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Newark Unified School District


5715 Musick Avenue
Newark, California 94560

The school district has approximately 7,200 students, housed in eight elementary schools, one middle school, one senior high, and several alternative programs. In addition, there are six child care centers. The District's student population has been relatively stable during the past few years. Working conditions between the units and District are excellent.

The District employs approximately 395 certificated employees and 275 classified employees. The average class size in the District is 29 for elementary classes, and 26 for secondary.

The Newark School Board is committed to offering its students a balanced, quality program. As part of this program the Board has made a commitment to staff development through a strong, well organized inservice program. Recently the staff has focused on developing a well articulated curriculum across each grade, from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The City of Newark, California

The community of Newark dates back to 1864, and is one of the oldest in Alameda County. Newark's first school was opened in the fall of 1866.

Today Newark is a community of 40,000 residents with a good balance between residential, commercial, and industrial development.

Newark is located in the East Bay, 35 miles southeast of San Francisco, 25 miles south of Oakland, and 19 miles north of San Jose. Its location affords easy access to institutions of higher learning such as Stanford, Cal State Hayward, San Jose State, San Francisco State and the University of California Berkeley. The Dumbarton Bridge provides access to San Francisco and the Peninsula.

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The Board of Education

Eileen McDonald, President

William R. McMillin, Clerk

Thomas B. Brown

Mark A. Dunn

Janice Schaefer

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Superintendent's Message

Welcome to the Newark Unified School District. Our educational community provides comprehensive programs for kindergarten through senior citizens. Our adult program offers opportunities for community members to continue their education through exposure to a variety of interesting and challenging classes. Instruction is offered by skilled professional educators committed to the furtherance of quality education. Our District includes eight elementary schools, one junior high school, one comprehensive high school, one alternative high school, an alternative program that includes home schooling and a secondary program, the adult school, and a pre-school for children with special needs. Several schools have been recognized for excellence as California Distinguished Schools. Many of the high school graduates continue their education in community colleges or four year colleges or universities. More than eighty-six percent of our 1995 graduates are in this category! The District serves the students, parents, and community. We encourage you to become involved in our programs. We are looking forward to seeing you.

Jerry Trout, Superintendent

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Administrative Departments

Educational Services Department
Nancy L. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent
Marguerite J. Durand, Administrative Assistant
(510)794-2121, Extension 201

The Educational Services Department works with all of the schools to develop and implement curriculum and to provide services which meet the needs of the students, staff, and parents. Curriculum is developed through the Curriculum Council and committees in all subject areas. Educational Services is also responsible for the following District programs: Assessment (including testing), staff development, Gifted and Talented Education, mentors, textbook selection, and grants.

Instructional Materials Center
Nancy L. Villarreal, Assistant Superintendent
Denise Dougherty, Administrative Assistant
(510)794-2121, Extension 217

The IMC is a fully-equipped resource center open to teachers and staff daily from 7:30 - 4:30 p.m. To enhance the curriculum it stocks a variety of materials and equip-ment: videos, filmstrips, exhibits, fine art prints, library books, Ellison Cutter, televisions, tape recorders, video cassette recorders, and projectors. Textbooks are received, inventoried, and distributed from this center.

Business Services
Lorenzo Legaspi, Assistant Superintendent
Marvelle Carter, Administrative Assistant
(510)794-2121, Extension 115

The Business Services Division provides support to the educational programs, staff, and students of the District. Services include accounting, grounds, maintenance, graphic arts, warehouse, food services and technology.

Personnel Services Department
Elaine Bell, Director of Personnel Services
Frances Matsuoka, Administrative Assistant
(510)794-2121, Extension 242

Newark Unified School District is the largest employer in the City of Newark. Over 700 people are employed in various jobs ranging from one and one-half hours per day, to full-time, twelve-month positions. Jobs include a wide variety of teaching and administrative positions, noon-time campus monitors at elementary sites, special education aides, clerical positions, maintenance and grounds positions, food service personnel, and other positions in the area of instructional support. Newark Unified School District is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Special Education Department
Leslie Koelsch, Director of Special Education
Glenda Baker, Administrative Assistant
(510)794-2121, Extension 209

The Special Education Department provides programming and services for approximately 850 disabled, preschool through high school students. Each school site has identified case managers who are responsible for initiating and processing referrals of pupils from teachers, parents, agencies, appropriate professional persons, and others.
Preschool services are provided at no cost to the parent for children between the ages of three and five who are identified by an Individualized Education Program team as having a disabling condition. A referral to the preschool assessment team may be made by a parent, teacher, agency, or other individuals. A full continuum of programming and service options is available for eligible students.

Child Care Programs
Leslie Koelsch, Director of Special Education
Christine Herrera, Administrative Secretary
(510)794-2121, Extension 261

The Child Care Program is funded by the Child Development Division of the State Department of Education and operated in conjunction with the Newark Unified School District. The Child Care Program serves 300 to 350 children ranging in age from kindergarten through sixth grades. The District operates six sites during the school year and a modified summer program for students attending District programs. State-subsidized care is available to families who meet eligibility and need criteria and who live within the District boundaries.

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Our Schools

Newark Memorial High School

Bridgepoint High School

Newark Junior High School

Bunker Elementary School

Graham Elementary School

Kennedy Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School

Milani Elementary School

E. L. Musick Elementary School

Snow Elementary School

Schilling Elementary School

Crossroads - K-12(Home Study Program)

Crossroads High School

Newark Adult Education

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Secondary Schools

Newark Memorial High School
39375 Cedar Boulevard
(510)794-2145
Patty Christa, Principal
Anneliese Mabie, Office Manager

Newark Memorial has a beautiful, well-maintained campus. It boasts a 300 seat theater, a new sports stadium and swimming pool complex, a science lecture hall, state-of-the-art classrooms, a technology center of four classrooms with computers, and an automated library with Inter-net accessibility. We offer rigorous academics with Honors classes in every subject, and athletic and activities programs which stress team building, competition and cooperation as well as individual leadership skills. A carefully planned series of special assemblies and school events are offered to help build a school climate where students can feel accepted and acknowledged for their uniqueness and diversity.
Newark Memorial High School is a four-year comprehensive high school which serves 1665 students in grades nine through twelve. The student population represents ethnic and racial diversity: American Indians/Alaskan Natives (.5%), Asians (11.3%), Pacific Islanders (2.7%), Filipinos (6.8%), Hispanics (25.7%), Blacks (6.3%), Whites (46.7%). Currently there are 98 limited-English proficient students. Approximately 86.7% of the graduates attend a two or four- year college or university immediately after graduation. In 1993 the school was visited by a Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation (WASC) team and granted a six-year accreditation.

Bridgepoint High School
39375 Cedar Boulevard
(510)794-2100
Judy Pohyar, Assistant Principal
Jeanne Flaherty, Office Manager

Bridgepoint High School is a "small but necessary school" located at the southeast corner of Newark Memorial High School. Divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon, the program is designed to provide a sense of "family". Courses in English, math, social science and science as well as fine arts and physical education are offered. The curriculum is aligned with that of Newark Memorial. As a result, students may either re-enroll in the comprehensive high school on a part-time or full-time basis after completing one successful semester at Bridgepoint

Newark Junior High School
6201 Lafayette Avenue
(510)794-2062
Gene Savage, Principal
Sandra Hernandez, Office Manager

Newark Junior High School is a little community of 1,100 students in a large community of the City of Newark, composed of the following residents: 1) Eleven hundred enthusiastic, curious and highly spirited students and their supportive parents. 2) Forty-three dedicated and hardworking teachers who blend basic skill instruction with innovative hands-on activities for their students. 3) Three experienced and student-oriented, full-time administrators who set high standards of safety, order, and discipline in the school. 4) There is also a host of other support staff residents, such as: secretaries, custodians, aides, campus monitors, etc., who all help provide services to students and parents of the Newark Junior High School community. Collectively, these groups help make Newark Junior High School a safe and orderly school and campus where adults and children work and learn together. Since becoming a California Distinguished School in 1988, Newark Junior High School has continued to add curriculum and programs to make it an even more distinguished school in the 1990's.

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Elementary Schools

Bunker Elementary School
6071 Smith Avenue
(510)794-2020
Kenneth Stange, Principal
Sandra Rich, Office Manager

Bunker Elementary School has a student population of approximately 575 pupils, taught by a teaching staff of nineteen classroom teachers, two Special Education teachers, as well as specialists for reading, science, and physical education. Other certificated services are provided by a specialist for speech and language as well as English as a Second Language. A "state-of-the-art" Technology Center with seventeen computers offers every child in the school a unique opportunity at computer literacy. This center will be further enhanced during the school year as School Improvement Program funds have been allocated to provide a technician for the center. We recently received a $5,000 library grant. This money will be used to purchase books for the library as well as additional software for the library's computerized systems. The staff continues doing an outstanding job of implementing the District adopted Course of Study for all grade levels, while focusing particular attention on mathematics, the area designated by the staff as the targeted curricular area as required by the state in the Program Quality Review process. Bunker continues receiving extraordinary support from a very, very active Parent Club. This organization spearheads a variety of fund-raising programs to supplement the limited financial resources of the school. With high expectations for excellence in academics as well as behavior, the staff takes great pride in the efforts of the children attending the school who regularly demonstrate the successful attainment of these standards.

Graham Elementary School
36270 Cherry Street
(510)794-2023
Joan Ernst, Principal
Joan Torres, Office Manager

At Graham Elementary School, we believe that students who are prompt for school and take pride in their work can be successful--therefore, our motto, BE PROMPT...TAKE PRIDE...MAKE PROGRESS! Our very diverse school population is made up of over 640 students. We believe that these students learn in a variety of ways, thus we offer many programs and interventions to meet the needs of our student body. In addition to our Special Education Resource Program, we offer Reading Recovery, Early Literacy Learning, Miller-Unruh Reading, Title I Reading and Math Labs, a Newcomer Program, a Computer Lab, a G.A.T.E. Program, an after-school chorus program, and an after school homework center. We encourage our students to do well academically and to participate in programs which develop leadership and good citizenship. These programs include Safety Patrol, Conflict Managers, Energy Patrol, and Student Council. We recognize academic success and good leadership at our weekly assemblies.

Kennedy Elementary School
35430 Blackburn Drive
(510)794-2027
Carol E. Viegelmann, Principal
Joanne Dietrich, Office Manager

We are proud to offer quality education to 432 students. Kennedy teachers are dedicated to helping students achieve their highest potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally, while becoming "lifetime consumers of education". Our program consists of: Rigorous academics which provide a strong foundation in basic skills and higher level thinking skills; support services for special learning needs; computer, science , PE instruction; Library Technology Center; Reading Recovery and California Early Literacy Learning Program; strong parental support and participation through PTA and School Site Council.

Lincoln Elementary School
36111 Bettencourt Street
(510)794-2030
Ellen Back, Principal
Coral Marriott, Office Manager

Lincoln is the smallest elementary school in the District. The facility has spacious playground areas and a well-maintained, immaculate campus. Parents and staff members act as partners in education to improve the physical plant of the school and insure the best academic program for all students. Lincoln parents are very involved in the P.A.L.S. Club (Parents and Lincoln Staff), School Site Council, Garden Club, and are active volunteers. The teaching staff is an experienced and hard working group of professionals dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing environment and a top-notch education. The primary staff will be trained in California Early Learning Literacy (CELL) techniques by our on-site coordinator this year. Our 400 students are divided into thirteen regular education classrooms and a Special Education Day class. The staff includes specialists in science, physical education and reading, GATE, speech and language development, English as a Second Language, as well as a computer lab technician, library aide, and native language tutors. Student achievement is recognized by an Honor Roll (3.0 GPA), a Principal's Honor Roll (3.5 GPA) and Author of the Month. Good citizenship is rewarded by Super Kid certificates, Student of the Week, Neater Eaters, and Class Responsibility prizes, Super Scientist awards and Perfect Attendance certificates. Student government includes an active safety patrol, Student Council, and Student Store operated by students. Students publish a monthly student newspaper and cultivate a vegetable and flower garden. School traditions include many annual events such as a student Talent Show. The entire school community works together to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded program for our students.

Milani Elementary School
37490 Birch Street
(510)794-2033
Suzanne Hall, Principal
Melinda Hedley, Office Manager

Milani School enjoys rich cultural diversity where all students experience success. Our program includes a variety of classes and strategies that meet the needs of all. The school provides programs such as Reading Recovery, an early reading intervention program to ensure that all 1st graders can read; two reading teachers who teach reading to our 1st - 6th graders in need of additional help; and three Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) classes to meet the needs of students who are learning English as their second language. To meet the needs of special populations Milani has two Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) teachers who provide an after-school program to meet the needs of our academically gifted children; three bilingual instructional assistants who provide Spanish help to our Latino students and families; and two Special Day Classes (SDC) and one Resource class where the educational needs of our Special Education students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) are met. The school also has a speech and language teacher who works with students with speech problems; a Science Resource Teacher who teaches science to all our students twice a week; and a Physical Education specialist who teaches PE to all our students once a week. Milani's facilities include a Computer Lab and a Library that students visit twice a week.

E. L. Musick Elementary School
5735 Musick Avenue
(510)794-2036
Patricia Hoke, Principal
Sandra Rodrigues, Office Manager

E. L. Musick Elementary School serves a diverse student population of over 500 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The faculty and staff of Musick School are dedicated to providing a rigorous and challenging curriculum to all our students in a safe, nurturing environment where students may grow socially and emotionally as well as academically. There is active parent support via the PTA, School Site Council, and a wide range of parent volunteers. Student achievement is recognized in a variety of ways including Writer of the Month, Student of the Month, Scientist of the Month, Bilingual Honor Society, ABBIT Society, Principal's Honor Roll, and Presidential Educational Excellence. In addition to a cadre of excellent classroom teachers, Musick School offers specialist education in Science, Physical Education, Reading Recovery, Resource Specialist Program, Speech and Language Development, and English as a Second Language. We are home to a fully automated library and a very productive computer lab. On-site child care is available before and after school for working parents. All students have a wide choice of after-school activities, including sports and games, the Mercury Club, extra computer time and a choral music program. Teachers and staff have been recognized as Employee of the Month, Teacher of the year, Mason-McDuffie Educator of Excellence, and Mentor Teachers. Musick School takes pride in providing a challenging and inspiring education for all of its students.

Snow Elementary School
6580 Mirabeau Drive
(510)794-2051
Marion Madrigal, Principal
Jayne DeWitt, Office Manager

Mission Statement--Snow School... a school of learning...a school of caring...a school of high expectations...a school of sharing...a school of friendship... a school of belonging...a school of excellence...FOR ALL To support our mission statement we provide programs to ensure the success of all students: Balanced Curriculum-strong basic skills taught within thinking, meaning-centered experiences; Academic and Attendance Incentive Program; Technology Instruction; Gifted and Talented Education Program; Special Education Program; ESL Program; Early Literacy Learning Program; Reading Recovery Program; Extensive School Library; Fine Arts Assembly Program; Fine Arts Mini Experience Program; After School Peer Tutoring Program, Homework Center, Recreation Program; Active PTA Honors for our school include: 1995 California Distinguished School Award; 71 students on Honor Roll-3.25+ GPA; 83 students received "Think Straight A's" Award; 240 Students received "Blizzard Bear" Award; 168 Students received "Snow Star" Award; 2 Mentor Teachers on Staff

Schilling Elementary School
36901 Spruce Street
(510)794-2048
George Mathiesen, Ed.D., Principal
Janice Clark, Office Manager

A. L. Schilling Elementary School, a 1995 California Distinguished School, is located in the historic nucleus of our community. The school community welcomes the challenge of providing a rich meaning-centered thinking curriculum for a diverse student population. In addition to common District educational programs, students participate in the following unique school-wide programs: Drama Club, Unity Assemblies, Heritage Dolls, Homework Club, and Summer Packets. Academic Excellence is highly valued and objective test data indicated success. Each trimester students receive certificates for perfect attendance, awards of achievements, awards of recognition, and principal's awards for leadership. Curricular area certificates are given at the end of the academic year. Staff members have also been recognized at the local, regional, state, and national levels for their excellence. Schilling Elementary School is a successful school meeting the educational needs of its students and working in harmony with its community. As our Mission Statement concludes, A. L. Schilling Elementary School is truly a place where all come to "work, play, and create together".

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Alternative Schools

Crossroads - K-12(Home Study Program)
36120 Ruschin Drive
(510)794-2627
Robert Chamberlin, Principal
Mary Gritzke, School Secretary
Lead Teacher: Laura Jackson

Crossroads home study is an alternative to classroom instruction for K-12 students and is designed to assist parents/guardians who wish to educate their children at home. It provides for optional individualized ways for students to acquire the knowledge, skills, and values all students should acquire in their academic studies. Home instruction is provided by their parent or guardian, with the supervision of a credentialed teacher. The Crossroads teacher will help with weekly lesson plans, act as a resource to answer any questions that may arise, make suggestions that could enrich the teaching program and provide support to the home study parent. Student textbooks in all the curriculum areas are available. Practice materials, workbooks, and challenging materials in problem solving are also provided. There is no charge to participate in this program. The program complies with the required attendance laws of California.

Crossroads High School
36120 Ruschin Drive
(510)794-2046
Robert Chamberlin, Principal
Mary Gritzke, School Secretary
Lead Teacher: Stillson Judah

Crossroads High School is a voluntary Independent Study Alternative Education Program that is designed to assist students in earning a high school diploma. It allows students to work at their own pace in pursuing their education outside the comprehensive classroom setting, yet within the framework of the educational requirements of the State and the District. The students at Crossroads enroll for different reasons. Some students have fallen behind on credits in the comprehensive high school and want to make-up credits. Some are going through hardships at home or have emotional problems, and the mode of independent study serves them well. Others need to work full-time and are able to do this through independent study. Some have extenuating circumstances or medical conditions preventing them from being able to spend the full six hours in class. Still others have a need for our Teen Parenting Program. Independent study serves those students who feel they would do better with an individualized program. We are especially proud of the Crossroads Teen Parenting Program which is specially designed for pregnant young women, young mothers and young fathers. The program's content emphasizes parenting skills, nutrition and health education. Child care is provided on campus for the children of our teen parents. Students in the program attend teen parenting sessions in addition to meeting regularly with the instructor. Our goal for all students is to create awareness about the world of work, create interest in academic subjects, create motivation leading to success and develop self-esteem.

Newark Adult Education
36120 Ruschin Drive
(510) 794-2039/FAX (510) 794-2199
Robert Chamberlin, Principal
Mary McCrystle, Office Manager
Charles McCrystle, ESL/Citizenship Coordinator

Newark Adult Education provides a wide variety of educational services scheduled throughout the calendar year to the greater Newark community. Newark Adult's high school diploma completion program is geared to provide the flexibility that adults with busy schedules need. Older adults enjoy a variety of on-going classes designed to engage and develop the interests and talents of Newark's senior citizens. In addition, our schedule is packed with an array of special interest classes providing training in a wide range of areas - from Medical Terminology to Tole Painting, from Upholstery to Karate, and from Aerobics to Traffic School. We are proud of our highly recognized and effective English as a Second Language and Citizenship Programs. Second language learners in these classes experience organized, sequential instruction designed to nurture yet challenge them as they steadily grow toward English language fluency. Recently, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service has certified Newark Adult Education to provide citizenship preparation training and to administer the written citizenship test. For details about any of our programs, call, FAX, or write us at the Newark Adult Education office.

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Date last modified August 22, 1995