Schools in brief
ACLC students win top science fair honors
Thirteen students from the Alameda Community Learning Center took home awards from the Chevron 57th Annual San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair this past week. The winners included sophomore Dylan Moore, who took top honors in the Engineering and Computer Applications category with his project, Creating and Modifying a Fuel Cell System for Clean Energy.
Other winners included junior Sophia Williams, who placed first in the Mathematics category with her project World Population Model: War & Disease, Good or Bad? and Fiona Blackburn, who earned first place in the ninth grade Physical Science category for her Floating Cylinders project.
Moore, who also earned a $1,000 scholarship for his efforts, has taken top honors in a host of science competitions, including grand prize and first place awards at the San Francisco Regional Science Fair, awards from the USDA Western Regional Research Center), and second place in the California State Science Fair in physics and astronomy, according to a piece in the school district’s most recent newsletter.
Moore told the district he’s seeking a career in science or engineering. He also runs track for Encinal High School, writes poetry and is pursuing an Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts, the newsletter said.
Alameda Education Foundation hosts Salute to Education celebration
The Alameda Education Foundation is hosting its 27th annual Salute to Education celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 16 at Rock Wall Wine Company, 2301 Monarch Street. Tickets are $31 in advance if you purchase them online, $35 in advance by mail and $40 at the door. RSVPs are requested by Monday, April 12.
“From butterfly gardens to an intervention program for at-risk freshmen, from a no-waste lunch program that led to a district-wide recycling effort to a program that increases the home-school connection, our schools are constantly finding innovative ways to support student success,” AEF Board President Bill Sonneman wrote in his monthly newsletter. “Salute-to-Education is an opportunity for the sites to share their successes with other sites and for the Alameda community to learn more about the wonderful things happening in our schools.”
The ticket includes hors d’oeuvres from Bistro Zafari, wine from a host of local makers and live music by the Alameda High School jazz band.
ACLC enters President Obama’s commencement challenge
Students at Alameda Community Learning Center have submitted an application to have President Barack Obama speak at their graduation ceremonies this year.
ACLC seniors Ryan Bince and Ryan Miyashiro spearheaded efforts to respond to Obama’s Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge, pulling together a series of essays, school data and a two-minute video. The pair are credited with pulling together a schoolwide essay contest and a video production team and culling the school’s data to piece together the application.
The White House announced the contest in mid-Feburary, and the winning school will have President Obama as their commencement speaker.
The Academy of Alameda Middle School hires executive director
Tannewitz has more than 40 years of education experience, including work in both inner city and suburban schools. Her last job before coming to Alameda was as Vice President and Master
Associate The Center for Effective Learning, which translates brain research into curriculum and instructional strategies.
“Dean understands the mission and vision of The Academy completely,” The Academy of Alameda Board Vice President and former Board of Education Trustee Bill Schaff was quoted as saying in a press release announcing Tannewitz’s hiring. “She is the ideal candidate to launch The Academy and set the tone and culture for students, parents, teachers, and community. We are pleased to have her on board during this critical period for The Academy.”
The free public charter school has attracted more than 550 student applications so far, and continues to enroll students in grades 6-8 for the 2010-2011 school year.
Parcel tax opponents hold mixer
Alamedans for Fair Taxation is holding a Measure E mixer at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 at 1151 Harbor Bay Parkway. The group’s phone number is 864-2780 (when I called Friday evening the machine said to leave a message saying how many tickets I wanted to “Complete Madness”), and their e-mail is email@example.com.