36270 Cherry St
Newark, CA 94560

Ms. Akilah Byrd, Principal
[email protected]
Main Office: 510-818-3300
Report an Absence: 510-818-3300

Fax:  510-494-0113

Bell Schedule

8:00  Morning Recess
8:07  Line Up Bell
8:10  Instruction Begins
10:20-10:35 Recess, Grades K-6 (SDC 10:05)
11:35-12:15  Lunch, Grades 4-6 (SDC 11:20)
12:20-1:00   Lunch, Grades K-3


2:32   Monday-Thursday
1:05   Friday

Monday, January 20, 2020

No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Friday, January 24 @ 1:30 pm – FAMILY MATH EVENT



Missed the Deadline to order a 2018-2019 YEARBOOK???  No problem! See Mrs. Marzano!

November/december 2019

Dear Graham Families,


The first two months of school have brought many positive events. It was great to see parents attend our Parent Literacy Night, Back-to-School Night, the Harvest Festival and Walk-a-Thon. We hope that everyone found our Parent Literacy event useful, along with the provided materials for use at home with your scholars. We also had a successful Walk & Roll to School Day and thank Mayor Nagy for coming to Graham and passing out prizes. I want to thank our current parent volunteers who help around campus in so many different ways. We appreciate you! I’m also sending a special thank you to GPS for all of our wonderful Unity Day t-shirts; Don’t Be a Bully, Be a Buddy! 


This year we continue our implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school-wide. Teachers reteach the school’s expectations, and as a principal, I have continued to facilitate restorative conversations with scholars requiring additional reminders of how to behave appropriately at school. A positive school experience will support our number one goal of improved achievement for all students at Graham Elementary School. As a school, on Unity Day and each and every day; we stand united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion all school year.


We at Graham want to be united everyday and need the help of all parents to reinforce the important social skills that align with our 3 school rules; Be Responsible, Be Respectful & Be Safe. We cannot do it alone. Additionally, attendance matters! Being present ensures that your child receives full access to the curriculum. In addition to that, in times of budget shortfalls our main source of income for schools is through our ATTENDANCE. Please make an effort to get your scholars to school each day and on time. We hold monthly classroom attendance competitions and reward classes with the highest attendance percentage. We need everyone’s help in improving Graham’s attendance rates and I appreciate the scholars who have perfect attendance thus far. Keep up the good work!

Additionally, I am happy to report that Graham has raised standardized test scores! We were the only school in the Newark Unified School District to improve by double-digits in percentages! We increased by +11.26% in ELA and by +12.15% in Math on the CA Assessment of Student Performance & Progress (CAASPP).  We appreciate our School Site Council for funding additional positions on campus that support student achievement. We would like to welcome our new part-time behaviorist, Ms. Jackie Melcher, who will be supporting Graham’s social-emotional student needs.


Thank you everyone for your continued support!



Akilah Byrd