Saturday, January 29, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
It *is* on live now 1/25/11. The sound is bad though on livestream, so turn down the sound on livestream, and listen live at http://www.kvhs.com/main.htm . The lips don't match as there is a radio delay but the sound is perfect.
I couldn't watch it on livestream this time as the audio was so bad, so I turned to the radio. Thanks to the staff /students at KVHS at Clayton Valley High, the sound quality was excellent, and I was able to run errands and even go to the store during the meeting and listen in on my car radio! When I heard there were 80 speakers, I knew I couldn't watch it, but I am hoping to get to the next meeting live.
Did anyone learn anything new through the speakers? Or any sparks? Theresa Harrington was tweeting but I don't see any new tweets since about 8:20pm. I'm sure she'll recap later .
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Go to Gary Eberhart's MDUSD.net blog for live streaming to view the meeting :
Also, you can see the agenda HERE and also see the presentation (powerpoint) online. AGENDA
Theresa Harrington (Times) posted a side by side comparison of the Mt. Diablo schools recommended for closure. You can view that HERE.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Let's keep our kids safe!
ANONYMOUS TIP LINE
MDUSD Safe School Form
Now, related to this, and to Claycord's post about the increased patrols at, at least one, MDUSD high school campus today due to gang activity - I do wonder why they don't advise parents. Do they tell the kids anything on campus at all? (if they do, they should definately also be filling in the parents) I ask because, in a timely coincidence UCSC (UC Santa Cruz) is reported to be on high alert after "threatening" graffiti was found on campus last month. They've increased training, patrols and presence, as well as alerting the community.
Well, we've heard that there was graffiti at MDHS this weekend (threatening? Not sure) But in a "gang" retaliation type situation, should students/families be told? It's finals week though..... how many would stay home?
Here's the story from ABC News on UCSC:
UCSC on high alert
Monday, January 17, 2011
This came from a reader, and I thought it would be great to get some discussion going. My dream? Wouldn't it be fabulous if there was an online option for supplementary coursework? What about classes your kids couldn't get into , or aren't offered at your home school? How about summer school? Need a class? Take it online over the summer! Could it be in the future? Well if education ever wants to meet the new age in technology it will! Our educational system needs an upgrade and needs to reach into the 21st century. Our kids deserve it. Let's utilize all options available to educate our kids.
Flex was approved by the County Board of Education in October. It will be an innovative and state-of-the-art school in the Mt. Diablo School District attendance area and is tuition free.
Students will be in school during regular school hours.
Flex offers the following:
- A school facility designed with learning in mind
- California-credentialed teachers and computer-assisted instruction. This provides teachers the opportunity to facilitate discussions, mentor students, and tutor those who need help.
- The program provides a consistent curriculum and frees up teachers to hold small group discussions and implement small group projects.
- A complete college prep curriculum that meets University of California “a-g” requirements and the core classes all have Honors/AP options.
- A wide selection of electives like Computer Programming, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and Anthropology, just to name a few.
- Unlike most traditional schools, there just needs to be one student interested to offer an elective class - no minimum class sizes needed.
- Here is a list of courses http://www.k12.com/courses/high-school-courses/high-school-course-list/
- College and career planning and placement tools
- Science and Art labs
- The ability to participate in school clubs, activities and sports teams
- Offline materials and textbooks to supplement the learning experience as well as a laptop for each student's use.
- A self-pacing curriculum where a student can slow down when needed or move ahead if ready. Students will have small break-out sessions with a teacher to go over certain concepts they may be struggling with or to delve deeper into curriculum where they excel.
- The online instruction provides teachers daily assessments of a students progress and the faculty will meet weekly to review the data and develop individual plans for students based on their progress.
The people behind the organization are well-respected and experienced with charter schools.
Here is Mark Kushner's information, feel free to call him with questions:
555 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-1228
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Here's the video from CBS5: School Cuts Protest
And from Channel 7 KGO: Parents rally to keep high performing schools from closing
Good job Monte Gardens, and Gary!
Gary made certainly made an interesting point. We used to have 50,000 students in the district, and now only 32,000 with declining enrollment. Certainly seems school closures make sense, and it's hard to imagine just 3 schools will be enough.
You can review the Request for Proposal (RFP) here. I saw this the other day, and it didn't really sink in until now. 900k for irrigation? I know there must be more to this. But WOWSA. Bids are due later this month.
Here is an explanation from Gary Eberhart regarding the value of this system:
This is another step in our effort to make strategic investments in our facilities that will pay dollars into the general fund. This is a web based irrigation control system that will take into account weather forecasts when deciding whether or not to turn on the irrigation system. There were already systems that wouldn't water if it was raining. Now there are systems that can determine if rain is coming. For instance, if there is a 70% chance of rain tomorrow, do we really need to water lawns today? This is likely to save us a couple hundred thousand dollars per year that we are currently spending on water which comes directly out of the general fund.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Thank you Gary. Im happy he's able to continue this service for all of us.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sherry has started her new blog. Today she has posted about the Governor's budget. Check it out. Be nice!
Thank you Sherry! I, for one, appreciate the efforts of some of our board members to communicate with us.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
The recommendation for closure will be brought officially to the Board for consideration at the Tuesday, January 25th board meeting, with the final decision to be made at the February 8th board meeting.
Read it all here at Mr. Eberhart's blog: MDUSD BLOG
Friday, January 7, 2011
One thing they do have is the draft of the 2011-2012 calendar approved by MDEA and set forth for approval by the board. You'll be glad to know the proposal has kids starting back on a Weds, August 31. The last day is listed as June 13th, another Weds. Thank goodness they're not going to do this stupid end school on a Monday thing again! See draft 2011-2012 calendar here.
Tuesday, January 11th
Dent Center, Carlotta Dr, Concord
There are a lot of special ed items on this agenda. Take a look at this blog post by Mt Diablo Unified Community Advisory Committee on Special Education (CAC). They need your help.
The governor is set to release his budget Monday and all indications so far is that it is going to be U-G-L-Y. Theresa Harrington of the Times recaps some concerns and the discussions at Wednesday nights PAC meeting. You can see that HERE.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Will you attend?
Remember you can find minutes, agendas and even the pros and cons for each scenario that the committee considered here on their webpage: School Closure Advisory Committee - MDUSD
And as a reminder of the 3 scenarios the board will be considering, here is a screen capture/excerpt of the December 13th minutes you can view at the link above.
Board Room, MDUSD Dent Center
P.S. If you are on the PAC, would you be willing to email a recap tonight? I can include your name, or you can be anonymous -I am unable to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. THANKS! I welcome contributions from others in the community.