Focus on Education (03/31/14)

March 30, 2014 

RIVERBANK UNIFIED BOARD TO MEET

The Riverbank Unified School District board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 6715 Seventh St., Riverbank. The board will consider laying off three full-time and 22 part-time workers from its after-school program, as well as a full-time community resource specialist and administrative assistant. Trustees will also vote on shifting health care plans of its management groups to the provider for other employee groups. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/RiverbankBoard.

NEWMAN-CROWS LANDING TO MEET

The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District board will meet in a special session at 4 p.m. Tuesday to interview candidates for the provisional trustee position the agenda indicates was vacated by Kerry McWilliams. Trustees will meet at the McConnell Adult Education Center, 1348 Patchett Drive, Newman. A regular meeting, including swearing in of the new trustee, will begin at 6 p.m. See the agenda at http://tinyurl.com/NCLUSDagenda.

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 discuss the prohibition of electronic cigarettes and other nicotine-vapor devices. The board will get a budget update and vote on repairs for the Turlock High School gym and performing arts building, expected to cost $348,000. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/TurlockBoard.

KIDS’ SPORTS CLINIC AT JOHANSEN

The Johansen High School Education and Human Development Academy senior project will put on a sports clinic for children ages 5 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the campus, 641 Norseman Drive, Modesto. Children will spend 20-minute increments learning the basics of basketball, soccer, football and volleyball. There will be arts and crafts, and the morning will end with an egg hunt. Cost for early registration is $10; go to http://jhs4kids.com/school_ehda.asp. On-site registration is $12. Proceeds will go to the Children’s Crisis Center of Stanislaus County. Make checks payable to the Children’s Crisis Center and mail them to Johansen High, Attn: Nicole Evans, Modesto 95357.

TEACHERS’ PRE-RETIREMENT WORKSHOP

The California Retired Teachers Association, Stanislaus, will sponsor a Pre-retirement Checkup from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Calvary Lutheran Church, 547 Rose Ave., Modesto. The event will offer guidelines about essential paperwork, advance notice of required decisions, and a summary review of insurance considerations for active educators. Featured presenter is California State Teachers’ Retirement System benefits counselor Tim Fast. The workshop is free to CalSTRS members, spouses and partners. Personal financial reviews will not be conducted. Preregistration is essential at (209) 216-8387 or http://div38.calrta.org/contact-us.

SUICIDE AWARENESS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL

The Modesto Junior College chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – NAMI on Campus – will host a suicide and mental health awareness candlelight vigil from 7:30 to 9 p.m. April 10 in the quad area of East Campus, 425 College Ave., Modesto. The speakers will be suicide survivors, family members and individuals living with a mental illness. The campus and community are invited to attend this free event and join in honoring those that have lost their lives to suicide. The purpose of the candlelight vigil is also to educate about mental health issues. For more information, call Susan De Souza, president of NAMI on Campus, at (209) 662-0914.

ELEMENTARY SCIENCE OLYMPIAD COMING UP

Approximately 300 elementary school children from throughout the region will compete in the Elementary Science Olympiad. Public viewing will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday at Hickman School, 13306-A Fourth St., Hickman. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and supported by the Education Foundation of Stanislaus County and J.S. West and Cos. Spectator events include Barge Building, Can Race, Catapult – Racquet Ball, Straw Egg Drop and Water Rockets. The awards ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the school lawn area.

FASHION SHOW TO BE HELD AT ENOCHS HIGH

The Enochs High School Gay-Straight Alliance, in conjunction with The Place, will hold the “sssshhhhOUT” fashion show at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Enochs multipurpose room. The show is to celebrate LGBTQS students and transgender rights. The acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Straight allies. There will be a question-and-answer session after the show.

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