A future naturopathic doctor who enjoys urban agriculture and a mariachi expert who plans to create affordable technology for people with disabilities are the two most recent Gates Millennium Scholars from the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
Two schools in the District have been ranked among the top high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the news magazine announced this week. Hercules High School was awarded a silver medal and was ranked in the Top 10 percent nationally. Middle College High School earned a bronze medal for the third consecutive year.
Thirteen elementary schools from the West Contra Costa Unified School District are among 772 across the state to earn the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced.
Lamons-Raiford, who teaches English, American Sign Language, and Speech and Debate at Pinole Valley High School, is one of five finalists in the 2016 Comcast SportsNet All-Star Teacher competition. You can vote for her at www.csnbayarea.com/AST or social media by using #LamonsRaifordAST. If she is selected as the All-Star Teacher, Lamons-Raiford will win $20,000 for her school.
The District's "Hitsville High," aka Pinole Valley High School, is featured on the cover of this week's SF Weekly. Music editor Jessie Schiewe runs down the long list of musical heavyweights who have attended, or still attend, PVHS.
See student highlights and performances from this year's All District Music Festival! (Video)
Community partners, leaders and parents judged nearly 200 student projects at the Annual District Science Fair recently. See what students and judges thought of this year’s science fair. (Video)
The District’s Community Advisory Committee for Special Education held its annual “You Make a Difference” awards ceremony at DeJean Middle School recently bestowing honors on 12 deserving individuals who have made outstanding contributions in support of special needs students.
In recognition of their profound passion for instilling a love of learning in their students, five West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) teachers have been named the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award winners by the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, the organization announced recently.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District was named a First Place Winner for the Richmond Fab Lab at Kennedy High School in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal.
Four high school seniors in the West Contra Costa Unified School District received Chevron Richmond Black Employee Network college scholarships during its 17th Annual Black History Awareness Celebration at the Chevron Refinery last week.
The District has unveiled a marketing campaign that supports the college-going culture that has taken hold at all of its schools. The So Can You campaign features students from the Class of 2015 who are attending college. The featured students represent the 63 percent of the Class of 2015 who said they would attend a two- or four-year college after graduation.
Were you issued a certificate of completion in 2006 or later? Did you meet all graduation requirements but did not pass either one or both sections of the CAHSEE? Based on the Senate Bill SB 172 signed by Governor Brown on Oct. 7, 2015, you may be eligible to receive a high school diploma. If you believe you now qualify for a high school diploma under the new law, you can fill out our online form to verify your eligibility.
May is Teacher Appreciation Month and May 11th is the California Day of the Teacher but every day is a good day to thank and appreciate our teachers. Just about any adult who’s overcome the challenges of her/his circumstances growing up will point to a teacher who made the difference in his/her life. Whenever I’m in a community group or among parents, I hear about teachers - their caring, their dedication, their willingness to do what it takes to serve our children and young people.
Below are some great suggestions for ways to show appreciation for teachers from the National PTA.
Showing Appreciation Year Round
Recognizing teachers for all they do does not need to be time-consuming, expensive, or reserved for one special week during the year. One of the greatest ways parents can show their appreciation to teachers is by being actively involved in their child's education all year long. Parents should establish a good working relationship with teachers early in the school year. Talk to your children's teachers on a regular basis, not just at parent-teacher conferences. Find out how you can help with homework assignments and reinforce at home what is being taught in the classroom. By being an involved parent, you are showing your respect and appreciation for your child's teachers and the school. When parents and teachers establish open communication and good working relations, great things get accomplished for students.
Thank Them for Being
Teachers play a critical role in the lives of our children. It takes a lot to give a lot. Patience, understanding, and kindness are constantly required to nurture a class full of young minds and personalities. Teachers also play a very important role in promoting self-discipline in our children and in establishing guidelines and rules for participating in aclassroom or group. Their guidance helps our children develop social skills and become competent in group situations. That's why it's important for parents to remember those little, often overlooked qualities that make teachers such special people in our children's lives. Be sure to tell teachers how much you appreciate who they are.
Give Teachers More Quality Time One thing that parents probably don't think about is that the "quality time" teachers spend with our children is just as important to them as it is for parents. Quality time for teachers means teaching. Often teachers are asked to assume a range of clerical and other school duties that take time away from teaching our children. When you advocate for teachers, advocate for giving teachers the time they need to teach. Look for ways to eliminate nonteaching tasks. Work with your school board and local PTA to find ways of giving teachers more quality teaching time instead of stuffing envelopes, loading buses, or monitoring lunchrooms. Let your teachers know you value their profession and support their needs. Be their advocate and you will find them advocating for you and your children!
The pictures in this month’s message are illustrations of the great teaching that goes on in our schools every day. Please join me in appreciating all our teachers.