School district launches $11 million learning plan

NAPA VALLEY REGISTER, Isabelle Dills   Beginning this school year, the Napa Valley Unified School District is implementing a four-year learning plan aimed at closing a student achievement gap and meeting state standards. Napa Valley Unified has been under Program Improvement status since 2006-07 for failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress — a statewide accountability […]

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Blueprint for great schools

CA department Of Education, Tina Jung SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today unveiled A Blueprint for Great Schools, a report by his 59-member Transition Advisory Team calling for California to foster excellence in teaching, provide community support for families, and retool schools to make more students competitive in college and the workforce. “We […]

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iPads credited with Calistoga reading gains

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills A four-week preschool program at Calistoga Elementary School may serve as an example for the state on how to enhance education with technology. Sixteen preschool-aged children participated in the Virtual Summer Bridges Academy, a pilot program that used iPads along with traditional teaching methods to help build vocabulary and reading […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

The Weekly Calistogan, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught.  In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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Thanks for making pilot preschool program a success

THE WEEKLY CALISTOGAN, Letter to the Editor from Esmeralda Mondragon Thanks to all who helped make our pilot preschool program a success. It involved half a year of planning, starting with a discussion in late January with Chuck McMinn of NapaLearns, who has been promoting and supporting the use of technology as a learning and […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

Napa Valley Register, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught. In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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Calistoga points the way in technology for schools

Napa Valley Register, Sean Scully From a simple cup of coffee in a Calistoga bakery has sprung an idea that could change the lives of 16 children, and could go on to change the way all 6 million of California’s public school students are taught. In January, Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon met with Chuck McMinn, president […]

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The Start-Up of You

The New York Times, Thomas Friedman The rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent has Democrats and Republicans reliably falling back on their respective cure-alls. It is evidence for liberals that we need more stimulus and for conservatives that we need more tax cuts to increase demand. I am sure there is […]

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Screening for a Better Medical Student

The New York Times, Tara Parker-Pope Medical schools for years have accepted students with high academic skills. Now some schools are trying to find a way to screen students for better social skills. At Virginia Tech Carilion, the nation’s newest medical school, administrators decided against relying solely on grades, test scores and hourlong interviews to […]

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iPads entertain, educate kids in pilot program

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills For a group of 4-year-olds in Calistoga, the best way to prepare for kindergarten is to have technology at their fingertips. Sixteen preschool-aged children are participating in the Virtual Summer Bridges Academy, a four-week pilot program at Calistoga Elementary School that uses iPads to help build vocabulary and reading comprehension […]

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Class of 2011 moves on

St. Helena Star, Jesse Duarte St. Helena High School’s class of 2011 graduated Thursday in a ceremony that blended fond memories, high hopes, nods to beloved teachers, and some international flavor. Amaury Avalos said that whether her 115 fellow seniors are bound for college, the workforce, or military service, graduation is as much of a […]

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Feds could offer No Child Left Behind waivers

The Monitor, Neal Morton Local educators welcomed the opportunity to apply for waivers to the federal No Child Left Behind law, which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said needs changing before the start of school this fall. Duncan warned Congress this week that if it does not reauthorize or rewrite the controversial law – formally known […]

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Napa High speakers praise their teachers

Napa Valley Register, Victoria Rossi They walked in pairs through bleachers packed with photographing families and whooping friends, then onto the turf field past the 10, 20, and 30 yard lines, toward a scoreboard lit with the name of one school —Napa High — whose time was stopped at “20:11.” Watching from the stands with […]

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St. Helena, Calistoga schools work together

Napa Valley Register, Jesse Duarte St. Helena and Calistoga school board trustees struck an optimistic tone as they embarked on a new partnership that could cut costs, improve services and make both districts more efficient. During a joint meeting Tuesday at Vineyard 29 that Calistoga Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon called “a historic moment,” trustees from both […]

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New Tech graduates appreciate lack of a ‘crowd to blend into’

Napa Valley Register, Victoria Rossi New Technology students looked to the words of Ferris Bueller, the Beastie Boys, and Lady Gaga for inspiration as they ended four years of high school Wednesday night. Student speakers outnumbered the adult ones, with seven delivering three-minute speeches as onlookers from the bleachers held up posters and bright blue […]

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