August 13, 2020

Glimmer of hope...

A local woman created this scene to bring smiles to visitors’ faces.  Come out and visit Barbie and her friends swinging from "hammocks" in the sun right next to JavAmore Cafe in Penngrove. 

Photo by Tracy Si

 

RCHS to adopt new school scheduling model

When local schools transitioned from in-class to distance learning practically overnight last March, they did their best but, as anyone with students at home could attest to, it was a big challenge. Given that schools have now had a couple months over the summer to weigh their options, streamline their systems, and really take a hard look at how they can best deliver academics in a virtual environment, one local high school, Rancho Cotate, found a way to better serve the needs of both students and teachers. 

RP City Council report

After months of dealing with a variety of contentious topics, the city council meeting on August 11 was notable for being without controversy. No public comments were submitted on any of the agenda items. Absent were the hot button topics of changes to city council elections by-district, banning fireworks, or the ongoing racial strife and reactions thereof. 

Sports

Community shouldn’t expect sports anytime soon

Last Wednesday’s announcement from Your Sports Network (YSN) and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) came as no surprise to Amy Alvarez, the first year Athletic Director at Technology High School.  Just like men’s soccer coach Fatima Worden, Alvarez was preparing for the worst. The worst came on July 20. 

Community

Teachable moments – Reverse discrimination

Like many topics in the field of equal opportunity, how you see the issue is often influenced by the media, personal experience or impacts on your life. A topic like reverse discrimination can certainly be described as a hot button issue. This next article in my teachable moment series, hopefully provides you a different insight or perspective than you’re used to, yet without the “heat.” Let’s start the conversation with a paradoxical statement: “There is no such thing as reverse discrimination;” but, “the concept is alive and well.”