The Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting applications for both the Measure B1 and Measure I Oversight committees.

Measure B1, which was approved by Alameda voters in 2016, is an extension of the Measure A parcel tax approved in 2011. Like its predecessor, Measure B1 raises $12 million per year for core programs, including Advanced Placement classes, neighborhood schools, small class sizes in grades K-3, athletics, enrichment and technology. Measure B1 began July 1, 2018, and will sunset on June 30, 2020.

A senior at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Zavier Annis, earned the highest possible composite score of 39 on the American College Test (ACT). According to ACT Chief Executive Officer Marten Roorda, this places Annis as one of the approximately 3,700 students who receive a perfect score among the more than 1.9 million students who take the test. This equates to .02 of 1 percent of students nationwide.

The Alameda Unified School District offers free or reduced-price nutritious meals to students from low-income families every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Afterschool Snack Program. Through June 30, 2020, families with household incomes less than or equal to the federal guidelines are eligible. 

The public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony for Historic Alameda High School, 2200 Central Ave., taking place today, Thursday, Aug. 8, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will both mark the completion of the two-year seismic retrofit and restoration project and welcome students back to the iconic buildings after some 40 years.

Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of the admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA).

Essays let schools learn more about students by giving them a chance to set themselves apart from other applicants. Generally, the more exclusive the college, the more important the essay may be in admissions and financial aid decisions.