Schools

Island High School English teacher John Nolan teaches poetry to his students.

Island High School holds a poetry slam in the fall that fills the multipurpose room and offers individuals the chance to share deeply personal work in front of the entire school. Not every student makes it to the stage, but those who do are amply rewarded.

A unique charter school for students who have previously dropped out of high school called Civicorps is open to Alameda residents ages 18 to 26. Young people come to Civicorps to earn their high school diplomas while engaging in paid job training on environmental mitigation projects throughout the East Bay. While working and earning their diplomas students are paid the new Oakland minimum wage of $12.25 an hour.

The annual music festival for Otis Elementary School will be live-streamed this Saturday, Feb. 28. The Owlpalooza is a product of the Otis PTA and features bands: Maddy’s Fiddle Madness, Paisley Rose, The Up and Down, Ukemamas, The Saloons and the Jitters. The event is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. with live streaming available at www.concertwindow.com/79293-owlapalooza.

We can make any school in Alameda good. Why not our local school?

I will be sending my second child through our neighborhood school: Will C. Wood Middle School because I believe in supporting my neighborhood school.

Neighborhood schools keep people out of cars. At neighborhood schools, kids strengthen ties to their neighbors — both adults and children — giving them a sense of place and connection to their community. And community that is created by neighborhood schools is a concrete civic asset that we should not undervalue.

Community Learning Center Schools (CLCS), the management organization for Nea and Alameda Community Learning Center public charter schools, has announced the permanent appointment of Annalisa Moore as lead facilitator or principal of Nea Community Learning Center. The CLCS board appointed Moore as the school’s interim lead facilitator in April 2014, following the departure of Maafi Gueye.

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