Alameda Unified School District

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 www.alameda.k12.ca.us 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 It’s common for children experiencing trauma to become more quiet or withdrawn, while others may become irritable or act out.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. 

 

I write this as I grieve for my dear friend who passed this weekend. We were neighbors, raised kids together and are forever connected. Following both of our names will always be “Breast Cancer Warrior.” My journey started back in 2007, I was raising four kids, while serving as PTA Council President. When I was diagnosed, I was overseeing all the PTAs in Alameda as a volunteer.

 

As the school year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the way Alameda students shined. 

Two Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) high schools received medals in the recently releases  US News & World Report annual “Best High Schools” report. Alameda High School, ranked #618 in the country and #109 in the state, won a Silver Award. Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), an Early College High School where students take college classes instead of AP classes, won a Bronze Award. 

 

The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted Tuesday, May 23, to shut down Lum Elementary School campus for the 2017-18 school year. The decision came at the school board meeting in the council chambers at City Hall.

The five board members voted unanimously to approve the resolution to indefinitely close Lum Elementary School, 1801 Sandcreek Way. The board maintained its stance that the Lum site is vulnerable to extensive damage in the event of a major earthquake.

 

The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) voted unanimously Tuesday, May 23, to move students off the Lum Elementary School campus for the 2017-18 school year. The decision came at Tuesday's school board meeting.

The decision came after consultation from several geotechnical, structural and architectural engineering firms, all of which concluded the Lum building foundations cannot withstand the significant soil liquefaction in the event of a strong earthquake. 

 

One of my favorite tasks as a superintendent is reporting good news — such as school awards, innovative teaching practices, student successes and measures of community support that astound and enrich us year after year. We have had many reports of good news in the past year and in the years before that, and let us always remain mindful of, and grateful for, our wonderful schools.

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