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Lamorinda OoTM teams advance to World Finals
Two local high school Rotary teams and one middle school team will be heading to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, which will be held May 23-26, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
Submitted by Melissa Matosian

Wagner Ranch musical opens June 1
Wagner Ranch Elementary School will feature the ogre-iffic antics of Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Lord Farquaad, as well as all the hilarious fairy tale characters that will come to life during the spring musical production of "Shrek Jr." Friday, June 1 through Saturday, June ...Submitted by Kim Tarantino

Acalanes musical educator set to retire
Revered music instructor Norm Dea, who worked 35 years in the Acalanes Union High School District, will retire at the end of this school year. Instead of answering the bell in August on the first day of school, he will be vacationing in Kauai.
By John T. Miller

Lafayette School District 2018-19 Teacher of the Year receives special visit
Recently, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Scott Westphal's classroom at Burton Valley Elementary School in Lafayette. Westphal, a 34-year Lafayette School District teacher, was named by the district as their Teacher of the Year ...Submitted by Jonathan Lance

Recognizing that special spark - Orinda School District honors its teachers
Orinda has a long tradition celebrating the educators of its school district; after all, schools are the first reason people move to or stay in the city. This year the new superintendent of schools, Carolyn Seaton, has proposed a different, more systematic approach to ...Submitted by Sylvia Jorgensen

Moraga School District votes yes for storm drain fee
As the results from the vote regarding the ...By Sophie Braccini

City and schools work together for student safety on campus
The city and school boards continue to work ...By Pippa Fisher

Traffic dangers for students near schools
It was not an evening during which action would be taken, but the special joint meeting of the Lafayette City Council and the Lafayette School District board was nonetheless a good opportunity for dialog between the two bodies. And traffic was front and center once ...By Pippa Fisher

Learning farm to table techniques
Like keepers of the secrets to survival, a small percentage of students at Miramonte, Campolindo and Acalanes high schools are connected to garden projects where they learn the rudiments of seed production, cultivation and harvesting of food.
By John T. Miller

College Advisor
One of my specialty areas is graduate and professional school admissions and I work with many high school and college students who are hoping to one day attend medical, dental or vet school. For this short article, let's look more closely at medical school adm ...By Elizabeth LaScala

AUHSD schools take steps to combat stress and anxiety
Despite the fact that Americans are safer and more secure today than at any other point in human history - as reported by Taylor Clark in his book "Nerve" - anxiety and stress issues are at unprecedented highs at school campuses around the nation.
By John T. Miller

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