Mt. Diablo Elementary K orientation, registration

Mt. Diablo Elementary School will hold a kindergarten orientation meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, at the school, 5880 Mt. Zion Drive, Clayton.

Principal Irene Keenan and kindergarten teachers will be on hand to answer questions.

Kindergarten registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the school.

Kindergarten packets will be available at the orientation and in the school office.

For more information, call the school at 925-672-4840.

St. Agnes School to hold an open house tour

St. Agnes School will hold an open house tour at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, following Mass, at 3886 Chestnut Ave. in Concord.

Enrollment applications are available at the school office. For information, call 925-689-3990.

Register for Mt. Diablo district kindergarten

Preregistration of children eligible for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten in August will be on a first-come basis at all Mt. Diablo Unified School District elementary schools.

Registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. starting Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Exceptions are:

  • Monte Gardens Elementary will hold preregistration from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Only children from the waiting list who have received confirmation will register that day.


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  • Sequoia Elementary will hold its kindergarten registration from 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the school library. Students will be called from the waiting list and given specific instructions as to what will be needed.

  • Kindergarten registration for the Cornerstone Family School program will 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Ygnacio Valley Elementary School. Only children from the waiting list who have received phone confirmation may register that day.

    Children who reach the age of 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2013, are eligible for kindergarten in August. Children who reach the age of 5 between Oct. 2-Dec. 2, 2013, are eligible for transitional kindergarten in August.

    Parents should bring to registration:

  • An original birth certificate or other official documentary proof of the child's birth date

  • Three original documents to verify where the child resides (one must be a photo I.D.)

  • And a written immunization record from a health care provider that all immunization requirements have been met.

    Bring any completed school entry physical examination and dental examination forms. For more information, call 925-682-8000, ext. 4062, or go to www.mdusd.k12.ca.us.

    Scholarships for online high school diplomas

    James Madison High School, an accredited online high school, is accepting applications for the 2013 Gary Keisling ACCESS Scholarship online high school diploma program.

    The scholarship program will award four full-ride high school scholarships for its regionally accredited online high school diploma program.

    To be considered for an ACCESS Scholarship, all applicants must be a new JMHS student, submit an application and an original 250-500 word essay. All applications are due by Feb. 1.

    For an application and information, go to www.ashworthscholarships.com.

    In addition to the James Madison High School, sister school Ashworth College is offering an additional $20,000 in scholarships for its career diploma, associate degree and bachelor's degree programs.

    For an application and information, go to www.ashworthscholarships.com.

    High school students can 'Direct Change'

    Student filmmakers throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and change minds about mental illness.

    The contest is part of statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students.

    These initiatives are funded by the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority, an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities.

    Contest requirements:

  • Open to high school students in California

  • Asks students to develop a 60-second public service announcement about suicide prevention or eliminating mental illness stigma during the 2012-2013 school year

  • Awards the winning team and associated school a $1,000 cash prize

  • Enters each school into a drawing for a free suicide prevention program

  • Recognizes students and schools at an award ceremony in Sacramento at the end of the school year.

    Students can download an entry form at www.DirectingChange.org before submitting their PSA. For each Intent to Direct form that is submitted, the student's school is entered for a chance to win a suicide prevention program.

    Entry deadline is midnight March 1.

    For information or questions, email jana@directingchange.org.

    DVC looks for hosts for international students

    The International Education Center at Diablo Valley is looking for families to host international students on a long- or short-term basis.

    Families get a monthly stipend of $825 per student.

    For requirements or information, contact Fia Parker at 925-876-0080, or email fparker@dvc.edu.

    Items included on a space-available basis; not all submissions published. Email schoolscene@bayareanewsgroup.com or fax 925-943-8362.