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Rally for Education on Tuesday

The group Lafayette for Education is holding a rally called “Wake up Lamorinda!” on Tuesday, May 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. The rally will take place in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located at the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and Moraga Road.

This rally is part of a statewide series of rallies called “Wake Up California!” which set out to raise awareness of the budget crisis that public schools in California are facing.

The superintendents from all of the Lamorinda school districts will be in attendance as will teachers, parents and students.

Coffee and bagels will be served at the rally.

For more information on the event, visit

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2011
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | 1 Comment »

Trust in Education’s Change for Change Drive

Schools throughout Lafayette will be holding Change for Change Drives, sponsored by the nonprofit organization Trust in Education, next week to continue supporting education in Afghanistan.

Over the years, the drives have helped raise enough money to build a school and playgrounds. The money will  now go to ensuring that students are able to remain in school instead of being forced to work at an early age.

The founder of Trust in Education, Budd MacKenzie, will be visiting Burton Valley Elementary School, Happy Valley Elementary School and Stanley Middle School next week to speak to the students.

For more information about the organization Trust in Education and what they do, visit their website at

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011
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Time to register kids for kindergarten in Moraga

The Moraga elementary schools will be holding registration for their kindergarten classes on March 3 and 4. The registration will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. both days at Los Perales and Rheem elementary schools. It will be open 9:00 to 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 to 3:00 p.m. both days at Camino Pablo Elementary School.

In order for kids to register for kindergarten in the Moraga schools, they must turn 5 on or before Dec. 2, 2011.

For more information about kindergarten registration, visit the Moraga School District’s website at Call the individual school’s with questions about the registration process: Camino Pablo at 925-376-4435, Los Perales at 925-631-0105, and Rheem at 925-376-4441.

Posted on Saturday, February 12th, 2011
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MOFD brings safety to school

The Moraga-Orinda Fire District will be back in elementary school classrooms in Moraga and Orinda this fall teaching students about safety.

The safety program covers topics including how to prepare for disasters, fire safety and injury prevention. This will be the 11th year of the program.

The program is run by teaching each grade level separately, so that each year students are taught new and more advanced information. The sessions are typically around 40 minutes long.

Additional information is left for teachers to discuss with the students in class. Students are also given information to take home to discuss what they have learned with their families.

Posted on Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
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Measure A set to pass

The Acalanes Union High School District’s new parcel tax, Measure A, is ready to pass after receiving 68.5% of the votes received prior to Tuesday. Measure A needs two-thirds of the vote to pass.

Votes that were received by mail on Tuesday are in the process of being counted, but it is unlikely they will have enough effect to stop Measure A from passing.

Out of 37,813 votes received prior to Tuesday, 25,897 were in favor.

Measure A will add an additional $112 parcel tax annually for five years.

For election results, they can be found online at the Contra Costa Elections Division website.

Posted on Wednesday, May 5th, 2010
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“Yes on Measure A” rally in Lafayette

Students, teachers and residents in favor of passing Measure A on the May ballot held a rally today in Lafayette Plaza. Measure A is a parcel tax for the Acalanes Union High School District that would be $112 per year. In order to pass, it needs two-thirds of the vote.

At the rally, students performed music, poetry and more, showing off the talents that they may not be able to use at school if certain programs are cut as a result of the budget deficit.

Teachers from the AUHSD also spoke about the importance of passing the tax to ensure the safety of faculty positions, as well as student programs.

Posted on Sunday, March 28th, 2010
Under: Lamorinda, Schools | 4 Comments »

Problems facing AUHSD to be discussed Wednesday

On Wednesday night, the Acalanes Union High School District Governing Board will be holding its regularly scheduled meeting with the open session beginning at 7:30 p.m.

They will be discussing the state of the school district’s finances including the audit report for the 2008-2009 fiscal year and an update on Measure E.

The expected $4 million budget gap could result in the closure of the district’s continuation school, Del Oro High School, and another potential round of layoffs.

Although Del Oro is located in Walnut Creek, it serves many students who live in Lamorinda. For the report on the Del Oro situation, read Jonathan’s full story.

For more information on potential layoffs, read the agenda item.

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010
Under: Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Schools | No Comments »

Kindergarten registration in Lafayette

Students who will be in kindergarten in Lafayette for the 2010-2011 school year have registration coming up in January. Registration will take place at each of the following schools on Jan. 26 and 27 at the times listed.

Burton Valley will hold their registration from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Happy Valley will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lafayette will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Springhill will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

This registration is for children born on or before Dec. 5, 2005.

Registration packets will be available beginning Jan. 11 at each of the schools. These must be turned in at the registration dates listed.

Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2009
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Orinda school parcel tax increase passes

Over 70 percent of the voters voted in favor of the parcel tax increase for the Orinda Union School District, which is more than the two-thirds majority needed for the measure to pass.

The parcel tax, which will increase $124 per year from $385 to $509, will never expire.

The passing of this measure will likely save many school programs that would have been cut if the district had faced the $1 million budget deficit expected without the parcel tax increase. The passing of the measure will also save the jobs of many employees who would have been let go as a result of the budget deficit.

Seniors who earn less than 50 percent of the county’s median income are exempt from the parcel tax.

Posted on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
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Former Miramonte coach Hirashima dies

Former Miramonte High School girls basketball coach Darrell Hirashima died at the age of 56 on Friday. He had spent nearly two weeks on life support following a heart attack he suffered on Dec. 7.

Hirashima is survived by his wife, Theresa, his daughter, Trisha, and his two sons, Darrell Jr. and Dustin. Darrell Jr. is currently in his first season as a coach with the Acalanes boys basketball program.

During Hirashima’s 11 years with the Matadors, he compiled a 238-85 record. His team made the playoffs the past ten seasons and won four North Coast Section Division III titles.

While Hirashima will be remembered for the success his teams had on the court, his biggest impact was on the players who played for him. Hirashima is remembered as a kind, understanding coach who motivated his players to always do their best on and off the court.

Posted on Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
Under: Lamorinda, Orinda, Schools, Sports | No Comments »