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Second Annual 'Wines Around the Bay' Event Aug 24

Second Annual 'Wines Around the Bay' Event Aug 24

Wines Around the Bay is a key fundraiser for the Granite Bay High School Emerald Brigade Marching Band & Color Guard, and a lovely, classy evening of wine, delectables, and music. We started the tradition last year and will hold our 2nd annual event on Saturday, August 24, from 7-10pm, at Quarry Ponds Town Center in Granite Bay.

This wine-tasting event will feature local vineyards and restaurants who are donating their fine wines, appetizers, and desserts to help our cause. Live music and entertainment will be provided by talented high school musicians and performers.

Former Stanford University Standout Mitch Pleis Joins William Jessup University as Athletic Director

Former Stanford University Standout Mitch Pleis Joins William Jessup University as Athletic Director

William Jessup University announced today it has hired former Stanford University football standout Mitch Pleis as its athletic director.

A Granite Bay resident, Pleis will oversee the athletic department at William Jessup, expanding its programs and engagement with supporters. The Warriors currently have five men’s teams and six women’s teams.

Pleis grew up in an athletic family atmosphere in Lafayette, CA where his father, Wendell Pleis, was a highly successful high school football coach. Mitch was a three-sport standout at Del Valle High, where he and his two younger brothers played football for their father. All three later played collegiately in the Pac-10 Conference.

Mitch Pleis’ football background includes an association with a who’s who of high profile college and NFL coaches. He was a standout tight end for two seasons (1977-78) at Stanford under head coach Bill Walsh and one of his top assistants, George Seifert.

Robert Burris Elected Chairman of Board of Advisors for Drexel University Sacramento

 Robert Burris Elected Chairman of Board of Advisors for Drexel University Sacramento

Drexel University Sacramento announced today that Robert Burris has been elected Chairman of its Board of Advisors.

 

Burris, a Senior Vice President of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization, will lead the 24-member board, which advises Drexel on its programs and plans for the future. He was elected as chairman by his peers on the Board of Advisors.

“Bob Burris is a tremendous ambassador for the Sacramento region and we are thrilled to have him take on this leadership role as Board chairman,” said Dr. Sandra Kirschenmann, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of Drexel University Sacramento. “We appreciate Bob and the entire Advisory Board’s commitment to ensure that the education we provide here is not just top-ranked in the country, but closely calibrated to the practical business needs of this region.”

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

Calif. to propose new student achievement testing

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's top education official is expected to unveil a new system of student achievement testing on Tuesday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson was tasked by the state Legislature last year to revamp the state's bank of standardized tests that measure student progress in English language arts and math and qualify high school students for graduation.

The proposed new testing comes as the state starts phasing in new national curriculum standards known as Common Core State Standards. The emphasis of the new testing will be on critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core's focus.

The proposal is the result of six months of meetings by a statewide taskforce that has held meetings around California gathering input from educators. 

The Associated Press