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  • A New Mural For Our School!
    Students in 2nd and 3rd grade are busy exploring the art of mosaic mural-making! Local artist Fernando Hernandez is helping to teach us all about it. We are investigating the theme of resilience to communicate our messages through this art form. Our pieces will become a part of an installation at our school! Find out more about supporting our mosaic mural here
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  • Dance! Break the Chain!
    New Highland Academy students use what they have learned about dance as a means to convey a message. Students in the classes of Mr. Carter, Ms. Rojas, and Ms. Dordell performed a dance to express saying "NO!" to violence. The dancers worked hard on learning the dance, "Break the Chain," a dance that is performed in over 207 countries and choreographed by Debbie Allen. On Valentine's Day dancers and their families joined 1 Billion Rising in dancing and speaking against violence in their community and the world.
    Great job, New Highlanders! 
    Check out more about 1 Billion Rising here.
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  • Peace! Love! Books! Students March to End Gun Violence

    Recent gun violence in our school's neighborhood has made the normally routine walking field trip to our local public library unsafe. Third grade students at New Highland Academy and their supporters voiced their opinions by engaging in a protest march from our school to the library, where they held a rally. Check out the story here.
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Welcome to New Highland Academy
Welcome to New Highland Academy!
Spring is here and our school is bustling with activity! We are exploring the resilient ways of the Black Panthers and the artist Favianna Rodriguez through our Cultural Heritage studies. We are just beginning new science investigations and we continue to engage in mathematical thinking. Our English and Spanish literacy is fast-developing, and we are continuing to explore through the Visual and Performing Arts. Second and third-graders are busy creating a new mosaic mural with the help of local artist Fernando Hernandez on the theme of resilience. Our older students are mentoring kids on the playground through the Playworks organization as Junior Coaches and our teachers are engaged in collaborative inquiry around a problem of practice relating to Academic Discussion with the Mills Teacher Scholars program.
Who are the New Highland Hawks?
Our students are creative thinkers, effective communicators and compassionate citizens. They attain academic excellence and powerful thinking skills. Our students communicate effectively through oral and written English and Spanish, among other languages, and a variety of arts and technological media. Our students are happy, compassionate citizens who possess strong social and emotional skills and confidence in their own capacity to learn and achieve. 
New Highland Academy is a model Arts Learning Anchor School, an Alameda County Office of Education arts initiative. Our teachers have a wide variety of experience in the arts and participate in ongoing professional development geared towards integrating the arts throughout all curricular content areas. Many teachers are bilingual in English and Spanish (and more)! We have a dedicated Visual Arts classroom and a Visual Arts Specialist teacher where students engage in weekly arts instruction, which ranges from painting, drawing, and printmaking to ceramics and digital media. In addition, we partner with Luna Dance Institute to provide dance instruction and to integrate dance into other learning areas. We have a garden too! 
Interested in learning more about what we do? Want to volunteer in our classrooms? Call our office at (510) 729-7723 to schedule a visit! 
Learn more about our school's vision here.
Feeling Generous? Please support our school here.
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