Many Alameda parents voiced their disapproval of Alameda Unified School District’s (AUSD) decision to move a class for students with special needs from Lincoln School (LMS) to Wood Middle School (WMS) at the district’s Feb. 26 school board meeting.
Parents of AUSD students and community members signed an open letter to AUSD demanding the district take vigorous efforts to make the district more inclusive for children with special needs.
The City of Alameda and the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) are launching a “Summer Jobs Campaign” to encourage more employers to create summer jobs and internships for teens. The Fifth Annual Alameda Youth Career & Job Fair will take place on Thursday, March 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Encinal High School’s gymnasium, 210 Central Avenue.
The Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is currently taking public comment on the proposed new name for Haight Elementary School. The AUSD regulation that governs school names mandates a comment period for a new name that runs, at a minimum, from March 1 to April 15. The comment period for the Haight renaming opened on Jan. 25. Comments can be sent to Board of Education members who can be reached at 337-7187, or at their individual email addresses.
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.