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Stamina

As a board member of NapaLearns, an amazing non-profit committee that supports Napa County schools, I have the privilege of visiting a different school each month. Yesterday our meeting took place at Donaldson Way Elementary School in American Canyon, California. Part of our meeting involved visiting classrooms and seeing first hand what students were working […]

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Equality for everyone, including LGBT community

“People around the world face violence and inequality — and sometimes torture, even execution — because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.” — Human Rights Watch. I believe that everyone, whether you’re straight, […]

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Student directors take over screen at Napa Valley Film Festival

There are no A-list names in the credits. Their budgets measure in the tens, not millions, of dollars. And none of the directors has yet seen the inside of a college film class, much less a Hollywood studio set. What four filmmakers — all students at Napa County schools — did have in common was enough […]

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Napa Valley USD: Napa NexTech – Transforming Public Schools for the 21st Century

On the College Work and Readiness Assessment, Napa New Tech High (NTH) has a 98 percent graduation and 85 percent college-going rate. Many former New Tech student interns are offered jobs with local employers when they return from college. Napa Valley’s NexTech initiative has its origins in a community movement driven by the Napa Valley […]

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Howell Mountain School adopts New Tech model

With just 97 students, Howell Mountain School of Angwin may be one of the smallest in Napa County, but that doesn’t mean it’s not keeping pace with the county’s bigger schools.  The rural school reported that it has signed onto an innovative educational program sponsored by New Tech Network, a national educational organization headquartered in […]

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Wine industry amazingly generous with schools

On behalf of the NapaLearns board, I’d like to respond to the letter to the editor by Alejandro C. Diaz (“Wineries could help improve local schools,” Oct. 11) and also to support the response by Russ Weis of the Napa Valley Vintners (“Wineries help schools in many ways,” Oct. 15). Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners […]

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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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