Wednesday, March 20, 2013

California Connections Academy Opens Enrollment for the 2013-2014 School Year

Full-time, tuition-free virtual public school offers innovative school choice for K-12 students in
the Bay Area and North San Joaquin Valley
Ripon, Calif. (March 20, 2013)California Connections Academy @ Ripon, a K-12 tuition-free virtual public school, is now enrolling students for the 2013-2014 school year. The school is hosting free parent information sessions throughout the spring and summer to fulfill the growing number of requests for information. California Connections Academy is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District and currently serves more than 270 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties.
California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized education for students that combines certified teachers, a proven curriculum, technology tools, and community experiences—online and in person—to create a supportive environment for children who want an individualized approach to education. Connections Academy combines state-certified teachers with a curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. In fact, according to the 2012 Parent Satisfaction Survey, 96 percent of California Connections Academy parents agree that the curriculum is high quality and 93 percent would recommend the school to other families.
“With K-12 online learning growing across the nation, California Connections Academy is constantly providing additional resources to help our students thrive, such as new elective and advanced placement course offerings, social events and clubs,” said Don Ogden, principal at California Connections Academy. “Just in our first year, we have added Julliard eLearning music classes to our arts program, held weekly field trips and launched a model aviation club.”   
California Connections Academy will host free information sessions throughout Northern California to give parents and students an opportunity to learn about the school’s curriculum, meet with Connections Academy teachers and learn about the enrollment process. Prospective students and their parents can also learn about this innovative education option via many social networks. Families may follow Connections Academy on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, watch videos on YouTube, and read Virtual Learning Connections, the blog for families interested in supporting K-12 learning from home. 
“We look forward to welcoming new students to California Connections Academy in the 2013-2014 school year and developing their individual learning plans,” added Ogden. “For families considering virtual education, we encourage attending one of our local information sessions where our educators can detail how the model works and how to best support student success.”
Families can enroll in California Connections Academy online or by phone at 800-382-6010. For more information about the enrollment process or to attend an information session, please visit California Connections Academy's website.
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, March 18, 2013

Amador Community College Foundation - Thurs Mar 21

Amador Community College Foundation

Thursday, March 21, 2013
810 Court Street, Jackson, CA
Conference Room #C
2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items

1) Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) John: Insurance update for event coverage (information only)
b) John: 2013 Action Plan Review
c) Madeleine: Bank balance at El Dorado Savings; presentation of bills to pay

2) Curriculum Access: Discussion
a) Janice/Karen: Curriculum Committee Report

3) Partnerships &
4) Facilities: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) John/Frank: status of Ethyl Grant Award

5) Marketing: Discussion
a) Karen: report on progress on new website

6) Finance: Discussion
a) Karen: Bunsen to Beaker 5K Run status report

Committee Member Initiatives (Non agenda items reported/Suggested by members)

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM


Bunsen to Beaker 5K Race for Education Scores a Hit at Dandelion Days

The 25th Annual Bunsen to Beaker 5k Fun Run at Dandelion Days drew 91 runners and walkers for this annual family event held on March 16, 2013. The race started at Detert Park and ended in downtown Jackson amidst the Dandelion Days festivities. The course is a challenging but fun race course over 3.1 miles of hilly county roads and city streets. The Jackson City Police provided an escort for the runners.

The top 10 finishers were: Brandon Jacobs (18:34); Joseph Van Dyke (19:34); Matt Conrardy (19:15); Thomas Cahill (19:41); Nathan Price (19:48); Peter Smith (20:12); James Franey (20:24); Daniel Trassare (21:30); Randi McCarley (21:41); and, David Cooper (21:41). Winners received test tubes and beakers in keeping with the race theme. Gift certificates from New York Fitness, Waves of Healthy Hands Massage, and Motherload CrossFit were given to top male and female race finishers, best costume group, and final finishers in the non-competitive walk class.

Alyshia Davies Drake, Assistant Race Director, and husband, Ryan Drake, ran the race backwards as
salmon swimming up-stream offering encouragement to race participants. Alyshia enthused, “Best Race day EVER! Congrats to our finishers and big thanks to our sponsors. Big HOORAY to everyone who came in costume!” 

The Bunsen to Beaker 5K run/walk was presented by the Amador Community College Foundation to
benefit 3 local education programs: Jackson Junior High Science, Amador High Cross Country Team,
and the Amador Centers for Higher Learning offering distance education opportunities for Amador
residents to earn AA/AS degrees locally. Karen Dickerson, ACCF Secretary, reports that $5000 was
raised at the 2013 Bunsen to Beaker 5K event.

The Amador Community College Foundation thanks their local business and community sponsors for this event:

Platinum Sponsor $500 – Jackson Lions Club

Gold Sponsors $200 + -- Sutter Amador Hospital; JB’s Awards; New York Fitness; Anne Lintz, State
Farm; Bodies-N-Balance; ACES Waste Services, Inc.; Amador Appraisals; Volcano Communications
Group; Ko Sutemi West; Davenport Properties; Motherload CrossFit; Amador Chiropractic Wellness
Center; The Edge;; Main Street Brokers; Waves of Healing Hands Massage; Todd
Riebe, District Attorney; Michael Slater, CPA; Wyman and Karen Dickerson; and, John and Loretta

Friend Sponsors $100 + include Safeway in Martell, Dr. Bob Hartmann, Amador Bar Association, and
Mother Lode Holistic Wellness Center.

Visit for complete race results. For more information about the Amador
Community College Foundation and their program offerings, contact Karen Dickerson, ACCF Secretary, at 482-1369 or visit

Daniel Trassare and others await Bunsen to Beaker 5K race results at Dandelion Days.
For more pics, contact Bill LaVallie on Facebook at:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Resource Connection: Classes in March-Apr 2013

Creative Curriculum Ideas and Resources
Tuesday, March 19
6:00 - 8:00 pm
If you need some fresh curriculum resources, new ideas, and new projects to make for Spring… join us! Come and learn new ideas on how to implement these resources into your child care programs, and make some of these ideas yourself in this interactive, hands-on, make-and-take workshop! Your child care parents will thank you for offering their children a high quality program!   
Please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624, for location information and to RSVP. 

Staying Healthy with John Adams – A Workshop for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Thursday, March 21
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Don’t miss this opportunity, new updated information included! John Adams is a retired professor, author, consultant, and seminar leader living in Murphys.  He was instrumental in launching the "wellness in the workplace" movement in the early 1970s with his writing, research, speaking and workshops on "Health, Stress and Your Lifestyle" for a wide variety of corporations and government agencies. He continued to develop this work over the years and offers a comprehensive, research-based range of ideas about staying healthy.  Please RSVP by Thursday March 14th to The Resource Connection at 223-1624, and specify if child care is needed.

Art Experiences for Children of All Ages
Wednesday, April 24 
6:00 – 8:00 pm
This workshop will discuss the Process not the Product, and why providers need to offer a variety of art experiences for children of all ages. Participants will learn about stages of children’s art and how it relates to a child’s development. Participants will be introduced to what the Foundations say about children and visual arts. You will also learn different strategies to help incorporate art into every day experiences and about the many benefits that art provides for children -- creatively, aesthetically, socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  This workshop is for grown-ups.  Please call The Resource Connection at 223-1624, for location information and to RSVP.


Friday, March 8, 2013





Thursday, March 14, 2013

Meeting Location: Amador County Public Schools District Office  Conference Room

217 Rex Avenue, Jackson, CA



[ ] Wally Upper, President
[ ] Mary Walser, Clerk
[ ] Pat Miller
[ ] Rose Oneto
[ ] Vacant Position
R011 Cali Taken by the Secretary to the Governing Board.


4.0 OPEN SESSION - 9:00 AM

Pledge of Allegiance.

5 .0 PUBLIC COMMENTS: Any person may address the Board at this time upon any subject within the jurisdiction of the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees; however, any matter that requires action may be referred to staff and for Committee for a report and recommendation for possible action at a subsequent Board Meeting.


6.1 Amador Countv Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education Board of

Trustees Candidate Interviews and Selection of Trustee Area 3 Board Member.

6.2 Review and Discussion of Legal Fees.

6.3 Re-Configuration District Study Committee Composition.



8.1 ACUSDJ'ACOE Regular Meeting: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Location - Amador County Administration Center, 810

Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642, 5:30 PM Closed Session, ACUSD- 6:30 PM Open Session, ACOE -following ACUSD Meeting.
8.2 ACUSD/ACOE Regular Meeting: Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Location e Amador County Administration Center, 810 Court

Street, Jackson, CA 95642, 5:30 PM Closed Session, 6:30 PM Open Session, ACOE -following ACUSD Meeting.


* The Amador County Unified School District complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Should you require special accommodations,
or more infomation about accessibility, please contact the Supcrintendent’s Office by calling (209) 257-5353. All efforts will be made for
reasonable accommodations.

* Any writings or documents that are provided to the governing board in open session will be made available for public inspection at the meeting or at the Amador County Public Schools District Office located at 217 Rex Avenue, Jackson, CA during normal business hours.

Please note - (20 minutes total on am’ subject or 3 minutes per speaker).

Monday, March 4, 2013

AAUW: Winners of 2nd Annual Jr. High Essay Contest - Fri Mar 8

Friday March 8th
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Jackson Junior High School Gym
747 Sutter St., Jackson

Students from Ione and Jackson Jr. High Schools have been invited to write a short essay about “A Women I Admire”.
The top essayists, from each school, will be showcased. The public is welcome, at no cost.  Join in the celebration and show your support for the efforts of our local students and teachers. Refreshments will be served.  Contact Mary Thorpe 245-3715 or Patricia McHugh 296-4704 should you have questions.
A Special invitation to the School Community
Event sponsored by Amador Branch of the American Association of Women (AAUW)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

ACUSD/ACOE Board Meeting - Wed Mar 6

To:  Agenda and Agenda/Minute Recipients

From:  Teri Crain
      Superintendent's Office
      Amador County Public Schools

Re:  Please find attached the ACUSD & ACOE Agendas for 03.06.2013.  Please note the following:

         1. ACUSD/ACOE Minutes for 02/27/2013 will be approved at the ACUSD/ACOE March
            27, 2013 Board Meetings.
         2. The March 13, 2013 ACUSD/ACOE Board Meetings have been cancelled (with March
            06, 2013 as the alternate date for the board meetings).
         3. Please note the March 6, 2013 ACUSD/ACOE Board Meetings will be held at the
            City of Jackson Civic Center, 33 Broadway, Jackson, CA.

Click below to view agenda:

Spanish Conversation Group - 3rd Wednesdays


Meet in Jackson the third Wednesday of the month. This is not a group for beginners. People should have some conversationsl skills in both past & present. 

For more info, call Steve 209-293-4471.