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Monika June 27, 2014 at 11:16 am
I'm happy with that choice comparing to other proposed, although additional week off in OctoberRead More doesn't really make that much sense in my view since soon after we have Thanksgiving. I'd rather see winter or spring break extended to make it more flexible for eventual travel. Also seeing how much time kids take after the short 1 week breaks to readjust back to school schedule I don't think adding one week between summer and thanksgiving give them a benefit rather than knock them off the track again... I didn't like the idea of shorter summer initially, but since it's just one week I don't believe it makes such a huge difference on vacation plans, reunions etc.
Jen A. June 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm
I am happy the schedule has changed but I would have preferred a more modified version than just oneRead More week difference as well. I think the board did this as a happy medium between those on board and those not.
Rachel Harold July 8, 2014 at 07:27 am
I don't get it and I work for the district! It was NOT done for the because the teachers wanted it.Read More This is something the board decided on. In 2012/13 year the teachers where I work did a paper survey on this and I think 1 teacher voted to change the school year. I can't believe that that many of them changed their minds in a year. I guess we will just have to wait and see if this is better. Other districts have done this and then gone back so ...so can we.
Jen A. June 7, 2014 at 08:23 am
Love this idea! Fingers crossed a modified schedule is implemented!!
Liz Kerton June 9, 2014 at 05:39 pm
survey: http://go.pleasantonusd.net/community_survey
Autumn Johnson June 27, 2014 at 06:16 am
Pleasanton School Board Approves Calendar Change for 2015-16 School YearRead More http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/schools/p/pleasanton-school-board-approves-calendar-change-for-201516-school-year
Justin Im's winning poster.
Jim June 3, 2014 at 03:47 pm
John. I disagree I could not paint this and I'm an adult. Maybe you have the art gene and could doRead More this or even better. For a third grader it looks great. Especially to make it from his head and not copy it. Good job
John R June 3, 2014 at 04:07 pm
The quality of the painting is not even my main point. The boy won an award for this painting fromRead More the "Growing Up Asian in America program". Clearly, they got the wrong ethnicity of the boy unless the program was actually "Growing Up Spanish in America program"
Dr Tom June 3, 2014 at 07:41 pm
How about a "growing up white in an increasingly asian america" program? My PC gene almostRead More made me not write that
Screenshot of the Foothill Lip Dub on YouTube.
Donna Fleming June 3, 2014 at 11:11 am
Great job. School Spirit. Former Foothill HS parent. !
Diane Griego June 8, 2014 at 08:18 am
This is the kind of no boundary liberal mentality that has damaged this once great country.Read More Tolerance has replaced morality and has killed more people from imitation sex then any bullying ever has. But it is easier to go along as any coward can do but it takes courage and listening to your conscience to speak against what your heart is telling you is wrong.
Bobby Dee June 9, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Great video...and Diane....ummmm what?!
Dr Tom June 3, 2014 at 08:06 pm
Stop whining and just retake the tests. In this world, stuff happens. Deal with it.
John R June 3, 2014 at 08:35 pm
This is actually a big deal. Students study and put in a great amount of work to study for the APRead More tests. Weeks later, when they are already in relaxation mode waiting for the final few days of school to end, they have completely forgot the content on the test. What a shame that the test proctors could not follow simple directions to administer the test properly.
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Dawn Urbanek June 10, 2014 at 07:01 pm
We have to make people aware that our State is run by public employee Unions and we need court casesRead More like today which ruled that the California Teacher Tenure rules are unconstitutional so that we can change laws and vote people out of office who do not represent the interests of the public who pay the taxes.
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:19 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | <a href='http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/' > http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com/home.html</a>
Spencer James July 11, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Something that is interesting to note is that high school grads are going to four year universitiesRead More and studying subject that isn't marketable. While on the other hand you have people getting vocational training at vocational schools that essentially guarantees them a job out of school that will make them 'x' amount of money. So it isn't that college degrees are worthless, some are. It is also said that sometimes trade school is the right choice! Spencer James | http://www.newmexicodentalassisting.com
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Jim Coley April 30, 2014 at 07:33 am
Makes sense. As long as we keep eroding and buffering the standards , our Politicians and SchoolRead More Boards will one day have a 100% Graduation Certificate to hang on their "I Love Me" walls!! Truth is , we as a nation spend more money per student than any other Nation in the world on primary education only to have our "graduates" rank 14th in the world......right behind Iceland.So before we run around the building and shake hands with ourselves, maybe we should take a moment to ponder some new innovations in education and stop throwing money into an endless pit!
Autumn Johnson June 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm
School District Asking for Parent Input for Possible Change to Instructional CalendarRead More http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/schools/p/school-district-asking-for-parent-input-for-possible-change-instructional-calendar
Ruth Miller June 9, 2014 at 11:03 am
Many people assume that summer vacation came about because families and children had to tend toRead More their farms. Ohio’s top industry is, after all, agriculture. But just ask Assistant Professor Ken Gold with the City University of New York in Staten Island and he’ll tell you that’s not quite the case. There are a number of reasons summer vacation came about, but an agrarian calendar isn’t one of them. In fact, Gold said, “the earliest school years in the United States were very different based on whether they were urban or rural communities. Both, though, had summer terms.” Urban schools essentially ran year-round. For example, in 1842 New York City schools were in class for 248 days. Rural schools took the spring off to plant, and the autumn off to harvest. The summer isn’t actually the busiest time in agriculture. So how did the summer term come about? According to Gold, you can attribute summer vacation to the school reformers of the 19th century, for several reasons. Standardized school years. School reformers wanted to get rural and urban schools on the same schedule. Since rural areas had two terms – in the summer and winter – and urban schools ran year round, a compromise had to be struck. But, why summer? In rural areas, the summer term was seen as “weak.” Gold said the summer term in rural neighborhoods tended to be taught by young girls in their mid to late teens. On the other hand, schoolmasters, generally older males, taught the winter terms. Because of this, the summer terms were seen as academically weaker. In urban areas, rich families vacationed in the summer. City schools were trying to limit the school year in the mid-19th century anyway, to adjust to the schedules of wealthy families who would generally go on vacation in the summer. It’s hot in the summer. The school buildings of the 19th century weren’t exactly air-conditioned. Heat during the summer months would often become unbearable. Summer gives teachers time to train and get ready for next year. In the 19th century teachers didn’t really go to college or get certified, so Gold said they would use the summer months to train. Doctors thought kids would need a break. This idea isn’t given much medical credit these days, but Gold said back in the 19th century it was believed medically unsound for students to be confined to a classroom year-round. Given all that, school reformers decided the summer term was the best one to take off. “Once that summer vacation was created and really embedded in American culture and psyche, there is a number of economic interests that are centered around summer leisure, or summer leisure pursuits,” said Gold. (http://stateimpact.npr.org/ohio/2011/08/10/six-reasons-students-get-summer-off-and-the-agrarian-calendar-isnt-one-of-them/)
Autumn Johnson June 27, 2014 at 06:17 am
Pleasanton School Board Approves Calendar Change for 2015-16 School YearRead More http://pleasanton.patch.com/groups/schools/p/pleasanton-school-board-approves-calendar-change-for-201516-school-year
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