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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

COOL school celebrates second successful year

Teacher Kelly Brancoli guides COOL School students like fifth-grader Mark, seventh-grader Austin and eighth-grader Charlie, seen here with program director Sheila Simmons, left to right. Photo by Julie Samrick

Families looking for a less traditional, more flexible public school option, have a COOL option. Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning is a full-time, tuition-free, independent study program offered through the Rescue Union school district where students in grades three through eight complete the bulk of their studies online. Open since the start of the 2011-12 […]

Comments Off / April 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH marathoner was 50 feet from explosions

Amy Dolley is happy to be back home in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Julie Samrick

Running the Boston Marathon had been a lifelong dream of El Dorado Hills resident Amy Dolley. “Seventeen years ago when I married my husband, Craig, we planned to leave straight from our April wedding for the marathon,” she said. “But it never happened.” This year, she finally fulfilled that dream. Dolley, 46, qualified to run […]

Comments Off / April 21, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Best Women’s Shop: Cadence Corner Boutique

Photo by Julie Samrick

Yes, Cadence Corner Boutique offers clients a place to unwind as they wait for their cars to be cleaned at the car wash just steps away. But owners Jeff and Ashley Lowe say they also have regular clientele who come for the boutique alone. Ashley hand-selects and purchases every item in the store. From home […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »