Vol. 4, Issue 4 | December 2020
Message from the Superintendent
Dear HUSD Community,

During normal times, my last message of the calendar year would be filled with well wishes for a holiday break together with family and friends and a recap of all of the festive events I’ve attended at our schools. Unfortunately, our public health situation has drastically changed in the matter of just weeks. December has greeted us with rising COVID-19 cases and a new wave of restrictions that require us to stay home except for the most essential reasons. 

So, instead of cramming into auditoriums to attend winter concerts, we’ll enjoy virtual performances like the ones included in this issue. Rather than coming together and sharing a meal at our annual Kwanzaa celebration, we’ll connect via Zoom. Needless to say, our holiday season will be like no other, yet I encourage all of you to find the silver lining during these challenging times. This final Horizon issue of 2020 is filled with the many inspiring ways our staff and students are lifting our spirits and showing us the meaning of community. 

I hope you’ll join one of our town hall meetings scheduled for this week to learn how we are adapting to ever-changing public health guidance and working to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. I always value your feedback. This holiday season I’ll definitely be missing family and friends, but I’m choosing to focus on the opportunity to slow down and reflect on what I’m grateful for during this time. I am deeply appreciative for how staff, families, and our entire community continue to find ways to support our students and each other. Happy Holidays!



Matt Wayne, Ed.D.

Wednesday, December 9
Distance Learning/Reopening Town Hall Meeting (English)
Thursday, December 10
Distance Learning/Reopening Town Hall Meeting (Spanish)
Monday, December 14
School Board Meeting
Thursday, December 17
Kwanzaa Celebration
Welcoming New Board Trustees
Sara Prada
Sara Prada is a bilingual mother of three school-aged children, business owner, former photojournalist, educational leadership graduate student, and award-winning community activist.
Peter Bufete
Peter Bufete is an alumnus of Hayward schools and was previously the library commissioner for the City of Hayward. He has served on boards for the Hayward Education Foundation, Hayward Coalition for Healthy Youth, and the Hayward Public Library.
The new board trustees will be sworn in on December 14, at the HUSD Board of Education meeting.
Celebrating Educators
Educator of the Year:
Seana Condit-Gordon
Seana Condit-Gordon, principal of Bret Harte Middle School, was named Educator of the Year by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. Principal Condit-Gordon was selected for being at the forefront of the district's equity initiatives and for her unwavering support of staff and students—especially during distance learning

Teacher of the Year Virtual Ceremony
Wednesday, December 9, 2020

The Alameda County Office of Education is honored to recognize the 2020 Teachers of the Year named by county school districts. Cheer on HUSD's Jose Tañada of Ochoa Middle School.
Early Childhood Education Fellowship
Congratulations to Mitchell Ha, assistant program director of HUSD Early Learning on being selected to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Early Care, Learning, and Health Fellowship with the Rockwood Leadership Institute.

Proud to be Made in Hayward
Advanced Manufacturing Week
In November, the Hayward Unified School District hosted virtual work-based learning events with our various industry partners. The events were coordinated in partnership with Eden Area ROP with the goal of providing HUSD students with opportunities for career exploration.

Longwood Student Supports Local Food Bank
Daniela Duenas recently made a donation of $500 grocery food gift cards, diaper boxes, wipes, and baby formula for local diaper distribution efforts. She has also been supporting agencies such as the Alameda Food Bank and Ruby's Place through her innovative fundraising efforts.

Hayward High Student Athlete Highlight
Congratulations to Hayward High School's Messiyah Moye for working hard on and off the field to pursue his goals. Watch the video to see his story.
Creating Lasting Change through Community Leadership
We have so much to offer here,” said Sabrina Aranda, a lifelong Hayward resident and director of Hayward Promise Neighborhoods for the Hayward Unified School District. “We want everyone to be proud they were educated here, to be proud they were made in Hayward.”

Tennyson Student's Work Published

CMMA (Community Multimedia Academy) students at Tennyson High School wrote a flash fiction piece inspired by photo prompts on the 100 word story website. Each month the editors there choose their favorite piece to feature. Tennyson student Elijah Gunn had his work featured! Read more
Virtual Performance | Mt Eden HS String Orchestra

Mt Eden HS Band and Orchestra presents Virtual Perfromance Preview, a musical snapshot of where we are during distance learning. 11/23/20

Read more
Food Resources
Meal Distribution Holiday Schedule
December 21-January 1
Pick up meals this week and next, Monday-Friday from 11:00am-1:30pm, at all school sites. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend meals are offered.

SPECIAL: Tuesday, December 15
HUSD will distribute additional free meal boxes to families during school lunch distribution hours. The meal boxes contain milk, meat, and vegetables. any family can go to the following sites on that date to pick up a box: Bret Harte, Burbank, Chavez, Eden Gardens, Glassbrook, Faith Ringgold, Helen Turner, Longwood, Mt. Eden, Park, Ruus, Schafer Park, Southgate, Tyrell, and Winton. Boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
Community Food Distribution

Fairview Elementary
1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month
11:00am - 12:30pm or until supplies last

Cherryland Elementary
Every Thursday (no distribution Christmas week)
11:00am - 1:00pm or until supplies last

Cesar Chavez Middle School
Every Thursday (distribution during Christmas week will be Monday, 12/21)
11:00am - 12:30pm or until supplies last

Winton Middle School
Every Thursday (distribution during Christmas week will be Monday, 12/21)
11:00am - 12:30pm or until supplies last

Chabot College
Every Thursday (distribution during Christmas week will be Tuesday, 12/22)
11:00am-1:00pm or until supplies last
Bond Program Update
Tennis Court Improvements
This summer, the construction of the last two of the six tennis courts at Mount Eden High School was completed. Hayward High School also received major repairs to their existing tennis courts while a long-term layout for the campus is analyzed.

College Prep Programs
HUSD offers a variety of college prep and career readiness programs at its secondary schools. Interested students can apply by completing a single application. Complete the College Prep Programs Application now (and definitely before the winter break) to get priority for your program of choice.
*AVID, Biomedical Sciences Pathway, Community Multimedia Academy, EAOP/DCAC, Engineering Pathway, Farm to Fork, Puente, Technology & Art Pathway, Ubuntu Academy, and Upward Bound.
Computer Science Event
The Hour of Code™/Hora del Código® is a global initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.
More Than a Meal
It only takes a few minutes and by completing the application you can help get funding for our schools and be eligible for other benefits. Your information remains confidential and no SSN is required.
Recruiting for Personnel Commissioner
Eligibility requirements:
  • Registered voter,
  • Resident within the territorial jurisdiction of the school district, and
  • Be a known adherent to the principle of the merit system.

The Personnel Commission meets regularly once a month and holds special meetings as needed. The appointment of Personnel Commissioner is for three (3) years. The term expires on December 1, 2023. Personnel Commissioners are paid $50 per meeting.

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