March 6, 2019
 
In This Issue
  • AUSD and CLCS Settle Lawsuit
  • Climate Strike Planned for March 15
  • Reminders
  • Kudos to...
  • Upcoming Events
 AUSD and CLCS Settle Legal Dispute

At its February 12 meeting, the Board of Education for the Alameda Unified School District voted unanimously to approve a settlement agreement with Community Learning Center Schools, which operates two public charter schools in Alameda: ACLC and Nea. For more details, please see our  press release. 
photo of students marching
In March 2018, AUSD students marched to protest gun violence.
Student Walkout Expected on March 15

Some AUSD students are planning to walk out of their classes on March 15 to advocate for stronger action on climate change and progress on a Green New Deal.
 
The students, who are marching as part of an international, youth-driven "School Strike 4 Climate," plan to walk first to City Hall and then back along Crown Beach (where they will pick up trash) and on to Crab Cove (where there will be speakers).

We have more information on this event, including how schools may handle the absenceshere.
Otis students collected donations for unhoused community members last weekend.
Kudos to...

Alameda High School  students for launching a "Straws of Steel" campaign, through which community members can purchase reusable "boba kits" consisting of a metal straw and 16-ounce glass container. The campaign's goal is to decrease the amount of plastic waste produced in our community. The students, who are part of AHS's Amplify Club, are asking that businesses give a discount to customers who bring in reusable cups and straws. To purchase a kit, email ahsamplify@gmail.com.

Otis Elementary School  students in the school's new Community Service Club who are creating "blessing bags" filled with personal supplies for homeless people. The students have collected donations (such as snacks, socks, toothpaste, and deodorant) over the last several weeks and will be assembling 100 bags at the school's annual Owlapalooza festival this coming Saturday, noon to 4 pm, at Krusi Park. Volunteers at the event will also be providing parents/guardians with tips on talking to children about homelessness. "I think it is important to take care of everyone, especially when they don't have a home," Kaia Marbin, a 5th grader who started the project, wrote in a letter to the Otis community. "It means a lot to do nice things for people - it makes you feel good inside, and it makes the person you helped feel good too."

Encinal High School students who asked Alameda's City Council to write a resolution in support of AB 31 to End the Tampon Tax in California. This bill would exempt feminine hygiene products from taxation, a move proponents support because other basic necessities, such as food, toilet paper, and prescription drugs, are already exempt from taxation. The City Council unanimously approved the resolution at its March 5 meeting.

Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)  for earning a  2019 Distinguished School designation from the California Department of Education! This program  recognizes California middle and high schools that have made exceptional gains based on their performance and progress on the state indicators in the California School Dashboard. Only 120 schools were chosen from across the state this year - this is truly an honor!

Reminders
 

The Board of Education will be taking public comment on the proposed new name for Haight Elementary School through April 15. You can learn about the Haight Renaming Committee, the process so far,  and how to participate here.

 

Upcoming Events
  
 
March 1 - March 16
"Mamma Mia The Musical"
Frederick Chacon Little Theater
Tickets  (and performance schedule)

March 8, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
"Small Town, Big Voices"
AHS Media Center

March 12, 6:30 pm
Board of Education Meeting
City Hall

March 21, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School gym
 
March 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Discussion with Jamie Nunez of Common Sense Media
(En inglés y espa ñol)
Encinal High School

April 1- 5
Spring Break (schools closed)
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