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    PHOTO GALLERY: School 'snow day' a chance to learn, play

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Friday, Jan 30 2015 04:06 PM

    Students at Owens Primary School played in eight piles of the closest thing they could get to actual snow Friday in a snow day for transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.

    Close to 200 students, with help from parents and Stockdale Christian High teens, packed shaved ice into snowmen and sipped from cups of hot chocolate.

    Three dads delivered the shaved ice filling one pickup truck and half of another. Moms served hot chocolate and handled cleanup, and the high school kids helped their younger peers build the snowmen.

    Joyce Victor, a kindergarten teacher at the school, said she got a $500 language experience activities grant to pay for the snow. She's also buying Model Magic, a modeling compound like Play-Doh, with the...

  2. Bakersfield hosting state We the People competition

    Students from four local high schools will compete in the statewide We the People competition Saturday at Golden Valley High School. The contest, which runs like a congressional hearing, tests students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution...

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    THE GRADE: It was another 'grand night for music'

    IT'S A GRAND NIGHT FOR MUSIC: Nearly 800 high school orchestra, band and choir students performed Tuesday in It's a Grand Night for Music, an annual honors music festival at the Rabobank Theater and Convention Bureau. With piano...

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    Inside the Common Core classroom

    Public schools are in the thick of a wholesale shift in both how students are instructed and how they're tested. That shift largely involves implementation of new federal learning guidelines known as Common Core State Standards. Common...

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    THE GRADE: Eighth-grader and published author

    GOOD KNIGHTS: Isaac Bowers, 14, plays football every day. He's been playing the sport for seven years and earning straight A's in the meantime. Worth noting? Yes. Unusual? Not really. What makes Isaac stand out is he is a published...

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    State chancellor's office recommends BC offer four-year degree

    Bakersfield College is on the cusp of becoming one of the first 15 community colleges in California to offer a bachelor’s degree — in industrial automation — as part of a temporary, pilot program. The California Community Colleges Board...

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    State considers changing how it evaluates schools

    Standardized tests, in large part, have for more than a decade determined how California measures success of local schools. But with the onset of a new testing system, state officials are considering using more measures to hold schools...

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    Tuition-free community college? Obama says he has a vision

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will propose today making community college tuition-free for “responsible students,” launching what officials described as an ambitious plan for the federal and state governments to widen access to...

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    Bakersfield students program robots to compete

    Centennial High students wired, tested and reconfigured robots Wednesday in a robotics room on their Hageman Road campus. While one group tried to get its robot to pick up cube- and pole-shaped objects, another student wired a bot shaped...

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    THE GRADE: KHSD talks earlier school year

    DISTRICTS TALK EARLY START: School officials in districts throughout Kern County are considering plans to start the 2015-2016 school year a couple of days early. Kern High School District trustees voted last school year to start the...

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    Local students nominated to prestigious U.S. military academies

    A second-time applicant from Stockdale High, a student earning a perfect 800 score in reading on the SAT, a student at a military institute and a volunteer with more than 800 hours of community service earned House Majority Leader Kevin...

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    PBIS program gets mixed reviews

    A survey of local educators administered by The Californian reveals only one concrete finding about a new approach to school discipline being widely embraced by Bakersfield school districts: The jury is still out. Opinions on the...

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    CSUB students move into new digs

    Gabriella Strand, a Cal State Bakersfield freshman, walked across the east end of campus Friday carrying two betta fish in a two-compartment fish tank the size of a shoe box. Her father, Mickey Strand, toted a door mirror and a plastic...

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