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Blast from the past: Life of pi

Today is March 14 (3/14) or National Pi Day (pi = 3.14…and so on). Here’s a link to an entry I wrote in Oct. 2011 about a “pie” day of a different kind and its consequences. Happy Pi Day!

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(Non) Paper chase

My kids are now in high school and middle school, but when they were in elementary school, I volunteered in their classrooms. I did some filing and occasionally graded a few tests, but mostly what I did was make copies. I’d make copies of tests, worksheets, permission slips, flyers and more. I used reams and […]

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In your face

Many schools offer incentives to their students to improve their performance. Often the principal will undergo a Nickleodeon-type humiliation, such as kissing a pig or shaving off locks if the kids reach their goal of reading a certain number of books or improving test scores or something of the like. A few weeks ago, principal […]

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Vantage point

St. Mary’s High School has built a shiny new tennis complex at its Stockton campus, but it wasn’t quite finished when I shot the tennis team’s match against Lodi High. Instead, the match was played at St. Mary’s temporary home court of the In-Shape health club at the Lincoln Village West Marina in Stockton. Tennis […]

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Tut tut, my dear

Students line up to enter the King Tut exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 800). Every year the 6th grade classes at my son’s school take a field trip to San Francisco to tour Chinatown to learn about […]

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Civics 101

Last month Record reporter Roger Phillips and I covered about 400 students, educators and parents from Tracy who took a trip to the State Capitol to present concerns over budget cuts and staff layoffs to area legislators. Well, not all 400. While the bulk of the group toured the Capitol, three delegations of about 10 […]

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A contact non-contact sport

“No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the […]

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Peak performance

Widmer Wildcats A.J. Fernandez, right, tries to evade the grasp of Lathrop Warriors’ Gabriel Castellanos during a Manteca Unified Student Trust flag football game at Sierra High in Manteca. (Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: f/6.3 @ 1/500. ISO: 200) No matter what level of sports you’re shooting, from pee-wee to the pros, the […]

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You go, girl!

I saw these kinders after recess lining up on a bench before they returned to their classroom at Commodore Stockton Skills School in Stockton. There was a boy who didn’t want to sit next to any girls, as boys are wont to do, but was surrounded by them. He had created a 1/2-a-person gap between […]

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The first day

Kindergartener Zoie Welch is comforted by campus assistant Esther Castellano during lunch at Commodore Stockton Skills School in Stockton. The most vivid memory I have of my first day of kindergarten is walking up to the room and seeing one of the toughest little kids I had ever seen, standing outside of the door. His […]

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