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Hayward High

Hayward High School, the oldest high school in Alameda County, was founded in 1892.  Today, the school actively engages students in environmental programming that taps the traditions of the past and the technology of the future.  The campus features a two acre organic garden in the shadow of a solar panel.  Students learn permaculture techniques and engineer solar and wind powered irrigation systems as part of the school's Green Academy.  Teachers and students alike work to find creative ways to reuse discarded materials, reduce consumption and improve recycling.

Hayward High School Garden Video

San Francisco City College in partnership with KQED created a video showcasing the Organic Garden at Hayward High School as an educational tool for ESL teachers. Accompanying the video, sildenafil City College teachers are provided with lesson plans for their students.

Starting as a Saturday volunteer program, vialis 40mg the garden has evolved into an ecology center with a heavy focus on education, symptoms providing hands-on lessons on composting, landscaping, irrigation, and nutrition for the students. A 20k grant from PG&E brought a solar collector to the garden providing electricity to areas on campus. With the help of an additional $250k grant Hayward High School is quickly becoming a green academy in the center of an urban community. For Hartman and his students, going green is not just a catchy phrase, but words to live by.

Hayward Teacher Wins Green Star Teacher Award

Theo HartmanTheo HartmanHayward High School teacher Theo Hartman was honored Saturday at the 4th Annual Bay Area Schools Environmental Conference as the Green Star Oustanding Teacher for 2010.  Hartman, a social studies teacher, has worked to create a 2 acre, Bay Friendly registered, organic garden that has become the centerpiece of the school's emerging environmental programming.  Hartman, a member of Hayward High's Service-Learning Waste Reduction Project team used found, reclaimed, and recycled items in the construction and layout of the garden.  He played a key role in a number of environmental grants and programs on campus including a PG&E solar schools grant and a the design of Green California Partnership Academy to help build career pathways preparing students for green collar jobs.

Read more about Hartman's work and Hayward High

The Environmental Conference, sponsored by the City of San Jose featured workshops highlighting ways that schools can become more efficient and prepare students to address local environmental challenges.

Green Star Teacher AwardGreen Star Teacher Award

Text from the City of San Jose's announcement of Hartman's award:

"Using a small grant, plenty of creative reuse methods, a strong imagination and a great deal of elbow grease, social studies teacher Theo Hartman created a two-acre, Bay-Friendly certified, organic vegetable and native plant garden on Hayward High's campus. The garden has become the focal point of the school's quickly emerging environmental programming which includes a PG&E Solar Schools grant, and a new Green California Partnership Academy designed to prepare students for the green jobs of the future. This campus gem includes deer-fenced organic produce and fruit trees, a storage shed with a seed library, and an outdoor classroom. Native plants provide habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and other critters indicative of a healthy ecosystem.  Produce grown in the garden is sent home with students to become part of the family dinner.  The garden has even become an after-practice snack bar for many of the high school’s athletes!

Hartman has worked hard to train teachers on campus to integrate the garden and studies of nature into their curricula. Today, teachers from virtually every department and after school program participate in sustainable agriculture and landscaping practices. 

The City of San José is proud to recognize Theo Hartman with this year’s Green Star Outstanding Teacher Award."


Hayward High Wins Green Career Academy Grant

In February, Hayward High received notification from the California Department of Education that it has been selected to create a Green Career Academy.  In a rigorous grant application process, Hayward High proposed creating a Green Energy Academy to build on the school's expanding environmental programming.

In starting the Green Energy Academy at Hayward High, the school hopes to design a green curriculum that engages students and prepares them to contribute to a sustainable future in a green career.

This goal will be accomplished in a number of ways. First, courses, such as "Introduction to Energy" or "Environmental Science and Technology," will help engage and introduce students to green-related topics such as renewable energy and recycling. Secondly, with the third largest public high school campus in the state of California, the faculty will incorporate the use of an Ecology Center and local garden into course designs to allow students to take more ownership over the campus. Thirdly, Hayward High intends to partner with local industry, building on existing relationships with PG&E, Solar City, and NUMI organic teas, to provide workshops, mentoring, and potential internships that will lead to entry-level employment.

To learn more about the Green Career Academy Program, visit the California Department of Education website: 

Tour of Hayward High School's Organic Garden

Map of Hayward High GardenMap of Hayward High GardenThe focal point of Hayward High School's effort to develop sustainability education is the school's two acre, Bay Friendly, organic school garden.  Social Studies teacher Theo Hartman started the garden with a modest $5000 grant, using much of the initial funding to invest in native plants to help stabilize a hillside against erosion.  The garden has expanded to include deer-fenced organic produce and fruit trees, storage shed with a seed library, and an outdoor classroom.

Native plants provide habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and other critters indicative of a healthy ecosystem.

Produce grown in the garden is sent home with students to become part of the family dinner.  After practice, many athletes visit the gardent for a fresh snack and nutrition lesson from Hartman.

Hayward High is Talking Trash!

Ms. Ball and Mr. Martin Tour the Transfer StationMs. Ball and Mr. Martin Tour the Transfer Station

H.U.S.D. is talking trash, advice and not the gossip kind of “trash.”   We are talking about real garbage.  It is grabbing our attention, and we are taking it seriously.  Hayward High, for example, has jumped on board with support from partnership agencies A.C.O.E.,  !Recycle@School!, Learn and Serve K-12, and to engage in S.L.W.R.P.: a year-round emphasis on a Service Learning Waste Reduction Program.

Nate Ivy, the S.L.W.R.P. Program Coordinator at sites throughout the Bay Area, has coordinated with Hayward High teachers and administration to help Hayward High build a service learning model that bridges Content Standards and curriculum to community based projects.  The new projects will help students, teachers, and community members learn the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot” formula for reducing waste.

The service learning model is a shift from direct method teaching to interactive learning that empowers students on multiple levels.  The model includes the following areas: meaningful service, student voice, reflection, diversity, partnerships, duration/intensity, link to curriculum, and evaluation.  The model stands apart from traditional community service in that it infuses values around service, integrates Standards based curriculum and high academic achievement, and builds sustainability.

Hayward High instructors Charles Martin and Megan Ball had the opportunity to attend the S.L.W.R.P. orientation at the Waste Management Transfer Station’s Education Center in San Leandro before the school year started.  There they took a tour of the facility and saw how they sort and recycle trash from at least fourteen cities.  They were able to observe firsthand the kinds of materials people dispose of in the landfill that could be easily sorted and recycled into usable products.  Those on the tour were surprised, for example, at how much cardboard and food product were not either recycled or composted. It opened the tour members’ eyes not only to the consumption habits of people but also the excessive waste that could have been avoided in the first place.  The abundance of trash equates to 30 trucks a day that carry, to the landfill, 50,000 pounds of garbage each. It was noted that the “life” of much of the trash could be  different if people rethought their daily habits.  Much trash that people dispose of, for instance, like bowling balls, shoes, stuffed animals, and tennis balls, have a possibility of another life if they are reused.

Paper Baled for RecyclingPaper Baled for RecyclingThe inspiring, informative orientation highlighted successful, ongoing projects at local schools which build awareness about waste management and help community members become more responsible in their choices.  Those include Winton’s Garden and food program,  Irvington’s Ewaste program and Go-Green initiatives, Tennyson’s media academy blogs, and other projects that involve litter indexing, waste audits, and battery recycling, to name a few. 

It will no doubt be a transformative experience.   Students, teachers, and administrators are invited to attend and celebrate continuing development of service and waste awareness. In November, Hayward High students hope to attend an educational program and tour at the Transfer Station. The program will focus on Bay friendly gardening, integrative waste management, or green building.  The kick-off event for S.L.W.R.P. will take place at Irvington High on September 19.