Monday, March 26, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Argonaut High School, Amador High School and Educational Alternatives High School
SUTTER CREEK, CA - On Monday, May 21st, 2018, the California Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Amador County Juvenile Justice Commission, will be conducting a simulated drunk driving traffic collision as part of the Every 15 Minutes program. The collision will be staged on the football field at Amador High School at approximately 9:30am. The mock collision will take place for approximately one hour, and could result in delays on Sutter Ione Road above Amador High School. During the mock collision there will be a high concentration of emergency vehicles in the area. We would like to ensure that the public is aware this is a mock emergency incident and no real emergency actually exists.
Every 15 Minutes is a two day program, which demonstrates to high school students the impact drinking and drugged driving has on friends, families, and their community. The program stresses the importance of making mature decisions and recognizing that their actions effect others besides themselves. The name of the program is based on the fact that every fifteen minutes in the United States, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related collision. During the school day on Monday, May 21, selected students from each high school will be removed from their classrooms by the “Grim Reaper” every 15 minutes, and taken to an overnight retreat to demonstrate this statistic. Traffic collisions are, in fact, the leading cause of death among persons aged 4 through 34.
The first day of the program is highlighted by a simulated traffic collision that will be conducted at Amador High School involving an impaired teenage driver and a fatally injured victim. Student participants will be carefully selected to include students from Amador, Argonaut, and Educational Alternatives High Schools. All students from each high school will be present at the crash scene. The event includes emergency responses from police, fire, ambulance, coroner, public works, and tow truck companies, just as an actual collision would require.
The second day of the Every 15 Minutes program will take place at Argonaut High School in Jackson on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. A mock funeral assembly will be held at approximately 9:30am at Argonaut High School where the previously mock-dead students will be reunited with their parents, family, and friends. Students from all high schools will attend the assembly where a video of the previous day’s activities will be shown, and presentations will be made by several guest speakers. Following the assembly will be a reception to provide support services, community engagement, and lunch to all students, staff and volunteers.
This event is conducted by the California Highway Patrol, with support from the Amador County Juvenile Justice Commission, Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Amador Teen Driver, Amador County Probation Department, Nexus Youth & Family Services, Ledger Dispatch, Sutter Creek Fire Department, Sutter Creek Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, Jackson Police Department, Amador County Sheriff’s Office, State Farm Insurance, American Legion, Amador County Superior Court, Amador County District Attorney’s Office, Daneri’s Mortuary, Sutter Amador Hospital, Amador County Unified School District, KVGC 1340 and many other community partners and affiliates.
Initial funding for this program is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additional funding is needed to successfully implement this program.
Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians has generously offered to be a Platinum level sponsor for the event. If you would like more information regarding funding opportunities contact Loraine Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209)304-5125.
The mission of the California Highway Patrol is to provide the highest level of safety, service, and security to the people of California.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Tuition-free online public school offers flexible option for K-12 students to thrive
RIPON, CA – California Connections Academy @ Ripon, announces open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year. The school, which serves students in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade who reside in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties offers a flexible learning option to meet the needs of the modern student.
“At Connections Academy, I love that my days are never repetitive and there is always something new to learn,” said Delaney Bagneschi, student at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “Being able to get in touch with all my teachers when I have subject questions or just questions in general has never been easier.”
Through advanced technology tools and a rigorous curriculum, teachers work closely with students to develop an individualized learning plan, which nurtures their strengths and provides additional support for areas of difficulty. The diverse student body includes competitive athletes with strict training schedules, previously homeschooled students looking for teacher support, and students seeking expanded course offerings, among others.
“It’s our mission to offer students a flexible and high-quality learning option that suits their academic needs,” said Amy Hunt, site administrator at California Connections Academy @ Ripon. “For prospective families, we recommend attending a free online or in-person information session to learn more about virtual school at Connections Academy.”
California Connections Academy enabled prolific alums Mirai Nigasu, Vincent Zhou, Nathan Chen and Karen Chen to chase international ice skating glory at PyeongChang, exemplary of the flexibility the school offers – allowing students to accommodate their schedules around other commitments.
While flexibility and a change in local school options are largely cited as reasons for switching to online school, the benefits of online learning go far beyond that. California Connections Academy provides a high-quality curriculum, which meets rigorous state education standards and state-credentialed teachers who teach a variety of courses, including honors and AP classes, digital technology and career technical courses. In addition, the school offers a variety of UC "a-g" courses including science wet labs, numerous visual and performing arts courses and more.
California Connections Academy also offers students a National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters, and an Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to help students in grades 6-12 prepare for college. Many students also enjoy multiple in-person field trips and special events planned throughout the year where they can socialize offline with staff and fellow students.
For additional information about online education and the enrollment process, the school is hosting online and in-person free information sessions. To learn more about California Connections Academy and begin the enrollment process, visit the school’s website.
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, including transitional kindergarten, 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 the Western 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 who meet state residency requirements with the flexibility to learn from anywhere with an internet connection with an innovative curriculum which meets rigorous state education standards. The combination of state-credentialed teachers, a proven curriculum, unique electives, 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 the school’s website.
Friday, March 9, 2018