Vol. 4, Issue 5 | January 2021
Message from the Superintendent
Dear HUSD Community,

In this first issue of 2021, I’m happy to be highlighting the wonderful accomplishments of students and staff. After living under much uncertainty due to the pandemic and a tumultuous national election, it was reassuring to witness the peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next during last week’s inauguration.  Regardless of your political leaning, the ceremony brought hope that our country will focus more on what unites us than on what divides us. I was thrilled to see Vice President Harris, a Bay Area native, become the first woman and first woman of color be sworn into that office. Additionally, reading about the distribution of the vaccine to more and more communities, fills me with hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

But perhaps what stayed with me the most from last week’s inauguration were the inspiring words of Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate that earned great praise for her poem “The Hill We Climb.” Her presence at such a historic ceremony provided an important reminder of why we must seek to elevate the voices of our youth. In this issue of the Horizon you’ll hear how our own students inspired us with spoken word and song during their participation in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration. Students will continue to have opportunities to showcase their talents in the coming months. In February, AASAI will host its annual Oratorical/ VAPA Festival. Keep reading below to find more details about that opportunity.

Matt Wayne, Ed.D.

Monday, January 25
Deadline: Board Member Applications
Tuesday, January 26
Parent Power Session
Wednesday, January 27
School Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 3
Special Board Meeting
Interview board applicants
Friday, February 5
Special Board Meeting
Interview board applicants
5:00pm (only if additional meeting needed)
Proud to be Made in Hayward
Students Participate in MLK Jr. Day Virtual Presentation
Watch students from Ochoa Middle School, Winton Middle School, and Cherryland Elementary lend their talents to this year's virtual presentation in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
HUSD Teacher among 2020 Finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching
Anamarie (Mia) Buljan, Fairview Elementary
Mia has been teaching for 24 years. She’s written yearly tool kits for teachers to guide the analysis of student work for the primary Mathematics Assessment Resource Service assessments. Mia has provided professional learning at summer institutes in California, Oregon, and Illinois, and the Inside Mathematics website featured her elementary formative assessment lessons and how to set up a classroom for math talks. Congratulations, Mia!
Visual & Performing Arts Update
The Mt. Eden Gallery of Art presents their virtual mid-year showcase. Click HERE to see what these talented artists have been working hard to create.
Friday, February 26, 6-8pm

Now accepting submissions from talented HUSD students, TK-12th grade, for spoken word, art, dance, and more.

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021 by 5:00pm

TK/Kindergarten Information Meetings

Starting this week, HUSD elementary schools will begin hosting virtual TK/kindergarten information meetings to welcome new families and introduce them to their school community. Each school has selected a date and time over the next few weeks. As HUSD students, even the youngest of learners will have access to technology, free meals, mental health support, and more.

To view the dates and times visit the calendar at www.husd.us or go to each individual school website. Come learn what each school has to offer!
Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment is the parent choice option available for families in the Hayward Unified School District who want their children to attend a different HUSD school. The new extended deadline to submit transfer applications is February 22.

Support for Families
Parent Power Sessions
Parent Power Sessions are held on select Tuesdays and cover topics that help parents support their students during distance learning and navigate current challenges.
Cafe Dad
A welcoming place for fathers to discuss fatherhood. Gift cards are raffled at every meeting. For more information email: ep101@husd.us
Mental Health Support
HUSD is partnering with Care Solace, a new resource that makes it easier for families to connect with mental health and wellness resources and providers in the community for non-school based services (outside of school). Services can be for parents/guardians or other
family members.

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