We are excited to announce NUSD will be hosting in collaboration with SVMI, a three-part Parent Learning Event this coming February. Please post the attached flyer on your website and include the following blurb and link to the flyer in a upcoming school newsletter.

NUSD will be hosting a three-part Parent Education series, with a Math Specialist from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI), this coming February. This wonderful opportunity will provide parents and support providers with strategies and tools to help their child in the area of mathematics. This event is open to all NUSD parents and we encourage parents to attend as many sessions as possible. 

All sessions will be at the District Office from 6:30-8 PM. The following topics will be covered:

Wednesday, February 6th – An Overview of Common Core State Standards and Mathematical Practices For Parents of Students in Grades TK-6th 

Wednesday, February 20th – A Deeper Dive for TK- Grade 2 For Parents of Students in Grades TK-2nd 

Wednesday, February 27th – A Deeper Dive for Grades 3-6 For Parents of Students in Grades 3rd-6th Featuring: A Mathematics Specialist from the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI)  

En febrero el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newark (NUSD) será el anfitrión de un programa de tres sesiones de educación para padres, con un especialista en matemáticas de la Iniciativa Matemática de Silicon Valley (SVMI)… Esta maravillosa oportunidad les proporcionará a los padres y a los proveedores de apoyo con estrategias y herramientas para ayudar a sus hijos en el área de matemáticas. Este programa está abierto a todos los padres de NUSD y los animamos a asistir a tantas sesiones como sea posible.

Todas las sesiones serán en la Oficina del Distrito de 6:30-8:00 PM. Se tratarán los siguientes temas:

Miércoles, 6 de febrero – un resumen de Normas estatales académicas de base común (Common Core Standards) y prácticas de matemáticas para los padres de alumnos en Grados TK-6.

Miércoles, 20 de febrero – Una Inmersión más profunda para TK – grado 2 para los padres de alumnos en los grados TK-2

Miércoles, 27 de febrero – Una Inmersión más profunda para Grados 3-6 para los padres de alumnos en los grados 3-6.





Dear Musick Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break. As August quickly comes to a close we are eager to welcome your children back to Musick Elementary & Preschool for an outstanding 2018-19 school year. Our administrative, custodial, and secretarial staff have been working throughout the summer months preparing our school for another amazing school year. Teachers have been creating learning spaces that will inspire our scholars throughout the year ahead. Musick absolutely shines with an excitement for learning and growing! I encourage all of you to attend Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018  to meet your child’s teacher and tour our campus.

Musick take great pride in creating an educational atmosphere where students can learn in a caring and creative environment. Together our staff encourages students to engage in a lifelong love of learning. As we focus on student achievement, we will provide a variety of academic and educational experiences that promote student growth and learning throughout the year. In our newly developed team environment teachers will regularly collaborate, analyze data, plan instruction, and develop common assessments to ensure student achievement is attained throughout each grade level. During the upcoming school year I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning. Parent involvement plays a critical role in our school’s success. Ways to support and increase your child’s academic success include:

  • Make attendance a PRIORITY including limiting tardiness and absences
  • Check Class DOJO regularly to stay informed of what is happening in your child’s classroom
  • Communicate often with your child’s  teacher
  • Read with your child at least 20 minutes a day
  • Limit television and social media, encourage outside play
  • Review the school day with your child

The staff and I are looking forward to an educationally rewarding school year with you and your children. We hope that you will visit and volunteer often.


With Leopard Pride,

Mrs. Golliher

Student safety is of the utmost importance to us all.  Please help us keep our school safe by following these procedures. 


  • Students may be dropped off off along the curb near the multi-purpose room. Pull up completely to curb and watch for small children.
  • If students are getting breakfast or are here prior to 8am, they must go to the cafeteria where there is supervision. If students are with parents prior to 8AM, they must remain in the courtyard until the bell. This is for the safety of all students.
  • At 8 AM the bell will ring. Teachers will be in their assigned yard duty areas promptly at 8 AM.
    Students K – 6 will go to the upper grade yard while TK students will go to the TK/PS yard with parents.
  • At 8:09 the warning bell will ring. Students will go to their line area. Tuesday -Friday, at 8:10 teachers will escort students to their classrooms. On Mondays, students and families will remain for Monday Minutes before going to their classrooms.


  • At 2:32 the bell will ring.
    Students in grades K- 6 will be escorted by their teacher to the courtyard. Students picking up younger siblings may meet their sibling in the courtyard. TK students will be escorted to the PS/TK yard where you will be waiting for them.
  • Parents may park in any empty spots in either parking lot. If no spots are available, parents must utilize street parking. Cars should not be left unattended or parked near curbs.
  • Parents may pull over to the curb for student pick-up students. Please look for the blue chalk line near the office. Students should be picked up after this line near the courtyard area. If no space is available for curb pick-up, or your child is not ready, you should drive around again (think airport pick-up procedures).
  • The school is in use by different groups until 6PM this year and school will be considered in session until this time. This means that students and families may not stay and play after school on the yards. This is a safety precaution for all of the students and staff on site.

Summer Seamless Food Program

Kids Ages 1 – 18

All are Welcome to Join us for Lunch!

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June 18th – July 13th

Snow ESY Summer School

10:20 AM TO 11:20 AM

Monday through Friday

Newark Memorial Summer School

10:00 AM TO 11:00 AM

Monday through Friday

June 25th  – August 3th

Ash Street Park

11:30 AM TO 12:30 PM

Monday through Friday

June 18th – August 16th

Civic Center Park

12:30 PM TO 1:30 PM

Monday through Thursday

July 9th – August 16th

Mayhews Landing Park

11:30 AM TO 12:30 PM

Monday through Thursday


Programa de Alimentos de Verano

Niños, Edades 1-18

¡Todos son Bienvenidos Para el Almuerzo!

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18 de junio – 13 de julio

Escuela de verano de Snow ESY

10:20 A 11:20

Lunes al Viernes


Escuela de verano de Newark Memorial

10:00 A 11:00

Lunes al Viernes


25 de junio – 3 de agosto

Parque Ash Street

11:30 A 12:30

Lunes al Viernes



18 de junio – 16 de agosto

Parque Centro Cívico

12:30 A 1:30

Lunes al Jueves


9 de julio – 16 de agosto

Parque Mayhews Landing

11:30 A 12:30

Lunes al Jueves

Thank You So Much!

Thank you to the following parents who were able to volunteer to help with our Spring Hamburger BBQ at lunchtime:

Mrs. Nguyen Cung, Mrs. Amber Williamson, Mrs. Enedina Ramirez, Mrs. Veronica Medina, Ms. Maria Perez, Mr. Anthony Goulart.

Your help was invaluable to us and we can’t have activities like this without your help.  A million thanks to each of you.





Newark Unified School District

Transitional Kindergarten (TK)



Please register your TK student at your home school. All of your paperwork will be forwarded to your TK school.


TK students will roll to their home school for kindergarten.


Open Enrollment requests are not accepted for TK.


Lifetouch 6th Grade Promotion Pictures have been completed. 

We had an unusual situation this year with the photographer being alone.  Musick Elementary Office,  Mrs. White’s and Mr. Montoya’s classes want to shout out a very grateful Thank You to 6th grade parent, Mr. Michael Oviatt for coming to our school and helping out for the next 2.5 hours.  The students needed help with the gowns, drapes, collars, etc. Because  Mr. Oviatt’s was able to help the process went smoothly and successfully.  We can’t thank you enough Mr. Oviatt!  You are the very best 🙂

Please try to find at least 4 parent helpers for the day of the BBQ so the line moves quickly.


Hamburger (Vegetarian Burgers will be available onsite)

Condiments (mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup)

Toppings (pickles, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, etc.)



Icy Juicy


 Cost:       Adults:            $4.00

                Sibling:           $2.65

                Student:         Regular Lunch Cost


 Trate de encontrar por lo menos 4 ayudantes de padres para el día de la barbacoa por lo que la línea se mueve rápidamente.          


 Hamburguesa (hamburguesas vegetarianas disponibles)

Condimentos (mostaza, mayonesa, salsa de tomate) Aderezos (pepinillos, lechuga, cebolla, tomates, etc.) Chips


Icy Juicy (jugo)


Precio:    Adultos:          $4.00

                Hermanos:      $2.65

                Estudiante:     precio normal del almuerzo 


Dear Parent/Guardian,

From April 30, 2018 – May 25, 2018, your child will be participating in the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which are part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System.

Why is this test important?

This test was created with teacher input to…

  • Measure how well your child has mastered the skills and content in mathematics and English language arts at his or her grade level
  • Align with the instruction that takes place in the classroom everyday
  • Match the learning goals of each grade level
  • Assess critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving skills, which are needed for success in college and a 21st century career.

The test has different kinds of questions, including traditional multiple-choice questions as well as ones that require students to explain their answers, show their work, and compose essays.

What should I expect after my student takes the test?

As you may remember from last year’s score report, each subject will be broken down into areas. The report shows how students are doing in each area and where they need help. Depending on the student’s needs, teachers can use this information to provide targeted help to students to address their needs.

But remember, the results from this test aren’t meant to tell the whole story. Your child’s scores are meant to be one of several ways for you and your child’s teacher to see how your student is progressing in school. Test scores, along with student report cards and teacher’s observations of your child’s performance in the classroom, are used together to form a complete picture of your child’s achievement.

Where can I learn more?

 For information about the specific dates and times when your child will take the test in each subject, see the enclosed testing schedule. I also encourage you to take a look at a practice test for your child’s grade level. The practice tests are posted on the California Department of Education’s Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. To find out more details about the Smarter Balanced test, visit www.newarkunified.org or the “Be a Learning Hero” Web site at http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/smarter-balanced.

At Newark Unified School District our goal is for all students to achieve their full potential. The Smarter Balanced tests are just one way that we are able to better understand if we are meeting that goal. Thank you for all you do to partner with us in your child’s education.

Thank you,

Amy Black

Director of Teaching and Learning



Estimado Padre o Tutor,

De 04/30/18 a 05/25/18, su hijo/a estará participando en las evaluaciones sumativas de Smarter Balanced que forman parte del sistema  del CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress/Evaluación de rendimiento  y progreso estudiantil de California.)

¿Por qué es importante este examen?

 Este examen fue creado con el  aporte de maestros para

  • Medir cómo su hijo/a ha dominado las habilidades y contenido en matemáticas y lengua y literatura en inglés (ELA) de su grado
  • Alinear con la instrucción que se lleva a cabo en el aula cada día
  • Coincidir con los objetivos de aprendizaje de cada grado
  • Evaluar el pensamiento crítico, la escritura analítica y las habilidades de resolver problemas que son necesarios para el éxito en la universidad y una carrera del siglo 21.

El examen  tiene diferentes tipos de preguntas, incluyendo preguntas tradicionales de múltiple opción además de las que requieren que los estudiantes expliquen sus respuestas, muestren su trabajo y escriban ensayos.

¿Qué debería esperar después de que mi estudiante tome el examen?

 Como Ud. recordará del informe de puntuación del año pasado, se divide cada materia en áreas. El informe muestra cómo los estudiantes están haciendo en cada área y dónde necesitan ayuda. Dependiendo de las necesidades del estudiante, los maestros pueden utilizar esta información para proporcionar ayuda dirigida a los estudiantes para atender sus necesidades.

Es importante tomar en cuenta que los resultados de este examen no cuentan todo. Las calificaciones de su hijo/a son sólo una de varias formas en que usted y el maestro de su hijo/a pueden ver cómo está progresando en la escuela. Se utilizan los resultados de los exámenes, junto con los boletines de calificaciones y las observaciones del maestro/a del rendimiento de su hijo en el aula para formar una imagen completa de los logros de su hijo.

¿Dónde consigo más información?

 Para más  información sobre las fechas y horas cuando su hijo/a tomará el examen en cada materia, véase adjunto el horario de exámenes. También le animo a echar un vistazo a un examen de prueba (practice test) para el grado de su hijo. Se encuentran los exámenes de prueba en el sitio Web del Departamento de Educación de California en http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. Para más detalles sobre el examen de Smarter Balanced visite www.newarkunified.org o el sitio Web de “Ser un héroe de aprendizaje” en  http://bealearninghero.org/classroom/smarter-balanced

En el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newark nuestro objetivo es ayudar a cada estudiante a alcanzar todo su potencial. Los exámenes de Smarter Balanced son sólo una manera de entender mejor si estamos cumpliendo ese objetivo. Gracias por todo lo que hacen  en conjunto con nosotros para la educación de su hijo.



Amy Black

Directora de Enseñanza y Aprendizaje

Dear Newark Unified School District Staff and Families,

I wanted to reach out and share my thoughts as we returned to school this week after the holiday weekend and as we returned back to school after yet another senseless and tragic incident that occurred in Florida.

I find solace in my community in times of challenge, and this is a challenging time. We are once again forced to confront the mortality, danger, and heartbreak that we must often push to one side. And worst of all, it is the mortality of our children and our community’s children that we must confront.

Before working in Newark, I lived and worked in Aurora, Colorado. My community there was devastated by a mass shooting in a theater in 2012. Every life lost was precious, and there were no answers to be found to satisfy our need to know why it happened. With this in mind, I know that students and staff can feel upset, scared and also our families can feel this fear. With this in mind, I want to share some resources that can be used with your children, our students that can provide comfort and information during this difficult time. I also want to stress that our employees’ safety and the safety of our students is our highest priority.

I want to commend our schools for continuing to provide comprehensive safety drills and for putting plans in place that keep our campuses safe. I want to commend our employees who every day work diligently to keep our students safe and I also want to commend the Newark Police Department and our Chief of Police who works closely with our school district to ensure safe campuses. I pledge to work with district leadership and all employees to review Newark’s safety plans with renewed focus, and continue working to make this world better for all of our children.

Please feel free to contact me should you have any concerns or questions or contact your school principal if you have any questions. For more information about how to help your child and/or if you would like to review pertinentresources, the following may be helpful:

Talking to Children About the Shooting
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events

For those in Florida, and anywhere else, who are not fortunate enough to feel gratitude at their children’s safety: I grieve with you, and I mourn for you and your community

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Patrick Sánchez


Estimado Personal y Familias del Distrito Escolar Unificado de Newark,

Quisiera comunicar con ustedes y compartir mis pensamientos al regresar a la escuela esta semana después del fin de semana y el trágico incidente que ocurrió en la Florida.

En momentos difíciles como este, encuentro consuelo en mi comunidad. Una vez más nos vemos obligados a hacer frente a la mortalidad, el peligro y la angustia, los cuales a menudo hacemos a un lado. Lo peor de todo es tener que enfrontar el peligro para nuestros niños y los niños de nuestra comunidad.

Antes de trabajar en Newark, vivía y trabajaba en Aurora, Colorado, una comunidad que fue desolada por un tiroteo en masa en un teatro en 2012. Cada vida perdida es preciosa, y no se encuentra respuesta que satisfaga nuestra necesidad de saber por qué sucedió. En estas circunstancias sé que los estudiantes, el personal y nuestras familias pueden sentir malestar y miedo. Por eso quiero informarles de algunos recursos que pueden utilizar con sus hijos, nuestros estudiantes, que les ofrecen información y algo de consuelo durante este tiempo difícil. También quiero enfatizar que la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y empleados es de primera prioridad.

Quisiera elogiar a nuestras escuelas por continuar ofreciendo amplios simulacros de seguridad y por implementar planes de mantener la seguridad de los planteles. Quiero felicitar a los empleados que cada día trabajan diligentemente para proteger a nuestros estudiantes, y a la policía de Newark y al jefe de policía que trabajan en estrecha colaboración con nuestro distrito escolar para garantizar escuelas seguras. Me comprometo a trabajar con los líderes del distrito y todos los empleados para revisar los planes de seguridad de Newark con un enfoque renovado y a seguir trabajando para mejorar este mundo para todos nuestros niños.

No dude en contactarme con cualquier inquietud o pregunta o póngase en contacto con el director de su escuela. Para más información sobre cómo ayudar a su hijo o si le gustaría revisar recursos pertinentes, los siguientes sitios pueden ser útiles:

Talking to Children About the Shooting (hablar a los niños sobre el tiroteo)
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events (hablar con los niños sobre tragedias y otros sucesos en las noticias)

Para los en la Florida, y cualquier otro lugar, que ya no pueden dar gracias por la seguridad de sus hijos, lloro con ustedes y su comunidad.

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Patrick Sánchez