Focus on Education (02/14/2014)

February 15, 2014 


YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Kidettes will present Disney’s “Aladdin, Kids!” at 7 p.m. Friday at Johansen High School Theatre, 641 Norseman Drive. There will also be two matinee performances, at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. Tickets are $8 to $12. Infants under 2 will not be admitted. Tickets are available at and at the box office an hour and a half before each performance.


Hughson Unified School District has sent surveys home asking parents to put in their 2 cents about spending priorities for the district. The surveys, due back by March 14, will be used in developing the school district budget for 2014-15. Citizen and parent input and more open budgeting discussions were part of the deal voters approved in 2012 with Proposition 30 tax increases for schools. At their board meeting Monday, trustees also committed $3,600 for an actuarial study of retiree benefits owed by the district and accepted an anonymous donation of $20,000 by a community member for Hughson High. Superintendent Brian Beck said the school site council would meet Tuesday to discuss possible uses.


Soroptimist International of Modesto and Modesto North will host the Live Your Dream Conference for junior high girls from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at Johansen High School. Modesto City Schools will provide bus transportation from its junior highs to the conference and back. Workshops will include fashion design, Zumba fitness, Mean Girl stories of bullying, and cybersafety. A keynote speaker and panel will talk about women in sports. The event is free and includes snacks and lunch.


The California Department of Education is hosting events to commemorate Black History Month,, and, in March, Career and Technical Education Month, Events include Judge Arthur L. Burnett Sr. on ending civil rights disparity, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a discussion of the future of career technical education, from 10 to 11 a.m. March 10. Both are at CDE, 1430 North St., Room 1101, Sacramento.


The Turlock Unified School District Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. The board will discuss a facilities report showing a growing student population and ample capacity except at Roselawn Continuation High School. There will be an update on Common Core implementation. Trustees are expected to accept a $20,000 donation from Cal-Almond in Hughson to Turlock High School to fund two annual Corbin Maldonado Memorial Scholarships, one for a football player and one for a welder. Corbin, a 2012 THS graduate, died from leukemia Sept. 23. See the full agenda at

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