Deer Valley's Delta Academy for the Performing Arts recently wished its grads good luck.
But this wasn't just any class -- it was the first graduating group for the Antioch academy.
"This group of seniors represents a cross-section of the youth of Antioch in their ethnic, racial, socio-economic and academic profiles, and yet all are going on to higher educational opportunities," said Rob Seitelman, lead teacher.
"This class proves the linked learning pathways work. These students have not only survived major changes (change of school location, administrative personnel and faculty), they have thrived and on to pursue their dreams."
The grads are:
Dawn Balangan, Diablo Valley College; Robert Canulli, Long Beach Community College; Maketa Daniels, UC Irvine; Lucas Donart, Southern Oregon University; Jamila Ford, Howard University; Stephanie Giffin, Kendall College, Chicago; Tara Heckathorn, Willamette University; Elora Grace Hinckley, Los Medanos College; Alexis Hudson, Santa Fe University of Art & Design; Emilee Hunt, Chico State University; Sarah Joyner, Saint Mary's College; Marina Ketchum, Langara College; Austin La Bier, Santa Barbara City College; Jason Long, Long Beach Community College; Maria Lopez, UC Berkeley; Tara Metcalf, Wesleyan University; Kayla Morris, AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts; Corinne Murphy, LMC; Isaiah Nuno, Sarasota Bible College; Andrea Overmyer, LMC; Kaniya Samm, Mills
"(These students) give me hope for the positive impact education can have on the youth," Seitelman said. "These students are tearful but confident about moving forward. I have never seen or heard of so many students sad to leave high school.
"Families are so grateful for the opportunities their children have had ... it has been an exciting ride."
UP IN SMOKE: Students in Liberty district's Special Education Gateway Program recently participated in an anti-tobacco poster contest.
Sixteen students competed in the district's Tobacco Use Prevention Education program.
"They were really quite astonishing," said Sarah Singrin, TUBE rep. "The posters were filled with facts and pictures that reflected each students' understanding that tobacco is not good for anyone, which is the purpose of the program."
Hosted by the Gateway Program, the contest was part of the annual spring showcase, which included musical performances and a barbecue (courtesy of the Miranda Paugh family). "The weather was perfect for the activities, and everyone had a great time."
SUPER SCIENCE: In the last few weeks of school, Nicole Whitman's students were racing to their finish lines.
For their finals, 10 of the students turned in a project for Antioch High's science symposium.
"I really wanted to give the kids an opportunity to complete a lab experiment that interested them, as we lack time needed for long experiments," Whitman said.
For two months, the students worked hard on either earth science or biology-themed projects, which were displayed at the school in early June.
"They worked hard (on the) research and presentation board," she said. "I'm very proud of the students who have gone the extra mile to increase their knowledge of science experimentation."
Some of the topics included "How does salt affect water freezing?," "How do warm and cold fronts form?" and "How do sea breezes form?"
GOOD BYE & GOOD LUCK: Pittsburg Unified District recently bid farewell to several of its staffers, who have hit the retirement road.
For 40 years, Mildred Neal worked as an aide at Los Medanos Elementary.
Others beginning a new journey are Linda Switzer, 25 years, teacher, Highlands Elementary; Millie Rubio, 17 years, district bus driver; Gloria Samuels, 14 years, teacher, Stoneman Elementary; Donna Kennedy, 12 years, teacher, Heights Elementary; Leoneen Harris, 12 years, aide and after-school coordinator, Heights Elementary; Beverly Meyer, 10 years, teacher, Pittsburg High; and Ester Anderson, 8 years, aide, Foothill Elementary.
School Bell is written by Trine Gallegos. Contact her at email@example.com.