They posted perfect scores on two sections of state standardized tests, have exemplary attendance records and, according to a Hayward Unified official, are just "good kids."
For those achievements, Anna Fomitchev and Reynaldo Muro-Hernandez have been named Hayward Hall of Fame Rotary Scholars.
Reynaldo is a third-grader at Southgate Elementary School, and Anna is a fourth-grader at Stonebrae Elementary School.
"We're going to hang banners in their schools' multipurpose rooms to celebrate their achievements," said Fernando Yanez, Hayward Unified executive director for elementary education.
The two students will be honored Wednesday by the district board of trustees, the Hayward Rotary Club on Dec. 16, and the City Council on Dec. 17.
Reynaldo and Anna had perfect scores on both the English language arts and math sections of last year's California Standardized Test, Yanez said.
Besides their solid attendance, the two "consistently display positive character traits," Yanez said. "In other words, they're good kids."
Yanez said the Reynaldo and Anna are good examples of the district's campaign to instill pride in its students and city, known as "Made in Hayward."
"These students symbolize what being 'Made in Hayward' is all about," Yanez said.
School ¿raises money for typhoon victims
James Logan High students have raised about $11,000 for Filipino typhoon victims, netting five times above the Union City school's original fundraising goal.
After Typhoon Haiyan killed nearly 5,800 people in the Philippines last month, Logan teacher Ivan Santos and his Filipino Heritage Studies students started a donation drive to raise $2,000 for victims' families.
The class project soon turned into a communitywide campaign, involving organizations such as New Haven Unified's Pilipino-American Society for Education, Filipino Advocates for Justice and the Social Justice Academy at San Leandro High.
Together, they raised $11,005, most of which was garnered at a recent benefit held at Alvarado Elementary in Union City, said New Haven Unified School District officials.
Those funds are being donated to the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, a social services organization assisting typhoon relief efforts for the Philippines.
San Lorenzo district employees get boost
More than 200 teacher aides, information technology and office staff in the San Lorenzo Unified School District will be getting a raise, bonus and a hard-fought increase in health care coverage.
The school board on Tuesday unanimously approved a new three-year contract with the California School Employees Association union, which represents employees that work with special needs and disabled students, as well as office and IT staff. Under the deal, employees will receive a 2 percent bonus on Dec. 30 -- about $700 for full-time employees -- and a 3.5 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, their first raise in six years.
But the biggest employee victory was getting the district to pay more of their rising health care costs, something staff had rallied for at multiple board meetings and at street corners in recent months.
The district had been covering 30 to 40 percent of their monthly health care premiums, below the 70 to 80 percent covered for middle management and their assistants, and below the full coverage for administrators, said union President Neva Rowden. CSEA employees have shouldered a 54 percent increase in health care premiums in the last decade, and costs are expected to rise another 11 percent in January, Rowden said.
"Members really stepped up because of the growing concern about health care," Rowden said. "(We) made them listen to us and listen to our concerns because all of our members have been struggling over these issues for a long time."
For the next two years, the district will cover 50 to 71 percent of their monthly premiums, depending on the number of people covered, or about $200 more for employee-only plans.
All told, the agreement will cost the district an extra $576,379 this fiscal year. Revenue increases from the state's new Local Control Funding Formula and some of the district's 12.9 percent reserve will foot the bill, according to district records.
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