WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS
The Enochs High School drama and biotech forensic departments will present Where the Sidewalk Ends, based on the beloved poetry of Shel Silverstein, along with original student poetry and contemporary music at 6 p.m. tonight and 2 p.m Saturday in the campus multipurpose room, 3201 Sylvan Ave. Enochs students will be accompanied on guitar by Ryan Fikejs, community musician and actor. Both shows are free and include a meet-and-greet with the cast after the show. The Sidewalk cast also will perform at Evergreen Convalescent Hospital and Garden City Healthcare Center.
TUOLUMNE COUNTY MEETING
The Tuolumne County Board of Education will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Room 217 of the county office, 175 S. Fairview Lane, Sonora. Board members will recognize CalSAFE graduates and hear a presentation on common core standards. Trustees will elect officers and approve a budget update. See the agenda at http://tinyurl.com/TuolumneBoard.
The Stanislaus County Committee on School District Organization public hearing regarding the proposed split into trustee areas in Waterford Unified School District has moved and will meet at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Richard Moon School boardroom, 319 N. Reinway Ave., Waterford. The Waterford Unified board has approved the change to district elections. Those for and against the split will be given the opportunity to speak.
MERCED SPELLING BEES
Los Banos students took first place in the elementary and junior high school Merced County Spelling Bees this week. Some 80 elementary students and 25 junior high students competed for the title of top speller at the Atwater Community Center on Tuesday and Merced County Office of Education on Wednesday. The winning word for the elementary competition was irreparable, and vicissitude for junior high. In the elementary division, Jasmine Judge of Miano Elementary took first place, followed by Carlos Magana of Henry Miller Elementary, also in Los Banos, and Blake Soares of Elim Elementary in Hilmar. In the junior high division, Anmol Kuar of Los Banos Junior High took first, with Julianna Muncherian of Hoover Middle School in Merced in second and William Foote of Ballico School in third. Barbara Cole, coordinator of beginning teacher support and assistance at MCOE, was the word master for the elementary spelling bee, and Michelle Symes, state and federal programs coordinator at MCOE, was word master for the junior high competition.
ATWATER PRINCIPAL VOLUNTEERS
Brian Meisenheimer, principal of Mitchell Senior Elementary School in the Atwater Elementary School District, has been appointed as a member of the Middle Grades Education Council for the Association of California School Administrators. As a member of this council, Meisenheimer will add a local voice to discussions on legislation and policies affecting California middle schools. He said he will work toward strengthening collaboration among middle grade leaders, and plan and encourage professional development programs for middle grade educators. The Association of California School Administrators has 26 councils and committees and represents more than 14,500 education administrators and staff.
PACHECO PRINCIPAL MOURNED
Pacheco High School Principal Brett Lee, 46, died of cancer last week. He had been on medical leave since January but returned to speak at graduation in June. The school adopted Panther strong and Brett strong as signature phrases after his illness became known. A candlelight vigil was held in front of the school gym, recently renamed in Lees honor, upon news of his death. Grace Taylor is serving as Pacheco interim principal.