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  • Cathy Travlos
    ... Subject: March 16 e-Weekly Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 17:58:58 -0800 From: Paul Ehara The WCCUSD e-Weekly for March 16, 2006 [with
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      Subject: March 16 e-Weekly
      Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 17:58:58 -0800
      From: Paul Ehara <pehara@...>

      The WCCUSD e-Weekly for March 16, 2006 [with photos] can be found at
      Share your news with us by e-mailing Communications Coordinator Mike
      Jung at michael.jung@....
      *WCCUSD e-Weekly*
      March 16, 2006

      *Pinole Middle School Sweeps the Podium at District Spelling Bee*

      [Photo] Above left: A quick break during the written competition. Above
      right: Pinole Middle School’s Olivia Vazquez, Bryan Wong, and Adam
      Sanchez, WCCUSD’s top three spellers for 2006.

      The letters of the alphabet flew madly through the air at the WCCUSD
      Middle School Spelling Bee, hosted by Pinole Middle School on Wednesday,
      March 15. Thirty-six competitors representing all of the district middle
      schools took the floor, with an audience of family and friends cheering
      them on. The students first competed silently in the written round, with
      those who correctly spelled at least 16 of 20 words moving on to the
      verbal rounds. Pinole Middle English teacher Pat McCormick served as
      narrator, calling out the words and providing definitions and sentence
      usage, and Regional Superintendent Howard Cohen, District Police Chief
      Rudy Gonzalez, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Doris Avalos
      served as judges. All participating students received a certificate of
      achievement, and the top three finishers received gift certificates for
      books, movies and music.

      The spellers tackled a series of increasingly challenging words,
      starting with “fiesta,” “worship,” and “sequel,” and moving on to
      “saturnine,” “egregious,” and “conflagration.” In the end, students from
      the host school made a clean sweep of the top three spots. Olivia
      Vazquez took third place, Adam Sanchez claimed second place, and Bryan
      Wong came out on top, correctly spelling “lethargic” to seize the
      distinction of being the district’s top speller. Bryan will go on to
      compete at the county level. For more information please contact
      Principal Mary Allen at (510) 724-4042.

      *Portola Middle School Jazz Bands to Perform with Tower of Power Members*

      At 7:30 p.m. on March 23 the Portola Middle School Jazz Bands will
      present Jazz Explosion VI, featuring guest performers Marc Russo, Mic
      Gillette and Larry Braggs of the fabled Bay Area funk/soul/jazz group
      Tower of Power. Guitarist Tal Morris (who has toured with Huey Lewis and
      the News) and local keyboard favorite Frank Martin will accompany the
      Portola musicians on classics from jazz greats such as Duke Ellington,
      Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, along with Tower of Power selections
      like "You're Still A Young Man" and "Soul Vaccination."

      The Acalanes High School Chamber Singers will host the bands at the
      Acalanes High School Performing Arts Theater, 1200 Pleasant Hill Road in
      Lafayette. Tickets are $15 and are available at (510) 703-2794 or at
      Portolajazz@.... Proceeds from the show will support the Portola
      Jazz Bands’ trip to the Reno Jazz Festival in April. For more
      information please contact Portola Middle School at (510) 524-0405.

      *Tara Hills Students Take a Walk Through the American Revolution*

      [Photo] Above: A band of Crespi’s young patriots put their Independence
      knowledge to the test.

      Fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Tara Hills recreated some history
      when California Weekly Explorer brought its Walk Through History
      presentation to the school on Tuesday, March 14. The theme of the day
      was Walk Through the American Revolution-students dressed up in
      colonial-era costumes, and presenter Mike Jones led them through an
      energetic series of activities and character parts that required
      learning lines, facts and vocabulary words about the American
      Revolution. The presentation covers the years between the Proclamation
      of 1763 and the Treaty of Paris in 1783.

      “This program really enriches the curriculum, and brings it to life in a
      way that really draws the students in,” said Principal Laura Casdia.
      “Using dramatization and language not only makes the content more
      memorable, but also reinforces the kids’ classroom work.” California
      Weekly Explorer is an educational company that uses dramatization and
      performance to enhance history education while also complying with state
      curriculum standards. For more information please contact Laura Casdia
      at (510) 724-3454. For more information about California Weekly Explorer
      please go to http://www.californiaweekly.com.

      *Ellerhorst Ribbon Cutting Ceremony*

      Ellerhorst Elementary School will hold its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at
      5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 16. The event will begin with a welcome
      from Principal Grethe Holtan, followed by presentation of the colors and
      pledge of allegiance led by Cub Scout Troup 42. First and sixth graders
      will sing, and speakers will include WCCUSD Interim Superintendent
      Cynthia LeBlanc and school board members Glen Price and Dave Brown (who
      is also an Ellerhorst alumni). Refreshements will be provided by Pinole
      Hercules Little League and school tours provided by student council
      members. For more information please contact Ellerhorst Elementary
      School at (510) 758-1000.

      *Pinole Valley Students Pitch In to Raise Funds for KQED*

      Pinole Valley High School students and teachers will spend a day in the
      world of public radio when they lend a hand during the KQED-FM Pledge
      Drive on Sunday, March 19, 3:45 p.m.-11:00 p.m. The participating teens
      are members of Pinole Valley’s Environmental Studies Academy (ESA), a
      group of approximately 95 students who have chosen to follow an
      environmental focus for their high school studies. Each ESA class stays
      together for three years, during which time they work together on
      cross-curriculum projects. All ESA students select a focus area and sign
      up for a service learning project for the entire year, culminating in a
      major presentation each semester. Participation in the KQED Pledge Drive
      is an activity of the ESA Publicity Group.

      The students will answer phones and take pledges while publicizing ESA’s
      activities to KQED’s audience, which is one of the largest in the field
      of public radio. For more information please contact Pinole Valley High
      School at (510) 758-4664. For more information about KQED please go to

      *De Anza College and Career Day*

      De Anza High School invites parents, students, alumni and community
      members to College & Career Night on Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.-9:00
      p.m. at the De Anza campus, 5000 Valley View Road in Richmond. Attendees
      can register upon arrival in the De Anza cafeteria, and will participate
      in a variety of workshops and exhibits on the following topics: College
      Admissions; Community College Opportunities; Financial Aid/Scholarships;
      Career/Technical Opportunities; Employment Opportunities; College
      Student Panel; Disability Resources; and more. For more information
      please contact De Anza High School at (510) 223-3811.

      *Career Day at Pinole Middle*

      The Pinole Middle School Leadership Class will be sponsoring a career
      day on May 18, 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. in the Pinole Middle multipurpose
      room. Businesses and working professionals will meet with Pinole Middle
      students to discuss what it takes to build careers as firefighters,
      police officers, computer programmers, DJs and more. Businesses or
      individuals interested in taking part can contact Principal Mary Allen
      at (510) 724-4042.

      *Chinese Acrobats Visit Crespi Middle*

      [Photo] Above: Crespi students enjoy a performance by acrobat troupe
      visiting from China.

      *Richmond Art Center to Host Student Art Show*

      The Richmond Art Center will present the 41st Annual WCCUSD Middle and
      High School Student Art Show from April 11 to May 21. There will be an
      opening reception on Friday, April 28, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The show will
      be open to the public and free of charge. The deadline for art drop-off
      is Friday, March 31. For more information please contact Susan Wehrle at
      (510) 524-0405 ext. 187 or swehrle@.... For more information
      about the Richmond Art Center please go to www.therichmondartcenter.com.

      *Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference Proves a Success*

      [Photos] Above: Parents and children alike engaged in learning
      activities at the Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference.

      On Saturday, March 11 the district-in collaboration with community-based
      organizations-held the Parents as Partners and Leaders Conference at
      DeJean Middle School. The event was attended by 300 parents, with
      childcare provided for approximately 150 children ages 3 and up. The
      conference featured 21 workshops and a community fair involving 16
      organizations that provided resources and information to families.

      *Textbook Adoption Samples on Display at Crespi and Seaview*

      Textbook adoption samples are on display as part of the district’s
      textbook review process. World Language textbooks and ancillary
      materials were made available for review at Crespi Middle School on
      Monday, March 6, and will be available through Friday, April 14.
      Beginning Thursday, March 16, textbooks for adoption in the area of
      social science will be on display at the Seaview Campus. Textbook
      adoption samples are put on display for 30 days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00
      p.m. daily. Evaluators should complete an evaluation form for each
      textbook reviewed-copies of the form are available at all display sites.
      For more information please call (510) 724-0444.

      *Save Our Sports Golf Classic*

      The West Contra Costa Unified School District will host its annual Save
      Our Sports Golf Classic on Monday, June 19, at the Richmond Country
      Club, 1 Markovich Lane in Richmond. All proceeds will benefit the WCCUSD
      Athletic Endowment Fund. Golf entries are $250 per person. Entry to the
      awards dinner only is $100. Golf entries include green fees and cart,
      continental breakfast, box lunch, gift bag, entry to the reception and
      awards dinner, and refreshments. Golf events will include a putting
      contest, clinic, and prizes for Closest to the Pin, Hole in One, and
      Longest Drive. There will also be a silent auction and raffle.
      Registration materials can be found on the district website at
      http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Communications/recent_news/index.shtml. For
      more information please call (510) 620-2206 or (510) 620-2125.

      *Upcoming Committee Meetings*

      The following district committees have upcoming meetings:

      K-8 Study Committee, March 16, 2006
      Agenda- http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/committees/k-8/agendas/2006/03_16.pdf
      Multilingual District Advisory Committee, March 16, 2006
      GATE District Advisory Committee, March 20, 2006
      Committee website-http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/GATE/committee/index.shtml
      Citizen's Bond Oversight, March 22, 2006
      Committee website-http://wccusd-bond-oversight.com
      Budget Advisory, 03/26/06

      *New on the District Website*

      The following documents are now available for viewing and downloading on
      the district website:

      Purchasing Catalog, Limited Stock

      2006-2007 Academic


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