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Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium Protects Student Athletes

Sacramento Valley Concussion Care Consortium Protects Student Athletes

Four Sacramento area hospitals and care providers have joined forces to protect student athletes.  This collaboration was announced today at an event at John F.

SCUSD Teachers & Students Protest Threat Of Severe Budget Cuts At Serna Center Thursday

SCUSD Teachers & Students Protest Threat Of Severe Budget Cuts At Serna Center Thursday

Sacramento City Teachers' Association organized a rally before Thursday's Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees' meeting protesting against more threatened budget cuts in an already stressed educational system.

Thursday's rally in front of the Serna Center left no doubt about the plethora of issues concerning teachers, students and even support personnel about what may result if severe budget cuts hit the district again -- they want music, art, athletics restored, not subject to more elimination.

Support staff, especially school counselors, suffered extreme cutbacks denying students academic and social services needed in at-risk campuses.

SCTA leaders are also fed up with the exorbitant amount of money the school district trustees pay to outside consultants after teachers agreed to each give the district $95 every month to reduce the current school year deficit.

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor speaks out

VIDEO: UC Davis Chancellor speaks out

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B.

Doesn't it take a lot of nerve on Halloween ...

Doesn't it take a lot of nerve on Halloween ...

Here's how I complete the sentence -- Doesn't it take a lot of nerve on Halloween to dress up as your boss!

Sixth grade teacher Jeff Gephart decided to dress up as "Mr. Molnar" at Courtyard School's annual Halloween costume parade Monday afternoon.  That would be Jonathan Molnar, principal at the Midtown Sacramento elementary school.  

So who is the real Mr. Molnar?  (Hint: The real Mr. Molnar was playing a mild-mannered reporter on the outside, Superman on the inside.)

By the way, Mr. Gephart asked Mr. Molnar last week if he could borrow a tie and a gray hoodie.  And if my sources are correct, Mr. Gephart also asked if it was okay if he played the boss on Halloween.  

 

These cute guys only look like the 4 Tenors

These cute guys only look like the 4 Tenors

When I saw these 6th graders, West Donnelly, Martin Pascoe, JC Arguello and Sam Hughes, (l to r) I thought for just a second they could be the next generation of the Four Tenors.  But I knew they weren't singing in their after-school club at Courtyard School, but dancing.  Ballroom dancing.

These 6th grade boys, along with other children at the Midtown Sacramento School, joined the after-school Ballroom Dancing Club.  They practice every Friday in the cafeteria with 2nd grade teacher Natalie Fernandez Ararou and parent volunteers.

This past Friday, the boys combed their hair, put on their tuxedos and bow ties and showed off their waltz.  But here's the part that has me chuckling -- All the 6th grade boys signed up for ballroom dancing, but not one 6th grade girl.

Parents and students pitch in at Courtyard School work day

Parents and students pitch in at Courtyard School work day

 

Parent volunteers turned out at Courtyard School on Saturday and cleaned the school grounds and classrooms; harvested vegetables in the school garden; assembled the stage and chairs for the children's performances -- all in preparation for Sunday's annual Fall Festival at the Midtown Sacramento school.

One of the volunteers, Ryan Porter, was a student who graduated from Courtyard School in 2011 and now attends Sutter Middle School.  Principal Jonathan Molnar playfully remarked that he can't get rid of Ryan!  Ryan's younger brother still attends Courtyard, so Ryan joined his dad at Courtyard's parent work day.