Barbara Nemko: Winner for We Are Family Award

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE), led by County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemko, offers services to meet community needs. This has led to the increasing use of digital tools – and easier accessibility from home – creating family partners in student learning. 

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Will your child be ready for college or a career after high school?

If you’ve visited an elementary, middle school or high school campus in the last few years, you may have been struck both by the similarities to and differences from “the way it used to be.” Remember the neat lines of desks, the hardcover books, the teacher at the front of the room, the admonitions to “Keep […]

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Howell Mountain school adopts tech program

Howell Mountain Elementary School announced last week that it’s signed on to an educational program sponsored by New Tech Network, a national educational organization headquartered in Napa. The Angwin school, which serves 101 students, is the first K-8 school in the nation to enroll in the New Tech program, which is based on preparing students for […]

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St. Helena teacher named a California Teacher of the Year

Chris O’Connor, a science teacher at St. Helena High School, has been named one of five California Teachers of the Year for 2015, and the only one from Northern California. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson made the announcement Wednesday. One of the five, Maggie Mabery from Los Angeles County, has been nominated for the […]

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Future Success Can Be Taught

Study shows students can graduate high school with the skills needed for success. Much has been written on what goes beyond student test scores and grades — see my post last year called: “Soft Skills are ‘Hard as a Rock.’” Findings from a new research study published by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) offer compelling evidence that […]

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CES earns Blue Ribbon award

Calistoga Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School Tuesday, in recognition of the school and district’s commitment to improving student achievement, school officials said.  “(This award is evidence) that the district provides the learning conditions and the resources that make it happen. It has been a team approach. We are staying on task […]

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Earthquake displaces 60 fourth graders to American Canyon High

AMERICAN CANYON — Manny Solano and his fellow fourth-graders moved last month to American Canyon High School after the 6.0-magnitude earthquake damaged their classrooms at Napa Junction Elementary. Yet he is in no hurry to return to his home campus.

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RLS kicks off food science project

On Sept. 9, the Napa-based Mark’s the Spot mobile kitchen provided lunch for RLS students, kicking off a food science project that touches on topics from chemistry to nutrition.  Science teacher Malcolm McClain said the food truck’s visit, sponsored by the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation, made concepts like physical changes, chemical changes, states of […]

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Earthquake rubble becomes student art

They had been bricks and tiles and dishes, found in buildings scattered across Napa. Then the earthquake thrashed them into jagged shards, fit only for the trash bin – or, instead, for a special high school art project.

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“Mr. O” receives Teacher of the Year Award for 2015

Christopher O’Connor, science teacher at the St. Helena High School and known affectionately as “Mr. O” by students and faculty, was honored as the “Napa County Teacher of the Year 2015” Tuesday at SHHS before an audience of about 40 well-wishers and fellow teachers.

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IndyCar driver touts education in American Canyon

AMERICAN CANYON — Napa Junction Elementary School started the academic year on the fast track with last week’s visit of IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

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Faculty training center opens at New Tech High

A newly overhauled classroom at New Technology High School can become nearly anything its users wish it to be – and thus, local school officials say, an ideal training ground for teachers from Napa and beyond.

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Hispanic Network awards 27 scholarships

Twenty-seven Napa County students – including 17 Napa-area high school graduates – have been selected to receive Napa County Hispanic Network scholarships at a Sept. 19 banquet in Napa.

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Back to School in Napa County

What a difference a year makes. As we plan for the 2014-15 school year under the Local Control Funding Formula, new staff members are being hired, we’re seeing the possibility of greatly expanded preschool services, and we’re very excited about our new, regional grant that will expand career pathways in the high schools and integrate […]

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