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Sacramento area high school speech students to compete to qualify for state championships

Hundreds of Sacramento area high school students from 23 local schools will take part in the Capitol Valley Forensic League’s annual tournament to vie for a chance to compete at the State Championships, which will take place April 15 to 17 at San Diego State University.

Students will compete in 12 events, broken down into three categories: Original, Interpretive and Spontaneous events.

“Prepare to be awed and inspired by some of the brightest and outstanding students in the region,” said June Read, President of the Capitol Valley Forensic League. “These students have been preparing all year for this event. They will make you laugh, think, cry and give you confidence in our state’s future.”

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Folsom Little League Coaching Clinic

Folsom Little League Coaching Clinic

Little League Coaching Clinic with Big Al is this Saturday, Feb. 26 at Sutter Middle School in Folsom.

Sacramento State helps students pay for college

Sacramento State helps students pay for college

February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, which means that Sacramento State's Financial Aid Office is striving to help students who qualify for financial assistance.  The University will hold activities in the library quad throughout the month to promote aid awareness.

Students should apply now before the March 2 priority deadline. Applications received after that date risk losing out because high demand may deplete available funds.  Students may come to the department in Lassen Hall to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for 2011-2012. They may also attend workshops for one-on-one assistance in filling out the forms.

The free sessions are conducted in Mendocino Hall, Room 2007 on:

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb 23, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

Boys basketball at Kennedy High School

A short video clips from Kennedy High School. It's the boys basketball at last week's game.

Public invited to discuss quality of education on Feb 1

Public invited to discuss quality of education on Feb 1

More than 500 people will discuss the need to improve education in Sacramento and across the country, at a special event on February 1, 2011. It will begin at 7:30 pm at Sacramento Charter High School.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Nationally recognized analysts Mike Medved and Dick Morris are confirmed as speakers at the event. 

National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011, will shine an unprecedented spotlight on the need to dramatically improve educational outcomes for children and will highlight the benefits of school choice programs.

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.