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iPads entertain, educate kids in pilot program

Napa Valley Register, Isabelle Dills For a group of 4-year-olds in Calistoga, the best way to prepare for kindergarten is to have technology at their fingertips. Sixteen preschool-aged children are participating in the Virtual Summer Bridges Academy, a four-week pilot program at Calistoga Elementary School that uses iPads to help build vocabulary and reading comprehension […]

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Class of 2011 moves on

St. Helena Star, Jesse Duarte St. Helena High School’s class of 2011 graduated Thursday in a ceremony that blended fond memories, high hopes, nods to beloved teachers, and some international flavor. Amaury Avalos said that whether her 115 fellow seniors are bound for college, the workforce, or military service, graduation is as much of a […]

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Feds could offer No Child Left Behind waivers

The Monitor, Neal Morton Local educators welcomed the opportunity to apply for waivers to the federal No Child Left Behind law, which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said needs changing before the start of school this fall. Duncan warned Congress this week that if it does not reauthorize or rewrite the controversial law – formally known […]

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Napa High speakers praise their teachers

Napa Valley Register, Victoria Rossi They walked in pairs through bleachers packed with photographing families and whooping friends, then onto the turf field past the 10, 20, and 30 yard lines, toward a scoreboard lit with the name of one school —Napa High — whose time was stopped at “20:11.” Watching from the stands with […]

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St. Helena, Calistoga schools work together

Napa Valley Register, Jesse Duarte St. Helena and Calistoga school board trustees struck an optimistic tone as they embarked on a new partnership that could cut costs, improve services and make both districts more efficient. During a joint meeting Tuesday at Vineyard 29 that Calistoga Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon called “a historic moment,” trustees from both […]

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New Tech graduates appreciate lack of a ‘crowd to blend into’

Napa Valley Register, Victoria Rossi New Technology students looked to the words of Ferris Bueller, the Beastie Boys, and Lady Gaga for inspiration as they ended four years of high school Wednesday night. Student speakers outnumbered the adult ones, with seven delivering three-minute speeches as onlookers from the bleachers held up posters and bright blue […]

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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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