Santa Clara Unified School District Recognizes Employees of the Year

Santa Clara Unified School District Recognizes Employees of the Year

  • Story by Cynthia Cheng and Photo by Santa Clara Unified School District
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Three outstanding employees of the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) were recognized at the district’s annual employee recognition tea held on May 24 before the school year ended. Being honored as the Classified Employee of the Year was Claudia Freitas, bookkeeper at Cabrillo Middle School. Freitas, a Santa Clara resident, has worked at the school since 1998. She cited flexibility...

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Class Notes – Bullies Beware

  • By Margaret Lavin
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Kids are looking forward to a long summer filled with fun and adventure. Most parents, however, still have to work, which means their children will have a lot more free time on their hands. Whether kids are at summer camps, with babysitters, or at home with siblings, there tends to be less supervision which, can be concerning in regard to the potential for bully behavior. It’s never a fun...

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Hughes Elementary School Third Graders Make Giant Burrito

Hughes Elementary School Third Graders Make Giant Burrito

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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Using an idea borrowed from Peterson Middle School’s Mary Fries, Kathryn Hughes Elementary School’s Jenni Erickson found a way to better engage her students, while teaching them math and having fun in the process. Erickson, a third grade teacher and one-time teaching assistant for Fries, decided she would give her students an end of the year burrito party, pending they completed their...

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Callejon School Will Make Room for All Incoming Students

  • By Carolyn Schuk
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In a special meeting on Tuesday, the Santa Clara Unified School Board voted to address middle school overcrowding at Don Callejon school with additional resources, rather than moving students. The anticipated 6th grade enrollment at Callejon is 178. Currently there is only space for 132 6th graders. Another 6th grade classroom will be gained by refurbishing an obsolete computer lab–all...

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SCUSD Asking for Input on Full Circle Farm Location

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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More than 80 people attended a “Community Conversation” on June 1 to hear a presentation by Santa Clara Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of School Support and District Development Andrew Lucia and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Kathie Kanavel. Within that presentation, Lucia and Kanavel discussed the past, present and future of the 11-acre Full Circle...

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Santa Clara Unified School District’s Outstanding Volunteers Recognized During Annual Public School Week Awards

Santa Clara Unified School District’s Outstanding Volunteers Recognized During Annual Public School Week Awards

  • By Cynthia Cheng
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“Central Park School doesn’t get any more money than other schools in the district so I spent a lot of time writing grant applications for iPads and robotics equipment,” said Tesin Dosch, parent volunteer at Central Park Elementary School, sharing advice about grant writing. “Out of every grant we won, there were about 30 we didn’t win. It’s a lot of paperwork but try not to get...

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Local Elementary Schools Rake in Big Bucks at “Stock Market”

Local Elementary Schools Rake in Big Bucks at “Stock Market”

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Two Santa Clara elementary schools were top finishers in the Bay Area Stock Market Game in their respective competitions this spring. The Stock Market Game is a national education effort that allows youngsters to invest a hypothetical $100,000 portfolio like a grown-up–selecting real stocks to buy and sell, paying trading fees and enjoying (or suffering) the consequences of their...

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Chic is the Word at Wilcox Student Fashion Show

Chic is the Word at Wilcox Student Fashion Show

  • By Cynthia Cheng
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Taking Fashion 2 at Wilcox High School, Timothy Le, 16, realized that using a sewing machine was easier than he had expected. Inspired by a character from a video game called Blazblue, Le designed a vest and large coat. While serving as a stage design coordinator, Le modeled his clothes at Wilcox High School’s May 25 “Fashion Show 2017: New Beginnings” held at the Mission City Center for...

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School Board Considers Options for Don Callejon Overcrowding

  • By David Alexander
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Advocates from the Alviso neighborhood blew the whistle on the Santa Clara School Board, claiming a social justice foul. Although many parents of Don Callejon students objected, a lottery may be the only equitable way to deal with problems of overcrowding at the school. The K-8 school will need to relocate 46 students before the start of the 17-18 school year, Andrew Lucia, assistant...

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The Sky’s the Limit at Planet Granite’s Outing for Santa Clara Middle School Students

The Sky’s the Limit at Planet Granite’s Outing for Santa Clara Middle School Students

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“Last year, I came to Planet Granite and I was afraid of heights,” said Dino Beslagic, 13, of his experience in Sunnyvale’s rock climbing gym with walls that go from 40 to 60 feet. “But now that I went last year and I’m here again this year, I’m not as afraid of heights as I was before. I can go higher now. I used to think a leader was someone who just told others what to do. But...

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