Focus on Education (5/1/14)

04/30/2014 6:22 PM

04/30/2014 6:24 PM

MODESTO DISTRICT TO PLAN BUDGET

The Modesto City Schools board will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today to discuss the Local Control and Accountability Plan required for its 2014-15 budget. Under new state rules, community and parent input and priorities must be addressed in the spending plan. The plan also must lay out a way to evaluate how well money spent serves those priorities. A budget plan will be drafted – but not adopted – during the meeting, at the district staff development center, 425 Locust St. See the agenda at http://bit.ly/MCSmeetings.

CALAVERAS BIG TREES CENTER TO OPEN

The grand opening of the Calaveras Big Trees State Park visitors center begins at 11 a.m. May 24 (Memorial Day weekend). One-hour tours will start at the warming hut after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Historical games will be played from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., “California Forever,” a film of state park history, will be shown in Jack Knight Hall. At 3 p.m., “Wild Things” will showcase wild animals in the campfire center. Activities are free after paid park admission. For more, visit www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=551 or call (209) 795-2334.

CUNNINGHAM KIDS BOOK IT!

Cunningham Elementary School in Turlock made the top 100 reading schools in the Pizza Hut Book It Program for 2013-14. Thousands of classrooms tracked their students’ reading progress, and Cunningham fourth-grade teacher Stacy Oldfield’s class came in among the top tier, logging 167,770 reading minutes. They will be presented with a “Top 100 Award” and a Pizza Hut gift card. The contest booked more than 132 million minutes.

HEADS IN THE CLOUD, NOT IN THE SAND

As school districts increasingly move to cloud computing rather than on-site data storage, the National School Boards Association and its Council of School Attorneys have released a guide, “ Data in the Cloud,” for school boards introducing the legal issues associated with protecting student data and suggesting best practices. Those include identifying a districtwide point person, assessing privacy risks, adopting clear and consistent practices, and communicating them with community members and parents. Find more at www.nsba.org.

WEBSITE FOR PARENTS WINS A WEBBY

NBC News’ Parent Toolkit website is the winner of the 2014 Webby Award in the family/parenting category. The Parent Toolkit is produced by NBC News’ Education Nation and sponsored by Pearson. The website features education benchmarks and tips focused on math, English language arts, and health and wellness. The 18th annual Webby Awards, honoring excellence on the Internet, will be presented May 19. See winners at http://webbyawards.com/winners/2014.

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