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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
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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
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
Multilingual District Advisory Committee, March 16, 2006
GATE District Advisory Committee, March 20, 2006
Citizen's Bond Oversight, March 22, 2006
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
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