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Creative math teacher always willing to try new things

Join the fun What: Davis High School Blue & White Foundation’s 2015 Hall of Fame induction dinner When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 Where: UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom Tickets: $65 each, available at www.dhsblueandwhite.org Info: Lynne Yackzan, 530-681-5020 Cal Crabill — one of this year’s inductees into the Davis High School Hall of Fame — made […]

School board to hear report on transfer students enrolled in Davis

The Davis school board will hear a report on the number of transfer students in local classrooms when they meet Thursday. Transfer students are those who live outside the boundaries of the Davis school district but apply for enrollment here. The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 […]

Botanical artist bound for DHS Hall of Fame

Catherine Stevens Watters, a 1970 Davis High School graduate, has made her mark in life as a botanical artist, creating exquisitely detailed paintings of plants.

Her work has been displayed at galleries associated with some of the world’s most famous gardens, including the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, just outside London; the Hunt Institute for Botanic Documentation in Pittsburgh; the New York Botanical Garden; and the Jardin botanique de Lyon in France.

She’s also a longtime art teacher at Filoli, the famous 654-acre estate in Woodside in the Silicon Valley.

And now, she’ll be remembered as a member of the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation’s Hall of Fame after she’s inducted on Sept. 19 under the category of fine arts.

Two new pastors join staff at First Baptist Church

Two new pastors joined the staff at First Baptist Church over the summer — Steve Luxa is the new senior pastor, and Neil Redenbaugh is the new youth pastor. Luxa grew up in the Denver area, and earned a master’s degree in applied math from Colorado State University (in Fort Collins) and a Master of Divinity degree from […]

Davis enrollment is up, just a little

The figures are still very preliminary, and the increase is small. But it appears that the Davis school district might be experiencing an incremental uptick in enrollment — as in, something like 57 students — as the new school year began this week. Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant told the Davis school board at Thursday’s meeting that 8,685 […]

KDVS broadcasting again after troubles with transmitter, website

Campus community station KDVS came back on the air at 90.3 FM on Wednesday night, after a series of problems with the station’s transmitter and backup transmitter. And the KDVS website — www.kdvs.org, which had been offline due to an unrelated problem apparently stemming from changes to the Associated Students of UC Davis computer system — […]

Organist will give farewell recital on Sunday

Local organist Alan Montgomery — who will shortly depart for London, where he will pursue studies at the venerable Royal College of Music (chartered in 1882) — will give a farewell recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 640 Hawthorn Lane in Davis. All are welcome, and donations will be accepted. Montgomery […]

How fast summer passed; school’s back!

The new school year began Wednesday for the roughly 8,500 students in the Davis school district. And for students entering kindergarten and transitional kindergarten classes, it was literally their first day at school.

One of the new kindergartners at Montgomery Elementary was Lucero Valle, who came to school holding a snack prepared by her mother Marina.

“I’ve got a Z-bar, and a cheese stick and drinking yogurt,” Lucero announced, adding, “I picked out my clothes for today by myself” — a pink outfit with the words “Pretty Sweet” on the shirt.

Davis Shakespeare Fest took ‘a big step forward’

Attendance was up at the Davis Shakespeare Festival this summer, and sales of two-show festival passes nearly doubled — meaning that more people were choosing to see both of the festival’s productions, and getting a discount in the process.

And there were numerous upgrades in lighting, sound and set design during the young festival’s second season, which featured the Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night” and a musical comedy that has been rarely staged in this region, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” based on a novel by Charles Dickens.

The two shows — featuring a mix of professional actors, conservatory-trained young actors from around the country and a few community performers — ran from June 25 to Aug. 2 …

Enrollment, staffing update set as school year begins

The Davis school board faces a fairly light agenda for Thursday’s meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The school board will hear an update on enrollment and staffing as the 2015-16 school year begins. The first day of school is Wednesday, so enrollment figures still […]

Spring Lake elementary school plans move forward

The Woodland school board will be asked on Thursday to vote to approve a $715,701 contract with HMC Architects to draw up design plans for a long-proposed elementary school in that city’s Spring Lake subdivision. A Spring Lake elementary campus has been on the drawing boards for about a decade. But those plans went on hold when […]

Bay Area group presents musical ‘Freedomland’

The San Francisco Mime Troupe is coming to town once again — this time with a topical show titled “Freedomland” that addresses tensions between police officers and unarmed young black men. The troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, in Davis’ Community Park. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted with gratitude. Music will […]

Downtown ‘public pianos’ embraced enthusiastically

Then: Early June. At the suggestion of two local teens, three “public pianos” — hand-decorated by children and teens at three Davis schools — were placed in high-foot-traffic outdoor locations around downtown Davis — an open invitation to passers-by to pause and perform. It was an experiment, supported by a small amount of seed money ($400 per piano) […]

Davis school district welcomes new teachers

The sun was shining, the breakfast buffet (hot coffee and baked goods) was tempting and hopes for the new school year that begins Wednesday were running high.

That was the scene at the Davis school district’s administrative headquarters on Friday morning, as Superintendent Winfred Roberson and his staff — along with school board trustees Tom Adams, Barbara Archer and Madhavi Sunder, as well as several local business leaders — welcomed nearly 60 newly hired teachers, counselors, specialists and administrators.

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