Last spring Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon received numerous phone calls from school district administrators asking him to come speak at their local public meetings about the budgetary process. While attending these meetings, the superintendent noticed an alarming trend.
College connections, a new belief system and working together are just a few things that helped Keyes Elementary School move out of program improvement, but all their efforts and programs put together is what made the big change at the school.
Ken Hawks from Ancient Artifacts gave a presentation to Kristen Norman's class at Dutcher Middle School on Tuesday about the American Revolution. He demonstrated to the class how the British soldiers would use the homes of those living in the American colonies because of the Quartering Act. He also showed the students authentic artifacts from the American Revolution from the buttons on the soldiers' uniforms to muskets strapped with bayonets.
With increased tuition fees, fewer classes offered and no promise for the future, students at California State University, Stanislaus have had enough and decided to take a stand at a rally on Thursday.
Funding for computers, playground equipment, musical instruments and much more will be cut this year at most elementary school sites because they will be using those funds for outdoor education instead after the district made a decision two years ago to cut funding for outdoor education.
For special education students in the Turlock Unified School District's On Track Transitions Program, this year was full of significant milestones: learning how to tie shoes without help, completing a load of laundry, and performing tasks with multiple steps.
While Cunningham Elementary School students were heading to the multipurpose room for lunch on Monday afternoon, fifth grader Ben Watson was en route to his favorite restaurant, Panera Bread, with Principal Tami Truax.