Fwd: WCCUSD e-Weekly, October 6 2005
>The WCCUSD e-Weekly for October 6, 2005 can be found at
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>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 theyre also both
>talented musicians--they both play a variety of different musical
>instruments. Theyre 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 schools
>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 schools
>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
>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
>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
>schools 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 Schools 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 classs location has been changed to Portola Middle Schools
>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
>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
>School Safety Initiative Framework: Issues and Answers-
>Meeting minutes, September 27 2005-
>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
>Kennedys 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 students
>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
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