Five Japanese students are visiting Hayward High School, which has revived its exchange program with Sado High School.

The students and their English teacher arrived March 16, along with their principal, Tetsuaki Ishii, said Michele Patterson, Hayward High assistant principal. While Ishii returned to Japan earlier this week, the students are staying with host families for two weeks, through March 29.

While here, they are attending classes at Hayward High and visiting Cal State East Bay, UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Silicon Valley. This weekend, they will tour San Francisco and spend a day at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. Hayward High will throw a farewell party for the students next week.

"It's been great," Patterson said. "They're having a great time."

The exchange program was started in 1971 by Hayward High history teacher Richard Schultz and a Sado High English teacher, Yasuyuki Kikuchi, who met at a conference in Hawaii. "It turned out that both of them had lost a brother in World War II, on opposite sides of the war, obviously," Patterson said. The two became friends and decided to promote cultural understanding by starting a sister school program.

For more than a decade, students from the two schools exchanged visits. But the program has been dormant until Ishii contacted Hayward High Principal George Bullis last year.

Sado High invited Hayward students to visit Japan next summer, but Patterson said that would not be possible. "That's too quick a turnaround time, and we'd have to raise the money. It would be great to do it at some point in the future," she said.

Hayward foundation honored in Congress

The Hayward Education Foundation was recognized by Congressman Eric Swalwell, D-Dublin, on Monday on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The foundation, which awards grants to help fund Hayward teachers' innovative programs, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Last year, the foundation helped fund a butterfly garden at Longwood Elementary School, a solar cell car at Bret Harte Middle School and a college motivation program at Hayward High.

The nonprofit foundation is holding its major fundraiser of the year Friday night at Cal State East Bay. For more information, go to www.haywarded.org.

New principal appointed at Newark Memorial High

Philip Morales has been promoted to principal at Newark Memorial High, effective July 1, said Dave Marken, Newark's superintendent of schools.

Morales, currently one of the school's three assistant principals, will replace Edward Marquez, who is retiring after three years as Newark Memorial's principal, Marken said.

"They will be working together on the transition, and Philip can start prioritizing now, so he doesn't hit the ground cold," the superintendent said.

The high school has an enrollment of around 2,000 students in grades 9-12.

Morales' exact annual salary has not yet been determined, but it will range from $107,840 to $129,928, said Elaine Neilsen, Newark schools' chief business official.

He joined Newark Unified last year and currently earns $101,264 per year, Neilsen said.

Before joining Newark schools, Morales was vice principal at Terra Nova High School in Pacifica.

"Philip is a creative thinker, a problem solver, and he has a great ability to bring people together," Marken said. "He has phenomenal people skills, which is so important because in education we don't build things, we build people."