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Stellar spellers compete and w-i-n

The Marina Village sixth-grade team won the Division 3 El Dorado County Spelling Bee, mastering words like c-h-a-o-s and t-e-c-h-n-i-q-u-e. Front row, left to right: Ben Fox, Ryann Fox, Ethan Huang and Leyla Soltani; Back row, left to right: Laura Nepo, teacher/coach Amy Trexler and Jacob Crannell. Photo by Peggy Soltani

Oak Meadow Elementary and Marina Village Middle School dominated the competition at last Friday’s 33rd annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee in Pollock Pines.  Students representing 25 schools from as far as Lake Tahoe competed in each of four divisions. Oak Meadow students placed first in the Division 1 competition of first- and second-grade teams. […]

No Comment / May 19, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Burger Hut back in town

Bill and Tammy White are thrilled to reopen Burger Hut in a bigger, better location. Photo by Julie Samrick

To the delight of many, Burger Hut is back nearly three years after abruptly closing its doors even when business was thriving. El Dorado Hills residents and owners, Bill and Tammy White, patiently waited for the reopening as well. Without going into too much detail, Bill said they want to move on from the rent snafu […]

3 Comments / May 14, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Festival guests tour the world

The Philippines were represented by Tony Varela, Mary Anne Lee, Charles Boquiron, Alyanna Lee, Cheyrl Alega, Roman Felipe, Marcele Felipe, Alyxxa Lee, Gabrielle Cazeres and Emma Bernalvez, left to right. Photo by Julie Samrick

Families visited Blue Oak Elementary’s gym last Friday night to learn about — and taste the foods from — 13 countries represented at Buckeye Union School District’s third annual International Festival. Passports were given to all children upon entry. A visit to each of the countries’ exhibits (Afghanistan, Austria, France, Germany, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, […]

No Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New clocks tell more than time

Students were surprised to see the old round analog clocks had been replaced with these digital ones over spring break. Photo by Julie Samrick

The buzz at school has been the new clocks in every classroom throughout the Rescue Union School District. Media and Technology Director Sheila Simmons worked tirelessly with her staff over spring break to have the new devices installed. They might just look like clocks, but they are part of a larger district-wide communications system, which […]

No Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Odyssey team heading to world stage

Oak Ridge's Odyssey of the Mind team is Michgan-bound. Back row: AJ Ives, Sam Schmall, Sam Miller; front row: Sue Lippuner, Calvin Phen, Anna Lippuner, Daniel Fong, Miranda Miller and Jim Miller. Photo by Jule Samrick

They’ve done the work and now the seven-member Oak Ridge High School Odyssey of the Mind needs help getting to the world finals in Michigan. The international, creative problem-solving competition has been a part of millions of kids’ lives from kindergarten through college for the past 25 years. Students are asked to solve an age-appropriate […]

No Comment / May 06, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: A school that’s got it right

Despite so much sobering news surrounding public education lately, what’s going on at Jackson Elementary here at home is nothing short of inspiring. The school’s fifth-graders are now able to choose Video Production as a yearlong elective. Just the fact they get to choose an elective in elementary school is pretty cool, but at a […]

No Comment / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Teachers unhappy with deal

Fourteen Rescue Union School District teachers will not lose their jobs and every teacher in the district will receive a cash bonus. Superintendent David Swart released a statement last week, stating: “On Tuesday, April 23, the Board of Trustees of the Rescue Union School District held a special meeting to consider approval of a Tentative […]

No Comment / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »