James Logan High will welcome one of its most famous alumni next month when Stanford football coach, David Shaw, returns for the school's Athletic Hall of Fame banquet.
Shaw, a two-time Pacific-12 Conference Coach of the Year, heads the list of inductees to be honored Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Union City Crowne Plaza Hotel.
He lettered in football, basketball, and track and field at Logan High before graduating in 1990. He then played wide receiver for Stanford and later served as an assistant coach for college and National Football League squads. His Stanford team currently is ranked No. 5 in the nation.
Other inductees in Logan's 2013 Hall of Fame class include track-and-field stars Cheri Craddock (2002) and Carla Estes (1997); brothers Giliat (2002) and Yosef Ghebray (2005), who excelled in cross country and track and field; and Paul Kanazeh (1995), a state runner-up in wrestling.
Dr. Arthur Ting, the medical consultant for Logan's athletic teams for several years, will be honored, as will the 1996 Logan wrestling squad, which finished third in the state.
The annual banquet begins with check-in and a social hour at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner.
Tickets, which cost $60 per person or $500 for a table of 10, can be purchased by contacting Sarah Muse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-471-2520, ext. 60118.
School uses video for announcements
Tennyson High leadership students are getting creative -- writing, acting out and posting video skits on YouTube -- to get their classmates to pay attention to school announcements.
"We used to have kids read announcements over the loudspeaker before lunch, and nobody was listening," said activities director Amanda Tucker, who teachers the leadership class at the Hayward school.
The students write the scripts and either pretend to be newscasters or act out a scene. Senior Dominick Martin, the producer, shoots the videos featuring students around campus on Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays and then edits them on Wednesdays. On Thursdays, the leadership students go in classrooms during fourth period and show the announcements on computers.
Some of the skits are serious, such as one about bullying, but others are more lighthearted. In a recent one, Eric Nguyen, a junior, is filmed walking, with female tennis players practicing in the background.
"Hey, good Lancers," he starts, referring to the school team name. "Do you like ladies? And do you like tennis? Well, I've got a two-for-one extravaganza for you today," going on to talk about an upcoming tennis match.
Hayward test scores revised upward
Hayward Unified is no longer tied with Oakland for the lowest API test scores in Alameda County. The state has revised its calculations, raising the district's number by a point, from 721 to 722.
The scores were changed after the state received updated information about different subgroups of students, said Matt Wayne, assistant superintendent for education services.
"There are different rules about which student scores count," Wayne said. "For example, if an English learner has been in our schools less than year, their test scores don't count."
The district's overall test score rose four points from 2012 to 2013. Several districts saw their scores drop.
Moving out of last place is great and a good first step, said interim Superintendent Stanley Dobbs. He acknowledged that Hayward schools have a long way to go to improve student achievement.
Dobbs credited his predecessor, Donald Evans, with putting programs and people in place to begin to turn the district around.
Teacher recruitment for Oakland schools
Teach Tomorrow in Oakland is holding a teacher recruitment fair on Nov. 14 for recent college graduates or those soon to graduate who want to teach in Oakland public schools. The event is at McClymonds High School from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 107 at 2607 Myrtle St., in Oakland.
The event is aimed specifically at Latinos and teachers interested in science, technology, engineering and math. Teach Tomorrow in Oakland was formed as a partnership between the Oakland mayor's office and the school district to recruit teachers who reflect the cultural diversity of the city. Since 2008 it has placed 100 teachers in Oakland schools.
Those interested in attending the event should call 510-273-2339 to register.
San Leandro kids get new school clothes
San Leandro children from homeless and low-income families got new school outfits this week, courtesy of the nonprofit My New Red Shoes.
The Redwood City organization gave 75 San Leandro Unified children a pair of shoes and a $50 Old Navy giftcard to buy new school attire, helping twice as many children as last year.
District officials distributed the gifts at the district offices on Wednesday and Friday afternoon.
Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.