On Friday, March 10, eighth graders at Wood Middle School started the morning with DEW Day. DEW stands for Democratic Education at Wood. It was a unique and engaging experience for us, because it allowed studnts to be in a position in which we could either teach or learn from our peers. “The concept is that classes are taught by learners,” said Mr. Nguyen, the teacher who first brought the idea to Wood. Often, students learn as much as they teach, especially about leadership skills and responsibility.
Alameda High School joined with Encinal High School in a Key Club “Take Over” of the Kiwanis Club of Alameda’s April 5 meeting. Sixteen members of the two high school leadership clubs took over the podium from Kiwanis President Denise Gasti and announced that the students were now in charge. The students talked with the Kiwanians about their volunteer activities, community events and leadership training.
Mayor Trish Spencer invited a few of her friends — all baseball fans — to join her on the City Hall steps last Friday. The United States Conference of Mayors has invited Spencer and other mayors across the land to “Play Ball” in a joint program coordinated by Major League Baseball and USA Baseball. Above all “Play Ball” hopes to reach out to kids who don’t normally play the game. This year’s program aims to energize communities like Alameda and generate support and love for baseball and softball.
Families in Alameda can broaden their knowledge of other cultures through hosting a student from Spain this summer. Help build world understanding through sharing of culture language, values and lifestyle with these young people.
On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous landmark ruling in the Board of Education of the Hendrick Hudson Central School District v. Rowley case raising the standards of progress for students in special education. The Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that students only need to make minimal progress and found that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) “requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”