Focus on Education (08/27/14)

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Parents with children at Modesto City Schools sites can choose to be contacted by text, phone or email. The district uses SchoolMessenger to provide communication about attendance, activities or school emergencies. Use the system’s Contact Manager, accessed through PowerSchool, to set up preferences. Instructions on how to set up a PowerSchool account are in the PowerSchool User Guide for Parents document linked to the Parent FAQ page at, or directly at Instructions for Contact Manager are on Page 7. Contact the student’s school for more information.


California State University, Stanislaus, will hold its annual Student to Teacher Conference Sept. 27. The Saturday event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference, for new and future teachers, or those considering teaching careers, includes information and resources on credential programs, motivational speakers and dozens of workshops by area educators. Donna Andrews, winner of the CSU Stanislaus Outstanding Professor Community Service Award, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $30, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Register by Sept. 19 at


The Sylvan Union School District Board will meet at 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave. A study session will be held at 5 p.m. on Proposition 39, which will bring funds for energy conservation projects at schools. A closed session on student discipline and litigation will follow at 6 p.m. The board will reconvene for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Trustees will hear public comments on maps being considered for by-area elections. They will hear a report on Boys & Girls Club after-school programs and from its committee on elementary innovation. See the full agenda at; click the calendar link at the top to see both agendas.

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