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2010-11-29 14:06:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente, the largest health care provider in Northern California, today announced a $10.5 million investment in the Oakland community that is designed to help school children stay healthier as they learn, help them increase their attendance rates and academic performance, and teach them about humanitarian leaders who succeeded in making positive differences in their communities. Through grants from a fund established by Kaiser...

2010-04-16 14:15:00

EMERYVILLE, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today, hundreds of high school students joined together at the Fremont Federation of High Schools - College Prep and Architecture Academy, Mandela High, Media College Prep, Robeson School of Visual & Performing Arts - for a Healthy Oakland Schools celebration that included a "Ready, Set, Jamba Jump" jump rope event and student forum with motivational speaker Stedman Graham. The activities highlighted a new program announced today...

2008-10-09 06:00:32

By Katy Murphy OAKLAND -- Hundreds of people flooded the Oakland Technical High School auditorium in North Oakland on Wednesday night to urge the school board not to shut down more than a dozen schools just to save money. They didn't have to say a word. From his seat on the stage -- aptly, under a bright spotlight -- school board President David Kakishiba announced that what they feared would not happen. "It's simply not the case that we'll be closing schools on a big scale tonight or...

2008-09-09 15:00:34

By Kristofer Noceda Newly enrolled students won't be the only new faces at area campuses this upcoming school year. Many school principals have either retired or moved on from their posts, paving the way for new administrators to make their debuts when classrooms open at the end of the month. "I just had a wonderful experience and it was a very exciting time for me," said Geri Isaacson, who recently resigned from McKinley Elementary School in San Leandro. The popular principal has...

2008-09-09 15:00:34

By Alan Lopez By Aug. 6, Piedmont Avenue Elementary School should have a replacement for former principal Angela Haick, who was given a new assignment. The reassignment followed a much-publicized bullying incident in April that sent a 7-year-old boy to the intensive care unit at Children's Hospital Oakland. Oakland Unified School District Administrator Denise Saddler provided an update on the search during a public meeting held July 10, where residents volunteered to sit on two...

2008-08-28 15:00:58

By Katy Murphy It's not easy for Faith Murray to find her way around. The 9- year-old Oakland girl, whose warm personality has earned her the reputation of class charmer, is blind and mentally disabled. Cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects a person's movement, also makes it harder for her to walk. But after years at Montclair Elementary School, Faith had become so familiar with the twists and turns of the surrounding neighborhood that she learned to read a braille map. Soon, she was...

2008-08-28 12:01:12

By Katy Murphy OAKLAND -- The test scores of Oakland's public school children improved this year, after flattening out in 2007, and a number of elementary schools made large gains. Still, the school system lags behind the statewide average, with only about one-third of its students scoring at "proficient" levels or better in math, reading and science. And, although the school system saw modest gains across ethnic groups, especially among Latino students and English learners, a striking...

2008-06-20 00:00:24

By Katy Murphy, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jun. 19--A new report by EdSource, a nonpartisan educational research group based in California, found that public, independently run charter middle schools and high schools did much better than their noncharter counterparts on 2007 state tests. The finding held true in Oakland, where the three charter middle schools included in the study scored a whopping 210 points higher on the state's 800-point Academic Performance Index (API), on average,...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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