Vol. 3, Issue 6 | February 2020
Message from the Superintendent
Dear HUSD Community,

February is a short month, but we’re packing a lot of activities into 29 days. Schools across our district will be hosting a variety of activities to celebrate Black History Month. I invite you to take part in the read-ins, celebrations, and performances planned throughout February. In particular, our Black History Month Oratorical Festival on February 21 at 6:00 pm at the HUB is always an inspiration. See below for further details about some of the districtwide events you can participate in this month. 

Family engagement is one of our priorities as a district and for the last two years we've organized a Family Engagement Day (FED!) activity to encourage families to engage in your child’s education. Last year for FED!, we invited you to participate in a family literacy challenge and many of you answered that challenge by reading with your kids. This year, on February 29, we invite you to participate in the 2020 FED! - Celebrating Arts in Our Schools event that will take place at the Parent Resource HUB. In preparation for the day, we want to encourage you to engage in art activities with your students that week. This year, we invite you to participate in the Family Art Challenge. More details about how you can participate and the prizes that will be available on February 29 will be shared soon.

Finally, I wanted to highlight that HUSD is participating in Fund Education Now Week from Feb. 3-7, 2020. We are joined by educators, parents, administrators, and students in advocating for increased funding to support our students and schools. California is the 5th largest economy in the world, yet we rank 40th in the nation when it comes to education spending. I attended public schools in California during a time when the state invested more in education and the results are clear. The more funding our schools receive, the better the outcomes for student achievement. Join our statewide coalition and see how you can help us create a brighter future for our students. 

Matt Wayne, Ed.D.
Proud to be Made in Hayward
Outstanding Music Educator Award
Mark Schmidt, a longtime HUSD music teacher received the California Music Educators Association, Bay Section’s 2020 Outstanding Music Educator Award.

He taught for 34 years in the Hayward Unified School District  until he retired in June of 2019. He taught a Kodaly-based curriculum to students in Grade 1-4 and conducted a 5th and 6th grade choir at Southgate Elementary School. Congratulations, Mr. Schmidt.
YEP Spelling Bee
Students from the district's Youth Enrichment Program (YEP) participated in a districtwide spelling bee on January 28, 2020. Students that placed in the top three will move on to compete in the Alameda County Office of Education spelling bee on March 7. Congratulations!

  1. Emily Ao-Eldridge Elementary
  2. Lynda Guzman-Schafer Park Elementary
  3. Alex Hurtado-Ruus Elementary
Celebrating Chinese New Year
Schools across the district are celebrating the Chinese New Year. Pictured here, students from Stonebrae's Mandarin dual immersion language program perform for a school audience.
Ochoa Concert Choir
Three concert choir students from Ochoa Middle School (Cliantha Gerez, Allissa Villegas, and Mia Artificio) were selected for the California Music Educators Association Bay Section Junior High Conference Choir. We congratulate teacher Vicki Schmidt her students!

National School Counseling Week
It’s National School Counseling Week and our counselors are participating in the California Association of School Counselors Northern California conference. We appreciate our counselors this week and all year long for the support they provide our students
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Cherryland Elementary
Bret Harte Middle School
Mt. Eden High School
The Hayward community celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with incredible performances by the Cherryland Dramatic Chorus, the Bret Harte Slam Poets, and the Mt. Eden Choir.
HUSD Calendar

Important Dates
February 3-7, 2020
Fund Education Now Week

February 10, 2020
Lincoln's Birthday, NO SCHOOL

February 12, 2020
Deadline: Registration for AASAI Oratorical

February 13, 2020
Cafe Dad

February 17, 2020
President's Day-NO SCHOOL

February 18, 2020
First Day of 2020-21 Enrollment appointments

February 21, 2020
AASAI Oratorical & VAPA Festival

February 29, 2020
Family Engagement Day 2020: Celebrating Arts in Our Schools and Community Parent University Event

*visit HUSD website for calendar event details
Family Engagement Day 2020

Bond Program Update
Harder Elementary Takes Shape
Exciting progress is taking place at the site of the new Harder Elementary School. Things are progressing on schedule, and we are excited as we are now beginning the portion of construction where the work is quite visible. You can view the progress live by tuning in to the construction site's web cams.

For questions regarding Measure H email: measureh@husd.us
Fund Education Now Week
California is home to over six million K-12 students and is the fifth largest economy in the world. Yet over the past 40 years, the state has fallen from among the top 10 in school funding to the current rank of 40th in education spending, nearly $10,000 per student behind the top-funded state in the nation.
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