Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:21 am
Junior League of San Joaquin County will provide every student with an iPad in two 3rd grade (Title 1) classes in Lodi Unified School District for the 2014-15 school year. This follows last year’s donation of a 1st and 3rd grade classroom donation of 33 iPads per class. The impact from these two classes with the iPads was so positive, that Junior League elected to continue with their donation.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 12:00 am
It’s a few minutes into fourth period in the Math 180 class for seventh-graders at Lodi Middle School. Teacher Mike Cazale tells half of the students to move from their desks to a row of HP laptops on the right side of the room.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am
The garden is all excited about spring. An azalea by the front porch is electric with its purple-red blossoms providing a bouquet for everyone to admire. It’s fairly preening itself, but it needn’t get too uppity. There are signs there might be a couple of others coming into the same color. The iris keep surprising me, each blooming at its own pace, telling me I must be patient and not pull out corms that seem finished with life.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:40 pm
As I write this, there’s a loaf of banana bread on my desk, a holiday gift from an old friend who just dropped by the newsroom.
Thursday, August 8, 2013 10:56 am
Twenty-five schools in Lodi Unified School District increased the percentage of students who were proficient in English-language arts or math on the California Standards Test from 2012 to 2013.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:00 am
I wish it were possible just to think my column and have it print out as I thought. It would eliminate problems like lack of time or energy. Then I could just edit and amend afterwards. What’s more, it would take less time because I wouldn’t have to retype so many words. I am a very uneven typist — lots of letters are wrong or left out or whatever. Who knows? It might be possible in this age of printing 3-D stuff and creating extra body organs.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:00 am
This is a slightly condensed version of a keynote speech delivered by Annette Murdaca to graduates of St. Anne’s School in Lodi a few years ago.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:00 am
When you were in kindergarten, could you ask and answer questions about a reading selection? Could you identify characters, the story’s setting and the main events? Could you retell the story in detail?
Sunday, May 12, 2013 7:06 pm
Big changes are on tap at public schools throughout California. The state Legislature has adopted what is known as “Common Core Standards” that schools must employ beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 12:00 am
A group of fifth-grade students at George Washington Elementary School who had severe reading problems last summer sat with their teacher, Cory Nuss, as they used their writing skills to compose statements about bullying.
Friday, February 15, 2013 7:12 am
Gayle Romasanta slides a knife into a white, plump loaf of fresh-baked bread. The first piece falls against the cutting board, revealing a spiraling ribbon of cinnamon and sugar. She sits, barefoot, at her dining room table and sips from a mug of French-pressed coffee. Her 2-year-old son, Jude, crawls in and out of her lap. And Lukas, her German shepherd, wanders over for an occasional nuzzle.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 12:00 am
Schools in Lodi and Galt are under immense pressure from state officials to bring their API scores up to the 800-point target and keep them there.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 12:00 am
Poet Richard Brautigan once wrote, "My teachers could have easily ridden with Jesse James for all the time they stole from me."
Lilia Frank, 14, stands with former Joe Serna Jr. Charter School Principal Michael Gillespie and Assistant Superintendent of elementary education Catherine Pennington. Frank attended Serna, a dual immersion school that teaches in English and Spanish, and won second place in the statewide Spanish Language Spelling Bee this year.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 12:00 am
Well, I'm back after a hectic two months. April was, of course, largely taken up with plans for my 90th birthday (these days, 90 is nothing of an age) and arrangements to celebrate with various groups of friends here and there, so as many people could be included as possible. If I had invited all the people I wanted to the actual party, we would have to have rented the Grape Pavilion! Not possible, unfortunately.
Monday, April 30, 2012 12:00 am
A long-time Lodi resident and teacher was honored with a 90th birthday party Sunday afternoon with a big party at Scooters in Downtown Lodi.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 12:00 am
"Enfermera." Charlene Martin says the word hesitantly, scanning the eyes of nine men sitting elbow-to-elbow in folding chairs.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:00 am
I guess one could say March is bustin' out all over. The garden is certainly not waiting for June! Around here there are clumps of rich purple violets, daffodils in several shades of yellow, deep blue grape hyacinths, and snowflakes with the scalloped edges of their white blossoms dotted in green. The forsythias are bursting at the seams to show off their yellow blossoms, and in the neighborhood there are bright red flowering quince and trees in pink or white.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 12:00 am
The Lodi Unified School District board of trustees conducted its
final meeting of the year Tuesday with new leadership. Ron Heberle
was appointed president of the board, with Joe Nava serving as vice
president and Michael Abdallah as clerk. Trustee Bonnie Cassel was
nominated for the president spot, but was outvoted 4-2, with only
herself and Ruth Davis voting against Heberle. Cassel was also
nominated for vice president, but declined the office.
Saturday, November 5, 2011 12:00 am
Yellowed pages of a torn newspaper from the past arrived in the
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:00 am
We've all done it: Hit "send" on an email to a friend with the
word "you" abbreviated to "u" or "meeting" shortened to only the
most needed consonants.
But these slang texting phrases common in chat rooms are popping
up in formal work being submitted in many schools, including Lodi
Unified School District.
"Using text in formal papers or any other traditional academic
work is not OK," said Christa McAuliffe Middle School teacher
Martha Snider. "I don't know of a teacher who believes otherwise.
I, myself, don't even favor it when using social networking sites
with students. Former students whom I friend on Facebook also have
to honor my policy of 'spell it out.'"
Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:00 am
The daffodils in a small vase on the shelf above the kitchen
sink remind me that, yes, we had a taste of spring last week. The
hail and rain that followed remind me that February always has a
week or two of false spring, reverting back to its old self all too
soon. But the garden will not be denied; it’s on its way to
blooming. So are some spring flowering trees.
Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:00 am
One of the nicest guys in Lodi went to heaven the other day. He
came to Lodi as a kid with his family and blended in instantly,
because he was the kind of kid who was a combination of lots of
good things: Among others, he was handsome as the day is long, so
that took care of the female contingent, and he was a remarkably
gifted athlete, so that made him one of the guys right off the
Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:00 am
"Today is a good day," says Kathy Elliot, an English instructor
at Jim Elliot Christina High School, as she takes her place at the
table. "Tomorrow is chemo."
Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:00 am
This month’s column begins with a plea for Patience — who
happens to be a dog. You may have met her because she was in the
paper not long ago as one of three animals looking for a home. So
far, she has not found one, and the wait is particularly hard for
her because she is blind.
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