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From left: Sumaiya Mubarack, Lauren O’Brien, Angela Ding, Ben Rosenbaum, Lauren Bollinger
S. Bell-Warner June 7, 2014 at 11:07 am
Congrats to all the talented SMHS students for their journalism awards! Novato High School now alsoRead More has a student run newspaper, NHS Press, that debuted in May. Check out more articles at nhspress.weebly.com, or for info. email nhspress123@gmail.com
Bob Ratto June 7, 2014 at 04:54 pm
Great job, kids!
novato 3per June 17, 2014 at 01:11 pm
A reference to the IJ's undying love and consistent endorsement of incumbent politicians
M. Manzano May 13, 2014 at 07:06 am
Too bad spending money takes importance over ensuring graduates are literate. A school cafeteriaRead More costing $3,000,000.? Thank people like me who work, pay ever increasing taxes to the state, foot the bill, and can't afford their own health coverage. The Democrat machine rolls on.
Bob May 13, 2014 at 09:32 am
M.Manzano... don't worry about the cost, proposition "A" just passed so there is plenty ofRead More funding. After all there is only 2M left after the state kicked in 700 K.
Hopkin May 13, 2014 at 09:48 am
Bob, don't forget, we're not up to 10% sales tax yet, so we still need to extend Measure F and comeRead More up with another 2 or 3 tax measures.
Al Nymous April 25, 2014 at 09:10 am
Looks expensive, what was the price tag? Does this help the starving teachers?.. I guess bringing aRead More bag lunch is too complicated these days.
Marie Rios March 22, 2014 at 08:06 am
My son attends SJMS and really loved this. Lots of great colleges and some he would not have evenRead More considered. The college conversation is starting which is pretty cool. Thank you for all the teachers and staff that put this together.
Natalie Dybeck, Lauren O’Brien, Therese Cullen, Chloe Cheng, Lauren Bollinger
Trish Boorstein February 8, 2014 at 10:21 am
Congratulations Chloe and the other girls! What an honor and privilege. Remember the only obstaclesRead More you ever encounter in journalism are self imposed.
Chloe Cheng February 8, 2014 at 06:55 pm
"We Do Not Live in a Post-Racial Age", "San Marin Shifts Its Views Toward the LGBTRead More Community", and "What's Up? The Spiritual Spectrum of San Marin" can be found in the November issue of San Marin's student-run newspaper, The Pony Express: http://issuu.com/sanmarinponyexpress/docs/the_official_book The Global Glimpse and Amigos De Las Americas articles can be found in the September issue: http://issuu.com/sanmarinponyexpress/docs/homecoming_book
Sylvia Barry February 9, 2014 at 12:36 am
Thanks, Chloe, for sharing these wonderful articles. The Journalism teacher, Mr. Scott MacLeod, didRead More a wonderful job teaching and guiding his students. Please support San Marin Pony Express. https://www.facebook.com/SanMarinPonyExpress
Tina McMillan May 24, 2013 at 10:14 am
How do these changes effect the assumptions made throughout the year. For example: "Even withRead More the passage of Proposition 30, NUSD is projected to deficit spend $2.9 million in the 2013-14 year." then later "A recommendation to staff at 22:1 at K-3 grades is included in the recommended budget savings. With the early retirement incentive for certificated employees and teacher resignations, an estimated savings of $900,000 will be achieved without any reduction in staff through the layoff process." and then again "Total budget savings and enhancements as recommended by the Committee amounted to $2.2 million. In addition to the change in staffing ratios, an increase in state revenues is expected in the amount of $700,000 based on an expected Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 1.65%. Again, the power point presented on February 12 can be found here." The CFO Corner blogs are informative but as they go from one budget assumption to the next and the next and the next we vacillate between multimillion dollar shortfalls, teacher lay offs and assumptions that any school choice will ultimately lead to school closure. It would be helpful if there was some reconciliation between budget meetings to show exactly how much we need to increase our budget in order to avoid going into our reserves; how much we have in cash in our reserves and how the value of the San Marin property might increase reserves or provide workforce housing to teachers; how school choice can be implemented rather than discouraged; how it is that the old curriculum which was touted as being exceptional will be changed to match new core standards; what the cost will be of introducing curriculum changes that include less fictional material as well as new testing; and as much as possible data presented that can be easily understood.
TAK March 12, 2013 at 07:42 pm
Terry is an exceptional leader and person. She has made PV the special place that it is. She hasRead More instilled a love of learning for our kids, has created an amazing sense of community and pride and has made huge strides for advancing GATE strategies. She will be a hard act to follow and will be sorely missed.
Edwin Drake March 24, 2013 at 06:15 am
Thank god!
NovatoAVID April 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Great school...with strong parent support
Gram March 1, 2013 at 11:59 am
Wonderful!! And thank you to Ray Mayoral.....
henry March 1, 2013 at 01:27 pm
"When I was a student at San Marin I had to sit under the trees in the rain and the wind andRead More eat my breakfast burrito. Sometimes my hot dog would be 5 degrees colder by the time I got to the overhang by the gym to sit down on the cold concrete at lunch. Nowadays, these kids these days have actual seats! A room to eat in. They even have fruit and salads!" Anonymous SM student :)
Susan Wreden March 1, 2013 at 02:35 pm
When I was at San Marin they sold donuts and other junk food, there were soda machines, candyRead More machines, and there was a student smoking area!
K8Teacher February 26, 2013 at 11:57 am
Announced in 2009, the Common Core State Standards Initiative, sponsored by the National GovernorsRead More Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, is the latest development in what is now a 20-year trend in which states are being held to standards-based mandatory tests of student achievement. The initiative's purpose is to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them." The standards are supposed to be relevant to the real world, reflect the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers, and place them in a position in which they can compete in a global economy. Some supportive funding is coming from the governors and state schools chiefs, with additional support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and others.
K8Teacher February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm
These new Standards were developed by states and for states; built upon strengths and lessonsRead More learned in states and the experiences of teachers, content experts, and leading thinkers; and feedback from the general public. They were informed by other top performing countries, and grounded in research and evidence. The CCSS were developed for English-language arts and mathematics, kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Tina McMillan February 26, 2013 at 02:41 pm
The Skills Stranglehold by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. February 21st, 2013Read More http://blog.coreknowledge.org/2013/02/21/the-skills-stranglehold/ "It’s not like it wasn’t obvious already, but today’s Metlife Survey of the American Teacher confirms that the nation’s teachers are demoralized. How could it be otherwise, with pressure to build the Common Core plane while flying it and also facing new evaluation and accountability requirements? I don’t want to brush off any of these very real problems, but I do want to suggest that they are not the heart of the matter. Fundamentally, the problem educators face is freeing themselves from the skills stranglehold. It is preventing them from understanding the Common Core standards, preventing them from meeting their own goals as professionals, and preventing them from closing achievement gaps between poor and privileged students. We see evidence of it everywhere, especially in the MetLife survey. Nine in ten teachers and principals say they are knowledgeable about the Common Core standards, and a majority of teachers say they are already using them a great deal. At the same time, teachers, especially in later grades, are not all that confident about the effect the Common Core will have." The report states (p. 65): Preparing Students for College and Careers A Survey of Teachers, Students, Parents and Fortune 1000 Executives http://eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED519278.pdf
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