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On Wednesday September 14th the Hayward Unified School District Board of Trustees took action to release Stan Dobbs, with cause, from his position with the District.


This very difficult decision was made just before midnight by a unanimous 3-0-0 vote by the Board Members present—Board President Lisa Brunner, Dr. Luis Reynoso and William McGee.


The Board recognizes anytime a Superintendent is released from his duties uncertainty can follow. However, for the Board this is also the necessary next step in their continued effort to secure the best education for Hayward students and their families while supporting the staff and administration of the District.  In the end, the Board of Trustees, as stewards of the District, moved in the direction that ensures the Hayward Unified School District is being led in a manner consistent with our mission, vision, and values.


Now is the time to come together in our commitment to our Made in Hayward students’ success.  The Board has trust and confidence in our current leadership team and the dedicated staff at our schools to carry on this most important work. 


Información Importante de HUSD


El miércoles 14 de septiembre la mesa directiva del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hayward tomó acción para dar de baja a Stan Dobbs, con causa, de su posición en el distrito.


Esta decisión dificil fue hecha justo antes de la media noche por un voto unánime de 3-0-0 tomado por los miembros de la mesa directiva que estuvieron presentes - la Presidenta Lisa Brunner, el Dr. Luis Reynoso y William McGee.


La mesa directiva reconoce que cada vez que un superintendente es relevado de su cargo puede surgir la incertidumbre. Sin embargo, este es el siguiente paso necesario en el continuo esfuerzo de la mesa directiva para asegurar la mejor educación para los estudiantes de Hayward y sus familias mientras apoyan al personal y a la administración del distrito. Al final, la mesa directiva, como administradores del distrito, se mueve en dirección de asegurar que el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hayward sea dirigido de una manera consistente con nuestra misión, visión y valores.

Ahora es el momento de reunirnos en nuestro compromiso al éxito de nuestros estudiantes Hechos en Hayward. La mesa directiva tiene la confianza en nuestro equipo de liderazgo y el personal dedicado en nuestras escuelas para llevar a cabo este trabajo tan importante.



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On Thursday, September 22, AT&T, Hayward Promise Neighborhood (HPN), Hayward Unified School District, City of Hayward representatives and students came together at Tennyson High School to celebrate the announcement that California State University East Bay Foundation has been selected as one of 18 recipients nationwide to share a $10 million from AT&T through the Aspire Connect to Success Competition.


AT&T presented the California State University East Bay Foundation with a $500,000 check contribution to support its Hayward Promise Neighborhood Initiative, which aims to improve the lives and academics of more than 11,000 residents and 6,000 Made in Hayward students in the ethnically diverse, low-income Jackson Triangle neighborhood.


The Connect to Success Award is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative to help students succeed in school and beyond.


Thank you, AT&T, Hayward Promise Neighborhood & CSUEB for continuing to believe in the Made in Hayward students and their pathway to being college and career ready.


Tennyson High School Drop-Out Prevention Program Statistic - 
Did you know that last year at this time Tennyson high school had a 91.7% attendance rate and this year they have increased to 93.7%, that is a 1.7% increase or 30 more students per day attending all classes!





California Dairy Families, Oakland Raiders and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition provided financial and in-kind resources through Fuel Up to Play 60 Program



The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) was presented with a $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ from Real California Milk, representing the state’s dairy families, and the Oakland Raiders, to expand nutrition and physical activity programs in schools throughout the district. The donation was made in a celebration on September 26 at Southgate Elementary School, which had the highest increase and overall highest elementary state test scores in the district. HUSD received an additional $10,000 in resources from The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in support of the Presidential Youth Fitness program, a national fitness and education assessment initiative.


"Our school district strives to instill characteristics amongst our Made in Hayward students which will allow them to be great leaders in their communities," said Hayward Unified School District Acting Superintendent Matt Wayne. "With the help of $20,000 in financial and in-kind resources to achieve student fitness and wellness goals, we can focus on ensuring healthy minds and healthy bodies.”


The ‘Hometown Grant,’ and match means students in the Hayward Unified School District will join the 13 million students who are eating healthier, 16 million students who are being more active and 130,000 adults who are enrolled and empowering youth in the United States through one national program – Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60).


“We are thrilled to award Hayward Unified School District with a Hometown Grant to promote in-school nutrition and physical activity programs in their schools, which might not be available otherwise,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the CMAB. “FUTP 60 is just one way to show our dairy families’ commitment to helping the next generation learn how to eat healthy and make healthy lifestyle choices for life.”


Developed by FUTP 60 and the National Football League (NFL), the ‘Hometown Grant’ program provides teams and dairy organizations like Real California Milk with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their area and provide them with funding to help meet their health and wellness goals. Each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives are providing $10,000 grants in communities throughout the country totaling a $320,000 investment in youth health and wellness. For the 2016 season, the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is matching the NFL’s donation of $10,000 in resources to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition which is the nation’s youth fitness education and assessment program.


national in-school nutrition and The is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program creating real transformational change in more than 73,000 schools nationwide. Fuel Up to Play 60, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Dairy CouncilCreated in partnership by the NFL and
physical-activity program is activated in California by the state’s dairy farm families. Since fall 2014, FUTP 60 has helped to award more than $430,000 in grants to schools throughout California in support of their wellness goals.



About the Oakland Raiders

The Raiders — who began play in the American Football League in 1960 — are in their 56th year of professional football competition, including the last 46 as a member of the National Football League. Over six memorable decades the Raiders have won an American Football League Championship, four American Football Conference Championships, three World Championships of Professional Football, participated in five Super Bowls, played in 14 Championship games, won or tied for 17 Division Championships, had 21 playoff seasons, finished 35 seasons at .500 or better and played in 40 postseason games. With their appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII, the Raiders became the only NFL team to play in Super Bowls in four different decades. In addition, the Raiders are proud to contribute to youth initiatives, community development, environmental concerns and multicultural awareness and global outreach. The Silver and Black maintains a global presence and communicates with the worldwide Raider Nation through the team's official web site and social media properties. For more information, please visit www.raiders.com.


About the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB)

The California Milk Advisory Board (Real California Milk)), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s dairy farm families. With headquarters in Tracy, the CMAB is one of the largest agricultural marketing boards in the United States. The CMAB executes advertising, public relations, research and retail and foodservice promotional programs on behalf of California dairy products, including Real California Milk and Real California Cheese, throughout the U.S. and internationally. For more information and to connect with the CMAB through social media, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.com, like at Facebook, view videos at YouTube, follow at Twitter and Instagram, and pin at Pinterest.


About Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools. The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, last year 14 million students made better food choices and are getting more physically active during the school day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association. Visit FuelUpToPlay60.com to learn more.


About National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition

The National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition believes that the strongest America is one where every citizen has the opportunity to lead a healthy lifestyle. As the official foundation of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the National Foundation is the only congressionally chartered nonprofit with the sole focus to help more Americans be active, play sports & eat healthy. Through private donations and partnerships, the Foundation supports programs and initiatives that educate, engage, and empower Americans of all backgrounds and abilities to adopt a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit fitness.foundation.




Congratulations Hayward Unified School District teacher's Mia Buljan and Nancy Wright, for being a finalist for the state's Presidential Award for Excellence


California Department of Education News Release 

Release: #16-61


SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today nominated nine outstanding elementary mathematics and science teachers as California finalists for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).


“I congratulate these remarkable teachers whose dedication and innovative teaching styles prepare our students for 21st century careers and college,” said Torlakson. “These teachers are among the best of the best in their field and an inspiration to their students and colleagues.”


The California Department of Education (CDE) partnered with the California Science Teachers Association and the California Mathematics Council to recruit and select nominees for the PAEMST program—the highest recognition in the nation for a mathematics or science teacher.


Each applicant must demonstrate a mastery of math or science, appropriate use of instructional methods and strategies, lifelong learning, and leadership in education outside the classroom. State finalists were selected by a panel of their peers who reviewed each candidate's content knowledge, teaching effectiveness, achievement results, and professional involvement.

Mathematics Finalists

Anamarie (Mia) Buljan is a second grade teacher at Glassbrook Elementary School in the Hayward Unified School District. She has been teaching for 18 years. She has been a district math coach as well as the Coordinator of Professional Development and the Director of Primary Education for the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative. Buljan has written the yearly Tool Kits for teachers for the second grade Mathematics Assessment Resource Service (MARS) assessments. Her teaching has been featured on the Inside Mathematics Web site at http://www.insidemathematics.org/.


Gabriela Cardenas is a first/second/multiage dual language demonstration teacher at the UCLA Lab School in Los Angeles and has been teaching for 11 years. At UCLA, she has presented on Cognitively Guided Instruction (an inquiry-based approach to teaching mathematics) in a Spanish dual language immersion classroom and has presented at the 2016 Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) meeting in Los Angeles. She has also mentored UCLA students interested in teaching.


Rebecca Jones is a fifth grade teacher at Ocean Air School in the Del Mar Union School District in San Diego and has been teaching for 15 years. She has been a Cognitive Guided Instruction math lead teacher and has led staff development throughout the district, county, and state. Jones served on the district’s math committee, and her school was selected as one of the National Blue Ribbon Schools.


Nancy Villalta is a fourth grade teacher at Moffett Elementary School in the Lennox School District in Los Angeles County. She is a member of the Instructional Leadership Corps, which is an initiative by Stanford University and the California Teachers Association to provide teachers professional development on implementing Common Core Standards. Villalta has been a Math Resource teacher and coach for the district and has been a master teacher for student teachers. She has also presented professional development for her own schools and at Santa Monica City College.


Science Finalists

Dr. Susan Barkdoll is a third grade teacher at North Verdemont Elementary School in the San Bernardino City Unified School District and has been teaching 29 years. At her school site, Dr. Barkdoll raised funds for technology, science, and professional training in science education. She incorporates science education through literature, art, social studies, and mathematics. She also engages with the Engineering Department at California Polytechnic University as a liaison with graduate students completing senior projects in aquaponics.


Saroda Chattopadhyay teaches grades one through six at Grimmer Elementary School in the Fremont Unified School District. She has been teaching for 10 years. Her students utilize Google Apps for Education and various other software to increase their technology skills through collaborative projects. Chattopadhyay holds a master’s of science in electronics and a master’s in telecommunication systems.


Scott MacMillan teaches grades kindergarten through sixth at Heron School in the Natomas Unified School District and has been teaching for 18 years. He plans, develops, and teaches science and engineering labs to students. This includes students with special needs, English language learners, and those in the Gifted and Talented Education program. MacMillan has been a workshop leader at various conferences. He was an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Coordinator.


Julie McGough is a first/second grade combination teacher at Valley Oaks Elementary School in Clovis Unified School District. She has been teaching for 18 years. McGough is a Master Teacher for California State University, Fresno and Fresno Pacific University. She presented at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in 2016 and has multiple publications. McGough has written regarding the power of questioning and will have publications regarding the power of investigating and the power of assessing. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in philosophy in science education.


Nancy Wright teaches grades three through six at Lorin Eden Elementary School in the Hayward Unified School District and has been teaching for six years. She leads the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards for her district by founding and facilitating the district Science Advisory Panel. Wright creates coherence in science instruction district-wide by planning and delivering all science professional development for kindergarten through grade 12 science teachers.


The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. PAEMST was enacted by Congress in 1983 and authorizes the President each year to bestow up to 108 awards. PAEMST awards primary and secondary teachers in alternate years. Awards are given to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions including Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools, and the U.S. territories.

For more information, visit the CDE’s Presidential Awards for Math and Science Teaching Web page athttp://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/pa/, or the PAEMST Web site at https://www.paemst.org/.


Contact: Dina Fong
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818