Friday, August 30, 2013

Registration for EGUSD Virtual Academy closes on September 10

Registration for the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Virtual Academy will close on Tuesday, September 10.  Current registration is for kindergarten through 8th grade students for the 2013-2014 school year. The online academy is open to students living in Sacramento, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter and Yolo counties.

The EGUSD Virtual Academy offers an innovative learning experience for the 21st century student. This free online academy allows students in kindergarten through 8th grade to experience teaching and learning from virtually anywhere a computer will take them. All courses are aligned to the State of California’s standards and benchmarks and have a strong emphasis on building skills and critical thinking.

Each EGUSD Virtual Academy student has an individualized plan for his or her course of study. Student learning is guided by Elk Grove Unified teachers. Students have access to their teachers in person, online and by email. Parents play a critical role as learning coaches in the EGUSD Virtual Academy to support their students’ learning.

Registration materials can be downloaded at or picked up at the Las Flores High School campus at 5900 Bamford Drive, Sacramento. 

For more information about the EGUSD Virtual Academy, contact (916) 399-9890, email or visit

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Newsletter: Friends of the Amador County Library

Click on the link below to view the newsletter:

Book Drive .... September 14 .... 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bring your gently used books to the FACL book storage room at 42A Summit, behind the old courthouse. These books are needed for our Next Book Sale November 1-3 at the American Legion Hall in Sutter Creek.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cyberbullying Presentation - Wed Sept 4

A Cyberbullying Presentation with Mary Kay Hoal will be September 4, at Amador High School gym at 7pm.  She is the go-to family online safety expert for millions of parents. Everyone is encouraged to attend and become better informed on this subject. It is presented by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission of Amador County.  

Cyberbullying Presentation Summary
Over the course of 90 minutes, Mary Kay Hoal will address the topic of cyberbullying in a way that will allow both parents and their children to walk away with an understanding of what it is, how to deal with it when it happens, and how to prevent it from happening at all. Attendees will also see a 45-minute special screening of Submit the Documentary, a documentary that delves into cyberbullying and examines the affect it has on youth on a national level. After the screening and presentation, Mary Kay will open the floor for the audience to ask questions for a period of 15 minutes. 
Mary Kay Hoal Bio
Mary Kay Hoal is a nationally recognized family online safety expert. She is a mother of five children ranging in age from 8 - 21 years old. She is the founder and president of Yoursphere Media Inc., which focuses on the family and publishes the award-winning social network,, and the Internet and social networking safety resource site Mary Kay has been profiled on CNN, BBC, E!, Fox & Friends, Lifetime TV, ABC 20/20 and is a contributor to ABC News and is published on Yahoo! Shine, Dr., and many other family-focused sites. She is the go-to family online safety expert for millions of parents. In addition, she has provided legal expert witness work and speaks at various venues with audiences ranging from children, teens and parents.

Monday, August 5, 2013

US Congressman Tom McClintock Featured Speaker at Business/Education Summit - Fri Sept 13

Event Aimed at Building a Network of Stakeholders to Create a Prosperous Economy for Amador County

On Friday, September 13th, local corporations, education and nonprofit organizations will come together, at Thomi’s Banquet Room, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, to raise awareness of the critical role the business community plays in partnering with schools and other stakeholders to support the learning needs of students and develop Amador’s future workforce.

This event is sponsored by the Amador Community College Foundation and will feature US Congressman, Tom McClintock speaking on “Education as the Driver for Economic Vitality” and Supervisor John Plasse presenting, “Local Solutions for Higher Education.”  A question and answer session will follow.  $10.00 donation at the door includes buffet lunch. 

“Because companies provide careers that are the basis for prosperity, they are the ones who can still persuasively say to students, if you work hard in school, careers and success will follow,”‖ said Supervisor Plasse, who serves as Board Chair of the Amador Community College Foundation.  “Our intention for the business/education summit is to further the conversation about what companies can do to help young people succeed educationally and economically.”

ACCF invites leaders in business, education and community organizations together at the Business/Education Summit to solicit input on Amador’s needs for workforce training and to begin to forge businesses /education networks that lead to increasing the chances for students to complete high school and successfully transition into postsecondary education and career pathways. 

Email Karen Dickerson  to reserve lunch.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Michael Bilbrey elected as California School Employees Association President

Bilbrey is CSEA’s 44th president since 1927

Michael Bilbrey was elected today as the new California School Employees Association President. Bilbrey, a bookstore operations coordinator at Citrus Community College in Glendora, is the 44th association president since 1927.

“It is my distinct honor and privilege to lead this great association,” Bilbrey said. “As we move forward with rebuilding California public schools and reclaiming the California Dream, I will continue to work to improve the lives of our 208,000 members, the 6 million students we serve and the 38 million residents of our great state.”

Delegates at CSEA’s 87th Annual Conference also elected Ben ValdepeƱa as the association’s First Vice President. ValdepeƱa is a lead custodian at Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District. Delores Rodriguez, a special education secretary with Corona Norco Unified School District, was elected CSEA Second Vice President; and Kerry Woods, a senior records clerk with Fullerton Joint Union High School District, was elected CSEA Secretary.

The California School Employees Association is the largest classified school employees union in the United States, representing more than 208,000 school support staff throughout California.

CSEA members perform a wide range of essential work in our public schools and community colleges, including security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services and more.