April 2, 2015

LVJUSD Hosts “Principal for a Day”

District Hosts Community and Business

Leaders for Annual ‘Principal for a Day’ Event

 

On February 20, 2015 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District hosted 18 community and business leaders for the annual Principal for a Day event. The theme of this year’s event, Contribute and Thrive, focused on volunteerism and philanthropy as well as student success and achievement. Participating organizations included Sandia National Laboratory, Kaiser Permanente, Alameda County Office of Education, Livermore Police Department, Cisco Systems, Eastbay Community Foundation, The City of Livermore, and many more.  Participants began the day at one of the District’s 17 School Sites and spent the morning shadowing the site Principal. Following the morning at the School Site, guests gathered at the District Office for a buffet lunch prepared by students in the District’s Culinary Academy.

 

This Mission of Livermore Valley Joint unified School District is that each student will graduate with the skills needed to Contribute and Thrive in a changing world. It is through partnerships with community and business leaders that the District is able to achieve this goal and continue to provide high quality programs and services to students and families in Livermore

 

Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon,krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1139

Superintendent Kelly Bowers, kbowers@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

Livermore Teacher Uses Technology to Provide Kids and Parents

 

Livermore Teacher Uses Technology to Provide Kids and Parents

with 24/7 Access to Grades and Assignments

 

For students in Lisa Wilson’s combination fourth and fifth grade class at Arroyo Seco Elementary School, technology that meets them on their own terms is promoting engagement, responsibility, and academic success.

 

LIVERMORE, CA – March, 2015–– In Mrs. Wilson’s fourth/fifth grade class, students are taking responsibility for their own learning in ways not possible before technology entered the picture. In Wilson’s class, kids are watching video-based math lessons, instantly submitting assignments, and keeping up with their grades and homework at home and on the go through laptops, smart phones and other Internet-connected devices. Busy parents are also keeping up with their children’s progress through regular digitally delivered progress updates. The result has been a significant increase in student engagement in class, new interest in making up missed assignments and motivation to achieve at higher levels.

 

Wilson, who has a “no excuses” policy when it comes to homework and class projects, opens up her doors at seven-thirty a.m. for any students who may not have access to technology at home. The kids use Google Chromebooks to check their grades and assignments on the learning management system, School Loop; review math on the Ten Marks and XtraMath websites; reinforce spelling through online games at Spelling City, and more.  “I’ve seen a significant change in student behavior with the use of technology,” says Wilson, who is in her 24th year of teaching. “When students have the power to instantly check on their standing in class, and know their parents are being informed of their progress on a daily basis, they really step up to the plate and take ownership of their learning.”

 

Wilson also says technology saves her precious time.  “At parent conferences, I can instantly pull up grades, assignments, and even graphs that show a student’s progress and grade trends. This saves me about 20 percent of the time I used to spend on such common tasks.” She also says technology allows her to address both struggling and excelling students’ individual needs through a management system that immediately flags low and high academic performance and software programs that automatically adjust to a user’s level of mastery.

 

Students from Wilson’s class are also eager to weigh in on how technology is affecting their learning experience. Fourth-graders Irina and Tori say they like to email their teacher with homework and technology questions, and to check grades and assignments to see where they need to make improvements.Fifth-grade studentRyan says it’s much easier to type using a word processer than to write in cursive, and his classmate, Joaquin, says using Google Docs is great because he can share work with others and get help along the way. Another fifth-grader, Mufaro, addresses an issue of concern to many parents and educators when she says,“Using technology in class will help with my future career because now I‘m good at using many tools.” All the students think turning in assignments online is “cool,” says Wilson, and they love the paperless classroom.

 

 

 

Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon,krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1139

Arroyo Seco Principal Denise Nathanson, dnathanson@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4700

Arroyo Seco Teacher Lisa Wilson, lwilson@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4700

Tri-Valley Small Business Assistance Series

 

We invite you to participate in our upcoming Small Business Resource Fair  in Livermore on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 9am-11am at the Robert Livermore Community Center located at 4444 East Avenue, Livermore, Ca.  The fair is designed to connect participants to available resources  for small  business success and growth.    The event is part of the  2015 Tri-Valley Small Business Assistance Series with the cities and chambers of Pleasanton and Dublin, as well as the US Small Business Administration and it features a resource exhibit, one-on-one consulting, and networking opportunities.

 

 For more information on the Small Business Resource Fair, contact Shelley Despotakis, Membership Manager for the Livermore Chamber at  phone number is (925) 447-1606 and email address sdespotakis@livermorechamber.org

 

 

 

 

 

Livermore Teacher Uses Technology to Provide Kids & Parents with 24/7 Access to Grades and Assignments

Livermore Teacher Uses Technology to Provide Kids and Parents

with 24/7 Access to Grades and Assignments

 

For students in Lisa Wilson’s combination fourth and fifth grade class at Arroyo Seco Elementary School, technology that meets them on their own terms is promoting engagement, responsibility, and academic success.

 

LIVERMORE, CA – March, 2015–– In Mrs. Wilson’s fourth/fifth grade class, students are taking responsibility for their own learning in ways not possible before technology entered the picture. In Wilson’s class, kids are watching video-based math lessons, instantly submitting assignments, and keeping up with their grades and homework at home and on the go through laptops, smart phones and other Internet-connected devices. Busy parents are also keeping up with their children’s progress through regular digitally delivered progress updates. The result has been a significant increase in student engagement in class, new interest in making up missed assignments and motivation to achieve at higher levels.

 

Wilson, who has a “no excuses” policy when it comes to homework and class projects, opens up her doors at seven-thirty a.m. for any students who may not have access to technology at home. The kids use Google Chromebooks to check their grades and assignments on the learning management system, School Loop; review math on the Ten Marks and XtraMath websites; reinforce spelling through online games at Spelling City, and more.  “I’ve seen a significant change in student behavior with the use of technology,” says Wilson, who is in her 24th year of teaching. “When students have the power to instantly check on their standing in class, and know their parents are being informed of their progress on a daily basis, they really step up to the plate and take ownership of their learning.”

 

Wilson also says technology saves her precious time.  “At parent conferences, I can instantly pull up grades, assignments, and even graphs that show a student’s progress and grade trends. This saves me about 20 percent of the time I used to spend on such common tasks.” She also says technology allows her to address both struggling and excelling students’ individual needs through a management system that immediately flags low and high academic performance and software programs that automatically adjust to a user’s level of mastery.

 

Students from Wilson’s class are also eager to weigh in on how technology is affecting their learning experience. Fourth-graders Irina and Tori say they like to email their teacher with homework and technology questions, and to check grades and assignments to see where they need to make improvements.Fifth-grade studentRyan says it’s much easier to type using a word processer than to write in cursive, and his classmate, Joaquin, says using Google Docs is great because he can share work with others and get help along the way. Another fifth-grader, Mufaro, addresses an issue of concern to many parents and educators when she says,“Using technology in class will help with my future career because now I‘m good at using many tools.” All the students think turning in assignments online is “cool,” says Wilson, and they love the paperless classroom.

 

 

 

Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon,krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1139

Arroyo Seco Principal Denise Nathanson, dnathanson@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4700

Arroyo Seco Teacher Lisa Wilson, lwilson@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-4700

Port of Oakland 2015 Summer College Internship

Dear Local Business Partner:

We are pleased to announce recruitment for the Port of Oakland’s 2015 Summer College Internship Program.

We are currently recruiting college and graduate level students through a competitive selection process.  Up to sixteen (16) students will be hired for the 2015 Summer College Internship Program.   This nine-week Program will begin on Monday, June 15, 2015 and conclude on Friday, August 14, 2015.  The Program will offer students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in aviation, communications, community relations, contract compliance, engineering, environmental programs, executive office, governmental affairs, human resources, maritime, legal and airport security.  Internship assignments will be located at the Port administration building at 530 Water Street, Oakland International Airport or in the Port maritime area.

Students can access and complete an online application at http://www.portofoakland.com/jobcenter/internships.aspx

Application materials for this position consist of 5 required parts:

  • A completed Port of Oakland Employment Application that includes the Supplemental Questionnaire
  • A copy of college enrollment verification letter
  • A copy of most recent transcript (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from advisor/counselor/dean
  • A copy of graduate acceptance letter (if applicable)

A courtesy copy of the program description and list of internship job opportunities are also attached.

APPLICATION DUE DATE:  April 10, 2015 @ 5:00 PM PDT

Please share this information with your colleagues, student job seekers and those without computer access.
For questions, please call (510) 627-1419 or email us at portofoaklandintern@portoakland.com.

Sincerely,

Port of Oakland Summer Internship Team


Health and Nutrition Event at Junction K-8 and Marylin Schools

Health and Nutrition Event at Junction K-8 and Marylin Schools

 

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) will host a special Health and Nutrition Event for students in the after school programs on Friday March 6th, at Junction K-8 School, and Monday March 9th, at Marylin Avenue Elementary School. Students from the LVJUSD BELIEVES educational enrichment after school program, Extended Student Services Program (ESS), and the PAL Program will be participating.   These events will be held at each sites’ multipurpose room (MPR) from 3-5 p.m.  

 

After participating in enriching activities to learn more about health and nutrition, students will have a chance to engage in fun activities and sample nutritional food items.   Students will rotate through 6 different stations,   spending ten minutes learning about specific nutritional and health facts.  Stations will offer students samples of foods and/or an opportunity to become involved in a physical activity, including Salad Tasting, My Food Plate, Plant Parts, Yogurt Tasting, Smoothie Bike and Hula Hoop, and a Fruit and Vegetable Walk. 

 

At this event, LVJUSD will also announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the Districts’ “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” poster contest.  Students had the opportunity to submit a poster entry that reflected this theme and win a bicycle.  To end our exciting time learning about healthy eating and exercise, students will be motivated to dance to Zumba, led by a professional instructor.       

 

If media would like to join these youngsters, please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the school multipurpose room.

 

Junction K-8 School:

Date:                      Friday, March 6, 2015

Time:                     3:00-5:00 pm

Location:             298 Junction Avenue
  

Marylin Avenue Elementary School:

Date:                      Monday, March 9, 2015

Time:                     3:00-5:00 pm

Location:             800 Marylin Ave

Additional Contacts:

School Board President Kate Runyon,krunyon@comcast.net (925) 454-1139

Director of Campus Catering Barbara Lee, blee@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-3260

Teacher on Special Assignment Carla Estrada, cestrada@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-5209

Bonilla Introduces The College Opportunity Act to Ensure Student Access and Cal Grant Parity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014

March 5, 2015                                                                         Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov

 

Bonilla Introduces The College Opportunity Act to Ensure Student Access and Cal Grant Parity 

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) has introduced legislation to provide families fairness and predictability as they plan for college.  AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant, which is the state’s largest financial aid program.  The bill also links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant student at a four-yearpublic institution.

 

“Cal Grants give academically deserving students the opportunity to go to college, who otherwise would not be able to attend,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “It is imperative that we support our students in order to ensure the success of our state.”

 

Since 2000, the Cal Grant award amount for students attending private institutions has not been linked to any funding formula, making it vulnerable to cuts, and resulting in a 37% decline in value.  Last year, the Governor proposed an additional 11% cut to the Cal Grant for students attending private, nonprofit colleges.  Assemblywoman Bonilla led efforts to prevent these proposed cuts, however they were only postponed for a year.  The proposed 11% cut will take effect this July if no action is taken.

 

“Private nonprofit colleges, such as the University of San Diego, Saint Mary’s College, and the University of the Pacific, play a critical role in meeting the state’s demand for higher education,” continued Assemblywoman Bonilla. “Any reduction to the Cal Grant will close off this option for students, placing further strain on public institutions which have limited space and resources.”

 

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.

 

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California #SEO Training Discovery Session Announced: “Top 3 Reasons Websites Turn Away Business”

Livermore, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2015

The Bay Area Search Engine Academy, an SEO and internet marketing training company based in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, announced that they are hosting a free “SEO Discovery Session” on March 10, 2015. The free webinar will demonstrate the “Top 3 Reasons Websites Turn Away Business”, and how participants can easily diagnose their own website. The session will be from 10-11:00 a.m. Pacific Time (1-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time), and people can register at no charge by going to the SEO Discovery Session registration page or to this shortened URL:http://bit.ly/1AxInpL.

Thomas Petty, President of the Academy, said, “92% of all websites have problems that turn away business, and most business owners are completely unaware of it. The top three most common issues are easy to diagnose and fix, but if you’re not seeing as many leads come in from your website as you want, you may want to learn about this now.”

During the live session, Petty will show participants the Academy’s 3-Part Website Test Toolkit, which enables business owners to quickly see which of the three major problems their website has and how to resolve the problem. Petty said, “By fixing these very basic issues, business owners can start to see an increase in leads coming in from their website.”

Participants on the webinar can ask questions live on the call, and Petty said that they would try to get to as many of the questions as the time allows.

“Because of what we’re going to be showing people, we expect space on this webinar to run out pretty quickly. We encourage people to register as quickly as they can before we have to close the doors,” he said.

Towards the end of the live call, Petty will introduce callers the top five ways they can get their business found online by customers who are searching for them. Petty added, “Search engine optimization, or SEO, is only one tool in the tool bag. There are many ways to get found online besides search, and we’re going to show them the top five ways people are already looking for them.”

About the Bay Area Search Engine Academy

The Bay Area Search Engine Academy teaches online and in-person, hands-on workshops to business owners from around the world, who want to learn how to effectively market their businesses online. Thomas Petty has been teaching business owners online marketing and search engine optimization since 2008. He is an HFI Certified Usability Analyst from Human Factors International. More information can be found at their corporate website,http://bayareasearchengineacademy.org, or by calling toll-free in the USA or Canada at 877-454-2829.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ON-CALL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)

FOR

ON-CALL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES

AT THE PORT OF OAKLAND

 

The Port of Oakland (the Port) is soliciting Statements of Qualifications (SOQ’s) from qualified teams of consultants for providing “on-call” construction management services. These services are for assisting the Engineering Division in the implementation of various current and future construction projects at various Port facilities. The Port intends to enter into up to three contracts with Construction Management Consultants (CM Consultants) to assist the Engineering Division, but the Port reserves the right not to enter into any consultant agreements depending on the schedule and funding. The combined total compensation for all contracts will not exceed $3,000,000 over the three-year term of the contracts.

 

Proposal Due Date:  3/26/2015

Proposal Due Time:  3:00 p.m.

Non-Mandatory Pre Proposal Conference Date:  03/11/2015

Pre Proposal Conference Time:  9:30 a.m.

Pre Proposal Conference Location:  Board Room, 2nd Floor

Port of Oakland Building

530 Water Street

Oakland, California

 

The Port has posted this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in digital format on a hosting website that can be accessed via the “Current RFP’s/RFQ’s:  Port of Oakland Engineering Department” link at the following URL:

 

http://portofoakland.com/business/rfpsrfqs.asp

 

Qualified consultants submitting SOQ’s (Proposers) should carefully review the requirements of this RFQ to ensure that they meet all of the stated requirements.

 

RFP Contract Person:

  Joe Trapp
Port of Oakland
Engineering Services
530 Water St
Oakland, CA 94607
Tel:(510) 627-1323
Fax:(510) 444-5381

Bonilla Authors Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Support Renewable and Sustainable Alternative Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  CONTACT:   Ryan Morimune, (916) 319-2014

February 24, 2015                                                                   Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov

 

Bonilla Authors Bill to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Support Renewable and Sustainable Alternative Energy

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) introduced legislation today, which will allocate a percentage of cap and trade funds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the production of biogas.  Once amended, Assembly Bill 577, will ensure that a specified amount of cap and trade revenue will be used towards the development of infrastructure and purification technology for biogas.     

 

“California pays billions of dollars annually to import natural gas when there are large quantities of renewable energy here in our own state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “AB 577 will not only help reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but most importantly it increases investments in biogas development, which will diversify our state’s gas production and decrease our reliance on natural gas.”  

 

With the natural gas sector now under the regulation of the cap and trade program, producers and suppliers must limit their GHG emissions or purchase carbon credits or offsets.  AB 577 takes advantage of this new revenue by reinvesting it back into the gas sector.  Allocating cap and trade proceeds will allow local businesses to build the infrastructure necessary to collect and purify biogas, an abundant alternative energy source.  In effect, this measure protects the state from natural gas supply problems and fluctuating costs, while also keeping energy jobs in California.  

 

The state could produce almost 300 billion cubic feet of renewable gas per year, just from organic waste. This renewable biogas, derived from food processing, livestock, agriculture, yard waste, or collected from landfills, could be used to power upwards of two million homes or generate 2.5 billion gallons of clean, ultra-low carbon transportation fuels.     

 

“As a state, it is critical that we think of innovative, efficient, and long-term solutions to global warming, and not just the next carbon emissions limit,” continued Bonilla.  “This bill creates investment and support for a sustainable alternative plan that will produce safe, cost-effective, and reliable energy.”

 

Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) was elected in November 2010 and represents California’s 14th Assembly District, which includes Contra Costa County and Solano County.

 

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