School is back in session for Turlock students who woke up bright and early Monday morning, grabbed their backpacks and sack lunches, and trekked off to their respective schools to begin a brand new academic year.
For many freshmen the first day of high school can be a scary and intimidating experience. A new school, a bigger campus and hundreds of kids and teachers can make even the most confident teen feel like they're part of a different world.
A Turlock High agriculture teacher Chad Russell won the John Thurman Award at the California State Fair this year - all due to his students' success. All of his ag students won first place at the fair, which gave their instructor the most points at the end to win his own prize. Russell won a plaque and $150.
The University of California, Merced's first Human Rights Center fellow, Catalina Hernandez, spent the summer researching how women decide to seek help from a midwife for childbirth, rather than an obstetrician.
When it comes to promoting fruits and vegetables in school settings, challenges and opportunities abound in equal measure. Chatom Elementary School is getting a little help to promote eating more of the earth's bounty, as Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that Chatom was among 342 schools that will share $11.1 million in federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program funds for this upcoming school year.
Sending a child off to preschool for the first time can be a rough and emotional time for both parents and the child. For the child, however, it doesn't have to be. Getting ready for school isn't just about learning letters, numbers, shapes of colors; the real teaching starts in the household.
Through a series of interviews and job shadowing, California State University, Stanislaus Professor Noelle Won found that teachers who shine at otherwise low-performing schools are tied together by a consistent thread of resiliency.
When the University of California, Merced campus opened in 2005 it was supposed to be the beginning of a new era of access to higher educational opportunities for San Joaquin Valley students. In 1995, the University of California Board of Regents specifically selected Merced because it was in the heart of the state's largest and most populous region without its own UC campus - which hindered opportunities for residents and left a need for an educated workforce in the region.