So much is happening in our schools, we have to blog about it!
Caltrans has agreed to allow foot traffic near Rocky Creek in the morning and afternoon for school use only, according to news posted in the Carmel Unified District website. This means the district can provide transportation to and from town every day for Carmel Middle School and Carmel High School students.
Students will be driven by bus to the slide area and walk across under bus driver supervision. They will load into another bus waiting on the other side of the slide.
Bus stops on the morning bus run will be 10 min earlier than usual. In the afternoon, bus stops will be 30 minutes later than usual.
Please be aware that students are expected to go to their regular school each day. The district will no longer offer tutorial support at Captain Cooper.
To view the bus schedule, click here.
If I get more information about this from district personnel, I'll write it for Thursday's Herald. If not, I'll shoot for Friday. Stay tuned.
Two events this weekend will showcase our talented youth: Monterey County History Day and "My View," a photo exhibit in Salinas.
About the photo exhibit: young people of the Alisal show their work developed to bring to life issues facing the community. Part of the conversation is to advocate for peace, equality and justice.
“Being part of My View opened up my eyes to the rest of Salinas, it is surprising how many things we can do for our community, through images you see what you are trying to transform; for instance: the run-down houses, the need for markets where they sell fresh products, helping out families and mothers who have lost their kids to violence,” said Cristian Trujillo, an 18-year-old student of Salinas High School.
The show will open Saturday at the Alisal Center for the Fine Arts - 745 N. Sanborn Rd. Salinas.
Also on Saturday, Monterey County’s 21st Annual History day will take place between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This year’s them: Debate and diplomacy in history: successes, failures, consequences”
In History Day, students from 4th to 12th grade engage in activities that further student’s understanding of historical issues, ideas, people and events. Students compete in one of six categories: historical paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, historical web site, or 4/5th grade poster.
The winning projects of the Monterey County Competition will compete at the California State Finals in San Jose on April 28th to May 1st. The winners of the state competition will represent California at the National Competition in Maryland on June 12th-16th.
Organized by the Lyceum of Monterey County, the event takes place at All Saints' Episcopal Day School, 8060 Carmel Valley Rd. For more information, click here.
After learning about the tragic events in Japan, Japanese teacher Shawn De Haven of Everett Alvarez High wanted to fight against the feeling of powerlessness and help the country where he lived for six years. Along with the Japanese Club, De Haven put together a fundraiser drive where everyone at the school was asked to donate at least a dollar. The Japanese Club and the Link Crew went around the school after lunch and together were able to raise $1,866 for the Red Cross. They’ll sent the money by the end of this week.
In the picture: Shawn De Haven, Cassandra Ruano, Tim Branche, Eddie Ruano, Manuel Pantoja and Cristy Criollo. Photo provided by Shawn De Haven.
These are not your regular high and middle school students. They all take AVID classes – Advancement Via Individual Determination, a program that sets middle and high school students on a path to college. To be able to attend, they had to participate in a “Write of’, a timed writing exercise designed to get them exited about writing. Top writers were selected to attend the writer’s conference at CSUMB.
They cam from as far north as Palo Alto to as far south as Greenfield. They attended seminars such as “Boredom Boredom Busters: Strategies for Attacking Academic Texts,” by CSUMB professor Jennifer Fletcher (in the picture kindly provided by CSUMB).
AVID has helped thousands of students to get into college. With the help of their peers students stay motivated and encouraged, making their path to college easier. In California in 2009-10, 91 percent of AVID seniors had completed four-year college entrance requirements, compared to 36 percent of their peers who did not participate in the program.
For more information about AVID, click here.
Salinas Union High School District has been named to the College Board AP Achievement List for opening AP classroom doors to many more students while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher. The district is one of fewer than 400 districts nationwide that make it to the list.
This is no small feat. Much is being discussed about budget cuts and how these cuts are getting to the bone, which means, instruction. And in spite of it, we find the success stories: I've seen some of the students in AP classes, the content they have to learn, and it's very impressive. So congrats, Salinas Union High School District!
The complete AP Achievement list can be found here.
Now to Santa Rita Union: the 3,000- or so school district and its Measure C oversight committee will hold a grand opening ceremony for the Bolsa Knolls Middles School starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday (March 26), 1031 Rogge Road, Salinas.
Bolsa Knolls Middle School and the Santa Rita Union School district are the first in the state to receive Gen7 environmentally friendly classrooms, designed to be energy efficient. And I sure hope they're also very comfortable!
Alisal High student Eduardo Velasquez told me today Salinas is a very creative city, even if it's not often portrayed that way.
Well, here's two events that speak to the creative work happening in Salinas. One is the kind where you sit and enjoy, the other one's the type that makes you work.
The Salinas Union High School District and the Salinas Public Library are sponsoring the High School film festival, which will take place at 7 p.m. on April 15. And your film could be the big winner.
Award winner receive cash and prizes. All genres, including animation, will be accepted. You can edit your film at the digital labs of John Steinbeck or César Chavez libraries. Each lab provides access to video editing software and personal instruction.
Submit your film via DVD with student names to Michael Roddy, Salinas Union High District, 431 West Alisal St., Salinas, CA 93901. firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be received by March 31.
The second event happens this weekend : Tonatiuh, Danzantes del Quinto Sol, the dance troupe that enlivens the city at every step, will present its 18th anniversary concert Saturday, at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. At the Western Stage of Hartnell College, 411 Central Ave., Salinas. Tickets: $15 adult, $10 children under 12.
Come and support maestro Ramón Silva and his dancers. They’re one of the groups that make Salinas a better place.
both seniors from York School, have been named as candidates in the 2011 Presidential Scholars Program. There are only 3,000 candidates nationwide out of 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year. Choi and Brown were the only two students out the the Tri-county area (Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties) to be selected.
Brown, son of Susan Brown of Carmel, and Choi, son of Eunah Seo of Monterey, were selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 47th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Candidates are also selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. The selecting panel also takes into consideration students’ essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts.
500 semi-finalists will be selected in early April by distinguished educators.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of some 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make the final selection of some 90 Scholars, who will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, in June to receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators, and other leading individuals in public life.
It's been quite a year for Choi: a musician, athlete and scholar, he's been capturing quite a number of headlines recently. Looks like his lucky year, maybe he'll end up capturing the Presidential honor as well. Stay tuned.