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‘Leave a legacy’: How two Modesto schools became the first boys volleyball teams in the city

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When the Sac-Joaquin Section released its boys volleyball playoff brackets on April 29, there were schools from Lodi, Stockton, Ripon and many different cities around Sacramento.

But none from Modesto.

In the state of California, boys volleyball participation has increased every year from 2010-2019 according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, gaining the most steam in Southern California and near the Bay Area.

Two schools in Modesto have made their mark by starting teams this year: Davis High School and Central Catholic High School. The teams were started in an attempt to provide an extra sport for boys in the spring, and grow boys volleyball in the area.

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Program offers college students $10,000 to volunteer in their community

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Students at 45 colleges and universities, that include Stanislaus State and UC Merced, will be able to earn $10,000 toward their degrees by volunteering for the new Californians For All College Corps program. 

The first volunteer program of its kind in the country will be available to 6,500 students at a variety of schools, including University of California, California State University and California Community College campuses, as well as a handful of private schools.

The idea behind the initiative is that in exchange for volunteering in their communities at places like schools, food banks and community gardens, students can make a difference and earn money.

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Modesto schools will have 30 electric buses next year. Where will they charge up?

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Modesto City Schools celebrated the dawn of its electric bus future with a Tuesday morning gathering.

Two of the eventual 30 buses sat in front of the audience at the Woodland Avenue maintenance yard. The rest will be delivered between the August start of the next school year and early 2023, Superintendent Sara Noguchi said.

The MCS board in January accepted $6.3 million from the state to cover part of the $13.8 million cost. The rest is general fund dollars freed up by coronavirus relief money.

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TUSD hosts first Farm to School Expo

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Since opening in 2013, the Turlock Unified School District Farm has continued to expand its reach in educating students about agriculture and serving as a healthy and local source of fresh fruits and vegetables for the district’s school lunches. Earlier this month, the District Child Nutrition Department collaborated with TUSD Farm to host the inaugural Farm to School Expo.

The Expo came on the heels of TUSD Child Nutrition being awarded a $104,764 Farm to School grant from California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Farm 2 School Expo was an effort to invite community members into the TUSD farm and showcase collaborated Farm 2 School initiatives.

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Proposed legislation would increase state financial aid for California private college students

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A pending California Senate bill would increase the amount of state financial aid available to California residents studying at the 5Cs and other private colleges, though the amount of aid students receive may not change at institutions that already meet one hundred percent of financial need.

California’s A and B “Cal Grants” are the state’s main form of financial aid to low- and middle-income students, offering competitive grants to students at community colleges, state schools (the California State University system and the University of California system) and private schools that meet student loan default rate and graduation rate requirements.

The Cal Grant A helps pay for tuition and fees for educational programs that are at least two academic years long, while the Cal Grant B acts as a living and education-related expenses stipend for educational programs at least one year long.

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Device uses eye movement to help non-verbal children communicate

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LOS ANGELES — New technology is helping non-verbal students communicate.

San Bernadino County Schools in California recently received a grant to buy the Tobii Dynavox Eye Gaze Machine.

“This equipment just motivates everybody to keep working on individual students and how we can best connect with them so that we can support their goals,” said Superintendent Ted Alejandre.

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Modesto Schools Get New Building, Tech, Programs for STEM

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Little rolling robots dodged red, green and blue blocks as fifth-graders cheered loudly, at times rising to their feet with enthusiasm.

Tuolumne School students in south Modesto worked in teams to piece together 500 or so parts to create the devices, which they would soon learn to control through coding, teacher Hector Barraza said.

The robotics unit was part of a push at Tuolumne — and Modesto City Schools more broadly — to enhance K-6 learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. By exposing students to STEM at a young age, district officials hope more students will choose to take related courses in middle and high school, setting them up for in-demand careers if they choose.

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Press ‘2’ for joy: new hotline offers pep talks from children

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A school project at a California elementary school is offering hope and happiness to anyone with a phone.

Peptoc, a free hotline created by the students at West Side Elementary in Healdsburg, California, offers words of encouragement and pep talks recorded by children, NPR reported.

Calling 707-998-8410 triggers an automated menu offering options: “If you are feeling mad, frustrated or nervous, press 1. If you need words of encouragement or life advice, press 2. If you need a pep talk from kindergartners, press 3.”

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Stan State Offering In-House Scholarships for New Academic Year

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The Financial Aid Office is located on the first floor of the Mary Stuart Rogers (MSR) building. (Signal Photo/Morley Brown)

Stanislaus State is continuing to offer scholarships to help students with college costs, with a March 2 deadline fast approaching. The scholarships cover the 2022-2023 academic year and are catered to student’s majors, but low student turn-out may be affecting the amount of awards that will be granted to applicants.

In comparison to previous years, there has been a lower turnout of students applying. According to the Stan State Financial Aid Office, each scholarship has a certain number of students that can be awarded. If there are less eligible students that have applied, the scholarship can extend its deadline. However, “if there aren’t enough students, the money doesn’t go out.”

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Prep boys’ soccer: Liberty Ranch earns school’s first section championship

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On Tuesday night, after a long drive to Turlock High School for all parties, a long boys’ soccer game ensued. It took 100 minutes, including 20 of double overtime, but Liberty Ranch made all the work worthwhile with a 4-2 penalty kick win for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV boys’ soccer championship.

It was a scoreless affair with the defenses of both teams on the front foot and the attacks rarely getting shots.

Hawks coach Garrett Arechiga, coaching in his first postseason, delivered Liberty Ranch their first-ever title.

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