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Published on April 29th, 2020
Schools and communities try to cheer up locked-down seniors
For most Americans, senior year of high school is fun and memorable. For the class of 2020, there is no doubt it will be a memorable year, but likely not a fun one. In Lamorinda, the high schools and communities are teaming up to deliver some fun to the homes of ...By Sora O'Doherty


Published on April 29th, 2020
School news: OUSD deals with possible wildfires, distance learning; summer school plans
The Orinda Union School District board met on April 13 via Zoom and dealt with two significant issues: how distance learning was going and how to protect students from wildfires when they return to school.
By Sora O'Doherty


Published on April 1st, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on our high school juniors and seniors
Without a doubt, your life has been already been impacted by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Social distancing, self-quarantine, voluntary or mandatory school and business closures clearly show we are not doing 'business as usual' in any shape or form. I have ...By Elizabeth LaScala


Published on March 18th, 2020
Thinking about graduate or professional school? Think about how to pay for it
As you consider a graduate or professional school program, think about how you will cover costs. If you are already in the workforce, are you willing to work full-time while pursuing a degree part-time? Your work experience might help you to succeed in the classroom, ...By Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D.


Published on March 18th, 2020
Voters prioritize schools; further cuts avoided with success of Measure L
No one was more pleased to cancel the March 4 school governing board meeting than the board members themselves. This was the meeting at which they were to have discussed cuts to school spending if Measure L - the parcel tax to secure additional funding for all district ...By Pippa Fisher


Published on March 4th, 2020
Careful reading of your financial aid award letters will pay off
College acceptance letters are often followed by more good news: financial aid award letters.
Ideally, your financial aid award letter should be organized so that you know:
By Elizabeth LaScala


Published on February 19th, 2020
What the fork? Campaign aims at getting rid of high school plastic utensils
Mabel Vo, president and founder of the Zero Waste Club at Campolindo High School, has collected about 500 metal forks to replace the plastic ones used on campus that wind up in the landfill. A similar plan last year was successful at Burton Valley Elementary School in ...By Sora O'Doherty



Amigos holiday fundraiser kicks off
Amigos de las Americas will hold its annual fundraising over the holiday season, selling Texas Ruby Red grapefruit ($30 a box), locally grown florist quality poinsettias ($15 each), and organic, fair-trade coffee from Latin America, whole bean or ground ($15 a pound). ...By John T. Miller



Fifth-grade students enjoy First Thanksgiving event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area
A part of the fifth-grade curriculum at Orinda elementary schools is a "First Thanksgiving" event at Wagner Ranch Nature Area. On different weeks, the students join naturalist Toris Jaeger in the event, during which they prepare a Thanksgiving feast, along with ...By Sora O'Doherty



When schools go dark during PG&E outages
The Acalanes Union High School District on Oct. 29 sent out a message to parents and students at Miramonte, Campolindo, and Acalanes high schools announcing that they had decided to keep schools open the following day despite power outages and poor air quality in the ...By Ania Keenan



Stanley Middle School's annual One Book-One School program reaches its 12th year
Each year Stanley Middle School's 1,300 students and staff come together to read a selected book for its One Book-One School program. This year's book is "Full Cicada Moon" by Marilyn Hilton. As part of the OBOS, every day for three weeks a staff member and a cross ...Submitted by Betsy Balmat



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