Focus on Education (12-02-13)

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The FFA New Horizons magazine app, produced quarterly for National FFA Organization members, has been awarded the Custom Content Council’s Pearl Awards’ bronze for Digital: Best Mobile Application. The Pearl Awards are presented each year and recognize excellence in custom media print and web design, editorial and digital applications. The 2013 awards were selected from more than 500 entries representing 13 countries. FFA New Horizons magazine is the member publication for the National FFA Organization and is mailed quarterly to more than 500,000 student members, agriculture educators and FFA alumni. The app features content from FFA New Horizons print magazine, including stories about FFA members’ achievements, agriculture facts and stats, information about careers in agriculture, and issues facing the agriculture industry and community.


The Patterson Joint Unified School District board will meet at 7 p.m. today at the district office, 510 Keystone Blvd., Patterson. In an abbreviated agenda, trustees will vote on adding FFA courses to the Patterson High School offerings. See the full agenda at


The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District board will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday for its annual organizational meeting at the McConnell Adult Education Center, 1348 Patchett Drive, Newman. The board will elect officers and consider the 2014 meeting calendar. At 6 p.m., there will be a regular meeting with a first reading of the Local Control and Accountability Plan. The board will be asked to approve school achievement plans and a budget update.


A free talk on Waldorf methods and a charter school planned for Modesto is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Stanislaus County Library basement auditorium, 1500 I St. Susan Goldstein, a longtime Waldorf educator from Santa Cruz, will talk about the distinctive arts- and nature-based curriculum. Modesto parents will discuss their efforts to open the Waldorf-inspired Manzanita Charter School, starting with kindergarten through third grade in 2015, adding a grade each year through eighth grade. For more information, email


Modesto Junior College will hold an Equine Open House from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the West Campus Equine Unit. The event is free and campus parking is free. Colt training students will demonstrate techniques and answer questions about the course. Most demonstrations will begin around 9 a.m. All of the horses are for sale, with the proceeds going directly to the program. “We really hope that people with an interest in horses will come out just to learn more about the program as well as meet the students,” said Julie Haynes, professor of equine science and director of the veterinary technician program. “The program was a huge success this semester, thanks to the many donations we received following the theft of equipment that occurred last summer. We would love people to come out and see what the donations have done for students and horses.” For more, call Haynes at (209) 575-6872.


Aspire Summit Charter Academy, a kindergarten through fifth-grade elementary school, collected more than 1,800 food items over five days in November. The school donated the items to Second Harvest Food Bank, said second-grade teacher Melissa Wilkins.


The Yosemite Community College District’s Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is tasked with informing the public regarding the use of the bond funds, reviewing expenditures and preparing an annual report for YCCD’s $326 million bond measure, passed by voters in November 2004. The committee has a vacancy for a Columbia College student representative. Applications can be obtained from the YCCD Chancellor’s Office, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto; by calling (209)575-6509; or at The committee meets quarterly, with the next meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at the district office, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. Find agendas and more at


Kathy Northington, Calaveras County superintendent of schools, will host an evening with Nancy Brownell, senior fellow for the State Board of Education and California Department of Education. Brownell will present information about the Common Core standards and take questions from the audience. The event will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Calaveras County Office of Education, 185 S. Main St., Angels Camp. To reserve a seat, call Sharon Miller at (209) 736-6013.

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