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Snapshots of the SHUSD: Science teacher Ngu Pham

Ngu Pham understands the value of freedom. He was taught at an early age by his parents and other relatives that escaping from Vietnam was the only way he could ever have a better life. “I appreciate what I have been given,” said Pham, who teaches sixth grade science at RLS Middle School. “My perspective on life […]

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Napa to Nicaragua: New Tech students plan service trip

When local teacher Anne Vallerga was a high school student in India, residents of a nearby slum would visit the school each week to use the running water, receive hygiene supplies, and play with crafts and games.

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New Tech Academy is a ‘school within a school’ at Los Gatos High

On a sunny Monday morning in Los Gatos, members of a commercial construction team were clustered around a table, discussing a high-level project. Poring over drawings and formulas worked up by architect Wolfie Smith, builder Spencer Davis outlined the plans for a new bridge. Casey Braga, serving as project manager, noted critical milestones on a […]

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‘Sumdog’ winners

Out of 13 participating schools, Pope Valley School came out on top of the first “Sumdog” online math contest for Napa County schools. Pope Valley students won the “Sumdog” competition 5 out of 5 times over the past 18 months, with an overall score more than 100 points above second-place Canyon Oaks Elementary School. St. […]

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Project-based learning takes center stage at school assembly

On Friday, March 21, I attended what was, quite possibly, the most amazing school assembly I ever saw. Donaldson Way Elementary School in American Canyon is one of 10 schools within the NexTech Project, representing the partnership between Napa Valley Unified School District, New Tech Network and NapaLearns.

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Pope Valley students win math honors

The Pope Valley School District, the smallest school district in Napa County, has won the online “Sumdog” math competition for this school year.

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C-SPAN StudentCam 2014 Third Prize Winner – Protect the Electives

StudentCam is C-SPAN Television Network’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.

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Rep. Mike Thompson visits students at AmCan Middle School

Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, visited with eighth-grade students in Ms. Jo Ann Clark’s U.S. history class at American Canyon Middle School. As a part of their project based learning unit called a “Message to Congress,” students actively researched and prepared documentary films about a current issue that is important to them.

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Napa County Provides Literacy Tool Free To Preschools

The Napa County Office of Education is providing an English and Spanish literacy tool to preschoolers and their schools and families at no charge. In partnership with NapaLearns, a coalition of business and education leaders focused on creating 21st century learning environments in their local schools, the district is providing access to Footsteps2Brilliance Academic Language Program for Students, a […]

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Napa Junction Elementary now a magnet school

Napa Junction Elementary School has become the newest magnet school in Napa Valley Unified School District, the first in American Canyon, and is offering students a special curriculum emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is the first district school to include engineering in its program.

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LIFE IS DRAMA Silverado sixth-graders write their own stories

Silverado Middle School drama students have a habit of redefining what people think sixth-graders can do. In the past, their Shakespeare performances have garnered praise from theater buffs while their student-written plays have generated approval from educators.

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports California Sees Significant Drops in Student Suspensions and Expulsions

SACRAMENTO—The number of students being suspended or expelled in California declined sharply during the last school year as more schools and districts put into place measures designed to keep young people in the classroom and learning, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

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Napa Valley College, NVUSD consider bond issues for voters

Both Napa Valley College and the Napa Valley Unified School District are attempting to gauge voters’ interests in the possibility of new bond measures. Napa Valley College President Ron Kraft is in the process of hiring a pollster to conduct public surveys and provide feedback to the college.

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RLS Middle School goes high-tech

RLS Middle School has caught the technology bug. Five months after the district started a pilot program giving each fifth-, sixth- and ninth-grader a laptop-like Google Chromebook, RLS is offering the gadgets to its seventh- and eighth-graders.

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Registration Open for Project WET for Napa-Area Teachers

The registration deadline is Jan. 24 for Project WET for the Napa Valley, an upcoming free workshop open to all Grade K-12 teachers in Napa County.

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