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10/18/17

Dania Silva, a fourth grader at Southgate Elementary (Hayward), began to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when she was five. Today, she is a top-ranked athlete in the sport looking to defend her national and international titles. Her drive is also present inside the classroom where she excels in math.

Dania's love of martial arts began when she started practicing Taekwondo at the tender age of three. She made a natural transition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a martial art and combat sport) and immediately fell in love with it. The young athlete has been training in the sport for four years and competing for three and a half of those years. She won silver in her very first competition, and in the last few years, Dania has captured every major title in the sport.

Her doting father, Sergio Silva, ascribes his daughterÕs success to her tenacity and discipline. "She has a high standard for herself and she doesn't like to lose," states Mr. Silva. In her short competitive career, Dania has competed in over 60 tournaments—that's 150 matches—and has only been defeated four times. Video of her matches show a young girl transformed into a fierce competitor as she outmaneuvers her opponents on the mat.

Dania trains 4-5 days a week for 2-3 hours a day while still finding time to play with her pets, including a dog named Bella. Her competitive nature spills over into academic pursuits. "Dania puts forth 100% effort on each and every assignment. She absorbs the instruction as if each and every lesson is of the utmost importance," states her teacher, Mr. Brad Ward. "She is very well-liked by her peers, many of whom have no idea their classmate is a word-class competitor," said Ward.

In 2016, the young Silva was ranked number one in the world. Now, at nine years old, she competes in older age groups given her domination. Earlier this year, Dania took first place at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Championships, a title she has won once before. She went on to move up in age group and still captured gold at the American National Kids IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in July. Now Dania is preparing to compete at the US Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament on November 4th and 5th, the same tournament where she has won top honors for the last three consecutive years.

Sergio Silva shuttles the family around to competitions as far away as Las Vegas and Long Beach. Dania isn"t the only Silva family member skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Her older brother Leo, a student at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School, is also a national champion. Dania gave her first television interview after winning the Kids World International in 2015. She recognized that her matches would get tougher, but in her soft-spoken nature seemed ready for the challenge.

Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong journey that requires athletes to train indefinitely to remain dominant in the sport. Dania has shown the determination needed to pursue this rigorous road. Those that know her have no doubt about her ability to face this challenge. "It is an honor to have Dania Silva at our school," says Brian White, Dania's principal at Southgate Elementary. "She is a phenomenal athlete, but more importantly she is an outstanding person and role model for others."

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9/5/17

 

 

September 5, 2017

 

Dear HUSD Families:

 

I am writing in response to President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the administration’s decision known at a press conference on September 5, 2017. In six months, this would bring to an end a five-year-old program that has allowed young people brought to the U.S. as minors, to work and continue their studies without the immediate risk of deportation. Current DACA beneficiaries will continue to receive legal protection from deportation through March 5, 2018, the deadline given to Congress to replace the policy with new legislation.

 

The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) firmly believes in supporting our entire community of students and parents, regardless of their immigration status. We join our voice to the chorus of educational leaders from across the country calling on Congress to find a permanent resolution for our deserving young scholars. California is home to over 200,000 DACA recipients and Hayward schools serve the many DACA students—or “Dreamers” as they are commonly referred to —who make important contributions to our community. In December 2016, HUSD’s Board of Education passed Resolution No. 1617-26, a sanctuary district resolution ensuring that every school site is a safe place for all students and families. The district will continue to promote respect for diversity and embrace its principles of inclusion.

 

While the future remains full of uncertainty for Dreamers, HUSD recommits itself to providing all students with a high quality public education in a safe and nurturing environment. Parents should continue to send their children to school with the assurance that schools will remain a safe space for their children. We recognize that you may have many questions about what this decision means for students locally and we will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Here is a link to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which contains helpful information.  

 

I remain inspired by the Dreamers in our school district who work hard to make education the foundation of their greater life aspirations. HUSD educators are equally inspired and committed to stand with our students and help prepare them for college and/or career success. I will hold various opportunities to address your questions, ideas, or concerns throughout the year and I encourage you to join me for a conversation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Matt Wayne

Superintendent

**********************************************

 

 

 

En Apoyo de los Soñadores de Hayward  

 

 

Estimadas Familias del Distrito:

 

Estoy escribiendo en respuesta a la decisión del Presidente Trump de anular el programa DACA. El fiscal general Jeff Sessions hizo saber ésta decisión de la administración en una conferencia de prensa el 5 de septiembre, 2017. En seis meses, esto traerá un fin a un programa de cinco años que ha permitido que personas jóvenes quienes llegaron a este país como menores de edad, trabajen y continúen sus estudios sin el riesgo inmediato de deportation. Los beneficiarios actuales de DACA continuarán recibiendo su protección legal de deportación hasta el 5 de marzo, 2018, la fecha límite dada al Congreso para reemplazar esta política con nueva legislación.

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hayward cree firmemente en apoyar la comunidad entera de estudiantes y padres, sin considerar su estatus inmigratorio. Unamos nuestra voz al coro de líderes educativos de todo el país pidiendole al Congreso que busque una solucion permanente para nuestros jóvenes estudiosos. California tiene más de 200,000 recipientes de DACA y las escuelas de Hayward sirven a muchos de los estudiantes amparados por DACA—o los  “Soñadores” como se les llama  frecuentemente —que hacen contribuciones importantes a nuestra comunidad. En diciembre de 2016, la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar de Hayward aprobó la Resolución No. 1617-26, una resolución de distrito santuario  asegurando que cada sitio escolar sea un lugar propicio para todos los estudiantes y las familias. El distrito continuará promoviendo el respeto para la diversidad y sus principios de inclusión.

 

Aunque el futuro permanece inseguro para los Soñadores, el distrito se compromete una vez más a proporcionarle a todos los estudiantes una educación pública de alta calidad en un entorno propicio y seguro. Los padres deben continuar mandando a sus hijos a la escuela con la seguridad que las escuelas permanecerán lugares confiables para sus hijos. Sabemos que quizás tengan muchas preguntas sobre lo que significa esta decisión localmente para los estudiantes y continuaremos proporcionando actualizaciones en cuanto estén disponibles. He aquí un enlace  Centro de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes, la cual contiene información que pueda ayudarles.

 

Me permanezco inspirado por los Soñadores en nuestro distrito que trabajan duro para hacer que la educación sea la fundación de sus aspiraciones y metas en sus vidas. Los maestros del distrito están inspirados y comprometidos de unirse a nuestros estudiantes y ayudarles a prepararlos para el éxito en la universidad o en su profesión. Voy a tener varias oportunidades de dirigirme a sus preguntas, ideas o preocupaciones durante el año y les animó a unirse conmigo para una conversación.

 

Atentamente,

 

Dr. Matt Wayne

Superintendente

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8/30/17

ALBANY –– Assistant Superintendent Peter Parenti is leaving the Albany Unified School District to take the same post with the Hayward Unified School District. Parenti starts on Sept. 1.

 

It will be a homecoming for Parenti, who grew up in Hayward. His father taught in the HUSD at Sunset and Hayward high schools.

Parenti just completed his doctorate at UC Berkeley in May and was looking for a larger school district to work at. The Hayward position coming open was fortuitous timing.

 

“My motivation for Hayward is it’s my hometown,” the 48-year-old said.

 

Parenti’s father came to Hayward from Italy, and his mother came from Chicago, where they also raised their family.

 

“My dad would teach during the day and clean office buildings at night,” Parenti said.

 

Parenti attended Fairview Elementary School, All Saints School and Moreau Catholic High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from what was then known as Cal State Hayward.

 

Parenti has worked in Albany for six years. He spent two years at Albany Middle School as principal, then moved to the AUSD office, first as director of curriculum and then as assistant superintendent. He worked on curriculum, instruction and engagement and also helped establish a black parent engagement team. His dissertation at UC Berkeley was on black parent engagement.

 

Parenti was officially approved for his new position at the HUSD board meeting on Aug. 16. He will be on contract in his new position.

 

“I want to strengthen teacher leadership in Hayward,” he said. “I want to strengthen African-American and Latino parent engagement. That’s something you can’t just do in a few months.”

AUSD Superintendent Val Williams spoke about Parenti at the Aug. 23 AUSD board meeting.

 

“This came a bit suddenly,” Williams said. “I want to say thank you to Peter for all of his years of service to Albany Unified School District. You are going to be missed. The staff is going to miss you. I am going to miss you. I’m going to miss you pushing our thinking. I’m going to miss your creative thinking.”

 

Added AUSD board member Charles Blanchard, “I’ve been so impressed with your knowledge, your dedication, your commitment.”

 

Parenti and his husband, Jeff Chase, will continue to live in El Cerrito. Parenti said his father came down from Sacramento to the HUSD meeting and spoke during public comment.

 

“It was sweet,” Parenti said.

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News

10/18/17

Dania Silva, a fourth grader at Southgate Elementary (Hayward), began to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when she was five. Today, she is a top-ranked athlete in the sport looking to defend her national and international titles. Her drive is also present inside the classroom where she excels in math.

Dania's love of martial arts began when she started practicing Taekwondo at the tender age of three. She made a natural transition to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (a martial art and combat sport) and immediately fell in love with it. The young athlete has been training in the sport for four years and competing for three and a half of those years. She won silver in her very first competition, and in the last few years, Dania has captured every major title in the sport.

Her doting father, Sergio Silva, ascribes his daughterÕs success to her tenacity and discipline. "She has a high standard for herself and she doesn't like to lose," states Mr. Silva. In her short competitive career, Dania has competed in over 60 tournaments—that's 150 matches—and has only been defeated four times. Video of her matches show a young girl transformed into a fierce competitor as she outmaneuvers her opponents on the mat.

Dania trains 4-5 days a week for 2-3 hours a day while still finding time to play with her pets, including a dog named Bella. Her competitive nature spills over into academic pursuits. "Dania puts forth 100% effort on each and every assignment. She absorbs the instruction as if each and every lesson is of the utmost importance," states her teacher, Mr. Brad Ward. "She is very well-liked by her peers, many of whom have no idea their classmate is a word-class competitor," said Ward.

In 2016, the young Silva was ranked number one in the world. Now, at nine years old, she competes in older age groups given her domination. Earlier this year, Dania took first place at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Championships, a title she has won once before. She went on to move up in age group and still captured gold at the American National Kids IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship in July. Now Dania is preparing to compete at the US Open Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament on November 4th and 5th, the same tournament where she has won top honors for the last three consecutive years.

Sergio Silva shuttles the family around to competitions as far away as Las Vegas and Long Beach. Dania isn"t the only Silva family member skilled in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Her older brother Leo, a student at Hayward's Mt. Eden High School, is also a national champion. Dania gave her first television interview after winning the Kids World International in 2015. She recognized that her matches would get tougher, but in her soft-spoken nature seemed ready for the challenge.

Jiu-Jitsu is a lifelong journey that requires athletes to train indefinitely to remain dominant in the sport. Dania has shown the determination needed to pursue this rigorous road. Those that know her have no doubt about her ability to face this challenge. "It is an honor to have Dania Silva at our school," says Brian White, Dania's principal at Southgate Elementary. "She is a phenomenal athlete, but more importantly she is an outstanding person and role model for others."

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9/5/17

 

 

September 5, 2017

 

Dear HUSD Families:

 

I am writing in response to President Trump’s decision to rescind the DACA program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the administration’s decision known at a press conference on September 5, 2017. In six months, this would bring to an end a five-year-old program that has allowed young people brought to the U.S. as minors, to work and continue their studies without the immediate risk of deportation. Current DACA beneficiaries will continue to receive legal protection from deportation through March 5, 2018, the deadline given to Congress to replace the policy with new legislation.

 

The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) firmly believes in supporting our entire community of students and parents, regardless of their immigration status. We join our voice to the chorus of educational leaders from across the country calling on Congress to find a permanent resolution for our deserving young scholars. California is home to over 200,000 DACA recipients and Hayward schools serve the many DACA students—or “Dreamers” as they are commonly referred to —who make important contributions to our community. In December 2016, HUSD’s Board of Education passed Resolution No. 1617-26, a sanctuary district resolution ensuring that every school site is a safe place for all students and families. The district will continue to promote respect for diversity and embrace its principles of inclusion.

 

While the future remains full of uncertainty for Dreamers, HUSD recommits itself to providing all students with a high quality public education in a safe and nurturing environment. Parents should continue to send their children to school with the assurance that schools will remain a safe space for their children. We recognize that you may have many questions about what this decision means for students locally and we will continue to provide updates as information becomes available. Here is a link to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which contains helpful information.  

 

I remain inspired by the Dreamers in our school district who work hard to make education the foundation of their greater life aspirations. HUSD educators are equally inspired and committed to stand with our students and help prepare them for college and/or career success. I will hold various opportunities to address your questions, ideas, or concerns throughout the year and I encourage you to join me for a conversation.

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Matt Wayne

Superintendent

**********************************************

 

 

 

En Apoyo de los Soñadores de Hayward  

 

 

Estimadas Familias del Distrito:

 

Estoy escribiendo en respuesta a la decisión del Presidente Trump de anular el programa DACA. El fiscal general Jeff Sessions hizo saber ésta decisión de la administración en una conferencia de prensa el 5 de septiembre, 2017. En seis meses, esto traerá un fin a un programa de cinco años que ha permitido que personas jóvenes quienes llegaron a este país como menores de edad, trabajen y continúen sus estudios sin el riesgo inmediato de deportation. Los beneficiarios actuales de DACA continuarán recibiendo su protección legal de deportación hasta el 5 de marzo, 2018, la fecha límite dada al Congreso para reemplazar esta política con nueva legislación.

 

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Hayward cree firmemente en apoyar la comunidad entera de estudiantes y padres, sin considerar su estatus inmigratorio. Unamos nuestra voz al coro de líderes educativos de todo el país pidiendole al Congreso que busque una solucion permanente para nuestros jóvenes estudiosos. California tiene más de 200,000 recipientes de DACA y las escuelas de Hayward sirven a muchos de los estudiantes amparados por DACA—o los  “Soñadores” como se les llama  frecuentemente —que hacen contribuciones importantes a nuestra comunidad. En diciembre de 2016, la Mesa Directiva del Distrito Escolar de Hayward aprobó la Resolución No. 1617-26, una resolución de distrito santuario  asegurando que cada sitio escolar sea un lugar propicio para todos los estudiantes y las familias. El distrito continuará promoviendo el respeto para la diversidad y sus principios de inclusión.

 

Aunque el futuro permanece inseguro para los Soñadores, el distrito se compromete una vez más a proporcionarle a todos los estudiantes una educación pública de alta calidad en un entorno propicio y seguro. Los padres deben continuar mandando a sus hijos a la escuela con la seguridad que las escuelas permanecerán lugares confiables para sus hijos. Sabemos que quizás tengan muchas preguntas sobre lo que significa esta decisión localmente para los estudiantes y continuaremos proporcionando actualizaciones en cuanto estén disponibles. He aquí un enlace  Centro de Recursos Legales para Inmigrantes, la cual contiene información que pueda ayudarles.

 

Me permanezco inspirado por los Soñadores en nuestro distrito que trabajan duro para hacer que la educación sea la fundación de sus aspiraciones y metas en sus vidas. Los maestros del distrito están inspirados y comprometidos de unirse a nuestros estudiantes y ayudarles a prepararlos para el éxito en la universidad o en su profesión. Voy a tener varias oportunidades de dirigirme a sus preguntas, ideas o preocupaciones durante el año y les animó a unirse conmigo para una conversación.

 

Atentamente,

 

Dr. Matt Wayne

Superintendente

more
8/30/17

ALBANY –– Assistant Superintendent Peter Parenti is leaving the Albany Unified School District to take the same post with the Hayward Unified School District. Parenti starts on Sept. 1.

 

It will be a homecoming for Parenti, who grew up in Hayward. His father taught in the HUSD at Sunset and Hayward high schools.

Parenti just completed his doctorate at UC Berkeley in May and was looking for a larger school district to work at. The Hayward position coming open was fortuitous timing.

 

“My motivation for Hayward is it’s my hometown,” the 48-year-old said.

 

Parenti’s father came to Hayward from Italy, and his mother came from Chicago, where they also raised their family.

 

“My dad would teach during the day and clean office buildings at night,” Parenti said.

 

Parenti attended Fairview Elementary School, All Saints School and Moreau Catholic High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from what was then known as Cal State Hayward.

 

Parenti has worked in Albany for six years. He spent two years at Albany Middle School as principal, then moved to the AUSD office, first as director of curriculum and then as assistant superintendent. He worked on curriculum, instruction and engagement and also helped establish a black parent engagement team. His dissertation at UC Berkeley was on black parent engagement.

 

Parenti was officially approved for his new position at the HUSD board meeting on Aug. 16. He will be on contract in his new position.

 

“I want to strengthen teacher leadership in Hayward,” he said. “I want to strengthen African-American and Latino parent engagement. That’s something you can’t just do in a few months.”

AUSD Superintendent Val Williams spoke about Parenti at the Aug. 23 AUSD board meeting.

 

“This came a bit suddenly,” Williams said. “I want to say thank you to Peter for all of his years of service to Albany Unified School District. You are going to be missed. The staff is going to miss you. I am going to miss you. I’m going to miss you pushing our thinking. I’m going to miss your creative thinking.”

 

Added AUSD board member Charles Blanchard, “I’ve been so impressed with your knowledge, your dedication, your commitment.”

 

Parenti and his husband, Jeff Chase, will continue to live in El Cerrito. Parenti said his father came down from Sacramento to the HUSD meeting and spoke during public comment.

 

“It was sweet,” Parenti said.

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