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 This new modular construction will replace four outdated portable classrooms, and add new outdoor restroom facilities that are easily accessible from the athletic field.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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Dear SLUSD Community, I want to provide an update on the district's investigation into highly concerning issues related to the graduation procedures for San Leandro High School and how this deeply impacted a group of special education students. I also want to acknowledge the delay in providing this information to the public. In gathering all of the related facts, our primary goal has been to, first and foremost, ensure that these types of critical errors do not occur in the future. In doing so, we have completed a thorough investigation of what happened and drafted our next steps to prevent serious mistakes of this nature in the future. There were two separate issues concerning this group of six Special Education students. First, the printed program that was distributed at the graduation ceremony did not include their names. Second, their certificates of completion were not available for pickup on the day after graduation with the other graduates' diplomas. I will explain each of these errors separately. OMISSION FROM THE PRINTED PROGRAM SLHS clerical staff gathered all graduate names for the program from the student information system Aeries. In doing so, SLHS staff put students receiving a diploma on one tab of the spreadsheet and students receiving a certificate of completion on a different tab in the same worksheet to facilitate the separate ordering process for these two different types of documents. For clarity, students in our Special Day Class program within the Special Education Department do not receive high school diplomas but rather certificates of completion due to the different state requirements necessary for high school graduation. Clerical staff then copied and pasted those names into a separate document to provide to the program designer and neglected to include the names on the separate tab designated for certificates of completion. In our investigation, the district determined there was no review process of the names to verify accuracy before printing. Next year, and moving forward, the district will review the draft program to cross-check for accuracy before printing. CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION NOT BEING READY FOR PICKUP All SLHS diplomas and certificates of completion were ordered in March, and all arrived in April. In June, clerical staff prepared the documents for distribution which requires placing each diploma or certificate in individual distribution cases. During this process, the certificates of completion were put aside to be processed separately and were subsequently misplaced, which became apparent on June 6. Once clerical staff could not locate the certificates, they immediately reordered but did not notify the administration or the affected families of the delay. In our investigation, the district determined the clerical staff acted in good faith with their immediacy in reordering, which allowed for the rapid delivery of new certificates that arrived last Friday. However, the lack of communication regarding this delay caused undue concern to the affected families, which is not in keeping with our standards of family support. Next year, and moving forward, school administrators have directed their staff to notify them of these types of errors to ensure timely communication with our families. Although I have reached out to each of the affected families personally, I also want to extend a heartfelt public apology for the trauma these errors have caused at such a momentous and celebratory moment in these scholars' lives. I want our community to know that, as the district superintendent, I take full responsibility for the terrible experience this has caused for them and their children. Although these students walked the stage and were fully included in the graduation ceremony, I acknowledge these errors have caused unnecessary and unquestionable harm. Knowing the profound struggles our Special Education families face in navigating through systems that are not designed to account for differences, San Leandro Unified must continually do better to be authentic family partners in making their school experience inclusive and supportive. With this in mind, I am personally working with each of these families to determine what we as a district can do to repair the harm that has been caused. The considerable challenges these scholars have faced and overcome throughout their educational journey demonstrate the strength of their indomitable spirits and deserve nothing less than our complete attention in celebrating their achievements. I will share more of our plans in the near future, but until then, please join me in congratulating these six graduates and their beautiful families. Sincerely, Dr. Michael McLaughlin SLUSD Superintendent
Next year, SLUSD is upgrading our 1:1 device program to newer Chromebooks, with an option for you to check out a separate take-home device during the school year. We know that many of you rely on these devices for learning outside of school so we are offering refurbished devices for summer use, during a special drive-through checkout next week. When: Thursday, June 16 between 1 to 3 pm Where: San Leandro High School student parking lot (drive through) Who: Any student/family registered for checkout, using this link . Any student needing a device after this date will need to contact their Summer Learning Academy Principal. These devices must be returned to the district before the first day of the new school year. You will be able to check out a new device in the new school year.
SLUSD English Learner Newsletter Information for Multilingual Families, Spring/Summer 2022
Welcome to the third edition of the English Learner Newsletter! Here we provide our multilingual families with resources and information on English Learner (EL) programs and highlight how we foster multilingualism throughout our schools and diverse communities.
SLUSD Language Pathways SLUSD is thrilled to expand our Biliteracy Pathways throughout the district! These pathways not only put students on a path to earning the California State Seal of Biliteracy when they graduate from High School, they honor and elevate the powerful language skills our multilingual scholars bring to our schools. In addition to our elementary Biliteracy Recognition Award, this year we launched a Home Language Recognition Award for middle school students. Our first cohort of 63 multilingual middle school students met with Ms. Camberos, EL Specialist, to review their application. These students not only demonstrated their language abilities through reading and writing, they also conducted family interviews and participated in community cultural events. The languages represented in the applications included Spanish, Pashto, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Igbo, Tigrinya, and Arabic. These multilingual students were excited to share their cultural experiences, and their families were proud to support them in completing all the requirements. The students receiving this award will be presented with a certificate and a ribbon to be worn during the promotion ceremonies. High School Seal of Biliteracy Pathway This month, high school scholars completed more than 600 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams at SLHS. Of those, 106 were AP Exams in world languages: Spanish (87), Mandarin (11), and French (8). In addition to receiving college credit for passing scores, the AP Exams also satisfy the language requirements for the Seal of Biliteracy . We look forward to seeing our current elementary and middle school scholars take their language development to the next level in high school and earn the Seal of Biliteracy!
Spotlight on Elementary Students
Fifth graders at Madison Elementary in Ms. Pegram's and Ms. Fong's classrooms engaged in Project Based Learning (PBL) around the idea of cultural Identity, culminating with presentations that focused on their own unique linguistic and cultural identities. This project led students to research different aspects of identity and culture and to investigate their own family’s cultures while also collaborating with each other to learn about their similarities and differences. The project addressed many of the social justice standards around Identity and Diversity and allowed students to deeply recognized the value of linguistic and cultural diversity in their classroom at the same time they highlighted their own identities as unique and special. Their oral slideshow presentations highlighted the amazingly rich culture and multilingualism we value in our San Leandro schools.
3rd Annual ELD & World Languages Talent Showcase On April 20th, San Leandro High School hosted the 3rd Annual ELD and World Languages Talent Showcase , where scholars shared songs, dance, poetry, and art in an amazing multilingual display of talent. Lisa Wong, ELD and Newcomer teacher, and Jonathan Fall, World Language Department Chair and Mandarin teacher, facilitated this incredible event for the third year, excited to be back in person this year. In reflecting on the success of the event, they shared, "As the faculty sponsors of this showcase, we are always super impressed and completely inspired by our talented multilingual students. We value and honor multilingual scholars for their efforts and work both on stage and in their classes. We look forward to expanding the ways in which they can shine! We encourage all to participate (as performers, artists, or audience) next year and beyond."
High School Family Engagement
This semester, San Leandro High School was excited to offer two parent engagement series for our Spanish-speaking families. Spearheaded by the DELAC, the district collaborated with the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) to offer a 10-session course over Zoom where more than 30 families joined to learn about everything from A-G requirements to ways to connect with the school community and advocate for their scholars. This engaging series culminated with a virtual graduation ceremony, featuring two keynote speakers–SLUSD School Board Trustee and high school parent, Leo Sheridan, and PIQE participant and former DELAC Secretary, Reuben Guerrero. Families expressed great appreciation for the learning opportunities with PIQE. Based on the positive feedback, the district plans to expand the opportunities for families at all schools in the district. Look for this opportunity to come to you in the fall! (Jazmin Marquez, SLHS Work Based Learning Program Coordinator, with SLHS families at SLHS ELAC hosted Parent Workshop Series) While Zoom presented a wonderful opportunity for parents to join virtually during their busy evenings, a number of families expressed their desire to return to in-person events as county and district COVID safety protocols allowed. In collaboration with the SLHS ELAC, the school offered a three-part series of in-person family workshops held at the SLHS library. Multilingual guest presenters joined the meetings to present on parent-selected topics. Jazmin Marquez, Work Based Learning Program Coordinator at SLHS, joined the second workshop to share the many resources available through the College and Career Center, including summer programming, internships, and college application/scholarship support. To address families’ requests to learn more about A-G requirements for high school graduation and college entry, SLHS counselor Paula Vogt joined the third workshop to share information on this topic and provide time for questions. Next year, the SLHS families and staff members look forward to expanding these community-building and learning opportunities. Please reach out to Sarah Ansari at email@example.com , EL Specialist, if you would like to get involved.
Summer Opportunities Did you know that the City of San Leandro and the Public Libraries offer a number of exciting opportunities for children and youth each summer? Click on the image above to find different activities for your and your family. The Summer Library Program invites Children (and adults!) to join their program where participants can read and/or complete fun activities to earn badges and enter weekly prize drawings. Additionally, kids who complete the Summer Library Program earn an invitation to a special Carnival at the Main Branch Library on Estudillo Ave. on August 6th! the public library also offers weekly teen programs , including art, college & career support, gaming, & STEM! All free! Don’t forget, with your free public library card, you can receive free or discounted admission to museums and cultural institutions this summer with your Discover & Go Museum Passes .
Get involved! You can help plan and support English Learner programs at your child’s school by joining the next English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting. This is a great way to learn more about multilingual programs and advocate for multilingual support. Get involved and get connected!
Garfield Elementary ELAC
Jefferson Elementary ELAC
Madison Elementary ELAC
McKinley Elementary ELAC
Monroe Elementary ELAC
Roosevelt Elementary ELAC
Washington Elementary ELAC
Wilson Elementary ELAC
Bancroft Middle School ELAC
John Muir Middle School ELAC
San Leandro High School ELAC
Lincoln High School ELAC
San Leandro District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Questions from our Community
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The San Leandro Historical Society invites you to attend The Gathering this Saturday, June 4 from 11 to 5! This multicultural event celebrates diversity in San Leandro. Two stages, booths, cherries, and more! Go to https://www.sanleandrohistory.org/ for more information.
The San Leandro Board of Education and San Leandro Unified School District celebrate June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month and are proudly flying rainbow flags at each school and facility within the San Leandro Unified School District throughout the month of June to signify support for the LGBTQ+ community. Join us in celebrating the diversity of our student body, our teachers, our staff, and our administrators, including the diversity of sexual orientation and identity in our community. Happy Pride Month 2022! SLUSD School Board Resolution 22-28 Pride Month
The Alameda County Office of Education invites all in the community, especially parents and family members and those who work with students in a school setting to attend this important virtual forum to talk about how to discuss the issue of school violence with your kids. Spanish and Mandarin interpretations will be available during the forum. #EnoughisEnough Join the town hall here: https://www.acoe.org/townhall