August 9, 2020

More distance learning becomes a way of life for schools this year

By mid-July it was made official that the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District would continue with distance learning until at least the end of October. Teachers spent much of the summer preparing for this possibility.


Volunteers needed at CRPUSD

The Redwood Empire Food Bank delivers food to two middle schools (Lawrence Jones and Technology Middle) on Wednesday mornings. Ricky Schumann, Student Services Specialist is looking for volunteers from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to put boxes of food into the cars of families who are also coming to pick up school lunches. There are weeks when the produce and other items become loose and must be bagged before distribution.

Much needed help on the way for students

For the second year in a row, The Salvation Army is holding school supply drives at more than 4,500 Walmart locations across the country. In the Bay Area media market, there are 13 Walmart stores participating. Due to COVID-19, the need is greater than ever before. It also means our campaign looks a little different this year. 


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. 


Teachable moments – Preferences

This week’s article focuses on preferences to include concepts of set asides, goals and quotas. Preferences can be controversial regardless of the program they apply to. That’s understandable. If you are in competition for a job or a contract, it feels unfair that someone else got an edge based on some factor. Yet it seems the push back on the concept of giving preferences increases when that factor is based on race, gender, or other diversity factors. The thing to understand about any preference given, it is on top of otherwise being fully qualified for the position or contract.