Vol. 4, Issue 1 | September 2020
Message from the Superintendent
Dear HUSD Community,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! At the end of last year I addressed one of my last communications directly to students who have shown such resiliency during these difficult times. Given all of the new challenges I know they are facing, I’d like to begin the school year in the same way.

Students, I hope you found the first weeks of school (our Jumpstart period) helpful in establishing relationships with your teachers and in finding the resources you need to start the school year in the best way possible. While we are transitioning to a new phase in our distance learning plan with more live class time, it’s never the wrong time to let the staff know if you need any additional support. We are all here to help you. 

I know 2020 has not been easy. Who would have imagined a year so full of uncertainty with a seemingly endless parade of health, environmental, social, and political challenges. We can’t shield you from what is happening around us, but we can and will work really hard to make sure you find a safe space inside our virtual classrooms to express yourself, think critically, and learn. 

The entire HUSD staff wants you to succeed and we know you will rise to the occasion.

Matt Wayne, Ed.D.
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year
HUSD's Teacher of the Year
Jose Tañada
Ochoa Middle School
7th & 8th Grade

"Being a teacher has been my only so-called real job, and I've only known Anthony W. Ochoa Middle School. From sprained ankles and falls in competing with the kids on the blacktop, to the sweat of twenty-four Indian summers in the same air-condition-less room and from the tears of communal viewings of beloved films with my students, my blood, sweat and tears, I've left it at Ochoa.

Teaching young people the importance of reading and the power of writing never stops filling my cup. I am deeply honored to be considered Teacher of the Year, but I would be remiss if I didn't acknowledge the Puente Project, my Puente counselor, the camaraderie of the Ochoa staff and the years of friendship cultivated there and the spirit of Anthony Ochoa. Thank you for believing in me."
Proud to be Made in Hayward
Visual and Performing Arts
This summer, the Hayward Foundation for the
Arts sponsored “Sheltered With The
Arts-2020 Virtual Student Arts Competition."
Students from across HUSD, grades TK- 12,
submitted entries in the visual and
performing arts.

(Right: "Rain on me" by S. Sharma)
Student asks reporter to solve corornavirus issue
Raising Leaders Workshop
"Dear Michael Finney can you please ask the coronavirus to go away because my teacher will not come to my house if the coronavirus doesn't go away, " the letter read.
At a recent Board of Supervisors meeting, significant funding was approved from District 2’s Enhancing Vision 2026 Fund and the Probation Department to expand the Raising Leaders program. The program includes a workshop and internship model created to give local youth an opportunity to hear from leaders within the community and gain hands-on paid work experience.
Teacher shares her wedding day with students
Schafer Park teacher Melissa Arteaga was recently married and she decided to share her special day with her new first grade class. See how her students and colleagues wished her well. What a way to build relationships with her young learners!
Family Resources
Parent Power Sessions

Parents are invited to join the following meetings designed as helpful resources during distance learning. Every Tuesday,

  • Tuesday, September 15: Google Classroom
  • Tuesday, September 22: Socioemotional Learning for Families:
  • Tuesday, September 29: Working, Parenting, and Teaching at Home

Special Education Town Hall Meeting

Join the Special Education Department for a town hall meeting to discuss special education services during COVID-19.

Thursday, September 17

Distance Learning
Chromebooks and hotspots
  • These can be requested for students at each school

Technology Support
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4, 510-784-2600 ext. 72701

Guide to Zoom, Clever, and Google Classroom

Community Resources
Visit our COVID-19 resource page to find information regarding local support services, trusted sources of information, and an archive of our community messages.

Bond Program Update
New Harder Elementary Update
"Harder Elementary School, a new replacement campus in Hayward, is edging closer to completion and will soon join its sister school, Cherryland Elementary School, as the two newest schools in the Hayward Unified School District."

HUSD's Credit Rating Upgraded
Credit rating agencies reference financial stability in upgrading HUSD's credit rating. The positive assessment is poised to save taxpayers money.

Performing Arts Center Update
The newly formed HUSD Performing Arts Center Design Committee met on Aug 20th with the architects selected to work on the Performing Arts Center. At that meeting, the premiere version of the PAC schematic design was presented for discussion and feedback.

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