Tuesday, December 19, 2017

How the California School Dashboard works

I love writing. It is my passion and my joy, but it's also my darling, and as a wise person once said, your darlings will be your demise. Or something like that.

When it comes to explaining complicated stuff, writing is often the least appropriate medium, and when it comes to the California School Dashboard is definitely not advisable. The Dashboard, with all its colors and student subgroups and priority areas make for a dry, boring, unhelpful story. So I decided to do a video about it, in the hopes that parents and the public in general will get a sense of what this is about. Check it out! Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Salinas gets $135,000 grant to improve pedestrian safety

The Monterey County Health Department has been awarded $130,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to bring pedestrian safety education to schools in Salinas. The grant will benefit three elementary schools in East Salinas – Bardin Elementary, Cesar E. Chavez, and Dr. Oscar F. Loya Elementary.

Safe Travels Via Salinas, as the program is called, aims to encourage more students to walk or bike to school. Walking to school is an activity that benefits parents and students by including physical activity and getting to know other parents. Safe Travels also aims to reduce pedestrian injuries in the City of Salinas, which had a total of 50 between October 2016 and September 2017.

Safe Travels will bring bike safety education directly to the students through assemblies and bike rodeos. Topics will include watching out for unsafe drivers, bike safety, and helmet usage.

The grant will allow for children to practice their bicycle skills within a bike rodeo brought to their school. Students will work with pretend traffic situations, such as cars backing up in driveways and distracted drivers, learning to recognize the problems and how to protect themselves.

Special walk to school events will be held throughout the year to encourage students and parents to walk instead of drive to school. Stay tuned for dates!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Pebble Beach at Stanford helping children in need

Emma Morgan of Pebble Beach helped organize a charity run that took place Oct. 15 and raises $40,000 to benefit foster youth in California. The race is a 32-year tradition of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Stanford University.

The race is called ThetaBreakers and benefits Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. The nonprofit agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children in Santa Clara County. This year, Child Advocates hopes to serve 920 foster children with a CASA volunteer. For the past 32 years, the Stanford Thetas have supported Child Advocates to impact the lives of foster children.

“The Stanford students organizing this run change lives,” said in a statement Karen Scussel, executive director of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. “The Thetas are an organization of women committed to spreading the widest influence for good and they’ve been wonderful supporters of Child Advocates through their fundraisers and countless volunteer hours. As state funding for CASA programs declines, we are extremely thankful for the Theta’s unwavering support to help us provide a CASA for our community’s most vulnerable children."

Credit: Tyler Sabree Cloyd

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Want to run for the NMCUSD board? You still have a chance

The write-in candidate filing period for trustee area two of the North Monterey County Unified School District ends at 5 p.m. on October 24.

To qualify, candidates must meet the requirements of office and file nomination forms. Write-in candidates will file at the Monterey County Elections Office located at 1441 Schilling Place – North Building, Salinas, CA 93901. There are no filing fees or candidate statements and the write-in candidate’s name will not appear on the ballot.

For more information please call 831-796-1499.

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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer internship for youth! Learn about county government.

The first Young Supervisors Program for local high school and first year college students will be taking place from July 3 to July 28. The program will be held at the Monterey County Board of Supervisors Government Building, and it's sponsored by Supervisor Luis Alejo.

This program focuses on developing leadership skills and empowering the leaders of tomorrow by exposing them to important community issues. Students will learn about the importance of civic participation, the press, community service, the legislative process and local issues facing Monterey County. Students meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with the exception of one Tuesday throughout the course of the program.

The Young Supervisors Program is offered at no cost and it's open to high school and first year college students, who reside in Monterey County. At the end of the program, participants will be able to more effectively communicate with others, have a background in community service and organization while illustrating an understanding of the legislative process and the workings of a county supervisor. Students that complete the program will receive a special recognition certificate and a letter of recommendation from Supervisor Alejo..

Deadline to apply is June 28. Application form is available here or at the Supervisors District Office located at: 168 W. Alisal Street. Second Floor, Salinas, CA 93901 or by email at mckeithens@co.monterey.ca.us.

For more information contact Shane Mckeithen, Young Supervisors Program Director at (831) 755-5011 or via email at mckeithens@co.monterey.ca.us.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Salinas youth: learn about your local government

Young people in Salinas are invited to learn about the local government, careers in government, and how to advocate for positive change.

They can do that through the City's first Youth and Government Institute, which will meet at Salinas City Hall July 5-21 between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays.

Among other activities, participants will be able to:

Meet the mayor, City Council members, department directors, and staff
Attend a City Council meeting and conduct their own mock City Council meeting
Complete a service project
Do some things just for fun.
The benefits of the program include:
Useful knowledge for being an involved citizen, and for careers in government, the law, and business.
Valuable experience to list on a college application or resume
Opportunities to apply for voting membership on City commissions or committees.
A stipend will be paid after the completion of all sessions, and food and transportation will be provided. Salinas residents aged 14-18 are eligible to apply.

The Youth and Government Institute will be taught by the City's Neighborhood Services Coordinator, Ana Ambriz, and Vivian Salinas, a City recreation coordinator.

The deadline for applications is June 22. Applications are available for download on the City's website here.

More information is available from Ana Ambriz at anaa@ci.salinas.ca.us or (831) 758-7166.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pacific Grove trustees to fill board vacancy on Thursday

Trustees with the Pacific Grove Unified School District will take a public vote at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, to select the candidate that will fill an existing vacancy.

The candidates were interviewed on May 16. They are: retired educator Cristy Dawson, business owner Stephen Thomas, financial advisor Henry Nigos, retired educator and police officer Joseph Amelio, and public accountant Josey Schenkoske. To find their applications, visit the district's website here.

The appointed trustee will serve the remainder of a term which ends Dec. 2018. An election for the next four-year term will be held November 2018.

*UPDATE: An earlier version of this blog misidentified the occupation of Cristy Dawson.

Monday, May 22, 2017

CSUMB students wins $2,000 film commission's scholarship

Briana Gonzales, a student at the Cinematic Arts and Technology program at California State University, Monterey Bay, was named the 2017 winner of a $2,000 scholarship in the Monterey County Film Commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program. She is a Seaside resident, originally from Porterville, Calif.

Gonzales is set on pursuing a filmmaking career, and is focused on stop-motion animation which she feels offers opportunities to be creative and innovative. “It is rigorous work, but rewarding when I see my set and characters come to life,” Gonzales said in a statement.

“This award will allow me to invest in equipment and create a more intricate production set and well-constructed characters which would in turn show off my skills to studios and film festivals and help further my career in the art that is stop-motion animation,” Gonzales said.

The Monterey County Film Commission film student scholarship program was created in 2008 to provide financial aid and incentive to students of film as well as beginning filmmakers who reside in Monterey County or those enrolled in a college or university in the county. The fund was established as a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation for Monterey County.

Contributions to the film commission’s Director Emeritus Richard Tyler Film Student Scholarship Award Program were made by the Craig and Paula Tigerman family, in-kind support from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and numerous local donors.

Donations are welcomed for next year’s program, according to Jeff Clark, film student scholarship committee chairperson and chair of the board of the Monterey County Film Commission. For more information call 831-646-0910 or email info@filmmonterey.org.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hartnell to showcase its arts programs during hARTnell Experience

The arts will take center stage from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, during the hARTnell Experience in the Visual and Preforming Arts Buildings J and K at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas, CA.

Visitors will have an opportunity to explore visual arts, music, and theatre offering on main campus in a family-friendly event with a multitude of hands-on activities.  Hartnell faculty and students will guide visitors through the various demonstrations as they explore offerings at the college.

Highlights of the hARTnell Experience include the STEM Art Lab with 3D printer, video, and green screen; ceramics and sculpture demonstrations; teachings in piano lessons, recorder and creating a ring-tone; plus judging an audition, writing a scene or taking a backstage tour.

This event is open to the public and no RSVP is necessary. Parking is complimentary on Sundays. For more information, contact Ashton Clarke at aclarke@hartnell.edu.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mathematics top honor goes to York School student

SALINAS >> Monterey Peninsula private and charter schools are heavily represented among the winners of the 49th annual Mathetics competition, which took place Saturday at Hartnell College.

The day's top honors went to Emma Cushing of The York School as the top scoring student in the advanced calculus exam. The highest scoring advanced calculus team went to students from Santa Catalina Upper school Audrey Bennett, Jayne Oentoro and Chloe Zhao, who received the Robert B. Balles Scholarship.

Students also competed in Common Core Standards Math 5, 6, 7, and 8, Math 1, 2, 3, math analysis/pre-calculus, calculus AB, BC, and statistics AP. Common Core Standards Math blend arithmetic, algebra and trigonometry. Math 1 is generally offered to high school freshman.

Calculus second top scorer was Teyam Birgani of Salinas High School, and third Jeffrey Jiang of Carmel High School. In calculus AB, first place went to Filip Zacek of Carmel High School, second to Henry Loh of Pacific Grove High School, and third to Kevin Barbard of The York School.

In math analysis/pre-calculus, first place went to Oscar Chen of Stevenson School, second place to Tristen Laney of the York School, and third place to Joanna Lin of Santa Catalina Upper School.

Mathletics is a math contest held each May to encourage excellence in math and recognize the achievements of individual students and the schools they represent. First, second, and third place winners in each level received gift cards, gift certificates and an Olympic-sized first, second or third place medal. Nearly 300 upper elementary, middle and high school students from Monterey County public and private schools participated in the event.

The Monterey County Office of Education and California State University, Monterey Bay Mathematics Department sponsor the event. For a complete list of winners, click here.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Monterey area girls chosen for AAUW science camp

Brenda Ortiz Cardenas from Los Arboles Middle School in Marina, Anna Chassion from Buena Vista Middle School in Las Palmas, and Olivia Pearman from Pacific Grove Middle School will be attending this summer's STEM Camp Grace Hopper at Stanford University, courtesy of the Monterey Peninsula Branch of American Association of University Women.

Seventy-one girls were nominated by their math or science teachers, 34 girls applied, ten girls were interviewed and these 3 girls were chosen for the camp, said Marilyn Erickson, Tech Trek Coordinator of the AAUW Monterey Peninsula Branch.

"AAUW branches raise the funds for each camper, $1,000 for each girl. This year we raised the $3,000 by member donation and by a grant from the Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop in Carmel," Erickson said.  "Our 3 girls will join 75 other girls from Northern California to live at Stanford University for a week, living in a dorm, eating in the student dining hall, and attending classes at the university."

The girls select their core classes of Forensic Science, Marine Biology, Engineering/Motion, Cyber Security, 3D Math, or Applied Inventor/Coding. The camp was started in 1998 at Stanford with AAUW sponsorship. A 7th grade girl can only go to this camp if chosen by her AAUW branch and paid for by the AAUW Branch.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Carmel High School students deliver groceries to Big Sur families

A group of Carmel High students, teachers and administrations trekked across the woods to deliver groceries to 11 families stranded on the south side of Pfeiffer Canyon this week.

According to Health Teacher Leigh Cambra, student Chantal Gonzalez went around to her neighbors in Post Ranch to see what they needed. With a grocery list for 11 families in hand, a group went grocery shopping, bagged the goods, and trekked hiked in the woods to deliver the bounty. Joining Cambra and Spanish Teacher Bridget Randazzo were students Caroline Mierzwa, Diego Cabrera, Diego Salinas, Katya Fredericksen, Hailey Rowe, Coral Barrett, Alex Myers, Julia Kurz, Nick Haws, and staff members Diana Vita, Patrica Hunt, Shannon Rains, and Tammy Waldman.

 "It ended up bring the perfect amount of people for the amount of food we had," Cambra wrote.

"Now, we kept hearing about a trail. Caroline warned that it was steep and slippery after the rains. I guess, in my mind, I kept thinking 'it’s just a trail connecting two sides of Big Sur.' Well, I was wrong. There is a path that’s maybe a quarter of a mile and then you get to this new trail. The trail itself is a half mile that zig zags up the side of a hill, elevating 500 feet. We were carrying gallons of milk, beans, rice, eggs, diapers, juice, and more. We ended up meeting the families at the post office and they were very happy to have the fresh food.

"The walk back is mostly downhill and pretty fun. But what you start reflecting along the way back is that we have students having to walk that everyday to get to a bus (and then that long bus ride). I don’t know if I would want to come to school very often if that’s what I had to do."

Cambra and her Big Sur team are planning another delivery soon. Stay tuned.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Ahad Anwar keeps getting kudos

Last week, I wrote a profile of Ahad Anwar, a Pakistani teen studying in Monterey High School. The young man is very dedicated to promoting a good image for his country, something that leaves most who met him with a good impression. If you miss the story, you can find it here.

It turns out, he's made good impressions even when he doesn't meet people personally. Scott Webb, a career advisor at MIIS, read the article and sent this anecdote:

"About a week ago my wife Andrea lost her driver's license around the edge of DLI at Pacific and Scott. We were going to report it, but Ahad sent the license and letter below.

"I thought you'd like to see it and know. He is a great example for his country and proof that there are good people everywhere."

Scott gave me permission to publish this, so there you have it. Ahad, thanks for being such a cool kid and such a fine human being.

Congressman Panetta announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday the annual Congressional Art Competition for high school students. High schools throughout California’s 20th Congressional District are invited to participate by submitting up to five pieces of original student artwork. Exceptions will be made for schools that have 7th through 12th grades on one campus. All submissions are due by May 1, 2017.

The winning entry will be displayed in the corridors of the Capitol in Washington, DC. The winner and a family member will also be invited to attend a special ceremony with other young artists from around the country in Washington, DC at the end of June.

The Congressional Art Competition encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of young Americans. Students are allowed to submit various styles and types of art, ranging from paintings and drawings to photography and mixed media pieces. The winners will be determined using criteria based on originality, skill of execution, excellence in use of materials and conceptual strength of the project.

For further questions and full details, click here, or contact Bertha Munoz, congressional aide, at 831-424-2229 or email at bertha.munoz@mail.house.gov.

Luke and Victoria Phillips, recipients of 2017 MPC President's Award

Luke and Victoria Phillips will be honored on April 28 for their contributions to the Monterey Peninsula College and the community at large.

Luke and Victoria grew up in the Monterey Peninsula and graduated Monterey Peninsula College. Luke was a prominent athlete and co-captain of the college's first football team in 1947, and later became the first football coach, according to the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation. After retirement from coaching football, he spent 14 years coaching golf teams. He retired in 1999 and has been inducted in several halls of fame, honored in various committees, and helped raised over $150,000 in scholarships for students.

Victoria received a degree from MPC in secretarial sciences and worked for 43 years on campus as secretary to the registrar then as administrative assistant to the dean of instruction. She dedicated the last 23 years of her career as executive assistant to the superintendent/president and the governing board. She has raised about $200,000 for scholarships for students.

Victoria and Luke have been married for 40 years, have six children, 14 grandchildren, and 23 grandchildren.

The couple will be recognized during the 11th Annual President’s Address to the Community from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940.

Cost: $60.00 individual Tickets, $800 Table of 10 seats Sponsorship.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here or call (831) 646-4120

Friday, April 14, 2017

Help Mary Chapa Academy win a garden grant

Mary Chapa Academy is asking community community members to vote for its application for a "Seeds of Change" grant, which  would help them to grow their gardening program. From now through April 19, the community can vote to support their local gardening and farming programs by visiting the Seeds of Change™ website here and voting once per day. You can find Greenfield's Garden by searching for Greenfield, Mary Chapa Academy, or MCA Garden.

Seeds of Change™ is awarding $310,000 in total grants to 24 garden projects around the country.

After voting closes on April 19 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, the top 50 organizations with the most votes will move on to the final judging phase. Around May 8, Seeds of Change™ will announce 24 grant recipients: 12 school garden recipients and 12 community garden recipients. Of these grant recipients, (2) two school gardens will receive $25,000, two (2) community gardens will receive $30,000 and ten (10) school gardens and ten (10) community gardens will receive $10,000.

For more information about Seeds of Change™ or the Seeds of Change™ Grant Program, visit www.seedsofchangegrant.com.

Vote early and often!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pacific Grove Unified Seeking Trustee

Trustees with the Pacific Grove Unified School District are seeking candidates to replace John Thibeau, who resigned from the board as of March 31.

Trustees approved a process to fill the vacancy at the April 6 board meeting. The appointed trustee will serve the remainder of Thibeau's term, which ends Dec. 2018. An election for the next four-year term will be held November 2018.

Anyone interested in being considered for the position may request an application by contacting the Superintendent’s Office at 831-646-6510 or visiting the District’s website here.

Applicants must be registered voters, living in the district and not otherwise disqualified from holding public office. Applications are due in the superintendent’s office no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, April 28.

The Board will review the applications and conduct the interviews of the final applicants at a special Board meeting on May 16. After conducting the interviews in open session the Board will finalize their selection and make the provisional appointment at the following regularly scheduled Board meeting on May 25. The selected candidate will then be sworn in and take their seat at the Board table.

For further information contact the Superintendent's Office at 646-6510.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Preparing Students for Industry Careers or College -- panel discussion and demonstration

The Media Center for Art, Education and Technology, MCAET, invites the public, including industry professionals, community leaders, educators, and artists to a community presentation, panel, and facility tour on Wednesday, April 26, from 10 am  to 3 pm at 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas.

Learn how the Media Center for Art, Education and Technology is developing the arts, media, and entertainment industry’s future as a State designated Career Technical Education Demonstration Site.

Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, referred to MCAET studios as one of “The Best in the State." The Career Technical Education division has also named MCAET and the Millennium Charter High School one of eight statewide “Career Education Demonstration Sites."

At MCAET, students from throughout Monterey County are learning alongside Industry Professionals: • Radio, T.V., Film • Advertising • Promotions • Web Design • Broadcast Journalism • Sports Broadcast • Engineering • Animation • Game Design

Wednesday, April 26
10:00am to noon - Presentation & Panel Discussion
“Preparing Students for Industry Careers or College”
Noon - Complimentary LUNCH
1:00pm to 3:00pm - Open House Tours
MCAET Studios, Production Truck, Mobile Digital Media Studio

For more information or RSVP, contact Hamish Tyler, MCAET Director, htyler@montereycoe.org or 831-784-4192

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Eduardo Ochoa to receive Americanism Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution

The Daughters of the American Revolution will be awarding the DAR Americanism Medal to Eduardo Ochoa, President of California State University Monterey Bay.

The Americanism Medal is awarded to an adult man or woman who has been a naturalized United States citizen for at least five years. Candidates for this prestigious award must have shown outstanding qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service, and patriotism. They must have actively assisted other immigrants to become American citizens or displayed outstanding ability in community affairs, preferably with emphasis on the foreign-born community.

Ochoa was honored at the California State Society, DAR, State Conference earlier in March, as well as by the local Commodore Sloat Chapter in Monterey on April 8, 2017. Additionally, Ochoa will be recognized for this award at the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Continental Congress in Washington, DC, on June 28.

Library of Congress seeks applicants for World History Teacher-in-Residence

The Library of Congress is seeking applications from current world history or world geography teachers for a Teacher-in-Residence position within its Educational Outreach division during the 2017-18 school year.

The program description and application details for the position can be found herloc.gov/teachers/newsevents/teacher-in-residence/e. Applications are due Monday, April 17.

The Educational Outreach division develops and delivers teaching materials and programs to make the Library’s collections of primary sources visible, accessible and easy for K-12 teachers to integrate into the classroom.

The Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence program is designed to give the selected educator a unique professional development experience—a year at the Library in Washington, D.C., working side-by-side with staff, contributing to K-12 education programs and materials, advising on outreach to teachers and helping to uncover and make visible primary sources in the Library's collections.

The Teacher-in-Residence program has been in place since 2000, but this is the first year the Library has specifically recruited a world history or world geography teacher.

In addition to assisting Library of Congress staff, the teacher-in-residence will undertake a project using Library primary sources to benefit his or her home school, district or institution, to be implemented during the following academic year. This project could be a workshop on teaching with primary sources for fellow teachers, a district-wide social media campaign to promote teaching with the Library's primary sources, the design of a new collaborative curriculum unit, or some other product or activity.

Salinas Alisal Rotary donates dictionaries to all AUSD third graders

For the fifth year in a row, Salinas Alisal Rotary has donate dictionaries to all third grade students in the Alisal Union School District. 

Alisal Rotary president George Anzo, who also works as director of maintenance, operations and transportation services, said the donation is part of Alisal Rotary’s ongoing efforts to serve students in the community. In total, about 1,250 dictionaries were donated last week.

“We want students to have a plan in life and every plan needs tools,” said Anzo. “This dictionary is a tool for students to start their plans and to help them figure out what they want to do in life.”

The Salinas Alisal Rotary fundraises year-round to provide this and other opportunities for local schools, Anzo said.

“We want students to have a plan in life and every plan needs tools,” said Anzo.
“This dictionary is a tool for students to start their plans and to help them figure out
what they want to do in life.”
Anzo said Salinas Alisal Rotary fundraises year-round to provide this and other
opportunities for local schools

“We want students to have a plan in life and every plan needs tools,” said Anzo.
“This dictionary is a tool for students to start their plans and to help them figure out
what they want to do in life.”
Anzo said Salinas Alisal Rotary fundraises year-round to provide this and other
opportunities for local schools
“We want students to have a plan in life and every plan needs tools,” said Anzo.
“This dictionary is a tool for students to start their plans and to help them figure out
what they want to do in life.”
Anzo said Salinas Alisal Rotary fundraises year-round to provide this and other
opportunities for local schools
“We want students to have a plan in life and every plan needs tools,” said Anzo.
“This dictionary is a tool for students to start their plans and to help them figure out
what they want to do in life.”
Anzo said Salinas Alisal Rotary fundraises year-round to provide this and other
opportunities for local schools

Monday, March 27, 2017

in celebration of National Minority Health Month, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Cal State University Monterey Bay will present three speakers for its diversity series:  Milton Bluehouse Jr.,JD, David Good & Bernardo Ca'amal Itza.

Milton Bluehouse Jr., JD is the owner of Tribal Consultation Resources. He has worked on tribal political campaigns and offered valuable guidance to the U.S. presidential and congressional campaigns as well.

David Good, MS is the owner of The Good Project and a public speaker who travels internationally to educate, raise awareness, and provide personal, unique insights on climate change, public health and economic issues facing the Yanomami of Venezuela and the Cabecar of Costa Rica.

Bernardo Ca'amal Itzá,Lic has served as the representative for the Maya for the United Nations. His radio shows articles documenting Mayan culture and health are listened to and read throughout the Americas. Professor Ca'amal Itzá was awarded the Atkins Prize for his work in defense of the economically poor and undeserved by the University of Toronto.

What: College of Health Sciences and Human Services Diversity Celebration Speaker Series: National Minority Health Month.
When: Thursday April 6, 2017 4:00-6:00 P.M.
Where: CSUMB Alumni & Visitor's Center, 5108 Fourth Avenue, Marina, CA 93933
Cost: Free public event
Information: Roraima Enriquez, corenriquez@csumb.edu (831)582-3736

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Alisal High class of '72 preparing for 45 anniversary reunion

Organizers for the 45th anniversary of the Alisal High Class of '72 are planning a two-day celebration on Aug. 18 and 19 at The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch in Salinas, and they're looking for classmates to take part in the festivities.

This year, the group will include the graduating classes of 1971 and 1973 ... or anyone else who is interested in reuniting with former classmates.

Contact any of the members of the reunion committee:

Joann (Silva) Patterson 831-424-7200, newjil@comcast.net
David Stein 831-757-8087, djstein4@sbcglobal.net
Jay Jefferson 831-809-0290, jkflies@aol.com
LaVonne (Sarmento) Ginn 831-422-4357, lavonneginn@att.net
Lynn Miller 831-385-5581, lynn.miller@ferguson.com
Rick Jenkins 831-320-2956, emfj@sbcglobal.com

Friday, August 18:
 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. “No-Host” Cocktail Hour
 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Meet & Greet (light hors d’oeuvres)

Saturday, August 19:
 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Family-style Barbecue buffet
 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Serving time

BOTH EVENTS AT: The Club at Crazy Horse Ranch 475 San Juan Grade Road, Salinas

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Steinbeck Young Writers program desperately needs you help

Consider lending your time and talents to the Steinbeck Center and the young students who will participate on their day of writing on March 6 or March 8. There are two ways to get involved. Volunteer as a writing coach and give students feedback on their essays or volunteer as a general volunteer and help with the logistics of the event.

As a volunteer writing coach you would be committing to 3 hours on either Monday, March 6 or Wednesday, March 8 (they especially need coaches for Wednesday). During the three hours at the Steinbeck Center you will:
- receive a brief training on how to assist our students
- be paired with a student and provide feedback on the student's essay.

To sign up, please download the volunteer writing coach forms here  and submit the completed Coach Participation Form to marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com.

Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the Steinbeck Young Authors Days of Writing. Ten to 15 volunteers are needed to assist National Steinbeck Center staff with minor tasks, such as:
-student check-in and departure
-guiding students to and from various activities within the NSC, and monitoring activity rooms and replenishing writing supplies.

Days of Writing are Monday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 8 from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the National Steinbeck Center. If you are interested in volunteering for one or both of these days, please contact amy@steinbeck.org or call (831) 775-4728.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hartnell seeks applicants for Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Hartnell College officials are seeking volunteers to take part in the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which will oversee expenditures of Measure T, the $167 million facilities bond approved in November.

Measure T funds will be used to construct new facilities and make improvements to existing facilities within the Hartnell Community College District, including a new campus in Soledad.

The bylaws, application form, and ethics statement can be accessed on the college website here. Additionally, there is more information about Measure T and its projects.

Applications and signed ethics statement must be submitted by Friday, March 10. Send application and signed ethics statement via email to lserrano@hartnell.edu, fax to (831) 753-7941, or regular mail to Hartnell Community College District, Office of the Superintendent/President, 411 Central Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

Applications will be reviewed and recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees of the Hartnell CCD, who will make final appointments.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Monterey county high school students: write a short story, win some dough

Central Coast Writers will award $750 in prizes for best short stories coming from Monterey County high school juniors and seniors. Grand prize is $300.

Maciek Lewandowski

Use this photograph as your writing prompt. What feelings come to your mind when you see it? What sort of images and charater do you picture in a place like this? What sort of plot may unfold? Let your imagination take flight and craft a short story (1,500 words of less).

Deadline to submit your entry is Feb. 28, 2017. For complete rules and an electronic submission form, visit the Central Coast Writers website here

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Become a California government fellow, become involved in public service

Applications for the 2017-18 California Senate, Assembly, Executive and Judicial Fellowship programs are available.

The programs provide college graduates with an opportunity to become full-time staff members in Sacramento for 11 months beginning in October 2017. Fellowships are jointly operated by the three branches of state government and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

Fellows are paid a stipend of $2,627 per month plus health, vision, and dental benefits. They also earn six units of graduate credit from CSUS for the academic portion of the program.

"Being a Fellow provides individuals with an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about how California’s state government operates,” Senator Bill Monning said in a release announcing the fellowships. “Whether your career goals are in the public or private sector, the Fellowship programs provide a valuable view into the democratic process.”

Anyone who will be at least 20 years of age and a graduate of a four-year college or university by September 1, 2017 is eligible to apply. There is no preferred major. Individuals with advanced degrees and those in mid-career are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals can obtain additional information and applications on the CSUS Center for California Studies website here, by e-mailing calstudies@csus.edu; or by calling the Center’s office at (916) 278-6906. Brochures and applications may also be requested by calling Senator Monning’s Monterey District Office at: (831) 425-0401; San Luis Obispo Office at (805) 549-3784; Santa Clara County number at (408) 847-6101; or Santa Cruz District Office at (831) 425-1503.

Deadline for submitting applications is February 13. Fellows will be selected in the spring after an initial screening of applications and a subsequent panel interview of the finalists.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Research opportunity for Monterey County scholars on dual language programs

Here's an intriguing opportunity for a education enthusiasts in Monterey County, and it comes via the Migration Policy Institute in Washington D.C.

The MPI is soliciting papers about projects that show effective dual language instruction programs. It'd love to work on something like this if I had time, but alas! I'm going to leave it to the experts. We have several well known dual-language schools in Monterey County -- the Dual Language Academy of the Monterery Peninsula, Boronda Meadows, Lincoln Elementary come to mind.

So maybe an intrepid educator/scholar decides to take on a project to evaluate their effectiveness? And share their results with MPI and yours truly?

Here's the call for papers. Have at it!

The National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) is launching an interdisciplinary research initiative to examine policies and practices that effectively promote academic success and healthy socioemotional development in multilingual and superdiverse contexts for young Dual Language Learners (DLLs). The initiative is focusing on superdiversity within early childhood education and care programs, which is an increasingly common phenomenon, but one without a clear definition or a sufficient research base.

In order to build the research base on early childhood education and care in superdiverse contexts, MPI is soliciting papers by scholars working in child development, education, sociology, psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, public policy, migration, and other relevant fields. Complete details on the call for papers, including submission guidelines, can be found here.

Papers supported through this initiative will address:

a superdiverse demographic setting in the United States, in which multiple languages and cultures are represented among children and families; programs that serve young children (including any range of ages from birth through age 8) in any home-, center-, or school-based setting, or the policies that guide such programs; and DLLs, defined as young children who speak a language other than English at home. Papers that have immediate local policy and program design implications or include collaboration with local educational agencies or community-based providers are particularly encouraged. Papers should provide original analysis of an issue drawing on qualitative or quantitative methodology.

Paper proposals should be submitted by February 10, 2017; final drafts of selected papers will be due in October 2017, presented at a private research symposium hosted by MPI in November 2017, and subsequently widely disseminated as MPI publications.

More detailed questions related to this call for papers can be directed to Maki Park at mpark@migrationpolicy.org.