At a special public meeting held April  9, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted unanimously to extend the suspension of in-class instruction through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Distance learning opportunities will continue through Monday, June 8. 

Sun Staff Reports
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) realizes that most parents and guardians have not been trained as teachers; many may not be comfortable using online tools. Others may be trying to figure out how to also fulfill their own professional responsibilities at a time when most workers are being asked to telecommute.

Julian Chea, a seventh-grader at Lincoln Middle School, took fourth place in the Alameda County Junior High Spelling Bee on March 7. The Alameda speller who progressed the furthest this year didn’t qualify for state competition, but he did take home an impressive trophy.

Chea came in third at the Alameda Spelling Bee held at Otis Elementary School on Feb. 1.

Akhil Mummidi, a fifth-grader at Earhart Elementary School, came in 10th place in the Elementary School Bee.


McDaniel College awarded Sergio Martin of Oakland a full-tuition Dorsey Scholarship. Martin is a senior at Alameda’s Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School.  

Students selected for the Dorsey Scholars Program, the highest academic honor at McDaniel, receive full tuition, room and board for all four years at McDaniel College (a value of more than $200,000).  

Starting Sunday, March 1, The Alameda Kiwanis Foundation will be accepting applications from Alameda’s graduating high school seniors for its 2020 college scholarships. Application forms will be available beginning next month at school sites.

The Kiwanis Club of Alameda awards thousands of dollars to residents and non-residents of Alameda, provided the applicant graduate from an Alameda school and meet the eligibility criteria. Community college-bound seniors are also urged to apply.