May 16, 2019
In This Issue
  • AUSD Announces 2019 Teacher of the Year
  • New Haight Elementary School Principal Hired
  • Muslim Students Visit State Capitol
  • Ruby Bridges Elementary Sweeps Robotics Competitions
  • Kudos to...
  • May 22 #RedforEd Rally in Sacramento
  • Reminder: EHS Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • Upcoming Events
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Teacher of the Year Announced

A t the May 14 Board of Education meeting, AUSD staff announced the district's 2019 Teacher of the Year: Pauline Stahl, Ed.D., a science teacher at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School. Dr. Stahl has been a teacher for more than 30 years and is the founder and director of the school's Genomics and Biotechnology program. You can learn more about this exemplary teacher in today's press release.
The other finalists this year were Rebecca Baumgartner (LMS) and Cassie Ferguson (EHS).
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New Haight Elementary School Principal Named

Tina Lagdamen, a veteran teacher and principal who has worked for Hayward Unified, San Francisco Unified, and the World Bank, will be the site's new principal as of the 2019-20 school year. More details about Ms. Lagdamen are available in this community bulletin .

Muslim students at Capitol
Muslim Students Visit Legislators

Muslim students from the Alameda and Encinal High School Muslim student clubs went to Sacramento  last month to participate in the  8th Annual Muslim Day. During their visit  the students heard speeches, met with legislators, and lobbied for bills focused on parolee rights to vote, police officers' use of force, and a proposed requirement for high schools to teach Ethnic Studies. 

"It was a powerful experience seeing the Muslim community come together along with those who support Muslims," says student Famia Akter, who went on the trip. "It definitely taught us all the importance of speaking out and voting, and it gave us a chance to represent our diverse backgrounds that are very well a part of our community."
Ruby Bridges robotics teams
Ruby Bridges Elementary Teams Sweep Robotics Competitions

Ruby Bridges Elementary School swept the third annual Alameda Robotics Competition last weekend, with the school's Lightning Botts team coming in 1st, the Meteors winning 2nd, and the Space Alphas securing the 3rd place prize. Read more here.
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Kudos to...
...ASTI senior Sybil Fu who won a $2500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. She was among 300 California students chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the national competition this year. Sybil is interested in pursuing International Relations.

...Encinal Jr. & Sr. Principal Dan Hurst, who on April 27 rode his bicycle to Sacramento to raise funds for his school's PTSA. Mr. Hurst rode with four Encinal parents (Anne and Fred Kohler, Lisa Zenner, and Rens Kleinman) through the Ride for a Reason program. In addition to raising nearly $6000 for EJSHS, Principal Hurst said the goal was to "lend our voices, donations, and pedal strokes to help demonstrate that we must better fund public education." To that end, once at capitol the Encinal team joined with Oakland Unified riders to rally for more state funding for public schools. Principal Hurst says he hopes that other AUSD families and employees will join the ride next year!

...Eman Khatri, a senior at Alameda High School, who was selected as a 2019 Girls Inc. National Scholar and has received the $20,000 Lucile Miller Wright Scholarship. Eman has been a member of the National Girls Inc. Teen Policy Board and an intern in Representative Barbara Lee's office. She also co-founded the Muslim Student Association at AHS. Earlier this year she received a Women Who Dare Teen Award from Girls Inc. of the Island City. She has plans to go into human rights law. 

Red for Ed Rally Poster

Red for Ed Day to Focus on Increased Funding 
for Public Education

Our Alameda Education Association partners have asked that we share information regarding collective action taking place next week in Sacramento to call attention to the lack of adequate funding for public education in California. AUSD encourages you to become aware of the issues we face because of chronic underfunding of public education in California. Learn more here!

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Reminder: May 24 EHS Groundbreaking

The public is invited to a ceremony marking the groundbreaking of the Measure I facilities bond work at Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School. The ceremony will take place at 3:15 pm on May 24, in front of the school. You can learn more about the project - which includes a new two-story building (with a maker space), complete modernization of the 200 wing, and extensive landscaping in the building's front area - here.

Jewish American and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Banners on Schools This Month

APA Banner

As you visit our schools this month, look for the beautiful banners we have hung honoring Jewish American Heritage Month and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The banners were a joint project last year between the City of Alameda and two of AUSD's Equity Round Tables. We have information about the history of the banners and the people featured on them here .

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Poster for EHS Extravaganza of Bands
Upcoming  Events

May 19, 9:30 am-12:00 pm
Otis Elementary School

May 16-18, 7 pm
May 19, 2 pm
(AHS student musical)
Frederick Chacon Little Theater

May 18, 8 am-4 pm
Extravaganza of Bands
Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School

May 24, 3:15 pm

May 27 - June 7
Invitation to EHS Groundbreaking 5_24 3_15
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