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School Talk: El Dorado County high schools launch ‘distracted driving’ prevention program

A program to alert young drivers to the dangers of being distracted while driving is being quietly launched by student leaders, teachers and administrators at El Dorado County’s ...

New elementary school breaks ground in El Dorado Hills

While school districts across the state struggle with closing deficits, an El Dorado Hills school was busy breaking ground last week. The Buckeye Union School District broke groun ...

Editor's view: Library left in good hands

The choice to promote Carolyn Brooks as the head book-cracker at the El Dorado Hills Library proves that nice people don’t always finish last. Brooks has been successfully leadi ...

School Talk: Community rallies after tragedy

When a tragedy occurs, our community steps forward and envelopes those who have been impacted with strong, caring arms. Recently we in El Dorado County experienced such an event. W ...

School Talk: Peer tutoring helps students develop new skills

Cooking is not a specialty for me. I enjoy food, love to eat out, and appreciate fine cuisine. But, putting it together at home is not something I go out of my way to perfect. So, ...

School Talk: Students shoot for gold at decathlon

Yea team! Go, go, go! No, this is not a sports team. It’s the Academic Decathlon team from your local high school. These team members prepare, train, and get ready for a contest ...

School Talk: Students serve and learn at the same time

How many shingles does it take for the roof? Where shall we plant these trees? Which families need food from the food bank? Service-Learning is a hands-on teaching and learning str ...

Education administrators making almost $200,000

Some local teachers and residents are upset and confused about the salaries of Placer County Office of Education administrators, including a position that makes more than a similar ...

School Talk: Enjoy break, but keep learning

Summer is such a great time of year — warm, lazy days that last well into the evening. It’s such a great luxurious feeling until the kids run out of things to do. It begins w ...

School Talk: Testing checks to see what's been learned

Assessments, testing, examinations — why do those words often conjure up such scary thoughts? It’s probably because we all have experiences we’d just as soon not recall. I r ...

School Talk: El Dorado County offers plenty of talent

A question I was asked a few years ago was, “Don’t you think the program for gifted and talented students is poorly run and underfunded?” Of course, it was a loaded question ...

School Talk: Welcome to reading, El Dorado County style

We’re “Wild about Reading” in El Dorado County. If you don’t know what I’m talking about — read on. In 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) completed a study ...

School Talk: New year and new focus on education

With the holiday season over, most of our thoughts have turned to the New Year and many of us are engaged in setting new goals or simply trying to figure out how we will pay for th ...

Don't miss child's 'window of opportunity'

Anyone who spends time with 3- and 4-year-old children quickly learns that this is a very special stage in a child’s development. Children who are 3 to 5 are learning all the ...

Teens prepping for life after school

Agriculture, engineering, land management, culinary arts, technology/media, and tourism are only a few of the offerings in the field of Career Technical Education. I’m sure you ...