Longtime Denair High School Teacher Passes

Berniece Black

Submitted by Denair High School

Longtime Denair High School teacher and community resident Billie Berniece Black died April 18. She had just marked her 101st birthday on March 29.

Miss Black was born in Oklahoma and also lived in Missouri before moving with her family to Denair in 1929. She lived in the Denair and Turlock area for the rest of her life.

She graduated from Denair High in 1933, then attended Modesto Junior College and Biola University, where she earned a BA degree in Christian education.

Miss Black worked at Turlock Lumber Co. as a secretary and bookkeeper until the beginning of World War II, when she transferred to the Government Evacuation Hospital in Modesto for wounded soldiers.

When the war was over, she earned a master’s degree and secondary teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley. She then joined the staff at Denair High School and taught there for 36 years, retiring in 1976.

She was a member of the Denair Missionary Church for 50 years before joining the Turlock Evangelical Free Church in Turlock.

She is survived by one niece, Dr. Deanna Sharpe of Missouri; one grand-niece, Pam Domecq of Sacramento; and one grand-nephew, Allen Domecq of Modesto.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29 at Denair Cemetery.

 

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April MAC Meeting Posted

Submitted by Denair Municipal Advisory Council

The Denair Municipal Advisory Council has posted the MAC Agenda for their May meeting, scheduled for May 2, 2017. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the DUSD Board Room.

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Love Denair Scheduled for April 29

It’s that time of year again and we are looking for your help! Come show some community spirit and help with our Love Denair clean up project. The event will take place, rain or shine, on April 29, 2017, at 9:00 am.  We will meet on Sante Fe Avenue, at the Amtrak Staition. Bring gloves, rakes, and cordless weed eaters, if you have them. Let’s clean up to make our town beautiful! We will also have two large dumpsters located at Connecting Points Church on Waring and Monte Vista, where you can do some spring cleaning of your own! Dumpsters will be available on Saturday morning starting at 9:00 am. Please remember they cannot accept the certain items, like toxic chemicals, paint, oils, weed killers, tires and such. A big thank you goes out to Turlock Scavenger for their wonderful donation again this year!

Our main project this year was to team up with our amazing Lions Club to purchase a couple items to make Denair a little more inviting. A bench for outside of our Library, and a picnic table in the grassy triangle across from Library as well, to enjoy some shade. And yes, the WiFi reaches there!

Thanks in advance for stepping up and making this happen!

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Denair City Wide Yard Sale May 6

Looking for a great way to get rid of your household clutter and make some extra cash at the same time? Join your Denair neighbors on Saturday, May 6, 2017, and have a garage sale! It’s a great way to recycle all of those items around your house that are collecting dust, but may have along life ahead of them, for someone else.

Grandma’s Treasures is sponsoring the city-wide yard sale. You can contact Grandma’s Treasures to get put on the map for the event.

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Innovative Assessment Program Approved for All Denair Unified Students

Denair Unified School District trustees Thursday night enthusiastically approved the introduction of a sweeping assessment program for all grade levels that will provide greater clarity about students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Trustees heard a presentation by principals Kara Principal of Denair Charter Academy, Kelly Beard of Denair Middle School and Brian LaFountain of Denair Charter Academy in support of a program called Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP.

MAP measures student growth over time in English, math and science via computerized achievement assessments. Backman said MAP assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on his or her unique learning path.

“It allows teachers to identify areas of deficiency and proficiency and accelerate learning through both of those areas. It identifies where students are ready to learn,” she said.

Backman said MAP assessments differ from other data sources to inform instruction by being nationally normed, by tracking student progress throughout a year and across school years, and by being linked to software tools that can assist teachers and administrators in planning instruction.

“The whole idea is to provide real-time data that allows us to make course corrections now, not in May when state tests scores are released,” Superintendent Aaron Rosander said. “Our teachers need this data. We’re trying to better understand our students so we can better target our instruction.”

The tests are available in English and Spanish. LaFountain said the exams are adaptive – meaning they get harder as students provide more correct answers and slightly easier for those struggling. Teachers can follow the results in real time. Students at all grade levels will take the tests three times a year.

Color-coded reports are generated that can be shared between teachers, parents, administrators and students. Continue reading “Innovative Assessment Program Approved for All Denair Unified Students” »

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