Students in Ms. Charlotte’s kindergarten class at Nea Community Learning Center (Nea) recently began a curriculum based on the weather. The class studied different weather patterns throughout the unit, which encourages science exploration. Most recently, the class studied rain and what happens when it rains too much. This learning occurred simultaneously with rain that caused major flooding in San Jose.


The Encinal Junior and Senior High School Drama Department is currently performing Sister Act on the stage of the Willie Stargell Gym and Auditorium. This production is an excellent example of the wondrously marvelous things that can happen when a director — in this case Connie Champagne — places confidence in the cast and crew and allows them freedom of expression in the creative process.

A show starts out as a script, becomes a vision and then, opening night, becomes a reality; the students of Encinal were integral to that imaginative process.


On Tuesday, March 14, the Board of Education appointed Anne McKereghan to fill Solana Henneberry’s seat. Henneberry passed away in February. 

McKereghan served as president of the Alameda Association of Realtors. She sits as the current Northern County director for the Bay East Association of Realtors and regional chair for the California Association of Realtors. 


The Diversity Committee at Alameda High School recently donated $700 to the Carol Ann Read Health Center. The gift was made possible through the sales of a special shirt. The donation will help survivors and people still suffering from breast cancer and by covering transportation and groceries for patients. The students want to extend their thanks to everyone who purchased a shirt and helped make this donation possible. 


On Feb. 28, Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) teacher Todd Higashi was surprised to see his family, students and colleagues gathering at the beginning of lunch. What he didn’t realize is he would receive a national education award known as “LifeChanger of the Year.”  The honor recognizes and rewards teachers who make significant impacts on students’ lives.