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St. Felicitas Students Show Off Their Stuff at School Science Fair PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 03 April 2014 14:58

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN DIONISIO

Eighth graders Catherine Rodriguez, Robert Aceret, and Noah Jacala took the top spots at St. Felicitas School’s annual Science Fair.

The St. Felicitas School in San Leandro recently held its annual science fair, with kids making up their own experiments in a variety of science fields and using their creativity to show off the results.

Taking first place in the eighth-grade division was Catherine Rodriguez, whose project was titled “Fighting Friction,” and focused on whether rubber or latex tires would make a car prototype run more efficiently.

Second-place winner Robert Aceret’s project was called “The Personality of Heated Air” and focused on how air is affected by temperature.

Third-place winner Noah Jacala’s  project was titled “Let’s Practice,” and his focus was to find out if practicing basketball shots could make a player perfect.

In the seventh-grade division, Joie Daos took first place with a look at what vitamins were in  different types of breakfast cereal. Second-place winner Alex Berger’s project was about how to get animals to respond to using food for reward, similar to the famous Pavlov’s dogs experiment.

And, third-place winner Alicia Lucero’s project was titled “The Amazing Soil Race.”  The purpose was to find out if the type of soil affects a plant’s growth rate.


 
San Leandro’s Finest Visits St. Felicitas PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:22

032014schOfficer Dennis Malley, an alumnus of St. Felicitas recently came to the school to talk about what the police deparment does for the community. Malley works with a canine partner and later the dog also came for a visit, which the kids enjoyed, according to St. Felicitas volunteer Susan Dionisio.

 

 

PHOTO COURTESTY OF SUSAN DIONISIO


 
Three SLHS Business Students Headed to Atlanta PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:19

032014sch2Three San Leandro High students have the business chops to make it to an international competition.

Over 30 students in San Leandro High School’s DECA class recently competed in a statewide conference held in Anaheim.

And Meryl Cantoria, Juny Nguyen, and Sharon Phan are moving on to compete in the organization’s international conference, which is being held in May in Atlanta.

n Cantoria, Ngyuen, and Phan will represent the SLHS Academy for Business and Finance and compete with 17,000 students from around the world.

San Leandro DECA is a student business organization and has been around since the 1980s.

SLHS DECA prepares students in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management, according to advisor Mary Styner.

DECA is an international association of students that has been promoting professionalism and business experiences in high schools for over 60 years.

At the state event, students presented business plans to various industry professionals who volunteered as judges.

In addition to the three students who are moving on, five more placed in the top 10 in their categories: Ahira Foster, Tim Perez, Nick Serrato, Ismael Rico, and Diana Li.

“DECA helped me find my passion for business and marketing,” said Perez.

Fellow student Kamarri Williams agreed.

“DECA has given me the opportunity to not only excel in a future business endeavor but has also helped me gain confidence and fueled my fire to win,” Williams said.

CAPTION: San Leandro High DECA students Juny Nguyen, Meryl Cantoria, and Sharon Phan created such great buisness plans that they are headed to compete at the international level at a DECA conference in May.

PHOTO COURTESY OF NANCY GALLEN


 
San Leandro Students to Get More Computers in Classes PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:18

The San Leandro School District recently launched a pilot program that will add computers to classrooms and make sure all teachers are trained in technology.

A group of 75 teachers have been selected as “instructional innovators” and will be trained to integrate more computer-focused lessons in their classrooms and then they will help the rest of the teachers in the district to use the technology, said assistant superintendent Dr. Rosanna Mucetti,

The pilot teachers are from all grade levels and represent every school in the district. Mucetti said that they had over 100 applicants to join the program.

“It’s a very diverse group, and very enthusiastic,” said Mucetti.

The campaign is to help bring the students in line with California’s “common core” standards, which are guidelines about where every student should be academically. Among the goals of the common core are critical thinking, problem solving, working and communicating in groups, and being competent with computers –  what the district calls “digital literacy.”

In kindergarten through third grade, there will be one iPad for every two students and more desktop computers will be added to classrooms, and in fourth grade through high school there will be one Google Chromebook laptop per every two students and some iPads as well, Mucetti said.

The program will cost about $500,000, including stipends for teacher training and software and is being funded with state money.

Mucetti added that it is important that the kids become technologically inclined not just because that is the wave of the future, but for a very practical reason –  all state standardized test for grades three and up are no longer going to be paper and pencil, they will be taken online.

“It’s 21st century teaching and learning,” Mucetti said.

The training of the pilot group of teachers is going on now and every classroom in the district should be tech-friendly by the beginning of the next school year, Mucetti said.

“It’s a very exciting time,” said Mucetti. “It’s a big leap for San Leandro schools.”

–By Amy Sylvestri


 
Kids Get T-shirts for Field Trips PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:15

The San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) recently announced a partnership with West Coast Sporting Goods – the store has agreed to donate its printing services and now kids in fourth grade will get free t-shirts to wear on their various field trips.

Each spring, fourth graders  have a camp and special field trips. In 2013, SLED funded $27,000 in outdoor education programs benefitting over 650 students from all eight San Leandro elementary schools.

SLED is a non-profit that raises money for the city’s schools.

“Our schools need our help,” said Jeff Fingerut, owner of West Coast Sporting Goods, “And donating the labor for this project was an easy way for my business to make a contribution.”

The elementary schools will be going on a variety of outdoor education field trips this spring including Muir Woods, the state capitol, and more.

The bright green-colored t-shirts are popular with the students.

“We have already received many heartfelt notes from fourth graders thanking us for the fun t-shirts,” said SLED director Morgan Mack-Rose

 

 
Bancroft Celebrates Career Day PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:58

031314n5The students at Bancroft Middle School recently got a taste of their future when they celebrated career day.

The kid got to talk with people from a lot of different career backgrounds, including a former Baltimore Oriole, a Dreamworks executive, an award-winning journalist, doctors, and more.

Student Dahlahnee Robinson  especially enjoyed a culinary demonstration by Regional Occupation Program students, who showed to how to make whipped cream.

“It seems pretty fun and interesting,” Robinson said. She added that she would like to consider a career in forensic investigation in the future.

Student Corey Bolar spoke with several presenters who were there from the government. He said he was interested in learning more about government on all levels – city, state, and federal.

As for the future, Bolar said he’d like to be a sports writer.

Once the kids went back to their classrooms, they got to listen to more detailed talks from the presenters.

Councilwoman Ursula Reed talked about how the city government works. The SLPD was  also on hand to show off their SWAT truck.

The kids got an opportunity to check out careers in dozens of field and most of the presenters live right here in San Leandro, which gives the kids an idea of what they can grow up to be.

“It’s just a great day all around and he kids learn a lot,” said Principal Jonathan Ferrer.

– By Amy Sylvestri

CAPTION: Bancroft Middle School student Jordan Harris got to check out an Emmy award that was won by local ABC journalist Laura Kutch at the school’s career day.

PHOTO BY AMY SYLVESTRI


 
Chinese Christian Schools Students Advance to State Tournament PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 14:56

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Students from the Chinese Christian Schools in San Leandro celebrate after placing first and second in the Odyssey of the Mind Tournament.

Three teams of students from Chinese Christian Schools, San Leandro, placed either first or second in their divisions at the Odyssey of the Mind SF Bay Regional Tournament on Saturday, March 1, in Concord.

OM is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the United States and 25 other countries compete.

The California State Tournament will take place on April 5 in Brentwood. The top team then moves on to the World Finals 2014 competition.

 

 
St. Felicitas Olympics PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014 14:56

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PHOTO COURTESY OF SUSAN DIONISIO

The games in Sochi might be over, but the kindergartners at St. Felicitas School are still celebrating the Olympic spirit. During their P.E. classes the kids broke off into international teams and enjoyed an afternoon of sports.


 
SLHS Students Bring Joy of Reading To Kids at McKinley and Jefferson PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:50

022714sch3The Social Advocacy class at San Leandro High raises awareness of social issues and affecting change in our community and the world.

For this year’s Season of Service, Period of Peace project, The Social Advocacy students at SLHS are organizing a book drive for the kindergarten students at Jefferson and McKinley elementary schools. The class geared the project towards reading and literacy.

The high school students were surprised to learn that school libraries at these elementary schools are currently closed, so they wanted to create a project that would both encourage reading and give students access to more books.

The Social Advocacy students, along with parents and teachers, will also address the San Leandro School Board about literacy and equality for all students.

They plan to collect over 1,000 books, distribute them to the kindergarteners at Jefferson and McKinley elementary schools, and read to the kindergarten classes while dressed as superheroes. This fun and exciting project is designed to promote the importance of reading and encourage the students to read more on their own free time.

Their motto is “Be A Superhero; Don’t Let Illiteracy Be Your Kryptonite.” They believe elementary school students, especially, are in a crucial place for developing the basic skills of learning and growing.

The students say this project can only be successful if everyone helps by donating new kindergarten children books or giving a money donation that would go towards book purchases. Individuals can send kindergarten-level, new book donations to San Leandro High School, Att.: Jill Synnott, 2200 Bancroft Ave, San Leandro, CA, 94577.  Cash Donations are being accepted at the San Leandro High’s school bank. Checks can be made out to SLHS (Memo: SA Book Drive).

For  more information about this project and donations, contact Jill Synnott at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 618-4800, ext. 2105.

CAPTION: San Leandro High students recently read with the kids at McKinley Elementary School.


 
John Muir Goes Gettysburg PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:52

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Students from John Muir Middle School recently participated in filmmaker Ken Burns’s public outreach campaign – he challenged students nationwide to learn the Gettysburg Address.

Burns called on students and all Americans to recite the Gettysburg Address to honor its 150th Anniversary and in anticipation for his film, The Address. These students joined the ranks of President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and other notable figures, in reciting the Gettysburg Address for a public outreach campaign.

Burns upcoming film, The Address,  is about a small school in Vermont for young boys with a range of learning problems. Over the last 30 years the school has used the address as a way for them to learn and overcome many of these differences.

 

 
Corvallis Celebrates Black History Month PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:47

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PHOTO BY AMY SYLVESTRI

The students at Corvallis Elementary School held their annual Black History Month celebration earlier this month. The school choir (above) sang a song about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and African American speakers including firefighters, entrepreneurs, and athletes visited classrooms to talk about their accomplishments. This is the tenth year the school has held the event.

 
Assumption Students Go Global PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:22

022014sch1The kids at Assumption School got to travel the world without leaving their campus recently, as the school held its third annual Go Global International Day.

The school gym was transformed with booths featuring Denmark, Portugal, Greece, Israel, Brazil and dozens of other nations.

Organizer Anjali Atal-Gupta rallied parent volunteers from all over the world to put together the displays and the kids learned about the different cultures.

“It’s an exciting day,” said Atal-Gupta. “The kids get a lot out of it.”

Most of the parents were either from the county they were presenting or had lived there for some time.

Nwanneka Anene, father of an Assumption sixth grader, is from Nigeria and talked to the students about the religions and culture of that county

“A lot of people don’t know that Nigeria is the most populous black nation in the world,” said Anene. “It’s nice to have the kids learn.”

There were also dance performances, a fashion show, and food from all over the world for the kids to try.

Over 30 countries were represented, up from only a handful when Assumption first held the Go Global event. Atal-Gupta says they’ll have even more next year.

“It’s a great way to see how diverse we are and a fun day for everyone,” Atal-Gupta said.

– By Amy Sylvestri

CAPTION: Aidan Galvan played a traditional African drum with parent volunteer Elena Jahovach.

PHOTO BY AMY SYLVESTRI