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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #12-84
September 14, 2012
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

Education Roundup for the Week Ending September 14, 2012

SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup of education-related announcements of public interest.

Antioch School Student and Teacher Both
Selected for Coveted National Healthcare Honors

The CDE congratulates a student and a teacher from Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in the Antioch Unified School District in Antioch for receiving prestigious honors related to their work in healthcare education.

A recent graduate, Antonio Hernandez is California's first president-elect for the National Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), which represents 138,000 students. He will be pursuing pre-med and economics at Stanford University this fall. Hernandez previously served as his school's Cal-HOSA president. He also earned medals at both the state and national competitions in medical reading that tests students in communication, teamwork skills, and comprehension of health science literature.

High school teacher Cynthia Soraoka won a coveted internship over the summer in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General in Washington, D.C. Soraoka also served as chair on the Board of Directors for the state's Cal-HOSA.

Cal-HOSA is one of the career-technical student organizations recognized and supported by the CDE through State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Career Readiness Initiative. Cal-HOSA provides students with leadership development and industry-based competitions to demonstrate their career readiness.

Dozier-Libby Medical High School was designated a California Distinguished School in 2011 for its continued excellence in career-technical education.

Low-Cost Pest Management Training Available for School Districts

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) is offering four one-day workshops to train school staff responsible for pest management in K-12 schools.

The following workshops will cover California Healthy Schools Act requirements and integrated pest management principles, including hands-on demonstrations:

  • October 3, 2012: Canyon Country (Los Angeles County);
  • March 1, 2013: Antioch (Contra Costa County);
  • April 4, 2013: Brawley (Imperial County); and
  • June 12, 2013: Templeton (San Luis Obispo County).

The workshops have a $25 registration fee. Advanced half-day workshops on turf grass management for district personnel who already have attended an integrated pest management workshop are also available. The first turf grass workshop is November 19 in Davis.

For more information, please visit the CDRP's Web page on Training [http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm/training/main.cfm#events] External link opens in new window or tab.. For information on the California Healthy Schools Act, please visit CDRP's School Integrated Pest Management Program [http://apps.cdpr.ca.gov/schoolipm/] External link opens in new window or tab. Web page, or contact Laurie Brajkovich at 916-445-9903.

2013 Safe & Wise Water Way Poster Contest for Students

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (CDBW) invites students to participate in the 20th annual Safe & Wise Water Ways poster contest. The contest focuses on the importance of safety when in or near the water.

All California students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible to apply. One winner from each grade level will be selected. Winning students will be rewarded with a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, and their poster will be featured on the 2013 boating safety calendar. The winning artwork will be featured at the State Capitol during the 2013 boating season. Also, the winning elementary schools will have an opportunity to host the CDBW's award-winning AquaSMART Live! puppet show or game show.

Contest rules, guidelines, previous winners' artwork, and more information can be found on the 2012 Safe & Wise Waterways! [http://www.dbw.ca.gov/PosterContest/] External link opens in new window or tab. Web page. The deadline to enter is October 19, 2012. For more information on boating and water safety, and to download the free AquaSMART curriculum and materials, please visit AquaSMART [http://dbw.ca.gov/AquaSmart/html/video_books.html] External link opens in new window or tab.. Teachers may also create their own lesson plans by visiting Teacher's Notes [Note: The preceding link is no longer active.].

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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