School Bulletin: Builders Club makes blankets for kids in need

New private school hosts parent presentation
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Builders Club makes blankets for kids in need

The Roseville Kiwanis-sponsored Builders Club at Silverado Middle School in Roseville recently completed a blanket-making project for Project Linus, a national organization that provides blankets to local social agencies such as police and fire departments, protective services and hospitals to distribute to children in need. Their next project will be to sponsor a drive to get needed items for the Placer SPCA. Builders Club is a national middle school service club, sponsored by Kiwanis International.

New private school hosts parent presentation

The Hawthorne Academy of Arts & Sciences is hosting a parent presentation and open enrollment at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Harvest Community Church, located at 1376 Blue Oaks Blvd. in Roseville. The new, private school will open this fall in a building at 333 Sunrise Blvd. in Roseville and will be staffed primarily with teachers from the defunct Accelerated Learning Academy, which recently closed. For more information, visit

Susan Goto joins Placer County Board of Education

Susan Goto has been sworn in to her seat on the Placer County Office of Education school board, having won District 1 in the Nov. 6 election, which serves Roseville and Granite Bay. Soto previously served more than 16 years as a trustee for the Roseville City School District. Prior to that, she taught in the district for 22 years. She is also a Sierra College Foundation board member and serves on the Roseville Grants Advisory Commission. Placer County Office of Education serves more than 68,000 students in 16 school districts.

Scholarship named in honor of Roseville resident

Two students at William Jessup University are recipients of a new scholarship established on behalf of former Roseville resident Pat Williams who lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. Williams spent much of her career as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher. She was also involved with the Friends and Neighbors Inspired group at William Jessup University.

In December, the Women’s Ministry group at Williams’ church, Pleasant Grove Community Church, held a Christmas lunch that raised funds in Pat’s honor. Other members of the Friends and Neighbors Inspired committee also donated to the fund, which totaled $3,500. These funds were used to create the Pat Williams Inspired scholarship. Two students from the university’s School of Professional Studies (designed for working adults) have been selected for the scholarship. Christopher Ireland and his wife, Kyle Ireland, began taking courses in January 2012. Christopher is pursuing a degree in Christian leadership. Kyle is majoring in psychology.

Dry Creek starting new GATE Academy Program

The Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District is launching a new second through fifth grade Gifted and Talented (GATE) Academy Program, which begins in the 2013-14 school year. The new self-contained academy will be located at Antelope Meadows and Coyote Ridge elementary schools. Parents interested in learning more are invited to attend an information night from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 at Coyote Ridge Elementary School, 1751 Morningstar Dr. in Roseville.

Completed application forms must be returned to the district office between April 9 and May 3. Parents will receive notification of their child’s enrollment status and school location in June. Parents of identified GATE students will have the choice to stay at their home school in a GATE cluster classroom. Each of the district’s seven elementary schools will continue to offer the differentiated GATE cluster classroom program. For more information, call Kelly Hall at (916) 770-8855 or visit

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