If only it were astonishing that Ash Jones has “been removed from the substitute list” by the Alameda High School (AHS) principal. Having been in public education for more than 22 years, his removal is not astonishing.

His removal is consistent with the seemingly dauntless pursuit of mediocrity and the mollycoddling that appears to be the inadvertent goal of public education. It is astonishing, however, that someone would have the temerity to take on an Alameda legend, an icon, a stalwart, a warrior such as Ash Jones.

Local children kicked off spring with the Island City tradition known as the Spring Egg Scramble last Saturday. The kids took part in beach exploration, lawn games and arts and crafts in addition to scrambling for eggs. The Alameda Youth Committee hosted a snack bar and the Easter Bunny posed for photos with the kids.  The Scramble is sponsored by Rotary Club of Alameda, East Bay Regional Park District and Alameda Recreation and Park Department.


Alameda Hornets
The Alameda men’s basketball team advanced to the Div. II NorCal regional semifinals due to the strong play of guard Ryan Cibull. 

Cibull led his fellow Hornets with 24 points in Alameda’s 73-63 victory over Los Gatos Saturday, March 10, in the NorCal Div. II quarterfinals at the Hornets’ Nest. The senior made six 3-pointers in the contest to lead the Hornets to victory. 

Music directors at Alameda’s public schools nominated middle school musicians to perform during in the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) Bay Section winter conference, a two-day professional development seminar for music educators and college students. Honor groups comprised a middle school choir, middle school concert band and middle school orchestra.

A community fundraiser has been established to replant a coast live oak tree in the playground at Maya Lin School. The tree was felled during a stormy night on Dec. 15, 2016. According to the school’s fundraising page, the tree “was a beloved community landmark and a piece of Alameda history. Its absence is felt every day at the school.”

The loss of the tree immediately spurred several efforts from the school community. Parents and teachers shared pictures, told stories about the tree and planned for ways to utilize the wood for various art projects at the school.