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Arts in the classroom

The Kiwanis Club of Turlock teamed up with the Stanislaus Arts Commission to offer a free art workshop for fifth grade students at Cunningham Elementary in Turlock last week.

March 30, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Turlock High student rises above tragedy

From the outside looking in it would appear as though Heather Johnson's story is one of absolute tragedy - but Stephanie doesn't see it that way. At 14 she lost her mother, and last year she lost her father. Both parents led troubled lifestyles that ended tragically. If there was ever a reason for a teenager to give up hope, she certainly had one.

March 30, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Hilmar kids get gold fever

Students from Elim and Merquin elementary schools had a serious case of gold fever during Gold Rush Day, held this week. Fourth grade teacher Verne Davis said the educational experience is tied into California's fourth grade social studies curriculum. Parent volunteers helped to run the day for more than 150 students.

March 30, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Family on mission to raise epilepsy awareness

The first time Earl Elementary second grader Calliey Gomez suffered an epileptic seizure her parents thought she might have been choking. They had no idea their daughter was having the first of what would become nightly battles with a form of sleeping epileptic seizures. Every night while she sleeps, Calliey has dozens of twitches and mini-seizures.

March 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


TJHS student honored posthumously for courage, positive attitude

Mikaylah Partin was well-known at Turlock Junior High for her warm smile, quick wit and positive spirit. Mikaylah passed away unexpectedly over Christmas break last year due to health complications - but her spirit lives on at the campus.

March 27, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


A closer look at NJROTC

Q: What is the role of NJROTC at Turlock High School?

March 23, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | LIVING IN 209


Local students shine at Occupational Olympics

When Leo Scheuber was the Stanislaus County Regional Occupational Program Director 27 years ago he launched the Occupational Olympics in an effort to expose students to vocational and employment opportunities in the Valley.

March 23, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Mountain View student is normal on the outside, miracle on the inside

Very few of Griffin Boyd's classmates at Mountain View Middle School know that he is a walking, talking miracle.

March 20, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


California Common Core Standards unveiled

California has begun the shift to a nationwide set of new academic standards for public schools. The standards, known the Common Core State Standards, have been adopted in 46 states.

March 20, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Local charity looks to make prom dress dreams come true

Alix Ribeiro is proving that at least one New Year's resolution can stick. Her resolution was to make her community a better place, and, unlike many who soon forgot their goals, she has stuck to her resolution.

March 16, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Girl Scouts centennial celebration

Local girls joined millions of others across the country this week in celebrating a century of Girl Scouts. On March 12, 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 girls for the first Girl Scout meeting in Savannah, Ga. Today, 3.2 million girls are members of Girl Scouts in troops across the country.

March 16, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Local


Spratling girl pushes beyond ‘disability’

Karina Mora, a seventh grader at Spratling Middle School in Keyes, doesn't see herself as a kid with significant hearing loss and she refuses to become a "victim."

March 16, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


THS Election Convention promotes democratic understanding

Most high school student body elections are fairly simple. The school has a rally and each candidate speaks, maybe throw in a skit, and then the student body returns to their homeroom and fills out ballots.

March 16, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Band students give command performance

Turlock Junior High School band members Ross Valenzuela, Isaac Tucker, Angel 'Big Daddy' Avalos and Diego Basulto earned a command performance at a recent event at California State University, Stanislaus. The sax quartet has been performing together for two years. Thanks to their superior command performance they have been invited to perform at the Gallo Center for the Arts during the Modesto Community Concert Association Young Artists Concert, to be held March 25.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


Mast Blast stars

Julien Elementary sixth graders Lauren Gomez and Roma Raje finished fifth overall in the binary STAR test at the Stanislaus Mathematics Council's Sixth Grade Math Blast. Julien Elementary sent 13 students to the competition, which was held at Savage Middle School in Modesto.

March 13, 2012 | Jonathan McCorkell | Education


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