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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

The Buzz The Buzz (July 21, 2004)


VIRTUAL HOMESCHOOLING . . .The California Virtual Academies will host a parent information session from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4320 El Camino Real. Parents will have a chance to enroll their students for the 2004-2005 school year. Students enrolled in the tuition-free program work at home with a parent or adult and receive instruction and guidance on six traditional subjects from certified public school teachers. Students receive a computer, monitor, printer, access to the online school, lessons, assessments, books and materials. For more information, call (866) 285-6220.

MARKET DAY . . .The next Ohlone College Super Flea Market will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 in Parking Lots E and H at the college, 43600 Mission Blvd. in Fremont. Vendor spaces are $30 or $35 for same-day registration. All proceeds go toward Ohlone College programs, and admission is free. Merchandise for sale includes new and used clothing, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, dried and silk flowers, cosmetics, food, comics, sports cards, gourmet tomato tasting and much more. For more information, contact Elaine Nagel at 510-659-6285 or by e-mail at enagel@ohlone.edu.

THE BRASS HAT PLEASE . . . The Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula has named Peter Fortenbaugh as its new executive director. Jacqueline Glaster, who served in the role for 14 years, retired last month. Fortenbaugh has served as the club's operations director for the past two years. The club has grown to become the largest youth development organization on the San Francisco Peninsula, serving more than 2,000 youth. For more information, visit www.BGCP.org.

CALLING ALL DIGITAL KIDS . . .Kids and teenagers aged 7 to 17 have an opportunity to tap into their creative juices while exploring the world of technology at hands-on iD Tech Camps offered through August at Stanford University. Students will have the opportunity to produce digital music and movies, create video games, design Web pages, learn computer programming and robotics. Courses offer individualized attention, with one computer per student and an average of six students per instructor. Students can enroll in week-long or day and night programs. For more information, contact Steve Massinello at (914) 798-7127 or by e-mail at smassinello@giles.com.

HELPING TROUBLED YOUTH . . .Distinguished presenters from around the world will gather Friday and Saturday at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center to focus on services and therapies for at-risk youth. The conference, sponsored by the Palo Alto-based Mental Research Institute, is designed to bring together a diverse group of experts working with troubled youth who are effecting positive change within schools, social service agencies and the juvenile justice system. Registration is $250 and can be done online at www.mri.org. For an agenda, biographical information on the presenters, or other information, contact Corrine Goldman at 321-3055, or by e-mail at mcgoldman@earthlink.net.

NEW AWARD IN HER HONOR . . . The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation has created the annual Ingrid Smith Math and Science Award. for teachers who develop innovative methods for teaching the subjects. The award was made to honor Smith, a former foundation and school district board member who recently lost her battle to stomach cancer. For more information, visit www.mpaef.org.

ALTERNATIVE ADMINISTRATOR . . .Paula Mitchell, a teacher and administrator for the past 27 years, has been named director of the Alternative Schools Department of the Santa Clara County Office of Education. Within the county office's Student Services Branch, Mitchell's department provides educational programs at Juvenile Hall and other institutional and community schools countywide. Mitchell was the director of alternative programs for the Monterey County Office of Education since 1996.
Send notices of news and events related to schools, child care or youth activities to Alexandria Rocha, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, 94302, or arocha@paweekly.com. The monthly school section runs the third Wednesday of each month. The deadline is the second Thursday of the month at 5 p.m.

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