The Walnut Creek School District will focus on partial implementation of the federal Common Core Standards this year. District officials will focus on informational text, text dependent questions and text complexity.

Three parent meetings will be held to help parents learn the difference between the core standards and the state's previous requirements.

  • 7 p.m. Sept 18 at the Parkmead Multipurpose Room for parents from Indian Valley, Parkmead and Walnut Heights schools

  • 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Buena Vista Multipurpose Room for parents at Buena Vista and Murwood schools.

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at Walnut Creek Intermediate School gym for middle school parents.

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    Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek will hold the first of its Parent Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at the school.

    Anna Kuchment, contributing editor to Scientific American and a Google Science Fair judge, will speak about how to raise science literate kids in a talk entitled "Budding Scientist." The talk will focus on how to inspire a new generation of scientist.

    The Parent Lecture Series speakers share insights, advice and inspiration on current parenting and education topics. Offered to parents, educators and community leaders throughout the East Bay, the series is held three times a year and is an extension of the school's mission to "develop the intellect, engage the spirit and foster respect for, and responsibility to, our world," according to a news release.

    The cost is $20 per person, those that are educators get a 50 percent discount.

    Seating is limited, so reserve a space now. To register and pay, go online to wwwsevenhillsschool.org and click the link for the Parent Lecture Series. No refunds or exchanges are available.

    Call or email Kim Hughes, development coordinator at Seven Hills 925-933.0666 ext. 4987, khughes@sevenhillsschool.org, with questions.

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