Team of middle school students from Dorris-Eaton School in Walnut Creek and from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette are part of an upcoming regional competition of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's National Science Bowl Saturday, Feb. 23 at Las Positas College in Livermore.

The winner of the regional competition will receive a fully paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Office of Science's National Science Bowl in late April and the winner of the national competition will win prizes for the team members and their schools. These prizes will be named at a later date.

The Office of Science began this competition to interest today's youth in pursuing careers in science and math, and stories you might write could raise new students' awareness of the competition and interest in science.

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    A fundraiser for the Northgate Parking Lot Project will be held Friday, Feb. 15 at the Yogurt Station in the Encina Grande Shopping Center, 2913 Ygnacio Valley Blvd.

    Twenty-five percent of what customers spend that day at Yogurt Station -- customers who mention the parking lot project, that is -- will go to the parking lot project, which entails extending the lot to the first row of basketball courts, adding 40 to 45 more spaces.

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    All five Mt. Diablo Unified School District high schools, including Northgate and Ygnacio Valley, have been recognized and honored for our high participation in 2012 in the Early Assessment Program.

    This voluntary program is designed to provide students, their families and high schools with early signals about students' readiness for college-level English and mathematics. MDUSD high schools were part of a small group of schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties with the following participation rates:

  • Northgate High School, 99 percent

  • Ygnacio Valley High School, 97 percent

  • College Park High School, 98 percent

  • Concord High School, 96 percent

  • Mt. Diablo High School, 96 percent

    Send items for the Journal's School Notes section to Sam Richards at srichards@bayareanewsgroup.com

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