Schools

The Alameda Sun received reports last week from parents and teachers about a pair of incidents that involved the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). The first involved a memorandum sent to teachers on the heels of the Feb. 11 gas leak at Encinal High School (EHS). The second concerned the behavior of a substitute teacher at Lincoln Middle School two days later.

Three Encinal High student-athletes and one from Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) committed to their future college destinations last week on the Encinal High campus.

Current seniors Melissa Ma — she attends ASTI, but is a member of the Encinal women’s soccer team — Alexandra (‘Alex’) and Cecilia (‘CeCe’) Sifuentes and Dylan Tongilson all committed to college programs within the last two weeks.

Third grade students at Franklin Elementary School were paid a special visit from San Francisco 49er backup quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson Jan. 31.

Bethel-Thompson tossed the ball around with students and answered questions about life in the National Football League, but his objective for coming to Franklin was to educate them about a program he founded, the Central America Sports & Education Project.

The project’s plan is to "improve the quality and accessibility of sports and education globally."

Ruby Bridges Elementary School students from the Learning Enrichment After School Program (LEAP) participated in the Black History Month kickoff at College of Alameda by singing, "We are the World." The event included a solidarity march, a re-enactment of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech and a bus from the 1950s.

The Board of Education is currently considering giving all district employees an additional 1.75 percent on-going raise

 

The Alameda Sun received a copy of this letter.

Dear Alameda Community: The New Year tends to attract a lot of media and commercial hype. But I really do believe it’s a good time for reflecting not only on how we would like to grow in the coming 12 months, but on the progress we have made over the last 12.

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