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

NUSD Updates – Meals for Students, Non-Screen Activities & Safety Information


March/April 2020


Dear Graham Families,

We are moving towards the final trimester of the school year. We had a successful chocolate bar fundraiser, a successful Pennies for Patients Drive, many fun field trips & assemblies, and a successful new Family Science Night!  Thank you to GPS and all of our parents volunteering their time to support the continued needs of Graham. Your dedication is greatly appreciated.

Although our student absences remain higher than expected, we have greatly improved our attendance rates. Due to our increase in attendance and academic standardized test scores Graham has now exited Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) based on our most recent CA Dashboard scores. This is great news! However, there’s still opportunities for improvement.  

The CA Dashboard is an online tool that shows how districts and schools are performing on the state and local measures that are included in California’s school accountability system. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act indicators, Graham shall not only focus on improving our academics (ELA/Math scores) but we must also include suspensions and our chronic absenteeism rate. If your child is chronically absent please reach out to Principal Byrd or a staff member of your choice for additional options of support that may be available to help increase your student’s attendance. We want to help you!

11.3% of Graham’s students were chronically absent, missing more than 10% of last school year. This is a decline from the prior year of 31.5%, but it is still too high. While teachers and staff work diligently to improve student achievement outcomes many students are not present daily in order to reap the benefits. As learning never stops, it is crucial for your child to be in school each and every day. Being present ensures that your child receives full access to the curriculum. We will begin our standardized testing on April 27th and students have less anxiety when they feel prepared. Our Cougar Cubs continue to work hard on their classwork, homework, projects, test-prep and in their FLEX groups. Please make an effort to get your student to school each day in order to support their learning and to help their classroom win the monthly attendance rewards.

In Partnership,

Ms. Byrd