Julie Samrick

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 […]

June 05, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

May 29, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Students live like pioneers for a day

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 […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Stellar spellers compete and w-i-n

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. […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Burger Hut back in town

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 […]

May 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Festival guests tour the world

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, […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

New clocks tell more than time

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 […]

May 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

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