Eight Outstanding Heroes Work To Unite Our Community

Napa Chamber Business Focus The Napa Chamber Foundation in partnership with Mechanics Bank hosted the 2011 Napa Valley Community Awards with a luncheon at the Napa Valley Marriott on Tuesday, May 24. For the past five years, the Napa Chamber Foundation and Mechanics Bank have recognized local community leaders, individuals and businesses for their outstanding […]

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Employers Put Heat on Schools

Wall Street Journal, James R. Hagerty Big U.S. employers, worried about replacing retiring baby boomers, are wading deeper into education and growing bolder about telling educators how to run their business. Several initiatives have focused on manufacturing and engineering, fields where technical know-how and math and science skills are needed and where companies worry about […]

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Trustees OK new program for K-5 kids

Napa Valley Register, Jesse Duarte St. Helena school trustees stressed accountability last Thursday as they approved a new K-5 system that does away with the Multi-Age and Dual Immersion programs. Administrators say the new program combines the best aspects of the Multi-Age Program, Dual Immersion and single-grade programs in a way that will serve students […]

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School district’s creative savings will only go so far

Napa Valley Register California school districts have gotten plenty of practice trimming budgets. Being asked now for the fourth consecutive year to cut yet another notch into already constricted fiscal belt, Napa Valley Unified School District is creatively searching for ways to minimize the impact on our local students. The school district’s budget will be […]

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Californians are abandoning public education

SF Gate, Larry N. Gerston Gov. Jerry Brown and public education leaders now warn that failure to extend the temporary taxes on income, sales and motor vehicles could reduce the school year by as much as 20 days. As it is, only four states now have shorter attendance requirements than California. In the past, such […]

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Schools race to keep up with technology

Napa Valley Register, Victoria Rossi To sense where technology is headed, one might take a look at sixth-graders. Born right around the time that “Google” became a verb, about half have their own cellphones, while another third use smartphones. Similar numbers regularly update their Facebook or Myspace accounts, according to the education nonprofit Project Tomorrow. […]

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Napa Schools Get Their Spring Report Cards

Napa Valley Register As Napa schools ready for a new round of standardized tests, California’s education department has released statewide rankings based on the performance of last spring’s test takers. Eighteen schools in Napa Valley Unified came out in the top half of the state ranks, with two Napa elementary schools earning the highest possible […]

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Students lend a hand in the Carneros Creek watershed

Napa Valley Register, Paige McGlothern and Elizabeth Shown This is the third school year that the Napa Resource Conservation District is coordinating the SLEWS (Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship) program in Napa County. The SLEWS program engages local high school students in real habitat restoration projects that enhance their knowledge of local ecology […]

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Let Kids Rule the School

The New York Times, Susan Engel IN a speech last week, President Obama said it was unacceptable that “as many as a quarter of American students are not finishing high school.” But our current educational approach doesn’t just fail to prepare teenagers for graduation or for college academics; it fails to prepare them, in a […]

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SHUSD officials eye NapaLearns

Napa Valley Register, Doug Ernst Four St. Helena school district officials joined dozens of Napa Valley educators and community leaders in Napa last week in support of NapaLearns, a countywide movement to improve learning in public schools. The gathering at the home of Barry and Cindy Schuler featured Tom Torlakson, the state schools superintendent, and […]

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High schools show off impressive features

Napa Valley Register A few months ago Dorothy Salmon arranged for a group of our Red Hat Crimson Cuties to tour the New Technology High School and Vintage High School. Vintage and Napa High Schools cooperate so that New Tech students can enroll in music and sports at their schools while attending New Tech. All […]

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New Tech student brings teen voice to parks, recreation panel

Napa Valley Register, Natalie Hoffman Local teenagers have a friend on Napa’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. Elyssa Erickson, a 10th-grader at New Technology High School, is this year’s student representative on the seven-member commission, which advises the City Council on parks and public recreation.

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Napa New Tech: School of the Future is Here

KQED, Tina Barseghian What does the high school of the future look like? It’s one that emphasizes useful, relevant skills that can be applied to college and the work world beyond. One that encourages students to be critical thinkers, responsible for their own actions. One that trains them to work collaboratively and push themselves to […]

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New Principal Shows “What a School Could Be”

CATO Institute, Nat Hentoff Having written on education since the 1950s — including such books as Does Anybody Give A Damn: Nat Hentoff on Education, Our Children are Dying and Living The Bill of Rights — I finally see a growing movement among some teachers, principals and even a few school districts away from standardized […]

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The New Tech Effect

New TechNetwork,  New Tech Staff At NTN results matter. All results. Not just those that are state mandated, but a full range of results that tell us how students feel, think, respond to and engage in a range of cognitive, emotional, behavioral and social activities associated with their educational experience.

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