Northeast Modesto school spruces up

Mary Ann Sanders Elementary School in northeast Modesto had a Community Beautification Day on Friday. The school had “Orchard Supply Hardware, who donated soil plants and supplies, students, teachers, and some parents ‘beautifying’ our campus with plant bed makeovers,” Principal Carrie said. Other students, she said, worked in areas to pick up trash, sweep, clean tables and otherwise improve the campus.


Science demonstrated for Modesto students at Great Valley Museum

Students from Marshall Elementary School took part in a chemistry demonstration Thursday in front of the Great Valley Museum at the Modesto Junior College West Campus. According to college officials, tours and demonstrations are held at the museum Tuesdays through Thursdays and are booked through May. The museum has exhibits displaying the natural history of the Central Valley, science exhibits and a planetarium. For more information about the museum, go to

Nan Austin

On Campus: Longer school days, better connections gaining ground

As Modesto City Schools considers moving high school start times later at a yawn-inducing pace, across the nation other affronts to the 19th century school day are moving forward. A national report on longer school days says twice as many kids, still just a few and mostly in urban areas, have longer school days than two years ago.


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