NEWMAN-CROWS LANDING BOARD TO MEET
The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District Board will hold a special meeting starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday with a closed-door session on negotiations with staff and teachers unions at the district office, 1162 Main St., Newman. An open session will follow to approve numerous staffing additions or changes, and contracts with Patterson Unified for bus service and with the Teachers College of San Joaquin for teaching interns. See the agenda at http://tinyurl.com/NCLUSDagenda.
SUMMIT STUDENTS’ ART APPEARS IN BOOK
A book illustrated by students at Aspire Summit Charter Academy and written by Summit music and art teacher Ben Phelps is available online. “Gus the Magical Moose” is sold in hardcover, $53.91, or ebook, $15.99, versions at www.blurb.com. The story is based on a song about a purple, winged moose named Gustav from Switzerland. See a shaky version of the students singing it on YouTube. Phelps and his band, Mr. Ben and the Eye-Birds, will be playing Gus songs and other kid-friendly tunes at 8 p.m. July 26 at Grizzly Rock Cafe, 4905 N. Golden State Blvd., Turlock.
MODESTO CITY SCHOOLS A FINALIST FOR AG GRANT
Modesto City Schools has been named a finalist, one of five in California, for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants of up to $25,000. The district was nominated by local farmers earlier this year. Winners will be announced in early August. For more, go to www.americasfarmers.com/recognition-programs/grow-rural-education.
COLUMBIA DANCE, MYSTERIES, LIVING HISTORY
Columbia State Historic Park is a Gold Rush-era business district with working shops, restaurants and hotels. Stagecoach rides and gold-panning are available for a fee. Summer attractions include:
GRANTS, ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
DESIGN A HELICOPTER SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and the By Kids For Kids organization will offer a competitive $1,000 scholarship to kids ages 9 to 16. The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Program and Challenge asks students to envision the challenges of the future and design a helicopter that overcomes them. Free materials are available for for teachers. For more, go to www.helicopter2050.com.
MERCED COUNTY OUTDOOR ED FUNDRAISER
Camp Green Meadows celebrates 50 years of outdoor education in 2014, and the Merced County Education Foundation is holding a fundraiser Sept. 6 at the outdoor school in Fish Camp, near the Wawona entrance to Yosemite National Park. The Merced County Office of Education runs the camp, an outdoor school for Merced County students and a recreation camp in the summer. The $100-per-person ticket includes round-trip travel from Merced to Fish Camp, appetizers, an authentic Western barbecue, a hosted bar, cowboy poetry and an optional tour of Camp Green Meadows. Proceeds benefit the MCE Foundation, supporting Green Meadows, foster youth, the arts, agriculture and science-math education. Camp Green Meadows is asking past students to share their stories on its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CampGreenMeadows. For tickets and information, call (209) 381-6602.
TALL SHIPS HEAD TO BAY AREA, SACRAMENTO
The tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, based in Aberdeen, Wash., will visit California ports this fall, offering K-12 education programs, public ticketed sails and walk-on tours at each stop. Lady Washington will visit Oakland from Oct. 10 to 19; San Francisco from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5; Half Moon Bay from Nov. 6 to 19; and Moss Landing from Nov. 20 to 30. Hawaiian Chieftain will be at the port of Oakland from Sept. 12 to 14. The ship will travel up the Sacramento River, visiting Antioch from Sept. 16 to 21, and spend from Sept. 22 to Dec. 5 in Sacramento. Title I schools may be eligible for discounts on education programs. For more information, call the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority at (800) 200-5239 or go to http://historicalseaport.org.