Lincoln Middle School Clinches Wins in Exciting Matches
Lincoln Middle School came into last week’s Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) Middle School Volleyball Championships with a comfortable number one seed, but strong challengers turned the matches into nail biters that went down to the wire.
In the A (varsity) team championships, Lincoln took the first game over the Academy of Alameda handedly, 25 – 7. But the Olympians tamed the Lions’ roar to a soft mew in the second game, 25 – 16. In a back and forth rally in the third tie-breaker set looked like it might last all night, Lincoln finally pulled out a win at the end, 16 – 14 (third sets are played to 15, but a team must win by 2 points).
In the preceding B (jr. varsity) match, it was a similar story. Lincoln eeked out a first game win against a charged up Wood, 28 – 26 (first and second games are played to 25, but teams must win by 2). Wood ruled the second game 25 – 16, but then Lincoln regained control with a final 15 – 8 win to take the match over the Beavers.
According to Rebecca Baumgartner, co-coach at Lincoln, “We had an amazing group of kids this year. They were active learners who concentrated and absorbed everything they were taught.”
The Alameda Education Foundation Middle School Sports program is in its fourth year and the skill among these young student-athletes has grown significantly. Alameda High School volleyball coach Steve McAdam say he was “very impressed with the level of ball control, quality of serving and, especially, the composure on the court of these middle school players.” He added that the number of students trying out at the high school level has doubled since the advent of the AEF program.
The student-athletes are learning improving their skills in the classroom as well. The program requires a minimum grade point average in order to be eligible to participate. Schools support struggling students with tutoring. At Wood School, for example, Coach Roan Kees has established a peer tutoring program. According to Coach Kees, just about every student participates in the program, that occurs prior to practices. “Many of our players give up several lunch periods every week to tutor teammates who are struggling,” said Kees. Added Baumgartner, “Middle school sports continue to have a very positive impact on our community. Our students are better able to balance the demands of academics, family responsibilities and community obligations because they have experience managing busy schedules. They learn skills for working well as a team which are directly transferrable to the classroom, community, and workforce.”
AEF took over managing middle school sports in 2009, a couple years after the Alameda Unified School District had to cut it due to loss of State funding for the program. AEF’s program also includes boys and girls basketball in the winter and track and field in the spring. Schools participating include Lincoln, Wood and The Academy middle schools and a combo Nea/ACLC team. Bay Farm 6th graders will be joining the league starting with basketball. AEF actively seeks donations and grants to help support the program.
At the Sept. 11, 2012 Board of Education meeting, Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) president Bill Sonneman presented grants to Alameda High School and Encinal High School to support technology needs in the schools’ academic intervention programs.
The funds were generated by Power Up 4 Learning, a collaboration between AEF and Alameda Municipal Power (AMP), that enables AMP customers to designate an amount to be added to their monthly power bill. AMP collects these donations and provides them to AEF to support technology needs at Alameda public schools.
“Power up 4 Learning is an easy and painless way to support Alameda schools,” explains Sonneman. For as little as $1.00 a month, AMP customers can cumulatively generate thousands of dollars for school technology needs.
“If just 10% of AMP customers donated $1.00 per month, we’d generate over $40,000 for technology needs; $5.00 per month would bring in over $200,000,” Sonneman says.
Technology can not only make it more interesting to learn, it can open up doors to learning for many students. This year’s grants will help students who need interventive support.
At Alameda High School, the funds will support Academic Enrichment classes, which support 9th and 10th graders in learning new academic strategies aimed at helping them achieve success in their core classes.
At Encinal High School it will support a series of classes including Academic Strategies, for Special Education students; Math Lab, aimed at students underperforming in math; Fusion, which helps students in reading and writing; and Advance, for students interested in excelling into Advanced Placement classes. The grants will be used by the high schools to purchase technology tools to support these programs.
Last year, over 2,500 students were supported with Power Up 4 Learning funds in areas such as reading intervention, science and math. Those stories can be found here.
More information and sign-ups for Power Up 4 Learning may be found on the Alameda Education Foundation website.
The Alameda Education Foundation (AEF), the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD), the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC), the Alameda Boys & Girls Club (Alameda BGC), and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families (ACCYF) are pleased to announce “Equipped for Success” – a community wide drive to collect school supplies for Alameda’s low-income students. “Our goal is to ensure that students begin the first day of class in 2012 with the supplies they need to be successful in the classroom,” said Bill Sonneman, president of AEF.
Supplies will be distributed to low-income students served by the AUSD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Program (homeless is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence), APC (serving formerly homeless families), and the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. The group has established a goal of 800 filled backpacks.
“Equipped for Success” is accepting both cash donations and supplies. Monetary donations may be mailed to Alameda Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1363, Alameda, CA 94502. Please indicate “school supply drive.” You may also donate online here:
Items being collected (new only, please):
- mechanical pencils
- colored pencils
- scissors (for children)
- glue sticks
- spiral notebooks
- binder paper
- pocket folders (3 hole punched)
- 1” three ring binders
- tab dividers (for binders)
- musical instruments (used okay)
- picture frames (used okay)
If you need to make arrangements for drop off or pick up of instruments or frames, please contact email@example.com.
Items may be dropped off at the following locations from June 29th – August 18th :
South Shore Summer Beats Concert Series
(July 4 • July 7 • July 21 • Aug. 4 • Aug. 18 • Sep.1)
5:00 – 7:00 PM, Center Court
Cash or check donations may also be brought to the concerts. Please make checks out to AEF and indicate “School Supply Drive
- Bank of Alameda - Otis St. branch
Fire Station #1 (Park and Santa Clara)
Fire Station #2 (635 Pacific)
- Tucker’s Ice Cream
Peter’s Kettle Corn and wine from R&B Cellars will be available for sale at the concerts with proceeds benefiting the drive!
Thank you to South Shore Center, Peter’s Kettle Corn and all the businesses supporting this drive!
About 200 student-athletes competed in the Alameda Education Foundation’s Track & Field Championships last week and some impressive marks were earned.
In the field events at Encinal High School on June 5, Tatiana Kelly of Wood Middle School had the best girls shot put with a distance of 27’6”. In the boys division, it was Wood’s Ramon Kelly winning with a throw of 28’7”. Wood’s Chad Dali had the longest long jump of the day at 15′ 1″. For the girls, it was The Academy’s Mira Love-Sangco at 12’7″.
In the running events held on June 6 at the College of Alameda, Love-Sangco had another good day with a top girls 50-meter time of 7.06.
In the girls 400 meter, The Academy’s Damiona Barbosa had the best run of the day with 1:05.2 and placed second in the 800 with 2:47.3.
Wood’s KC Sabian won the boys 50 meter in 6.44, while Lincoln’s Skyler Stebbins took second with 6.67. Sabian and Stebbins were off the record marks by just 1/10th and 2/10th respectively.
Wood captured the girls 4×100 meter relay, with Lincoln coming in 2nd and 3rd. Wood won the 7th grade girls 4×400, followed closely by the team from ACLC/Nea.
The Middle School Sports program is managed by the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF), who took it over in 2009 after state funding was eliminated. The program includes co-ed volleyball in the fall, boys and girls basketball in the winter, and track and field in the spring.
Middle school student-athletes representing all of Alameda’s public district and charter schools participate, including The Academy of Alameda, Lincoln Middle School, Wood Middle School and 6th-8th graders from a combined ACLC/Nea team. In all, about 400 student-athletes participate from across the Island.
AEF supports the program through grants, fundraising efforts and a modest student participation fee. Scholarships are awarded on a need basis so that all students may participate. AEF particularly would like to thank the Olympic Club Foundation and the Jameson Foundation for helping make this vital program possible.
Over 200 student-athletes expected to participate in running and field events
Alameda middle school students are lacing up their running shoes in preparation for the start of Track & Field this week, part of the Middle School Sports program run by the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF). “We expect over 200 students to compete this year,” said AEF Athletic Director Marty Garchar. Teams are based at The Academy of Alameda, Lincoln and Wood Middle Schools as well as a combined team from Nea/ACLC 6th – 8th grades. The students will compete in two “All-Comers” meets, where there are no limits on entries to give students a chance to try different events, culminating in a Championship meet June 5th and 6th.
Students compete in a range of running events, from the 50 meter sprint to the mile. There are also relays. Field events include the Long Jump and Shot Put. Running events are held at the College of Alameda (no Alameda high school has a viable track) with field events at Encinal High School.
For many middle school students, this is the first opportunity to participate in Track & Field. Because there are no limits to how many students can participate per school, unlike team sports, “all students have the opportunity to participate, no matter their skill level,” explained Garchar. Besides the obvious fitness benefits of track & field, students learn a lot about themselves. Said Don Porteous, Encinal High School distance coach who volunteers to help run the meets: “The young people get a taste of what they can achieve if they work at it, and many discover talent that they did not realize they had.”
AEF took over management and support of middle school sports in 2009 after it was cut by the district due to budget shortfalls. In addition to Track & Field, the program includes coed volleyball in the fall and boys and girls basketball in the winter. It is open to students from both the district and charter public schools. The program boasts a strong academic tie-in – student-athletes must maintain minimum GPA to participate – as well as a code of conduct. “Our goal is to support student success in the classroom as well as on the field or court,” added AEF President Bill Sonneman. In addition to a small participation fee, AEF seeks grants and community donations to fund the program.
For more information or to make a donation to support this program, please click here.
- April 24 – All-Comers: Field Events – Encinal High School
- April 25 – - All-Comers: Running Events – College of Alameda
- May 9 – All-Comers: Running Events – College of Alameda
- May 10 – - All-Comers: Field Events – Encinal High School
- June 5 – Championships: Field Events – Encinal High School
- June 6 – Championships: Running Events – College of Alameda
Click the Track and Field page for more details.