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Tips to educate kids about your faith in a hyper-connected world

Jul 20, 2015
Tips to educate kids about your faith in a hyper-connected world

The biggest challenge for parenting today is that the technology can become a huge distraction, and the children are at risk of having their cyber-powered peer communities becoming a single point of reference for life. Nevertheless parents are the primary teachers for life, and formation of faith is first learned at home. So...

Davis Vanguard
Monday Morning Thoughts: Why Wasn’t 2014 School Board Election About GATE?

Jul 20, 2015
Monday Morning Thoughts: Why Wasn’t 2014 School Board Election About GATE?

The supporters of the current GATE/ AIM program have complained repeatedly the proposal to change the GATE/ AIM program caught them off guard. Board Vice President Madhavi Sunder stated, “There was no notice to the public that today you are going to dismantle self-contained GATE as we know it in the DJUSD.” Parents have...

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Davis Vanguard
AIM-Gate in the Making: A Parade of Follies

AIM-Gate in the Making: A Parade of Follies

by Chuck Rairdan In light of the newly revived skirmishes on the GATE/AIM front, it would appear we are in for another long, hot summer in school board chambers. And, it turns out, the devil is in the details. Running up on midnight June 4th, the school board was involved in a lengthy discussion,...

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Davis Vanguard
Loss of Deanne Quinn Will Be Felt Deeply

Loss of Deanne Quinn Will Be Felt Deeply

by Evelyn Falkenstein  It’s a sad day when someone is canned for doing her job too well.  Deanne Quinn, the GATE/AIM coordinator, has met all the expectations that the DJUSD asked of her for over 20 years of gifted teaching and leadership.  Who would be foolish enough to leave another position for AIM coordinator,...

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Davis Vanguard
The AIM Debate: Many Questions, But Few Answers

The AIM Debate: Many Questions, But Few Answers

by Bob Poppenga When legitimate questions about proposed public policy or program changes go unanswered by elected officials, should we be concerned that ultimate decisions by those individuals will have failed to consider all available facts or that a significant number of constituents will have lost trust in those refusing to provide answers? What...

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Davis Vanguard
Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

Jul 15, 2015
Is GATE a Modern Day Segregation System?

One of the interesting things that came out of some of the public comment is the notion that a self-contained GATE/ AIM program is a form of segregation. Given the way that schools evolve during a child’s education, we see increased separate tracking of students over time. When I was in elementary school, more...

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Banana Moments
Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Jul 13, 2015
Parent training on youth transitions: Middle school, high school & college

Event Title: Preparing youth for transitions: middle school, high school, and college Dates: Tues., August 4, 6:30 pm—8pm and encore Wed August 5, 10am to 11:30am

Davis Vanguard
Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

Jul 12, 2015
Sunday Commentary II: Is the GATE Program In Need of Change?

While I have been very concerned about the process in which the school board has addressed the GATE/AIM program, I have not taken a position overall on the GATE program. Frankly, I am not an expert here, and the questions seem many, with the issues complex. The message that seemed to be delivered on...

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Davis Vanguard
Part Two of Public Comment on GATE

Jul 11, 2015
Part Two of Public Comment on GATE

On Friday, we had two reports on Thursday’s DJUSD School Board meeting. We presented the comments by the Davis School Board (Both Sides of AIM/GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting) and the first portion of public comments (Both Sides of AIM/GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment). The...

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Davis Vanguard
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment

Jul 10, 2015
Both Sides of AIM/ GATE Debate Turn Out for Special July Meeting – Public Comment

Part Two – 45 Public Comments The public came out and expressed thanks and criticism to the board, sometimes in the same comment. There were concerns expressed about the program – the treatment of kids who were not in the program, criticisms of segregation and bullying and the strengths of differentiated education on one...

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