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SAUSD Students Take Part in Computer Science Boot Camp Organized by Santa Ana High School Graduate
SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 18 -- The Santa Ana Unified School District issued the following news:

This summer students across the Santa Ana Unified School District had the opportunity to learn about computer science at the Computer Science Boot Camp hosted at Santa Ana High School through Career Technical Education of SAUSD.

The class was the brainchild of Christopher Camacho, a Santa Ana High School graduate who has just completed his first year of college at Tufts University, where he is studying computer engineering.

The program taught students the fundamentals of computer science through unplugged ... Show Full Article

IPS Plans Safe Activities and Options for Observing the Solar Eclipse
INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 18 -- Indianapolis Public Schools issued the following information:

On Monday, August 21, Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will observe the first total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years! The district wants to help students get the most out of this exciting, historic, cosmic event and has several activities planned to make sure they enjoy it safely.

Select schools have planned events and purchased approved protective eyewear for their students to watch the eclipse including:

* Longfellow STEM Middle School-Students have spent a week studying solar eclipses through a variety ... Show Full Article

Sacramento City Unified School District Issues Statement on Charlottesville
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 17 -- The Sacramento City Unified School District issued the following statement on the recent events in Charlottesville:

The tragic events in Charlottesville are a sad reminder that racism, hate, and bigotry are still very much alive in our society. These are incredibly challenging times for our nation and its youth, and a strong reminder of why our district designated itself a Safe Haven School District.

Our children are watching these events playing out on their television screens and social media outlets and though our country has made incredible progress on equality ... Show Full Article

SAUSD Holds Inaugural Back to School Bash at Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex
SANTA ANA, Calif., Aug. 17 -- The Santa Ana Unified School District issued the following news:

To kick off the new school year, on Saturday, August 5, SAUSD hosted its inaugural Back to School Bash at the Santa Ana Public Schools Sports Complex, where staff and volunteers distributed nearly 3,000 backpacks and supplies to SAUSD students.

Sponsored and supported by over 85 corporate and local business partners, our families were able to learn more about the programs and resources that the District offers, visit 70 booths that included such services as dental and eye screenings, literacy support ... Show Full Article

Jeffco Marks New High on CMAS Growth Data
GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 17 -- The Jeffco Public Schools issued the following news:

Jeffco Public Schools has a history of exceeding the state average on standardized performance tests, and this holds true for the 2016-17 CMAS (Colorado Measures of Academic Success) performance results. However, the Jeffco Public Schools CMAS growth data is particularly striking this year. Jeffco's overall district CMAS English Language Arts (ELA) and Math median growth went up for all grades (with the exception of Grade 8 Math, which held steady).

"Because the size of our district sometimes makes it hard to see big ... Show Full Article

JHSST Girls Computing League Sponsors Artificial Intelligence Summit
FALLS CHURCH, Va., Aug. 17 -- Fairfax County Public Schools issued the following news release:

The Girls Computing League at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is sponsoring an artificial intelligence summit--AI Summit for All--on Saturday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit is designed for students in grades 8-12 who are interested in learning about artificial intelligence. TJHSST is a Fairfax County public school.

Computer science or artificial intelligence experience is not required to attend the summit, which is free and will be held at the Marriott ... Show Full Article

District Clarifies Property Tax Issues
SELBYVILLE, Del., Aug. 17 -- The Indian River School District issued the following news:

In recent weeks, the Indian River School District has received numerous calls from citizens regarding large increases in school property tax bills for Fiscal Year 2018. Part of this tax increase stems from the public's approval of a current expense referendum on March 2, 2017.

However, the remaining tax increase is the result of actions taken by the Delaware General Assembly in July. In the process of balancing the state's budget for Fiscal Year 2018, the General Assembly reduced the annual Senior Property ... Show Full Article