Lorin Eden Elementary School is celebrating the revival of its instrumental music program and its 50th anniversary with a festival June 7.
The celebration, which is open to the public, will include student performances, a DJ, food trucks, games, a raffle, a photo booth and face painting.
Hayward district trustees reinstated instrumental music at its elementary schools this year. Forty-five students take part at Lorin Eden.
The free festival is 2 to 7 p.m. at the school, 27790 Portsmouth Ave.
Castro Valley High paper wins honors
Castro Valley High's newspaper has won several regional and national awards.
Grace Moon received first place for a graphic design in a competition by Journalism Education Association of Northern California. A team of students won in news video: Joyce Liang, Lily Carrell, Suzanna Chak and Callie Ross-Smith. Other winners included Rachel Du for news reporting, Alison Dhont for feature writing, and Felicianna Marquez and Luke Busby for photography.
The newspaper, the Olympian, also received four awards in the Quill and Scroll national competition, Students recognized included Moon for graphic design, Dhont for opinion writing, Reema Kakaday for opinion writing and Amanat Riar for an entertainment review.
Berkeley looks for three new principals
Berkeley now has three principal positions to fill after a round of promotions into the district administrative offices.
Longfellow Middle School Principal Pat Saddler was promoted to director of special projects; Jefferson Elementary School Principal Maggie Riddle was named director of schools; and Berkeley High School Principal Pasquale Scuderi was named assistant superintendent under Superintendent Donald Evans.
Saddler will oversee the state local control and accountability plan and compliance with other state and federal educational standards.
Riddle will oversee principals at preschools, elementary schools and middle schools.
Scuderi will oversee the educational services division of the school district.
Auditions for Pacific Boychoir Academy
Pacific Boychoir Academy in Oakland is taking scholarship auditions for fourth grade boys through June 11 for the new school year starting Aug. 27.
The school, with grades fourth through eighth, offers a full academic program with an emphasis on choir.
Full and partial tuition is available through the generosity of a recent donation. Criteria for the scholarships are academic readiness, musical ability, discipline and financial need.
To schedule an appointment with Associate Director of Music Outreach Jonathon Hampton, email email@example.com or call 510-550-7229.
Union City's Logan High fares well
The James Logan High School forensic team, which competes in the categories of speech and debate, fared well in several categories in a recent national tournament.
Logan High's squad won the Team Sweepstakes competition at the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament of Champions, held at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.
Logan students Francisco Sierra and Josue Flores had the school's best individual finish, taking second place in the Duo Interpretation category. Meantime, Jonathan Santos was runner-up for the Performance Perfection Award, and finished fourth in Original Oratory, a category he won last year. Santos also teamed with Justin Hernandez to finish third in Duet Acting.
Teammate Ryan Le finished fifth in Dramatic Interpretation.
Homeroom is a roundup of news from schools in Alameda County.