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    THE GRADE: Contest mixes building cars and comedy

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Mar 04 2015 06:17 PM

    ODYSSEY OF THE MIND: Valley Oaks Charter School students will, for the sixth time, advance to state in an international problem solving competition called Odyssey of the Mind.

    There will be more than 200 teams at the state competition March 28 at the University of California, Riverside. The road to state hasn't been easily traveled for local students.

    Valley Oaks had two middle school teams compete Feb. 28 at a South/Central regional tournament held at Hanford High School.

    Students earned scores based on both pre-prepared and spontaneous problems and skits they created. Valley Oaks' team, dubbed Pandora's Box, competed against eight other teams.

    They had to make the story of Pandora of Greek mythology into a video game and skit....

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    Local spelling bee: Eesha Sohail wins again

    Eesha Sohail, an eighth-grade student at Norris Middle School, won the Kern County Scripps National Spelling Bee Monday for the second year in a row. The contest, sponsored by KERO 23 and moderated by members of the California Retired...

  3. CSUB to unveil two new kinesiology labs

    Cal State Bakersfield will open two new physical education and kinesiology labs for public tours Tuesday. Faculty members hope the labs, the Human Performance Lab and the Gait and Posture Neuromechanics Lab, will enhance learning. Kris...

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    She made a big splash with her tiara and sash

    Brittney Lumsden-Ross, wearing her 2014-2015 Miss Teen Bakersfield sash and tiara, read the children's book "The Cat in the Hat" Monday at William Penn School. The K-5th-grade elementary school was one of several Bakersfield campuses that...

  5. Report blasts quality of virtual schools

    In the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.,-based think-tank funded in part by labor unions, paints a grim picture of the state's largest provider of online public education. Albeit colored with anti-charter-school rhetoric, its new...

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    Paralympic athlete to local kids: You, too, can overcome adversity

    Jazmin Cervantes, a fifth-grader at Williams School, stood in front of about 90 of her peers and bent her right leg -- a request from a guest speaker talking to the group Friday. That speaker, Paralympic athlete Brent Poppen, is making...

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    THE GRADE: Discipline program praised, criticized; more on scholarship offerings

    IS GREENFIELD'S PBIS WORKING? Six teenagers, laughing and talking (but mostly laughing), stood along the outskirts of an enclosed field Wednesday at Greenfield Middle School. The campus on Pacheco Road is one of four schools -- Planz,...

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    Bakersfield teachers want more pay: What do they earn now?

    Scores of teachers, dressed in their union color, red, have for months been flooding the monthly Bakersfield City School District board meetings. Fair pay has been their rallying cry. After about five months of negotiation, the district...

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    THE GRADE: Tell us about your scholarship offerings

    HELP FIND MONEY FOR SCHOOL: It's that time of year when high school seniors are starting to wonder how they'll pay for college. Application deadlines for the fall have long passed, and college acceptance letters are starting to arrive....

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    CSUB program gets $7.3 million grant

    A Cal State Bakersfield program newly energized by federal funding will teach educators more engaging ways to instruct their students in science, technology, engineering and math. The program called Growing Rural Opportunities STEM...

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    Columbia Elementary community bands together to raise money for girl battling leukemia

    Thirty-four beaded, plastic jump ropes were arranged Friday on the floor of Columbia Elementary School's multipurpose room. Scores of children were seated around the ropes in preparation for a schoolwide event called Skip for Alizza....

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    Common Core in Kern: Exploring a deeper level of thinking

    Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" was the focal point of teacher Diana Greenlee's college prep English class Thursday. The teacher gave what's known as a formative assessment, a point-in-time check to gauge student understanding of the...

  13. Family of Delano boy who died seeking donations

    The family of an eighth-grade boy who collapsed and died during gym class last month at Cecil Avenue Math and Science Academy is accepting donations to pay the boy's funeral costs, according to the Delano Union School District. That boy,...

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