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Important HUSD Update


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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By Darin Moriki, dmoriki@bayareanewsgroup.com
The Mercury News
Posted:Thu Sep 01 10:14:28 MDT 2016

On most mornings, Paolo Ferretti is at work by the time his children wake up, but he made a special point to take them to school with his wife on the first day of classes as part of the Million Father March.

The Hayward Unified School District's annual back-to-school event, now in its sixth year, encourages men to accompany children to their first day of school as a way of building family bonds and bolstering educational involvement

"You have a peace of mind knowing that the kids are at school and they're safe, and going to be in a safe learning environment," Ferretti said as his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Gabriel, 11, Michael, 10, stood outside Longwood Elementary School.

The Million Father March is the brainchild of the Black Star Project, a Chicago-based nonprofit that, according to its website, seeks to provide "educational services that improve the lives of less-advantaged black communities and to close the racial academic achievement gap."

Hayward school board trustee William McGee said he discovered the Million Father March by chance nearly six years ago, when he ran into organizers at an educational conference. He brought the idea back to Hayward school administrators, and it quickly took hold.

"By default, a lot of times mothers or women are automatically in the lives of their children educationally," McGee said at an Aug. 25 back-to-school assembly for Longwood Elementary parents.

"Fathers, we know, want to be there, but sometimes they have to work, and they're the ones having to do different things, and they can't get here, so we brought this march to our district six years ago," he said.

The school district estimates more than 1,000 Hayward parents participated in the annual march last year.

"We also encourage everyone, including fathers, brothers and uncles, to volunteer in our schools, because it really makes a difference," McGee said.

"We've seen that, when the men are more active in the educational part of their child's life, the child does a lot better," he said.

Acting Hayward schools Superintendent Matt Wayne said the march hits home for him as the father of a 15-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son.

"My daughter isn't quite as excited to have me walk her to school and hold her hand anymore, but I've got to tell you, taking her to school is so important," Wayne told parents at the assembly.

"When she went to middle school, I stopped taking her to school because it was in a different direction from my house, but now that she's in high school, I'm taking her to school again -- it's only about 15 minutes in the morning, but that is incredibly precious time, because that's time that I have just with her alone" he said.

"Most of the rest of the time, like on the weekends or after school, she's with her friends, on her phone or doing different things, but in the morning, we have this opportunity to go to school together and we really talk and share, so it keeps that connection," Wayne said.

Hayward resident Cleveland Mitchell lives close to Longwood Elementary and said he tries to find time to take his sons, Kyree, 6, and, Albert, 7, to school in the morning.

"There's some pretty good love to see all of the parents out here and officers from the community," Mitchell said.

"Our kids are our future, and we need to be a part of that -- it's as simple as that," he said.

Contact Darin Moriki at 510-293-2480 or follow him at Twitter.com/darinmoriki


Fathers took center stage on the first day of school throughout the Hayward Unified School District last Thursday.


In collaboration with the Black Star Project, HUSD teamed up to encourage fathers and men to participate in the 2016 version of the “Million Father March,” with a special event at Longwood Elementary School in North Hayward that featured speakers and messages about the importance of men’s involvement in children’s education.


The purpose of the event was to encourage all men and fathers around the country to take their children or relatives to school and be involved with their education, in hopes of having one million fathers participate nationwide. “Research shows that children whose fathers take an active role in their educational lives earn better grades, score higher on tests, enjoy school more and are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college,” HUSD media contact Sabrina Aranda said. “Additionally, children have fewer behavior problems when fathers listen to and talk with them regularly and are active in their lives.”


The event took place in almost 600 cities across the country and was expected to have one million men participate, not including women and children, which, if included, puts that total well over the million mark. These numbers were up from one million men, women and children who participated in 2014 in 525 cities, according to the HUSD.


The special event at Longwood explained the purpose of the march and elaborated on the importance of male involvement in their children’s education and lives.


“I did it last year too, it’s cool to see all the dad’s come together,” parent Samuel Navarez said. “I didn’t have a dad so I made sure I was going to be in my kids’ lives every day. I bring my kids to school every day but it’s cool to know it means a lot.”


According to Black Star Project coordinator D. Israel, the event was based on the original Million Man March in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 16, 1995. The original march was organized by Louis Farrakhan, an American religious leader, and was supposed to showcase the positive impact of African American men, something that Farrakhan felt was being lied about by the media.



Hayward Unified School District Students Make Gains in State Assessment

State Test Scores Indicate Academic Improvements


August 23, 2016 (Hayward) - The California Department of Education (CDE) released today the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring, indicate their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. These tests include a wider variety of questions than the multiple choice tests they replaced, requiring students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically.


Celebrating Growth


With the 2014-15 school year being the baseline year, the second year of CAASPP testing allows for districts to measure growth. Hayward Unified School District is proud to announce that Hayward students meeting or exceeding standards rose from 32% in 2015 to 36% in 2016 in ELA. In Math, this percentage rose from 21% to 23%. This compares to 3% growth in ELA in Alameda County and 2% in Math. At the school level, 23 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in ELA, while 18 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in Math.


In addition to overall growth, English Learners and every statistically significant ethnic subgroup in Hayward demonstrated growth in both ELA and Math.  We are proud that in Hayward the difference between the lowest and highest achieving ethnic subgroups narrowed in both ELA and Math.  “Hayward is a wonderfully diverse community and we are committed to ensuring that all students are successful in our schools,” says Acting Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne.  “We still have much work to do, but we are encouraged by the positive achievement trend we are seeing.” 


HUSD also has more students achieving at higher levels. The 12 students who earned perfect scores in ELA and Math is up from 4 students in 2015. This follows a trend in Hayward of growth at all levels. The number of students exceeding standards in either ELA or Math is up from 789 in 2015 to 1,025 in 2016 (an increase of 30%), while the number of students exceeding standards in both ELA and Math is up from 401 in 2015 to 523 in 2016 (also an increase of 30%). “Our goal is to graduate all students with the problem solving and critical thinking skills they need for college and a 21st century career. We are excited about celebrating the many students in our district who demonstrated exceptional achievement, including the twelve students who earned perfect scores on both ELA and Math” says Board President Lisa Brunner for the Hayward Unified School District.


Ms. Gloria Prada, Hayward director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, is “grateful to Hayward teachers for the increasingly smooth implementation of the computerized testing, which has resulted in impressively high rates of participation.” Every school in Hayward, with the exception of its continuation high school, met the State mandated participation rate of 95%. This includes the three comprehensive high schools that did not meet this requirement in 2015.


Facing the Challenges Ahead


While HUSD demonstrated improvement during the 2015-16 school year, the District still has much work to do to ensure that all students master the state standards.  Currently, HUSD only has a third of students meeting or exceeding standards in ELA and a quarter of students meeting or exceeding standards in Math. While the District has shown improvement, measures of success on the CAASPP are still too low. Students across Alameda County met or exceeded standards at a rate 55% in ELA and 46% in Math. In addition, students across the State of California scored 49% in ELA and 37% in Math.


In order to accelerate student achievement, the District is focused on a few key initiatives to support teaching and learning. These include...

  • Professional development for staff on academically engaging units and lessons
  • A focus on math and how to teach it in culturally relevant ways
  • Support on how to integrate English Language Development into every lesson
  • An African-American Student Achievement Initiative that involves staff and community members
  • A community schools approach that connects families to resources to ensure students come to class ready to learn
  • Innovative college and career readiness programs such as our Middle College program in which middle school students take community college classes, a Latinas in STEM mentoring program, a College Bound Hayward program that includes students and families, and the first Puente program at the middle school level in the state


“We have committed teachers, excellent school leaders, and a supportive parent community who wants the best for our Made in Hayward children,” stated Acting Superintendent Wayne. “For example, yesterday we had over 500 elementary teachers participate in professional development focused on math instruction.  We are ready to go for the 2016-17 school year and embrace the challenges ahead of us.”


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The CDE’s CAASPP Results websites contains the results broken down by grade, gender, ethnic groups, and demographics. Click here to read more and view charts which provide additional information on the district, county, state and individual schools.


About The Hayward Unified School District:  The Hayward Unified School District serves approximately 22,000 students ranging from Preschool to 12th grade at 33 schools in the city of Hayward, CA. For more information, please visit us online at www.husd.k12.ca.us.