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      >The WCCUSD e-Weekly for October 6, 2005 can be found at
      >Share your news with us by e-mailing Communications Coordinator Mike Jung
      >at michael.jung@....
      >WCCUSD e-Weekly
      >October 6, 2005
      >National Merit Scholarship Program Honors 2 De Anza Students
      >De Anza High School Principal Vera Rowsey has announced that De Anza
      >seniors Rachel and Sarah Halnon have been named Commended Students by the
      >2006 National Merit Scholarship® Program. The school and the National
      >Merit Scholarship® Corporation, which conducts the program, will present a
      >Letter of Commendation to the Halnon sisters. Although they will not
      >continue in the 2006 competition for Merit Scholarship® Awards, Commended
      >Students placed among the top five percent of the more than one million
      >students who took the 2004 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship®
      >Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Approximately 36,000 Commended Students
      >throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise.
      >Both Rachel and Sarah Halnon are applying for college at military
      >academies. “Rachel and Sarah are exceptional students,” said Principal
      >Rowsey. “Not only are they very intelligent, but they’re also both
      >talented musicians--they both play a variety of different musical
      >instruments. They’re also incredibly funny people. They have very bright
      >futures ahead of them.”
      >Seven WCCUSD Middle School Girls Attend Tech Trek Math/Science Camp
      >Seven students from West County middle schools attended the week-long Tech
      >Trek Math/Science Camp in June, thanks to community support that provided
      >scholarships. The WCCUSD students who attended are Paige Harris (Adams
      >Middle), Jeannie Wu (Crespi Middle), Yahana Armendariz (Helms Middle),
      >Melissa Halal (Pinole Middle), Allyson Jagoda (Portola Middle),
      >Charlestine Maxie (Portola Middle), and Keisa Reynolds (Portola Middle).
      >The seventh-grade girls were recommended by district math and science
      >teachers to the West Contra Costa Branch of the American Association of
      >University Women, which sponsors the yearly event.
      >Tech Trek began in 1998 and is now held on six college campuses: Stanford
      >University and Mills College in Northern California; California State
      >University, Fresno in Central California; Whittier College, The University
      >of California, San Diego and University of California, Santa Barbara in
      >Southern California. The campers are exposed to core subjects in math and
      >science, which are taught by credentialed middle school teachers and women
      >currently engaged professionally in math, science and technology. All
      >programs are designed to provide an enhanced learning experience and
      >introduce students to a variety of potential career paths.
      >For more information please contact Miriam Oshiro, Tech Trek Committee
      >Chair, (510) 235-8842.
      >School Site Council Trainings
      >The West Contra Costa Unified School District Communications and Community
      >Engagement Department continues its series of School Site Council (SSC)
      >training sessions. The sessions began on October 4 and will be held
      >through November 1 at various locations throughout the district, and are
      >being led by Community Engagement Coordinator Marin Trujillo.
      >While the sessions are designed for school site council members, they are
      >open to the public. Anyone interested in understanding the purpose of
      >school site councils and how they work may attend any training session.
      >Water and fruit will be provided as light refreshments.
      >All 62 district schools have been assigned a specific training date, but
      >SSC team members may attend any of the training sessions if their school’s
      >assigned date is not convenient. To view or download the SSC training
      >bulletin, including the training schedule and RSVP form, please go to
      >RSVP forms should be filled out and returned by fax prior to each school’s
      >specific training date. Faxes should be sent to the WCCUSD Communications
      >& Community Engagement Department at (510) 620-2242.
      >Hercules Middle High School Hosts Free After School Tutoring Program
      >The Hercules branch of the National Association for the Advancement of
      >Colored People (NAACP) is sponsoring a free After School Tutoring Program
      >at Hercules Middle High School, 1900 Refugio Valley Road, Hercules, on
      >Saturday, October 22, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The Saturday tutorial will take
      >place in the school library. Attendees are encouraged to bring homework or
      >other areas of concern to work on during the tutorial. The school will
      >provide teachers and aides to assist attendees, as well as snacks. To
      >enroll, or for more information, please contact Muriel James at (510)
      >964-1559 or murieljj@....
      >Gompers Website Goes Live
      >The website for Gompers Alternative School is now live and available for
      >viewing at
      >The site was created between September 13 and September 29 by the Gompers
      >web design class, taught by Hulda Nystrom. The school welcomes input on
      >the continued development of the site from students, staff, parents, and
      >all other community members. For more information please contact Hulda
      >Nystrom at HuldaNystrom@....
      >El Cerrito High School Students Organize Benefit Concert for Hurricane
      >Katrina Relief
      >El Cerrito High School students have organized a benefit concert, Gaucho
      >Aid: A Benefit for the Hurricane Victims, to be held outdoors at the high
      >school’s football field, 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 8.
      >Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets
      >are $5 and may be purchased in advance, and additional donations are
      >Scheduled to perform are local groups Glass Hour, Pablo Cela and Friends,
      >Albany High School’s Rhythm Bound, the El Cerrito High School Jazz
      >Ensemble, and keyboard great Frank Martin.
      >For advance tickets or more information, please contact ECHS senior Sophie
      >Mayer, (510) 236-5736.
      >Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
      >The following West County schools will be holding ribbon cutting or ground
      >breaking ceremonies in the upcoming weeks:
      >Peres Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
      >Date: October 20, 2005
      >Time: 5:30 PM
      >Place: Peres Multi-Purpose Room
      >Downer Ground Breaking Ceremony
      >Date: October 24, 2005
      >Time: 2:00 PM
      >Place: Grounds of Downer Elementary School
      >Riverside Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
      >Date: October 25, 2005
      >Time: 5:30 PM
      >Place: Riverside Multi-Purpose Room
      >Adult Education Offers College Admissions Class to Parents of High Schoolers
      >WCCUSD Adult Education is offering College Admissions 101, a class aimed
      >primarily at helping the parents of high school juniors understand and
      >work toward the goals facing their college bound students by September
      >2006. The class’s location has been changed to Portola Middle School’s
      >Little Theater, 1021 Navellier St., El Cerrito), and will be held from
      >7:00 p.m.-9:oo p.m. on consecutive Mondays, October 10 and 17. This is
      >most appropriate for parents of high school juniors. Topics will include
      >how to perform a thorough college search, complete one round of testing
      >for college admissions, create a high school profile, obtain letters of
      >recommendations, and locate scholarships. Instructor Jim Walker has over
      >25 years experience in college admissions counseling. He is a past middle
      >and high school administrator. A member of WACAC and NACAC, he is also a
      >reader of UC Berkeley applications. This is collaboration among West
      >Contra Costa Adult Education, the El Cerrito High School PTA, and Portola
      >Middle School.
      >For more information, please contact Adult Education at (510) 215-4666.
      >New on the District Website
      >The following documents are now available for viewing and downloading on
      >the district website:
      >Gifted and Talented Education (GATE):
      >2005-2006 GATE Library Resources-
      >2005-2006 GATE Plan Summary- www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/GATE/PDF/plan_summary.pdf
      >Committee information:
      >Safety Committee:
      >School Safety Initiative Framework: Issues and Answers-
      >Meeting minutes, September 27 2005-
      >Food Services:
      >Elementary school breakfast menu, October/November 2005-
      >Elementary school Second Chance breakfast menu, October/November 2005-
      >After school snack menu, October/November 2005-
      >District Mileage Chart:
      >D2006 JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
      >The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation has announced that the 2006 John F.
      >Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is now open and accepting
      >submissions from U.S. high school students enrolled in grades nine through
      >twelve. The deadline for entries is Saturday, January 7, 2006.
      >The annual Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites students from across
      >the nation to write an essay about a political issue at the local, state
      >or national level and an elected official in the United States who is
      >acting or has acted courageously to address that issue. The contest is a
      >companion program of the Profile in Courage Award, named for President
      >Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which
      >recounts the stories of American statesmen, the obstacles they faced, and
      >the special valor they demonstrated despite the risks.
      >The contest winner is awarded a $3,000 cash prize. The student’s
      >nominating teacher receives a John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant in the
      >amount of $500 to be applied toward school projects involving student
      >leadership and civic engagement. These honors are bestowed upon the winner
      >and nominating teacher at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony,
      >hosted by Caroline Kennedy and U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy each May at
      >the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
      >For more information please visit the contest website at www.jfklibrary.org .
      >Friends of the Richmond Public Library Annual Booksale
      >The Friends of the Richmond Public Library are holding their Annual
      >Booksale on October 22, 2005, in the Community Room adjacent to the Main
      >Library at 525 Civic Center Plaza. Members only will be admitted from
      >10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Doors are open to the general public from 11:00
      >a.m.-3:00 p.m.
      >The WCCUSD e-Weekly is produced by the West Contra Costa Unified School
      >District Communications and Community Engagement Office (510) 620-2245.
      >Share your news with us by e-mailing Communications Coordinator Mike Jung
      >(michael.jung @...). To subscribe or unsubscribe, e-mail
      >paul.ehara@.... Pass on this invitation to join our
      >mailing list to other employees, students, family members and community
      >members. You are welcome to share information from this publication and
      >the district website
      >(<http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us>http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us) through print
      >publications such as school newsletters, as well as electronically.

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