Focus on Education (07/10/14)

July 9, 2014 

EMPIRE UNION BOARD TO MEET

The Empire Union School District Board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the district boardroom, 116 N. McClure Road. Trustees first will meet behind closed doors on negotiations. In regular session, the board will get a budget update and hear an overview of the Head Start budget status. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/EmpireAgenda.

FAMILY FUN NIGHTS IN SOUTH MODESTO

Family Fun Nights begin Friday in south Modesto with a community resource fair offering information about support services from 40 agencies and organizations. The event is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Apostolic Jubilee Center, 821 Lassen Ave., a few blocks west of Crows Landing Road. The three other Family Fun Nights will take place at the time and location each Friday. The free events, organized by Modesto City Schools and its community partners, will include food, snow cones, bounce houses, entertainment, family activities and more. The resource fair Friday will be followed by health night July 18, safety fair July 25 and kids day Aug. 1.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MJC, MERCED COLLEGE

The Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation Vocational Scholarship Program is accepting applications through July 25 from students at 17 community colleges, including Modesto Junior College and Merced College. The scholarships are for $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Eligible students must be 25 years or younger, demonstrate a financial need and perseverance in overcoming adversity. For more or to apply, visit www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/certificateprogram.

ED BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT GREETING AT FAIR

Stop by the Stanislaus County Office of Education booth at the fair from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to meet members of the Stanislaus County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon. They will answer questions and provide information about the Office of Education. The office serves expelled students, special needs students and preschoolers at sites throughout the county. It supports an early college charter high school adjacent to Modesto Junior College. SCOE also has state oversight duties for district budgets and accountability plans.

WHOLE-CHILD CHARTER SEEKS PARENTS

The Manzanita Charter School proposed for the 2015-16 school year is seeking interested parents to help make the Waldorf-inspired school a reality. Signers are needed for a petition to be presented as part of the application process in August. The school is envisioned as a kindergarten through eighth-grade free public school, grounded in Modesto’s agricultural, environmental and artistic community. For more information, email manzanitacharter@foundationspublicschools.org or visit www.foundationspublicschools.org/schools/mcs.

BRANDMAN CAREERS IN EDUCATION FAIR

Brandman University will hold a free Careers in Education Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. July 24 at Brandman University, Modesto Campus, 5222 Pirrone Court, Salida. Workshops will be held on how to become a substitute teacher, how to apply for educational jobs and how to interview for a career in education. Register to attend at http://edcareers.eventbrite.com.

VALLEY CHARTER HIGH HOLDS INFO MEETING

Valley Charter High School will have an information session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on July 24 at the school, 108 Campus Way. The session will introduce parents and students to the free public school program offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College. Applications will be available for students entering in grades 9-12 for the 2014-15 school year. Application packets are also available in the VCHS office or by visiting www.valleycharterhighschool.org. There are limited openings in grades 9-12 for classroom-based and independent learning programs. School begins Aug. 11. For more information, call (209) 238-6800.

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