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      Note: if you want to see the photos you'll need to go to the district
      web site. They were way too big for Yahoo to handle. - Cathy

      -------- Original Message --------
      Subject: e-Weekly
      Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 13:48:39 -0700
      From: Ehara, Paul <PEhara@...>



      Dear News Group Members,

      I had planned on sending this edition of the e-Weekly last Friday, but a
      family emergency prevented me from doing so. It’s also posted at

      http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Communications/e-Weekly/2007/06_22.pdf.

      Best,

      Paul

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      *June 22, 2007 *

      www.wccusd.k12.ca.us <http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/>

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      *Wilson** students end year with donation for peace*


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      First-grade students at Wilson School collected $230.00 in their
      “Pennies for Change/Roots of Peace� drive to remove land mines and
      return war-ravaged areas to agricultural use and playing fields for
      children.

      In another end-of-the-year event, Wilson’s cross-county partners from
      San Ramon donated bags of clothes, dishware, books, toys and sporting
      goods to support Wilson School students. The items were distributed on
      the last day of school at the quarterly free garage sale.

      / —Yecenia Gomez, community outreach, Wilson School/

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      *DonorsChoose matches donors with teachers’ classroom projects for kids*

      DonorsChoose was created in the spring of 2000 by teachers at a Bronx
      public high school who saw first-hand the scarcity of materials in the
      public school classrooms and its impact on students’ education. They
      also saw a need to provide a quick and easy way for people to make
      charitable donations directly to classrooms of their choice.

      DonorsChoose is a website (www.donorschoose.org
      <http://www.donorschoose.org/>) that connects public school classrooms
      in need with individuals who want to help. Through this website,
      teachers propose ideas for materials or experiences that their students
      need to help them learn.

      How does it work? Teachers in any of the nine Bay Area
      counties—including the West Contra Costa Unified School District—can
      register at www.donorschoose.org <http://www.donorschoose.org/>. Next,
      teachers write a brief project description describing the proposed
      student project and how students will benefit, submit a list of the
      specific resources requested and their prices, and answer some simple
      questions. All first-time users at DonorsChoose are allowed to submit up
      to three proposals.


      Then, donors choose a project they wish to fund. By doing so,
      civic-minded individuals from across the nation turn teacher hopes and
      ideas for their students into a classroom reality. Local Bay Area
      proposals have included “Spanish Dictionaries for Independent
      Writers� ($270) and “Beyond Reality TV: Media Literacy in the
      Classroom� ($659).

      For teachers who are submitting a project for funding, it’s good to
      keep in mind that DonorsChoose donors are individuals in our
      communities, and the average donation is $250. There are no limits on
      request amounts, but it is recommended that request amounts be kept
      under $400, as the vast majority of proposals in that range have been
      funded.

      Since DonorsChoose opened in the Bay Area in November 2004, donors from
      50 states have given more than $1.2 million to fund more than 3,000
      projects proposed by Bay Area teachers.

      Here’s what one teacher from San Francisco wrote in thanking a donor:

      /“Every year I challenge myself to be a better teacher, whether it’s
      learning new teaching techniques, reaching my students’ needs or
      furthering my own education. This year, I’ve learned that I can’t be
      a successful teacher without help, from my students, their parents, my
      administrators, and generous people like you. I’ve learned that my
      students are not just my students, rather they are everyone’s
      students…�/

      /—Eliza Gee, 1^st Grade teacher, San Francisco, “Emergency Kits for
      Tomorrow’s Leaders�/

      *Construction update: El Cerrito High School*

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      /Left: Foundation slab for Building C, classrooms. Right: Excavation for
      orchesrtra pit, Building A./

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      *Construction update: El Cerrito High School (cont.)*

      **/
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      / /

      /Top: Curved north wall of cafeteri, Building E. /

      /Above: Looking south from Building E, which houses the cafeteria,
      practice gym, main gym, and locker rooms. Right: Retaining wall footing
      behind Building A, where classrooms, the theatre, and administration
      offies are located./

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      */Photos: SGI/Lewis Brower, Aryan Heydari/*

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      *Retired teachers group awards 15 scholarships to seniors*

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      Congratulations to the following seniors who each received $1,500
      scholarships from the West Contra Costa Division #58 of the California
      Retired Teachers Association:

      â–ª De Anza High School: Connie Lin

      â–ª El Cerrito High School: Gabriella Baker, Doug Fabini, Danah Handel,
      Seigi Karasake, Chialin (Julie) Lee, Brian Mertens

      â–ª Hercules High School: Richard Shen, Peter Speros

      â–ª Kennedy High School: Fatima Sanchez

      â–ª Pinole Valley High School: Joshua Academia, Jessamine Faustino,
      Dylan Honaker

      â–ª Vista High School: Hannah Cole

      â–ª North Campus High School: Diana Reyes

      *Third Annual Elementary Art Around the Bay exhibit begins June 26*

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      The Richmond Art Center (RAC) opens the 3rd Annual Elementary Art Around
      the Bay exhibit on Tuesday, June 26. This special exhibit will run until
      Friday, August 10. The Gala Reception will be held on July 14 from 3:00
      – 6:00 p.m. at the RAC, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Civic Center Plaza, in
      Richmond. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5:00 p.m.

      The exhibit will feature student artwork from pre-K through grade 6
      classes. Participating schools include Chavez, Dover, Ellerhorst, Ford,
      King, Montalvin, Nystrom, Olinda, Riverside, Rodeo Hills (John Swett
      Unified School District), Valley View, and Wilson elementary schools.

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      *Board approves administrative appointments for 2007-08*

      At the June 20th board meeting, Superintendent Bruce Harter announced
      the following administrative appointments as approved by the Board of
      Education:

      *School*



      *Position*



      *Name*



      *Moving from*

      Grant



      Vice Principal



      Melissa Chin



      Principal, Harding

      Harbour Way/North Campus



      Principal



      Roxanne Brown-Garcia



      Principal, Mira Vista

      Mira Vista



      Principal



      Katherine Hendon



      VP, Grant

      Nystrom



      Principal



      Reginald Richardson



      AP, Hercules HS

      Ohlone



      Principal



      Liz Lonsdale



      Principal, Olinda

      DeJean MS



      Vice Principal



      Pat Martin



      Interim Principal, Pinole MS

      DeJean MS



      Vice Principal



      Jamersina Preston



      AP, El Cerrito HS

      Helms MS



      Vice Principal



      Jessica Smith



      Project Assistant, Helms

      Pinole MS



      Vice Principal



      Jerrold Scheidt



      Out of district

      De Anza HS



      Assistant Principal



      Yolanda Bulls



      Teacher, Richmond HS

      El Cerrito HS



      Assistant Principal



      Jason Krolikowski



      De Anza

      Hercules HS



      Assistant Principal



      Michele Janssen



      AP, De Anza HS

      Pinole Valley HS



      Assistant Principal



      Beverly Taylor



      VP, DeJean MS

      Pinole Valley HS



      Assistant Principal



      Frank Fadelli



      VP, Pinole MS

      Richmond HS



      Assistant Principal



      Kal Phan



      Interim Coordinator, HR

      Vista HS



      Principal



      Haidee Foust



      Principal, Harbour Way







      To be assigned



      Principal



      Ken Gardner



      Out of district

      To be assigned



      Principal



      Jason Reimann



      AP, De Anza HS

      * *

      In other recent appointments for 2007-08, board members approved Jessica
      Romeo as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Sheri Gamba as
      Associate Superintendent for Business Services. Ms. Romeo previously
      served as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for the Pittsburg
      (Calif.) Unified School District, while Ms. Gamba comes to the district
      from the Antioch Unified School District, where she served as its Chief
      Business Official. Respectively they replace Rick Werlin and Ruth
      Vedovelli, both of whom retired from the district this year.

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      *Upcoming Board of Education meeting*

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      The next board meeting is scheduled for July 11, 2007.

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      *Upcoming committee meetings *

      • Community Budget Advisory Committee: June 26

      • Citizens Bond Oversight Committee: June 27

      For more information, see
      http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/committees/index.shtml.

      *New on the district website*

      The following information is now available for viewing and downloading
      on the district website:

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      *> Classified employee “Start Stop� calendar —
      *http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/calendar/2007-08/0708_startstopcalendarclassified.pdf

      *> Bi-tech user information —*
      http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Fiscal/bi_tech/bi-tech.shtml

      *> Summer school information —
      *http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/teaching_and_learning/summer_school.shtml

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