Richmond: Teacher raises included in contract approved by West County school board

West Contra Costa schools trustees on Wednesday approved a new contract with its teachers union, in a deal that may not help with teacher recruitment as much as hoped and will require some program cuts to fulfill, according to a board member. 
District adopts stance that housing developers must do more to address overcrowded classrooms  
 
The Berkeley Unified School District is hosting a Feb. 25 workshop on the Berkeley Schools Excellence Program, a local special tax measure that has supported the Berkeley Public Schools since 1986.  
 
A California school district has decided to give up its Redskins team mascot.  
 
JANE TYSKA
UC Berkeley students are at the forefront of a youth movement to elect Bernie Sanders for president. The overwhelming turnout of young people for the Vermont senator drove his decisive victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.  
 
At the end of the event, Liam Foster -- a ninth-grader at ACLC -- stood on stage as Alameda's top speller. Hazel Purins, last year's winner, came in second. "This is my first time to compete at a spelling bee," Liam said. "I like spelling a lot, because I like reading. It seemed like it would be fun to do, and I didn't expect to win."  
 
Under the calendar, which the board approved 5-0, the first day of school is Aug. 22, 2016. The last day of school is June 8, 2017. There will be no school during Thanksgiving week, and the winter break is from Dec. 21, 2016 to Jan. 6, 2017. Spring break is from April 3-7, 2017.  
 
"Current research shows that full-day kindergarten programs help close the achievement gaps between children from different backgrounds," Superintendent Sean McPhetridge said. "The research also shows that these programs confer significant social, emotional, and academic benefits on all kindergartners."  
 
In 2014, Josh Morgan was part of the first Artemis duo to qualify a boat for USRowing Youth National Championships. And Christine Hovermale helped deliver an Artemis boat to a fourth-place finish at the 2015 youth nationals. In addition to their rowing successes, the two athletes, both seniors at their respective schools -- Hovermale at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High in Alameda and Morgan at Oakland's College Preparatory -- have exhibited prowess in the classroom.  
 
"It really opened up my eyes," said Sara Anderson, a Encinal High School senior, of her summer internship at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She added that she hopes other teens can have similar experiences of learning about social problems and finding ways to help. Each year, Bank of America awards paid internships to high school juniors and seniors who work in a variety of nonprofits.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7