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East Palo Alto board to study all school names — but first, Ravenswood Middle School

Original post made on Aug 23, 2019

The Ravenswood school board voted unanimously on Thursday to form a board subcommittee to study and make recommendations on whether to change Ravenswood Middle School's name.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 23, 2019, 8:27 AM

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Posted by Am Still Here!
a resident of Woodland Ave. area (East Palo Alto)
on Aug 23, 2019 at 12:04 pm

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LONG before this perpetration of changing My "Alma mater". It wasn't enough for the Previous Leaders in DESTROYING "RAVENSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL" instead of
Improving that School? It was decided that it would be ERASED!
That was the beginning of the destroying a COMMUNITY!
The Leaders tried Busing. That FAILED. Caucasian Teens could not tolerate being in a predominantly BLACK Town? As well the Blacks (getting up at 4am) were bused out, also Suffered ridicule at the Caucasian Schools
So they ERASED The Afrinisisity of The Black Students back then.
The STUDENTS that attended "RAVENSWOOD HIGH SCHOOL" still meet up once a month for breakfast.
(Michael Levin has been Instrumental in preserving the Old RAVENSWOOD).
We Are Still Here!

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Posted by Marrol
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 23, 2019 at 1:08 pm

Just a respectful thought. With the many issues facing that school district with student achievement, faculty retention, and funding, this should be the least of the priorities. Another vivid example of symbolism over substance.

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Posted by Too Late
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 23, 2019 at 2:37 pm

Too late. In another ten years EPA will be predominately East and South Asian. They’ll just change the name back again.

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Posted by A Modest Proposal
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 26, 2019 at 2:59 pm

I generally don't see why we have to put people's names on everything, but how about a policy where schools are only named geographically, according to purpose/mission/specialization (tech, arts, etc), or for historical figures that have a *direct* connection to the area? Whatever name is chosen should be as inclusive as possible.

Also agree with Marrol -- this district has way more important priorities.

(Maybe they just should sell the naming rights? just joking! don't @ me!)

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Posted by REALLY?
a resident of another community
on Aug 29, 2019 at 11:18 am

Failing schools. Dismal support for teachers on the front lines. Lack of leadership (yes, even with the new administration).

And the primary focus of the Board this week is school names?

Simple solution: name the middle school Cesar Chavez Comprehensive Middle School and move on to the important business. (Ah, that would be supporting teachers and education children if it is not so obvious to you.)

School has started. Kids are here. Changing a name should not be the main concern of the school board and administration right now.

An experienced board and experienced superintendent would have knocked this issue out of the park by now. Leadership lacking at all levels..

Ravenswood keeps its poor image alive! Congratulations board and administration.

PS Cesar Chavez Comprehensive (CCC could be used in many ways to promote the school's image. How about Caring Centered and Collaborative (CCC); or Concerned, Committed, Child centered (CCC); etc.


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Posted by Tuasosopo
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:59 pm

Just rename it Martin Chavez Middle School & be dome with it.

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