Canyon Middle School sixth-graders dug through a day's worth of trash from the school, sorting it to see what could have been recycled or composted.

The result? The students found that only 15 percent was actual garbage; 41 percent could have been recycled and 44 percent tossed in the organics cart.

The 19 students from Canyon Connection, a sixth-grade service group, spent two hours last week sorting through 839.5 gallons of trash from the Castro Valley school of 1,377 students. They were joined by Castro Valley Sanitary District staff members, teacher Lee Ann Chin and a parent volunteer.

The audit was part of CVSan's Green Ribbon Schools Program, which rewards schools that reduce organic waste and increase recycling.

Mount Eden students win national honor

A total of 15 Mount Eden High School students in Hayward have been selected for the Honor Band of American and Honor Orchestra of America, the most from any school in the country.

The national band and orchestra will perform in March in Indianapolis, Ind.

A fundraiser is planned for Feb. 16 to help cover the $1,100 it will cost each student to attend. Taco Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the school, 2300 Panama St. The price is $15 for dinner and a performance by students, or $5 for the performance only.

Anyone wanting to make a donation may make a check payable to Mount Eden Band account #303 and send it to Mount Eden High School Band, attention Kevin Cato, 2300 Panama St., Hayward 94545.

Last year, the school sent 13 students to the national band and orchestra. Mount Eden also has nine alternates for the honor band and three for the honor orchestra.

Season of service and peace event returns to San Leandro High

San Leandro High School kicked off its 2013 "Season of Service, Period of Peace" campus campaign this week, a nine-week event beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and ending on Cesar Chavez Day.

The event -- aimed at reducing and preventing violence -- began in 2009 as a project by two of the school's academies and has since expanded to various classes and student clubs, including the Black Student Union, Latinos Unidos, Gay-Straight Alliance, the art department, students from the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program, and the social justice, business and multimedia academies, among others.

Student and teacher activities to honor activists like King, Chavez and others include the making of peace quilts and participation in poetry slams, fasts for nonviolence, movie screenings, and weekly festivals.

Educational course on dyslexia offered in Newark

A class that aims to educate parents and teachers about what it's like to be dyslexic has been scheduled Feb. 9 at a Tri-City-area school.

The course, "Experience Dyslexia: A Learning Disabilities Simulation," will be led by Nancy Redding, past president of the Northern California Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

The simulation aims to let attendees experience some of the challenges faced by students with the language-based learning disability.

Advance admission is $10 per person. Tickets at the door will cost $15.

The event will be from 9 to 11 a.m. at Stellar Academy for Dyslexics, a private Newark elementary school for students in first through eighth grades. The school is at 38325 Cedar Blvd.

Space is limited to 60 participants. To register, call 510-797-2227.

Homeroom is a weekly roundup of news from schools in greater Hayward and the Tri-City areas. Staff writers