Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chartwell School gets interim head of school

Kate Mulligan has been appointed interim head of school at Chartwell School, a private, K-12 institution designed for students diagnosed with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia.

In the announcement, trustees say Mulligan has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to education, teaching, learning, and children.

Most recently Mulligan was the head of school of Westside School in Seattle, Wash. She holds a BA in English from Dartmouth College, and an Ed.M. in Teaching Curriculum and Learning Environments from Harvard University.

"I look forward to working in partnership with our very talented division heads and dedicated teachers and staff to do the amazing and transformative work with children that was envisioned by our founders," Mulligan said.

Chartwell programs include self-advocacy skills training, art, music, sports, and technology. Chartwell’s social/emotional program is effective at addressing students’ anxiety and frustration due to classroom struggles brought about by learning differences.

"During my first month at Chartwell, I have been impressed by the level of caring and commitment in this community,"  Mulligan said. "Current and past parents alike have expressed tremendous gratitude to Chartwell for 'saving the lives' of their children."

To learn more about Chartwell School, click here.

"Start Smart" to be offered in Monterey

"Start Smart," a driving safety class for teens, will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27 in Monterey.

Designed by the California Highway Patrol, "Start Smart" is a free, two-hour class for current and prospective drivers ages 15-19 to promote safe driving habits. In a typical class, CHP officers speak directly to the newly licensed driver and their parents/guardians and discuss topics such as collision avoidance techniques along with collision causing elements such as excessive speed, DUI, and distracted driving. Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to take to stay safe; such as the importance of seat belt unsafe, passengers in the vehicle and what to do when involved in a collision.

For more information about Start Smart, click here.

In the past, CHP’s local representatives have only hosted the classes in Salinas. But next month, they’ll expand to host a class at Capital Insurance Group, 2300 Garden Rd., in Monterey. The insurance company is offering a modest discount for students who take the class and keep a 3.0 GPA or higher.

For more information or to save a spot, call  (831) 770-8038.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stuff the Bus is wrapping up -- help students in need

Summer vacation is wrapping up, and with it, the chance to help students needing school supplies.

If you haven't heard about the "Stuff the Bus" campaign, you can find more information here. In a nutshell, the campaign seeks to give needy children the supplies needed to get them ready for school. You can donate money or supplies at local banks that have the little bus station on the lobby.

And here's another way you can help. Volunteers are needed to sort through supplies and assemble backpacks next week. Teams will be meeting four days: Wed. through Sat. Aug. 2 to 5, at the Monterey County Office of Education, 901 Blanco Cir. Salinas. Sorting teams will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wed. through Friday and stuffing teams will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, visit the United Way page here.