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Jennifer Bonnett and Christina Cornejo
  • Jennifer Bonnett and Christina Cornejo
  • A gathering place for educators, teachers and students to share ideas, achievements and news. You can contact Jennifer or Christina via email.
Sunday 08/17/2014
Academic rigor for college admissions

If you desire to apply to a competitive college, you need to plan your steps carefully.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Sunday, August 17, 2014 11:17 am. Comments (0)

Friday 07/11/2014
Planning for College Admissions

College Planning

Posted in Education, Learning link on Friday, July 11, 2014 9:23 am. Comments (0)

Sunday 06/08/2014
Finding the perfect summer job

Summer is a great time to land a job. Whether you seek employment to add to your college savings account or earn spending money (hopefully both), here are some tips to finding your perfect employment niche:

Posted in Education, Learning link on Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:37 pm. Comments (0)

Sunday 06/01/2014
Volunteer Opportunities

Community service has become very important for college applicants. Keep track of your hours on a calendar or notebook. Make note of dates, times and who supervised you. Keep any certificates or letters that recognize your service. These can be included in some scholarship applications.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Sunday, June 1, 2014 6:47 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 04/09/2014
Little Mermaid Meet & Greet

Do you have kids that line up to greet Disneyland characters? Do you have an affinity for mermaid princesses, princes, crabs or cute guppies? If yes, you will want to swing by the House of Coffees this Saturday between 9 am and 11 am. The cast of the Little Mermaid Jr. will be holding a meet and greet. Get a signature, snap a photo and buy your tickets to the upcoming Little Mermaid Jr. production!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:38 am. Comments (1)

Tuesday 04/01/2014
Ongoing eWaste collection

Hosting garage sales are on the bottom of my list, but I few months ago I really needed to purge so I bit the bullet and held one. I had not one, not two but THREE huge "box" televisions. In my naiveté, I thought it would be no problem to get $20 out of each of them. They were fully functional and two even had remote controls. Boy, was I wrong. For a while, I was thinking I was going to have to PAY someone to take them from me!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 8:11 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 03/05/2014
SAFETY update. LOCK your doors!

I just read a startling post from a friend on Facebook about a scary event that occurred today. In a nice, quiet Woodbridge neighborhood, an intruder walked through an unlocked door into a home where there were two teenagers.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:05 pm. Comments (0)

Reading Celebration at Needham Elementary School

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss got it right. When you read, every day can be an adventure!

Posted in Learning link, Education on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:51 am. Comments (0)

Monday 03/03/2014
Washington Elementary goes green

Washington Elementary School is going green, one lesson and electronic at a time.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, March 3, 2014 8:32 am. Comments (0)

Monday 02/24/2014

The California Department of Education (CDE) posted a news release warning and is reminding people not to share personal information over the phone.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, February 24, 2014 8:58 am. Comments (0)

Monday 02/10/2014
Inspirational Tweeting #lovethis

In a time where negativity often overtakes social networking feeds, the new @lovelylodi account has brought a breath of fresh air and encouragement to many local teens.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, February 10, 2014 9:19 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 02/06/2014
Volunteers needed

It takes many hands to host a speech and debate tournament. Students spend months preparing for these events and it is a treat to witness the talent each individual brings to the platform.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:14 am. Comments (0)

Lions Club Student Speaker contest

Community Service- What does it mean and why does it matter?

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:51 am. Comments (0)

Saturday 01/04/2014

When someone displays good manners, I notice. It's great to meet someone (especially a youngster) who looks me in the eye and extends their hand for a solid hand shake. Call me old-fashioned, but I miss the manners that were taught and followed decades ago.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Saturday, January 4, 2014 11:51 am. Comments (0)

Monday 12/30/2013
If I knew then what I know now

New Year’s resolutions are always a hot topic at the end of December.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, December 30, 2013 10:29 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 12/04/2013
2013 Classroom Hero for Secondary Ed announced!

Learning Link is pleased to announce the 2013 Classroom Hero for Secondary Education, Ryan Heinrich from Tokay High School. After the judges reviewed nominations for 75 other secondary teachers, Heinrich forged ahead due to comments like these:

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 9:45 am. Comments (1)

Tuesday 12/03/2013
Lodi High financial aid night

Lodi High School will host Financial Aid Night for seniors and their parents on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Financial Aid officers from Sacramento State University and University of the Pacific will explain what families need to know about the financial aid process.

Posted in Education on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 10:33 am. Comments (0)

2013 Elementary Classroom Hero announced!

Learning Link is pleased to announce the 2013 Classroom Hero for Elementary Education, Heather Marini from Reese Elementary School. With 90 primary school teachers nominated for the award, Marini rose to the top with statements from students like these:

Posted in Education on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 9:33 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/20/2013
2013 Classroom Hero nominees!

Hundreds and hundreds of nominations poured in for teachers this year! It was a pleasure hearing all of the special ways teachers are touching the lives of students in our community.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:46 am. Comments (3)

Wednesday 11/13/2013
Social media can backfire

It starts in elementary school with Club Penguin and quickly moves into the world of Twitter, Vine and Instagram. You don’t have to be a celebrity to grow up on a screen these days. Words, pictures and videos are readily available for friends, parents, teachers, administrators, and bosses to see. Even with strict privacy settings, you can still be one screen shot away from missed opportunities due to a poor decision.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:03 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/06/2013
Impromptu practice with News-Sentinel

Who can benefit from improving their impromptu skills? Everyone!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:45 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/16/2013
Be IN-ZANE this season

I adore good love stories and the  “In-Zane” project is just that.  Zane Huber, a first grade student at Reese Elementary, needs a kidney and his family and community are pulling together to make it happen. Thinking outside of stereotypical fundraising efforts, they are coordinating a haunted house. ‘Tis the season to scream, laugh and love. The event will be held at 2420 East Collier Rd. in Acampo on October 18th , 19th, 25th , and 26th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. There will also be an area for young children with games, candy and prizes.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:52 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 10/10/2013
Tokay football players give back

The Tokay High School football team is off to an incredible season.  We've had a great preseason and our looking forward to some intense challenges for league play.  The two week break from school has given us an opportunity to practice hard and renew our enthusiasm.  The two week break also gave the Tokay football team a unique chance to give back to the community-the young, future football players in Lodi. We started a youth flag football league for students in grades kindergarten to third.  In this inaugural season we've had an incredible turnout with nearly 70 children participating.  The coaches are the Tokay High football players.  Each team of three coaches is responsible for nine children.  While we are teaching basic football skills the main goal is to get kids outside and active.  Learning to love the game of football is an added benefit.  The league is part of the NFL Flag Football Play 60 program that aims to end childhood obesity. 

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:27 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/09/2013
How do we compare?

Did you move your students to California from another state?

Posted in Education on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 3:48 pm. Updated: 3:55 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/25/2013
Attempted abductions...READ

Last night I watched a short video clip on Facebook that made my stomach lurch. It was recorded only a few blocks away from my home.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 8:28 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/24/2013
College: Best value

I'm all about getting a bang for my buck. Thanks to The Princeton Review, you can check out the best value colleges, both public and private. They have compiled data considering costs, financial aid and academics to come up with a 2013 top 10 list for you.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:05 am. Comments (0)

Friday 09/20/2013
Sharing wisdom

Many of the educational moments that stuck with me were not from teachers, but from guest speakers. There is something about hearing messages from people that have experienced the subject matter first hand that breaks down the classroom walls and plugs content matter into the real world.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Friday, September 20, 2013 8:52 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/18/2013
It can happen anywhere

98 miles. That's the distance between Lodi and the horrific scene a mother walked in on last year. A mix of poor choices, sports drinks and booze that climaxed in tragedy. With technology, one night can become your legacy and for some teens, that is too much to bear.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:08 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 09/17/2013
Students: Have some decorum at public meetings

As the school year begins, here’s an open letter to those students (typically history and government students) assigned extra credit for attending a public meeting during their high school careers:

Posted in Education on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 7:57 pm. Updated: 8:03 pm. Comments (1)

Inquisitive kids and Constitution questions.

I have to admit, I have never been much of a history buff and it was well into adulthood that I realized the importance. That is probably why this blog about a live chat session with schools across the nation caught my attention. In case you didn't know, today is Constitution Day and if you are reading this I hope that you will do your part to educate a little mind on the matter. Here are some of the things kids want to know:

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:21 am. Comments (0)

Friday 09/13/2013
Dear son,

I realize that I am tardy to the party, but I thought this was too good to pass up, even if it's late...

Posted in Education, Learning link on Friday, September 13, 2013 9:15 am. Comments (1)

Thursday 08/15/2013
Wake up & learn privacy settings

I have teenagers, so I am a part time investigator myself. The things I know through social networking trails would simply shock you. Sometimes I find out things I would rather not know and sometimes it's about the parents. Don't worry, I will not be blogging about it (although I could really get my hit count up), but trust me when I say parents should learn about technology.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:46 am. Comments (0)

SAT blunders

This arrived  in my email and I thought there were some points others could benefit from. Read through and feel free to add your personal advice as a comment.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, August 15, 2013 10:39 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 08/08/2013
Hashtag controversy

I knew coming into this school year that the new social networking policy was going to cause a stir. That was an understatement.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:14 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/06/2013
Report: Top sober schools

Every year, a report on the top party universities in the nation are published. But what about the top sober schools?

Posted in Education on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 8:10 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 07/30/2013
Social networking rules...

If you are a parent of a teenager enrolled in a LUSD high school, you just received the infamous back-to-school packet to read and sign off on. It contains a lot of information and many items that you receive each year, but this year there is an addition you should note. The new social networking rules for athletes and co-curricular participants were distributed this year. Trust me, you want to read these thoroughly and discuss them with your children.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:21 am. Comments (0)

Friday 07/26/2013
Back to school shopping

Many of you reading this have already completed this task, but my son doesn't start school for another week and a half.

Posted in Education on Friday, July 26, 2013 4:06 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 07/15/2013
Gag me

We have so many things to teach children these days, but who would have thought that not drinking strange, milk-based mixtures laced with hot sauce, salt and carrots would be one?

Posted in Education on Monday, July 15, 2013 3:05 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 07/01/2013
Summer ‘should do’ list

It’s tempting for students to sleep in, tan and play video games all summer long, but this vacation can be a time to take advantage of opportunities you can’t get to during the school year.

Posted in Education on Monday, July 1, 2013 10:37 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/27/2013
Truly blessed

This time of year with the Memorial Day and 4th of July holidays always makes me pause and reflect on how truly blessed we are to live in America.

Posted in Education on Thursday, June 27, 2013 3:22 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/14/2013
Martha Dent will be missed at Tokay

Summer! Kids all across Lodi are humming the familiar mantra of summer, ‘No more teachers, no more books!’ At Tokay High School the beginning of summer also marked the end of an era.

Posted in Education on Friday, June 14, 2013 10:48 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 06/13/2013
Prepare your pre-kindergartner for school

School's out for summer, but some would say that's the time to keep the learning going -- or starting, for incoming kindergartners.

Posted in Education on Thursday, June 13, 2013 1:25 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 06/07/2013
Father's Day gifting

Gifting for fathers can be a tricky challenge. I know. Many dads, including mine, tend to be practical and gifts simply become a surplus in their closet. My dad has more items in their original packaging than I care to count. It’s not that he doesn’t like what I get him, but he has the practical mentality of wearing an item out before opening a new one. (A concept most women will never understand.) That generally doesn’t happen by the time Christmas, his birthday and father’s day roll around each year.

I always try to get creative and find something that he will love or enjoy each time a gifting opportunity rolls around. I figure that he already has an extra set of everything he likes so I have to think out of the box. It’s not easy. This year I googled “father’s day gifts” and found myself scrolling though items such as crab wrapping paper, sardine shaped paper clips and a rubix cube pencil holder. I’m fairly certain none of these things will not knock his socks off.

Because I put a lot of time into this, I thought I would pass along some good ideas to you. Dads of Lodi, you can thank me later.

1. Stick with intangibles. This means something that can be eaten, used, spent, sipped or enjoyed. You know, the things that don’t collect dust. That means no shirts, socks, ties, hats, jackets....all of the items that my dad has a back up (or 2) of.

2. Go with something from the heart that you and/or your children create. Even though they collect dust, they are loved because it’s personal. Here are a few special ideas that are likely to tug a heart string:

• Buy a deck of cards and on the top of the deck, write 52 things I love about you. Have everyone in your family write out all of the reasons your dad or grandpa is cherished.
• Create a photo book with all of the memories you’ve experience together. There are many websites that are user friendly to do this so don’t be intimidated.
• Many places that print photos also have a selection of photo gifts. I generally use the services of Costco or Walmart and they have everything from spiral notebooks to mousepads. You can even get a photo blanket.
• Take the kids to the Mud Mill in downtown Lodi and have them paint something he can use. There are lots of choices, including large platter perfecting for dads that like to BBQ.
• Cook his favorite sweet treat and package it with thought. Check out pinterest.com for many clever ideas.

3. Plan an “experience” such as a trip or outing. Ideas: hot air balloon ride, golf at a special course, professional sporting event, wine tasting, beer making, rafting, concert, bowling, concert or my personal best idea of the year, viewing of his favorite TV show. My dad and I will be a studio audience members of The Price Is Right. If he gets called to “come on down”, I think I might need a pair of Depends. Life is all about making memories and this will be a memory to cherish.

Posted in Education on Friday, June 7, 2013 12:43 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 06/05/2013
Health & Driver's Ed...

It appears that health and driver’s education classes are on their way out of public education in Lodi. Though law requires some heath components to be offered, this instruction would fall upon the shoulders of the ninth grade PE teachers. Schools are also required by law to offer driver’s education, but it’s likely that students will choose to take the course online. There are plenty of options available starting under $10.00 and instead of 9-10 weeks sitting in a classroom, instruction time can be knocked out in a few hours time.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 2:55 pm. Comments (0)

Wednesday 05/29/2013
Reading Roundup Literacy Fair

Guess what? The Literacy Fair is coming back to town! We are in the process of acquiring sponsors and vendors. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to encourage literacy in Lodi!

Posted in Education, Learning link on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:58 am. Comments (0)

Monday 05/20/2013
Anti-violence teaching

With the amount of violence in video games, television and movies, children can be desensitized to the effects of violence.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, May 20, 2013 8:41 am. Comments (2)

Monday 05/06/2013
Gray line?

A Philadelphia teacher was suspended last week for purchasing the “50 Shades of Grey” book for his 9th grade student.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Monday, May 6, 2013 1:06 pm. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/16/2013
420. Take note on 4/20.

This Saturday is 4/20. What’s so special about that? If you’re asking yourself that question, you should be thankful you’re reading this.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 10:43 am. Comments (0)

Tuesday 04/09/2013
Powerful teaching

I am a huge fan of “out-of-the-box” teaching. Anyone can stand in front of a class and read the teacher manual, but it takes a clever approach to make material personal to students. These lessons penetrate the heart and cause students to think critically about the consequences of their choices. I applaud those who created the “Every 15 minutes” program and the schools that take advantage of this powerful experience.

Posted in Education, Learning link on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 11:00 am. Comments (0)

Thursday 04/04/2013
Push the button

They have them in banks. Some stores. Why not schools?

Posted in Education on Thursday, April 4, 2013 2:41 pm. Comments (0)

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