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Mountain Lion at Burton Valley?

While seeing a ton of Bobcats on campus at Burton Valley (Go Bobcats!) is commonplace, seeing mountain lions on campus is not.

On Wednesday, a resident reported seeing a small mountain lion roaming on the back of Burton Valley’s campus.

Lafayette Police, the Department of Fish and Game, and some of Burton Valley’s staff set out on a search to ensure the area was clear and safe around 9:50 a.m. By 10:15 a.m., Lafayette Police reported that the area was safe and clear, and students were able to leave classes and get back to recess.

Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2012
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Free college planning class in Lafayette

NewSpring College Planning will be presenting a free college planning class on Thursday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Arts & Science Discovery Center.

Representatives from the group will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about a variety of topics related to thecollege planning process, including how to be best positioned in the application and enrollment process and how to afford college tuition.

Although the event is free and open to the public, there is limited seating, so advance registration is required. To register for the event, call 415-322-4501 or email

Posted on Saturday, July 21st, 2012
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Graduation rates at local high schools

Graduation and dropout rates for 2011’s high school graduating class were recently released by the state, broken down by district and school.

The Acalanes Union High School District managed to improve their already high graduation rate from 95.4% in 2010 to 96.3% in 2011. The AUHSD dropout rate decreased from 3.3% in 2010 to 1.8% in 2011.

Campolindo had the highest graduation rate in the district at 99.39% for 2011, while Miramonte (97.92%) and Acalanes (97.21%) also had impressively high graduation rates, which has become expected of the district’s schools.

The dropout rate was equally impressive, as there were only two recorded dropouts total between the three schools with Campolindo and Acalanes having one each and Miramonte having  none for the class of 2011.

Posted on Saturday, July 14th, 2012
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Moraga school board’s committee to review sex abuse policies

The Moraga School Board voted Tuesday night to take a major step in rebuilding its image after the negative light it has received due to the sex abuse scandal of the 1990s becoming public recently.

The School Board voted, 4-0, in favor of creating a new committee that will review the current policies relating to child abuse and mandated reporting. After reviewing the current policies, the committee will come back to the School Board to recommend changes and additions to the policies.

A series of workshops for school staff and parents relating to these topics are also being planned for the future.

Posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012
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High school graduation ceremonies

Acalanes, Campolindo and Miramonte will all be holding their graduation ceremonies this Friday, June 8, in each school’s respective stadium.

Campolindo’s ceremony starts first at 5:00 p.m. Miramonte will start theirs at 5:30 p.m., and the graduation ceremony at Acalanes starts at 6:00 p.m.

The school’s parking lots are all unable to handle all of the cars coming for graduation, so you should plan to arrive early to get a parking spot, or plan to park somewhere in the neighboring communities. The schools suggest arriving close to an hour early to ensure you have a seat as well.

Contact the schools for more information about handicap parking and seating for the ceremonies.

Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
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Results of Springhill Blood Drive in Memory of Rachael Wenger

The Red Cross blood drive that was held at Springhill Elementary School in Lafayette in memory of Rachael Wenger collected 45 units of blood from 54 people who registered. The blood drive last year collected 42 units of blood.

Five additional people have donated blood to the cause by going to the blood center in Pleasant Hill, and Rachael’s family is asking that anyone who would like to support the cause do the same.

To donate blood to the cause, call 1-800-RED CROSS or log on to and enter “Rachael Wenger” in the “How were you recruited today?” column.

Posted on Sunday, May 20th, 2012
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Lafayette School District Survey

Members of the Lafayette School District are encouraging parents and the community to provide the district with feedback via the district’s fourth annual survey.

Survey results and feedback will be compiled in order to help the district’s board come up with ideas and make decisions to help the future of the schools in the district.

The parent and community survey is available online at:

The survey will be available until Friday, May 25, at 2:00 p.m. The survey has 26 questions and should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Staff members of the Lafayette School District are also taking a separate survey to provide the district with feedback.

Posted on Saturday, May 12th, 2012
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Measure A does not pass

Measure A missed out on passing by a slight margin after 64.97 percent of voters supported the parcel tax that needed two-thirds support to pass.

If Measure A had passed, a $225 parcel tax would have been added to support the Moraga School District. In total, the passage of the parcel tax would have netted the school district $1.2 million annually.

Some voters who were against Measure A noted that there is already a $325 parcel tax in place that brings in $1.8 million annually for the school district. Measure A would have been in addition to the parcel tax already in place.

The Moraga School District is planning to bring in the money via fundraising or by potentially adding another parcel tax to a future ballot.

Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012
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St. Mary’s sports update

The St. Mary’s college baseball team started their season well, but the Gaels have struggled recently. With a 22-23 overall record, the Gaels look like a longshot to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Gaels are 6-12 in the West Coast Conference with six conference games remaining (three at Portland and three at home vs. USF). They also have two non-conference games left against Sacramento State and UC Davis.

The St. Mary’s softball team has had a successful season and are set to play in the PCSC Championship Series this weekend against Portland State to determine the conference champion. The Gaels are 26-21 overall, but they stormed through the PCSC to compile a 15-4 conference record.

Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2012
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Jazz Cafe in Lafayette

Stanley Middle School will be hosting the annual Lafayette Jazz Cafe on Friday, June 1, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

The night will be filled with musical performances from The Stanley Groove Merchants, The Dominant 7, The Stanley Thundering Herd, The Gypsy Chix, The Stanley Jazz Messengers and The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble.

Chef’s Touch will be selling food, beverages and desserts throughout the night. There will also be random drawings for prizes for all in attendance.

General admission is $10 per person. Children ages 6 and under get in free. All proceeds from the event go to the Stanley Jazz Department.

Posted on Sunday, May 6th, 2012
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