Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AMADOR COUNTY LIBRARY - Programs for September 2012

On-going programs:

Just Knits will meet Monday September 10th from 10:30AM until Noon. Open to everyone who knits or is interested in knitting.  They meet the second Monday of every month.
Picture Book Story Time will be restarting Thursday, September 13th at 10:30AM and continues every Thursday.
For any questions please contact us:
Amador County Library
530 Sutter St.
Jackson, CA 95642

Saturday, August 25, 2012

AAUW Amador Branch Fall Kick-Off - Fri Sept 14

The Amador branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will have their fall Kick-Off meeting on Friday, September 14, 2012.  Current, New, and Prospective members are welcome to attend and meet the 2012 Board, find out about this season’s programs, and enjoy an evening of food and drink.  There will be a special presentation from this year’s Tech Trek 8th grade scholarship winners on their experiences at Science Camp.  AAUW was founded in 1881 and is the nation’s leading organization advocating equity for women through education, philanthropy, and research.   For more information on the Kick-Off meeting, or to join AAUW, please contact Nancy Street at 209-295-1273 or

 The 2012 AAUW Tech Trek Scholarship Winners.  From left to right:  Angelina Grubb, Jessica Gonzales, Sara Clausen, and Nicole Acevedo.  Not shown is Alexa Kerr

Raley's Reach Nomination for "Sutter Creek Elementary"

 Sutter Creek Elementary School applied for and was accepted to the Raley's Reach competition. Voting opened on August 22nd and goes until August 31st.

Sutter Creek Elementary is up against much larger schools since we are in the Sacramento region. Is there anyway that you can blast the website link and voting information to the community? 

The winner is determined completely by community votes!

It is my understanding that the money from the award would almost completely fund the PE program for the year, or can be used to supplement  arts and music programs! The school is facing bigger budget cuts than last year (they have no aids and PE money is frozen for now, and possibly being cut altogether). So that on top of the lack of arts and music funding puts a big stress on the school and on its Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

Raley's Reach awards will decided by the community - so you'll want to promote your nomination to get as many votes as possible. Below is a link to your Raley's Reach webpage where visitors can vote for your nomination.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Plymouth After School Program - Tues, Wed & Thurs

A great place for kids to hang out after school. Experienced program leaders offer homework help and lead fun activities and games! Go on field trips occasionally too! Available for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the whole school year. Located at Lodgehill in Plymouth. Please contact Jessie Larsen at (209)223-6349 for more information.

California Connections Academy Announces New Principal to Lead School Serving Bay Area and North San Joaquin Valley

Principal Don Ogden joins new California virtual school – serving Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties – for the 2012-13 academic year

RIPON, Calif. (Aug. 22, 2012) — Connections Academy announces the hire of education veteran Don Ogden as principal to lead its new California virtual school serving students in San Joaquin and surrounding counties. Kicking off its first academic year this fall, the tuition-free online public school is currently enrolling K-12 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, and Stanislaus counties. As principal, Ogden will lead the school’s dedicated staff of teachers, administrators and support staff in delivering to students Connections Academy’s proven virtual school program and individualized approach to learning.

Ogden brings 15 years of experience in elementary administration and teaching, and several accolades for outstanding achievement. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator of the Year Award in 2002 and has led schools recognized for outstanding student achievement nationally and in California, including the following honors: National Blue Ribbon School, National Distinguished School, California Distinguished School, California Achieving School as well as Exemplary School, and School on the Move.

“Helping students reach their full potential is my greatest passion,” said Ogden. “I am honored to lead our team of exceptional teachers and staff as we deliver an innovative and proven education option through which a wide range of students can thrive.”

Ogden added that one of his team’s first tasks will be to develop an individualized lesson plan for each student. “We look forward to getting to know our new students and their Learning Coaches through this one-on-one process, as well as at our beginning-of-the-year party and open house this month.”

Chartered through Ripon Unified School District, California Connections Academy @ Ripon gives students a flexible learning environment with a challenging curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards and is taught by state-certified teachers. Students in all grade levels socialize through group labs, clubs and activities; school-sponsored events and field trips; and LiveLessons, which are virtual classrooms where students can communicate with peers and teachers in real time. California Connections Academy @ Ripon’s first day of classes is Aug. 27.

“Don is known throughout the education community for using assessment data to shape instructional strategies and establishing programs that monitor and improve students’ individual progress and successes. This, coupled with his proven background in developing learning organizations that support all students to learn and meet the highest performance standards, makes him an excellent addition to the team and a highly qualified leader for our new school in north central California,” said Joanna Royce-Davis, board chairwoman of California Connections Academy @ Ripon and dean of students at University of the Pacific.

Prior to joining California Connections Academy @ Ripon, Ogden served as principal at Camellia Basic School, in Sacramento, where he was also involved in district-wide planning committees and mentored new administrators. Ogden holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from California State University, Stanislaus, and a master’s degree in education from the University of La Verne.

Connections Academy is a division of Connections Education, which is accredited by AdvancED. California Connections Academy @ Ripon is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. For more information, please visit California Connections Academy @ Ripon. The school’s teaching center is located in Ripon (580 N. Wilma Ave., Suite G).

About Connections Academy
Connections Academy is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual schooling for students in grades K through 12. Through tuition-free public schools, and full-time and part-time private school programs, Connections Academy delivers superior, personalized education for students, with the freedom and flexibility to experience our online learning community from anywhere. The combination of certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. In the 2012–13 school year, Connections Academy will serve students in 22 states via 24 virtual public schools. It serves students worldwide through the online private school, National Connections Academy. Connections Academy offers grades K through 12, though some public school programs do not offer all grades. For more information, call 800–382–6010 or visit Connections Academy and its parent company, Connections Education, are part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).

Monday, August 20, 2012

ACUSD-Foothill Charter School Board Meeting - Wed Aug 22

Board Meeting and Petition Consideration
On Wed Aug 22 at 6:30 PM, County Administration Building, Jackson, the Amador County School Board will meet to discuss the future of the Foothill Charter School. The Board and the Community will be able to ask questions. The public is invited to come and participate.
For more information, contact

Friday, August 10, 2012

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Aug 16

ACCF Agenda 8/16/2012
Amador Community College Foundation
DATE: Thursday, August 16, 2012
LOCATION: Sutter Hill Transit Center
117 Valley View Way, Sutter Creek
TIME: 2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF
Discussion/Action Items:

1) Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Madeleine: report on outreach efforts
b) John: account balance of federal grant
c) Karen: account balance at Amador Community Foundation
d) John: adoption of current board members to serve through the end of the December, 2012.

2) Curriculum Access: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Dixie: recommendation of interview committee regarding .5FTE IT Technician for open access lab
b) Karen: update on course enrollments for ACTC fall courses

3) Partnerships &

4) Facilities: Discussion only
a) Madeleine: report on facilities committee meeting with ACOE regarding open lab at Amador Learning Center
b) John/Charles: update on grand opening date of Sutter Hill Transit Center; demonstration of tech capacity for Sutter Hill Transit Center

5) Marketing: Discussion only
a) John/Charles: discussion on potential joint marketing efforts for ACTC and ACCF
b) Karen: distribution of rate sheets from media advertising sources for non-profits (TSPN, Amador Ledger Dispatch, Helen Foraker Advertising)

6) Finance: Discussion only
a) Karen: set a date for next finance committee meeting to work on draft business plan
Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/suggested by members)

ADJOURNMENT: Until September 20, 2012 at 2:30 PM
Note: Special location for this meeting.

2012-2013 ACUSD School Calendar

School begins Monday, August 13

Click link below to view 2012-2013 Calendar (pdf)

Playgroups Rescheduled

Attention local parents of toddlers:

The Resource Connection’s Playgroups were originally planned to start up again on Monday, August 13. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are pushing it back a week. Playgroups will now start up again during the week of August 20.

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 223-1624. See you soon!

Erika Simmons
Provider Coordinatoresimmons@
(209) 223-1624

The Resource ConnectionEngaging Families.
Empowering Communities.
Enriching Lives.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mountain Oaks: First Day of School is Aug 22

The first day of school will be August 22nd.
Please see our website: for details.

Volunteer Opportunity: 4-H Wants YOU!

Wed Aug 8 - 4-H can trace its roots to the early part of last century when County Extension Offices were trying to increase knowledge among local farmers. The County Extension Offices began teaching youth about new and innovative farming practices, hoping their parents would take notice, and they did. Over the years 4-H has evolved to become one of the largest positive youth development programs in the nation. It has grown to offer projects for five to eighteen year olds in pretty much any topic imaginable.

Recently Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, and Tuolumne counties pooled their resources to form the state’s first Multi-County Partnership, the UC Cooperative Extension Central Sierra. Together we are working to improve the lives of young people throughout the region, while keeping our county 4-H identities. The Central Sierra 4-H program is looking to build capacity by increasing the amount and types of projects offered to youth in our four counties. Do you have a passion you want to share? Do you love kids? We provide training and support so you wouldn’t be doing this in the dark. We are adding projects in all four counties. Possible projects may include robotics, cultural arts, soap making, entomology, ballroom dancing, and so much more.

We are currently seeking volunteers to donate 2-3 hours a month helping youth explore their spark and passion. Being a 4-H volunteer is a rewarding experience for both the adult and the youth. Initial commitment is a few hours of training about learning styles and teaching techniques, fingerprinting, and an annual enrollment fee ($15 for 2012/13). Not interested in teaching kids, but still want to be a part 4-H? We have many volunteer opportunities that support local youth, but don’t have direct interaction with them. If you are interested in being a part of this amazing organization please contact JoLynn Miller, 4-H Advisor for the Central Sierra Region by email ( or phone (209-533-5686). Remember no experience is necessary, but a passion for inspiring youth is required. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Raley's reach offers $50K in Grants to Local Schools to Inspire Community Action

Five $10,000 Grants Available for Schools throughout Northern California and Nevada
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Know of any local schools in need of $10,000? Just in time for the new school year, Raley’s Family of Fine Stores is partnering with Unilever to provide $50,000 in grants to local schools. Through the Raley’s Reach program, the family-owned retailer is once again placing the decision in the hands of the community to determine which schools will receive grants. Through participant nominations and votes, five $10,000 grants will be awarded regionally to K-12 schools to benefit their back-to-school needs.  From August 8th – 20th, local PTAs, booster clubs, parents and community members are encouraged to nominate their local school at <>  to receive a $10,000 grant. Then, beginning August 22nd, it will be up to the online community to log on and cast their votes for the schools that they would like to see benefit from one of the grants. Winners will be announced on September 5th.  “This is our biggest Raley’s Reach grant offer to date and we’re so excited to partner with Unilever to make a difference in our local schools,” said Jennifer Teel-Wolter, Raley’s Community Relations Manager. “This program is about creative thinking, innovative ideas and community support. These grants have the ability to make a huge impact in the lives of children and we can’t wait to see how they’re put into action.” The five regions are defined by geographic locations served by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores: Region 1 — Northern Region (Nevada): Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Humboldt and Washoe counties Region 2 — Foothill Region (California): Butte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Nevada, Sutter and Tehama counties Region 3 — Greater Sacramento Region (California): Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties Region 4 — Central Valley Region (California): Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties Region 5 — Greater Bay Region (California): Alameda, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties The top school with the most votes in each region will receive $10,000 to put toward their stated back-to-school need. Whether it’s putting more computers in the classroom, upgrading playground equipment or purchasing art supplies for classrooms — the possibilities for how to put a Raley’s Reach grant into action are endless.  
With a long-standing reputation of giving back to the communities it serves, the Raley’s Reach program offers the unique opportunity for grants to go where participants recognize the greatest need. The program was first launched in May 2010 in honor of Raley’s 75th anniversary. To date, Raley’s Reach has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to 20 community projects throughout Northern California and Nevada.  Who could you reach with $10,000?

 Share. Vote. <>
Raley’s is a privately owned supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, CA. The company is comprised of four chains — Raley’s, Bel Air, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source — located in Northern California and Nevada. 

TSPN INTERVIEW: Madelein Voss, ACCF Outreach Coordinator

Madelein Voss, outreach coordinator for the Amador Community College Foundation, talks with TSPN's Tom Slivick.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Master Food Preservers - Tuesdays & Saturdays, Aug 11-28

University of California Cooperative Extension Office
Master Food Preservers
311 Fair Lane, Placerville, CA 95667

11 Sat.  10am - noon        Pressure Canning                 Location: UCCE office
14 Tue. 10am – noon        Pressure Canning                 Location: Marshall Grange
18 Sat.  10am – noon        Low Sugar                         
  Location: UCCE office
21 Tue.  10am – noon        Dehydrating & Freezing       Location: Marshall Grange
25. Sat.  10am – noon        Cheese Making                    Location UCCE office
28. Tue.  10am – noon        Low Sugar                         
  Location; Marshall Grange
El Dorado County UCCE office, 311 Fair Lane, Placerville,
Marshall Grange 4940 Marshall Road, Garden Valley.

Should you need assistance or require accommodations for any  physical challenge, please let us know
Thank you for your help in reaching the public.
Claudia Littlejohn MFP 2006.
Questions? Call the Master Food Preservers at (530) 621-5506 (Voice Mail)
MFP e-mail:  
MFP website:htt://

Monday, August 6, 2012

Foothill Charter School "Afternoon in the Park" - Sat Aug 11

Foothill Charter School is hosting an "Afternoon in the Park" at Detert Park in Jackson on Sat Aug 11 from 1-4PM.
Come hear about:
School info
Petition signing
Letter of Intent for school enrollment
Job opportunities

Children get a FREE snow cone! Parents/adults: $1
Contact: Ramona Longero, 296-6623

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fundraising continues for the "Old Sutter Creek Grammar School"

BACK2SCHOOL shopping at Amazon!

  • Backpacks - School Supplies - Classroom Storage Items
  • Jackets 
  • Boys and Girls Clothing
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Books - Grades Kindergarten to High School 
  • Music Instruments
  • Sports equipment
  • PLUS MORE...!

Another other shopping can be done here too!   All will help continue our fund raising for the school restoration, so please bookmark this link.

Thank you, 

Committee for Restoring the "Old Sutter Creek Grammar School"  

Judi Bartholomew

Thursday, August 2, 2012

ACUSD/ACOE Board Meeting - Wed Aug 8

The ACUSD/ACOE Board meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Wednesday August 8.

Open Session typically begins at 6:30 p.m. Closed Session begins at 5:30 p.m.

Meetings are held in the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, unless otherwise posted. 

Agendas and supporting documents will be available for public viewing three days prior to the Board meeting. Agenda items will be discussed in order agreed.

The Governing Board requests that individuals who would like to address the Governing Board during Public Comments or on an item on the agenda fill out “Board Meeting Speaker Card” and turn it into the Secretary of the Board prior to the agenda item.

Teri Crain

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Amador Community College Foundation Kicks Off Annual Campaign

Amador Centers for Higher Learning to Open in September 

The Amador Community College Foundation (ACCF) is launching the Amador Centers for Higher Learning Virtual Campus Program this September.  The first phase of the Virtual Campus Program begins operations in September, 2012 with the opening of both the Amador Learning Center and the Sutter Hill Transit Center.    Amador Community College Foundation in partnership with the Amador County Office of Education and the Amador County Transportation Commission are providing the facilities and equipment.   Amador Community College Foundation seeks funds to provide needed support services that will insure student success in the Virtual Campus Program.  Funds raised will provide or expand vital additional student services as these programs develop:

·         Academic counseling
·         Information technology support
·         Tutoring services

Our annual campaign seeks to raise $85,000 to staff the Virtual Campus Program. Your help builds Amador County’s future. To make your gift online, visit Amador Community Foundation at Click donate on the home page and specify Amador Community College Foundation in the purpose box.  To volunteer, contact Madeleine Voss at 223-6393 or  

The Amador Learning Center at Independence High School (525 Independence Drive in Sutter Creek) will provide access to online college instruction offered through a host of state and national colleges and universities in its 36-station computer lab with high-speed internet connectivity.  Tutoring services will be available by appointment through our cadre of volunteer tutors.  Lab hours are Monday from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  The lab will also be open Fridays and Saturdays by appointment.  Opening date to be announced.  For more information or to register as a lab user, contact Dixie Camardo at  or (209) 267-1981.

The Sutter Hill Transit Center (117 Valley View Way in Sutter Creek) will provide a venue to offer courses in professional growth, skills enhancement, and personal enrichment in its state of the art conference room equipped with video conferencing capability and high speed internet connectivity.  For more information or to register for classes, contact Karen Dickerson at or 482-1369.

The Fall schedule includes:

The Everyday Guide to Wine facilitated by Shan Trail on Tuesdays for 12 sessions from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM beginning September 4, 2012.

How to Understand and Appreciate Great Art facilitated by Pamela Sharp, Ph.D. on Thursdays from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM beginning September 6, 2012.

"A virtual classroom available via ACCF right here in Amador County will promote more accessible and affordable education to all of its current residents, and those of many future generations to come."  Kristen Maurice, 19 years old and newest ACCF volunteer.

"Tools are a necessity to build one's dreams into reality. Without those tools, aspiring Amador County students have little or no means of achieving their hopes and goals for the better future they strive for.  ACCF's virtual classroom program will give us that ability."  Kristen Maurice, 19 years old and newest ACCF volunteer.

Join us to make the dream of affordable post-secondary education available in 
Amador County.