Merced

Parent Institute empowers parents with special focus on fathers

Calpulli Itzpapalotl Danza Azteca performs at the annual Merced County Parent Institute on March 2 at Golden Valley High School in Merced.
Calpulli Itzpapalotl Danza Azteca performs at the annual Merced County Parent Institute on March 2 at Golden Valley High School in Merced. Special to Vida en el Valle

Dreaming big, believing and achieving were the focal points of the sixth annual Parent Institute on March 2 at Golden Valley High School in Merced.

MCOE, Merced County’s Human Services Agency and the Merced Union High School District co-sponsored the program that includes approximately 500 attendees.

Rosa Barragan, program coordinator at the Merced County Office of Education said the conference underscores the importance of parent engagement. It’s intended for anyone who is interested in ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their goals and dreams.

Twenty-one workshops were given in English, Spanish and Hmong languages. The conference was open to parents, guardians, child care providers, elected officials and the community.

The focus was on children of all ages, from newborns through high school and beyond. Separate sessions were planned for teen-agers.

“Families know this as the Dream Big Conference,” Barragan said. “We want to inspire the community to dream big. This year’s special focus is the important role that dads play in their children’s lives.”

Barragan said organizers believe every child has potential and given the right tools and supports can and will succeed.

Conference speakers included educator, author and motivational speaker Dr. Ken Magdaleno of Fresno who is the founder and chief executive officer of the Center for Leadership, Equity and Research.

Also speaking was Jaime Carias, educator, author and motivational speaker from the San Francisco Bay Area and Andres Lara of Texas, and author and motivational speaker.

Teacher recruitment fair in Merced County

A Teacher Recruitment Fair will be held March 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Merced County Office of Education’s Atwater Court Valley Community School, 1800 Matthew St., Atwater.

Teachers of all subject areas with a valid teaching credential, including career-technical education and special education, with a child development permit or scheduled to obtain one of these certifications for the 2019-2020 school year, are welcome to attend.

There is no fee to attend. Participants are urged to bring five to 10 packets including resumes, transcripts, valid teaching credential, interim eligibility letters, exam score results and letters of recommendation.

On-site interviews may be conducted and appropriate attire is suggested.

Details: (209) 381-6622 or contact taquino@mcoe.org.

CDE Identifies Weaver Middle School As ‘School to Watch’

Weaver Middle School in Merced has been named by the state to the “Schools to Watch - Taking Center Stage” program.

Weaver Union School District Superintendent John Curry called the designation a high honor and part of its striving to be a high quality school.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced that 16 high-performing California middle schools have been newly recognized in the 2018–19 Schools to Watch-Taking Center Stage program. They join 33 previously chosen schools whose sustained progress will allow them to retain their “Schools to Watch” designation.

Curry said Weaver Middle School is the flagship school within the district. He said he is really proud of the staff and teachers there to have received recognition not only at the state but also the national level.

Weaver Middle School has 900 sixth through eighth grade students.

Sen. Caballero honors Claudia Corchado as ‘Woman of the Year’

Program manager for Cultiva La Salud in Merced County, Claudia G. Corchado was selected by Sen. Anna M. Caballero as ‘Woman of the Year 2019’ to represent Senate District 12 in the Central Valley.

Corchado was recognized by the Legislative Women’s Caucus on March 4 during a luncheon celebration at the State Capitol.

“Truly honored and humbled to receive this award on behalf of so many amazing women who I get to work with,” said Corchado on a social media post. “You truly are the women that make me look so good! This award is shared 1. With my mama of course (I love you mom and I hope I make you proud)! My sisters who deserve recognition too for all that you do for others. To my aunts who have modeled what it means to be a great woman.”

Corchado also dedicated her award to “All the women from Mujeres Poderosas and Padres Unidos del Sur de Merced, our Zumba instructors, coaches and my teachers from Dos Palos,” as well as “All the amazing women I work with at Cultiva La Salud, Building Healthy Communities Merced and United Way of Merced County.”

Mountain House High and Wicklund Elementary take first place at 33rd annual San Joaquin County Science Olympiad Division B/C

Mountain House High and Wicklund Elementary take first place at 33rd annual San Joaquin County Science Olympiad Division B/C on March 2.

More than 750 San Joaquin County students participated in the Science Olympiad Competition for Division B (middle school) and Division C (high school) at Ronald E. McNair High School in Stockton.

In all, 30 Division B teams and 21 Division C teams from throughout the county participated in this one-day competition.

Top five teams per division:

Division B (middle school)

▪ First Place: Wicklund Elementary (Black), Lammersville Unified School District

▪ Second Place: Bethany Elementary (Red), Lammersville Unified School District

▪ Third Place: Hansen Elementary (Gold), Lammersville Unified School District

▪ Fourth Place: Elkhorn School (Gold), Lodi Unified School District

▪ Fifth Place: Hansen Elementary (Green), Lammersville Unified School District

Division C (high school)

▪ First Place: Mountain House High (Blue), Lammersville Unified School District

▪ Second Place: Tokay High (Purple), Lodi Unified School District

▪ Third Place: Tokay High (Gold), Lodi Unified School District

▪ Fourth Place: Mountain House High (Silver), Lammersville Unified School District

▪ Fifth Place: Lodi High School (Red), Lodi Unified School District

Eight teams will represent San Joaquin County at the NorCal State Finals in Turlock on April 6 with only one team per school can represent San Joaquin County at the state competition.

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