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American Canyon High students win first-ever media festival awards

Student made films covering the Civil Rights movement, interracial marriage, and being gay garnered the first-ever awards for American Canyon High School at the annual California Student Media Festival.

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K-12 Schools Recognized with 2017 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards

The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), recognized K-12 schools that are breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum at the fifth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in San Antonio last night.

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NAPALEARNS is redefining how math is taught in our schools

…and it’s long overdue: Peg Maddocks explains.

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The Effect of Nearpod on Reading Comprehension, Focus and Engagement

Forty-five high school students participated in traditional and Nearpod-based question-and-answer activities after participating in a sustained silent reading activity. The students assessed their reading engagement levels before and after the study and also answered reading comprehension questions.

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NVFF’s student film competition deadline is June 2

This past January, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF), in partnership with both NapaLearns and the Napa County Office of Education, announced a Napa County Student Short Film Competition for high school students interested in becoming the next Kubrick, Scorsese, or Spielberg.

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American Canyon students shine once again at robotics competition

American Canyon robotics students are making an annual rite of passage of going to Davis each spring and coming home with a bounty of awards.

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How One High School is Helping Students Craft Eportfolios People Will Actually Read

A significant number of K-12 teachers looking to move away from student success measures that focus on standardized testing and grades are turning towards eportfolios, online websites showcasing projects tied to learning objectives.

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Digital app helps to boost vocabulary of English learners in Napa preschools

In Napa County, where most children enrolled in state-subsidized preschool are native Spanish speakers, educators introduced an app-based program to build the vocabularies of their youngest learners, particularly English learners.

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American Canyon students assess Napa Valley’s contribution to global warming

Students at American Canyon High School have been working on miniature computers to detect greenhouse gases in the Napa Valley as part of a lesson plan studying climate change.

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St. Helena’s Ashley Wright named 2017 Teacher of the Year

In a Tuesday, April 25 ceremony, Doug Abdalla and Maureen Olen, representing the St. Helena Public Schools Foundation, named SHES teacher Ashley Wright the foundation’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.

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2 Gold Ribbon schools selected in Napa County

Napa High School in Napa and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helena and have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools. Napa High School is being recognized for their signature practice: “Partnerships for Learning: New Tech Network and AVID.”

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Academic quiz pits Napa 5th-graders vs. adults

There was a star with my name on it on Thursday night and, after awkwardly walking down the red carpet, I stuck it on my chest with pride. Yes, I am Maria Sestito – an adult participant in the “Are You Ready for the 5th Grade Challenge?”

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St. Helena High’s Academic Decathlon team wins state championship

You could call St. Helena High School’s Academic Decathlon team “Moonlight.” You could also call them “state champs,” as they won the 38th annual California Academic Decathlon for small schools in Sacramento.

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Napa teacher sacrifices her hair for a good cause

Sarah Magallano, an arts & engineering specialist at Phillips Charter Elementary School in east Napa, knows a thing or two about generating enthusiasm for a school fundraiser. Asked to chair this year’s Pennies for Patients event which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Magallano organized some irresistible rewards to boost donations.

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‘Maker Movement’ makes its way into Napa Valley schools

School can be more than sitting stationary in a desk while listening to a lecture or reading a textbook – to the folks at NapaLearns, a local non-profit, it’s about innovation. It’s about getting kids interested in not only computers, but engineering and design as well.

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