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Javier Mendes of Lindsay one of two Junior Explorers to receive Pathway Scholarship from the Sheriff’s Department

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Sheriff Boudreaux awarded the Sheriff’s Pathways Scholarship to two deserving Sheriff’s Explorers: Abraham Sanchez of Porterville and Javier Mendez of Lindsay. They each received a plaque and a check for $2,500. “I had a vision four years ago to create a pathway for our Explorers to get an education and to become […]

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Jim Vidak will not seek 8th term as County Superintendent

Jim Vidak is the longest serving superintendent in Tulare County history, currently in the state @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak announced on Dec. 11 that he does not intend to run for an eighth term in office next year. Rather, he will retire at the end of his seventh term, […]

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COS professor earns award for digital innovation

Sociology professor earns award for converting textbooks to online, interactive resources for students @TheSunGazette VISALIA — Catherine Medrano, Associate Professor of Sociology at College of the Sequoias, was selected from among 60 digital courseware initiative entrances in the Online Learning Consortium’s annual #DLIAward competition. COS announced earlier this month that Professor Medrano earned the 2017 OLC […]

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Exeter FFA takes high-octane delegates to Indianapolis

Exeter Union High School students place in national contests, serve as national delegate; three Alumni receive their American degrees at National Convention @TheSunGazette EXETER – Members of the Exeter FFA had the opportunity to attend the 90th FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana and returned with a higher sense of pride for their chapter. Late […]

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Woodlake High School gets $38,000 for sex ed

Money is part of $500k to Valley nonprofits to help address high rates of teen pregnancy, STDs @TheSunGazette FRESNO – Woodlake High School recently received a grant to help students make better choices, not just in academics, but other areas that could affect the rest of their lives. On Nov. 7, Woodlake High School was […]

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EUSD dress code gets with the times

Ball caps, pre-frayed clothing are now allowed on Exeter Unified School District campuses By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – While not as controversial as the discussion of racially-charged clothes in Visalia Unified, the Exeter Unified School District has made some changes to its dress code. In October, the Exeter school board unanimously voted to delete three […]

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Woodlake High School students prefer to stay on campus after school

Tiger’s Den afterschool program offers elective enrichment classes, student interaction after school By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN WOODLAKE – When the final bell of the day sounded, Elisabeth Reid had little to look forward to in the afternoon. The Woodlake High School junior would go home, do some homework and then wait for her parents to come […]

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Crown Valley Youth Ranch to hold first Fall Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11

@TheSunGazette ELDERWOOD – Scott Johnson has had a good life cattle ranching in Fresno and Tulare County. A fifth generation horseman, Johnson has spent his life learning about himself, life and lots of other things from his horses. But after 33 years in the saddle, he wondered if he could be handing down those lessons […]

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Woodlake High School seeks Hall-of-Famers

Woodlake High School Foundation deadline for nominations is Jan. 15, 2018 @TheSunGazette WOODLAKE – The first group of Hall of Fame recipients were enshrined at the Spring Foundation dinner in 2017. Now it is time to add to the list with their second class of Hall of Fame inductees. The WHS Foundation Spring dinner on […]

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Exeter Unified pilots 18 “flexible” classrooms with rolling desks, bean bag chairs, 360-degree whiteboards

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Teaching elementary students can be a little routine and rigid. Teachers feel as if they are constantly dealing with non academic issues such as missing pencils, lost papers, cluttered desks and antsy students. Not only are these things distracting to students but they are taxing for teachers who watch precious […]

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