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WHAT’S HAPPENING’S TRI-CITY VOICE

April 8, 2014

New Haven Schools Foundation recognizes ‘Innovations in Education’ SUBMITTED BY HELEN KENNEDY The New Haven Schools Foundation (NHSF) delivered mini-grants totaling over $8,000 to teachers and classrooms during

Kitayama Elementary School Teacher: Legretta Banks, Science Specialist Award: $2,635. The goal of the project is to generate an “eco-conscience” amongst the students, staff, and community of Kitayama Elementary. The Go Green Science Club will become the point

Cesar Chavez Middle School

February and March. This annual tradition recognizes innovative ideas for learning that may not be covered by normal classroom and school budgets, and winning a grant is an exciting event for the student beneficiaries. Money for these classroom grants comes from donations to the Foundation, fundraising events, and corporate and government partners. The winning projects this year were primarily focused in the areas of science

guard for keeping the school clean, spearheading the recycling movement, and beautifying the environment. After a garden area is revitalized, a mature tree will be rededicated as the “Giving Tree,” that students will visit for reading sessions. The project also includes funds for a Math/Science Nucleus field trip and additional Science Fair exhibits. Emanuele Elementary School Teacher Applicant: Nancy McDonnough, Second Grade Award:

along with teachers, parents and local business. Conley-Caraballo High School Teacher: Gina Anderson, Math Award: $962. This grant is to purchase for the ALEKS math computer program, which will train Conley Caraballo High School

covers transportation to and from the museum location, including accommodation for special needs children. This grant will provide early hands-on experience in the sciences. Eastin Elementary School Teacher: Beth Morris-Wong, Science Specialist Award: $1,300. Experience is often the best teacher, so Eastin’s Garden Club students will learn about the plant food chain by growing vegetables on campus. The program will cover the environmental aspects of gardening for food, in-

Delaine Eastin Elementary

will attend the Black College Expo in early 2015. The Foundation also applied for three “Supervisor’s Challenge”

Kitayama Elementary

Searles Elementary

and math, demonstrating increased interest in making the learning of these often difficult subjects fun. This year’s grant winners included the following:

$1600. All of this year’s second grade students at Emanuele will have a chance to participate in a science-related field trip to a venue such as the new Exploratorium in San Francisco. The grant primarily

CSU receives grant for new teachers SUBMITTED BY STEPHANIE THARA The California State University (CSU), the nation’s largest educator of teachers, is launching a major initiative to prepare California’s next generation of teachers. A $3 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will assist CSU in developing approaches that equip new teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that will be implemented in California in 2014-15. “Preparing A New Generation of Teachers for California” builds on the six-year partnership between the CSU and the Bechtel Foundation. The partnership has generated successful new models for preparing elementary and secondary teachers in science and mathematics. These models, which are based on clinical partnerships with K-12 school districts, will now be extended for preparing highly skilled new teachers in all subjects. “This is a time of historic change in K12 classrooms throughout the state,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Through partnerships with groups like the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the CSU will stay at the forefront of producing the exceptional teachers required in 21st century classrooms.” The initiative is particularly important because of its timing. California’s adoption of the CCSS and NGSS is rapidly resulting in major changes in K-12 curriculum and instruction. New assessments are being designed to measure student attainment of the standards. Through this initiative, the CSU will prepare new teachers to implement the new standards, use the new assessments to improve student success, and model innovative teaching practices in their school districts.

cluding composting, weed abatement, crop rotation, and other maintenance activities. The garden will be created in an overrun area of the campus, setting the stage for a complete transformation as the plants start to grow. James Logan High School Teacher: Dorothy Allen, Life Skills Award: $2,100. This grant will benefit the two 9th grade African American Girls Life Skills classes in the 2014-2015 school year by building interest in a college career early enough to influence the choices the students will make in high school. The students will visit a local college or university and

grants on behalf of New Haven teachers, for projects that were funded by the office of Alameda County Supervisor, Richard Valle. Searles Elementary School Teacher: Carole Segall, Science Specialist Award: $500. Supervisor’s Challenge Grant plus a $500 matching grant from NHSF. The Searles program will leverage resources from the California School Gardens Network and focus on Gardens for Learning. The aim is to link knowledge of nutrition with the benefits of organically grown food, with the end result being healthy dietary choices. Students of all grade levels will be involved,

SUBMITTED BY MARCESS OWINGS Cal Humanities has recently announced the 2014 Community Stories grant awardees and Hayward Area Historical Society has been awarded $10,000 for its project entitled Stitching Russell City Stories. The grant will be used to produce a series of story quilts by master quilter Marion Coleman, resulting in an exhibition of quilts inspired by the stories of Russell City residents. The project will also provide a venue through public programming to spark conversations about immigration, segregation, historically

Algebra and CAHSEE students of various levels of beginning ability to learn a subject that is difficult for many. ALEKS will be run at the computer lab, where students can work in groups and study material appropriate to their level. The end goal is to enable each student to build a solid foundation of knowledge and to pass the high school exit exam. Cesar Chavez Middle School Applicant: Mireya Caserez, Principal Award: $200. Cesar Chavez needed only a small amount of seed money to make their garden grow. The school has a number of bare dirt areas on campus which can be put to productive use with just a few resources. The school will start a new Garden Club, where students can learn about the environment, plant biology, and good nutrition. In addition to growing food, the gardens will add to the beauty of the school property. Every year, teachers have an opportunity to apply for a grant from the Foundation. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors review the applications and select the winners based on the merits of the proposals. Applications for the 2014 – 2015 grants will be accepted starting this summer. For more information, visit, www.NHSFoundation.org.

ethnic communities, accumulation of wealth, and the ramifications of the past on the present and future. Community Stories is a competitive grant program of Cal Humanities. Grants are awarded to projects that give expression to the extraordinary variety of histories and experiences of California’s places and people to ensure that the stories can be shared widely. These narratives help us find our commonalities, appreciate our differences, and learn something new about how to live well together. For more information on Cal Humanities, please visit www.calhum.org.

Court approves California Delta smelt protections BY SCOTT SMITH ASSOCIATED PRESS FRESNO, Calif. (AP), A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel said that much of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2008 biological opinion about the Delta smelt was not arbitrary and capricious as a lower court judge had ruled. The decision won’t have any practical effect on water flows since protections for the smelt were kept in place while the lower court ruling was appealed. Farmers and water districts had objected to the biological opinion and said Thursday that they were disappointed by the ruling. Restrictions on water deliveries have spelled major losses for growers in the state’s farm belt who rely on the Delta to irrigate crops. “The ruling gives judicial blessing to regulations that impose real punishment on people with only speculative benefits for a declining fish species,’’ said Damien Schiff, an attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation representing farmers in the case.

“Under these draconian regulations, water is withheld from farms, businesses and communities from the Central Valley to San Diego based on sloppy science and ideological agendas.’’ Thomas Birmingham, general manager of the Fresno-based Westlands Water District, said he is considering options for further judicial review. Westlands is the nation’s largest supplier of irrigation water, serving about 600 family-owned farms in California’s Central Valley. The farmers they serve are already grappling with the harsh drought conditions, he said. Birmingham supports efforts in the U.S. Congress to change how federal laws protecting endangered wildlife are applied to two vast water delivery systems operated by the state and federal governments – the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. “It is particularly frustrating that water dedicated to protecting the Delta Smelt has not provided any protection to the species,’’ Birmingham said. “The population of the species continues to decline.’’ Environmentalists praised the ruling. “At the core of this decision, the 9th Circuit says this (study) is fine, and that at the time that it was finalized the agency had considered the best available science of the Delta smelt,’’ said Trent Orr, an attorney at Earthjustice, a group that chal-

lenged the lower court’s dismissal of fish and wildlife’s study. Kate Poole, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, refuted the theory that water regulations haven’t helped the endangered smelt. “It’s not as though a lot of water is being devoted to fish and wildlife in the drought,’’ she said. “They’re not getting sufficient supplies either.’’ Thursday’s decision was the latest in a legal battle over the lower court’s 2010 decision invalidating the fish and wildlife study. Fish and wildlife officials found that, to protect the smelt, restrictions were needed on the use of massive pumps that move water from the North through the state’s system of canals that delivers the precious resource to farms and thirsty cities in central and southern California. Agriculture and urban water districts sued to overturn the study and found support in the district court’s Judge Oliver Wanger. The judge invalidated the study, but allowed its protections to go into effect while the case was fought on appeal by environmental groups. The water districts can now either ask the 9th Circuit to rehear the case, or appeal directly to the Supreme Court. Associated Press writer Jason Dearen in San Francisco contributed to this story.

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