More than 40 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Amelia Earhart Elementary School competed for the second year in the Destination Imagination (DI) regional tournament. The school’s PTA sponsored seven teams and four of those teams went onto the state tournament; one has been selected to compete in the Global Challenge in Knoxville, Tenn. from May 24 to 27. Parent volunteers co-managed the teams and prepared the students for the tournaments. “What I learned from DI is that we can imagine anything together,” said fourth-grader Maylee Witte.
A few dozen parents, preservationists and school staffers turned out Monday to offer their thoughts on proposed upgrades that could once again put students into Historic Alameda High School and replace dozens of portable classrooms, improve drop-off areas and boost security at schools across the Island.
As the electoral campaign for the Alameda County Superintendent of Schools heats up, tough questions and critical analysis are expected. As decisions are made, it is crucial to remember the role of the superintendent as the countywide education leader. To be effective in this role, she must bring districts and independent schools together to share best practices, provide appropriate training for teachers and administrators, and ensure that every child is served to reach his or her full potential and has a clear understanding of various pathways to college and career.
Over the last few months, the community has received a number of communications from the Alameda Unified School District (AUDS) office about the Facilities Master Plan and the potential for putting a bond on the ballot this November. This project — the end goal of which is to provide safer, more comfortable, and up-to-date facilities for our students and staff — is now at a critical stage, so I wanted to let you know of our progress and encourage you to continue to get involved.
Good news for the people of Arkansas, Utah or Nevada maybe, but Californians?
I recently read in the press that out-of-staters are a big boost for the University of California’s (UC) system because higher enrollment means more cash. As environmentalists like to say, “Every cloud has a sulfur lining,” but even as a Pollyannaish Panglossian it is difficult to cipher any good news in the article. How are out-of-staters who bump California students out of UC seats, perceived as good news?