The names are classic arcade: “Assassin Roulette,” “Dr. Who Pinball,” “Space Wars” and “Zappatron.” The materials used are classic kid’s stuff: cardboard, tempera paint, foam dart guns, rubber bands, balloons and plastic flowers. But teacher Dustin Brantley’s “cardboard arcade” project is about way more than fun and games. It’s about engineering, creativity, persistence and learning from mistakes.
The idea of merging Alameda High and Encinal High schools has been raised several times in previous decades. In the spring of 2018, community members, athletic directors and teachers asked for a new review of the concept for two reasons.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) Board of Education approved 15 members for the Committee to Consider High School Consolidation at the June 26 School Board meeting.
The committee will examine the “viability, desirability and effects” that would come from combining Alameda and Encinal high schools into one comprehensive high school, according to an AUSD press release.
The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) announced that it has named Mary Otieku as Teacher of the Year. Otieku teaches a combination fourth- and fifth-grade class at Bay Farm School
Teaching runs in Otieku’s family. Her grandmother, grandfather and mother all taught school. In tapping her as Teacher of the Year, the district noted Otieku’s use of instruction books from different cultures and mixed-race authors, her respect for students and clear and consistent communication with parents.
On April 28, the Alameda Collaborative for Children Youth and Families, along with the City of Alameda, the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Assemblymember Rob Bonta co-sponsored an event called “In the Mix,” an all-day workshop on mixed-race identity for youth, families, schools and our community.
The day started with a powerful talk from Dr. Andrew Jolivette, professor and department chair of American Indian Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State.
The Alameda Unified School District announced that it had reached a stipulated agreement with the plaintiffs — Nelco, Inc., Santa Clara Investors II and Edward Hirschberg — in the lawsuit challenging Measure B1. In order to bring Measure B1 into full alignment with Measure A, which B1 is replacing, one of Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou’s stipulations requires that Measure B1 incorporate the $299 tax on unimproved parcels provided for in Measure A. Other stipulations that Petrou approved remained unclear when the Alameda Sun went to press on Tuesday.
The Alameda Police Department (APD) arrested a suspect who allegedly wrote graffiti on a bathroom wall at Alameda High School (AHS) threatening violence against Muslim students.
The suspect was arrested at 8:34 a.m. on Friday, March 16, the same day the graffiti was first discovered, according to APD reports. Description of the suspect was withheld. The suspect was charged with a hate crime.
Students representing Alameda High School, Encinal Junior-Senior High School, Alameda Science and Technology Institute, Alameda Community Learning Center, Nea Community Learning Center, and Island High School have formed a coalition called Alameda Students for Gun Violence Prevention in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
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.
Alameda resident Rasheed Shabazz has launched an effort to rename a local elementary school after his research revealed that school’s namesake held racist attitudes towards Africans and Asians.
Henry Huntly Haight served as the first California governor elected after the Civil War. In his inaugural speech on Dec. 5, 1867, Gov. Haight denounced post-Civil War Reconstruction policy as discrimination against whites. He declared “Negroes” and “Asiatic races” “inferior.” He also voiced his opposition to non-white voting rights, as well as immigration from Asia.