Focus on Education (03/17/14)

March 16, 2014 

PATTERSON JOINT UNIFIED TO MEET

The Patterson Joint Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the district office, 510 Keystone Blvd., Patterson. Trustees will consider a contract with Ignite Events Inc. for grant writing services and get a financial update. The board will have a second reading of several board policies. See the full agenda at www.bit.ly/Pattersonboard.

NEWMAN-CROWS LANDING TO MEET

The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District board will meet with community members to discuss a search to replace retiring Superintendent Ed Felt at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the McConnell Adult Education Center, 1348 Patchett Drive, Newman. The board will meet with managers at 3 p.m. and teachers at 4 p.m. on the same topic. See the agenda at www.tinyurl.com/

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MANTECA UNIFIED

BOARD TO MEET

The Manteca Unified School District board will meet at

7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 2271 W. Louise Ave., Manteca. Trustees will vote on contracts for 2013-14 with its teachers, support staff, managers and administrative support staff. The board will also be asked to amend a contract for the Going Digital Project to add eight more sites. Staff is recommending trustees pass a resolution against a charter school petition by the Academy of Arts and Sciences World Language Academy.

SALIDA UNION

BOARD TO MEET

The Salida Union School District board will meet at

7 p.m. Tuesday at the boardroom, 5250 Tamara Way, Salida. Trustees will vote on a cash flow loan from the Stanislaus County Office of Education and adding a job description for a teacher inclusion specialist. See the agenda at www.tinyurl.com/SalidaBoard.

SYLVAN UNION

BOARD TO MEET

The Sylvan Union School District board will meet at

7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave. Trustees will be asked to raise pay for substitute teachers, to $125 to $180 a day, an estimated cost of $63,700 a year. The board will also get a presentation on the State Board of Education meeting of March 12-13. Trustees will be asked for a thumbs up to Crossroads PTA for a $45,000 donation to Crossroads School to build a shade structure. See the agenda at www.bit.ly/SylvanBoard.

TURLOCK UNIFIED

BOARD TO MEET

The Turlock Unified School District board will meet at

6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. Trustees will consider Budget Advisory Committee recommendations, including to spend more on technology and a tech support person at each school, safety upgrades and counseling for elementary students. The board will hear updates on Common Core and technology, as the district prepares to start online testing, a field test only, on April 7. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/TurlockBoard.

CALLING ALL PIRATES! TRYOUTS AHOY

Modesto Junior College will hold Spirit Team and mascot tryouts for current and incoming students from 1 to

8 p.m. Saturday in the east campus gymnasium, 436 College Ave. Students with cheerleader or dance experience and taking at least six units in the fall semester are eligible. The Spirit Team and mascots will cheer and entertain at MJC’s fall and spring sports during the 2014-15 academic year. There will be a cost for Spirit Team uniforms and warm-up outfits for those selected to participate. Attendance from 1 to 8 p.m. is required, and candidates must have a choreographed routine with music CD. Women are asked to wear shorts, noncropped tops and tennis shoes. Men are asked to wear warm-up pants, T-shirts and tennis shoes. For more information, contact Linda Cabral, MJC Spirit Team coach, at

(209) 634-6846 or by email

at cabrall@mjc.edu.

TALK ON WALDORF CHARTER SCHOOL

The benefits of Waldorf education and plans to open a Waldorf-inspired public charter school in 2015 will be discussed at 7 p.m. April 23 in the basement of the Modesto branch of the Stanislaus County Library, 16th and I streets. Parents are asked not to bring their children. Waldorf educator Steve Spitalny will talk about the arts and nature-based curriculum and whole-child philosophy. Modesto parents will discuss progress toward opening Manzanita Charter School, expected to start with kindergarten, first and second grades in 2015, adding a grade each year through eighth grade. For more information, email manzanitacharter@

foundationspublicschools.org.

ACADEMIC PENTATHLON COMING UP Saturday

The Stanislaus County Academic Pentathlon Super Quiz and awards will be noon to

3 p.m. Saturday at Prescott Junior High School, 2243 W. Rumble Road, Modesto. There is no charge for the event, sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Omega Nu and the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County. Some 230 junior high students from nine schools will compete in tests, speeches and essays in math, essay writing, language arts, science and social studies. Participating schools are Blaker-Kinser, Creekside, Glick, Hickman and Ustach middle schools; Keyes Charter; and La Loma, Prescott and Turlock junior highs.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Catholic Daughters of America has announced the Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School contest winners: Drake Jimenez, fifth grade, honorable mention in poetry, second place in computer art, second place in art; Cade Jimenez, seventh grade, first place in poetry, second place in computer art, first place in photography, honorable mention in art; Caroline Gonsalves, fifth grade, first place in essay Division I; Gavin Ryan, sixth grade, first place in essay Division II; Catherine Charles, seventh grade, second place in essay Division II; Peter Forester, fifth grade, honorable mention in art; and Kambria Hart, seventh grade, first place in art.

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