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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.

World Champion

Dania Silva

HAYWARD — At 9 years old, Dania Silva is near the top of her game.

Last year, the Southgate Elementary fourth-grader was ranked as the top Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter in the world for her age group after beating out competitors from as far away as the United Kingdom. This year, Dania is ranked No. 4 among other 10-year-old fighters in her age division worldwide and competing against those who are up to two years older in close to half of her competitions.

“Sometimes I think about it, but sometimes I leave it alone and be humble,” Dania said Monday in an interview at Z Martial Arts Training Academy in Castro Valley, where she trains four to five days a week for two or three hours a day.

“We don’t really focus on that; it does drive you, though, when you see your name up there and lets you know that you can do it,” Dania’s father, Sergio Silva, said.

“I like to show them that all of this hard effort is paying off, and I think that’s what motivates us to keep on practicing jiu-jitsu. There’s a lot of kids who do the sport for one or two years and then disappear because it gets very hard. If you do it for self-defense, a lot of kids will last a long time, but when you start getting into the competitions, you’re going against super athletes and competing to win stuff, so it gets very demanding,” he said.

The journey to the top actually began when Dania began practicing taekwondo, another martial arts sport, at age 3 while her family was still living in Tijuana, Mexico. She and her older brother Leo, now 14, were introduced to Brazilian jiu-jitsu by a cousin shortly after they immigrated to Hayward in 2013.

While taekwondo focuses on kicking and jumping techniques, jiu-jitsu is a combat sport that concentrates primarily on grappling and ground-fighting techniques.

“I liked (taekowndo) and it was fun, but I thought jiu-jitsu was more fun and better because I could defend myself,” Dania said.

“In taekwondo, we only did kicks and punches, but here, there’s more moves and cooler stuff to do,” she said.

But working her way up the ranks wasn’t easy, and at times resulted in a few bloody lips and bruises since she started competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments about three years ago, Sergio Silva said. For nearly a year and a half, he recalled that Dania would cry before she entered tournaments.

“I didn’t want to compete because I didn’t think I was ready. I thought I would have done something like karate and stuff, and would get out of the tournament,” Dania said.

“She would say, ‘I’m just going to tap the other girl out and get it over with,’ and I think that’s how she got her finesse,” said her father, who began his jiu-jitsu training two years ago.

“She was just so scared but she just wanted to enter, compete and be like, ‘You know what, I’m just going to get it over with,’ ” he said.

But the thought of competing against other fighters doesn’t phase her as much anymore. She now holds a yellow belt after working her way up from the white and gray belts. The remaining belts, symbolizing skill levels, for youth fighters up to 15 years old, are orange and green.

These days, her mindset is focused on her other things, such as the banner hanging above the training area at Z Martial Arts Training Academy; it’s a maxim, attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, that reads: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”

“I keep it in my mind, and every time I step on the mat, I read it to know to never cry and stand up for yourself,” Dania said.

In more recent years, Dania and her brother Leo have competed in top U.S. tournaments for kids, including the Kids World Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships in Long Beach and American National Kids International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation Jiu-Jitsu Championships, along with stops at other local bouts in San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento.

“I know it’s going to get tougher, and they’re going to try and get me, so I’m going to have to train harder,” Dania said.

Still, the jiu-jitsu community has proven to be a supportive and tightly knit for the Silvas, who have started to compete in the same tournaments together, albeit in different age groups. The youngest Silva sibling, Julyana, 6, is still training and holding back from competing, at least for now.

Apart from her rigorous training routine, some of Dania’s success can be attributed to the family’s schedule at home, which includes only about 30 or 40 minutes set aside for watching television during the week, Silva said.

“It becomes natural over time because we know we have jiu-jitsu for two or three hours a day and we always have to do homework no matter what, so they (the kids) feed off of each other: The big brother helps the middle sister, and she will help the youngest one,” he said.

“I’m pretty much the enforcer, which means making sure everything gets done before the night ends, making sure they have their dinner and all of that, but I kind of let them help each other out and play their role,” he said.




Brian White
26601 Calaroga Ave
Hayward, CA 94545

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

At Southgate, October is Healthy Choices Month. We are also focusing on our “8 Great Trait” Decision Making.  As the month moves forward we have spent time in our Physical Education classes focusing on the major muscle groups and their functions. Science is focusing on energy—specifically focusing on how healthy foods provide our students with the proper energy they need to grow and learn. 

This month Ms. Alvite and I will visit classrooms this month speaking to the students about making healthy choices for their minds, bodies, and environment. We had Soul Shoppe grade-level seminars for students to discuss making healthy choices at home, on the playground, and walking to & from school. Last week our students also participated in the “Being My Best Me” assembly, which reinforced with the students that it’s very important to build healthy habits.  We continue Healthy Choices month this week with Red Ribbon Week. A special shout-out goes to Mrs. Freels’ Class who will lead our Red Ribbon Week charge. Students will hear inspirational essays written by our 6th graders all week about saying NO to dangerous substances. Southgate students will pledge to say NO to these substances and vow to make healthy choices. Students will receive red ribbons to symbolize their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.    


Student Achievement 

We all should be very proud of our 2017 CAASPP Assessment Scores. We have shown much growth over the past seven years.  Southgate will be honored at this week’s School Board meeting at 6:30pm at Hayward’s City Hall. All are invited.

We have two special students who will also be honored by the Hayward Rotary Club on October 30th, the Hayward City Council on November 7th and the Hayward School Board on November 15th.  

Our two students are Joel Almodovar and Alyannah Mabana.  Joel is an intelligent student who always does his best.  He is an English Learner and was reclassified as English proficient after only one year in school  Joel exceeds the standards every year on the CAASPP test.  His teachers describe him as an excellent student who is respectful and a leader.  He is a valued member of the Southgate family and we are all proud of Joel’s academic excellence!

Alyannah Mabana is a kind and thoughtful student who excels in all areas.  Her teachers say she is an inspiration to her classmates.  She brings her knowledge from her home life and shares it at school which enriches the other students in her class.  She is inquisitive, artistic, and always has a positive attitude.  Alyannah always has a smile on her face.  She continues to make Southgate shine!

In the 2010-11 school year, Southgate was rated as the #7 school out of 32 schools in the district based upon API scores. But by the end of the 2011-12, we had moved to #3, then vaulted to the #1 rated school by the 2015-16 school year. We currently rank as the highest performing elementary school in the district in both ELA and Math. Southgate’s academic acumen has continued to ascend in the CAASPP era of California education, boasting some of the highest levels of growth over a three-year span in the state. Since the onset of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, in 2015, Southgate Elementary School has grown 21 percentage points in English Language Arts (38% to 59%) and 17% in Math (35% to 52%). In comparison, from 2015-2017, the rest of the Hayward Unified School District only grew 4% in English Language Arts and 3% in Math. In that same span, the State and County (Alameda) only grew 5% and 3%, respectively, in both English Language Arts and Math. Currently, Southgate is outperforming the entire state in English Language Arts by 10%, the entire county by 4% and the rest of the Hayward Unified School District by 23%.

In Mathematics, Southgate is outperforming the State by 14%, the county by 5% and the district by 28%. Currently, Southgate sits 16% (59% to 43%) higher than the second highest rated school in the district in English Language Arts; and Mathematics. meaning we serve the same exact community and demographic, however, we still out-perform those schools by 16% or more in English Language Arts and 21% or more in Mathematics. We have also taken great pride in supporting students who are traditionally deemed as “underserved.” In 2016, Southgate was honored by the publication Innovative Public Schools. Out of 1,211 school in the Bay Area, Innovative Public Schools documented that only 47 schools met or exceeded the standards on the CAASPP for “underserved” students – Southgate was one of those schools. When taking a deeper dive into the data Southgate was rated the 6th highest performing school for African American students out of 1,211 Bay Area Schools. 




Southgate Pictures

Great Pictures From Southgate

Parent Info

Our next Parent Teacher Association meeting will be November 8th at 6pm in the MPR. The PTA is focused on school beautification, providing fun/educational activities for our community, and providing more play equipment & structures for our students during recess. This year a special emphasis will be placed on improving the work environment for the students and assisting in integrating technology and art to enrich our students.

Southgate’s English  Language Advisory Committee will hold their next meeting Friday, November 17th at 8:30 in Rm 30. Our ELAC is a very involved group of  parents, who ensure our English Learners are receiving all the proper supports and accommodations that would allow equal access to the general curriculum.

If you would like to be a part of these projects please come out and support.

The next School Site Council meeting of the new year will be November 28th in room 7 at 4pm. The School Site Council plays an intricate role in developing the Single Plan for Student Achievement. The School Site Council also ensures all purchases made from federal or state funded resources are used appropriately.

AASAI will meet Thursday, November 30th in room 25 at 6pm.

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


Coffee with the Principal

Friday Dec. 1st


In Room 30


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.

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. 

HUSD Parent Survey (click below)

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School Events

2/16 - Minimum Day, TK/K dismissal @ 11:55, Gr 1-6 dismissal @12:45

2/19 - No School, Presidents' Day

2/20 - Minimum Day, TK/K dismissal @ 11:55, Gr 1-6 dismissal @ 12:45

2/22 - Minimum Day, TK/K dismissal @ 11:55, Gr 1-6 dismissal @ 12:45

2/22 - AASAI @ 5:30, Room 38

2/23 - Minimum Day, TK/K dismissal @ 11:55, Gr 1-6 dismissal @ 12:45

2/23 - ELAC/Principal's Coffee @8:30, Room 30

2/26 - Minimum Day, TK/K dismissal @ 11:55, Gr 1-6 dismissal @ 12:45

2/27 - SSC @ 4:00, Room 7

3/2 - Dr. Seuss Day

3/5 - Pennies for Patients Campaign Begins

3/7 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00, MPR

3/8 - Spring Picture Day

3/23 - ELAC/Principal's Coffee @ 8:30, Room 30

3/27 - SSC @ 4:00, Room 7

3/29 - AASAI @ 5:30, Room 38

3/30 - No School, Cesar Chavez Day

4/2 - Spring Break, students return on 4/9

4/11 - PTA Meeting @ 6:00, MPR

4/20 - ELAC @ 8:30, Room 30

4/24 - SSC @ 4:00, Room 7

4/26 - AASAI @ 5:30, Room 38

4/27 - Principal's Coffee @ 8:30, Room 30




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.


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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.

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Southgate Cheer Squad