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Davis Vanguard
What are the Concerns With the Current GATE/ AIM Program

Jul 28, 2015
What are the Concerns With the Current GATE/ AIM Program

The Vanguard has had a lot discussions with people in the community about the GATE/ AIM Program. At the point the sense seems to be while there are groups polarized within the community on the future of the program, it is not all that clear where the lines are drawn exactly. On the one...

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Davis Vanguard
My View II: Three Words to Eliminate in the GATE/AIM Discussion

Jul 25, 2015
My View II: Three Words to Eliminate in the GATE/AIM Discussion

The discussion of GATE and AIM and what to do about it in our local schools is clearly one that is divisive and polarizing. However, having had some extensive discussions with people all over the map on the key issue – what to do about the program – I perhaps naively believe that a...

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Banana Moments
The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Jul 23, 2015
The gift of your faith promotes spiritual resilience for your child

Massetti's main message is simple: “When you baptized your child, you agreed to the responsibility of protecting and nurturing the divine light in your child, who is new life and a gift from God.” Massetti then explained that the way to do this is to keep the light alive in yourself first.

Banana Moments
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

Jul 23, 2015
De-escalating anxiety about transitions to middle school, high school & college

My two cents

How to love_Fresh StartOne of the most difficult things for the modern parent to accept is that our minor children are actually responsible for their own thoughts and actions, and the sooner we help them realize this the better.  Learning how to be self-governing, requires holding youth...

Davis Vanguard
Analysis: What is the Purpose of the GATE/AIM Program?

Jul 22, 2015
Analysis: What is the Purpose of the GATE/AIM Program?

We have focused much of our attention in the last several weeks on process-oriented issues. However, while reasonable people may disagree on how we got to this point, what is clear now is that at the last two school board meetings, there was over three hours of public input on what has happened. The...

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Davis Vanguard
Yamada Figures to Be A Formidable Candidate For Senate

Jul 22, 2015
Yamada Figures to Be A Formidable Candidate For Senate

In 2008, then-Yolo County Supervisor Mariko Yamada faced long odds in the battle for the open Assembly Seat against West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. No one gave her much of a chance, and yet, at the end of a hotly contested and contentious battle, she prevailed in a vote that was not even particularly...

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Banana Moments
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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