A single mom with two preschoolers and a single dad with two sons, one a child with special needs, have a lot more under the Christmas tree this year, thanks to Denair Middle School safety patrol students. They even bought one family the tree.
Sitting in his La Loma Junior High classroom before school last week, the California League of Middle Schools Region 6 Educator of the Year reflected on teaching, Common Core and 30 years of working with tweens that started in his church youth group.
Computer Science Week just wound up, but the whole month has felt tech-centric. There is a tech-tonic shift happening, pardon the pun, from the inkwell world where classrooms got their start. Encyclopedias to Google-ing. Wide-ruled binder paper to spreadsheets. Pencils to styluses.
California State University, Stanislaus, College of Education students working with recent immigrants in Davis High School’s Language Institute took a novel kind of final exam, displaying joint projects on the immigration experience and comparing how schools work in different countries.
Industry apprentices got some hands on how-to Friday and Saturday, and high school students got to sit in on the lessons, at the Stanislaus County Area Manufacturing Maintenance Joint Apprenticeship Program Workshop, held in Patterson.
Microsoft has named 40 educators nationwide as Innovative Educator Experts for 2015. Three of them work in Manteca Unified School District, which will be checking out computers to its 23,000 students this spring.
The stalwarts, the small cadre of employees and community members who sat through more than two years of grim Denair Unified board meetings, took a moment to applaud at this one. On the brink of being taken over by state regulators last spring, at Thursday’s meeting the district unveiled a budget that is back in the black.
As the storm advances, count school recess among its lesser losses. Even with in-class classics such as “Heads Up, Seven Up” and pop-bottle bowling, most elementary classrooms will be squirmy places. But one fourth-grade class in north Modesto is sitting pretty.
College. Jobs. The future and all it could hold took center stage at a meeting of business leaders and high school students. The conversation turned to Common Core, and the lynchpin role that industry and educators hope it will play in raising the bar for our local economy.
An updated Denair Unified School District budget being adopted by the board Thursday shows the district will hit state targets ahead of schedule, ending the year on solid fiscal ground after two years of insolvency and turmoil.
The Ceres Unified School District Board will consider a boundary change at its meeting Thursday, shifting more freshmen to Central Valley High next year to avoid crowding Ceres High. Trustees will also consider a money-saving refinance of district debt and new policies to increase reserves.
Crowell Elementary will have a new hand at the helm. Margaret Osmer will leave her assistant principal post at Dennis Earl Elementary to lead the school, which was rocked by a shuffling of one-third of its teachers to different grades this year.
Modesto City Schools voted against arts-oriented Manzanita Charter School after staff members questioned its financial viability and board members said they could not support its lack of alignment with state standards.
The Turlock Unified School District Board will weigh technology upgrades and appoint a new principal at the meeting Tuesday. Crowell Elementary School teachers report that they were told after school Monday that Margaret Osmer, now assistant principal at Dennis Earl, will be the new interim principal.
Student teams in Turlock, Modesto and Merced are taking down worms, viruses and Trojans – the computer equivalents of colds, the stomach flu and cancer – in a largely self-taught exercise masterminded by the online CyberPatriot competition.
Modesto City Schools board members will get updates on budget and school performance indicators, both of which include reader-friendly versions for the public, at their meeting Monday. They will also give a thumbs up or down on sponsoring a Waldorf-inspired elementary charter school.
Two German women are studying business American-style at Modesto Junior College. Both left jobs in Germany that they had started as interns after two years of high school, a twist on career education common in their homeland.