Local Education News

Meeting Duran Duran next week the goal of beloved South Lake Tahoe teacher – South Tahoe Now - Sure, everyone has their celebrity crushes when growing up, but meeting Duran Duran is so much more than that for South Tahoe High teacher Bridey Thelen Heidel… She knew something had to be done before someone else had lost their will to live and started researching gay-straight alliances in schools. In 2006, along with two students, the South Tahoe High School ALLY Club was formed. Their first meeting had over 100 students, staff and community members and it is still going strong 13 years later.

Viking Corner: This Week at South Tahoe High – South Tahoe Now - This week at South Tahoe High School, students enjoyed a short week with Labor Day Weekend and Back-to-School night. Seniors get prepared for their last year at STHS and multiple home games wrap up the week. On Thursday, seniors met in the STHS theatre with school counselors to discuss graduation requirements. With Google slides filled of tips and resources, counselors took questions from seniors, helping them prepare for their final year.

Local teacher gets C-SPAN sneak peek – Mountain Democrat - Pleasant Grove Middle School teacher Katie Haver recently returned from taking part in the C-SPAN Educators’ Conference in Washington, D.C., and said she’s excited to share her knowledge with students and fellow teachers about all C-SPAN had to offer. Encouraged by another teacher to apply, Haver was chosen out of hundreds of applicants to participate in the C-SPAN Educators’ Conference. She was the only teacher from California out of 31 other participants.

Chic Bist leaves positive imprint – Mountain Democrat/Village Life - Chic Bist’s title of coach stretched far beyond the field or basketball court where he spent more than 40 years coaching high school athletes. … “If you had a problem with a class,” Castro said, “Coach Bist would find a tutor for you to make sure your grades didn’t fall. Coach was one of the greatest role models to come out of any program.”… beginning in 2007 he started a tradition that he continued at Union Mine of naming a special needs student as an honorary captain for every home game. He wanted kids who didn’t play football to be included. Duncan, who was coaching with Chic during that time, said he has heard kids who were honorary captains speak about how that experience positively affected their life.

Open Applications for Youth Commissioners Due – Placerville Newswire - The El Dorado County Youth Commission is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.  In a continued effort to positively enhance our community and empower our local youth, the County Board of Supervisors (BOS) partners with the County Office of Education (EDCOE) to appoint students as Youth Commissioners. Commissioners gather and express the opinions, ideas, and visions of our county’s youth, while gaining valuable leadership skills and knowledge about our county and local government.

Community Mourning the loss of Coach Chic Bist – Placerville Newswire - "Today, the El Dorado Union High School District is mourning the loss of Coach Chic Bist after an extended illness. Coach Bist was a legendary figure within our community for his boundless generosity and genuine care for friends and strangers alike, and for shaping the lives of young adults for over 30 years… "  --  Dr. Ron Carruth, Superintendent, El Dorado Union High School District… In April of this year Dr. Ed Manansala, El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools, recognized Coach Chic Bist on behalf of the El Dorado County Office of Education and the El Dorado Union High School District in appreciation for his caring example for our school and community to include everyone and emphasize the value and importance of 'family.'"

In the know – Mountain Democrat - The Oak Ridge High School Foundation will hold its 20th annual Golf Tournament at Serrano Country Club. For more information, visit accelevents.com/e/ORHSgolf2019

Family fun raises money for the Georgetown PTA – Georgetown Gazette (attached) – On Oct. 12 Georgetown School PTA’s frist Cubs Cornhole Classic Tournament will be held at BarmHaus Brewing Company (formerly Stash Brewery in Garden Valley). This is a way to have fun for the entire family and community, while raising for Georgetown School of Innovation’s PTA program to further enhance exceptional educational offerings.

INALLIANCE helps behind the scenes at Imagination Theater – Mountain Democrat - Behind the scenes, volunteers from INALLIANCE shine, doing all kinds of needed work that not only provides them with valuable skill, but helps the theater. Since 1952 INALLIANCE has worked to provide clients with developmental disabilities resources to fully participate in life. For the last four years the organization’s program director Benjamin Praker and Imagination Theater marketing director John Zachry have teamed up, bringing INALLIANCE clients to the theater in the months and weeks leading up to a show. Some of the volunteers work with the marketing department while others help prepare the theater for patrons.

DANCERS WANTED - BBBS EDC is Recruiting – Placerville Newswire - BBBS EDC is recruiting dancers for a fun video that will be made on Sunday, September 15th at 11am in the park across from our office in Cameron Park. The video will be entered into a contest with Horizon Organic for a $25k grant that will go towards helping our communities’ youth. Please help us spread the word! All ages and skill levels welcome!

Bypass lane opens at Meyers roundabout – South Tahoe Now - The Caltrans contractor working on the roundabout at the intersection of SR89 and US50 has completed concrete work on the bypass land and it opened Friday. The $4.1M project converted a T-intersection into a three-leg roundabout with a bypass lane.

New housing opportunities for homeless transitional aged youth in South Lake Tahoe – South Tahoe Now - Tahoe Youth & Family Services (TYFS) has announced a groundbreaking new Transitional Living, Rapid Re-housing, and Homeless Prevention Program for transitional aged youth (18-24 years old) that are currently homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in South Lake Tahoe. This homeless prevention program is a one-time block grant funded by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) and will be available to our community over the next two years.

NWS issues Fire Weather Watch Sunday into Monday after nice weekend – Lake Tahoe Tribune - Friday and Saturday are expected to be beautiful at Lake Tahoe but high wind gusts and low humidity Sunday afternoon has led to the National Weather Service issuing a Fire Weather Watch. Temperatures Friday and Saturday will reach into the 80s while the low dips into the high 30s. The high drops into the mid 70s Sunday with wind gusts picking up to 30-45 mph in the afternoon.

California’s charter schools face uncertain future under a new state law – EdSource - Legislation that could determine the future of charter schools in California introduces questions that school districts have been barred from asking for three decades. How should a district measure a charter school’s fiscal impact? Or weigh its effect on a district’s academic programs?


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