RIPON – Drug test or not to drug test. Ripon High Leadership students discussed just that during a recent review on routine policy updates from the California School Board Association. CSBA, as an optional policy, recommended that school districts can chose to have a drug testing program in place for student athletes and activities. Bret Harte High, according to Ripon Unified Superintendent Louise Johnson, has one in the athletic handbook that includes random drug testing ...
RIPON – Technology has been a big concern at Ripon Unified as of late. But some relief appears to be in sight. At the recent San Joaquin County Data Processing Joints Power Agreement meeting, Superintendent Louise Johnson received word that Microsoft would no longer support Windows 3.0 on Windows XP effective March 31. "We were given a spreadsheet showing the number of computers in our district which must be upgraded or replaced before the deadline," ...
Jacob LeDon was honored at a rally held at Manteca High's Winter Gymnasium. But he wasn't alone. A student in Shanon Murphy's San Joaquin County Special Ed Class located on campus, he was picked from a list as part of the Buff Maniac tradition, according to MHS Leadership class chair Taylor Teixeira. That's the recognition week consisting of members of the MHS varsity football squad under coach Eric Reis. Students pay for the privilege to ...
RIPON – Colony Oak or Weston school? Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will soon determine how to handle the two elementary school sites on the voter-approved Measure G list. And that included which school will be the first to have new classrooms built. A super majority or 55 percent voter approval was required for passage. On Monday, the board made it official, certifying the final election results of the Nov. 6 elections as ...
RIPON – Donna Parks will help lead the new Ripon Unified school board. She was selected president at Monday's organizational session. Prior to that, Mike Fisher, who held the top post for the past year, and newcomer Christina Orlando given the oath of office. Both were automatically elected to their posts. Fisher, who represents Area 4, was re-appointed to his old seat after running unopposed. Likewise for Orlando, who is the Area 5 representative. She ...
RIPON – Ripon Unified may spend upwards of $93,000 to upgrade software and/or replace computers.
Shasta School first-grade teacher Sherry Hatfield was initially skeptical about the "Breakfast in the Classroom" program.
STOCKTON – Jack Ford of Ripon will advance to the California State Elementary Spelling Bee Championships.
Sierra High senior and Valley Oak League soccer MVP Nicholas "Niko" Gonzalez was lauded Tuesday night for his quick-thinking and heroic act in the school's cafeteria when he responded immediately when his friend Kevin Rivera choking on a chicken sandwich.
Nancy Leal, who the Director of School Readiness for the Manteca Unified School District, is scheduled to be honored at tonight's school board meeting.
LATHROP – As Christine Swansong, Gabby Ortiz is too good to be true. She's the heroine in Lathrop High's Intermediate Theater class production of "The Phantom of the Op'ry." Ortiz and Arvin Aragon, who plays the hero Lt. Farleigh Good, close out the play based on the book by Tim Kelly, performing the song, "Too Good to be true." In "Phantom of the Op'ry," the entire LHS Speech Arts building doubles as the Skunk Creek's ...
There's a point in The Madwoman of Challiot where Countess Aurelia finally learns that the world isn't exactly the wonderful, beautiful place that she had envisioned.
They're off and running. About 175 Woodward School students, staff and family members turned out Monday for the first day of the Mustang Marathoners Running Club. "They've taken on the challenge to walk or run a progressive Marathon – one mile at a time," said Michelle Crippen, who is the school's program coordinator. The Mustang Marathoners completed their first mile – a one-mile course was set up around the campus – with their collective goal ...
RIPON – The color blue is for success at Colony Oak Elementary School. Teachers came to school Monday with blue hair to celebrate their students' accomplishment – scoring the greatest increase in their API test scores within the Ripon Unified School District. Their academic performance eclipsed the previous year's showing by eight points. The tribute for the students also included a special performance by a troupe of African dancers. Colony Oak's total API test score ...
Two new faces will officially join the Manteca Unified School Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
When William Hollingsworth gets together with his friends, they do the same things normal high school kids do.
Severely deteriorating pavements at two high school and one elementary school campuses in the Manteca Unified School District are presenting health and safety risks.
Alex Orr, Sierra High School's Class of 2013 valedictorian, has his heart set on a career in the music industry. To get there, he plans to pursue a degree in applied computer science at the University of California, San Diego where he will start his college studies in the fall.
Samantha Shepard's ceramic "Autism Awareness" won Best in Category at the 2013 Manteca Unified School District's Best of the Best Art Show and Sale.
MODESTO – Raul Mora lacks any formal training and admits to having two left feet.
The "Every 15 Minutes" scenario depicting the consequences of drinking and driving, as it relates to high school graduations, played out once again as a stark warning in the Manteca High School athletic field before the upper class students of four area schools.
When it comes to art, Madeleine Romero is as sharp as a tack.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites the community to attend the Crystal Apple Awards on Friday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Northland Chapel, 6060 Northland Ave., in Manteca. The event will recognize and honor the outstanding educators in the various high schools in Ripon, Tracy and Manteca.
LATHROP - A pent-up demand for charter schools means the South County's newest public elementary campus - River Islands Technology Academy - will open in August with a waiting list of students trying to get into kindergarten through fourth grade classes.
Amanda Christensen is in an enviable position. The Manteca High School's Class of 2013 co-salutatorian already has her heart set on studying cognitive neuroscience in college. But she is facing a difficult, albeit, a happy dilemma – whether to attend University of California, Los Angeles or New York University.
Manteca High is the green school.
A child's second birthday, for many, is a big to-do for the little one's family and friends.
Airenne Curry of Manteca was presented the Rev. P. Lauritz and Alpha Mork Scholarship award during Honors Day at Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. The annual event was held April 3 in Waldorf's Atrium.
Lathrop High Principal Mike Horwood was raised in a non-English speaking, single-parent household.
Behind many a successful student is a teacher who inspired them to spread their wings and reach for the stars to achieve their penultimate dream.