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Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 08:10 am
JSanders... why don't you explain what you think "Destined for Greatness" means to you? IfRead More you have watched the news and seen the interviews with many of his fellow students and coaches, it seems as though this young man had an upbeat and inspiring personality that affected those around him in a positive way. In my book that is greatness. To be a person who brings out the best in others is truly rare. I imagine my definition of greatness is likely different than yours, simply because there is not much that I have ever agreed with you when I see your postings on this site. The negative comments that I read sadden me, and even more so the number of recommendations following those comments. It says a lot about the negativity either of this community or the followers on this website. Pearson Lyverse gave a personal perspective which I certainly appreciated, why do you need to refer to it as a "rant." It is simply disrespectful. The REAL topic here is a life lost too soon.
Autumn Johnson (Editor) February 13, 2014 at 09:10 am
"He was destined for greatness" is a quote from one of the people posting online about hisRead More death. scroll through the Storify curation and you will see what I am referring to.
Ann W. February 13, 2014 at 09:20 am
I would still like to hear JSanders definition of "Greatness." He seems to have the needRead More to diminish the perspective of those who actually knew him.
The Acalanes Union High School District board of education discusses a proposed parcel tax measure on Monday night
c5 March 31, 2014 at 10:17 pm
We get the privilege of voting on not just one, but two tax extensions/increases this year. Yippee,Read More our school systems really are looking out for our best interests. Of course both have the usual senior bribe, and disturbingly measure b has no sunset and worst of all, a cola provision. This is horrible policy and a complete affront to taxpayers in this town. The state just passed a massive tax increase and increased school funding sharply, but oh wait, we need these temporary taxes to go on, and in one case forever at higher and higher rates. I might consider voting in favor of measure a which sunsets and does not have a cola, but we should all vote against at least b. There seems to be no end to higher taxes....
JKI April 9, 2014 at 11:32 am
Ballots are here. No Sunset = Vote No. Hard to fathom why they are trying to get this through asRead More Permanent Tax. They need to come back again with a new Measure incorporating a 3-5 year Sunset clause.
c5 April 14, 2014 at 09:35 am
Huge tactical mistake to make the tax permanent. Loses votes just as the senior exemption does.Read More Permanence is a non-starter for me, as is a COLA. Senior exemption bribe is difficult for me to stomach but in the case of a and b, I don't have to given the other provisions in there. By the way, the Contra Costa Times has come out against Measures A and B today.
Mariya Koroleva in a third grade classroom at Lafayette Elementary School
linda January 23, 2014 at 05:53 pm
Mariya is a wonderful role model and coach!! She will be coming to Burton Valley next week to speakRead More to all 3rd graders.
Joaquin Moraga Intermediate students with old cell phones
Chris Whittome January 9, 2014 at 10:15 am
We downloaded some educational apps to our iPad and they have improved my son's spelling andRead More writing. He loves them, and we no longer have to listen to angry birds!!
Saklan School kindergartner teacher Amy Burnett with some of the art work by her students
Mitu Ray December 12, 2013 at 09:24 am
This is an absolutely incredible story of social awareness, but not just for the kindergartners. ItRead More is a lesson to adults of the innate human compassion present in all of us at an early age, that requires careful cultivation of the sort provided by Ms Amy. What amazing students under the tutelage of a remarkable teacher, under the support of a school's visionary mission statement. Kudos!
Oppelt December 12, 2013 at 11:03 am
I love this idea and the execution thereof, it's just wonderful. It would be great for those not inRead More Moraga be able to paypal or square an offer for a "blind" winning art piece. Could be a fun idea for those connected to Moraga (friends, family...) that are unable to attend or live elsewhere to be involved somehow.
Orinda Union School District board president Dr. Christopher Severson
LamorindaMan December 11, 2013 at 09:40 pm
Richard S. Colman December 12, 2013 at 08:36 am
None dare call it nepotism. It's an Orinda-style version of George Herbert Walker Bush and GeorgeRead More W. Bush. "Read my lips -- no new taxes" coupled with "Mission Accomplished." Where do these two Seversons stand on planned parenthood, abortion, gay marriage, prayer in the public schools, and keeping Orinda's Beverages and More store open? --Richard Colman, Orinda, California.
Teri Lusk in her classroom at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette
Cathy Kavanagh December 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm
Dana Yzurdiaga December 11, 2013 at 03:47 pm
You inspired my daughter too Mrs. Lusk! Madeline continues with her interest at UCLA, launched fromRead More your 8th grade class, to high school, and hopefully for a life time!
Williefan4ever January 8, 2014 at 06:02 pm
My son had Mrs. Lusk and she truly inspired him; Mrs. Lusk is the standard by which he measures allRead More his teachers, "she/he's not like Lusk"; thank you Mrs. Lusk!!
Credit: Livingston Patch
Diane Kern November 6, 2013 at 08:03 am
Values- a top down approach and a bottom up approach. The top down approach is to directly teach aRead More value system. Parents reveal their values, the values that are imbedded in their cultural traditions, etc. A bottom up approach involves engaging your child's critical thinking skills. In the spirit of a philosophical discussion articulate a hypothetical situation; eg, a friend is doing something harmful to self -say having someone else do their homework. Ask them to list 2 or 3 ways it might be handled in the best interest of their friend. This more innocuous hypothetical situation is easier for them to address. They are less likely to quickly spit out a 'right' answer. As a young person becomes comfortable with such discussions more serious issues may be discussed. The bottom up approach is more likely to prevail over time as 1) it is a product of the young persons own critical thinking process and 2) it is less likely to become attached to the not uncommon step away from family values that might characterize what might be characterized as 'adolescent rebellion'.
School fitness test results
Jose October 23, 2013 at 09:26 pm
So...the smiling pink blob in running shoes...That's our children?
David Mills (Editor) October 23, 2013 at 09:38 pm
Hi, Jose... it's a logo that's meant to emphasize that exercise is good for the brain... which isRead More one of the benefits of fitness touted by educators