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Lorie honored as Moraga Teacher of the Year
On May 12, Contra Costa County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited the classroom of Amanda Lorie at Donald Rheem Elementary School. Lorie, a 10-year instructor, was recently named Moraga School District's Teacher of the Year. For the past ...Submitted by Jonathan Lance



Orinda Academy: A small school that offers big adventures for its students
Emma Greif enjoyed her "amazing" educational adventure in Japan just before spring break this year.
Greif is a sophomore at Orinda Academy, a small private high school. With just 100 ...
By Sora O'Doherty



Song, solar and social activism at Campo
Lafayette native Ben Ebert still talks and sometimes jams with friends and old band mates from Acalanes High School, but now calls Los Angeles home. Ebert is a professional musician - a drummer for the five-member band Trapdoor Social.
By Cathy Dausman




Diplomas for Saint Mary's College grads
Two batches of Saint Mary's College students, class of 2017, received their diplomas on the Moraga campus during ceremonies held over Memorial Day weekend.
An estimated 680 Saint Mary's ...




Students' creativity shines at Stanley's STEAM Expo
The Arts and Science community came together for one exciting night recently as Stanley Middle School hosted LPIE's STEAM. Expo.
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art ...
Submitted by Catherine Kauder



Stanley Middle School Jazz Ensemble ties for second best in the nation
The Stanley Middle School Jazz Messengers have tied for second best middle school jazz band in the nation and were recognized at a recent city council meeting, when Lafayette Mayor Mike Anderson proclaimed May 22 to be Stanley Jazz Messengers Day in the city.
By Pippa Fisher



El Toyonal to lose school bus service
The Lamorinda School Bus Program is planning to drop all school bus stops on the narrow, twisty El Toyonal Drive because the stops have been deemed unsafe and in violation of the California Vehicle Code.
By Sora O'Doherty



Teen Writes
There is no doubt that Lamorinda holds their ...By Cecilia Chang



Wagner Ranch Elementary Presents 'Alice in Wonderland JR'
Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature's most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures as Wagner Ranch Elementary presents "Alice in Wonderland JR" the first week in June.
Submitted by Laurie Schmitt



Writing college essays is a complicated task
It is important to understand some fundamental truths about college essays. First, many parents ask me if I can help their student with "The College Essay." These three words suggest a singular piece of writing. The average college applicant will tackle far more than ...By Elizabeth LaScala



Glorietta Elementary School stages Disney's 'Mulan Jr.'
Based on Disney's Oscar-nominated film, "Mulan Jr." is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and the fighting spirit. In this story, it is up to the misfit Mulan and her mischievous dragon sidekick, Mushu, to save the Emperor from the Huns. Mulan defies the ...Submitted by Hillary Weiner



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