Alameda Unified School District


The City of Alameda and Alameda Unified School District will host a day-long event titled “In the Mix” to explore the many ways it personally means to be of mixed race. The event is set for Saturday, April 28, at Island High School, 500 Pacific Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

In the Mix will give local the opportunity to listen and discuss lived experiences of mixed race youth, parents, partners and families in our community. This event is open to all and includes age-appropriate program offerings.

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.

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter addressed to students at Alameda High School (AHS), Island High School and Alameda Science & Technology Institute. 

Dear students:
I write this letter to you as a way of saying “thanks” for welcoming me into your hearts and “good bye” because I will be with you no longer as a substitute teacher. 

I have been removed from the substitute list by the AHS principal. The reasons given are so inconsequential that I have forgotten them. 


Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education meeting last Tuesday addressed AUSD’s budget as compared to other districts in Alameda County. This discussion included the impact that low salaries have on Alameda’s public schools and the possibility of layoffs. The district has launched a community conversation about its budget priorities. Talking points include small class sizes, special programs and rising pension and special education costs. The district is planning to hold community meetings to review budget realities. 


The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is awaiting a decision that could have a major impact on its finances in the coming years. At stake is $12 million annually that the district had been receiving from Measure A. Had all gone as planned, June 1, 2018, would have meant a seamless transition from Measure A, which voters passed in 2011 — and will “sunset” next June 1 — and Measure B1, which passed muster last November and should take effect next June 1.  

District assures it allows free speech

The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) recently reassured parents that the district has not placed a ban on student protected free speech.

AUSD released a statement responding to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) inquiry expressing concerns that the district might be preventing students at Maya Lin Elementary School from wearing T-shirts or holding signs and stickers with the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on them. 


On Monday, Oct. 2, Patricia Polacco, the acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, launched her new book, Remembering Vera, at Earhart Elementary School. She is a Bay Area native and the book is set on Alameda’s Coast Guard Island. 

A special invitation was sent to Alameda Unified School District Coast Guard families who each received a free book. Polacco and her publisher, Simon & Schuster, also donated books for the After the Ball silent auction to the benefit of Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter. 


Alameda Arts works with the Alameda Unified School District to bring its programs to the city’s public school community. The program that caters to working families runs from the first day of school to the last, Monday through Friday following the school calendar.

Hazel Seiden and Kate Meade bill themselves as “fun-loving moms” on their website. They teamed up to form Alameda Arts as an after-school arts enrichment program where they can share their love of art and passion for crafts.


The Alameda Unified School district website has a wealth of information on helping kids understand the news. Visit for more tips like these. 

Be understanding. Not everyone responds the same way in times of crisis. It’s common for children experiencing trauma to become more quiet or withdrawn, while others may become irritable or act out. Remember that these are all normal reactions. Respond in a calm and caring way.


Summer is here and Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) will be hosting free meals for those under 18 years of age Monday through Friday all summer long. Free breakfasts will be served at four locations: Alameda High School and Ruby Bridges Elementary through July 14 from 8 to 9 a.m., Alameda Point Collaborative through Aug. 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. and at Alameda Boys & Girls Club through Aug. 11 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.