Just a month into school, and Liberty Union teachers were going the extra distance to hit the books.

About 25 instructors from Freedom, Heritage, Independent, La Paloma and Liberty high schools recently attended a workshop hosted by California Department of Education, State Board of Education and the California State University.

The Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), which aligns with the California English-language Arts Content Standards, tackles vital reading and writing problems identified by the state's placement test committee, and readies students to meet the expectations of college and university faculty, according to Todd Airola, BTSA coordinator.

Airola said English teachers within the district received training and materials to "help better prepare students to become college- and career-ready while enrolled in our schools."

The program, run over four days, is fairly new, and the first year Liberty Union has participated.

"Feedback was positive," Airola said. "(Overall), teachers stated they believe it will be a high yield tool to implement in the classroom for student learning."

He added that the Expository Reading and Writing Course is a valuable resource in preparing students for college, career readiness and "transition toward recently adopted Common Core Standards."

For more info, visit www.calstate.edu/eap/englishcourse/introduction.shtml

HOMECOMING AT FREEDOM: Freedom High celebrated its homecoming with a parade, a rally and a dance last week. Nenwon Gbilia walked away with the king title, while Taryn Ternes took home the queen's crown. The court was rounded out by princes Chad Barlett, Darrell Daniel, Chris Davis, Vincent Jackson, Josh Sandoval, Tyler Saude and Eric Wise; and the princesses Shelby Burton, Selena Gonzalez, Emily Harris, Brittinee Hill, Hayley Hodges, Fabianna Jonas and Reyna Rodriguez.

PENNY POWER: Laurel Elementary is once again asking all to empty their penny jars.

For years, the Oakley school has held a coin drive, giving the proceeds to several worthy causes.

This year, students, teachers and families are filling up the donation container for the Caring 4 Kids Foundation. The group provides meals to homeless and at-risk children in the Las Vegas school district.

Those wishing to contribute can drop off coins to the school library until Sept. 28. The school is at 1141 Laurel Road. For more info, call 925-625-7090 or visit www.caring4kidsfoundation.org.

PROP MEETING: The Brentwood Union School District holds a community meeting from 7-8 p.m. Sept. 25 at Edna Hill school, 140 Birch St.

On the agenda are discussions of Propositions 30 and 38 and the potential impact on the school district. All interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, call 925-513-6349.

If you have school news to share, contact Trine Gallegos at trineg@att.net. You can also reach Judith Prieve at jprieve@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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