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Student Author Releases Second Book
May 7, 2013

In 2010, TCV interviewed student Tiffany Cheung upon the publication of her first book, “Checkmate!” At the time, she was attending Logan High School in Union City. Fast forward a few years and today Cheung is an 18-year-old freshman at San Francisco State University, marking the release of her newest book, “Knight.”

Published in December 2012, this second book in a planned series, recounts the continuing adventures surrounding an amazing chess school on the fantastical planet Zee. The first book focused on the characters’ first year at the chess school. “Knight” follows the storyline into the summertime.

Cheung explains that her first book did very well in sales. ...
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Donate for the bands to play on!
April 30, 2013

Music is the universal language that can bring people together and in Fremont that force shines brightly through with the Fremont Education Foundation’s (FEF) annual After School Band Telethon. Helping students to experience the joy of music, the Fremont Education Foundation, by its annual telethon, raises funds needed to provide school music programs to over 1,000 students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades, at 27 Fremont Unified elementary schools.

This year, there are a few changes to the fundraiser. Traditionally held over three nights, the telethon has evolved into a one-evening televised event, on Saturday, May 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ...
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report
April 23, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on April 10, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Winners of the 2013 Young Composer’s Competition were recognized during the School Board meeting. The competition is co-sponsored annually by FUSD and the Fremont Symphony Orchestra. Students in grades 4 – 6 were eligible to participate by submitting an original musical composition. Winning selections were then professionally arranged and performed at two Children’s Concerts held at Ohlone College on March 26. The students were introduced at the concerts and attended a reception, in their honor with their families. ...
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Butterflies at Oliveira
April 23, 2013

Since mid-March, the young students of Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont have been bringing in their pennies and coins, for a campaign called “Pennies for Patients,” to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. All of their hard work is dedicated to the memory of nine-year old Lynette Santos, a beloved student, who had passed away on October 18, 2012, after several brave years of fighting her Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL).

The students, by their thoughtfulness are also honoring another former student, Steven Irvin, Oliveira Class of 2003, who is currently in remission from the disease. ...
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Irvington students present powerful anti-bullying message
April 16, 2013

These days, the familiar nursery rhyme verse, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me,” is not regarded in the same light. A lot has changed since it was first written in the 1870’s. People now recognize that you should not ignore bullying or turn the other cheek, because there is power in words and harmful repercussions result when used in a reckless or callous manner. In particular, with the easy access to social media, it is almost impossible for teens to escape negative comments, especially if targeted at them by others. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
April 9, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on March 27, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent James Morris introduced the top winners at Alameda County Spelling Bee. All four students are from Fremont elementary schools.

Supt. Morris noted hot spots within the district as far as enrollment. FUSD has seen the growth of 1,200 students into the district over the past three years. How the district is planning to deal with this will be discussed at the next board meeting. ...
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report
March 12, 2013

Agenda Item – iFUSD Update:
Three bright and tech-savvy high school students were the buzz of the recent February 27 Fremont Unified School Board meeting. The trio of: Adi Jung (12th grade, MSJHS), Steven Mazliach (12th grade MSJHS), and Rootvij Bage (10th grade, Kennedy High School), presented the updates they had made to the iFUSD app. The iPhone app originally launched in September of 2011 after development by Mission High School students, Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han. Adi Jung joined their efforts in 2012 to work on an Android version. With Sridhara and Han both attending college this year, Jung was joined by the two new team members. ...
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Math really does count!
March 5, 2013

The New Haven School District has a lot to be proud of including, Alvarado Middle School (AMS) whose student team recently won 3rd place at the East Bay Chapter competition of Mathcounts, for middle school/junior high students.

Mathcounts is a large scale national middle school competition, created in 1984, to promote the enjoyment of mathematics and problem solving. (www.mathcounts.org)

Geeta Arora, who serves as the coach for the team, explains that the group just started up 10 months ago. “I found out about Mathcounts and my daughter and her friends began during the summer. They participated in several other competitions as well,” says Arora. ...
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‘Grab your hat and read with the cat’
February 26, 2013

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You’re never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you’ve got.

In schools and communities,
Let’s gather around,
Let’s pick up a book,
Let’s pass it around.

There are kids all around you,
Kids who will need
Someone to hug,
Someone to read.

Come join us March 1st
Your own special way
And make this America’s
Read to Kids Day.
--- Read Across America Poem (NEA) ---

In recognition of Dr. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
February 26, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on February 13, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
A charming and festively attired group of young students from the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade Mandarin Immersion classes at Azevada Elementary School, performed the song “Gong Xi, Gong Xi,” in celebration of Chinese New Year. Azevada Principal, Carole Diamond as well as the students’ teachers and parents were on hand to show their support of their school’s popular Mandarin Immersion program. ...
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Great Activities...Great Fun

Over the past months, FUSS (Fremont United Student Store) has been extremely busy creating events and projects, to benefit the school district. FUSS is a nonprofit organization established for the sole purpose of raising money for Fremont Unified School District (FUSD).

Several months back the organization presented a talent show showcasing local students and sold DVD copies of the performance as well as a musical CD and greeting cards created by other talented Fremont students. During this current time of budgetary uncertainty for schools, FUSS is trying to fill in the gaps with needed funds. ...
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Newark Unified receives grant from Fremont Bank
February 19, 2013

At its February 5 School Board meeting, Newark Unified School District was on the receiving end of a generous check donation in the amount of $17,700 from Fremont Bank. Newark Unified will use the funds to purchase the Naviance system. Students at Newark Junior High, Newark Memorial High and MacGregor Alternative Learning Campus, as well as school counselors, staff and parents, will utilize this state of the art software platform to assist with college and career planning.

“We are very excited to get it,” states Newark Schools Superintendent, Dave Marken. “Fremont bank is funding the first year of Naviance, which also includes the set up of the system and training. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
February 5, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held January 23, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
In honor of African American History Month (February), Sr. Pastor Horacio Jones of Newark’s Family Bible Fellowship invited the Board, staff and the tri-cities community to attend the church’s interactive program on “A History of the African American People- A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” The event will be held on Sunday, February 24, 1:30 p.m., at the Family Bible Fellowship, 37620 Filbert Street in Newark. For more information call (510) 505-1735. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
January 22, 2013

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on January 9, 2013.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent James Morris stated how proud he was of the district’s staff and employees in light of the tragic school incident at Sandy Hook, across the country. Fremont schools are in communication with the Police Department and work with other schools on how to keep our schools safe.

Assistant Superintendent of Business, Raul Parungao addressed the Board regarding the Governor’s preliminary budget projection, for 2013-2014. Parungao stated, “It is key to our district’s budget for next year. ...
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Making wishes come true
December 25, 2012

Claudine Dentoni, a second grade teacher at Azevada Elementary in Fremont has a lot to smile about -- 41,711 letters worth! As Tri-City Voice readers may recall, in the November 6 issue our newspaper published an appeal from Dentoni on behalf of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and in memory of nine-year-old Fremont student Lynette Santos who had passed away from leukemia.

Dentoni made it her mission to inspire the school district’s students to write letters to Santa as part of Macy’s “Believe” campaign, and raise funds for Make-A-Wish. Macy’s committed to donating $1 per letter to the charitable organization, and on a specially designated “Believe Day,” would credit $2 per letter. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
December 18, 2012

The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting of December 12, 2012 was a time to bid adieu and thank two outgoing Board Trustees, Bryan Gebhardt (4 years) and Ivy Wu (8 years), for their dedication to the district. Wu and Gebhardt had not sought re-election.

In his comments, Superintendent James Morris stated, “They [Gebhardt and Wu] are the heart, conscience and engine that really drive the district forward. We value them and their public service on behalf of [the district’s] 33,000 students.

Both Gebhardt and Wu were awarded with honorary resolutions and proclamations from Fremont Unified School District and the Office of State Senator Ellen Corbett. ...
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In the spirit of giving
December 18, 2012

“Many of the students at Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont, had been saving their allowance and generously opened up their piggy banks to purchase toys for kids less fortunate than they,” said Principal Linda Anderson. Additionally, in lieu of “Secret Santa” gifts, Principal Anderson had asked her school’s staff members instead “to give to others in need.”

The donated toys were now filling three shopping carts to overflowing, in readiness for the Fremont Fire Department’s arrival to the school on the afternoon of December 11. The firefighters’ prompt appearance was timed to coincide with Oliveira’s fire drill exercise. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
November 27, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held November 14, 2012.

Superintendent’s Report:
The School Board and the Fremont Fire Department honored two Horner Junior High School employees, Sheri Erickson and Jason Strong, for their heroic actions on October 25 in reviving a Para-Educator, Harold Green, who suffered a heart attack while at the school. Erickson provided emergency care and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Strong, experienced in first aid and CPR, administered chest compressions. Sadly, it was learned that four days later, Mr. Green passed away in the hospital. ...
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Wow! FUSD's definitely 'Got Talent'
November 27, 2012

The auditorium of the Fremont Adult School was packed with appreciative students and parents on November 17, watching talented district students of all ages perform throughout the day.

Outgoing School Board member Ivy Wu had initiated the formation of the non-profit organization FUSS (Fremont Unified Student Store), to come up with creative solutions to the budget crisis and raise needed revenue for the school district. The talent show, just one of the group’s many fundraising ideas, was the culmination of not only her efforts but those of a multitude of dedicated volunteers who have been working tirelessly to make this event a success. ...
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Mr. Science visits Mattos Elementary
October 30, 2012

Teacher Shelby Aldinger’s class of kindergarten students’ eyes open wide as they see the vast array of scientific paraphernalia arranged throughout the multi-use room at Mattos Elementary. Fremont’s only Science magnet school, Mattos, is having a visit from Bob Boschert, aka “Mr. Science,” who will be spending two full days with all the classes to excite the students about the concepts of electricity and magnetism.

Boschert’s display includes many inventions and projects he has personally constructed. “I have been doing this for 15 years or so and I don’t know how I got started but I really enjoy making these things,” he says. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
October 23, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held October 10, 2012.

Superintendent’s Report:
FUSD Superintendent Dr. James Morris remarked that Reader’s Digest has named Fremont as the “The Third Smartest City in America,” based on the low number of smokers and the high number of creative thinkers -- one out of every hundred residents has received patents for inventions.

The Superintendent has recently launched a taped weekly cable television series “Community Conversations,” focusing on timely educational topics of interest to district students, staff and parents. The show has begun airing on Monday evenings, 7 p. ...
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Her time to shine!
October 16, 2012

Erin Enguero, a 2011 Washington High School graduate from Fremont, was recently selected as one of the recipients of the William Randolph Hearst/ CSU Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement and named the Trustee William Hauck Scholar. The award recognizes one student from each of the 23 CSU campuses who has overcome adversity while demonstrating extraordinary personal and academic achievement as well as community involvement. Enguero, who attends San José State University (SJSU), was diagnosed with bilateral (both ears) genetic hearing loss. She first shared her personal story with the community, during a Fremont Unified School Board meeting in June 2011. ...
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Local student raises charitable funds through musical benefit
October 9, 2012

Eight years of vocal lessons in Hindustani music, recently culminated with a “graduation” benefit performance by Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) senior, Erika Baral. The invitation-only event, for several hundred friends, family, and community members, was held at the Smith Center at Ohlone College on September 16.

But there was more to this festive occasion than solely entertainment, as in lieu of gifts, Erika requested instead that donations be made to the Sankara Eye Foundation of India or MORS (Medical Care Organization for Rural Societies) founded by her in 2010 through SEEDS (Sustainable Economic and Educational Development Society). ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
October 2, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held September 12, 2012.

Superintendent’s Report:
During introductory remarks, Dr James Morris, Fremont Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Morris, noted the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Business, Raul Parungao.

The following is a brief bio on Mr. Parungao, as provided by Bob Lee, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources:
Raul Parungao recently served as the Chief Business Official for the Redwood City School District for the last six years. ...
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Family fun at ‘Science in the Park’
October 2, 2012

Wonders of science are ready to be explored at the second annual celebration of ‘Science in the Park,’ on Saturday, October 6. Community members of all ages are invited to the free and family-oriented festivities taking place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward.

The event’s goal is to raise needed funds to support the ongoing efforts of the New Haven Schools Foundation, Hayward Education Foundation, and HARD’s (Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District’s) Children’s Programs. ...
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Sunol Glen School celebrates 20th annual Walk-a-thon
October 2, 2012

This is a big year for the Sunol Glen Community Club (Sunol School’s parent/teacher organization), as they have been busily preparing for their major fall fundraiser of the school year -- the 20th Annual Sunol Glen Walk-a-thon on Friday, October 5. The fundraising efforts of the group are essential in helping to support and subsidize many activities and programs for the district’s students and staff.

Taking an active role, students play an important part by collecting pledges from family, community members and friends, and then walking laps at school. Pledges can be either for a specified amount per lap or a flat fee. ...
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ScholarMatch – a path to college dreams
September 25, 2012

Yvonne Winer, a recent graduate of the Hayward charter school, Leadership Public Schools (LPS), is experiencing the joys of her freshman year at UCLA, thanks to the support of ScholarMatch. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2010 by philanthropist and author Dave Eggers, utilizes the technology of an innovative online platform to connect donors with those students needing financial assistance to make their college dreams a reality.

Through the organization’s website, potential donors can read about, view video profiles and get to know amazing scholars who need “a helping hand” with their college tuition. ...
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Local student attains gold medal at International Biology Olympiad
August 14, 2012

TCV interviewed Raymond Liu, a rising senior at Fremont’s Mission San Jose High School, about his participation in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). Liu finished in 3rd place at this world competition, held July 8 – 15 in Singapore.

TCV: When did you first become interested in Biology?

Liu: Ever since I was little, as many of my family members were doctors and I lived right next to a hospital. At first, it started out as only a medical interest. In elementary school I got into natural world-type things (documentaries on animals and biomes, things like that). ...
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Fremont Unified School Board meeting report
August 7, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held July 25, 2012.

Superintendent’s Report:
Dr. James Morris, Superintendent of Fremont Schools commented, “Our District has 32,500 individual students with unique talents,” and stated that Mission San Jose High student, Raymond Liu, achieved 3rd place status at the International Biology Olympiad recently held in Singapore.

The District office has instituted a significant and on-going recycling program, working closely with Allied Waste. Recycling bins for paper as well as those for food waste have been distributed throughout the building. ...
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Support Fremont School District
August 7, 2012

“It takes people of like minds to help FUSS work -- a leap of faith,” said Ivy Wu, Board member of FUSS (Fremont Unified Student Store) and Fremont School Board trustee, while speaking at the July 24 press conference to promote community awareness of the organization’s fundraising efforts.

“FUSS is a recently established nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is that of raising money for Fremont Unified School District (FUSD),” explained Wu. ...
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“The Code Switch”
July 17, 2012

Ramona Thomas Nickens and Yvetta Doll Franklin, two Hayward area women with a fond appreciation of words, have combined their creative talents by the publication of their children’s chapter book, The Code Switch. In the process, the authors tackled a sensitive topic in many communities, that of “code-switching,” speaking in colloquialisms (slang, casual language) versus using Standard English.

The collaboration between Nickens and Franklin first began when they met at a mutual hair salon. Franklin teaches 2nd grade at Tyrrell Elementary School in Hayward while Nickens, retired from Xerox Corporation, went back to school to obtain her Masters of Education degree. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
July 10, 2012

At the June 27 Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting, the agenda item on “Supplemental [classroom reading] Materials,” had to wait to be addressed until past 12:30 a.m., almost six hours after the 6:30 p.m. Board meeting had originally begun. A few hearty individuals remained to voice their opinions to the Board on the issue. In question was the adoption of several works of literature, at the Secondary grade level. The books are for the supplemental list, not required reading, and primarily for 12th grade AP Literature, which is an elective, not a required course. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
June 19, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held June 6, 2012.

Closed Session:
In action taken prior to the Board meeting, Anette Raichbart was approved as the new Principal of Chadbourne Elementary School.


Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris announced that FUSD has developed a “Customer Satisfaction Survey,” which the district plans to conduct annually. Responses and suggestions are being sought from students, parents, district staff, teachers and employees, to ascertain how the district is doing in regard to meeting the needs of the students. ...
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Granted -- teachers’ wishes!
June 12, 2012

Something special was up, on the morning of June 1, as visitors entered the classrooms of unsuspecting teachers, carrying colorful balloons and poster certificates.

The slightly surreptitious occasion had the anticipated surprise effect upon the intended teachers who were about to become the lucky recipients of Innovative Teacher Grants. Sponsored by the Fremont Education Foundation (FEF), these grants for teacher projects in the classroom were funded through the Foundation’s annual Excellence in Education Gala held on February 24.

Earlier in the school year, interested teachers had been encouraged to submit written proposals for grant consideration. ...
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Lights, Camera, Oliveira!
June 8, 2012

Recently, a group of Fremont students had the chance to create their very own personal commercial, a salute to favorite things about their school…Oliveira Elementary.

This opportunity came about when Jenny Inman, who teaches their combined 5th/6th grade class of diverse learners, invited her twin brother, Jeremy, a filmmaker currently living in Los Angeles, to speak to the students about his career.

“I explained that as a child I enjoyed drawing and made action figures,” said Jeremy Inman. “Making independent movies is a fun career, but it also lets the students know that these are people’s jobs and demonstrates ownership – a profession; it’s not just a game. ...
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June 2012 graduation ceremonies
May 29, 2012

Summer is fast approaching and now is the time that students are readying themselves for their high school and college graduations. The following is a listing of local high schools/colleges in our area with upcoming June graduation ceremonies:


Fremont:

American High School
Friday, June 15
3:30 p.m.
Tak Fudenna Stadium
38442 Fremont Blvd., Fremont


California School for the Deaf
Friday, June 8
3 p.m.
Large Gym
39350 Gallaudet Drive, Fremont


COIL
Friday, June 8
7 p.m. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
May 22, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held May 9, 2012.

Superintendent’s Report:
Hopkins Jr. High School recently won the National Science Bowl Competition (at the Junior/Middle School level), held in Washington D.C. Over 1,140 teams competed in the event. The victorious five member team is comprised of Catherine Zeng, Brian Tseng, Karthik Bharathala, Mark Choi, and Dhruv Muley. The students’ coach/teacher is Dr. Paul Ricks.


Ceremonial:
The Board passed a resolution in recognition of “Day of the Teacher.” and Superintendent Dr. ...
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Fremont names Teacher of the Year
May 22, 2012

Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) selected Kennedy High School teacher, Jennifer Teguia, as “Teacher of the Year,” during a special reception held on May 8, at the District office.

Besides Teguia, the other teachers who had been nominated were: Maria Keiko Uriu, Ardenwood Elementary; Sherri Swinney, Blacow Elementary; Tammy Pachote, Brier Elementary; Denise Mapelli, Brookvale Elementary; Sanyukta Jain, Cabrillo Elementary; Connie Kellogg, Chadbourne Elementary; Karen Brandon, Forest Park Elementary; Mary Rodriggs, Glenmoor Elementary; Teresa Silva, Grimmer Elementary; Donna Keller, Hirsch Elementary; Paul Ricks, Hopkins Jr. High; Rafael Padron, Horner Jr. ...
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report
May 11, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held April 25, 2012.

Closed Session:
In action taken prior to the Board meeting, Ms. Genevieve Randolph was approved as the new Principal of Mission Valley Elementary School.


Superintendent’s Report:
Fremont Schools’ Superintendent Dr. James Morris reported on the following items:
He visited Forest Park Elementary School, and thanked the efforts of 60 dedicated parent volunteers who provide one-on-one tutoring to the students. ...
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Oskar and The Last Straw! Helping Kids Cope
May 1, 2012

Kids these days have a lot of stressors, and learning to deal with them effectively is the main focus of Oskar and The Last Straw!,’ the latest production by TheatreWorks, geared specifically for school-aged kids.

The script, the third in a series written by playwright Prince Gomolvilas, was co-commissioned by Palo Alto Unified School District and TheatreWorks of Silicon Valley, with input from Project Cornerstone (YMCA Silicon Valley), Steps to Success, and Project Safety Net.

Locally, many elementary schools in Fremont and Milpitas recently had the opportunity to see the theatrical presentation, touring the Bay Area from February through April 27. ...
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Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting report
April 17, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held March 28, 2012.

Oral Communications/Public Comment Non-Agenda Items:
Changes are being proposed for the district’s Opportunity Program for “at risk” 7th and 8th graders, who have not had success in the traditional school environment. Brannin Dorsey, President of the Fremont Unified District Teachers’ Association, stated that the teachers had not been informed in advance.

Several teachers and a school psychologist spoke on the necessity of continuing the program as it is a place for students who feel they can’t fit elsewhere. ...
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Student project blasts off to space
April 6, 2012

For decades, scientists have been expanding our knowledge and vision of the universe. And, closer to home, a similar quest gave a group of industrious high school students from Fremont Christian School (FCS), the impetus to put their own ideas into action.

The thirteen students enrolled in Space Engineering, an elective class for grades 9-12, taught by Mr. Matthew Miller, recently encountered their own version of space travel. Their project, an innovatively designed micro-robot, was placed onboard the Ariane 5 ES rocket and launched into space, destined for the International Space Station (ISS). ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on March 14, 2012.

Oral Communications/Public Comment:
Fremont Adult School Principal, Steve Giudice remarked on the school’s 78th Anniversary, which was recognized via a Board resolution. Additionally, Giudice commended Fremont Superintendent Dr. James Morris, for his support of the school and multiple visitations over this past year. Morris was presented with the “Alameda Chapter’s Friend of Adult Education Award” and a Certificate of Recognition. ...
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Mom wins $10,000 for Mattos Elementary
March 30, 2012

Known for being the only Science Magnet elementary school in Fremont, Mattos recently had an unexpected surprise of a different sort. Sandy Nevels, an enterprising mom who likes to enter contests for fun, won $10,000 for Mattos, the school her son Alex Paloma attends.

Nevels is the Grand Prize winner of the “Nice Job, Mom: We Rock!” contest to benefit music education in schools, sponsored by Stremicks Heritage Foods/8th Continent Soymilk. (www.8thcontinent.com)

Mattos’ 500 students, their teachers, several district office and School Board members assembled into the Multi-use room on March 13, for the special check presentation. ...
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That’s the Tuolumne in my tap!
March 23, 2012

A group of students at Chadbourne Elementary School in Fremont recently had a chance to learn where their water comes from, something most of us take for granted. The fifth grade class, of teacher Dondi Lorenzana, participated in a presentation by Paige Norberg, an Education Intern with the Tuolumne River Trust.

The focus of the organization, per its mission statement, is “to raise awareness about ecology and water conservation, and to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards, ensuring the long-term health of the Tuolumne River and those who depend on it.”

Mr. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
March 20, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on February 22, 2012.

Closed Session:
Superintendent James Morris reported that three temporary employees were dismissed in action taken prior to the Board meeting.


Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Morris mentioned that teaching and administrative employees would be participating in an upcoming “Best Practices Conference” to share ideas and information.

He commented that the district’s Edtv station on Comcast should be used for more than broadcasting Board meetings. ...
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It’s time for the After-School Band Telethon!
March 16, 2012

Having recently held two other successful fundraisers in support of its Innovative Teacher Grants and the Guy Emanuele Sports Fund programs, Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) volunteers are now working feverishly, gearing up for their 13th Annual After-School Band Telethon to be held March 20-22.

Students in Fremont are fortunate to have the support of this local non-profit organization, whose mission is to raise funds, on their behalf, for a variety of needs and interests. An independent organization established in 1991, FEF works closely with, but is separate from, the Fremont Unified School District. ...
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Foundation gala salutes a ‘Night of Heroes’
March 13, 2012

Who is a hero? Well, in the eyes of the public and private schools in the Hayward Unified District, they are those individuals who have extended themselves, above and beyond the norm, by their generous volunteer efforts in a variety of capacities, enough to be appreciated and recognized with a nomination from his/her school. This select group will be honored on Friday, March 23, as part of the Hayward Education Foundation Gala “Night of Heroes,” taking place at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB).

Moreover, the gala evening also has another essential purpose – that of raising necessary funds for the Teacher Grant Program. Tickets are priced at $95 per person. ...
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Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Words on a page, spring into action to expand the imagination. Reading, one of the most essential of life-long skills, opens a child’s eyes to the wonders of the world around them. And today, March 2, in classrooms and homes all across the country, those who love books are celebrating “Read Across America Day” and honoring the special occasion of “Dr. Seuss’s” birthday. Through the efforts of the National Education Association (NEA), the cherished and respected children’s author, born Theodor Geisel, is saluted with this annual recognition.

By his whimsically-creative, topical and inspiring stories, Dr. ...
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Glee! the spiel

If a mix of music, humor, and the Old Testament gets your feet tapping, then don’t miss Temple Beth Torah’s “Glee! the spiel.” The entertaining production has a limited run of only two performances: Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m.

This year’s “spiel” (a humorous, tongue-in-cheek play), is a musical-comedy adaptation of the traditional story of the Jewish holiday of Purim, but based on the characters and music of the hit television show Glee! Music is the universal language that draws people together, as evidenced by the show’s popularity, among all ages. ...
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Fremont Unified School Board meeting report
February 21, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on February 8, 2012.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Cub Scout Den 447 presented the colors (flags) at the start of the meeting.

The Board recognized Grace Wong, the Founder of Learning Bee, for her support of Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) through her sponsorship and contributions to the Guy Emanuele Sports Fund’s “Run for Education. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
February 7, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on January 25, 2012.

Closed Session/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris reported on the following appointment, unanimously approved by the Board:
Karen Russell as Director of Special Education


Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Morris announced that Irvington High School student Irving Hsu and Mo Luo from Mission San Jose High School each won $1,000 as semi-finalists in Intel’s “Science Talent Search,” in addition to $1,000 for their schools. ...
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Newark church celebrates African-American History Month
February 3, 2012

It’s an exciting time for the congregation of Family Bible Fellowship. Church volunteers and Sr. Pastor Horacio Jones have organized a month-long series of Sunday events during February in recognition of African-American History Month. All programs are free of charge and open to the entire community. Formerly located in Fremont for 17 years, the Christian church has found a home in Newark these past seven years. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
January 27, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on January 11, 2012.

Community Leadership - Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent James Morris briefly commented on several items:
Two Fremont schools, Durham Elementary and Hopkins Junior High were selected to apply for National Blue Ribbon status, which is awarded to schools demonstrating dramatic gains for disadvantaged students.

Mission San Jose High School music students returned from participating in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration in London. ...
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Oliveira Junior Ambassadors lead the way
January 24, 2012

Everyone likes or wants the opportunity to be considered special, and that’s just the case with the newly created “Oliveira Junior Ambassadors” program beginning at Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont. To add to the palpable level of excitement, the school held a kick-off celebration for students, parents and guests on the evening of January 10.

Ian Squibb, the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Specialist at Fremont Unified School District (FUSD), helped to develop the unique program at the suggestion of the school’s Principal, Linda Anderson. “The goal is to promote kids with leadership skills to realize the potential they have,” stated Anderson. ...
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Conflict resolution skills
January 17, 2012

Learning the art of diplomacy can be daunting, but putting those skills into practice can prove to be even more so. However recently, 50 – seventh graders at Horner Junior High School in Fremont were up to the challenge, when they had the unique opportunity to participate in an all-day workshop. Conducted by Professor Carl F. Hobert of Boston University, a noted conflict resolution expert and founder of Axis of Hope, the students were given the chance to learn invaluable lessons that would benefit them and perhaps others with future life challenges. ...
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Toastmaster Youth Leadership soars
January 13, 2012

As part of the Union City Toastmasters’ “Youth Leadership Program,” fourteen high school students in grades 9 to 11, met for 8 weekly/ 2-hour sessions, to hone their communication and public speaking skills. The culmination of their efforts was exhibited during a final competition and “graduation” held on the evening of December 18.

The adult coordinators who volunteered their time to work with the teens, were Jean Luong and Midji Rovetta members of Union City’s Toastmasters International, an organization created to encourage the improvement of speaking and leadership skills of its members. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
January 6, 2012

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on December 14, 2011.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
School Superintendent Dr. James Morris mentioned the following items:

Throughout the school year, the district has had to deal with the challenge of the school budget and diminishing resources.

Three schools are piloting the use of online enrollment this year: Kennedy High School, Walters Jr. High and Fruitvale Elementary.

Kennedy High School and Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program (MVROP) entered into a cooperative program, “Construction Trades Academy. ...
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Beyond the Locker
December 2, 2011

Horner Junior High School’s gymnasium was filled with the sounds of approximately 100 energetic young people, taking part in a “Life Skills and Sports Drills” mini-camp, on the afternoon of November 18.

The event was created by Beyond the Locker, a non-profit organization headed by Tony Stewart, a former football player with the Oakland Raiders.

During the past two months, Stewart had met with the students of Paul Barry’s Leadership class at Robertson High School to help instill self-confidence and the leadership skills needed in preparation for the mini-camp. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
November 22, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on November 9, 2011.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris and Board members recognized two Fremont high school students whose leadership helped their teams raise over $35,000 for cancer research during “Relay for Life,” a 24-hour fundraising walkathon. The students are Mili Parikh, a junior at Mission San Jose High School and Kevin Cheng, a senior at American High School. Both received special certificates from the Board in honor of their accomplishment. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
November 8, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on October 26, 2011.

Closed Session/Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris reported on the following two appointments that were approved:
Rosalinda Cuevas-Carrero as Categorical Program Manager, Department of State and Federal Programs.
John Schroeder as GATE Program Coordinator.


Budget Update:
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Micaela Ochoa reported that she is currently working on the 1st Interim Report for 2011-2012 and updating projections for November 1 through the end of the year. ...
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Tom Collett – State Teacher of the Year
November 8, 2011

Tom Collett, Science teacher at Newark Junior High School was selected as California Teacher of the Year. (State-wide four other teachers were also so honored.) Newark Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dave Marken said he was excited when he received the news, from Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Schools, recognizing Collett’s abilities at the state level.

Collett is now in his second year at Newark Junior High, where he teaches eighth grade Science. Previously, he taught for 17 years at Newark Memorial High School, implementing its Marine Science and Technology (MaST) Institute.

“I am blown away by this award,” Collett remarked. ...
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It’s the Great Pumpkin…Maloney Elementary!
November 4, 2011

Several hundred excited young students, their teachers and parents thronged to the school’s blacktop/playground area on October 28, in anticipation of what has become an annual tradition the past six years at Maloney Elementary School in Fremont -- the arrival of the great pumpkins!

Through the efforts of second grade teacher Bessie Anderson and fourth grade teacher Sue Ellen Tomasic, nature and science converged to add an educational dimension to the experience for these youngsters.

Once the students had settled down Anderson and Tomasic took turns addressing the crowd, who upon spotting the giant pumpkins had “oohed and ahhed. ...
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Math and Science Discovery Day
October 25, 2011

Inquiring young minds get a chance to learn and expand their horizons at the American Association of University Women’s twenty-fifth “Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day.” The fun-filled morning of interactive and educational activities for fifth and sixth grade girls, will be held on Saturday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

Students are asked to prioritize their preferences to select five workshops from among the nine being offered. ...
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Fashion Fundraiser
October 25, 2011

Acacia Creek, the new senior retirement community located on the 305-acre site of the Masonic Homes in Union City, is sponsoring a fundraiser Luncheon and Fashion Show on Saturday, November 5. Proceeds from this inaugural event will benefit New Haven Schools Foundation’s (NHSF) “Innovation in Education” grants program as well as the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) “Tech Trek” program, a science and math camp.

During the fashion show portion of the luncheon, members of NHSF, AAUW and Acacia Creek residents will model stylish clothing, provided by Chico’s in Pleasanton. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
October 18, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on October 12, 2011.

Superintendent’s Report:
Fremont Schools Superintendent, Dr. James Morris reported that Board trustee Ivy Wu’s mother had passed away unexpectedly. Morris also expressed his condolences regarding the passing of Sharon Jacobs, 70, who had worked in the district for over 22 years as a Para-educator. Out of respect, a moment of silence was observed in their memory. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
October 4, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on September 26, 2011.

Report from Closed Session:
Superintendent Dr. James Morris reported on two appointments that were approved during the Closed Session:
Ted O as Director of Budget, Audit and Attendance
Sue Kessler as Categorical Program Manager


Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Morris spoke about MSJHS students Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han who had developed an iFUSD app for the school district’s website, which can be used free of charge, by the Fremont community. ...
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Celebrate 'Science in the Park'
September 27, 2011

After taking a few years off, “Science in the Park” returns on Saturday, October 1, with a new name and more exciting activities than ever. Previously known as the ‘Science, Earth & Health Festival,’ the popular event was held for 10 years in Union City, from 1997 to 2006. According to Richard Valle, Event Chairman and President/CEO of Tri-CED Community Recycling, “Tri-CED created and sponsored the event as a way to bring a healthy community event to families that would de-mystify the world of science for kids. A big part of our non-profit mission is to share our ability to bring people together and provide educational information about a healthy sustainable planet,” said Valle. ...
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Wanted--Drama teacher’s return
September 20, 2011

Something is different this year at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS). For the first time in 19 years, Anne Riley, the Drama teacher, is not there. She has been placed on a “Leave of Absence” by the Fremont School Board, but not by her choice.

Riley states, “There is a dispute with the District on my teaching assignment. I am working with the Dept of Fair Housing and Employment to try to get it resolved.”

When reached for a response, Superintendent James Morris stated, “Ms. Riley is a District employee and we can’t comment on Personnel matters. ...
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iFUSD app launches!
September 20, 2011

Fremont Unified School District has an amazing new informational tool that officially launched and became available on September 14, free of charge!

As previously reported in the August 30, 2011 issue of TCV, two resourceful students from Mission San Jose High School, Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han, created an iPhone app (application) designated iFUSD, for use by the Fremont community. This remarkable achievement makes Fremont the first school district in California to have one. ...
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Shared remembrances of ‘The Help’
September 16, 2011

Over 40 people from all walks of life, gathered at Eileen McDonald’s home in Newark on a late August evening. “I was so moved after I finished reading ‘The Help,’ that I thought of a fun idea -- to invite some friends to my home to speak about their experiences growing up in the South,” explained McDonald who serves on the Alameda County Board of Education.

Written by Jackson, Mississippi native, Kathryn Stockett, the book has become a runaway bestseller as its readership spread through word of mouth, church groups and book clubs. Furthering the buzz is the current movie version, drawing large numbers since the beginning of its August release. ...
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Superintendents’ hopes for the school year
September 6, 2011

Education Editor’s Note: As the new school year swings into gear, TCV asked each of the School Superintendents in our readership area of Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Newark, Union City, and Sunol, to comment on their district’s challenges and in light of budget cuts, to state what their focus would be on. The following are their statements:


Fremont Unified School District:
By Superintendent Dr. James Morris
In reflecting on the past year and beginning the 2011-2012 school year, parents, teachers, and staff in the Fremont Unified School District have many accomplishments to be proud of. ...
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Pearange-Blending charity and art to raise funds for education
September 2, 2011

An often heard expression, “What’s in a name?” takes on new meaning with Pearange, a non-profit organization formed by a resourceful group of young teenage girls. By cleverly combining the names of a pear and orange together to form Pearange, their hope is to convey their aspirations of blending the worlds of charity and art to raise funds for the education of needy children in other countries.

The group first began about three years ago in Fremont, according to one of its founders, Evani Shah, now 14, who recently re-located to San Ramon. “It all started as just a regular sleepover with me and my neighbor, Isha Vazirani. ...
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Students wow Board with FUSD iPhone app
August 30, 2011

The August 24 Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting rippled with excitement after the presentation by Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) students, Sumukh Sridhara and Andrew Han. The two detailed their development of an iPhone app (application) for FUSD. Named iFUSD, this app would make Fremont the first school district in California to have an iPhone app. In practical terms, once loaded, onto an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the application would make it easier to access, utilize and dispense information from the FUSD website. ...
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FUSD Board meeting report
August 9, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on July 27, 2011.

Report from Closed Session:
Superintendent James Morris reported on the following four appointments which were approved during the Closed Session:

Janna Holmes as Assistant Principal of Irvington High School
James Maxwell as Director of Secondary Education
Jan March as Director of Assessment
Robert Pascual as Director of Accounting


Superintendent’s Report:
Excerpts from a 1926 “Washington Township” School District board meeting were read aloud by Superintendent Morris. ...
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Robertson High School - a unique learning environment

Summer school is in session at Robertson High School, as its Principal Salvador Herrera, Jr. sits down to talk about the campus, where he is completing his 4th year at its helm.

“We have many challenges as the students that come to Robertson have a lot of different needs, and so many different stories,” says Herrera. “As a staff we need to identify their needs and alleviate them; the reality being that somehow these students weren’t successful in the comprehensive, traditional setting.”

The overall game plan for the students is to help them graduate. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting
July 12, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) Board meeting held on June 22, 2011. ...
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Prom dress -- not a sticky situation
July 5, 2011

Searching for the perfect prom dress has often driven most moms and their daughters to distraction, in the arduous process of looking for the perfect fit. But thanks to a clever promotion by Duck Tape® brand, Chelsey Sue of Newark was able to resolve that “sticky” situation, by replacing fabric with duct tape.

Chelsey was a senior this year and home-schooled through Fremont Christian School, when she and her mother, Andrea Sue, began looking into scholarships to help pay for college. “My mom actually first saw the contest on a scholarship website and showed it to me as a joke. ...
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Reading is fun!
July 5, 2011

We all know the old adage, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but perhaps a modern spin could be put on the expression--that of--“522 books a year helps young minds expand.”

The students in teacher Christina Monkman’s 6th grade class at Oliveira Elementary School in Fremont demonstrated just that, by spending their last year in elementary school reading for the pure joy of it…522 books worth!

Monkman’s mother, Marilyn Singer, has been volunteering in her daughter’s classroom for 18 years, leading an extra program she developed which encourages the students to read for fun. ...
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Mark Schoeller – Milpitas Teacher of the Year
June 28, 2011

At the Milpitas Employee Recognition Reception held on May 23, Mark C. Schoeller was recognized as the district’s Teacher of the Year. Schoeller, an 8th grade Language Arts, Reading teacher and At-Risk Coordinator, has taught at Thomas Russell Middle School in Milpitas since 2004.

“Winning the award was indeed a shock,” says Schoeller. “Being nominated at my site was in itself an honor. I work with thirty or so world-class teachers at Thomas Russell Middle School. Winning for the entire district was a genuinely humbling and unexpected experience. ...
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Newark selects Tom Collett as Teacher of the Year
June 21, 2011

“Newark Junior High School is loaded with talented, dedicated, hardworking teachers all worthy of this award. I was surprised and overwhelmed to be honored as Newark Unified School District’s Teacher of the Year. It was a very proud moment to receive the district honors in front of my family and friends on May 17,” says Tom Collett. An additional acknowledgement was given by the Newark Rotary at the May 26 City Council meeting.

Among those who had nominated 8th grade Physical Science teacher Collett, were staff members and Catherine Ward-Mikes, principal of Newark Junior High School (NJHS). “His commitment to students is second to none,” she explained. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
June 21, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board (FUSD) meeting held on June 8, 2011.

Closed Session:
During an earlier Closed Session, the Board approved the following:
Tammy Eglinton as Principal of Mattos Elementary School.
Juan Espinosa as Director of Certificated Personnel.


Ceremonial:
Science Fair Awards:
The district’s Science Fair Competition took place on May 20 and the winning students were recognized at the Board meeting. ...
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Teachers’ classroom wishes are granted
June 17, 2011

Wide smiles and whoops of joy greeted Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) visitors, who entered the classrooms of unsuspecting teachers on the morning of June 2. Carrying balloons and posters, they were there to “grant the wishes” of those teachers whose proposals had been selected to be funded.

Earlier in the year many district teachers had submitted grant proposals to FEF, for a variety of classroom programs and necessities. On this day, nine lucky educators and their classes would be on the receiving end, through FEF’s Innovative Education Grants. ...
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Fremont Teacher of the Year and Board Summary

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board (FUSD) meeting held on May 25, 2011.

Ceremonial--Fremont Teacher of the Year:
In his introductory remarks, School Superintendent James Morris stated, “I believe we have the finest teachers anywhere. We have incredible talent in our district. They represent the best in teaching and their colleagues.”

Fifty teachers from Fremont Unified School District were nominated for Teacher of the Year. At the Board meeting, Lewis Kilcrease, the Science teacher from Walters Junior High School, was announced as this year’s selection for the Teacher of the Year honor. ...
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Woodworking thrives at Centerville Junior High
June 7, 2011

A wonderful woodsy aroma permeates the air upon entering the large classroom. Students are busily working, involved and engrossed in their various projects. Equipment hums as the activity is presided over by their attentive woodshop teacher, Steven Olson. It’s business as usual, in the Woodworking class at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont. ...
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A pink welcome for Lynette
June 3, 2011

Students attending Oliveira Elementary School on the morning of May 23 gathered on the school grounds, for what they assumed was a routine fire drill. But instead, visions of a pink-haired principal and school secretary, among others, were there to greet them along with a special guest, one of their own--Lynette Santos.

Tri-City Voice readers first learned about young Lynette Santos and her brave fight against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), in our February 8, 2011 issue. First diagnosed in May 2008, at the age of five, Lynette began a round of chemotherapy, steroid treatments, and hospital stays, resulting in hair loss as well as many other complications. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
May 24, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on May 11, 2011.

Community Leadership:
Superintendent James Morris reported on the District logo contest. Over 60 students submitted entries, which the Staff and committee narrowed down to 10. Another group of community members then made a selection of the final three. Those in attendance at the Board meeting had a chance to view all the entries as they were flashed onto the screen. Now it’s time for the community to vote for their favorite logo of the three. To make your vote count, visit the FUSD website at www.fremont.k12.ca.us, by June 1. ...
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Local teacher authors coming-of-age novel
May 24, 2011

Last year, was a busy year for Risha Krishna, Ethnic Studies teacher at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) in Fremont. Between a three-week trip on a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany and a one-week seminar to Cambridge University in England, sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Foundation, her plate seemed full. Added to those, was a previous excursion to the American South with 30 other Bay Area teachers to retrace the footsteps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and learn more about the Civil Rights movement. ...
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'Magnet for Science!'
May 17, 2011

A few years back, there was talk of closing Mattos Elementary School, until a group of involved parents, dedicated teachers and the Science Specialist, proposed to the School District and Board that Mattos should become a Science Magnet. Since that time in 2002, the elementary school has been thriving and currently has a waiting list for the fall term. Parents and students across Fremont and even some from outside the area are drawn by the school’s emphasis on teaching Science, not only in the Science Lab, but as an integral component of every subject taught throughout the school day. ...
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Bingo night raises funds for Japan
May 6, 2011

To assist victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Weibel Elementary School in Fremont recently held a “Bingo Night.” Their efforts raised just under $1,000 in the brief span of an evening. Money is still being collected by the school, so the community is welcome to stop by the school office and donate to this worthwhile cause.

All monies collected are being sent through the charity Operation USA (OpUSA), to reach the people in Japan who need it the most. The organization is well-regarded and has been involved with disaster relief efforts since 1979. Checks should be made out to OpUSA or visit www.opusa.org for more information. ...
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April 26, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on April 13, 2011.

Upset over the slow pace of contract negotiations, several hundred Fremont teachers loudly demonstrated prior to the School Board meeting, by circumnavigating the exterior of the City Hall complex. The current teachers’ contract expires on June 30. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Report
April 5, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on March 23, 2011.

Community Leadership/Superintendent’s Report:
Fremont Schools Superintendent James Morris announced that Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) selected Sherea Westra, a second-grade teacher at Niles Elementary School as his 2011 - 20th Assembly District Woman of the Year.

Bill Stephens, the Assistant Superintendent for Business, determined that some of the district’s bonds could be refinanced, resulting in a savings to the district and taxpayers. ...
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Niles Elementary teacher selected as Woman of the Year
April 1, 2011

Sherea Westra, a second-grade teacher at Niles Elementary School in Fremont, was selected by Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) as his 2011 - 20th Assembly District Woman of the Year. The 20th Assembly District includes all of Fremont, Newark, Union City, Milpitas and parts of Pleasanton, Castro Valley, Hayward and San Jose.

Wieckowski has seen Westra volunteer at a number of events and is aware of her community activism. “She’s one of those people who goes out of her way not to get noticed, yet she’s always there helping out. She does a variety of activities for the community. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
March 22, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on March 9, 2011.

Community Leadership:
Mary Liu-Lee was introduced as the new principal at Leitch (K-2) Elementary School, effective March 21, 2011. She is a long-time educator and has an extensive background in elementary education. Liu-Lee began her career in 1979 as an ESL teacher/Mandarin teacher/Counselor at Ling Ya Public Jr. High School. In 1993, she joined the team at Forest Park Elementary School where she was a Kindergarten, 2nd grade and 5th grade bilingual teacher for 11 years. In 2004, Liu-Lee taught at Weibel Elementary. ...
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Oskar and the Big Bully Battle go to school
March 15, 2011

Bullying fosters a climate of fear, pain and suffering which should never be tolerated. To combat this issue, schools and school boards across the nation are taking action in efforts to reduce incidents of bullying and ensure a safe learning environment for all students.

Reaching students, at an impressionable young age requires tact, knowledge, patience and creativity to teach the concepts of tolerance and respect. And sometimes, theatricality comes into play.

A procession of young students stream into the large multi-use room at Mission San Jose Elementary in Fremont. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
March 8, 2011

The following are a selection of highlights from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on February 23, 2011.

Superintendent’s Report:
Representing FUSD’s Elementary Education department, Director, Debbie Amundson and Lucy Lineback announced the top six finishers of the District Spelling Bee, held on January 20 at Mission San Jose Elementary School. The top six spellers were each presented with a trophy and Border’s gift certificate. The next step leads to the Alameda County Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 19 at Canyon Middle School in Castro Valley.
First place winner: Victor Dong, Chadbourne Elementary School. ...
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Education Court
February 22, 2011

Foster kids often fall through the cracks of the system, through no fault of their own. They have been abused or neglected and oftentimes, parents are no longer in their life. The Foster Care Program is raising these children.

Now with the creation of an innovative program, the Middle School Education Court (MSEC), these youngsters will have an opportunity to build a stronger educational foundation.

This pilot program administered through the Superior Court of California at Santa Clara County is the only one of its kind in the nation. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
February 22, 2011

The following are selected highlights from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on February 9, 2011.

Superintendent’s Report:
FUSD Superintendent, James Morris, reported that Irvington High School’s “We the People” team placed 4th in California.

At another event, Irvington also tied for First Place in the Super Quiz at the State Academic Decathlon. A team from American High School also participated in the competition.

Recently, the all-district Junior High and High School Honor Band performed at a sold out concert held at Ohlone College. ...
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Excellence in Education Gala is almost here

Let the good times roll, or in Cajun French, “Laissez les bons temps rouler” is the catch phrase being heard this year as the Excellence in Education Gala takes on a distinctively New Orleans flavor and theme. The Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) is holding its annual fundraising event on Friday, February 25, to raise funds for the Innovative Education Grants benefiting Fremont’s public school classrooms.

As the current budget crisis shows no immediate sign of abating, funds to support educational classroom activities and programs are needed more than ever, to improve and elevate students’ achievement and learning. ...
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Girls rule at Math & Science Discovery Day

Do you have an inquiring mind and want to learn something new? If the answer is yes, and you are a 3rd or 4th grade girl, then make sure to sign up for the Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day.

Sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Fremont Branch, this event will take place on Saturday, February 26, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Slots are filling up quickly, so don’t delay! Get ready for a morning filled with brain-stimulating and hands on math and science adventures.

The cost is $22 per daughter/mother pair. ($12 for another 3rd or 4th grade daughter participant). ...
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Fremont Unified School District School Board meeting update

The following is a summary of selected issues from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on January 26, 2011.

Community Leadership:
Human Resources announced the following two appointments, approved by the Board of Education at the meeting:

Micaela Ochoa has been appointed FUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, effective March 28. Ochoa started her career as the Program Coordinator for the Early Academic Outreach Program for the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and has been the Budget Analyst for the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget in Washington DC. ...
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Azevada Elementary says “ni hao”
January 25, 2011

As Azevada kindergarten teacher Orchid Wang enters the classroom, she gives instructions to her students to assemble at the front of the room. They are coming in from recess and she tells them in Mandarin to find a spot and sit down on the large rug. The classroom becomes quiet and lights are lowered as she leads the young students in a brief yoga exercise, as a way to relax the students before beginning regular class work. Wang says that breathing exercises help the young students visualize learning concepts in their minds.

Throughout their day, 90 percent of the class is taught in Mandarin and the other 10 percent is in English. ...
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Fremont Unified School District Board meeting report
January 18, 2011

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on January 12, 2011.

Changes to Agenda Format:
School Board President, Bryan Gebhardt, outlined some noticeable changes to the agenda. He is including the Mission statement at the beginning of each agenda:

“Educate – Challenge – Inspire
Our mission is to provide equitable opportunities that educate, challenge, and inspire students of all ages, talents, and ability levels while preparing each with the skills required to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. ...
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Empowering students to save lives
December 28, 2010

An excited group of students piled into the multi-use room at Walters Junior High in Fremont on the morning of December 16. Throughout the day, according to Principal Brian Weems, the school’s 160-7th graders would be taking part in CPR training. What they were about to learn had the potential to save many lives.

Jamie Hintzke, Community Relations Coordinator for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, explained that in 2007 Alameda County tested out the project’s pilot program with both 7th and 10th grade students. At the time, they found that the older students were not as involved and that twice as many 7th graders participated or did outreach to community members. ...
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Fremont Unified School Board meeting update
December 21, 2010

The following is a selected summary from the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) board meeting held on December 8, 2010.

Board Business:
Fremont Superintendent of Schools, James Morris, administered the Oath of Office, to newly re-elected School Board Members, Lara York and Larry Sweeney.

As part of its annual re-organization process, Trustee Bryan Gebhardt was elected to the position of Board President, Lily Mei to Board Vice-President and Ivy Wu to Board Clerk. ...
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Local Student is an Author!
December 21, 2010

These days, it seems that authors not only write on a myriad of topics, but they also come in all ages as well. Tiffany Cheung a bright and loquacious 16-year-old, 11th grader, at Logan High School in Union City recently had her first book published, Checkmate!.

She always enjoyed writing and began her book, a few years ago while still in junior high. It only took her about six months to complete and then Tiffany asked her English teacher at the time, Miss Noll, to help with the editing. ...
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Milpitas middle school ‘dares to dream’
November 26, 2010

Rancho Milpitas Middle School’s 725 students were in for a special treat as they celebrated the start of “Dare to Dream” week during November 15-19.

The kick-off event, marked by assemblies held separately for the 7th and 8th graders, featured a “local guy who made good.” Growing up in nearby East San Jose, Deon H. Hayman had headed off to Los Angeles to achieve his dream of success in the movie business. He had come to speak with the students and screen one of his short films, targeted to the middle school-age audience. ...
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Fremont Unified School District board meeting report
November 19, 2010

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on November 10, 2010.

Superintendent’s Comments:
“Fremont is only one of 2 districts in the state to pass a local funding measure, such as Measure K. We are extremely proud and humbled to have this support from the community,” stated Superintendent Morris. Additionally, he singled out Peggy Herndon for spearheading the effort with a group of dedicated volunteers, who worked tirelessly to get the word out to the Fremont community. Herndon commented, “Over 70 percent of the voters said ‘yes’ to our schools. You need to be commended. ...
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Stiver's Lagoon Environmental Fieldtrips
November 16, 2010

Are You an Elementary Teacher in Fremont? If so, you may register for a free two-hour field trip with your class, through Stiver’s Lagoon in Fremont’s Central Park, a unique urban marsh.

Student activities meet the third grade State Standards for physical science, life science, investigation, and experimentation. The program covers topics including, wetlands, watersheds, ecology, and the effects of water pollution on habitat and biodiversity.

To register, contact Barbara Silva, Program Coordinator at (510) 494-4575 or email bsilva@fremont.gov. For additional information contact Ranger Sandy at (510) 790-5541or sferreira@fremont.gov)


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Pomp & Circumstance at Mission San Jose High
November 9, 2010

The Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) marching band, clad in crisp uniforms of green and white, loudly heralded the commencement of welcoming ceremonies for the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Westminster, Catherine Longworth. Her visit to the school, on November 1, had stirred up much anticipation and excitement as she came to honor the students with a special invitation.

Accompanying Lord Mayor Longworth, from England, was her husband Mr. John Longworth as well as Mr. Robert Bone, the Executive Director of the London New Year’s Parade and International Choral Festival. ...
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FUSD School Board Meeting report
November 2, 2010

The following is a selected summary from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on October 27, 2010.

Superintendent’s Report:
According to Superintendent James Morris, FUSD has achieved recognition for its success with students who are English learners. Based on a statewide review of 10,000 schools in California, Harvey Green Elementary was ranked 15th for schools and FUSD placed 4th overall in the state, on the various criteria used to evaluate the progress of English-learning students. ...
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Girls rule at Math & Science Discovery Day
October 26, 2010

Are you interested in a morning of excitement and fun or hands-on math and science adventures? If so, don’t delay in signing up in advance for the Mother/Daughter Math & Science Discovery Day on Saturday, November 6.

The Fremont Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring its 22nd event for fifth and sixth grade girls. This interactive day of workshops provides young students with an invaluable opportunity to learn and explore the fields of Math and Science with their moms, while participating in a variety of educational and entertaining activities. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Report
October 19, 2010

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District board meeting held on October 13.

Superintendent’s Report:
Livia Thomas, the Title I Specialist at Grimmer Elementary, was announced as Alameda County Teacher of the Year at a special ceremony held on October 7. Superintendent Morris congratulated her on this wonderful honor on behalf of the Fremont community. (Thomas’ accomplishments were featured in two recent Tri-City Voice articles published on June 8 and October 12.)

Another district employee, Cynthia Eborall, was recognized for her dedication and efforts. ...
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City Council and FUSD Meeting
October 15, 2010

The following is a summary from the joint meeting held on October 4, between the Fremont City Council and the Fremont Unified School District Board.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Morris stated that Assistant Superintendent of Business, Bill Stephens will be retiring, from his position, at the end of the calendar year (December 31).

Mayor Bob Wasserman reported that for only the second time in Fremont’s history, an officer had been injured in the line of duty. The motorcycle officer had been in pursuit of a stolen vehicle. He underwent surgery and was expected to recover. ...
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It's Time for the Happy Fish Run
October 5, 2010

Lace up your sneakers for a great cause! “The 6th Annual Happy Fish Run 4 Education” takes place in the morning of Sunday, October 10 at Lake Elizabeth in Fremont’s Central Park.

With choices ranging from a 5k walk/run, and 10k run, to a 1/4 and 1/2 mile kids’ runs, the fun-filled event promises to have something for everyone. This community day of fitness supports a great cause, by raising money for the Fremont Education Foundation’s Guy Emanuele Sports Fund. All participants receive an official event t-shirt, refreshments, finisher ribbon, and goodies from sponsors. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Summary

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on September 22.

Superintendent’s Report: Distribution of School Supplies:
Over 4,000 tote bags, filled with school supplies were handed out to needy students on Saturday, September 18 at Centerville Junior High. Coordinated by Judith Cameron, Director of Elementary Curriculum and Staff Development with Bryan Wakefield, Director of Purchasing, these items were donated through a grant from the nonprofit organization “K to College,” under the guidance of Executive Director, Benito Delgado-Olson. ...
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Report on FUSD Board Meeting
September 14, 2010

The following summary contains selected highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on September 7.

From the Personnel Department:
Dr. Maria Dehghanfard has been appointed as Categorical Program Specialist.
Dehghanfard began her career as a 1st grade teacher in Portland, Oregon in 1978 and also taught 1st grade in Texas from 1987-88. The next six years were spent with the Hayward Unified School District as an English Language Immersion Teacher for an elementary combo class for grades 1-2, ELD (English Language Development) for 6th-12th grades and a Program Resource Teacher for Kindergarten through 6th grade. ...
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Teachers welcomed back with flowers
September 10, 2010

Fremont Flowers and the Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) teamed up again this year to welcome the district’s teachers back for the new school year. On August 31, the day before the start of school, Fremont Flowers invited students to stop by to receive a free rose with a bud vase to give to their teachers on the students’ first day of school, September 1.

“Welcome Teacher Day is one of my favorite days of the year....to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they prepare for the first day of school. I can’t but help get excited for them!” says Dirk Lorenz, owner of Fremont Flowers and Associate FEF Board Member. ...
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FUSD Special Meeting

The following is a summary of the special meeting, held by the Fremont Unified School Board on August 30, which focused on Measure K and the Save Fremont Students campaign.

Measure K (Parcel Tax):
In July, the School Board passed the resolution calling for a local funding measure to be placed on the November 2010 ballot. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Summary
August 24, 2010

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on August 18.

Management Appointments:
The Board appointed Judy Nye to the position of Interim Grimmer Elementary Principal. Judy began her educational career in Fremont as a student teacher in 2001. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Computer Science and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Judy taught 3rd grade at Azevada, 4th grade at Glenmoor Elementary School, and was a Teacher on Special Assignment with the Department of Federal and State Projects. ...
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Riya Chandra advances to national finals
August 17, 2010

On August 12, Discovery Education and 3M announced 10 students from across the country as the top finalists in the 12th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Each finalist will be awarded an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to participate in the competition finals on October5, emceed by Danny Forster, host of Science Channel’s Build it Bigger. During this competition, students will demonstrate scientific innovation, creativity and communication skills in a series of individual challenges related to the science of safety and security. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. ...
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Riya Chandra selected as semi-finalist in Science competition

“What are little girls made of?” is a familiar adage. While the traditional response is that of, “sugar and spice and everything nice,” that description certainly applies to Riya Chandra, with the addition of “science savvy” and now “Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge” semi-finalist.

Riya who will be entering the 6th grade and turning 11 this month, was recently selected for the science honor, chosen from thousands of young students across the nation.

“My mom woke me up to tell me the news, and I was really excited,” said Riya, after being contacted on July 13 and informed that she was one of the semi-finalists. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting
July 27

The following is a selected summary from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on July 21.

School District Administration:
Dr. Deborah Sims has been hired as the new Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for the 2010-2011 school year. Sims’ career in education spans over 35 years. She has served as a classroom teacher in San Francisco and Oakland Schools, as a principal, assistant superintendent of Instructional Services, and Chief of K-8 Instructional Support and School Operations also in San Francisco, and as superintendent in Antioch School District. ...
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Helping Seniors into the computer age
July 20, 2010

Honored on July 6 with a resolution by the Fremont City Council, Ethan Jose, a recent Mission San Jose High School graduate was thrilled by the recognition of the program that he had developed. “Internetting Family,” which assists senior citizens in learning computer skills and in general feeling more comfortable with computer usage, has been a popular addition to the programs being offered at the Fremont Senior Center.

“I thought about how my grandmother likes email and how family is connected through it,” says Jose. “More people use computers now to communicate rather than telephoning. ...
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Teach in the Republic of Georgia
July 6, 2010

In these days of budget cuts, staffing reductions and eradication of educational programs, those considering entering the field of Education, may be thinking twice. Well, maybe you need to re-consider or consider Georgia?not the U.S. state, but the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe.

Greenheart Travel, within the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), a leading non-profit in international education exchange since 1985, has created a new program in cooperation with the Republic of Georgia in an effort to foster cross-cultural understanding and education. ...
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New Haven Teacher Returns from Washington D.C.
June 30, 2010

Kim Pratt, who teaches at Alvarado Elementary School in Union City, recently returned from Washington, D.C., where she lobbied congressional representatives to better support science in schools across the country.
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FUSD Report
June 29, 2010

Note: The day after the Board meeting, a tentative contract agreement for the 2010-2011school year was reached by the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) and the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA). (Please see separate announcement in this issue.)

The following are highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on June 23.

Superintendent Werner Farewell:
The Board adopted a resolution in recognition of Superintendent Milt Werner?s retirement.

?You have been a teacher to many of our managers and the teachers in the district,? said Board President, Lara York. ...
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Community Rallies for 'Save Fremont Students'
June 22, 2010

“Honk if you care!” and “We love our teachers—show it!” were phrases proudly displayed on brightly colored posters during an after-school rally at Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS) on Monday, June 14. The rally drew parent volunteers, teachers, and about 100 students, out the day before finals in efforts of raising awareness about the Save Fremont Students (SFS) Campaign.

Save Fremont Students is a grass-roots campaign in partnership with Fremont Education Foundation that is working to raise $4.5 million by July 15 to offset the worst of the Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) budget cuts. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Highlights
June 15, 2010

The following is a selected summary from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on June 9.

Save Fremont Students:
As a follow up to the Special meeting held by the Board on June 1, Save Fremont Students (SFS) comprised of a dedicated group of concerned parents, the Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) and Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) are working in partnership in support of a collaborative fundraising effort on behalf of the district’s students. However, the district still needs to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding between the groups. ...
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Livia Thomas, Fremont's Teacher of the Year
June 8, 2010

Right away you notice the excitement and energy emanating from Livia Thomas when she speaks with and about her students. But the students know something is happening in their classroom today, when several adult visitors appear.

“We are here today to recognize someone very important,” says Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Sheila Jordan, who stopped by to congratulate Thomas. “We have the best teacher in Fremont; your teacher Livia Thomas is Teacher of the Year.”

Twenty-eight teachers were nominated for Fremont’s Teacher of the Year. At the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting on May 12, Thomas was announced as this year’s winner. ...
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Special Meeting held by FUSD
June 8, 2010

The Fremont Unified School Board held a Special meeting on the evening of June 1, to discuss the joint fundraising efforts by “Save Fremont Students” and the Fremont Education Foundation who are seeking to mitigate budget cuts for the 2010-11 school year.

Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Parvin Ahmadi explained, “This group is composed of concerned parents working in conjunction with the non-profit organization, Fremont Education Foundation (FEF). Their plan is to raise money to retain specialty teachers for grades 1 – 6, help preserve the lower class sizes for grades K – 3 and to lower class sizes at the Junior and Senior High levels. ...
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FUSD Board Meeting Summary
June 1, 2010

The following are selected highlights from the Fremont Unified School District Board meeting held on May 26.

Harvey Milk:
A decision, two weeks ago to put off the vote on recognizing Harvey Milk Day, angered many gay rights activists and community members. Picking up the issue again at this Board meeting, almost two hours was devoted to whether or not FUSD would pass a resolution recognizing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day. Milk a social activist and civil rights leader was assassinated in 1978.

Outside the building, two lone men stood with placards denouncing Milk. ...
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My State Spelling Bee experience
June 1, 2010

The night before the State Spelling Bee, I was nervous. What if I made a silly mistake? What if I lost on the first round? What if I got the word floccinaucinihilipilification? That night, I went to sleep, wondering what would happen the next day.

The next morning, I woke up bright and early. We went to Sonoma State University, where the Bee was being held. I ate a quick breakfast, and then went inside. My teacher was already there, ready to cheer me on.

The Sonoma State Superintendent introduced all the spellers, and a short video was shown about the rules. Then, we sat down in our assigned seats. I was, luckily, in seat number 31. ...
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Space Day NASA Ames traveling space museum
June 1, 2010

On Thursday, May 25, the Traveling Space Museum (TSM) came to town, specifically to Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City. Excited students had a day of touching, trying, and learning.

On Wednesday, TSM trucks drove into the school parking lot, off-loaded the exhibits and set them up in designated sites. The procedure recalls the days when a circus would come to town. Advantages of this exhibit are learning opportunities for many more students than a field trip provides. The TSM, a 501 c 3 non-profit, does the planning and logistics. Chavez school?s staff primarily focuses on the educational aspects. ...
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Sticks-2-Schools brings lacrosse to Sunol Glen
June 1, 2010

Sticks-2-Schools brings lacrosse to Sunol Glen
By Alyson Whitaker
Photos by Karlee McNeil

As the students filed onto the Sunol Glen field and were handed a stick, there was a great deal of curiosity and anticipation. Many had never even seen a lacrosse stick, let alone held one! Guest lacrosse coaches Jen Milus and Bob Mezeul from Sticks-2-Schools began their instructional demonstration and the students couldn?t wait to give it a try.

Childhood obesity is an epidemic. In order to get fit and healthy, kids need to get off the couch and stay active. This includes the hours of a typical school day as well. ...
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