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TCOE Pena Planetarium offers three shows in March

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – The Sam B. Peña Planetarium, operated by the Tulare County Office of Education, is offering three evening public shows on select Friday evenings in March. On March 1, the planetarium will air “Dawn of the Space Age.” From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik to the magnificent lunar landings and privately-operated […]

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Lindsay High School to get new turf fields

Football field at Frank Skadan Stadium to be resurfaced in two years, a nearly $2 million project By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN LINDSAY – The turf at Lindsay High School’s Frank Skadan Stadium will be the first to be replaced during a two-year resurfacing project this spring, a project scheduled to cost the Lindsay Unified School District […]

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University Prep High School students experience college courses while on a college campus

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – There is still time for parents of students in 9th, 10th or 11th grades who are interested in obtaining more information about the University Preparatory High School (UPHS). UPHS held the first of two information nights last Thursday, Feb. 7 at College of the Sequoias (COS). At the meeting, administrators were on-hand […]

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10 year building project ends as two new buildings open at ERCLC

@TheSunGazette EXETER – It has been 10 years in the process, but on Monday the Eleanor Roosevelt Community Learning Center (ERCLC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony to open up two new permanent buildings at the school. ERCLC, a resource for homeschooled families and students, has been operating in temporary buildings since 2000. Located west of […]

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‘No One Eats Alone’ at Wilson Middle School

By Patrick Dillon @PDillon_SGN EXETER – It is ironic that in this age of constant connectivity through technology real human connections are becoming rarer especially, for youth. That is why Wilson Middle School is hosting their first No One Eats Alone Day this Friday, Feb. 15, along schools in all 50 states. The special event is […]

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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

By Jerrold Jensen In a perfect world, every student would graduate from high school with the skills necessary to either enter college or embark on some other career. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.  However, the California Department of Education does have a wide ranging composite measurement that establishes the percent of graduates […]

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Redwood High School student threatens to ‘kill as many people as possible’

Student, 18, admitted to writing the message on the wall of the boys bathroom at Redwood High School @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Redwood High School senior was arrested Monday for writing that he would “kill as many people as possible” on the bathroom wall if the school was not evacuated on Feb. 5. At 5:30 […]

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El Diamante High School students plan to gather 2,500 pairs of shoes by March 15 as part of global movement

By Nancy Vigran  Reporter for The Sun-Gazette VISALIA – El Diamante students are in need of shoes. Not for themselves. For small business owners in developing nations to repurpose. Members of the student body are collecting new or gently-used shoes as part of a Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) fundraiser. The shoe drive is already […]

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High School Graduation Rates and the Dropout Factor

By Jerrold Jensen Where have all the high school dropouts gone? Every one of the 16 large “mainstream” high schools in Tulare County reported that over 94% of their students graduated in 2018. So, what changed? Examining Visalia’s Mt. Whitney High School may simplify the explanation. In the fall of 2014 they enrolled 440 freshmen […]

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County program gets $400K grant to curb underage drinking, traffic deaths

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – A Tulare County-based organization dedicated to reversing the trend of underage drinking, smoking, drug use, and traffic safety issues statewide will now have some major funding backing its efforts. The California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP) announced last month it was awarded a $400,000 grant to support Friday Night […]

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