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Tuesday, November 19, 2019


High school senior puts class 3-D printers to use helping children needing prosthetic limbs
Ashlynn Mathews’ building trades class buzzes with energy and noise as students practice using power tools and creating blue prints. Mathews is totally in her element as she loads plastic filament into one of the class’ 3-D printers. But the San Juan Hills High School senior isn’t using her new engineering skills to design a building, instead she is designing and printing prosthetic hands and arms for children around the world.


Sycamore Creek charter school plants roots in Huntington Beach with new gardens
Sycamore Creek Community Charter School in Huntington Beach introduced two new edible gardens – or at least their infrastructure – on Sunday, thanks to a $4,500 grant from Home Depot’s Team Depot Foundation. Community members gathered over the weekend at the school on the Ocean View School District’s Oak View campus to work alongside Home Depot volunteers to install irrigation, gopher and weed screening, planter box designs and soil in the first phase of the “edible schoolyards” project.


Uptick in school threats reported in region after Saugus High shooting in Santa Clarita
With parents, students and school districts on edge after last week’s deadly shooting at a Santa Clarita high school, law enforcement agencies across the region have been fielding numerous reports of people who have threatened similar violence. Possible threats against schools began rolling in within a day of the Thursday morning shooting at Saugus High School, where a 16-year-old student pulled out a .45 caliber handgun from a backpack, then fired at students waiting for class to start in the campus quad, before shooting himself.


Support for school construction bond falls below 50 percent in new poll
Supporters of a $15 billion school and college construction bond on the March 2020 state ballot will have their work cut out for them. So will community activists and public employee unions gathering signatures to put an estimated $11 billion tax increase on commercial and business properties to voters next November. Less than half of likely voters say they’d vote for either proposal, according to a poll released Monday by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan research nonprofit.

Supporters urge board to keep East Bay superintendent despite budget crisis
District focuses on finding ways to cut $48 million from its budget. San Francisco Bay Area superintendent whose job appeared to be in jeopardy was spared from termination after about a dozen community members asked the school board to keep him. “I thank the board for reviewing my leadership and look forward to continuing the work we are doing on behalf of our students,” said Matthew Duffy, superintendent of West Contra Costa Unified, in a written statement to EdSource on Monday.


Gardena elementary school students get a surprise from their West Point pen pal
For the past two years, while she was attending the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, 2nd Lt. Nikiay Comer has been writing back and forth with the students at Gardena’s 186th St. Elementary School. On Monday morning, 2nd Lt. Nikiay Comer delighted local students, surprising her pen pal friends with a real-live in-person visit.


School bond backers have some selling to do, poll shows
A new PPIC survey finds fewer than half of likely voters support a proposed state bond for school and college construction set to appear on the March 2020 ballot. Backers say it's too early for the initiative to register with voters.

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