Focus on Education (3/4/14)

local@modbee.comMarch 3, 2014 

TURLOCK BOARD CONSIDERS LAYOFFS

The Turlock Unified School District board will consider teacher layoffs at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. The number and type being considered were not included in posted agenda materials. Trustees will also discuss a budget update that shows the district deficit spending from its general fund to end the year with $17 million in the bank, about a 14 percent reserve. See the full agenda at www.bit.ly/TurlockBoard.

NEWMAN-CROWS LANDING TO MEET

The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District board will meet at 6 p.m. today at the McConnell Adult Education Center, 1348 Patchett Drive, Newman. Trustees will vote on safety plans for the schools and block scheduling for Yolo Middle School and Orestimba High School. See the full agenda at www.tinyurl.com/NCLUSDagenda.

MERCED COLLEGE HOSTS MATH COMPETITION

The deadline is Wednesday to sign up for a Merced College High School Math Competition, coming up March 15 at the college. The competition, open to teams from Merced County high schools, will consist of a two-hour multiple choice test in which students from around the county will have a chance to shine in algebra and geometry, according to Merced College math professor Kristen Rieg. Team and individual awards will be given. For more information or to register, call Rieg at (209) 384-6353 or email kristen.rieg@mccd.edu.

COLLEGE HOSTS OCCUPATIONAL OLYMPICS

About 200 high school students from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties will compete in 11 Career Technical Education areas at the annual Occupational Olympics from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Columbia College, 11600 Columbia College Drive, Sonora. Participating schools include Sonora High School, Summerville High School, Calaveras High School and Bret Harte High School. Superintendents will join Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools Kathy Northington and Columbia College President Angela Fairchilds in presenting the awards. Competition categories include automotive, child development, computer business applications, cosmetology, digital photography, drafting, entrepreneurship, fire technology, food services, health occupations, forestry and natural resources, and welding. For more information, call Tiffany Moore at (209) 588-5198.

PATTERSON UNIFIED TO HOLD FORUM

The Patterson Unified School District will hold a Community Forum at 5:30 p.m. March 10 at the Apricot Valley School cafeteria, 1320 Henley Parkway, Patterson. The meeting is to gather input from parents and community members on priorities for spending increased school funding. More public input was required by the school funding initiative Proposition 30, passed in 2012. The district will use public comments to help form its budget for 2014-15.

PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY SEEKING DONATIONS

The Stratford is holding a Prom Dress Drive through March 15 to collect dresses for local high school students in partnership with local nonprofit Marissa’s Closet and Beyer High School. The dresses will be handed out March 21. Dresses may be dropped off at The Stratford at Beyer Park, 3529 Forest Glenn Drive. For more information, call Christina at (209) 236-1900 or go to www.marissascloset.org.

CALAVERAS COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR COMING UP

The Calaveras County Office of Education will hold the 29th annual Countywide Science Fair on March 15 at the Calaveras River Academy-Mountain Oaks School gymnasium, 150 Old Oak Road, San Andreas. Judging begins at 9 a.m. and includes interviews with students by a team of judges. Awards will be presented at a ceremony planned for 2:30 p.m., with public viewing of fair projects open until about 3:30 p.m. For more information, go to www.ccoe.k12.ca.us/student_parents/science_fair.html.

SALIDA TEAM TAKES FIFTH IN FUTURE CITY

Salida Girl Scout Troop 2225 came in fifth in the nation at the National Future City Competition, held in Washington, D.C. Some 40,000 middle school students participated in the 2013-14 Future City Competition this year, inventing ways to master the challenge, Tomorrow’s Transit: Design a Way to Move People in and Around Your City. Teams from 37 schools or organizations competed at the Future City National Finals, held during Engineers Week, Feb. 16-20. The Salida team represented Northern California after winning the regional competition in January. The future city of Varuna, created by the Girl Scouts, received honorable mention. Student presenters for the team were KristynDexter and KianaEngel, both of Big Valley Christian School, and Madison Whisenand of Prescott Junior High School in north Modesto. KennaVandemark of Prescott assisted. Troop Leader Kristi Engle served as the coach, and Evangelina Paoluccio served as the professional mentor.

MANTECA UNIFIED PLANNING PLANET PARTY DAY

The Manteca Unified School District and the Leadership on Green Initiatives Committee will present Planet Party Day 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at the MUSD district office, 2271 W. Louise Ave., Manteca. Nearly 2,000 sixth-graders will participate in the conservation and green energy fair. Presenters and sponsors are being sought. For more information, go to http://musd.schoolspan.com/1HM2567I or call Rebecca Jameson at (209) 858-0768, Victoria Brunn at (209) 858-0802 or Patty Page at (209) 858-0774.

MERCED HIGH TEAM TOPS IN ACA DECA

For the sixth year in a row, Merced High School took the top honor at the 33rd annual Merced County Academic Decathlon. Student teams from 11 Merced County high schools competed against each other at Merced College last month. Merced High was the overall high-scoring school, with Atwater High second and Golden Valley coming in third. Merced High will go on to compete in the state competition March 20-23 in Sacramento.

SIFA CANCELS MARCH MEETING

The March 12 meeting of the Schools Infrastructure Financing Agency board is canceled for lack of business. The next scheduled meeting is April 9. For more information, contact Becky Meredith at (209) 576-4032 or Yvonne Perez at (209) 574-5000, ext. 210.

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