Simack had been with the Contra Costa County Office of Special Education, serving as a special-education teacher from 1987 until 1994, and as principal of the county ed office's Marchus Schools in Concord since 1995. Simack also has served as director of education at Bay High School in San Francisco.

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    Community Service Days at Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation are offered monthly to students in grades 6 through 12 to help achieve community service credits.

    Projects include work to to benefit ARF's shelter animals, such as creating enrichment items for ARF animals, baking dog treats, landscaping and animal care cleaning tasks.

    These service days are offered monthly, and the cost is $30. For more information or for an application, go to www.arf.net or call 925-296-3147 for availability.

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    Northgate High School's 2012 Winter Concert takes place Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school's Little Theater, 425 Castle Rock Road. The public is welcome.

    Have an event or a news item to be publicized? To submit an item for School Notes, contact Journal Editor Sam Richards at 925-943-8241, or e-mail items to srichards@bayareanewsgroup.com



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