April 27, 2015

Emerging Artists: Advanced High School Art Show at the Bankhead Theater

Media invitation:

 

Emerging Artists: Advanced High School Art Show at the

Bankhead Theater, Opening Reception May 13

 

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is pleased to announce “Emerging Artists” an exhibit of visual art featuring works by students from the four District High schools; Granada High School, Livermore High School, Del Valle Continuation School and Vineyard Alternative High School.

 

Opening Reception

(FREE and Open to the Public!)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

4 – 6 pm

Bankhead Theater Lobby

2400 First Street, Livermore CA

 

 

“Emerging Artists” is part of an ongoing collaboration between The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center and LVJUSD.

This exciting new exhibition will provide students

a chance to showcase their work in a new way; 

 

“We show work regularly at the High School…” says “Laura Thournir, Art Teacher at Granada High School, “…even if the students are in an art class and know they have talent, it’s a different kind of gratification to have your art viewed by people who might not even know you, it’s a wonderful thing, that sense of gratification and pride.” The exhibition will feature work in a variety of media including acrylic, pencil, charcoal, watercolor and photography.  The exhibit will be open from May 5 – June 2 and will be on view for patrons who attend any performance or event at the Bankhead Theater. The exhibit will be open to the public at the opening reception on Wednesday May 13.

 

 

Additional Contacts:

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

Del Valle Continuation High School Art Teacher Lela Witherspoon (925) 606-4709

Granada High School Art Teacher, Laura Thournir, lthournir@lvjusd.k12.ca.us

Livermore High School Art Teacher, Marion Borst, mborst@lvjusd.k12.ca.us(925) 606-4812 ex.2360

Vineyard High School Principal, Sheryl Howser, showser@lvjusd.k12.ca.us (925) 606-7175

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center , Anne Giancola, agiancola@livermoreperformingarts.org (925) 477-2787

Bonilla Bills Modernizing Education and Expanding Opportunity for All Students Pass with Bipartisan Support

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

April 13, 2015                                                                         Ryan.Morimune@asm.ca.gov

 

Bonilla Bills Modernizing Education and Expanding Opportunity for All Students Pass with Bipartisan Support

 

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla (D-Concord) had two prominent bills approved by their respective policy committees last week. 

 

AB 631, which establishes the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards Implementation Fund, calls for the allocation of $1 billion from the State General Fund for educational resources, teacher support and the integration of technology into the classroom, was approved by the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday with unanimous support.  

 

“As the economy continues improving, we must continue our efforts to enhance our students’ educational environment to ensure their success and the success of our state,” said Assemblywoman Bonilla.  “I am grateful that my colleagues share the vision of investing in our students and teachers to provide greater opportunity for all Californians.”

 

AB 831, the College Opportunity Act, was approved last Tuesday by the Assembly Higher Education Committee without a single “no” vote.  This bill reverses proposed cuts to the Cal Grant and links Cal Grant award amounts for students attending private, nonprofit institutions to the average cost of educating a Cal Grant recipient attending a University of California or California State University.

 

“Restoring the Cal Grant program has been one of my highest legislative priorities,” Bonilla continued.  “I am grateful for the support from students, parents and faculty to secure equal opportunity for everyone pursuing higher education. I thank my colleagues for joining me to restore one of the most vital programs offered by the State of California.”

 

Both AB 631 and AB 831 will be heard next in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

 

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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Tri Valley Small Business Assistance Series – Starts May 12th with Small Business Fair in Livermore

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2015

CONTACT:

 

Lori Taylor (925) 833-6650

lori.taylor@dublin.ca.gov
Theresa De La Vega (925) 960-4049
tbdelavega@cityoflivermore.net
Pamela Ott (925) 931-5040
pott@cityofpleasantonca.gov

Tri-Valley Cities and Chambers of Commerce Announce Small Business Series

Tri-Valley, CA—The cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton and their respective Chambers of
Commerce join the San Francisco office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to host the
Tri-Valley Small Business Series from May to November 2015. The series is designed to connect the
region’s small businesses with local resources and to celebrate the important role that small
business plays in the region.

The Tri-Valley region is full of aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for the skills to turn
their ideas into reality and small business owners that have already opened for business. In a
recent report, the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reported the Tri-Valley’s business base is
primarily composed of very small firms, and that those same small businesses have accounted for a
growing percentage of jobs in the Bay Area since 2000. By working together, the Tri-Valley Cities
and chambers are able to provide valuable, high-quality programming that addresses the specific
needs of new and growing local businesses toward sustaining the region’s outstanding business
climate.

The series will kick off with a proclamation of “Small Business Week” by each City Council during
National Small Business Week, designated from May 4-8, 2015. Dublin and Pleasanton will present the
proclamation on May 5, and Livermore on May 11.
Small businesses create two-thirds of the nation’s net new private sector jobs in the United States
according to federal SBA Administrator Maria Contreras Sweet. Over the past eight years, that has
translated to more than eight million jobs that have been created through the small business
community.

Each of the three cities and their partner Chamber of Commerce has scheduled an event that is open
to all small businesses in the Tri-Valley, the first of which is a Small Business Resource Fair on
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Robert Livermore Community Center in
Livermore.

Pleasanton will host a “Tech Talk” event in July, followed by a “Meet the Lenders” event in Dublin
in October. Information and registration about each event is available at
www.dublin.ca.gov/businessseminars. The events were designed to provide ideas and information that
support small businesses and start-ups throughout the Tri-Valley region.

The series will culminate with “Small Business Saturday” on November 28, 2015, a campaign founded
by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy,
and preserve neighborhoods around the nation during the busiest shopping season of the year. Each
of the partners promotes these efforts to encourage residents to support local small businesses,
both on that day and throughout the year.

 

 

Livermore Shakes and Wente Vineyards revitalize Shakespeare in the Vineyard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2015
Contact: Katie Marcel, Managing Director
(925) 443-BARD (2273)
Katie@LivermoreShakes.org

 Livermore Shakes and Wente Vineyards revitalize Shakespeare in the Vineyard

Livermore – In As You Like It, Shakespeare’s heroine, Rosalind, begs “I pray you, do not fall in love with me, for I am falser than vows made in wine.” False vows aside, Livermore Shakespeare Festival producers and the team at Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting Room promise plenty of wine, love, laughs and culinary fare at the 2015 Livermore Shakespeare Festival. Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
, adapted by Jon Jory, will be staged at the winery’s Tesla Road location, and while this is the company’s 13th season, it is the inaugural season at the Wente Vineyards location. Producing Artistic Director Lisa A. Tromovitch has revitalized the outdoor Shakespeare format by producing the shows at Wente in the round. “Staging Shakespeare in the round is a challenge that excites directors and audiences. Livermore Shakes is known for interacting freely with the audience, including them in the world of the play. Being ‘in the round’ will enhance the sense of patrons being a part of the playwright’s story. Everyone is closer to the action. I am excited to bring this sense of intimacy to our performances.”

Of course, the quintessential “Shakespeare in the Vineyard” experience will feature top quality theater set against the backdrop of the wine country sunset. Wente Vineyards will provide the  setting for the shows this summer at the Estate Winery & Tasting Room on Tesla Road. The grounds feature beautifully landscaped lawns and picnic tables, two different pre-show dining experiences and two indoor tasting rooms as well as an outdoor bar for wine and bottle purchases to be enjoyed while watching the performances. Guests can choose a pre-show buffet in the Estate Barrel room for a distinctly original dining experience. The buffet menu will feature seasonal fare and can be purchased as an add-on when pre-purchasing show tickets. For a more casual dining experience, Wente Vineyards will feature a snack food booth with wood-fired pizzetas, antipasto, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Snack food is sold a la carte and is available for purchase after 6pm on the grounds before the performances. The Estate Tasting Room and the newly opened The Winemakers Studio will be open for tastings until start of show and open during the show for purchases.

As You Like It and Sense and Sensibility will be performed on the grounds of Wente Vineyards Estate Winery & Tasting room at 5565 Tesla Road in Livermore. For dates and detailed information visit LivermoreShakes.org.  Tickets range from $25 to $50 and are day-dependent, with discounts for seniors, students and educators. Family Nights will be held on Thursday, July 2 (Sense and Sensibility) and Thursday, July 16th (As You Like It) with  $5 youth tickets (under 18).  For tickets call (925) 443-BARD or visit
www.LivermoreShakes.org.

 

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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