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Friday, March 23, 2018


Here’s where in Southern California students will march for more gun control
First they walked out. Now they march. Southern California students will join their peers nationwide Saturday, March 24 in the March For Our Lives, a protest calling for more gun-control measures in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that killed 17.


Poll: For the Columbine generation, gun violence is a defining fear
The threat of mass shootings is the defining fear for the generation that has grown up in the shadow of Columbine, a new USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds. Now more than one in three young people nationwide say they plan to join the March For Our Lives protests on Saturday in person or via social media.

Whether it's art and music therapy or art and music as therapy, it calms traumatized teens
Music and art are increasingly being used as tools for therapy for high school students who have faced trauma — from sexual abuse to homelessness — and have been proven to help students cope, both physically and psychologically.


With increased focus on students' social and emotional skills, teachers turn to class pets to help lead the way
It’s the end of the day in Mr. Tim’s kindergarten classroom at the International Community School in Oakland. A dozen 5-year-olds gather around an aquarium and meticulously curve their fingers into tiny heart shapes. Pulling their hands close to their chests, then pressing them out, with heart shapes extended, they say in unison, “We love you, Maurice.” Maurice is a red-eared slider, one of the most popular pet turtles on the market.

First time superintendent, in just his second year, faces demands to quickly improve student learningome back
Now in his second year after replacing a superintendent that stayed a decade, West Contra Costa Unified Superintendent Matthew Duffy says he feels the pressure of those who expect student academic achievement to improve quickly. “That takes its toll,” he said. “I definitely have more gray hairs than when I started.”


Students rejected from a UC or CSU are leaving California in droves — and may never come back
Both UCs and CSUs are struggling to find space for qualified residents at overcrowded campuses, and tens of thousands of eligible students will be turned away. If they leave the state for college, and don’t come back, it could be trouble for the state’s economy.


Laguna Advances in Academic Competition
Six teams representing Laguna Beach High School, Thurston Middle School and Top of the World Elementary have qualified to move on to the Destination Imagination state competition in Clovis, Calif., on April 7. Thurston teachers Ina Inouye Wu and Bjorn Avila serve as Destination Imagination club advisors.


Robots compete in sumo, soccer and an obstacle course at La Habra City School District competition
The La Habra City School District held its second annual Robot Rally this week, drawing more than 80 tech-savvy students to Imperial Middle School. From 4 to 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Las Positas, Walnut and Sierra Vista elementary schools deployed their robotics in the school’s multipurpose room, battling it out in the Black Line Obstacle Course, Robot Sumo and Robot Soccer.

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