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    From the Desk of Mr. White: 

    Raising Future Leaders; Touching Lives  
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    Dear HUSD Community, [este mensaje se repite en español]


    You may have heard the recent news reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could be planning to conduct major “sweeps” targeting individuals and workplaces across the country. This news has left many families in our community feeling vulnerable and afraid. 


    While HUSD has no information confirming that any such raids will take place in our area, I want to remind our community that HUSD is a sanctuary district. In December 2016, the Board of Education passed a sanctuary school resolution to address questions and concerns in our community. The resolution ensures that every school site is a safe place for all students and families. It specifically notes that if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE were to visit any of our schools, it would not be able to disrupt school operations. Any request made by ICE must be forwarded to the Superintendent’s Office. The district prioritizes ensuring the safety and security of students and staff. 


    The Hayward City Council also passed their own resolution in June of 2017 declaring Hayward a sanctuary city. It affirms law enforcement policies already in place at the Hayward Police Department whereby officers do not seek to determine the immigration status of people with whom they come in contact with. Officers also do not detain individuals on suspicion of violating immigration laws—or for the purposes of notifying federal immigration officials of potential immigration violations.


    HUSD is working closely with our local government agencies and with the many community organizations providing support to affected individuals and families. Here are some key facts for you to know:


    • If you see or suspect ICE activity in progress, or someone you know is detained, you can call the Alameda County Immigration Legal and Education Partnership, (ACILEP)  24-hour hotline at (510) 241-4011. Please only call this number in an emergency. They can provide trained observers and legal support. 

    • Immigrant families have many rights, resources, and supports, many of which can be found here

    • We encourage families to have a family preparedness plan, to ensure that your children are cared for under any circumstance.


    HUSD is committed to protecting all students and their families, regardless of their immigration status or religious affiliation. It is our duty to ensure that our students receive a high quality public education in a safe and nurturing environment. 



    Dr. Matt Wayne




    Estimada comunidad del HUSD,


    Es posible que haya escuchado las noticias recientes de que el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) podría estar planeando llevar a cabo grandes “redadas” dirigidas a personas y lugares de trabajo en todo el país. Esta noticia ha dejado a muchas familias en nuestra comunidad sintiéndose vulnerables y temerosas. 


    Mientras que el HUSD no tiene información confirmando que dichas redadas se llevarán a cabo en nuestra área, quiero tomarme la oportunidad para recordarles que el HUSD es un distrito santuario. En diciembre de 2016, la Mesa Directiva aprobó una resolución para abordar preguntas y preocupaciones en nuestra comunidad. La resolución asegura que cada plantel escolar sea un lugar seguro para todos los estudiantes y sus familias. Específicamente, señala que si el Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) visitara cualquiera de nuestras escuelas, no podría interrumpir las operaciones de la escuela. Todas las solicitudes de información de ICE deben enviarse a la Oficina del Superintendente. El distrito tiene por prioridad garantizar la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal. 


    La Ciudad de Hayward también aprobó su propia resolución en junio de 2017 declarando a Hayward como una ciudad santuario. Afirma las políticas de aplicación de la ley ya establecidas en el Departamento de Policía de Hayward por el cual los oficiales no buscan determinar el estado migratorio de las personas con quienes entran en contacto. Los oficiales tampoco detienen a individuos bajo sospecha de violar las leyes de inmigración, o con el propósito de notificar a las autoridades federales de inmigración sobre posibles violaciones a la ley de inmigración. 


    El HUSD está trabajando junto con nuestras agencias del gobierno local y con las muchas organizaciones comunitarias que brindan apoyo a las personas y familias afectadas. Aquí hay algunos datos clave que debe saber:


    • Si ve o sospecha que cualquier actividad de ICE está en progreso o alguien que usted conoce está detenido, puede llamar a la línea directa de 24 horas de la Alianza Legal y Educativa de Inmigración del Condado de Alameda (ACILEP) al (510) 241-4011. Por favor sólo llame a este número en caso de emergencia. Pueden proporcionar observadores entrenados y apoyo legal.

    • Las familias inmigrantes tienen muchos derechos, recursos y apoyos, muchos de los cuales se pueden encontrar aquí.

    • Alentamos a las familias a tener un plan de preparación familiar para garantizar que sus hijos sean atendidos bajo cualquier circunstancia.


    El HUSD se compromete a proteger a todos los estudiantes y sus familias, independientemente de su estado migratorio o afiliación religiosa. Es nuestro deber asegurar que nuestros estudiantes reciban una educación pública de alta calidad en un ambiente seguro y enriquecedor. 




    Dr. Matt Wayne


    Posted 7/12/19

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    We have some important news to share with you. Districts across California are moving towards electronic reporting for state tests.  These tests include the CAASPP, which focuses on language arts, math and science; as well as the ELPAC, which allows us to measure English learners' English proficiency. As a parent, you will soon have multiple years of reports at your fingertips. This new process will be quicker, easier, more secure and less costly than printing and mailing reports out. Test reports are available right now through the Parent Portal, accessible on any device connected to the internet. The portal is available through the HUSD website.

    Soon, we will provide further guidance for families that are not already registered in the portal. If you do not have access to the internet and can't see reports, the Assessment Department will provide a paper copy. Please don't hesitate to write to Dr. Kathryn Singh, Assessment Director, at if you have any questions. You can also call at 510-784-2647. Please leave a message and we’ll call you back.  

    Posted 6/27/19

    The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) is entering into Teacher Salary infographiccollective bargaining with its four employee bargaining units: Hayward Education Association (HEA), Association of Educational Office and Technical Employees (AEOTE), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Safeco/M&O, and SEIU Para-YEP. The collective bargaining process allows public school employees to bargain with their school district regarding salary, benefits, and other employment-related issues. Each contract is negotiated separately with the bargaining unit’s respective negotiating team. HUSD, HEA, and AEOTE held public hearings on their initial proposals at the March 27, 2019 school board meeting.


    On Tuesday, May 28, HUSD and HEA initiated bargaining. HUSD has also met regularly with AEOTE since May 3, 2019. Unlike annual reopener negotiations for which the parties open one to two articles each, successor agreements tend to be three-year agreements that allow more articles to be open for negotiations. For this reason, the negotiations process is expected to extend over a longer period of time than in previous years.


    HUSD’s Goals

    At HUSD we put students and families first. We understand that to better serve our students we need to support the staff who directly serve them. We have the utmost respect for our colleagues who work in our schools, classrooms, and offices. During bargaining, our goal is to demonstrate our commitment to support staff and help them meet our students’ needs while remaining fiscally responsible.  


    Over the past five years, HUSD has increased salaries by 22.1%, and has maintained the second highest salary for mid-career teachers in Alameda county. We have done this despite the larger funding issues facing school districts across the country because our priority is to recruit and retain high quality staff. California ranks 41st in per student spending and our students and staff deserve a greater commitment to our schools.


    In addition to increasing staff salaries, we have also shown our commitment to students, teachers, and school staff by reaching agreement with our labor partners on issues such as lowering the K-3 average class size and providing employee dental benefits.


    Bargaining Overview

    The present, three-year collective bargaining agreements between HUSD and HEA, AEOTE, SEIU Safeco/M&O, and SEIU Para-YEP expire on June 30, 2019. In 2016, HUSD's proposal included opening the HEA contract in its entirety. This year, HUSD is taking the same approach of opening the contracts in their entirety to allow maximum flexibility should contract language modifications impact more than one article.


    Current Status of Negotiations

    Negotiations between HUSD and HEA and HUSD and AEOTE will continue with scheduled dates into the month of July. We expect to set similar meeting dates with the SEIU negotiating teams. HUSD looks forward to bringing to the negotiations table our intent to honor our workforce and create a better learning environment for students.

    Posted 5/31/19













    Our Southgate students are doing it again!!!!! They are passing the ELA portion of the CAASPP assessment at another record-breaking rate. Great job Southgate students you are really making your school shine. Based upon preliminary results, it seems Southgate has demonstrated another 5% growth in ELA, moving our school to approximately 65% proficiency. To put it into perspective, 65% proficiency is approximately 25%-30% higher than the district average, 10% higher than the state average, 7% higher than the county average, and would rival both Castro Valley and Fremont School Districts. Thank you teachers and parents for preparing the students so well for their exams. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to providing Southgate students with the best education possible.

    District Science Fair
    I would also like to say congratulations to a few special grizzlies that also made us shine in the month of May. Southgate boasts five students who placed at the District Science Fair. Those students are: Alyssa Gutierrez, Hafsatu Sav-age, Samaya Limpscomb, Mariela Valdez, and Pari Muni. Congrats!!!! You all make me so proud!!!!!

    A True Legend is Retiring

    After 30 years of classroom teaching Mr. Mark Schmidt is retiring. Mr. Schmidt is truly a blessing. A gifted musician and teacher, but more importantly, he is a friend to many within the community and an advocate for students & music education in schools. A devout father and husband, Mr. Schmidt carries himself with class and professionalism. Mr. Schmidt will be missed by all of us. Thank you Mr. Schmidt for your dedication to Hayward students.

    Ode to Southgate
    I Will Always Love

    It’s with a heavy heart that I am officially announcing that I am leaving Southgate Elementary School at the close of the 2018-19 school-year. Southgate has been a second home to me for the past 8 years. The Southgate Community has been there for me through my ups, downs, personal struggles and collaborative triumphs. Southgate has left me with more than just memories it’s become a part of me; a part of who I am. Southgate watched me grow from a novice educator to a decorated instructional leader. WE have made history together, placing HUSD K-6 grade educa-tion back on the proverbial map. WE have been named a Top School by Innovative Public Schools three consecutive years (2017-2019). We have increased our school rating on from 4/10 to 9/10—ranking Southgate as the second highest rated elementary school within a 7.5 mile radius. And WE’VE been named a Gold Ribbon California Distinguished School for our tremendous growth in academic achievement raising our English language arts and Math state test scores by approximately 25 percentage points in each category. TOGETHER, we have done some amazing work.
    Thank you teachers, students and parents for working together cohesively to make Southgate the best school in all of Hayward!!!!
    I may be leaving Southgate, but this is not goodbye. It’s impossible to say goodbye to something that is so much a part of who you are as person. You ALL have touched me deeply and are a huge part of my maturation as an educator and a man. I have been so honored that you have allowed me to lead you so long. I am proud of the work we’ve done and all the special people I have had the privilege of working with.

    Parents, thank you for trusting me with your most prized jewel—your children.

    Students, thank you for all your extra efforts and hardwork.
    Teachers, thank you for giving a 31-year-old kid with no elemen-tary school administrative experience a chance. I will always be indebted to this amazing staff. You all have taught me more about education and life in the past 8 years, then I learned in the prior 31 combined. I appreciate you Southgate. You will always be in my heart, mind, spirit and soul. This is not goodbye, this is “see you soon.” I will not be a stranger. I will always call Southgate home.
    Thank you Southgate family for such a great experience. I love you all. Brian P. White


    Nuestros estudiantes de Southgate lo lograron de nuevo!!! ¡Aprobaron los exámenes de ELA y CAASPP con calificaciones sin precedentes! Enhorabuena a los alumnos de Southgate, que realmente hacen lucir a su escuela.  En base a resultados preliminares, Southgate ha demostrado otro avance del 5% en ELA, ubicando a nuestra escuela en un 65% de desempeño académico aproximadamente.  Para ponerlo en contexto, un 65% de desempeño académico está entre un 25% y 30% más alto que el promedio del distrito, 10% más alto que el promedio estatal, 7% más alto que el promedio del condado, y estaríamos en la competencia con los Distritos Escolares de Castro Valley y Fremont.

    Gracias maestro y maestras, mamás y papás por preparar tan bien a nuestros estudiantes para sus exámenes. Gracias por su apoyo y dedicación continuos, ofreciendo a nuestros estudiantes la mejor educación posible.

    Feria de Ciencias del Distrito Escolar de Hayward

    También quisiera felicitar a algunos de nuestros Grizzlies que nos han hecho brillar en el mes de Mayo. Southgate felicita a los/as siguientes cinco estudiantes que presentaron sus trabajos en la Feria de Ciencias del Distrito Escolar. Estos estudiantes son:

    Alyssa Gutierrez, Hafsatu Sav-age, Samaya Limpscomb, Mariela Valdez, and Pari Muni. ¡¡Felicidades!! ¡¡Nos hacen sentir muy orgullosos!!!

    Se retira una verdadera leyenda

    Después de 30 años de enseñanza en aula,  el Sr. Mark Schmidt se retira. El Sr. Schmidt es una gran bendición. Es un talentoso músico y maestro, pero mucho más importante, el es amigo de muchos dentro de la comunidad y aboga por los estudiantes y la educación musical en las escuelas. Un padre y esposo comprometido, el Sr. Schmidt se comporta con clase y profesionalismo. Vamos a extrañar al Sr. Schmidt. Gracias Sr. Schmidt por su dedicación para los estudiantes de Hayward.

    Oda para Southgate – Siempre los voy a querer

    Es con un corazón afligido que anuncio oficialmente mi salida de Southgate al cierre del año escolar  2018-2019. Por los últimos 8 años Southgate ha sido como un segundo hogar para mí. La Comunidad de Southgate ha estado conmigo en mis altas y bajas, en mis luchas personales y logros conjuntos. Southgate me deja mucho más que recuerdos, se ha convertido en parte de mi; en parte de lo que soy. Southgate me vio crecer desde mis principios como maestro novicio, hasta convertirme en un líder de enseñanza condecorado. Hemos hecho historia juntos, al ubicar la educación primaria de HUSD K-6 grado en el mapa público. Hemos sido reconocidos como escuela de alto rendimiento por parte de Innovative Public Schools por tres años consecutivos (2017-2019). Hemos mejorado la calificación de nuestra escuela en la página  de de 4/10 a 9/19 – colocando a Southgate como la segunda escuela con mejor rendimiento en un radio de 7.5 millas. Y, HEMOS sido merecedores de la distinción Gold Ribbon California Distinguished School por nuestro tremendo crecimiento en logros académicos,  mejorando nuestros resultados en los exámenes estatales de aprovechamiento en aproximadamente un 25% en las materias de Inglés, arte y matemáticas. JUNTOS/AS, hemos hecho un trabajo increíble.

    Gracias Maestras/os, estudiantes y familias por trabajar juntos para hacer de Southgate la mejor escuela de Hayward!! Tal vez yo dejo a Southgate, pero esto no es un adiós. Es imposible decir adiós a algo que forma gran parte de mi y de quien soy yo como persona. TODAS/OS ustedes me llegan muy adentro y son gran parte de mi crecimiento como educador y como hombre. Me siento muy honrado de que me hayan permitido guiarlos por tanto tiempo. Estoy muy orgulloso de todo el trabajo que hemos hecho y de todas estas maravillosas personas con quienes ha sido un privilegio trabajar. Papás y mamás, gracias por confiarme sus joyas más preciadas, sus hijas e hijos. Alumnas y alumnos, gracias por su gran esfuerzo y arduo trabajo. Maestras y maestros, gracias por darle la oportunidad a un chico de 31 años, sin experiencia administrativa  en educación elemental. Siempre estaré en deuda con este maravilloso equipo. Me han enseñado más acerca de la educación y la vida en estos 8 años, que lo que aprendí en los últimos 31 años. Te quiero Southgate. Siempre estarás en mi corazón, mente, espíritu y mi alma. Esto no es un adiós, esto es un “hasta pronto”. No seré un extraño, siempre llamaré a Southgate mi hogar. Gracias a la familia de Southgate por esta maravillosa experiencia. Les ama, Brian P. White




    Posted 5/31/19

    Measure H Bond Update on the Ongoing Solar Project in the District

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    In early December of last year, the district shared the news regarding the launch of the solar program. Since that announcement, work has continued across district locations with several schools coming online or close to completion. Some of these facilities include East Avenue Elementary, Strobridge Elementary, Treeview Elementary, and Fairview Elementary. In addition to these four locations, work is ongoing at many of our schools with the process for installing the solar arrays in full swing. By the conclusion of this solar project, there will be a solar installation at nearly every active school within the HUSD.


    Provided for by the Measure H Bond program, the purpose of these large solar arrays is to provide nearly 100% of the required electricity demand for each of the school sites at which they are installed. This is why you will see larger installations at larger schools, such as our high school and middle school campuses. As a side benefit, the structures provide much-needed shade in parking lots, playgrounds, and common areas where they are placed. They will feature charging stations for electric vehicles, some degree of rain cover, parking lot lighting (where applicable), and are built to be durable and long-lasting.


    While many locations for the installations were easy to identify and came with natural benefits, others have been a challenge to place. The district is working with the local stakeholders of each school site to try and find the best possible solution for each installation. In some locations the choice of where to place the solar arrays is restricted by underground utilities, shade from trees and structures, perimeter restrictions, and building issues. Nevertheless, district administration is dedicated to finding workable solutions that balance benefit against impacts for all of the projects.


    Collectively, when completed at planned sites, the savings in annual electricity costs provided for by the solar panel installations will go back into the district’s budget for our schools. Early estimates indicate that this will provide for over $2M in annual savings for the district!


    This program is helping to provide HUSD students with cleaner electricity, better maintained schools, and a healthier planet!


    If you have questions or comments regarding the Measure H program, feel free to contact us at: MeasureH@HUSD.US

    Posted 5/3/19

    Congratulations to our 2019 Earth Day winners!!

    The students received awards from the Hayward City Council for their Earth Day Essays. They both earned first place in their grade level categories for their respective grades. This was a city-wide contest with over 700 participants. 

    We are very proud of Christine and Juan!

    Felicidades a nuestros ganadores de el Dia de la Tierra 2019!

    Los estudiantes recibieron este premio de parte de el Concilio de la ciudad de Hayward por sus ensayos hacerca de el Dia de la Tierra. Los does estudiantes ganaron 1er lugar en la categoria referente a su grado. Este concurso abarca toda la ciudad y tuvo mas de 700 participantes.

    Estamos muy orgullosos de Christine y Juan!


    Posted 5/3/19

    For Parents

    Southgate's Partnership with Soul Shoppe
    Soul Shoppe has been working actively in schools for the last seven years and is created by founders Joseph Savage and Vicki Abadesco who are seasoned educators with over 30 years of experience working with youth and adults.  Soul Shoppe provides interactive assembly programs that teaches students important skills to support them academically and emotionally through life. The skills will focus on problem-solving, conflict resolution, creating a community of learning and growth and defining and internalizing the character traits that create great communities and citizens. Throughout the year, we will have grade level workshops focused on a particular character trait.  Soul Shoppe will also conduct a school-wide anti-bully assembly and “Do Your Best” program. Soul provides two parent training events and two teacher in-services. The services Soul Shoppe provide are in alignment with current HUSD Board Goals and Southgate School's SPSA. Which promote safe, welcoming and inclusive schools. The purpose of this program is to develop common language/practice around behavior expectation and behavior modification. The desired outcomes for students are: 1) reduced classroom disruptions due to behavior, 2) help students gain the ability to communicate feelings - instead of acting out, 3) for students to develop the confidence to advocate for themselves, and 4) decrease bullying behaviors on campus. The desired outcomes for teachers are: 1) to increase classroom management strategies, 2) to develop a better rapport with parents and students, and 3) to gain the skills to communicate in a more relevant/effective way with their students. The objectives for the program:  Creating Optimal Learning Environments: A foundation of Respect Personal Empowerment: Awareness around choices we make Skill Building: To navigate life powerfully Community Enhancement: Promote empathy and high level of functioning for all Joyful Living: Encourage a sense of freedom in all we do
    Learn more about Soul Shoppe
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    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.