Sad News

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Dear Korematsu Community, 

It is with a heavy heart that I share sad news about our beloved Vice Principal, Ms. Nancy Ivey. On Friday, February 12th, Ms. Ivey passed away. We are saddened and shocked by her sudden passing, and our thoughts are with her family during this time.

Ms. Ivey was a leader and champion for students during her nearly 9 years as our Vice Principal. Her deep care and support for all the students at Korematsu cannot be replaced. Nancy always centered her work around equity, ensuring support for students who needed her the most. Most recently, she made passionate additions to our Black Lives Matter Week at school, and to ideas for a summer program to help struggling students get back in the love of learning. She led and participated in changes on campus with wit, perspective, and a tireless energy for our students. 

I have learned so much from Ms Ivey over the years and I will always remember the way she started difficult conversations. “How are you doing?” she would say. And that simple phrase reminded everyone she cared. In one-on-one conversations, meetings for students in Special Education, discussions around restorative justice solutions, Nancy found ways to humanize and respond empathetically to those around her, young and old. Staff members felt heard, students felt seen, and the campus felt livelier. Her deep care and compassion was ever present in her work. 

Ms. Ivey was a profound advocate for students and her tireless work will be greatly missed at all levels. As we continue to process our grief, we will provide time and space to celebrate, share, and reflect on our experiences and learnings with Ms. Ivey. Words cannot express the profound loss for her family, friends, and our community.


Matt Burnham

AAPAC Meeting 1/28/21

 We will be having our first AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Committee) meeting this month, virtually, on Thursday, January 28th from 6-7pm.  Principal Burnham will be with us to discuss our school’s work and budget for the success of our children. Future AAPAC meetings will be on the fourth Thursday of the month until the end of the school year, and we sincerely hope to see you there.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 957 1220 3815
Passcode: 548341
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STEAM Event Tomorrow 2PM!

We are only a few days away from our first STEAM in action event. Don’t forget to mark your calendars or set an alarm for 2.00 pm on Tuesday the 26th. There are seals to save and prizes to win. 
Zoom access will be available to the first 500 participants. The event will also be streamed on the Korematsu Facebook and ASE Facebook pages. Please bookmark these pages. Korematsu Facebook: Facebook:
Zoom Access: 
Meeting ID: 843 937 7588
Passcode: Innovate
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       See you at the splash!

Estamos a solo unos días de nuestro primer evento STEAM en acción. No olvide marcar sus calendarios o programar una alarma para las 2:00 pm del martes 26. Hay sellos que guardar y premios que ganar.
El acceso a Zoom estará disponible para los primeros 500 participantes. El evento también se transmitirá en las páginas de Facebook de Korematsu y Facebook de ASE. Marque estas páginas como favoritos. Korematsu Facebook: Facebook:
Zoom Access: 
Meeting ID: 843 937 7588
Passcode: Innovate
One tap mobile
+16699009128,,8439377588#,,,,*565403# US (San Jose)

       ¡Nos vemos en el chapoteo!

Schedule Updates/Adjustments

Schedule Updates:
Friday there is no school for students. The end of the semester is always a teacher work day to complete grades and prepare for the second semester. Students will not have a homeroom class, and there will be no asynchronous work.

Schedule Adjustments:
We have also changed the schedule that follows a Monday holiday. Students will attend all 6 classes on Tuesday January 19th. The classes are shortened. Teachers will inform students if it will be an asynchronous or synchronous lesson.
We will be back to normal with three classes on Wednesday January 20th.

Winter Recess and more…

Hello all –

A reminder that our winter recess begins at the end of the day Friday. Students will be off from December 21st through January 1st and will be back to online learning January 4th. During this long break I want to encourage students to read as much as possible. I know some students will also have some make up work to complete. When we come back from break students will have two weeks until the end of the first semester on January 15th.

We will have a yearbook this year! Like everything it’ll be a Covid edition. But we really need your support. Please send pictures to the yearbook committee at kms_yearbook2020 on instagram. If you are not an instagram user you can always send them to and be sure to label the pictures. Send us head shots, funny photos, halloween pictures, zoom shots, and anything that we might add to the yearbook.

Please check out the semi-weekly news. As more students participate we are beginning to see a great show.

I hope everyone has a pleasant and safe winter recess. Please take care of one another and keep reading!

PS – I sent this newsletter to all student last week. It provides some information that may be useful. I do want to encourage students and families to participate in the after school program (Extended Learning Program) as it does offer turning and socializing options.