At just 10 years old Valerie Mercado can see the writing on the wall for the future employment marketplace: "If I am bilingual and biliterate I have a better chance at a good job than someone who isn't. If you look at the job ads in the newspaper a lot of them say bilingual needed," she said.
Key Academy Students were recently honored for their participation in the VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. This year's theme was "Pride in Service." Rachel Segars took home first place and she will move on to the national competition.
eCademy Charter at Crane student Ramon Gonzalez, 17, has suffered with systemic juvenile Rheumatoid arthritis since he was 12 years old. Much of the time he said he suffers from pain, limiting him from attending the traditional high school campus. But Gonzalez has character - including bravery.
The LEGO building blocks most kids grew up with have come a long way. While the old blocks are still around, today's LEGOs include attachable programmable computers to activate gear mechanisms and pulley systems.
Denair High School Academic Decathlon students earned first place among small schools and third place overall at the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon, held last weekend at Gregori High School in Modesto. The students also took home a school record 28 medals. Advisor Paul Michaelis said the team practiced about seven hours a week since the school year began.
Dennis Earl Elementary students, staff and families celebrated the third annual Sixth Grade Chinese New Year Parade on Friday. 2012 is the Year of the Dragon and Earl sixth graders went all out designing and building their dragons. In Chinese culture the dragon wards off evil spirits and brings good luck.
Hilmar Unified School District Superintendent Isabel Cabral-Johnson held a special informational public meeting last Tuesday evening to discuss possible courses of action for the HUSD Board of Education to take in various budget scenarios.