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Our Vision

Students will be prepared, challenged, and motivated in a  21st Century environment that develops the physical, intellectual, and emotional SUCCESS of all learners.

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Gloria I. Prada

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Evelyn Rueda

Office Manager


Wendy Takata

Attendance Clerk


We are proud to announce the SBO Officers for 2013-2014:

          Alexis Márquez
   Claire Liang
         Kimberly Cienega

Palma Ceia Students Walk to School

Our Panthers will walk to school on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

The school wide event was organized by Palma Ceia's kindergarten teachers and student T'Kye Pearson.

Please visit to learn why walking to school is good for our planet.


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Outstanding Teacher Award

On March 22, 2014, the Peralta Council of Alpha Delta Kappa, an organization of Women Educators, bestowed the honor of the outstanding teacher of Alameda County for 2014 award for the Alpha Nu Chapter on Mercedes Avila.

Mercedes Avila is the bilingual 5th/6th grade teacher for Palma Ceia. The Recognition Luncheon awarded scholarships to student teachers and recognized veteran teachers for their efforts in the profession of education.

The day was filled with the warmth and respect of dedicated educators and made an exceptional memory for those who attended and especially for all those who were given certificates of honor.

History in Action

The students from Room 25 honored Cesar Chavez in a very particular way. They studied his biography and the causes that motivated  him to organize the farm workers to strike in a peaceful way to achieve better working conditions. The students simulated a strike, visited several classrooms, and informed the community about their "lucha".

After watching and listening to the students of room 25, room 11 kindergartners were curious about what was going on. As they learned about the peaceful protests organized by Cesar Chavez, they were inspired. They proudly created their own signs and staged an in-class march.

2013-2014 Common Core Transition Year for Palma Ceia Students

The Common Core State Standards will require new, more rigorous academic expectations as far as curriculum and assessments.  Students will be required to:

  • Solve problems with more time, using a variety of tools
  • Demonstrate mastery of complex test items using a variety of answering techniques
  • Cite evidence, substantiate answers, and defend conclusions
  • Demonstrate technology, writing, and critical thinking skills

The CTB/McGraw Hill blog recommends the following  7 things students can do NOW to get ready for the Common Core State Standards during this transition period:

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CCSS Video

What are the Common Core State Standards?

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

Principal's Message

The staff and parent community at Palma Ceia School have worked together to promote and support the academic, social, emotional, and physical development for all of our students.  We strongly believe that all of our students can achieve regardless of race, socio-economic backgrounds or handicapping conditions.

 Students at Palma Ceia School receive instruction based on the California Standards for reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and physical education.  We believe that the most effective way to improve literacy in children is to promote the love of learning.  To achieve, we at Palma Ceia participate in regular workshops to stay up to date in the latest teaching methodologies.  We meet on a weekly basis to collaborate discuss, and analyze student data to make informed decisions about our teaching and student learning.  Additionally, we encourage the involvement of our community in this same endeavor in a comprehensive, meaningful and respectful way.

 At Palma Ceia we also offer before and after school intervention programs funded by Title I monies.  The programs consist of reading and math intervention.  The YEP (Youth Enrichment Program) is an after school program which provides a safe place for our students to receive extra support with homework. We also provide the Latchkey Program which is the before and after school day care center for students in grades K-2.

 As the principal of Palma Ceia Elementary, I hope to continue the vision of creating a community of student learners where every member in the learning community (students, teachers and community members) plays an active role in the social and academic development of our children.


Gloria I. Prada

Student Handbook


ELD - ALD 8:00-8:45 8:00-8:45
Recess 9:40-9:50 9:40-9:50
Recess 1:30-1:40  
Dismissal 2:30 12:10
KINDERGARTEN 8:00-12:10 8:00-12:10

Congratulations to the following students for scoring 600 points on one of the California Standards Tests last year:

Shanil Kumar                          Ashley Munoz

Joyce Guintu                           Crystal Zepeda

Ashley Digdigan                     Aronrei De Guzman

Alejandro Chacon                  Jason Stephenson

Jeremiah Valdez                    Ronie Abarientos

Krystal Vanguardia              Talisa Granados

Claire Liang                           Justin Hui

Teri Manzo                            Julianne Macairan


Parents Make the Difference!


Inside Bay Area News Publication- February 7, 2014

Palma Ceia Elementary School students of the month were treated to an assembly Wednesday featuring entertainers Lori Moitié and RJ Johnson.  The couple, who go by the professional name Lori & RJ, sang upbeat tunes for the 215 students, said Gloria Prada, principal at the Hayward school.  "The songs were all inspirational, telling the students to work hard and never give up on their dreams," she said.

To attend the assembly, the students had to have perfect attendance, excellent behavior, turn in all of their homework on time, perform one hour of community service and achieve excellence in at least one subject, Prada said.

"The district has a Made in Hayward campaign. I want to let the students know that what is required is not just being in Hayward. You have to work hard like they're doing. Being proud of going to a Hayward school means they have to succeed academically," she said.

Mission Statement

The Palma Ceia community is dedicated to teaching, encouraging, guiding, and motivating all students.  The Community works toward fulfilling student’s academic, social, and creative potential. This is accomplished in a standards-based, educational environment that is safe and healthy.

Pi Day at Palma Ceia


During Pi day, fourth graders in room 25, Mr. Roque's class, were introduced to the numerical component of this famous symbol (π= 3.14159265… ) as well as its use in geometry and other math problems. Also, this day, the class celebrated the birthday of Albert Einstein.

We painted Mr. Einstein’s portrait which is displayed in the cafeteria of Palma Ceia Elementary School. Students wrote birthday wishes to him and pasted them on the portrait. These special dates are important to ignite the learning of our students and to create relevant teaching events.


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Tentative Calendar 2013-2014

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Our English Language Arts and Mathematics program has added a layer of rigor through the implementation of Standards Plus Lessons and Assessments for grade 3, 4, 5, and 6.  We are getting ready to break CSTs records this Spring.

Go Panthers Go!

Celebrating API Growth of 6 Points

Dear Palma Ceia School Community,

              The Academic Performance Index score for Palma Ceia — summarizing students’ performance on a series of tests — rose by 6 points in 2012-13, outpacing gains made by students across the state and the Hayward Unified School District.

Palma Ceia’s score went from 771 last year to 777. The statewide API score decreased by 2 points, the HUSD scores increased by 3 points and we are proudly announcing that our API increased by 6 points.  .

Our students continue to improve. The notable gain of 6 points indicates that in spite of five years of brutal budget cuts, many layoffs, and larger class sizes , our dedicated teachers continue to focus on instruction, learning and our goals.

API reflects growth in student achievement from one year to the next. It is determined by results on the California Standards Tests in English, math, and science at the elementary level.

We’ve set a high bar for our school and we have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in our way. The incredible efforts of teachers, administrator, school employees, parents and students should serve as an inspiration to us all. While there’s still more work to do, Palma Ceia has earned a vote of confidence.

With Panther Pride,

Gloria I. Prada, Your Principal

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