Bear Creek High School newspaper earns National Pacemaker nomination

Bear Creek High School’s student newspaper, The Bruin Voice, has earned a National Pacemaker nomination from the National Scholastic Press Association.

Editors and staff will be traveling to Disney World in Orlando, FL from Nov. 12-15 to receive their award and compete in On-the-Spot competitions in writing, layout, design, editing and photography.

The NSPA began the Pacemaker awards in 1927. Judges select Pacemakers based on several factors including coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

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Lodi music teacher receives $2,000 grant in Unsung Heroes program

Voya Financial has announced Reese Elementary School music teacher David Shorts has received a $2,000 grant as part of the company’s 2015 Unsung Heroes award.

The Unsung Heroes program awards grants to K-12 teachers nationwide to highlight their teaching methods, educational projects and ability to influence their students.

Shorts’ idea, “Be Amazing Video Program,” put his students in front and behind the camera in producing their own music video, while receiving training in music recording, video editing, writing and performing.

Shorts was selected out of 1,000 applicants and one of 100 winners across the country. He is now in the competition for one of the top three prizes, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 from Voya Financial.

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Safe Routes to School Program around Spanos Elementary School

STOCKTON – Join the San Joaquin Public Health Services’ Safe Routes to School Program around Spanos Elementary School on Wednesday, Sept. 2 to learn more about pedestrian and bicycle safety from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Participants will meet at St. Mary’s Church on 203 Washington St. in Stockton and walk 1.5 miles while learning about traffic congestion around school, student safety and safer routes for seniors and the community.

Refreshments will be provided and the public is asked to be prepared and bring a hat, sunscreen and walking shoes.

To participate, contact Christina Sapata at (209) 468-9304.

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University of the Pacific welcomes largest class of graduate and professional students

The University of the Pacific announced Monday the university enrolled its largest-ever number of graduate and professional students for fall 2015.

Across Pacific’s three campuses in San Francisco, Sacramento and Stockton, more than 900 new graduate students are enrolled.

Pacific also welcomed more than 1,100 new freshman and transfer students to its Stockton campus on 3601 Pacific Ave. More than 86 percent are California residents, up from 83 percent last year, said the school in a statement.

They listed 965 new freshmen, 200 new undergraduate transfer students, 209 pharmacy students and more than 265 graduate students arrived in Stockton. There are also 36 Doctor of Physical Therapy students.

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Torlakson urges high school diplomas be granted to students affected by CAHSEE legislation

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Friday urged all local educational agencies throughout the state to immediately begin issuing diplomas to those students who have met all other high school graduation requirements in the 2014-15 school year except the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

This comes days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Wednesday that would no longer require the California exit exam as a requirement for high school seniors who graduated in 2015 and help those who were denied college because they did not pass.

You can read the full letter Torlakson published HERE.

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California Racial Mascots Act takes next step

Late this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed several bills authored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo (D-Salinas).

Assembly Bill 30, called the California Racial Mascots Act, would ban California public schools using the term “Redskins” as an athletic team name, mascot or nickname.

AB 30 and four other bills will now move to the Senate Floor for consideration.

You can read my article in June about a press conference with Alejo and what the term means to him and all Native Americans HERE.

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State provides $50 million to connect schools to the Internet

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced earlier this week a second round of Broadband Infrastructure and Improvement Grants (BIIG 2.0) are now made available for several California schools and districts to improve their connection to the Internet.

Now with much schoolwork being done online, this is great news for several sites in San Joaquin County and Calaveras County. The following districts include San Joaquin County Office of Education, New Hope Elementary, Oak View Union Elementary, Calaveras County Office of Education and Mark Twain Union Elementary.

From the press release, BIIG 2.0 builds on “the first round of funding earlier this year that provided nearly $27 million to 227 school sites. Schools and districts can start applying today for the BIIG 2.0 grants through the K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN). Eligible applicants will be prioritized based on their external connectivity.”

For the full list of schools and districts benefiting, click HERE.


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SJCOE in need of math tutors

Are you a nut about numbers? Goofy for geometry or understand algebra and want to help other students?

The Math Smart Tutoring program from the San Joaquin County Office of Education, provides free tutoring to any 6th through 12th grade student needing help with math.

Just about anyone who can be a math tutor, from teachers, college students, high school students, and community members.

The tutoring program is offered at the Margaret Troke Library, located on 502 W. Benjamin Holt Drive in north Stockton, from Tuesdays and Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. and on Thursdays from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information contact Denise Irvin at 468-9177 or

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Mayor Silva offers importance of dedication and service to Acacia Elementary

Students at Acacia Elementary Charter School in central Stockton were visited by Mayor Anthony Silva and Yaqui Lopez last week to speak about the importance of citizenship, hard work, dedication and service.
“Our charter is dedicated to improving the quality of living in our Stockton community,” wrote Acacia principal Patricia Lingerfelt in an email. “Students are focused on community service learning projects, and as we begin year three of our charter, a community garden is the central heart and soul of school mission. Through rigorous academics, highest expectations and a focus on community students are achieving a unique learning experience.”
Lingerfelt said the charter is taking a very proactive approach to closing the gap of social and economic equity in the city, their mission of being culturally responsive and achieving the highest of academic standards.
“We believe through building relationships and establishing strong connections within the community we will make a positive difference in our great city of Stockton, and for the futures of our students,” she said.

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Carrington College students provide free checkups for young athletes

Above: Carrington College, Stockton student, Isaac Taylor, takes the blood pressure of a young Weston Ranch Cougar player. Photo courtesy of Ashley Boarman.

On Aug. 18, medical assisting students at the Carrington College,  Stockton gave sports physicals to children and teens of the Weston Ranch Junior Cougars Youth Sports Corporation. Along with licensed physicians with Stockton Family Chiropractic, Carrington students took vital signs, including visual acuity tests, blood pressure readings as well as height and weight checks.

Medical Assisting students at Carrington College in Stockton are taught a range of skills that include prepping patients, taking vital signs, sterilizing medical instruments, administering injections and performing valuable administration duties that help keep the front office running smoothly and efficiently.

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