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The First Ever Unity Alumni Newsletter!

UNITY Alumni Newsletter, February 2010.

Hello Unity Alumni!

Dear Unity Alumni Classes of ’06, ’07, ’08, and ’09;

We have many things to be proud of this year. As well as keeping a busy on-campus schedule full of activities, school visits, and other improvements, we are very excited to congratulate members of our first class of Unity Alumni who will be graduating this spring from colleges all over California!

As our community continues to grow and spread out further into the world, we recognize the importance in staying connected and keeping in touch with all of our Unity Family. We hope to make this Alumni Newsletter a regular occurrence, though know you can always check out and see pictures of what’s been going on at We’re still working on getting more email addresses of all our alumni so if you know someone who didn’t get this, please forward it to them with a cc: to

We are proud of all of our alumni, and hope you will continue to be role models and resources for our current students, just as we hope to remain a resource and support for you. Please keep in touch – we’d love to know about what you’ve been up to, your successes, and general life updates.  Read on for more highlights of the year and information on staying connected.


Principal David Castillo


Check out updates on your Alumni classmates, here!

Tell us how you’re doing! What and where are you studying? Any new hobbies? How are you feeling about life in general? Send personal updates by email to and join the Unity Alumni Facebook group!


School News:

Hoopla – The Boys Basketball team won the Bay Area Charter Schools Athletic Conference championship back in March 2009. Coached by Mr. Driscoll (Biology/Chemistry teacher) and Assistant Coach Chris Bibbens (Unity Alumni Class of ’07), the team beat Envision Academy in the final. Forward Leroy Anderson (Class of ’09) was named the team’s MVP. This season also looks promising as they head into the playoffs in March 2010. With many new and enthusiastic players, the Girls Basketball team also remains full of energy despite their struggling season.

Off to See Obama – In December 2009, Unity juniors spent a week in Washington, D.C., exploring national monuments and museums. They got to meet with elected officials and other students from all around the country. For many, it was their first time out of Northern California. The trip was organized through ‘Close Up’ and led by English teacher Ms. Grant and Asst. Principal Mr. Zarazua. Everyone had a great time, despite the cold weather! See pictures here.

Breathe In, Breathe Out – For two days in between the first and second semester, Unity students took a break from academics to participate in our second annual Intersession. It was a chance to experience something totally new or focus on a special interest. This year was a great success, with programs and activities such as mountain biking, digital film production, and a trip to Angel Island. See pictures of mounting biking and Angel Island.

I Dreamed a Dream Act – In February 2010, Unity seniors visited the State Capitol and participated in the “Stand Up for the DREAM Act” Summit. The Dream Act would enable certain undocumented immigrant students who graduate from US high schools, the opportunity to earn conditional permanent residency, which hits close to home for many of our students. The Summit raised awareness and students got to hear from representatives from the legislative caucuses, scholars, educators, community activists and students. See pictures here.

For more news and school updates, visit

Also, check out the Oaktown Teen Times, which features stories about Unity High as well as articles written by current Unity students.


Alumni Updates:

Congratulations to Unity Alumni who will be graduating from college this spring 2010!

  • Angelica Arechiga – Mills College
  • Anthony Bell – San Jose State University
  • Ivan Mejia – California State University, East Bay
  • Hector Montaño – University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Livier Perez – University of San Francisco

*Note: Please excuse us if we missed anyone, please let us know if you or someone you know from Unity is graduating this spring and we’ll be sure to congratulate you in our next issue!

New Additions: Ms. Ramos, college counselor and ESL teacher, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in December 2009, as did Ms. Duros, the current Unity History/Social Sciences teacher.

The Power of the Pen: Adrianne Batiste (Class of ’09) and current senior Virginia Urzua were committee members for The Best American Nonrequired Reading, a compilation of fiction, journalism, essays, comics and humor writings, published in October 2009. Adrianne and Virginia got to help read, discuss, and select which of the hundreds of submissions would be published in the book.



Class of ’08 – Did you miss last year’s summer reunion barbecue? Stay connected with us so you won’t miss out again!

Stay updated on your Unity friends, here! Email your life updates to and join the Unity Alumni Facebook group!

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