Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 6, 2017

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Superintendent's Blog - October 6, 2017
Free concert!  In September, the local radio station 106.5 The End ran a contest to bring an up-and-coming band, Why Don’t We, to a local high school campus. Woodcreek High School students won with over 250,000 votes and nudged out other local schools! Watch announcement video here. The school enjoyed an awesome concert on Tuesday at lunch!  Great job!
Technology
Our technology department is awesome!  That is not my opinion, it is fact!  From last April through the end of September this year, staff completed 338 surveys after receiving help from the tech folks.  The survey asked respondents to rank the service they received as Awesome, Just Ok, or Not good.  329 of the respondents picked Awesome!  Kudos go to Tony Ham and his entire team!
 
Recognition
Antelope High School teacher, Angela Anderson, is one of two finalists for PLTW Biomedical Science Teacher of the Year (National Level).  Angela has been quoted by the National PLTW on their website and social media outlets in recent months! She is doing an amazing job! We will find out the results later this month!
Bill Santucci Memorial Golf Tournament
We had a great turnout last Friday for the Bill Santucci Memorial Golf Tournament!  Aldo Pineschi, Carol Garcia and Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler have spearheaded this effort for the past 20 years to raise money for scholarships for our high school seniors. Our whole district office team partners with them to make this happen.   Last year, 25 students received $1,000 scholarships! 
Excellence in Journalism
Congratulations go to advisors Bobby Ritter (Eye of the Tiger) and Pete LeBlanc (Titan Times).  Their student publications were both nominated by the National Scholastic Press Association for the prestigious Pacemaker Award for excellence in journalism.  Only 49 publications have been nominated and our schools are 2 of the 8 nominees from California.  This is the fourth straight year the Eye of the Tiger has received a nomination! 
 
Military Night
On Tuesday Roseville High School hosted the annual District-wide Military Academy Night.  It was a huge success! Representatives from West Point, Air Force, US Navy, US Coast Gaurd, US Merchant Marine as well as a representative from Congressman McClintock's office presented on each of the academies and answered questions for over 225 students and parents. The College and Career team did a wonderful job. 
 
PLTW Engineering
I had a chance to visit the Granite Bay Engineering program on Tuesday.  Students are working on some amazing projects!  One group is developing a fuel efficient car to compete in the Shell Eco-challenge.  Another group is reverse engineering a Fender Stratocaster electric guitar that they hope to unveil this spring at the guitar showcase.  My favorite though, is a solar powered catamaran!  It is an amazing concept.  The level of student excitement and engagement was palpable.