In a surprise announcement, Davis school board trustee Nancy Peterson resigned Thursday evening, the latest move in a continuing dispute over the volleyball coach at Davis High School.
Her decision stunned her fellow board members and those in the audience at the Community Chambers at City Hall.
In addition, two district administrators have been dismissed from their current positions and reassigned to classroom duty, board president Gina Daleiden announced following a closed-session meeting Thursday. …
Trekking though the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Davis active transportation coordinator Dave “DK” Kemp was busy talking up members of Congress promoting Davis, bicycling and the idea that more federal dollars need to be spent on active transportation.
“We’re essentially lobbying the federal government to support bicycling,” Kemp said.
It’s a trip that may yield potential millions for Davis’ Beyond Platinum Bicycle Action Plan, a strategy that Kemp told the City Council last week most likely would need no money from the city. That’s a seemingly tall order, given that carrying out the plan will cost a projected $120,000 per year.
Daily life in Uman, Ukraine, appears to go on almost normally, but the people of Davis’ first sister city are tense and distracted by the news of the Russian takeover of Crimea.
“Can you imagine unfriendly actions from a proclaimed ‘brother?’ ” wrote Myroslava Geyko, 54, a senior teacher at Uman National University of Horticulture, who visited Davis in 1999 as part of a teacher exchange between the cities.
Geyko said she and her neighbors are shocked and concerned by the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin …
It was the Saturday of Presidents Day weekend in February and Gwyn Bruch was facing a tough decision.
The longtime Davis High School drama teacher had scheduled a full day of rehearsals for the Monday holiday, when students from Davis and Da Vinci high schools would be preparing for the annual spring play scheduled to open in less than a month at the Brunelle Performance Hall.
Auditions had already been held, roles long since cast, and students were busy memorizing their lines, preparing the set, even selling tickets.
Harry Truman was president. Earl Warren was governor. UC Davis was known as the Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture and the population of the city of Davis stood at about 3,500. That’s when a group of Davis parents began talking about the possibility of a different kind of preschool for their children.
They had heard about a parent-participation nursery school in Berkeley and liked the model: Parents worked with children in the classroom one morning a week and attended regular adult education classes focused on child development and behavior.
A one-of-a-kind respiratory disease lab is nearing completion at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis.
The 19,000-square-foot building will house an inhalation exposure facility unique among the eight National Institutes of Health-supported primate centers, plus new laboratory, meeting and office space.
Initial areas of study there will include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exposure to secondhand smoke and air pollution, childhood asthma and infectious diseases, including H1N1 influenza in infants.
Martin Luther King High School in Davis was recognized this week by the California Department of Education as a model continuation high school for 2014, earning high praise from an evaluation team that visited last October, as well as accolades from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
“On the surface of things at King, what you can see from outside the classrooms, King is a symbol of excellence,” the evaluators said in their report. “But the real magic is what goes on in the classroom: excellent teaching, miracle-working and students who know they are personally cared for.”
In her garden, UC Davis anthropologist Suad Joseph has propagated more than 140 different varieties of fruit trees, assorted grapes, herbs and other vegetables — many grown from her own seeds and cuttings that she has collected. She shares the bounty, and her well-known cooking, with friends, colleagues and her students.
In her classroom, she propagates students in much the same way as her white Kadota figs and summer savory — urging her students to flourish by reading voluminous texts, coaxing them to look at each situation through a different lens, and teaching them what it means to be “human,” her students say.
“There was nothing else for me but teaching; that is all I ever wanted to do,” Joseph said …
Principal Ramon Cusi of North Davis Elementary recently visited the Dominican Republic as part of a mission trip — organized through the National Association of Elementary School Principals and other educational groups — to help build a school in a Constanza, a town located in the country’s interior.
The late January trip was the first time Cusi had visited the Caribbean country, located on the eastern portion of the island of Hispaniola. Cusi told The Enterprise that in some ways, the Dominican Republic reminded him of the Philippines (where Cusi has a number of relatives).
There were more than just ducks at California Duck Days this sunny Saturday. There were the fruits of conversations between the stewards of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area — the farmers, the conservationists and the scientists.
A dip of a net in a rice field — that is part-time food producer, part-time environmental study — turns up a handful of twisting and swimming zooplankton.
These critters — visible to the unaided exploring eyes of Yolo County children Saturday morning …
Though no tangible action was taken on the reworking of the school district’s athletics policy — nor on the Julie Crawford appeal that brought the recent string of Davis High coaching hiring and firing issues back into the news — Thursday’s school board meeting offered Blue Devil coaches, members of the public and trustees the opportunity to comment on both matters.
More than 20 current and former DHS coaches — including Crawford — were among the crowd of 50-plus people who attended the meeting.
UC Davis Granada Artist-in-Residence Miles Anderson directs Frank Galati’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” the story of tenant farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression in pursuit of jobs, dignity and a future.
Presented by the UC Davis department of theater and dance, this staging with both original and traditional American music honors this 75th anniversary year since the publication of Steinbeck’s epic novel.
At a time of budget woes and red ink, the city is chasing an ambition to build a site for future businesses that could, among other things, help push it into the black some years from now.
It’s called the Downtown/University Gateway District, and its 98 acres is almost a blank canvas for city and UC Davis planners to dream big and make major 21st century economic development a real local accomplishment.
That big goal requires a lot of small and medium-sized steps.