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ADHD only getting worse here

“Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your eighth-grader declares. He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention as he bounces between texts, music and stops to look things up on the web “real quick.” Media […]

2 Comments / June 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Film not quite “Epic” but good

“Epic” is a mixture of several stories we’ve seen before — “The Littles,” “Avatar,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Honey I Shrunk The Kids.” Teenager Mary Katherine (aka M.K., played by Amanda Seyfried) goes to live with her eccentric father (Jason Sudeikis) after her mother dies (which is barely mentioned so it will go right over most […]

Comments Off / June 02, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Only lovers of the book will love “The Great Gatsby”

It’s evident why 16-year-olds throughout America’s classrooms continue to read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic “The Great Gatsby” nearly a century after it was written. The slim novel is packed with meaningful symbols surrounding themes of class, excess, pretense and loneliness, which are as applicable today as ever. Director Baz Luhrmann’s new movie version does a great […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Students live like pioneers for a day

Parent Deb Dean shows third graders Grace Goins, center, and Gabriela Marsh how to churn butter during Pioneer Day at Lake Forest Elementary. Photo by Julie Samrick

Lake Forest continued its annual tradition of holding Pioneer Day for its third and fourth graders last Thursday. It’s a day set aside to remember the region’s rich history as students travel back in time. With the help of many parents and teachers, Principal Bruce Peters arranges the day each year, calling on experts in […]

Comments Off / May 19, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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. […]

Comments Off / 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, […]

Comments Off / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »