The COVID-19 testing center at the Barbara Lee Health and Wellness Center will close at the end of September 2022. However, the District will closely monitor this decision and adjust if needed. The COVID testing center at the San Leandro Adult School, located at 1448 Williams Street, will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing. Days and hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 -12:15; 1:00 -3:30. In addition, COVID-19 home tests are available at school sites. For more information, contact your school site.
The Single and Co-Parent Family Landing Pad is a virtual space for SLUSD families to talk about their own experiences caring for their children while juggling mental, emotional, physical, and financial responsibilities. In this series, Blaze Consulting will lead interactive sessions in which we will re-frame stress into opportunities so we don’t just live but thrive! This session will support single and co-parent families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided.
Join Zoom Meeting https://slusd-us.zoom.us/j/89990785080?pwd=RjNEMjJ5NFJrODFoUUFTZFZORWhkdz09
Meeting ID: 899 9078 5080 Passcode: 645946
[Tuesday, Sep 27 at 5:17 PM] This learning session is starting at 5:30 tonight! Come collaborate with us and re-frame your stress!
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition"
Dear SLUSD Community,
Our elementary back-to-school nights were a joyous success! Thank you for making it out despite the heat. Last week's hot weather highlighted the powerful results of our community support. Our shade structures have been in high use every day. With our heating and cooling units, SLUSD is prepared to move through the seasons comfortably. We are so grateful for the financial support of San Leandro voters through the Measure J1 and N bond funds.
I’m looking forward to seeing our community at the middle and high school back-to-school nights coming up. Let’s hope the weather works with us so we can enjoy our time together outside exploring the facility improvements together. See you soon!
Dr. Mike McLaughlin
COME WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS!
With creativity and flexibility, we are working through the educational staffing crisis with less impact than others around us, but we do need help. If you are able, consider volunteering or applying for our open positions. Both avenues are great ways to get more involved in our schools. Help us spread the word!
Current Open Positions
NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
With roots dating back to 1968, National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept 15 to October 15 and begins each year on the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It is also celebrated during this period by Mexico, Chile, and Belize. See the link below for wonderful resources to celebrate these rich histories during this special time National Museum of the American Latino , including bilingual resources, family activities, online exhibitions, and videos such as Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States
The San Leandro High School quad is nearing completion and open for students! This extensive renovation has completely transformed the heart of the Pirate Ship! Some improvements include
New landscaping and hardscaping
Check our website for more details about our bond projects and see for yourself what the generous support of San Leandro voters has done for our district! Thank you for supporting our schools!
If your family needs mental health support, Care Solace can connect you to providers that speak your language, are specific for the kind of care you are looking for and can accept the kind of insurance you have. They can make connections even when you don’t have insurance. 1-888-515-0595 or https://caresolace.com/site/slusdfamilies/
Native American Health Center/School Health Center is open for students and families!
They are currently seeing in-person appointments and limited dental services at the BLC. They are also offering counseling appointments via telemedicine. To schedule an appointment, please text or call 510-618-4480.
Family Resource Center (FRC)
The FRC provides support for the following services from M-F from 9 am - 4 pm by appointment:
Calfresh (Food stamp)
Information and referral for other community resources
Food support, grief support, housing, mental health services, school supplies, etc.
Contact Ly Ha, Program Coordinator, 510.667.6214, 510.506.5905 (cell), or email@example.com or Jennifer Jimenez, Family Resource Specialist at 510.975.0341 Jennifer.Jimenez@ebac.org
UPCOMING FAMILY LEARNING SERIES
SLUSD offers online parent and community educational support sessions that provide essential information and strategies for parents/caregivers to support their child’s growth and development. Join us at an upcoming session:
September 14 from 5 to 6 PM • Topic: Parental Guilt Parents and Caregivers have many competing and conflicting demands. We have to juggle the logistics of housework, working the job, keeping up with homework, and maintaining our personal hygiene. One piece of critical feedback from our children or another adult can trigger parental guilt: Am I doing a good enough job raising this child? During this interactive session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences caring for children and teens. We will explore parental guilt and how we counter the shame that can arise from the constant criticism that we create in our minds. The session is open to all San Leandro parents/caregivers with TK-12th-grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 859 6674 0879
September 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM • Topic: Reframe the Stress The Single and Co-Parent Family Landing Pad is a virtual space for SLUSD families to talk about their own experiences caring for their children while juggling mental, emotional, physical, and financial responsibilities. In this series, Blaze Consulting will lead interactive sessions in which we will re-frame stress into opportunities so we don’t just live but thrive! This session will support single and co-parent families with TK-12th grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish and Chinese translations will be provided. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 899 9078 5080 Passcode: 645946
ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH
Regular attendance is vital for student success. When students regularly attend, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, they have an opportunity to achieve academically and thrive. Research shows that when students are chronically absent (missing 10% or more of the school year or 18 days over an entire year), they are less likely to read proficiently by third grade, achieve in middle school and graduate from high school.
Families are essential partners in these efforts through reciprocal relationships that support student learning at home and in school. Our schools are ready to work together to stay connected and keep learning!
See the SLUSD School Board of Education Resolution in support of Attendance Awareness Month.
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High temperatures are expected this Labor Day weekend and early next week in many areas of California. At this time, extreme heat is not predicted for San Leandro, and there are no scheduled interruptions to power in our area to conserve energy. There is a statewide flex alert for voluntary energy use reduction from 4 to 9 pm. If extreme weather affects San Leandro, outdoor activities may be limited, and physical education classes may move indoors. If your child is sensitive to heat, please contact your teacher and/or school principal for support. High temperatures increase the risks of heat-related illness. These impacts are greater on elderly people and animals, particularly those unhoused and isolated. Please check in on your neighbors! Here are more resources for you and your family to manage this weather event safely: Resources American Red Cross - Heat Wave Safety What to do before and during a heat wave and how you can treat heat-related illness. California Department of Public Safety - Extreme Heat Be informed about extreme heat. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Extreme Heat Information on extreme heat preparedness and hot weather tips. Cal OES - Summer Heat Resources Resources to help deal with the summer excessive heat. National Integrated Heat Health Information System Extreme heat warnings in California and how to stay safe. Ready.gov - Extreme Heat Information on extreme heat preparedness.
In our opening session, Blaze Consulting will use the Family Landing Pad, a virtual space for SLUSD parents and caregivers to talk about their own experiences caring for children and teens. The role of the parent and caregiver is so important to the academic, social, and emotional development of the child. It is both a rewarding job, but it is also challenging. During this interactive session, we will discuss: What support do you need as a parent to prevent burnout, overwhelm, and disconnection from others? Prioritizing your children can’t be at the expense of deeply damaging yourself. Join other parents for a short hour to offer ideas for support and receive support too. The session is open to all San Leandro parents/caregivers with TK-12 grade students. Raffle Prizes! Spanish And Chinese translations will be available. Join Zoom Meeting HERE! Meeting ID: 825 6528 7544 Passcode: 940765 [Wednesday, Aug 31 at 4:46 PM] Starting in just a few minutes! Come join us!
The San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) Fall Gala will be held in person on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the San Leandro Boys & Girls Club! SLED can’t wait to celebrate with the families, sponsors, businesses, and all San Leandro education supporters as we help get SLED ‘Back to the Future'. It is sure to be an evening of fun, with great food and drinks, music, vacation raffle, and more surprises. Read more and get tickets here! Who We Are The San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) is a non-profit community foundation established to support the role of public education in developing our community’s young people into well-grounded future citizens. We believe that when a child succeeds, we all succeed. We believe that the vitality and future of the San Leandro community is directly linked to the quality of its public schools. Since our founding in 2008, we have been bringing the community together to accomplish these ideals. [Friday, Sep 9 at 1:51 PM] LAST WEEKEND to get tickets! Don't miss out on supporting our schools!
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition"
Dear SLUSD Community, It has been a joy to visit our schools and see our classrooms filled with excitement as we start 2022-2023 together! It is my 10th year as your superintendent, and the energy from launching school never gets old. I feel profoundly grateful to be with you in this promising new year. We have gone through challenging years together and made strong relationships along the way. Thank you for staying connected, positive, and committed. Knowing that the challenges are not yet over, make sure you connect with your school programs and our district services. This collaboration helps us improve our resources in all areas of your child’s education. We want our students socially, emotionally, academically and physically strong, which takes our combined efforts. As always, our staff is honored to partner with you. So, reach out early and as often as needed. Enjoy this special time and a smooth start to the 2022-2023 school year! Sincerely, Dr. Mike McLaughlin Superintendent NEED A CHROMEBOOK TO USE AT HOME? CHECK ONE OUT HERE!
SLUSD has upgraded our student Chromebook program to ensure every student has access to their own up-to-date device in every classroom. This means students no longer have to bring their Chromebooks to and from school!
However, if you are interested in checking out an optional SLUSD Chromebook for your student(s) to use at home, you can use this form to check one out for the school year. Distribution will start soon, so look for information from your school for more details.
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING SUPPORT
We believe that mental health and well-being are vital parts of success. So, we partner with Care Solace for an extra layer of support.
SLUSD students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs, regardless of circumstances. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
Visit www.caresolace.com/slusdfamilies and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
The summer construction across our district completed shade structures at all our elementary schools, a new safety drop-off, modular classrooms, and entryway at Bancroft Middle School, and so much fresh paint in our play areas and throughout our schools!
Within the next few weeks, we will celebrate the completion of the new courtyard at McKinley Elementary, the athletic fields at Bancroft Middle School, and the brand new quad at San Leandro High School. Look for invites to our ribbon cuttings on each of those Measure N Bond projects and see for yourself what the generous support of San Leandro voters has done for our district! Thank you for supporting our schools!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL CELEBRATION
Our first day was filled with laughter and love across our schools as we got back smoothly into the school “groove.” See a few highlights here!
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH FOR ALL
The state of California is the first in the nation to pass legislation allowing all students to eat school breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of income status. Make sure your student takes advantage of this delicious opportunity, and you enjoy the chance to lower your home food costs! Students must enter their ID numbers for recordkeeping, but there is no cost, so come in and get fueled for school.
See our meal menus online here , including ways to order vegetarian and vegan meals, and follow our food services program on Instagram @slusd_food for mouthwatering updates!
BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHTS COMING SOON!
Mark your calendars for a great opportunity to see inside our schools and classrooms across the district! We celebrate Back to School throughout September on the following dates. Look for more specific information from your school sites in the days ahead.
Elementary - Thursday, September 8
Middle Schools - Thursday, September 15
San Leandro High School - Thursday, September 22
Lincoln High School - Thursday, September 29
San Leandro Unified School District | 835 E. 14th Street, Suite 200, San Leandro, CA 94577 Phone: (510) 667-3500
Families and Community, We look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday, August 17! In preparation for the 2022-2023 school year, SLUSD encourages everyone to get COVID vaccinations and boosters if eligible. Also, remember to stay home and get tested if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms. SLUSD remains aligned with all state and county public health guidance. Details are listed below: Masking Face masks are strongly recommended indoors but not mandated for TK-12 learning environments. Notifications All COVID case and exposure notifications will continue for the upcoming school year for families and staff. Positive Cases Students and staff who test COVID positive need to stay home and test on Day 5. If they test negative, they can return to school on Day 6. If they test positive, they can stay in isolation until Day 10 or test again between Day 6 and Day 10 to see if they are negative. Visitors and Volunteers School sites are open! Families are warmly welcomed on campus before/after school but must check in at the school office during the instructional day. See more about our visitor policy here. Volunteers are welcomed with proof of vaccination and prior authorization. Find out how to volunteer at our schools here. COVID Testing FREE take-home COVID tests are available for all SLUSD students at every school, starting on Friday, August 12. Please look for information from your school about available pickup times. Additionally, SLUSD will continue to offer free COVID testing to all students, families, and staff. See our testing information here.
SAN LEANDRO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT "Making Excellence Our Tradition"
August 5, 2022
We are getting excited about the 2022-2023 school year launch on Wednesday, August 17, and there will be new faces across our district and a few in new roles. Please join us in warmly welcoming the following leaders who will assist us in our SLUSD tradition of excellence! District Office
Larry Simon, Assistant Superintendent of Information Services
SLUSD is pleased to announce the appointment of Larry Simon to his expanded role in SLUSD as Assistant Superintendent! Larry has been with the district for several years as Chief Technology Officer and came to our district after many years in Newark Unified. He is passionate about leveraging technology to deliver creative solutions to solve some of the most complex issues we face. He has spent nearly the last 15 years in K-12 education technology, creating simple yet powerful technology experiences to give people back their time.
Long Vo, Chief Technology Officer
San Leandro Unified congratulates Long Vo on his promotion to Chief Technology Officer. Long has been with SLUSD as a Network Manager for several years and started his educational career in Newark Unified. He understands technology's importance as a foundation for learning and powerful support for differentiating excellent teaching. His main goal is to provide a steady and reliable technology base that combines hardware, software, and other cloud-based services.
Thomas Reinhardt, Director of Accountability and Assessment
San Leandro Unified welcomes Dr. Thom Reinhardt to the Educational Services team as the new Director of Assessment and Accountability. Dr. Reinhardt firmly believes education represents one of the most powerful levers to enhance the human experience. In over a decade of classroom science, engineering, and mathematics teaching experience, Dr. Reinhardt synthesized hands-on, project-based, and contextualized approaches with social-emotional and culturally-responsive awareness to generate more equitable student opportunities in urban high schools. As a school district leader, Dr. Reinhardt managed nationally-recognized curriculum writing efforts, researched teacher leadership development, and built responsive, relevant systems for data and assessment. Welcome, Dr. Reinhardt!
Monica Guzman, Principal on Special Assignment Monica Guzman is our new Principal on Special Assignment. She comes to our district with 25 years of experience as a bilingual teacher, teacher coach, vice principal, principal, and district-level administrator in public TK-12 schools. Monica attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticultural Sciences. She began her career in education in San Diego county and earned her BCLAD credential from San Diego State University. Monica holds a Master of Education and Administrative Services credential from UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute. She is currently working on earning a doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University in their International Cohort. We are thrilled to have her join us in SLUSD!
Garfield Elementary School
Anna Malki, Principal
Garfield Elementary School welcomes Principal Anna Malki to Gatorville for the upcoming school year. Bringing a wealth of experience as a school leader to the Garfield community, Anna has served as assistant principal at Alhambra High School in the Martinez Unified School District. Before her move to administration, Anna served as Dean of Students and a Social Studies teacher. She earned her Master’s degree in Education Administration from California State University, San Marcos. Additionally, she earned a Master’s degree in Economics, and Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay. Welcome, Principal Malki!
Natalie Valencia, Principal
Jefferson Elementary welcomes Natalie Valencia to the Jaguar family as principal for the 2022-23 school year. Natalie is a bilingual Salvadoran-American with fifteen years of experience in education. Originally planning to be a marine biologist, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. However, shortly after graduating, she worked as a marine science instructor and fell in love with teaching. After earning a Biology credential, she taught middle and high school science for ten years. Wanting to develop equitable systems across an entire school, she earned her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the Principal Leadership Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an Assistant Principal at a Dual-Language Immersion elementary school in Hayward. Welcome, Principal Valencia!
Malika Campbell, Principal McKinley Elementary is excited to welcome Malika Campbell as principal for the upcoming year! Malika brings a broad base of educational experience to SLUSD, with over ten years in the classroom and several years as an administrator. As a Bay Area educator, she thrives in diverse cultural settings like San Leandro Unified. She earned her Administrative Credential and Master's in Educational Leadership at National University, along with her Multiple Subject Credential at Holy Names University. Malika is excited to take the next step in her career as the principal at McKinley Elementary so let's give her a warm Eagle welcome to the Principal's Office!
Bancroft Middle School
Shannon Lane, Principal
Our Broncos are welcoming Shannon Lane as the principal of Bancroft Middle School for the upcoming school year! Shannon is in her 20th year in education and her 9th year as a school administrator. She brings a passion for education to her role at Bancroft and a vision of inclusive teaching and learning in an equitable and welcoming environment. She is excited to meet all of the Bronco staff, students, and families for a strong start to the school year! Welcome to SLUSD Principal Lane!
Mark Dieter, Vice Principal SLUSD also welcomes Mark Dieter to the Bancroft Middle School community as vice principal for the upcoming school year! Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from CSU, East Bay. Mark taught Science at Newark Junior High School and Encinal High School with subjects ranging from STEM science classes to AP Biology. He also served as the professional development coordinator and presented at a National Science Teachers’ Association conference on small group instruction in secondary schools. We are so pleased to have him on the Bronco team!
John Muir Middle School
Elisa Alvarez, Principal John Muir welcomes Principal Elisa Alvarez to her new role in SLUSD. Elisa started in SLUSD at San Leandro High School as an Assistant Principal in 2009. In 2015 she moved to Washington Elementary, where she started the first San Leandro Dual Language Immersion program. Last year Elisa had the pleasure of working at every SLUSD school as a Principal on Special Assignment supporting our school principals. Elisa is also especially proud that all four of her children are graduates of San Leandro Unified schools! Welcome to Muir, Principal Alvarez!
Dylan Charrin, Vice Principal Dylan Charrin joins Muir as vice principal for 2022-2023, coming to us from Baltimore, MD, where he was a middle school orchestra director and music department leader for the past four years. Previously, as a band director and private music teacher, Dylan taught music in the Houston area and is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his MA in Education Administration & Supervision. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Houston, where he studied Music Education. Welcome, Dylan!
Mycel Jacob, Vice Principal John Muir Middle School is celebrating the news that Mycel Jacob has moved into the vice principal position for the upcoming school year. Ms. Jacob is a familiar face to the John Muir community, serving as ELA/ELD and Leadership teacher for the past 13 years! Last year, she was also named the Teacher of the Year for John Muir! Ms. Jacob began her educational career in Sacramento Unified School District as a 3rd-grade teacher. She is excited to move into the Vice Principal position at her home school! Go Falcons!
San Leandro High School
Maite Barloga, Assistant Principal
SLHS is pleased to welcome Maite Barloga to the pirate ship as assistant principal for the upcoming school year! Maite has been an educator for two decades, teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro. Maite has also worked with Harvard University’s Agency by Design Group, conducting active research on student agency, and with UC Berkeley’s Learning Design Group in developing a new curriculum model as a Science Curriculum Specialist. For the last four years, she served as the principal of Montclair Elementary School in Oakland. From this expansive experience in all levels of education, Maite brings a wealth of knowledge and care to the students, staff, and families of San Leandro High School Welcome, Maite!
Lorena Montoya, Vice Principal
Halkin Elementary School welcomes Lorena Montoya as vice principal for the upcoming school year. With a career spanning 22 years, Lorena has been deeply involved in elementary education in various capacities, including as a teacher in a Spanish DLI school, a Reading Interventionist, and an administrator. She brings direct experience to Halkin Elementary, having worked at the school previously, including as a founding Transitional Kindergarten teacher! She earned her BA at UC Berkeley and MA/teaching credential at Columbia University. Lorena is excited to return to SLUSD, specifically to Halkin, as an instructional leader, a strong collaborator with families, and a fierce advocate for students.
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Measure N facility upgrades are in full swing with bond construction happening at almost all of our school sites this summer. Thanks to generous funding approved by San Leandro voters in March 2020, our schools are getting major upgrades over the next few years. Put on a hard hat and let’s take a tour! BANCROFT MIDDLE SCHOOL
ATHLETIC FIELD RENOVATION & SAFETY DROP-OFF
Here comes the long-awaited athletic field renovation and new safety drop-off area for Bancroft Middle School! Plans include a field and track replacement, a new blacktop surface, and new drought-tolerant landscaping. Construction is underway with completion scheduled for Winter 2022.
The four-classroom building at Bancroft is scheduled to be ready for the first day of school on August 17. This new modular construction will replace four outdated portable classrooms, and add new outdoor restroom facilities that are easily accessible from the athletic field. Full completion is scheduled for the first weeks of the new school year.
The front entrance to the school, located on Estudillo and Bancroft Avenues, is being remodeled with the addition of wheelchair-accessible pathways and new drought-tolerant landscaping. Construction is in progress, with completion scheduled for Winter 2022.
SAN LEANDRO HIGH SCHOOL GYM San Leandro will soon be the home of one of the largest high school gymnasiums in California! This modern facility will be able to house the entire student population and include a new competition-sized court, three full-size courts for tournaments, a dance studio, weight room, exercise room, wrestling room, multiple team rooms, training room, offices, a conference room, storage rooms, and a snack bar. Construction is planned to start this summer with estimated completion in 2024.
LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL NEW CAMPUS
Lincoln High School Eagles are moving! This completely new campus will be located adjacent to the San Leandro Adult School on Williams Street, to provide significantly more space. Upgrades include a new multipurpose room, fabrication lab, and science classrooms along with a new kitchen and student/staff parking! Groundbreaking starts this summer with students estimated to begin the 2023-2024 school year at the new campus.
JOHN MUIR MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOM BUILDING
Muir Falcons will also be getting a brand new classroom building, with nine new 21st-century learning spaces. This building replaces aging portables and adds a new outdoor restroom facility that is easily accessible from the athletic field. Completion is targeted for Spring 2023.
SAN LEANDRO HIGH SCHOOL QUAD
The heart of the San Leandro High School Pirate Ship is getting a major makeover for the next school year! The quad area at the center of the main campus is under renovation to add shaded seating areas and a fresh new feel for our students and staff. The new landscaping is drought tolerant and will also incorporate memorial plaques to replace the memorial trees that had to be removed as part of the process. Completion is scheduled for the first weeks of the new 2022-2023 school year.
NEW SHADE STRUCTURES
New shade structures for outdoor enjoyment are in progress at all seven of our elementary schools. This additional protection from the elements will be used for mealtimes and outdoor learning to take full advantage of the beautiful year-round weather in San Leandro. This photo shows the installation in progress at Roosevelt Elementary School.
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