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Local businesses giving back to Lafayette schools

Republic of Cake, located in Orinda’s Theatre Square, will be donating 10% of their May sales of Sam’s Very Messy Chocolate Cupcake and 10% of their total cupcake sales each Monday in May to Lafayette Partners in Education. For more information about Republic of Cake and their donations to charities, visit their website at

On Thursday, May 10, Pancoast Pizza in Walnut Creek will be donating 30% of all of their sales that mention “Springhill Dines Out” to Springhill Elementary School in Lafayette. Pancoast Pizza, which also sells salads and hoagies, is owned and operated by a Springhill family. For more information, send an email to

Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2012
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Campolindo has its new principal

The Acalanes Union High School District Governing Board officially approved the appointment of John Walker as the new principal at Campolindo High School at their meeting this week.

Walker is currently the assistant principal at San Ramon Valley High School. Walker has also previously worked as a teacher at San Ramon Valley, St. Mary’s High School in Berkeley and schools in the Boston area.

Walker will officially become the principal on July 1 after the current principal, Carol Kitchens, retires. Kitchens has spent the past 12 years as the Campolindo principal and the past 39 years in education.

There will be a reception in the Campolindo Library on Thursday, May 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., for parents and students to meet John Walker.

Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2012
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Acalanes fundraiser at Patxi’s

The Acalanes High School Class of 2014 will be receiving a portion of sales at Patxi’s Chicago Pizza all day this Wednesday, April 25, to raise funds for events and programs for Acalanes students.

You must mention the fundraiser for Acalanes when you are ordering for your sale to count toward the fundraiser. All sales during the day will be included, including dine-in and take-out orders for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as gift certificate purchases.

Patxi’s Chicago Pizza is located at 3577 Mt Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.

For more information about Patxi’s Chicago Pizza or to order online, visit

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012
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Happy Valley getting iPads

Happy Valley Elementary School in Lafayette is making a big step in the push toward bringing new technology into classrooms for educational opportunities. The school’s Parents Club is planning to use reserve funds to purchase 30 new iPads for the school and teachers.

The 30 iPads will be used in the school’s library for special activities with students, but the school’s teachers will also be allowed to check out the iPads for use in their classrooms.

The Parents Club sees the purchasing of the iPads as a way to “innovate and augment the delivery of curriculum .”

Future technology purchases for the school will be done strictly through LPIE.

Posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012
Under: Lafayette, Schools | 1 Comment »

International Night at Acalanes

Acalanes High School is hosting their annual International Night this Wednesday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the small gym on campus.

A variety of food from throughout the world will be available. International music and dancing will take place throughout the event, including Spanish, Russian, Flamenco and belly dancing. There will also be a variety of martial arts demonstrations.

Kids in attendance will be able to participate in several different stations of international crafts. Kids will be able to make origami, kites and papel picardo.

The event is free to attend and is open to the public.

Posted on Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Under: Lafayette, Schools | No Comments »

DramaDons present Hamlet

The Acalanes High School DramaDons theater group will be performing the classic William Shakespeare play, Hamlet, in early May. The DramaDons will be performing an adaptation by local playwright and director Jon Tracy.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. each night May 2-5. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. All performances will be at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at or at the door. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters.

Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
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College Fair at Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s College will be hosting the 21st Annual East Bay College Connection Fair on Saturday, April 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, although it is specifically designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents.

Representatives from more than 150 public and private colleges and universities from across the country will be in attendance to discuss and answer questions about their respective schools. A variety of workshops, lecture and discussions will also be offered on topics including the application process, financial aid, and much more.

For more information, visit Saint Mary’s webpage on the event.

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | No Comments »

Lafayette Chorus Festival

The Lafayette School District’s student choruses will be coming together this Thursday night for one big chorus festival. The festival will take place at the Acalanes High School Performing Arts Center starting at 7:00 p.m.

Fifth-grade choruses from all of the elementary schools, the Stanley Middle School chorus and some select high school student groups will all be performing at the event. The night will end with all of the groups singing two songs on stage together.

The event is free to attend and is open to the public. Make sure to arrive early to ensure you can find a parking spot and a seat.

Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012
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Campolindo’s Carol Kitchens to retire

Campolindo High School Principal Carol Kitchens has announced she will be retiring at the end of this school year. Kitchens has worked in education for 39 years, serving Campolindo High School for the last 17 years of her career.

Campolindo High School has seen tremendous growth and improvement under Kitchens leadership as the principal since 2000. Her dedication to education earned her the honor of 2009 Secondary Principal of the Year for the state of California.

A message from Kitchens can be viewed on the Campolindo High School website.

There has been no announcement about who the new principal will be for the 2012-2013 school year.

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012
Under: Moraga, Schools | No Comments »

Miramonte girls advance to NorCal Final

The Miramonte girls basketball team kept their season alive with a 71-64 victory over Sacramento High School in Sacramento tonight. The win sends the Matadors to the Northern California Regional Final and a rematch with Bishop O’Dowd.

The Matadors will face the Dragons for the second time in two weeks when they play this Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Power Balance Pavillion, home of the Sacramento Kings. The Dragons handed the Matadors their only loss of the season in the NCS championship game.

After a convincing win against Miramonte in the NCS final, the Dragons have won their state playoff games easily by scores of 68-39 and 76-46. The Matadors will look to play the role of the spoiler as underdogs on Saturday. The winner of the game will move on to the state championship game.

Posted on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Under: Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »