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A Natural Connection

SCICON, UC Merced create field station for researchers at outdoor education camp @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Years before UC Merced welcomed students to its campus in 2005, Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak was envisioning a partnership with the university. Vidak saw the potential in connecting the university’s School of Natural Sciences and its Sierra […]

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EUHS baseball gets watering reprieve for new grass

City Council allows Baseball Boosters to water five days per week for two weeks at Lion’s Stadium By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER – The summer months are behind us, but the need for water is still very real for the Exeter Baseball Boosters. And they need more than most with renovations to the infield and […]

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1 in 5 Calif. teens seriously consider suicide

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson calls for school to recognize risk factors of suicide in students @TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO — One in five California high school students experience thoughts of suicide, with some schools having much higher rates of students with suicidal thoughts than others, according to a new study. The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, reveals […]

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Tulare County students sit near front of attendance rates

Tulare County’s chronic absenteeism rate is 12the lowest in the state, better than neighboring counties By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN SACRAMENTO — Last month the Sun-Gazette reported Tulare County high schools are graduating students at a higher rate than the state. Part of the reason is simple – they show up for class. Now a month […]

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Drawing Closer

Woodlake High School students create chalk art during Suicide Prevention Week By Patrick Dillon @pdillon_sgn WOODLAKE – More than 2,000 high school students commit suicide each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it has been on the rise over the past few years. Last year a Woodlake High School student […]

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Sequoia Union School throws ‘Barnyard Bash’

K-8 school in Lemon Cove holds its annual fall carnival on Oct. 6 @TheSunGazette LEMON COVE — The Sequoia Union Elementary School Parent Guild invites the community to attend its annual fall carnival, set for 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. This year’s “Barnyard Bash”-themed event will deliver traditional family fun, including bingo, a delicious deep-pit […]

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California adopts first-ever computer science standards

State Board of Ed. wants students to move from tech users to tech innovators @TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO — Students already read books, research projects and write reports on tablets and laptops at schools across the state. It’s about time we started teaching them how to make them instead of just how to use them. On Sept. […]

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Strathmore schools hire full-time officer

Three school districts split the cost of one deputy to serve as a school resource officer to five public schools in rural community @TheSunGazette STRATHMORE – Mass shootings. Cyber bullying. Drug addicition. Gang culture. Schools face many challenges in trying to keep students safe on their campuses. The most vital piece of school safety are […]

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Central Valley students ‘take seats’ in virtual K-12 school

Nearly 450 students attend online public school California Connections Academy @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Thousands of students across Central California opened their laptops and went back to school, virtually, last week. Nearly 450 of them from Tulare, Fresno, Kern, Kings and Inyo Counties are attending California Connections Academy @ Central, a high-quality, tuition-free, online public school serving […]

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Afterschool program now hiring college students

California Teaching Fellows seeks program leaders in Fresno, Madera, Merced and Tulare Counties @TheSunGazette FRESNO – College students interested in becoming teachers will have the opportunity to work at school sites and get paid to run afterschool programs. California Teaching Fellows Foundation (CTFF), a Central Valley non-profit that gives potential teachers valuable experience, announced last […]

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