Homeroom is a regular Friday feature that offers school news from the Tri-Cities and greater Hayward area.

Fremont: Chess teams hit gold in Nashville

Two Fremont schools took home first-place team trophies in chess last weekend at the National Elementary Championships in Nashville.

Mission San Jose Elementary took first in the kindergarten-to-first grade category and Weibel Elementary won in the kindergarten-through-sixth grade section.

The top four scoring members of the Mission San Jose team (Rishith Susarla, Edwin Thomas, Amulya Harish, and Annapoorni Meiyappan) won $500 college scholarships.

In the K-6 section, the winning Weibel team was Kevin Moy, Michael Wang, Anthony Zhou and Steven Li. Each scoring member won a $500 college scholarship. In addition, Mission San Jose and Weibel were two of only three schools in the country to have top 10 finishes in three championship sections.

Fremont: Turnaround scholarships go to 12

The Kiwanis Club of Fremont has presented scholarships to 12 Tri-City seniors who have "turned around" after overcoming obstacles at the start of high school.

Recipients of a $1,000 award are: George McCloud and Roderick Johnson, of American High in Fremont; Brenda Gamboa, Imran Khan, Francisco Gamboa Salazar and Gary Lynch, of Irvington High in Fremont; Valeria Chavez-Ayala, Valeria Gonzales, Jose M. Romero, Dulce Cardenas and Henry Hall, of Newark Memorial in Newark; and Rickeya Gill-Kellum from James Logan High in Union City.


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Union City: School for independent study

The New Haven school board Tuesday night approved a plan to designate the district's Independent Study Program as its own school, to be located on the New Haven Adult School campus.

The program, currently headquartered at the Cabello Student Support Center, includes independent study for James Logan High students, for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and home schooling for kindergarten through 12th-grade students. The new school is expected to serve about 300 students, the vast majority in grades nine through 12.

The adult school principal will serve as administrator of the independent study school, which aims to provide an educational environment and academic diversity for students who might not be in school.

CSUEB: Asian-American, Pacific Islander summit

Cal State East Bay is holding an education summit on Saturday for students of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage who would be the first generation in their families to attend college.

The summit is open to students in grades six through 12 who are striving for a college education, as well as their parents.

It will include speakers, information sessions and a resource fair with representatives from CSU and community colleges. Workshops will cover topics including student life on campus, admissions and financing education through grants, scholarships and financial aid.

Cal State East Bay is co-hosting the event with San Francisco State. It begins at 8:30 a.m. in the New University Union at the Hayward campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd. For more information, visit http://www20.csueastbay.edu/events/journey-to-success/ or call 510-885-3516.