School Bulletin: Roseville G.A.T.E. students build towns

Water Spots Video Contest seeking entries
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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G.A.T.E. students build towns

Students in the Roseville City School District G.A.T.E. program envisioned and built towns made of recycled materials during an all-day “Creative Building” workshop on Dec. 15 at the Blue Line Gallery. The students, ages 9 to 11, then used their towns as the setting to create a clay animation film.

Each group was appointed a mayor to help direct and oversee the town construction. The students got insight into community building by a visit from Roseville Mayor Susan Rohan and Vice Mayor Carol Garcia.

Rebecca Toto, the district’s director of instruction, assessment and intervention, said she’s glad the district has partnered with the Blue Line Gallery to expand learning opportunities for gifted and talented learners.

“These students thrive on stretching their minds and this class allowed them to learn from others, use their creativity and also created a sense of teamwork for them while they completed the project,” Toto said.

Water Spots Video Contest seeking entries

The Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Bee Media in Education program have announced the 2013 Water Spots Video Contest, which challenges teens to create compelling and original 25-second public service announcement videos on a select water efficiency topic.

Videos must focus on the theme: Check sprinkler systems every month for water-wasting problems and make repairs within 48 hours. Winning spots will be presented on the Sacramento River Cats Jumbotron during a game and may be part of the Regional Water Authority’s outreach campaign. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 22. For more information, visit

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