- Alameda Co. Office of Education
- Alameda County Education News
What a Wonderful World
We are happy to share a collection of good news from around Alameda County schools
Pleasanton Unified School District
Pleasanton Unified's Amador Valley High School recently hosted a spirited line of staff, families and students holding signs with positive messages to greet students as they arrived at school.
The event, coordinated by the Amador Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) Committee and Counseling Team, Amador Associated Student Body, LINK and Journalism Programs, is an expression of the school's commitment to the social and emotional wellness of students and staff.
Alameda Unified School District
This summer, 6th grade Alameda Unified student Kaia Marbin decided she needed to do something about the detention of immigrant children in the United States.
Marbin and her friend, Lily Ellis, who attends school in Berkeley, made butterflies out of recyclable and upcycled materials, including construction paper, magazines, and paper coffee filters. The girls’ parents took to social media with #butterflyeffectmigration posts in hopes of inspiring other people to start making their own butterflies and to take action.
Children and adults from across the United States have made butterflies, as have teams in London, Brazil and Zimbabwe. Alameda City Hall, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, East Bay Children’s Law Offices, and ZooLabs have installations of the butterflies, with many others requesting an installation.
Amnesty International is partnering on the project, reaching out to its 500 chapters for butterfly-making support and supporting students to develop background materials and suggested actions for people interested in helping children held in detention centers.
Dublin Unified School District
Last month Dublin Unified's Frederiksen Elementary School participated in "One School, One Book a program that brings staff and students together over a shared reading experience.
Every classroom and all staff read "A Bike Like Sergio's," a book about a boy who does the right thing even though it's hard.
As part of the project, classroom discussions were held to discuss the book and its message. Some students created videos discussing their connection to the book, one class held a Socratic seminar, and classified staff engaged students in discussions about their favorite characters.
Newark Unified School District
Newark Unified's Graham Elementary installed a new state-of-the-art soccer field for its student through Safe Places to Play, a program of the U.S Soccer Federation.
The mini-pitch was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November, and was made possible by sponsors including Target and Think Together.
Fremont Unified School District
We send congratulations to Shreya Ramachandran, a student at Fremont Unified's American High School, who was honored with a Children's Climate Prize in Stockholm, Sweden in November.
Ramachandran founded The Grey Water Project, a nonprofit that promotes the reuse of grey water and water conservation through policy, advocacy, outreach and curricula.