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Julie Quinn named Martinez’ Teacher of the Year

MARTINEZ, Calif. – This past Tuesday, April 25, Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) Superintendent of Schools Karen Sakata visited Julie Quinn’s classroom at Las Juntas Elementary School. Quinn, a 34-year instructor, was recently named Martinez School District’s Teacher of the Year (TOY). For the past 17 years, Quinn …

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A time travel field trip at Las Juntas

Imagine a room of students dressed in American revolutionary period clothing seated around three sides of the room and a talented professional entertainer backed by an array of circa 1700s flags on the fourth side. With the flags are muskets, chests and assorted objects used to make history come alive …

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Legal professionals needed for Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Bay Area soon-to-be, practicing, and retired law professionals are needed to provide assistance to their future brethren at the upcoming 36th Annual Contra Costa County High School Mock Trial Program, held in the early evenings throughout the month of February, at the Martinez Court Rooms. Last year, 120 …

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Martinez Arts Association awards $2,000 to local schools

MARTINEZ, Calif. – The Martinez Arts Association (MAA) recently awarded approximately $2,000 in grants to 12 local teachers to fund art projects in their classrooms. Teachers requested funds to support projects such as murals, tiles, and even butcher paper for “mummification” of students. Students will get supplies for Digital Arts, …

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Teacher of the Year finalists to be honored at upcoming banquet

After a rigorous selection process, the four current Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year (TOY) finalists concluded their progression Monday morning, Aug. 15, at the annual Teacher of the Year Speech Presentation. The four finalists were each asked to give a prepared three- to five-minute speech titled: “What have …

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New innovative preschool puts years of theorum to practice

By E. CLARK Martinez Tribune There’s a new preschool in town, but it’s not your typical print-rich, rainbow festooned, “plop your kids down while you work” setup. In fact, there’s nary a Barbie or Tonka Truck in sight. No, the new Center of Gravity early education school on the Martinez-Pleasant …

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American Association of University Women grants local scholarships

MARTINEZ, Calif. – At the Pleasant Hill-Martinez American Association of University Women (AAUW) June Brunch, college scholarship and Tech Trek camp awards were presented to nine students from local schools. It is the mission of AAUW to break down barriers for women and girls by promoting education and supporting their …

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Congratulations to Vicente, Briones High Class of 2016

Students’ strengths, tenacity highlighted during June 8 commencement ceremony MARTINEZ, Calif. – “Courage” was a word oft repeated during the Vicente Martinez and Briones High School Class of 2016 commencement ceremony last week – and a quality each member of the graduating class has in spades, according to their mentors. …

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