Hayward Twin Oaks

Secondary Program 10/2/2022

Please note this information is intended for families of students in Grades 7-12 who are attending classes at our Secondary Campus at 951 Palisade St, Hayward CA 94542.

"Follow the child". - Maria Montessori


Picture Day for grades 7th- 11th is October 6th

Picture order forms will be sent home with your student on Monday, 10/3.

Neurodiversity Parent Group

will meet on Thursday, October 6th at 9:00 am in the Orchard on the Elementary campus.

Lunch Forms Needed

Breakfast and Lunch are free of cost to all students as part of the National School Lunch Program.

We will continue to collect all Free and Reduced Lunch Applications as this information is crucial to source of funding for our school. We need 100% of our families to fill this form out whether you believe you qualify or not. This will not impact your students ability to obtain FREE breakfast/lunch.

Please complete it and save the confirmation number given at submittal.

We appreciate your timeliness in filling this out and support our school and funding.

English Lunch Application https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

How to fill it out application tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKVdVZf0MD0

Spanish Lunch Application https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application

How to fill it out application tutorial (Spanish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-eHFQSweiM&t=1s

Breakfast & LUNCH MENU

AMS Family connection




Please remember to send in your child's completed forms and fees for our Slide Ranch Trip. Remember - if you have any questions or concerns of any type, reach out to Ms. Ledezma who is happy to have a phone conversation or schedule a face-to-face meeting with you!

Riding on skateboards and other recreational vehicles are not allowed on campus. Students should not be hanging out in areas where cars are entering and exiting . In addition, students who are waiting for pick up should be in the pick up area by the back field. Students should only be on campus after school if they are waiting for pick up, part of a school club, are in school sports, receiving tutoring or completing classwork inside the classrooms.


Both the 7th and 8th-grade math is quickly becoming more challenging, but our students (and teachers!) are hanging in there and gaining a deeper understanding of the concepts through every struggle. If your child is NOT demonstrating success when you visit PowerSchool to check their grades (in math or any other subject), it is quite possible that they are not spending their Small Group Time wisely! This is a time when the students to teacher ratio is low and we are there to assist your child in whatever they need. We also have tutoring M, T, Th, F from 3-4 - we have a few regulars that show up, but not many . . .


The Animal Care, Welfare, and Rights elective group visited the Hayward Animal Shelter on Wednesday. Everyone had a great time and learned a LOT about the shelter and animal behavior from our amazing tour guide, Ms. Alyse. This trip would not have happened were it now for one group of students who initiated and organized the field trip (WAY TO GO, Stephanie, Valerie, Lavenia, Emily C.!!). We also want to give a HUGE thanks to Ms. Louri, Ms. Angelica, and our high school hero, Kai, for attending as chaperones! The students were STELLAR role models for our school. (pictures included)


In film appreciation class we started Jurassic Park after watching 12 Angry Men, a movie that has 100% rotten tomatoes.

This past Wednesday we had a fundraiser for LSU where they were selling nachos, agua fresca and churros bites. For any future fundraisers, please send money with students so they can participate in the



We are looking for donations for soil, wood and any plants! Thank you!


In Ms Anderson’s class we are trying to fundraise money for a new Tv. Currently we have a projector that is really hard to see so in Film Appreciation it is hard for us to watch movies so it would help the elective out by giving them a better way of watching movies.


Sports Game Schedule

Women's Volleyball Wed Oct 5
HTO vs Lionel Wilson @ 9175 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94603, USA - Ira Jinkins 5:00pm

Fri Oct 7
HTO vs Invictus @ Sunset, Hayward 5:00pm

Over Break
Fri Oct 19
HTO vs ARISE @ 9175 Edes Ave, Oakland, CA 94603, USA - Ira Jinkins 5:00pm

Men's Soccer Thu Oct 6
HTO vs John Henery @ Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Eden Park Place, Hayward, CA, USA - Field: Sheridan 2 , 4:00pm

Over Break
Tue Oct 11
HTO vs AIMS @ Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Eden Park Place, Hayward, CA, USA - Field: Sheridan 2 , 4:00pm
Thu Oct 13
HTO vs Invictus @ Alden E. Oliver Sports Park, Eden Park Place, Hayward, CA, USA - Field: Sheridan 2 , 4:00pm

Sports Physicals Required

If your high school student will be playing any school sport (Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball) this year they must have a physical completed prior to playing.

The form is attached below. If you are having a hard time scheduling a physical contact Mr. Muerle alex@haywardtwinoaks.org so he can help you coordinate an appt with a mobile physician.

College Applications and Financial Aid-Open October 1st

Dear Senior Parents,

As mentioned during Senior Night, Ms. Rodriguez, will begin to assist Seniors with their college applications starting 10/6. Seniors will be needing their social security number (if applicable) and the transcript that was provided to them during the meeting.

FAFSA-https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch (US citizen or Permanent Residents)

FSA ID -Part of FAFSA, Parent AND Student must create a separate FSA ID first *If a parent already has an FSA ID for a current college student, there is no need to create a new FSA ID. You may add your new student (senior) when you complete your college students FAFSA.

DREAM ACT https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ (Undocumented, AB540/DACA)

ELPAC Testing

Initial ELPAC testing will be starting this week (week of Oct. 3rd, 2022). I will reach out to each student individually both by email and in person to let you know the date and time of the test. This is ONLY for students new to Hayward Twin Oaks or students that have NEVER taken the ELPAC before. If you have any questions, please reach out to sevana@haywardtwinoaks.org

Falcons Travel to Dominican Republic

If you have decided to allow your student to travel to the Dominican Republic in the Spring of 2024, please enroll as soon as possible. There is a $250 discount for those who enroll by October 15. Please visit the website www.passports.com and enter the Tour ID: DCHRISTENSEN24-2

We want to finalize our group of travelers and start looking into fundraisers. If you have any questions or concerns, please email angie@haywardtwinoaks.org OR dulce@haywardtwinoaks.org

Remember this trip is available for 9th-11th grade students.

Junior Washington DC trip

We will be having a virtual DC Trip Information night next Tuesday October 4th at 5pm. Please attend if you are interested in sending your student to DC for intersession week March 27-31.

Link for meeting: https://silveroakmontessori-org.zoom.us/j/4144471078

Get excited! Hayward Twin Oaks is participating in a dynamic, hands-on, civic education program for students in Washington, DC! As educators, we are always looking for new and interesting ways to provide extra challenges and opportunities to enhance your students’ educational experience. We strongly believe that Close Up does just that and will provide a learning experience of a lifetime!

With over 40 years of experience, Close Up is the nation’s largest non-profit and non-partisan citizenship education organization; and they are driven by a mission to help students become more effective and informed citizens. Their lesson plans complement the curriculum that we focus on throughout the school year, and Close Up’s interactive teaching methods inspire and empower students.

To learn more about Close Up, please visit their website at www.CloseUp.org and watch the informative video found here. Also, here is a sample schedule (https://accounts.closeup.org/Schedules/H-39-C-S.PDF) for our 5 day program in Washington, DC,

Ryan Shephard (social studies teacher) will be available to discuss cost, trip dates, fundraising, and other program logistics. Please don't let the cost of the trip deter you from participating. We will be receiving financial aid from various organizations and Close Up. We will also be fundraising as a group to offset the cost for each student. Please see the program info PDF attached below.


Ryan Shephard (Social Studies Teacher)

Hayward Twin Oaks Montessori School

Donor Choose for Film for sports

I want to make sure my students have the materials and experiences they need to succeed, so I just created a request on DonorsChoose: Sports Film of Extracurricular Games


If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.

Thanks so much,
Alexander Muerle

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help, please pass this along!

High School Election Worker Program

Students who are 16 years or older have the opportunity to be election workers for Alameda County. This is an opportunity to earn money and community service hours. Please see the attached application for more information.


Tutoring for the MS and HS will begin on Tuesday September 6th from 3-4pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There is no tutoring on Wednesdays. The schedule is being finalized and will be shared in our upcoming newsletter.

No need for pre-registering of tutoring. Students can drop in any day and be assisted by the teacher running tutoring.

Community Involvement Organization (CIO)

Are you looking to connect with other families in our community, and help plan events

and fundraisers? Look no further! CIO is up and running and working toward our next

school-wide event: the Fall Festival on October 29! We need volunteers for this event,

as well as all of the others planned for this school year. If you'd like to get involved,

please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/CUzUBPQMWWxgpcY7A

The Fall Festival will include a Makers Market, and we are currently accepting

applications for vendor spaces. Interested vendors can apply via this

link: https://forms.gle/K35DH1grKnKJX9yB8

Chromebook Check Out

School issued Chromebooks are now available to be checked out by our current 7th-9th and transfer students. The attached Chromebook agreement must be brought in with all necessary signatures in order for them to be check out.

Updated Cell Phone Policy

In an effort to support all students on our campus in being present and getting their undivided attention our Cell Phone and Earbud policy has changed.

This year students in:

Middle School: will be required to turn in their cell phones upon entry to class and they will get returned back to them at the end of the day

High School: will be required to turn in their cell phones upon entry to every class and they will be returned back to them at the end of that period

We ask that parents do not interrupt your students learning by emailing them or texting them during class time. If you have an urgent message or need to speak to them please call the office 510-370-3334, we would be happy to assist you in getting their message to them.

Wireless headphones and earbuds are not permitted in class or community meeting. When allowed wired earphones will be the only sources of auditory units to be used.

2022-23 School Calendar

To download a copy of the 2022-23 school calendar use the link below:


Stay at Home if Sick / COVID Exposure

If a student is feeling sick, or has any of the exposure situations or symptoms listed on the self screening reference sheet, please test before coming to school.

If symptoms are consistent with COVID-19, the individual should not return to school until they meet the following criteria:

- 24 hours have passed since the resolution of the fever without fever-reducing medications and

- Other symptoms have improved and

- They have documentation of a negative COVID test OR a healthcare provider has provided documentation that the symptoms are typical of their underlying chronic condition (e.g., allergies or asthma) OR a healthcare provider has confirmed and provided documentation of an alternative named diagnosis (e.g., Streptococcal pharyngitis, Coxsackie virus), OR at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, individuals who have been exposed to that individual as a “close contact” will be notified and provided with quarantine instructions that meet county and state guidelines.

We highly encourage all our community members to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination and booster they are available for their age group.

Health and Safety Measures

We continue to closely follow the guidance of the California Department of Public Health, Alameda County Department of Public Health, and Alameda County Office of Education to ensure our students have a healthy and safe space to learn. This information is outlined in the Alameda County School Reopening guidance document.

More information will be provided as released by the local authorities, but at this time we do know families can expect:

  • Self-Screening Before Coming to School is required for all students and staff. The screening reference sheet is here. If any symptoms are present, please test for Covid.

  • Face Coverings will be highly recommended but not required for all students and staff while indoors unless eating/drinking. Students do not need to wear a mask for Outdoor Activities.

  • Ventilation enhancements added previously will continue. These are enhanced ventilation systems throughout the building with the use of HEPA filtration systems and fans.

  • Hand Washing will be encouraged throughout the day using either soap and water or hand sanitizer.

  • Lunch and Snack will require students to remove their face coverings. We added additional seating at lunch to increase the spacing between students and additional ventilation to the space. Outdoor spaces will also be utilized for eating when weather permits. Snacks are to be eaten outside the classroom in an outdoor area.

  • Cleaning procedures that were implemented previously will continue including additional wiping down of high touch areas and the use of EPA approved products.

Drop Off and Pick Up

When driving onto the campus we ask that :

  • You move slowly through the one way drive way
  • You don't attempt to exit where you entered (the tire spiked will be getting lifted shortly)
  • You park closest to the striped areas next to the drop off/pick up fence
  • You don't obstruct the road and park allowing for a car to move on your right side if parked by the buildings

When we picking up

We ask that you wait to pick up no earlier than 15 minutes before dismissal and wait patiently until we dismiss your students.

We must leave clearance on the left hand side for cars to exit while in line.

If you have to pick up your student earlier for an appointment around dismissal time we ask that you park on the street and walk into the campus as the exits are congested with traffic.

We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate and problem solve concerns.

Start/End Times

Secondary students grades 7-12th will follow the following bell schedule:

Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday 8:45am-2:50pm

Wednesday 8:45am- 2:00pm