Santa Clara High School’s Girls Basketball Team Steps Up for a Texas High School

Santa Clara High School’s Girls Basketball Team Steps Up for a Texas High School

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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On the evening of Oct. 5, a few girls from Santa Clara High School’s Girls Basketball Team waited outside their school gym for donated items to be dropped off. Two more future donation drop off times will be held at the same location—Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Oct. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. These donated items will be brought to a Savers (www.savers.com) location in San Jose to be...

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Full Circle Farm Future Finally Coming into Focus

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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The fate of the former Full Circle Farm location on the Peterson Middle School campus is finally coming into focus. On Sept. 21, a second “Community Conversation” between Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) and members of the community was held, and the district shared its plan for the future of the 11-acre site and surrounding area and, again, asked for input on partnerships,...

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How Parents Can Ace Meetings With Their Child’s Teacher

How Parents Can Ace Meetings With Their Child’s Teacher

  • Story and Photos by Cynthia Cheng
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Arriving at the dawn of a new school year, parents might need to meet with their children’s teachers sometime during the next nine months. These meetings could be regularly scheduled conferences at an elementary school or they might be special meetings requested by parents with middle schoolers or high schoolers. Four education professionals working in Santa Clara schools shared advice on how...

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Wilcox Students Challenge Themselves at Auditions

Wilcox Students Challenge Themselves at Auditions

  • By Melissa McKenzie
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While most students are just starting to get into the swing of the school year, the Wilcox Stage Company is already thinking about its fall drama. Most actors are slipping into familiar on-stage roles, but some are stepping out of their comfort zones and finding new ways to challenge themselves. Wilcox sophomore Maya Raman is one of those actors. Having performed with Roberta Jones Junior...

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49ers Kickoff 4th Year of STEAM Education Program

49ers Kickoff 4th Year of STEAM Education Program

  • By Andrew Bensch
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On Tuesday, the 49ers officially kicked off the fourth year of their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education program that provides free field-trip education to K-8 schools throughout the Bay Area including Santa Clara Unified. Along with continuing to teach kids about topics such as environmental sustainability and stadium engineering, the 49ers are introducing a...

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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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