The walls came tumbling down

AMERICAN CANYON — Second graders at Napa Junction Elementary School have demonstrated they are not too young to learn about engineering, or too young to learn the lessons that failure teaches.  About 75 students in three classes at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Magnet School recently participated in a wall-building project that taught them […]

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“Napa Valley College Now” looks at the role of technology in Kindergarten and Pre-K

What role should technology play in Pre-K and Kindergarten? Are iPads for all a good idea?  Peg Maddocks, Executive Director of NAPA LEARNS and Darrell Whitacre, Director of the Napa Valley College, Child Development Center address these questions:

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NCOE named “2015 District of Distinction”

The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) has been named a “2015 District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine.  Districts of Distinction is a national recognition program created by District Administration magazine to honor school districts that are demonstrating education excellence with innovative approaches and ideas that work, and can be replicated by other districts […]

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Assistant principal takes the helm at Napa High

Already the parent of two children, you could say Annie Petrie is now in charge of 1,900 more.  Petrie has been named the new principal at Napa High School, becoming the second woman to lead Napa’s largest high school. She takes the helm from longtime principal Barbara Franco, who will retire at the end of […]

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Shaping futures at Napa High machine shop

Turning the metal dials on an engine lathe, Maddie Kellogg, 17, carefully eyed a computer monitor as a metal bit began to shave an aluminum bar she’d secured into the lathe. As the wheel turned, the cylinder began to take shape. Kellogg, a junior at Napa High School, explained that she was making the head […]

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When school’s out in Napa, AmeriCorps volunteers step in

For nearly 4,000 county elementary and middle school students, education doesn’t stop with the ringing of the final classroom bell. Instead, tutoring, sports and after-school activities take over the classrooms and schoolyards – often with volunteers in the lead.

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Passion drives Nemko to advocate for ed tech

There’s no great secret to being an effective advocate for technology in education, says Barbara Nemko, the longtime Napa County (California) Superintendent of Schools.  “You can’t be an advocate unless you’re passionate about it too,” she said.

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School assignment wins AmCan student $20,000 scholarship

AMERICAN CANYON — Sometimes doing your homework, and putting in a little extra effort, can really pay off. Just ask Alondra Sanchez, a senior at American Canyon High School.  The quiet, unassuming teenager was given an assignment along with the 36 other kids in her economics/government class to participate in an online simulation that teaches […]

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A garden of enthusiasm

AMERICAN CANYON — Being a third-grader at Canyon Oaks Elementary means a whole lot more than just learning about reading, writing and arithmetic.  It also can mean getting your hands dirty, quite literally, and actually wanting to stay after school long after the bell has rung … on a Friday no less.

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School changes are good for our community

I’d like to write in support of the Napa Valley Register Op-Ed on Sunday, Jan. 25 regarding the implementation of the Common Core standards in Napa County schools (“Promising changes in our schools”). As the executive director of NapaLearns, a nonprofit that supports the transformation of our schools, I have seen amazing commitment and hard work […]

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Technology propels preschoolers toward literacy

Nine million words. Or, 9,234,504, to be exact. That’s the amount of vocabulary Napa County preschoolers were reportedly exposed to in a new program implemented this past year. Beginning last February, more than 1,200 local preschoolers received free access to an early literacy computer platform called Footsteps2Brilliance.

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How Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar video brought the funk to one tech school

The Internet is giving high marks to a Dallas teacher and a student-created dance video to the hit song “Uptown Funk.” Inspired by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’ 2013 Oscar flashmob video, a teacher at A. Maceo New Tech High School in Dallas, Texas, devised a lesson plan for practical applications of technology. “Our school is unique because we’re project-based with no lectures,” Theater Arts […]

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Education matters

School culture and climate is one of the many factors that affect how well students learn. It’s no surprise: Students who feel connected to and safe in their schools, or who respect others and feel respected themselves, are probably going to learn more than students who don’t. And the teachers who spend their days with […]

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Napa School Is a Model for Tech Integration In K-12

When New Technology High School opened in Napa in 1996, it was an anomaly in the California public school system. Its students had access to a 1:1 environment with desktop computers at a time when many schools provided little (if any) access to personal technology. Teachers embraced a project based learning philosophy where students collaborated in teams, […]

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American Canyon students tackle serious issues, get published

Students at American Canyon Middle School have demonstrated that being 12 years old is not too young to delve into important and serious issues impacting society and to write exceptionally well about them. And even get their work published in the local newspaper. Seventh graders in English teacher Andrea Fett’s “accelerated” English Language Arts class were given […]

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