The Yu Ming Charter School Blog

The Yu Ming Blog For The Latest Updates On Our School

Yu Ming’s Annual Auction & Benefit

Yu Ming’s Annual Auction & Benefit

We’re looking forward to seeing you at our annual Auction & Benefit (formerly “Yu Ming Gala”)! This amazing fundraiser accounts for more than 50% of all funds our school raises during the year – funds that support core staff and programs including our reading specialists, teaching assistants, programs in music, art, technology, and more.

Read More

Strong Scores in 2nd Year of SBAC Tests

Strong Scores in 2nd Year of SBAC Tests

Students at Yu Ming Charter School once again performed well in statewide standardized exams in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics. Last spring, students in grades 3-5 took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), also called SBAC for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that administers the exams. According to the results released in September...

Read More

Looking Back: Our First Year at Yu Ming

Looking Back: Our First Year at Yu Ming

Many parents may wonder what it’s really like to enroll their child in a Mandarin immersion school, particularly if the family doesn’t have any personal connection to Chinese language or culture. A parent of a current Yu Ming 6th grader reflects on what that experience was like for her own family. Although there were certainly a few bumps along the way during the first...

Read More

‘Totally Awesome/超棒’ 80s Gala

‘Totally Awesome/超棒’ 80s Gala

The date has been set—and we are so looking forward to seeing all of you at our annual fundraiser gala on Sat March 5th! This gala is Yu Ming’s biggest fundraiser: accounting for ~ 50% of all funds our school raises during the year. This helps support core staff and programs including our reading specialists, teaching assistants, programs in music, art, technology, and more!

Read More

Alameda County Renews Yu Ming Charter

Alameda County Renews Yu Ming Charter

December 9, 2015 Hayward – Trustees of the Alameda County Board of Education voted unanimously to renew the charter for Yu Ming Charter School Tuesday night, drawing cheers from the roomful of parents, teachers and staff members in attendance. The renewal decision comes five years after Yu Ming received unanimous approval from Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) for the school’s...

Read More

The Third Annual Yu Ming Night Market

The Third Annual Yu Ming Night Market

  Night Market leaves families with cool prizes, fun memories and full bellies On Saturday, Oct. 3, Yu Ming Charter School families transformed the humble blacktop and cafeteria of the Alcatraz campus into a raucous carnival playground and global food bazaar. The event was the Third Annual Yu Ming Night Market (育明夜市, pronounced yù míng yè shì), and it is one of the most...

Read More

‘Shoo the Flu’ campaign

‘Shoo the Flu’ campaign

  Yu Ming helps launch 2015 ‘Shoo the Flu’ campaign   Yu Ming Charter School students, faculty and staff did their part in preparing for this year’s influenza season by getting their free vaccinations this week. On Monday, Oct. 5, close to two-thirds of the students – 189 kids – and 21 staff and parent volunteers received a free flu vaccine as part of the Alameda County...

Read More

Yu Ming shines on SBAC tests

Yu Ming shines on SBAC tests

  Yu Ming starts off strong in new Common Core-aligned tests   The California Department of Education has released the highly anticipated results of its new Common Core-aligned test, and Yu Ming Charter School came out swinging. Last spring, Yu Ming’s 3rd and 4th grade students (now in 4th and 5th grades) participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and...

Read More

Welcome New Head of School

Welcome New Head of School

Yu Ming Announces New Head of School for 2015-16 Year and Beyond In February, the Board of Directors of Yu Ming began a search for a successor to Principal Laura Ross who announced she would be stepping down from her position in order to welcome a third child into her family. A Search Committee was established comprised of parents of Yu Ming, staff and teachers and members of the Board. On...

Read More

Gala 2015: Springing Ahead

Gala 2015: Springing Ahead

  It has been a mere four years since Yu Ming Charter School opened its doors, and judging by the success of its annual fundraising gala, the school’s future looks bright. Some 200 friends, family and staff came together on March 13 – ignoring Friday-the-13th superstitions – to celebrate the accomplishments and support the programs of the Bay Area’s first Mandarin-immersion...

Read More

The Year of the Ram

The Year of the Ram

Yu Ming welcomes the Year of the Ram with a lion’s roar! This year’s Lunar New Year celebration began with a mesmerizing lion dance by 4th grader Jacob, who was accompanied on the drums by his father Tenny, and his sister, Mia, a 1st grader. Fourth graders Jessica and Jason emceed the event with a poise entirely beyond their years before a packed room of relatives and friends of Yu...

Read More

Gala 2015: Spring Ahead

Gala 2015: Spring Ahead

2015 Annual Fundraising Gala Join us for a festive evening of dinner, drinks, and celebration. When: Friday, March 13, 2015 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm Where: Metropolitan Golf Links Banquet Hall 10051 Doolittle Drive Oakland, CA 94603 Tickets are $75/person. Buy Tickets Now  Support Us Donate an in-kind donation for our auction. Become a Gala sponsor. Learn more by...

Read More

Read-A-Thon

Read-A-Thon

Reading to Raise Money and Literacy Yu Ming families headed into the holiday break with a big accomplishment under their belts. Students read more than 163,000 minutes over 10 days in the school’s annual Read-A-Thon, raising more than $54,000 in the process. Go Yu Ming! Considered one of Yu Ming’s major fundraisers, the money will help support educational programs, such as art, music...

Read More

Flu Vaccine Project at Yu Ming

Flu Vaccine Project at Yu Ming

  Yu Ming Helps “Shoo the Flu”   Students and staff at Yu Ming Charter School lined up early October to get free flu vaccines as part of the Alameda County Public Health Department’s new “Shoo the Flu” program. The goal of the community-based initiative, a partnership with the Oakland Unified School District and the California Department of Public Health,...

Read More

Yu Ming is Expanding!

Yu Ming is Expanding!

  New year, newly expanded campus for Yu Ming   Yu Ming’s inaugural classes, now in grades three and four, are leading the way yet again. These Yu Ming pioneers opened the 2014-2015 school year in a new building that expands the campus footprint to two sites. Located at 6232 Herzog Street, the new facility sits just a short block from Yu Ming’s K-2 building at 1086 Alcatraz...

Read More