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There were lots of smiling teachers when this generous donation of notebooks, composition books, and mechanical pencils were delivered courtesy of the David Family!

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SARC Available

Notice to parents: An electronic version of our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available by clicking here.

In addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for you to view.


Elementary Music Program

Click here for the flyer!

Programa de Música Instrumental después de la escuela Escuela Primaria

Join the Newark Unified School District after-school instrumental music program. The program is open to all incoming 4th, 5th and 6th grade students and is funded by the Newark Educational Foundation. Students will learn to play one of a variety of instruments and perform in the Elementary Band.

We will have an information night on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 PM at Birch Grove Primary. At this event we will discuss sign-ups and class times. We will also have instrument demonstrations and a question and answer session. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at Birch Grove Primary. Many instruments are available—and will be provided on a first come—first served basis. There is NO enrollment fee or other costs associated with the program.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Mr. Nunes at afnunes728@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  Pre-order your photos here!  

Newark Needs YOUR Input

Help set the direction for student success in Newark Unified School District

Newark USD is hosting community engagement events to gather recommendations for budget reductions over the coming years.

2017 Budget Reduction Input Sessions:

Click here for Calendar of Input Sessions

Click here for letter from Superintendent Sánchez


Traffic Safety - seguridad vial

As we begin the school year, Newark Police Department will begin citing drivers whenever necessary to encourage compliance of traffic laws and to reinforce that safety of our children is a priority.

There have been multiple incidents endangering children even a child being struck and several near misses.  Please remember that children’s cognitive abilities are still developing and they lack training and experience in traffic safety.  

Keys to avoid receiving a citation:

  • Drive Slow
  • Do not make illegal U-turns
  • Have car seats for children
  • Have seat belts on all passengers
  • Make a “full-stop” at stop signs

Putting our children at risk is not worth the few minutes you may save by rushing and breaking these suggestions.  Newark Unified School District and the Newark Police Department want to keep everyone safe.

Safety reminders for children walking to school:

  • Walk, don’t run across the street
  • Look left, look right and left again
  • Obey Walk/Wait signals
  • Do not cross at mid-block locations
  • Use crosswalks

Safety reminders for children biking to school:

  • Always wear a properly fastened and fitted helmet
  • Obey all traffic laws
  • Ride in the same direction as motor vehicles
  • Check traffic when changing lanes, crossing streets or turning
  • Use hand signals

From the Principal - Ms. Akilah Byrd

Dear Graham Families,


Welcome to the new 2017-2018 school year and a special welcome to all of our new families! We are again looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our students achieve at their highest potential. Please join us outside on Monday mornings (only) for the “Monday Morning Minute.” During this time we’ll hold a special drawing for students who have earned a “Pawsitive Praise Ticket” for being respectful, responsible or safe.


Remember to turn in your Summer Reading Logs as soon as possible to earn your special prizes! “Reading Log, Reading Log, Reading Log...YES!”   


We will continue our implementation of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports), a schoolwide approach to make schools safe & promote positive behavior. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not punishment. It is a way for Graham to encourage good behavior. All students learn about behavior, just like any other subject, and they follow the same rules.


There are a few new faces at Graham. Let’s take the time to show them how happy we are to have them here by smiling, saying hello and introducing ourselves. We are also still accepting nominations for the open parent seat on School Site Council (SSC). Voting will take place at Back to School Night.


For everyone’s safety, all visitors must sign in with the main office, parents are not allowed inside of the cafeteria, nor may parents enter the student restrooms on campus. Please only park your vehicles in the appropriate areas.  As always, please be patient and safe as you travel through the community. In helping the environment, walk or bike to school. We appreciate everyone's cooperation and patience as we ensure that all our students have a safe and successful school year.




Akilah Byrd