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by Tribune Staff
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Superintendent hosts Bag Lunch

RENO — Questions, answers and dialogue will be the order of the day as Superintendent Heath Morrison hosts one of his monthly “Brown Bag Lunch” discussions on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s event will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the Washoe County School District Brown Center at 14101 Old Virginia Road in Reno (nearest cross street Damonte Ranch Parkway).

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. Interpretation in Spanish also will be available. The sessions are designed to allow parents and other interested citizens to ask questions and address their concerns about education in the Washoe County School District.

For more information or other accommodations, please call the WCSD Department of Family-School Partnerships at 775-325-2000.

9/11 memorial at Coral Academy

RENO — On Friday The Coral Academy of Science- Reno will be commemorating the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. 

Due to the fact that many students do not remember 9/11, starting at 8:50 a.m., the student body, faculty, administration, and staff will view a short video clip from the History Channel of the events of that day.

The students will then exit the building for various activities for remembrance.

Outside, The Coral Academy Band, under the direction of Al Pefley, will play “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a Color Guard from Boy Scouts of America will display the American and Nevada flags. 

Students from Mr. John Kocsian’s Honors Film class will read a poem, “When the Towers Fell” by Galway Kinnell, as a group. Finally, Al Pefley will play “Taps” in memory of the victims of 9/11 on the trumpet.

The Coral Academy of Science-Reno is a K-12 public charter school located in Reno. Coral views its primary mission as designing and implementing a unique and challenging educational environment for students which will promote positive academic and social success during, and beyond their high school years. Our goal is not to graduate our students just from high school, but to graduate them from college.

The Coral Academy of Science provides a safe learning environment, supported by a diverse community, and a student body that is dedicated to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.

Bishop Manogue hires new staff

RENO — Bishop Manogue Catholic High School is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicole Browne as the school’s new director of admissions effective Tuesday, and of Lauren Lacombe as the new dean of students. 

Browne comes to Manogue with more than 20 years experience in military and non-profit administration, logistics, accounting, and fundraising.  She has most recently worked as an independent accounting contractor for the Carmelite Sisters of Reno and Casa de Vida.  Prior to that she was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, where she earned a Navy Achievement Medal, a Navy Commendation Medal, and was nominated for Naval Reserve Officer of the Year. 

As admissions director, Browne will not only focus on admissions and retention within the school, but also on reaching out to the community at large to increase awareness of the opportunities available at Bishop Manogue.

“We want to let people know that Manogue is accessible and affordable, and that we have so much to offer,” says Browne.  “I’m looking forward to the challenge of approaching the public creatively and getting them to see what we see when it comes to a Catholic education.” 

Browne is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a marketing degree.  She is an active member of St. Albert the Great Parish and served on that school’s Board, as well as on the Board of Casa de Vida. 

Manogue also welcomes dean of students Lauren Lacombe. Lacombe replaces Brianne Thoreson who left to become principal of Little Flower School.  Lacombe, formerly a Science and Computer Literacy teacher at Little Flower, began Aug. 1 and is responsible for student discipline and student activities, including clubs and leadership. She is also taking the lead as Bishop Manogue continues its accreditation process, a challenge that Lacombe says she is eager to tackle.   

“As the accreditation chair, it has been a difficult time to transition into this position, but it is going to be a great year” she said. “The accreditation process is in a great place to move forward toward successful completion and I am excited to be a part of this supportive professional community.  I also look forward to meeting our families and spending time getting to know our students.”

Lacombe holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Masters in Policy Studies in Language in Cross-Cultural Education from San Diego State University.   

Junior Achievement sends business professionals back to school

RENO — Across the community, kids of all ages are heading back to school. At the same time, many businesspeople are preparing to do the same — as Junior Achievement volunteers. Each year, more than 200 local business professionals, parents, retirees and college students volunteer to teach programs that will enhance the skills our future leaders needs to succeed in a competitive economy. Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada (JANN) is again looking for outstanding volunteers to teach K-12 students during the 2011-2012 school year. If you are interested in volunteering, call 775-323-8084 or visit, www.renoja.org.

Junior Achievement offers innovative, hands-on programs that are age-specific to meet the needs of all K-12 students. All programs are focused on entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy. The tools provided to each grade level allow students to better understand their community and global economy, preparing them for a bright future. For example, third-grade students learn about careers and how businesses play a key role within a community in Junior Achievement’s Our City program and High School students learn business-management basics through Junior Achievement’s online program, JA Titan.

All Junior Achievement volunteers are provided with resources and tips on how to teach a successful program, in addition to a one-hour orientation. To learn more about volunteer opportunities through Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada, visit www.renoja.org.

Students return to classroom for 2011-2012 school year

RENO – The Washoe County School District welcomed more than 45,000 students back into the classroom last Monday as 67 schools opened to start the 2011-2012 traditional school year.

Several academic programs and new initiatives will be introduced this year to improve student achievement and provide additional opportunities for parent and community involvement, including:

The Parent University. The doors to the new Parent University will open in September. With more than 200 free classes, this endeavor will provide a unique way for the District to partner with parents so they can work together to help all students succeed in the classroom.

The Community Compact. This comprehensive community-wide program in support of K-12 education in Washoe County has been developed by the Nevada Public Education Foundation/Ready for Life and the Council for Excellence in Education. It is a new initiative that promotes community involvement in schools through volunteerism and other activities.

An expanded tuition-based full-day kindergarten program. More than a dozen WCSD elementary schools are now offering this program, which gives more of our youngest children the gift of early learning.

Changes to the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. In addition to adding four middle school magnet programs, enhancements to the elementary GATE program will give more children advanced learning opportunities.

WCSD middle school bridge teams launch new Season

RENO — Washoe County School District teachers volunteering to teach bridge at participating Reno-Sparks middle schools will begin their preparation for the recruitment of qualified students and the teaching of contract bridge in after school activity classes on Saturday.

Following a very successful year in which 160 middle school students joined their school’s bridge team last year, the program’s sponsor Reno Youth Bridge Inc. (RYB) is anticipating an even bigger and better year during 2011-2012.

Kathy Lane, president of RYB, has announced that the volunteer teachers can earn up to $2,000 for recruiting, organizing and teaching bridge classes with a total of a specified number of student hours during the school year.

RYB is a non-profit Nevada company formed in 2008 and will provide all the text books, lesson plans and playing equipment along with an advisor to each of the school’s bridge teams.

Found to be an excellent way to enhance academic performance, critical thinking and inferential analysis, students are offered the opportunity to learn and play duplicate bridge in interscholastic tournaments sponsored by RYB and the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL).

Each of the bridge team students and teachers will become members of the Reno Youth Bridge Achievement Program (RYBAP) which provides them the opportunity to earn gift certificates for merchandise or services at Reno-Sparks retail businesses. These awards are granted in recognition of attendance and ranking at the major tournaments sponsored by RYB during the school year. The volunteer teacher whose bridge team wins the Spring Championship Team Game competition will also be awarded a special merchandise gift certificate in recognition of their school team’s success.

In Washoe County, bridge is available to any child from any socio-economic background and can provide benefits on many levels. If a child has average abilities in basic math studies, meaning they know how to count to 13, with practice and dedication, they can expect to experience academic enrichment and perform better on standardized testing. This is the conclusion of a three-year study by Dr. Christopher Shaw of Carlinville, Ill.

One teenage bridge player, interviewed recently, commented that in taking the SAT he was able to concentrate longer and more intently than his peers.

Bridge is a partnership game. It requires teamwork and can offer students many social benefits as they take part in an activity that allows them to meet, talk and play with others in a safe, controlled environment. Bridge requires one to analyze the information they receive, translate that information into a vision, and make a plan for success based on that vision. All these actions are the basics of inferential thinking.

Youth Bridge provides opportunities for play in international, national, regional and local tournaments. From serious competition to social play, bridge offers a fun challenge at every level. There are few activities available to children today that offer more lifelong rewards than bridge — or more fun.
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