School bulletin: Local schools vie for Raley’s grants

New Granite Bay High School dance team hosts fundraiser
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Local schools vie for Raley's grants

Seven schools in Roseville and Granite Bay need the public's votes in the Raley's Reach program, which provides five $10,000 grants to K-12 schools. Local schools include Greenhills Elementary School, Heritage Oak Elementary School, Eich Intermediate School, Creekview Ranch Middle School, John Adams Academy, Roseville High School and Woodcreek High School. Cast your vote at Winners will be announced Sept. 5.

Granite Bay grad earns scholarship

Granite Bay High School graduate Kevin Ledwith received a Community of Learners Scholarship from the University of North Dakota for this academic year. This scholarship goes to seniors who have shown exemplary achievement in both their high school grade-point average and test scores.

Teacher of the Year named

Placer County Office of Education gave the 2013 Teacher of the Year award to both Tyson Maytanes of Roseville High School and Tracy Sterdt of Cooley Middle School on Aug. 27. Maytanes won in the secondary teacher category and Sterdt was honored in the elementary/middle school category. Seven teachers total were nominated after receiving the recognition from their respective school district.

Dance team hosts fundraiser

Granite Bay High School's new Extreme Dance team is hosting a car wash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the parking lot of Tri Counties Bank, 4100 Douglas Blvd. in Granite Bay. Cost is $10 per car. The team will be performing at school rallies, and football and basketball games.

ACT scores released

Nationally, at least 60 percent of high school graduates in 2012 may not be ready for college, according to ACT's report "The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2012," released Aug. 22. A record 52 percent of the U.S. seniors took the exam, but about 28 percent failed to meet any of the four benchmarks measured - English, math, reading, science - suggesting these students will struggle in first-year college courses in those subject areas. College readiness levels remain particularly low among African American and Hispanic students.

Another 15 percent met one benchmark and 17 percent met two. Only 25 percent met all four benchmarks. California students scored higher with about 31 percent meeting all the benchmarks. Seventy-two percent of California pupils met the English benchmark, compared to 67 percent nationally. Fifty-eight percent of the state's students met the reading benchmark, while the national percentage was 52 percent. Fifty-eight percent of California students met the math benchmark versus 46 percent nationally, and 35 percent met the science benchmark compared to 31 percent nationally.

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