Our Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Month

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of our staff members. We truly appreciate the tireless work you put in on a daily basis to make Southgate the best school in all of Hayward. I see your dedication and I sincerely thank you for caring so much for each and every kid in your classroom.

Educating is not a job - it's a commitment, a calling, a moral imperative. We are here (Southgate Elementary School) because we believe in something way bigger than ourselves. We believe in the uplifting power of knowledge. The transformative nature of education. I admire each of you, because you believe in giving students the keys to soar their families' lineages to new heights; to improve the academic and economic projections for all their students.

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Month.

World Champion

Dania Silva

For the second consecutive year, one of our very own was crowned with the distinction as the World’s Best. On February 19th, 3rd grade student, Dania Silva, won her second consecutive Pan Kids Jiu Jitsu IBBJJF Championship, hosted by the International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. It is the largest amateur youth Jiu Jitsu Tournament in the world. Silva competed in the Pee Wee 3 Female Light - Feather Division, winning all her matches in route to yet another title. Congrats Dania! Thank you for making Southgate shine!




Common Core

As we move to the Common Core Standards, here are some resources to help you understand. 

Common Core Parent Guides from the National PTA

This a collection of brief guides what students are expected to learn in each grade.  Designed for parents, and helpful for teachers. 

Box Tops for Ed.


The money earned  Box Tops for Education will go a long way in funding student field trips through-out the year. The Box Tops for Education Program, rewards parents, students and teachers for purchasing day to day products at your local grocery stores. These companies reward your loyalty by donating funds back to your child’s school.


On the top of many grocery products you’ll find a pink Box Top. Examples of products that have this logo are: Cereal, Kleenex, Ziploc, Granola Bars, Pillsbury Products, etc. If you cut out the Box Top and send it to school with your child we get 10 cents for every one! Make sure you cut them out along the dotted lines. Please do not cut off the expiration date. 


The class that brings in the most Box Tops by the end of the year earns an ICE CREAM PARTY!! So let’s get collecting! Any questions please see Ms. Lopez.



Brian White
26601 Calaroga Ave
Hayward, CA 94545

Basketball Pics

Southgate Cheer Squad

Mission Statement

In a caring culture of success, the Southgate community motivates, inspires, develops skills, and builds confidence to awaken the highest potential in every member.


Southgate Elementary School has a philosophy and programs purposefully designed to meet the needs of students transitioning into adolescents.  We believe that all students should be exposed to comprehensive academic curriculum, guided by state and district standardsAll students participate in a rigorous academic program which maintains, reinforces and expands academic skills so all students can become productive, responsible, and compassionate citizens in our ever-changing community.

From the Desk of Mr. White

June is just a few days away, which means the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. This school year certainly had its fair share of ebb and flow, but all in all it was yet another successful year at Southgate Elementary School. We don’t claim to be perfect, but we promise to do our very best everyday to ensure your child’s safety and provide your child the best education experience within the tri-city area. Thank you again, for trusting us with your child’s educational future. With our top-notch staff, your children are in great hands. This is evident in the preliminary CAASPP test results we are beginning to receive. All indicators are pointing to yet another large spike in Southgate’s state test scores. These increases are, yet again, directly related to quality of instruction your children are receiving from our first-class staff. Southgate’s continual ascension to the best elementary school within the immediate area is also a direct reflection of the collaborative relationship that has been forged between parents and teachers on campus. THANK YOU PARENTS AND TEACHERS for creating such a cohesive environment in which we put the needs of OUR children above anything else. As the African proverb declares. “It takes a village to raise a child.” I believe that whole-heartedly. We must stay connected and on the same page to continue the monumental growth we are currently experiencing. So I encourage us all to stay the course; continue the race; it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There will be good days and bad ones. But as long as we continue to collaborate—be a family (a true Southgate Family) we will continue to wow the state, county, district and more importantly ourselves. I LOVE YOU ALL. Congrats on another extremely successful year.


CAASPP 2016 English-Language Arts


The CAASPP test gives us much needed information about our students’ abilities in comparison to the local and state-wide averages. Southgate performed very favorably on last year’s assessment in comparison to our local counterparts and state averages. We plan to improve upon those results on these assessments and REMAIN THE #1 SCHOOL IN HAYWARD.


The CAASPP results are very important in many ways. They are used to rate schools, which in turn, rates neighborhoods, districts and cities. Consequently, school ratings raise or lower real estate prices—which drives the local economy. Big businesses also make decisions about building and relocating to certain areas based upon the results of these standardized assessments.

Last year (May 2016), Southgate Elementary School had 53% of it's 3rd -6th grade students, meet or exceed the state standard in English Language Arts (ELA). Southgate scored 17% higher than the district (53% to 36%), and 4% higher than the state average (53% to 49%). Southgate just missed matching the Alameda County average of 55%.  

ELA By Grade Levels

By grade levels, 49% of Southgate 3rd graders met or exceeded the state standard. This percentage exceeded the state's 3rd grade percentage of proficiency (43%) and was 21% higher than the district's average (49% to 28%). Southgate's 3rd graders matched the county average for the second year in a row at 49%.
Southgate 4th graders met or exceeded percentage of 50%. This percentage exceeded the state percentage of proficiency by 6% (50% to 44%). Southgate 4th graders performed 19% better than the district average (50% to 31%) and matched the county average at 50%.

Southgate 5th grade students met or exceeded the standard at a rate of 55%, which was 19% higher than the district average (55% to 36%). Southgate exceeded the state average (55% to 49%) and matched the county of 55%.
Southgate 6th grade students met or exceeded percentage was 57% in ELA. Our 6th grade out-performed the district (57% to 38%), the state (57% to 48%), and the county (57% to 54%).


CAASPP 2016 Math 

In 2016, Southgate Elementary School had 43% of its 3rd -6th grade students, tested on the CAASPP assessment, meet or exceed the state standard in Math. Southgate’s percentage of proficiency was 20% higher than the district (43% to 23%), and 6% higher than the state average of 37%. Southgate failed to match the county average of 47%. 

CAASPP By Grade Levels  
An outstanding 64% our 3rd grade students, in 2016, met or exceeded the state standard in Math. This exceeded the district percentage by 36% (64% to 28%). It also eclipsed the county percentage by 10% (64% to 54%), and surpassed the state average by 18% (64% to 46%).
Southgate 4th graders met or exceeded percentage of 41%. This percentage was above the state percentage of proficiency (41% to 38%). Southgate 4th graders performed 20% better than the district average (41% to 21%), but 6% less than the county average (41% to 47%).
Southgate 5th grade students met or exceeded the standard at a rate of 36%, which was 19% higher than the district average (36% to 17%). Their percentage also bested the state’s average (36% to 33%). However, Southgate did not quite match the county average (36% to 45%).
Southgate 6th grade students met or exceeded percentage, in math, was 34% in 2016. Our 6th grade students out-performed the district (34% to 23%), but weren’t quite able to outperformed the state or county in this area (35% & 46% respectively.


Southgate Pictures

Parent Info

Our Parent Teacher Association will hold their next meeting on Wednesday June 6th at 6pm in the MPR.


Southgate’s English  Language Advisory Committee congratulates the new board Isabel Espinoza (President), Gloria Mancia (Vice President), Mireya Baltierra (DELAC Rep), and Jessica Rosales (School Site Council Rep).


A special thanks goes out to all School Site Council Members who worked on developing Southgate’s  Single Plan for Student Achievement. I truly appreciate your efforts.


Coffee with the Principal, June 2nd at 8:30am. The School Plan for 2017-18 will be discussed. Mr. White will available to answer questions regarding safety, climate or academic concerns. 


Reclassification Celebration

We will have a ceremony celebrating the academic achievements of all our students who were reclassified to English Proficient during the 2016-17 school year. Please join us on June 2nd at 10:15am to honor these amazing students.


If you would like to volunteer in classrooms or chaperone field trips, HUSD requires that you must be fingerprinted. Please come by the office and pick up a volunteer packet.

Students and Parents arriving on campus prior to 8:05am must wait in the Multi-Purpose Room until the 8:05am bell— unless parents are visiting the office or have an appointment with a teacher.

Great Pictures From Southgate

School Events

5/25 Arbor Day Ceremony, 10am 

5/26 Minimum Day, 12:45 Dismissal

5/29 Memorial Day, No School

6/12 - 13 Minimum Day, 12:45 Dismissal

6/14 Last Day of School

Arbor Day

Arbor Day Ceremony

At Southgate we continue to reap the benefits of being the highest performing school in the district. Earlier this year we received a grant from the NFL Play 60 Foundation, in collaboration with the Oakland Raiders and the California Dairy Families and Nutrition.

Now we are being honored through a joint effort between the City of Hayward, the Hayward Area Recreational District and the Hayward Unified School District. We will be celebrating Arbor Day this Thursday with a special ceremony. Below you will find an excerpt from the event’s press release.

In partnership with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD), Hayward Unified School District (HUSD), and the City of Hayward, we would like to cordially invite your participation in the annual National Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony. We will be recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for our 31st consecutive Tree City USA Award on Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Southgate Elementary School, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and is dedicated to the students of Southgate Elementary School. The City of Hayward will be planting 3 Crepe Myrtle and 3 Flowering Cherry trees, HARD will be planting 6 Kwanzan Cherry trees and HUSD will be planting 6 Redwood trees. There will be several local officials and leaders present at this event including the Honorable Mayor Halliday and Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne.The program is a collaborative effort among residents, local businesses, the City of Hayward, HARD, and HUSD. This year’s program continues our strong commitment towards providing positive community events that educate children and adults on the unique and critical value that trees and the urban forest bring to the Hayward community.



Earth Day Essay Contest Winners

A special congratulations goes out to our 2017 City of Hayward Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest Winners Abigail Villanueva, Ayah Gregory, Shaan Persaud and Edwin Singh. The foursome were all honored at City Hall recently for their incredible writing abilities. Thank you Abigail, Ayah, Shaan, and Edwin for continuing to make Southgate shine.



At Southgate We:

Foster a warm, welcoming environment for all our families,

Build a foundation of confidence and culture of success,

Ensure high levels of student engagement in classrooms where instruction is multi-sensory and layered with all the necessary supports.

1st Day 2016

Grizzlies are:

We are dedicated to the continued pursuit of uplifting our community, building confidence in our students and developing a culture of success on campus – living by our Mission Statement… “In a caring culture of success, the Southgate community motivates, inspires, develops skills and builds confidence to awaken the highest potential in every member.” The Southgate School staff is committed to HUSD’s vision that all students will be prepared, challenged and motivated in a 21st century learning environment that develops the physical, intellectual and emotional success of all learners. At Southgate, our philosophy and academic program is designed to meet the needs of each and every students within our community.

Southgate strives to be a pillar of strength in our community. We want excellence for our students and would like to provide as much support for our families as possible. Our goals remain steadfast. We plan to 1) be the highest performing school in the district and remain in that position, 2) surround our students and families with the support necessary to be successful, and 3) continue to build school spirit. 

The Southgate staff is committed to fostering healthy relationships with our parents.  In 2016-17, it will take parents and teachers working together to ensure OUR students reach their full potential. It has been proven that parent involvement is the most important factor in student success in school. It has also been proven that good attendance leads to improved classroom performance. Parents please remember good attendance is important to high student achievement. Please support us in making sure your student is at school daily.

We have many ways in which parents can get involved. We invite all parents to become members of our School Site Council, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), African American Parent Group, and/or volunteer in our Parent Center.