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Foundation names new director: The Livermore Valley Education Foundation has elected Dave Haberman to its board of directors. Haberman specializes in curriculum development, and his work has been featured in Wired magazine and on The Today Show. He has lived in Livermore since the fifth grade, attended Arroyo Seco Elementary School, East Avenue Middle School and Livermore High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Cal State East Bay. He is a founding member of the bluegrass band Crawdad Republic, in which he plays mandolin and acoustic guitar.

Honor medical society inducts local students: Two former San Ramon Valley High School students have been named co-presidents of the Alpha Omega Alpha Delta Chapter honor society at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Caitlin Rugg and Elizabeth Lancaster, class of 2006, are beginning their fourth year at UCLA. They were chosen by the society on the basis of their board scores and evaluations.


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Innovative Education grant awards: The Pleasanton Partnership in Education Foundation has announced the 2014 Innovative Education grant recipients. Jason Borris, Fairlands Elementary School, for musical instruments; Christine Capitani, Horizon High School, for purchasing materials for a comprehensive art program; Jon Grantham, Amador Valley High School, to buy a "Harmony Director" technology tool for instruction of musical concepts; Magan Maloy, Harvest Park Middle School, for technology conversion of library resources; Erin Dixon, Mohr Elementary School, integration of "Project Lead the Way" with iPads; Adam Randall, Vintage Hills Elementary School, STEM-based project using iPads to learn coding, 3D printing and robotics; Amy Turner Bull, Amador Valley High School, to buy reusable kit offering activities for next-generation science standards; Lata Mistry, Amador Valley High School, laboratory materials for practical skill in industry; Heather Pereira and Brandy Barnett, Amador Valley High School, to purchase Android tablets for mobile formative assessments for science; Kathyn Peters, Walnut Grove Elementary School, materials for students to build composter station; Eric Thiel, Amador Valley High School, for purchase of optical sensors; Jessica Sempronio, Lydiksen Elementary School, funds for iPads for resource room; Linda Boveda, Lydiksen Elementary School, purchase of two iPads to support existing technology projects; David Middleton, Foothill High School, purchase of Chromebooks for Social Studies Research projects; Michelle Williams, Walnut Grove Elementary School, Chromebooks to enhance geography research; Tammy Creighton, Vintage Hills Elementary School, funds for classroom redesign toward a student-centered interactive environment; Erin Diaz, Walnut Grove Elementary School, purchase of Chromebooks to enable use of Prezi online virtual learning tool; Debbie Harvey, Amador Valley High School, integration of technology to advance existing program; Warren Jensen, Pleasanton Middle School, purchase of 3D printer to align with "Project Lead the Way;" and Christopher Ragg, Pleasanton Middle School, support transition to "flipped" classroom requiring additional technology tools. All told, PPIE awarded $41,000 to 20 educators and counselors.

Local person named to statewide board: John Cligny, of Pleasanton has been named to the California Association of Community Managers, statewide board of directors, where he will chair the Legislative Committee. Cligny is a manger of business development/portfolio management for Association Management Co. LLC in Pleasanton.

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