Ending the 2019-2020 School Year

June 4, 2020

Today was the most unusual last day of school I have ever experienced. Usually this is a day filled with laughter, hugs, tears and lots of emotions in the school building and on the playground. Instead today was quiet, orderly and noticeably not full of excitement for summer. If there is one thing I know, it is I hope never to end a year without students in the building.

Even with the strange year we have had, I feel incredibly lucky and full of gratitude to be able to serve as principal here at Eastin. I have truly found joy in this school year, with the students, staff and community. Thank you for the warm welcome all year long. I look forward to recharging over the summer...as well as doing lots of planning for what next year may look like. I hope everyone will be able to recharge this summer as well.


Goodbye to our 5th Graders

Our 5th graders had a very interesting year. We want to congratulate them on a job well done, persistence in the face of the unknown, and keeping a positive attitude. We did not get to say goodbye in the traditional fashion, however, we have found a few new ways to celebrate. We wish our students a wonderful time in middle school and we know they will make everyone at Eastin proud with their future accomplishments.

Check out our 5th Grade Slide Show, compiled with the help of Annie Kwong!

Check out our 5th Grade Farewell Video, complied with the help of Annie Kwong!

A Few Additional Farewells

We want to wish the following staff members nothing but the best as they move on to new horizons. We have loved working with each and every one of these fantastic educators. They will be missed!

Ms. Brattoli (Speech Therapist) - moving out of state

Mrs. Burback (Kinder Teacher) - Retiring

Ms. Harris (School Psychologist) - moving on to be one of the School Psychologists at Logan

Ms. Laporte (1st Grade Teacher) - returning to Alvarado Elementary School

Mrs. Malone (Assistant Principal) - returning to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School

Mr. Malone (5th Grade Teacher) - returning to Pioneer Elementary School

A Message from PTC

Thank you for a great year!

Click here to read a thank you message from your PTC Board and Vijitha Ramesh, Art Vistas coordinator. Thank you for a great year, Eastin community! Have a great summer!

- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YBSIRnZEwXVkcxXfEdl9LAZjCdM_A3V1/view?usp=sharing

Thank you so much for all of your help this year. It has been so great working with you!

Statement of Solidarity from the NHUSD Equity Council

The New Haven Unified District Equity Council, made up of students, teachers, administrators and community members, stands alongside our brothers and sisters in this movement that demands justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Steven Taylor, and others who have fallen due to police violence and racist attacks. We stand in solidarity with our community who are voicing their anguish, and anger with systems that devalue Black lives. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement and furthermore...

We stand against police brutality in all forms.

We stand against a criminal justice system that disproportionately targets Black Americans.

We stand against the disenfranchisement of Black and Brown communities whose voices continue to be silenced at the polls.

We stand against an educational system that continues to marginalize, criminalize, and oppress our Black and Brown students.

Now is not the time to remain silent and we call upon the community to stand with us and demand justice.

Our charge as the District Equity Council is to identify and remedy habitual patterns of unintentional racism, bias, and at times, intentional racism and bias. Specifically, our actions include:

  • To improve the level to which curriculum, instruction, and grading address students’ cultural and individual needs, including materials, learning modalities, learning targets and assessments;

  • To ensure that students have safe and adequate opportunities to address issues of race, culture, gender orientation and religion by providing for student voice and perspective and a process for democratic action.

  • To support district staff and families with understanding the definition of Equity and Social Justice, by providing professional development.

Moving forward, we renew our commitment to the aforementioned actions with renewed vigor and purpose as we ensure that our students and staff understand the roots of racism, its consequences, and the role that education plays in perpetuating systemic racism and oppression. Our curriculum must be anti-racist. Our staff must be anti-racist. Our policies and practices must be anti-racist.

“One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.”

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

We encourage our community and allies not to remain silent, but ACT in ways that serve the movement and will result in true change. First and foremost, EDUCATE yourself. READ, LISTEN. WRITE. DONATE.

Please visit the District Equity Council Website for resources.

In Solidarity,

The New Haven Unified School District Equity Council

Tri-Chairs: Mani Allen, Ramon Camacho, Tracie Noriega