Focus on Education (06/09/14)

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The Great Valley Museum of Modesto Junior College is holding six weeks of science and nature-oriented classes for children ages 4 to 12 beginning July 1. These popular programs cover topics ranging from animal adventures and science experimentation to microscopic exploration. The classes are being held in the new Science Community Center on the MJC West Campus. Each class is offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. as a two-day series: Tuesday and Wednesday for ages 4 to 7 and Thursday and Friday for ages 8 to 12. The cost of each class series is $40 for museum members and $45 for nonmembers. For a list of class titles and dates, call the museum at (209) 575-6196 or visit Preregistration is required.


Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County, wrapping up its first year serving students in the Sylvan Union School District, is hosting a series of weeklong summer day camps giving youngsters the opportunity to explore arts, space, sports, cooking and other activities. The 2014 Summer of Discovery will be held at Somerset Middle School, 1037 Floyd Ave., through July 25. The morning day camps, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, are open to all Sylvan students from first through eighth grades. The deadline to register is at least one week before the specific camp begins. The Boys & Girls Clubs’ afternoon sessions, from 1 to 6 p.m. weekdays, are open to all club members. For more, call (209) 222-5826 or visit


The Stanislaus County Board of Education will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Office of Education boardroom, 1100 H St. Board members will consider the annual budget, as well as a plan laying out community priorities for spending. Trustees also could vote on two programs, naming a Ceres site as the Stanislaus County Institute of Learning and revising the Stanislaus County Alternative Charter School to open it to older students. See the agenda at


The Riverbank Unified School District board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to receive public comments on a district spending plan to address community concerns and hold a study session on the budget planning document required by the state. The board will meet at the district boardroom, 6715 Seventh St., Riverbank. See the full agenda at


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 the district’s spending plan to address community concerns and the 2014-15 budget. The board also could award a planning bid for the Transportation Repair Facility project, expected to cost $1.2 million. See the full agenda at


The Turlock Public Schools Financing Agency Governing Board will meet after the Turlock Unified board meeting Tuesday at the Professional Development Center, 1100 Cahill Ave., Turlock. The governing board will hear an overview, including tax limits, anticipated annexations to territory and building activity. Staff members are recommending the board adopt a special tax amount for new development 2014-15 of $3.36 per square foot, up from $2.24 in 2005-06.


Former Beyer High School teacher Cathy Wooley was honored by the California Retired Teachers Assocation Stanislaus Division for having the largest membership gain statewide. Wooley received the award from CalRTA State Membership Chairman Steve Click. Wooley is membership chairwoman for the local group. The 2014 honor was the third consecutive year the group achieved this distinction.


The Grainger Foundation, a private foundation based in Lake Forest, Ill., has donated $10,000 to United Way of Stanislaus County in support of its Graduation Coach Program to decrease the county’s high school dropout rate. “This grant will be used to support the Education Initiative in a substantial way as we expand our services to middle school students in Modesto and Patterson,” said Francine DiCiano, president and CEO of United Way Stanislaus County. DiCiano said the gift would be targeted to Creekside Middle School in Patterson. The donation was recommended by Timothy Wood, district manager of Grainger’s Patterson Distribution Center.


LearningQuest Stanislaus Literacy Centers was awarded accredited status by ProLiteracy. LearningQuest helps adults improve reading, math and technology skills. “It’s an affirmation of the quality of the programs we have developed,” said Karen Williams, executive director. ProLiteracy’s accreditation provides literacy programs with a process for self-assessment, developing program improvement plans and demonstrating high standards for governance, operations and volunteer development. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded LearningQuest Stanislaus Literacy Centers a $15,000 grant to support its family literacy efforts in Riverbank. “This grant will allow us to expand into more parent education about literacy than we have been able to do in the past,” Williams said.

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