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WCCUSD e-Weekly April 23, 2004
April 23, 2004
On Tuesday, Hanna Ranch School participated in the city of Hercules earthquake drill. The drill consisted of simulated injuries, rescues, evacuation and fire. For photos and details see http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/news/drill042004.htm

UC DAVIS BAND PERFORMING IN PINOLE APRIL 26 On Monday, April 26, the UC Davis Aggie band will visit Pinole Valley High School. The band will meet and play with members of the PVHS Symphonic Band and the Hercules High School Symphonic Band, culminating in a joint performance in the PVHS gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. The Davis band will perform earlier in the day, 1:30 p.m., at Grant Elementary School. Five members of the Davis band will rehearse with the Kensington Elementary School band at 1 p.m. One of those members is a former Kensington School student.

Following an exchange of letters, an army lieutenant fresh from Iraq and a class of Collins second-graders got together this week for a game of kickball and to discuss a common interest. Read more at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/news/camouflage042104.htm

WEST COUNTY READS POSTER CONTEST DEADLINE MAY 8 West County Reads is holding its third annual poster contest for children 5 to 12 years old. The deadline is 5 p.m. May 8. Information packets have been delivered to district schools. Information is also available by calling 559-3026.

A college admissions workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, in the Pinole Valley High School library. This event is co-sponsored by PTSA & West County Adult Education. Call Robin at
223-2801 for more information.

The district will hold an orientation for the state preschool program from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, in the Richmond High School Theater.
The program will feature information, awards for students and parents, prizes and gifts for children and adults, and entertainment for children. For more information call 234-3807.

FOOD, FUN, GAMES AT WEST COUNTY EARTH DAY Food, games, live music, recycling plant tours, and information on protecting the earth and your health will be featured at the 5th annual West County Earth Day Festival, Saturday April 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information see

EL CERRITO EARTH DAY INCLUDES SCHOOL CLEANUP School campuses, along with parks and creeks, will benefit when volunteers tackle a variety of clean-up projects in El Cerrito April 24 as the city celebrates Earth Day. Work beings at various locations including Portola and Castro Schools at 9 a.m. Starting at noon, a free barbecue lunch will be served at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, for all volunteers. Learn more at
http://www.el-cerrito.org/news/view_article.php?id=91 or call Janet Abelson at 525-7709.

The City of Richmond will host the final of three concerts in the Oakland East Bay Symphony West County Concert Series 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.
Music Director Michael Morgan will conduct.

Elementary school teachers, learn how your existing garden activities can link to the California Content Standards in science, math, and language arts at a workshop 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27 at Ellerhorst Elementary School in Pinole. For more information call 231-9430 or visit http://www.thewatershedproject.org/flyers/ccco_standard_inservice_spr.pdf

Children from Pinole-area schools were honored for their reading accomplishments at a presentation April 22 at the Pinole City Council Chambers.

224 children from Pinole Tiny Tots, Tara Hills, Seaview, Ellerhorst, Stewart, Collins, Shannon and St. Josephs kept track of the books they read (or, for younger students, listened to) for six weeks, beginning on Read Across America Day. All children who participated received a certificate, with the most prolific reader at each grade level receiving a Cat in the Hat figurine. The event is called the ACATemy Awards in honor of the Dr. Seuss character.

The annual event is organized by Pinole City Councilwoman Betty Boyle.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR STORYTELLING FESTIVAL MAY 22, 23 District students will participate in the Bay Area Storytelling Festival again this year. The festival is held in Kennedy Grove in El Sobrante.
Pinole Valley High choir members and jazz musicians will perform Saturday and Sunday mornings, and more than 600 elementary students will attend the festival study trip on Friday, May 21. As they have for the past several years, De Anza and Hercules High students will volunteer for behind-the-scenes duties that weekend. Other secondary student organizations interested in assisting and earning community service credit should contact Robin Wilson at 223-0527 or robinyeewilson@aol.com. For general information about the festival see http://www.bayareastorytelling.org/

A college fair will be held 1 to 3 p.m. May 1 at the Cal State Hayward main campus, 25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward . It will feature representatives from more than 120 colleges and universities throughout the United States. High school counselors, representatives from the College Board (SAT) and American College Testing Program (ACT) will be on hand to answer questions about academic entrance requirements, admission testing, majors, costs and financial aid, programs for students with learning differences, and eligibility for athletics.

TIPS ON WHAT YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE LEARNING The Grade-Level Student Standards outline what children are expected to learn in mathematics and language arts. The publications also include ideas for activities to help children learn those skills. They are posted at: http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/expect/index.htm

2005-06 CALENDAR
The calendar for the 2005-06 school year is available at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/calendar/calendar0506.htm
For the current and 2004-05 calendar, see http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/calendar/calendar.htm

Contra Costa College will offer educational enrichment classes during the summer for students entering grades 2 through 12. For more information on "College for Kids" see http://www.contracosta.edu/cfk/ .

The six Teaching Excellence Award winners for 2004 will be recognized at the 16th annual Ed. Fund Teaching Excellence Awards Banquet on Friday, May 14. See http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/edfund/teachingexcellence04.htm

The Hercules chapter of the NAACP hosts tutoring sessions open to all students on most Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remaining dates for the 2003-04 school year are: April 24, May 1, May 8 and May 22. The sessions are held in the library of Hercules Middle High School, 1900 Refugio Valley Road.

The Pinole Valley High School Booster Club/PTSA will host "Temptations Review Tribute" 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 30 in the PVHS Cafeteria, 2900 Pinole Valley Rd. Tickets are on sale at PVHS 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for $20 each, cash only. Call 758-4664, extension 2720 for information.

A college admissions workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in the Pinole Valley High School library. Call Robin at
223-2801 for more information.

The district will sponsor a Save our Sports Golf Tournament on Monday, July 19 at the Richmond Country Club. See details at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/Fiscal/golf040604.htm

The Festival of the Arts fundraiser will be held 7 to 11 p.m. June 5 at City Hall Plaza, 2131 Pear St., Pinole. Cost is $35 through May 22, $40 at the door. Make checks payable to: West County Conservatory of the Arts Foundation and send to PO BOX 661 Pinole, CA 94564

CSUH Contra Costa Campus in Concord hosts a free Day of the Teacher Conference May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This event is designed for anyone interested in pursuing a career in teaching. For more information see http://www.csuhayward.edu/teacher_conference/

For information on how to donate to funds to save district programs, and the latest news on donations see http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/

Information on the mail-in ballot process, voter registration, and Measure B is available at http://www.wccusd.k12.ca.us/ SHARE THIS INFORMATION!
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