A new school for at-risk secondary students is scoring points with kids through team sports. Fusion Charter coach Sharile Abbasi has a 17-man flag football team in training after four months of basketball.
Kids dug into baskets of celery and green onions. Moms picked among bright red tomatoes, brown spuds, oranges, carrots, lettuce and radishes. The fresh, free food went quickly at Tuesday’s kickoff event for a school garden at Empire Head Startl. Inter-Faith Ministries said Empire will get monthly food giveaways.
Modesto City Schools’ historic administrative building on Locust Street will get a permanent addition, replacing a hodgepodge of aging trailers and portable buildings. Trustees approved the move, heard about tech upgrades and OK’d a contract with yard duty supervisors at Monday’s meeting.
Erasing a chalkboard may be a dying art at high schools, but one campus has taken the task to the max. A machine devised by Waterford High physics students takes 25 steps to clear the board, an absurdly complex and whimsical design heading to the national High School Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.
School administrators are comparing salaries and realizing Stanislaus County pay is on the low side. Their solution: raises. Districts have adjusted management pay schedules to reflect more competitive numbers, with some eye-popping results, including a hefty hike for the county superintendent.
Celebrating inner greatness was Friday’s mantra at La Rosa Elementary in Ceres, culminating in assemblies to show a video of class projects on the subject. Every class had taken part, contributing poems, art projects and videos of students saying what made them great, part of a mental health program at the school to help kids build inner grit.
Nearly two dozen school districts and county offices of education filled the event center at California State University, Stanislaus, this week, searching for fresh faces to replace retiring teachers and those moving away or moving on.
A drive to catch kids up and make sure they’re reading by third grade has put heavy pressure on early-grade classrooms. Modesto City Schools teachers say they are testing through much of every day; administrators say tracking kids’ early progress is essential for effective teaching.
The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.
A rumor that shade trees at Fremont Elementary School would be axed over spring break prompted heated discussions, with students starting a letter writing campaign to protect the campus canopy. The 14 trees are safe for now, Modesto City Schools officials said Tuesday, and parents and students will get to have their say at a meeting being planned for later in April.
Head Start, the federal preschool program, serves roughly 1 million poor children and kids with disabilities. Spikes and cuts in its funding make headlines, but less known is the quiet expansion of family services with an eye to long-term change for its kids.