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River Cats rev up Taylor School

River Cats rev up Taylor School

“I Can! I Will! Succeed!” That was the message that students at Taylor Street Elementary School heard from Tony Asaro, Community Relations Spokesperson for the Sacramento Rivercats on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday’s event celebrated the kick-off of state testing of 2nd-6th grade students at Taylor Street Elementary. The Sacramento Rivercats sponsor school programs centered on the AAA theme of “Attitude, Attendance and Academics” and that theme was emphasized to students as they were encouraged to believe in themselves and do their best not only on the test but in all aspects of their lives.

Over the next two weeks students will be testing in English-Language Arts, Math and Science.

Go Taylor Bears!

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Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

Second Annual STEM Expo Saturday at William Jessup University

As you know, the rapid pace of technological growth coupled with the demands of a global economy that operates 24/7 raises the standard for schools to produce "life-long learners" who can keep up.

Studies show students as young as third grade have started thinking of their career path which is why it’s important to start early when getting kids to understand their options in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM. Studies also show that STEM classes and career planning should be built into school curriculum as early as possible, and that hands-on activities and visits with professionals in different fields are necessary for students to learn how their work in the classroom can be relevant to a future career.

To support the STEM initiative, this Saturday, March 24, William Jessup University will host Placer County’s Second Annual STEM Expo, free and open to the public from 11 am to 4 pm.

Principal on the Roof

Principal on the Roof

Students at Taylor Street Elementary School had no problems finding their principal today; all they had to do was look up. Dr. Arthur Estrada, principal of the school, challenged students to complete 250 levels of Lexia Reading. In return for meeting the challenge Dr. Estrada agreed to spend the entire day on the roof.
As of March 9th, students at the school have successfully completed over 330 levels of Lexia. Students are able to work towards mastery of the program at school as well as at home. Mrs. Kelly Chao has been especially instrumental in encouraging students to work hard at mastering the skills needed to complete all five levels of Lexia. Students who complete all five levels earn lunch with the principal.

Sharon Ito's blog: Headed back to 3rd grade

Sharon Ito's blog: Headed back to 3rd grade

Perhaps you've heard ... our station has adopted Jefferson Elementary School in the Natomas District as part of "Sacramento Reads," and we're days away from tutoring 3rd graders in reading.

This is the city's literacy initiative led by Mayor Kevin Johnson and the belief that reaching at-risk children in 3rd grade and teaching them to read can potentially turn their lives around.

We're going through a training session today, which includes an introduction to the reading curriculum and fingerprinting, a required part of the background check before we're allowed into the classrooms.