Santa Clara Unified School District Recognizes 2018 Employees of the Year

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On May 23 at Mariani’s Restaurant, employees of the Santa Clara Unified School District celebrated the end of another school year at the annual “End-Of-Year Employee Recognition.” Honored at the reception were three outstanding district employees. This year’s Administrator of the Year is Miakje Kamstra, Principal of Central Park Elementary School, who credited her hard-working staff...

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Sutter Students Demonstrate Robots at Epic Showcase

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Students at Sutter Elementary School—renowned for its annual frog jump—have taken to computers like frogs eagerly jumping into a creek. Thanks to simplified laptops called Chromebooks that were introduced to the entire student body, including the kindergarteners, in the 2017 – 2018 academic year, some students are already building robots from kits and programming them to do simple...

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“Hearts Are Young” At Washington Open Elementary School’s Awards Celebration

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“For our hands are strong and our hearts are young/And a dreamer keeps a dreamin’ ages long/Keeps a dreamin’ keeps a dreamin’ along.” These lyrics come from the song “The Dreamer,” sung by the school community of Washington Open Elementary School at its May 25 Awards Celebration. This year, the California Department of Education gave the school the California Distinguished School...

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Fifth-graders’ Farmer’s Market

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Sutter Elementary School’s Froggy Hollow was bustling with activity afterschool on May 31 as the fifth-grade class put on the school’s first farmer’s market. At the school garden, students played music, educated others about the benefits of buying local produce, ran a lemonade and mint water stand, and offered freshly picked produce. “The kids researched which crops we could grow in...

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Santa Clara High School Student’s Pastry Recipe Gets Upper Crust Treatment

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Back in February, Tanvi Saki, 18, a senior at Santa Clara High School, took first place in the Food Innovations category at California FCCLA’s (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) 2018 Spring Leadership Meeting and Region Qualifying Competitions. To prepare for the event, Saki had to develop a vegan product for teenagers. At the competition, Saki pitched her Southwest Savory...

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School Board Stands Neutral on Measure A; Cites Changes in Its Harassment Policy

  • By Atoosa Savarnejad
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The end of the 2017-2018 school year brought a large standing-room-only crowd at the Santa Clara Unified School District’s board room on May 24, but public discussions on the education board’s agenda regarding its stance on Measure A far outweighed the public discussion about former Council Member and Santa Clara High School teacher Dominic Caserta. The passage of Measure A would amend...

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Volunteers Make the World Go Round at the 2018 Public School Week Awards

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"Our country was founded by volunteers, by people who gave service,” said Dr. Stanley Rose, Superintendent of the Santa Clara Unified School District. “It's never been more important, in my opinion and in my experience as an educator, that that sense of service and commitment to our community is emphasized, celebrated and recognized for the importance that it is." On April 10, the Santa...

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Student Designers Are En Vogue at the 2018 Wilcox High School Fashion Show

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Adela Trinh, 17, had to get the “reddish greyish blueish plaid fabric” at Fabrics R Us that screamed for her attention. She went on to incorporate the fabric into her business clothing line “KETSJACK,” which is “JACKETS” spelled backwards. Trinh introduced her clothing line’s jacket and jumpsuit during Wilcox High School’s 2018 Fashion Show held on May 24 at the Mission City...

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Extra Yard For Teachers

  • By Larry Sacks
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Most people don’t associate Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a place for people to learn, let alone as a destination for teachers.  But Levi’s Stadium was just that on Friday, May 18, for 20 teachers—including teachers from eight Santa Clara schools—to learn more about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and how these can be integrated into the...

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Buchser Middle School Students Make Music at the Happiest Place on Earth

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From May 5 to May 8, 132 students with Buchser Middle School’s Music Department visited Disneyland. During this time, Buchser’s Intermediate Concert Band, Advanced Symphonic Band and Advanced Jazz Band made their mark on the Hollywood Backlot Stage at Disney California Adventure. In a series of three concerts, each band played at least five songs per show. Songs performed included the...

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