Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monterey County teachers and administrators: this is for you

In its ongoing effort to set up a single accountability system that's coherent at the local, state and federal level, the State Board of Education is currently seeking applications to fill up to 15 positions on a newly constituted advisory committee.

The group will be called the California Practitioners Advisory Group and will provide input to the State Board of Education on ongoing efforts to establish said accountability system. The advisory committee will also serve as the state’s committee of practitioners under federal Title I requirements.

For more information about the application, please click here or , or contact the State Board by email at or by telephone at 916-319-0393. Complete applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hartnell speech team finishes strong its regular tournament season

The Hartnell Speech team finished its regular tournament season with nine individual awards and a second place overall team award at the Las Positas Invitational held Feb. 6 in Livermore.

Thirteen two-year and four-year schools from around the region competed on Saturday, including San Francisco State University, Diablo Valley College and Modesto Junior College.

Individual awards included:

Susana Alcantar, 1st Place, Informative Speaking
Marc Dover, 1st Place, Communication Analysis
Meritzy Ayala, 2rd Place, Communication Analysis
Esmeralda Ramirez, 3rd Place, Prose Interpretation
Sarina Atkins, 3rd Place, Persuasive Speaking
Jasleem Bonilla, 4th place, Persuasive Speaking
Adrian Flores, 5th place, Program of Oral Interpretation
Lourdes Tinajero, 6th place, Program of Oral Interpretation
Andrea Cervates, 7th place, Program of Oral Interpretation
The team will participate in the Northern California Spring Championships February 20 and 21 in Modesto. They will also attend the California Communication College State Championships March 9-13 at City College of San Francisco.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Stevenson's Chapman Caddell, a scientist in the making

Chapman Caddell, a senior at Stevenson School, was named a U.S. high school semifinalist for the Intel Science Talent Search earlier this year. The talent search is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition and it honors exceptional high school seniors for their scientific research and their potential as future leaders in the scientific community. Chapman received a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation, and an additional $1,000 grant was made to Stevenson School.

He was one of 300 out of 1,750 that applied to qualify for this national contest, although he did not qualify to be one of the top 40 finalists. Quite an achievement, given that the application process is extensive and requires original research, multiple faculty recommendations, transcripts, AP test scores, standardized test scores, personal essays, summer institute participation, and a listing of awards.

Chapman’s apparatus that earned him this recognition resulted in his discovery of—among other things—methods to reduce the threshold “Leidenfrost Effect” temperature by half (from 650F to 300F) and condense airborne moisture, an important application in a drought environment.

I've written about Chapman's accomplishments in the past and no doubt we'll continue to hear about his success in the future. Way to go!