Academy Olympians and Lincoln Lions Claim Titles
Alameda, CA (March 1, 2013) – The Academy of Alameda Olympians Boys A team showed their dominance in a 59 – 46 win over the Wood Beavers at the Alameda Education Foundation’s Middle School basketball boys championships on Feb. 26th. With size, speed and a strong shooting arsenal, they had no trouble defending their #1 position over a worthy opponent.
In the B division, held just earlier that day, Lincoln surprised the Academy with a great defense and a strong finish to win by 3 points, 25 – 22.
In the Girls A division on Wednesday, Feb. 27th, undefeated Lincoln played solid defense and passed incredibly well offensively to dominant the Beavers in a 53 – 20 win. The Beavers have a couple outstanding 3-point shooting guards, but it was not enough to keep them in the game that day.
The Lincolns Girls B team also entered the game undefeated but could not build that much of a lead against a determined Academy of Alameda team. Lincoln was luckier in the shooting contest, however, and held onto their #1 spot with a 14 – 2 win.
Middle School Sports is funded and managed by the Alameda Education Foundation. AEF’s Middle School Sports program also includes coed volleyball in the fall and track & field in the spring.
Photo: Lincoln Boys B Team Champions. Courtesy of Deborah Ravetti
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.
Funds from the Equipped 4 Success school supply drive are used to purchase graphing calculators for Alameda public high schools.
Geometry can be challenging enough in itself. But imagine having to make calculations using a giant grid of trigonometry calculations and then using these calculations to multiply or divide to solve for a missing side length. Whew! It is surely as tedious as it sounds and it puts the emphasis on not making a math mistake rather than learning necessary geometry standards. But that is the case for many Alameda high school students who cannot afford to purchase graphing calculators, which retail for around $125 each.
However, thanks to the success of the summer Equipped 4 Success school supply drive, graphing calculators were purchased with funds from the drive and distributed to Alameda public high schools, including Alameda, Encinal and ASTI (Alameda Science and Technology Institute). These calculators will be available for students who cannot afford to purchase one of their own.
According to Encinal High School math teacher Zach Raher, “With these calculators I can even the playing field and provide a meaningful lesson rather than have students focus on the arduous task of decimal multiplication and division with the trig tables.” The calculators are used for classes in geometry, algebra II and above.
Equipped 4 Success was a community-wide collaborative school supply drive sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation; the Alameda Unified School District; the Alameda Point Collaborative; the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families. The drive collected backpacks and supplies to support low-income students served by these organizations. Over 900 stuffed backpacks were distributed prior to the start of school. Additional supplies have been distributed directly to local schools to support other students in need. Funds from this drive were used to purchase 30 graphing calculators.
View the original story as published on the Alameda Patch here.
Thank you, Alameda! The Equipped 4 Success school supply drive was a huge success!
This summer, several organizations joined together to run a community-wide school supply drive called “Equipped 4 Success.” Our goal was to fill backpacks with school supplies for 800 low-income students served by the Alameda Unified School District’s McKinney-Vento program for homeless families, the Alameda Point Collaborative for formerly homeless families, and the Alameda Boys and Girls Club.
Thanks to you, we not only achieved this goal, we surpassed it and have so far helped over 900 Alameda children start school equipped for success!
Volunteers from Alameda Point Collaborative show off some of the stuffed backpacks.Volunteers from Alameda Point Collaborative stuff backpacks with school supplies
We would like to particularly thank the following businesses and organizations for their support and donations: Alameda South Shore Center, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Office Max at South Shore, Pottery Barn, VF Outdoor and The Family Giving Tree. The following businesses and organizations hosted donation drives and/or bins for the effort: Alameda Fire Department, Alameda Free Library, Alameda Municipal Power, Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Bank of Alameda , Bladium Sports & Fitness Club, Bon Voyage Luggage, Coffee & Tea Traders, Financial Benefits Credit Union , Harbor Bay Club, Towne Cleaners, Tucker’s Ice Cream, Perforce Software, Bay Area Chinese Bible Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, Christ Episcopal Church, Twin Towers UMC, and Bayport Residents.
But most of all, we would like to thank the Alameda community for once again proving that Alameda is a community that truly cares about its youth.
“Equipped 4 Success” was sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation; the Alameda Unified School District; the Alameda Point Collaborative; the Alameda Boys and Girls Club; and the Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families.
Welcome to the Alameda Education Foundation Enrichment Program! We are excited once again to offer the children of our community the opportunity to enjoy a variety of fun and exciting after-school classes.
Class registration for 2012-2013 will begin as indicated for the specific school as different schools have different registration dates. There is a $15 processing fee for any cancellations after enrollment. Please do not ask office staff about Enrichment classes. For questions, please reference the emails listed below. Thank you
Please visit the Enrichment webpage for the General Policies & Procedures.
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Academy of Alameda Registration starts Friday, August 31, 2012, 9:30am.
Bay Farm School: Registration starts Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:30am.
Earhart School: Registration starts Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:30am.
Edison School: Registration starts Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:30am.
Franklin School: Registration starts Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:30am.
Haight School: Registration starts Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:30am.
Lincoln School: Registration starts Friday, August 31, 2012, 9:30am.
Lum School: Registration starts Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:30am.
Nea Lower K-5/Upper Village: Registration starts Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 9:30am.
Otis School: Registration starts Thursday, August 30, 2012, 9:30am.
Paden School: Registration starts Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 9:30am.
Band Program: Registration starts Monday, October 1, 2012, 9:30am.
Mandarin Fall 2012 Flyer
Note that all public school students may attend Enrichment classes at any school that is currently offering classes, based on space availability. If interested, please contact the school site coordinator by email.