Friday, March 21, 2014

UCCE holds Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management Workshop on March 26

The Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project’s (SNAMP) University of California Cooperative Extension team will be hosting a workshop on Collaboration and Facilitation in Natural Resource Management on March 26, 2014 in Martell/Jackson, CA.

The goal of this workshop is to help improve communication by building facilitation skills within the many groups involved in collaboration in natural resource management projects. We will work to build a common language to support collaboration, share tools to prevent problems, and demonstrate interventions to support success when problems arise. This workshop is designed to support the building of a common knowledge base through mutual learning and discussion. UC Cooperative Extension has developed training modules for all levels of natural resource management staff and stakeholders interested in developing these skills. 

This workshop will focus on detailed discussions of participants’ real life experiences in the many collaborative efforts underway in the natural resource management world and will include practice and discussion of the most appropriate facilitation practices. The workshop guest speaker will be Sue Britting, Executive Director of Sierra Forest Legacy.

The workshop will be on March 26, 2014 at the Amador County General Services/Department of Agriculture building (12200 B Airport Rd., Room A, Martell, CA) from 10am to 4pm.
Registration is required and there is a $15.00 materials and lunch fee. Please register on-line at For more information please contact Kim Ingram at   or check the workshop web page

Thursday, March 20, 2014

California Connections Academy Opens Enrollment for the 2014-2015 School Year

K-12 Online Public School Offers Innovative and Individualized School Choice for Students
Ripon, Calif. (March 20, 2014) – California Connections Academy @ Ripon, an online public school serving students in grades K-12, is accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year during the current open enrollment period. Now in its second year of instruction, California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized online education to more than 500 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school is now hosting free family information sessions—both online and in-person—with Connections Academy educators and staff to fulfill the growing number of requests for information.

California Connections Academy combines state-credentialed teachers with a high-quality curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. Students receive individualized attention and have access to unique offerings such as Career Technical Education (CTE) courses, the exclusive Juilliard eLearning program and several clubs. Each student’s teacher and Learning Coach—a parent or guardian that guides the student—work in tandem to create an individualized learning plan to meet their student’s learning needs and style.

During California Connections Academy free information sessions, families can meet educators and staff who will discuss the school’s individualized approach to education and answer questions about the enrollment process. Families unable to attend an in-person information session are encouraged to participate in an online information session.

“Every family should feel empowered to choose the education option that works best for them, and now is the ideal time to begin exploring education choices for the upcoming school year,” said Tim Batiuk, principal at California Connections Academy. “I encourage anyone with questions to attend an information session and learn about our individualized approach to education.”

California Connections Academy serves a wide array of students, from those who benefit from a flexible schedule to those who learn at a different pace from their peers or need more individualized attention.  The diverse student body includes competitive athletes with rigorous schedules, students seeking expanded course offerings, previously homeschooled students, among others. In a recent Parent Satisfaction Survey, 94 percent of parents agree that the curriculum is high-quality, 94 percent of parents are satisfied with teachers’ helpfulness, and 92 percent of parents would recommend the school to other parents.

California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit, and for a list of information sessions, visit

About California Connections Academy @ Ripon
California Connections Academy @ Ripon is a tuition-free, high-quality, highly accountable virtual public school serving students in grades K-12 in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. California Connections Academy is fully accredited (grades K-12) by the Schools Commission of theWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The school opened in 2012 and is authorized under state law by the Ripon Unified School District. California Connections Academy provides students with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an innovative curriculum that meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives such as the Juilliard eLearning program, technology tools and community experiences creates a supportive and successful online learning opportunity for families and children who want an individualized approach to education. For more information, call 800-382-6010 or visit

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

26th Annual Bunsen to Beaker Race Results Announced

March 15, 2014 Jackson, CA – The 26th Annual Bunsen to Beaker 5K Run/Walk was held at Dandelion Days on Saturday, March 15.

The overall top finishers in the 5K Run with times noted: 1) Males: Justin Mendoza (18:01:13); Matt Conrardy (18:01:67); Daniel Trassare (19:19); and, 2) Females: Anastasia Karnaze (20:03); Randi McCarley (20:28); Denise Schaad (23:32).

5K results by Age:

14-18 Males: Matt Conrardy, Joseph Van Dyke, Lucas Quintana
14-18 Females: Anastasia Karnaze, Randi McCarley
18-29 Males: Justin Mendoza, Seth Rose, Stefan Isaacson
18:29 Females: Kim Fischer, Erin Godde, Alyssa Lindsey
30-39 Males: Daniel Trassare, Will Ebbett, Chad Hall
30-39 Females: Mariaelena Blashaw, Jamie Mahaffey, Melissa Oldeen
40-49 Males: Zack Matta, Mike Erosa, Joe Trassare
40-49 Females: Denise Schaad, Carla Halford, Sammi Payne
50-59 Males: Michael Nesler, Blaine Schvitz, Max Godde
50-59 Females: Catherine Stahl, Susan Bennett, Susan Dorris
60-69 Males: Mike Slater, Walt Ebbett, Fred Hall
60-69 Females: Eileen Sullivan, Susan Leininger, Marilou Mullen
70+ Males: Bob Devlin, Mel Hatch, George Erdosh

The Bunsen to Beaker 5K Run/Walk events were sponsored by the Amador Community College Foundation.

Corporate sponsors for this event included: Aces Waste Services, Achieving Balance Chiropractic, Alyshia and Ryan Drake, Amador Appraisals, Amador Athletic Club, Anne  Lintz/State Farm, Bodies-N-Balance, Cross-Fit Rugged Edge, Davenport Properties, Dickeys Barbecue, Divine Properties, Healing Hands Massage, Jackson Lions, JB Awards, John and Loretta Tillman, Law Offices of Andrea Sexton, Michael Slater, NY Fitness, Sweet Pea Septic, Toma & Associates, Volcano Communications, Wyman and Karen Dickerson, Bank of America, Dr. Bob Hartmann, Dr. Roland Womack, and Sutter Amador Hospital.

Refreshments were donated by Safeway in Martell.

Proceeds will be used for educational programs in Amador County, including:

1. Amador College Center
2. Amador High Cross Country Team

3. Jackson Jr. High Science Program.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Amador Community College Foundation Meeting - Thurs Mar 20

Amador Community College Foundation
DATE: Thursday, March 20, 2014
LOCATION: 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA Conference Room #C
TIME: 2:30 PM Regular Meeting of ACCF

Discussion/Action Items

1) Public Comment: At this time the Board will hear comments from the public.

2) Organization: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) John: vote on selection for ACCF bookkeeper
b) Karen: report on bank balances, interim payroll arrangements, bookkeeping files

3) Finance/Fundraising: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Karen: report on results of Bunsen to Beaker 5K fundraiser
b) Wyman: report on gala planning
c) Karen: report on submission of Sierra Health Foundation grant and next steps on grant seeking action plan.

4) Curriculum Access: Discussion and possible action to approve

a) Michael: Update on Amador Learning Center, list of software and hardware needs for learning center
b) Janice: update on collaboration with Alan Hancock and Foothill Colleges, mentoring program, assessment test prep workshops
c) Cathy: update on tutoring program
d) Jason: update on data collection system development
e) Karen: date to redesign space in Suite 700

5) Partnerships: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Frank: IPTV Channel space for the Community College Foundation

6) Marketing: Discussion and Possible Action to Approve
a) Wyman: volunteer to serve as marketing chair and develop marketing plan
b) Wyman: report on presentation to Upcountry Rotary
c) Karen: Chamber Trade Fair Booth
d) Karen: Comanche Recreation Agency Wellness Fair Booth

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

ADJOURNMENT: Until Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

ACCF Agenda 3/20/2014