Modesto firefighters clown around at elementary schools to bring home a message that’s no laughing matter: safety. A crew performed for students at Fremont Elementary on Wednesday as part of a 10-school sweep to spread the word.
Count the American Association of University Women as a fan of Common Core, arguing it will give girls a better shot at higher-paying jobs. While women have a long way to go in the job market, an old yearbook gives a glimpse at how far we have come.
After years of layoffs, some Stanislaus County districts scrambled to find teachers this year, with more shortages anticipated as baby boomers retire, class sizes trim and college graduates return to teacher training. But amid the upheaval, new ideas are taking hold.
Pink-shirted students at Patricia Kay Beaver Elementary School, Ceres’ newest campus, race and play during a ceremony capping a weeklong community service project, raising money to fight breast cancer. The school is named for a Ceres teacher who died of breast cancer in 2001, and her daughter is its principal.
Children without a functional vocabulary start their first day at school already way behind, already on track to fail. Stanislaus READS, which stands for Ready, Engaged, Able, Determined Students, is tackling the sad statistic that only 39 percent of third-graders test as reading at grade level.
The Modesto City Schools board moved forward with revamping the district’s wellness policy, despite concerns over new limits on club fundraising. The broad policy, which addresses everything from physical-education classes to recess, will return for a final vote.
They met in kindergarten in the fall of 1950, frilly skirts and Mary Janes marching into Miss Neal’s class at what was then called Empire Union Elementary School. For 64 years the women have shared life’s milestones, laughs and heartaches, as only the friends who knew you when can do.