Denair Charter Academy Hosts Cash for College Workshop

Parents and their college-bound sons and daughters who would like more information about potential financial aid are invited to attend a Cash for College workshop at Denair Charter Academy on Wednesday.

The program is scheduled from 5  to 7 p.m. in Room 40 on the DCA campus. The event is co-sponsored by DCA and Denair High School.

DCA Principal Breanne Aguiar said the goal is to help families complete the Federal Assistance for Student Aid (FAFSA) application, which is required receive free tuition for the first two years at California community colleges, as well as qualify for student loans and financial aid. 

Aguiar and academic counselors Cherie Gresham of DHS and Sally Baker will answer questions and provide guidance for families.

All students who are seniors at either DCA or DHS and their parents are welcome to attend. Aguiar said about 30 people attended last year and she hopes for a larger turnout this time. As an incentive, there will be a raffle that all those in attendance will be entered into. Prizes include a 49-inch flat screen television, headphones and more.

Enrollment Opens Soon for Kindergarten, TK at DECA

Kindergarten and transitional kindergarten registration begin Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Denair Elementary Charter Academy

Packets with complete registration information are available beginning Monday, Jan. 13 at the DECA office at 3773 Madera Ave., Denair. Registration packets also may be downloaded from the school’s website. Anyone with questions should call (209) 632-8887.

Completed applications must include a copy of the child’s birth certificate, updated immunization records and proof of residency (such as a utility bill).

Incoming kindergartners must turn 5 by Sept. 1. Children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 are eligible for transitional kindergarten.

DECA features traditional as well as dual language immersion instructional tracks for kindergarten through fifth-graders, plus a transitional kindergarten program.

All parents also are required to attend a mandatory orientation meeting if they are enrolling their children in the dual language immersion program. Meeting dates are listed in the registration packet.

At DECA, students are exposed early on to the importance of attending college, there is a wide range of fun and important electives and afterschool activities, and emphasis is placed on being safe, responsible, respectful and kind.

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Career Technical Education Classes Provide Options for Students Not on Four-Year College Track

There are many respected and well-paying careers that don’t require a four-year college degree. Law enforcement. Nursing. Firefighting. Plumbers and electricians. Even many jobs related to ag.

As much as high school students are encouraged to pursue a college education, officials in the Denair Unified School District recognize not everyone will choose that path. So preparing those students by offering classes that emphasize vocational and other skills that can provide a respectable future income is a priority.

That’s one of the objectives behind the Career Technical Education, or CTE, programs at Denair High School and Denair Charter Academy.

Through a combination of courses taught by Denair instructors as well as online classes, high school students can explore different options that may require only two years of college or time at a vocational school instead of four years at a university.

The offerings – known as pathways — at Denair High include agriculture mechanics, agriculture welding, animal science, plant science and criminal science investigation. Also available for students at DHS and DCA are online classes in health science and medical technology, information technology, and hospitality and tourism. To earn a certificate in a pathway, students must complete multiple classes over their high school careers.

At Thursday night’s school board meeting, district trustees heard a report about the various CTE classes currently available as well as a vision for how to expand the program.

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Mobile Dental Clinic Returns to Denair on Monday

After a successful debut last spring, a free dental clinic returns to the Denair Unified School District on Monday.

The district again has partnered with Big Smiles to provide in-school dental care for all our students. Notices that include permission slips went home with students before Christmas.  

The mobile dentistry clinic will be on-site in the administration conference room Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Only students whose parents already have returned permission clips will be seen.

The team is comprised of licensed local dentists and dental hygienists. Services include an examination, cleaning, fluoride, X-rays, and sealants. Parents may accompany their children. If not, there will be district employees available to escort them to the dentist.

Each child will receive an oral health report card to take home after the dental visit. Patient care coordinators will contact parents of students needing additional follow-up by mail or phone.

All insurance is accepted, including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low-cost self-pay option is available. And no child will be left unseen due to the inability to pay.

Proactive dental care is a way to keep your child healthy, in school and learning. Children who see a dentist regularly often have fewer health issues such as:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Denair High Boys Win Their Own Basketball Tournament

Submitted by Denair High School:

A lot has gone right for the Denair High boys basketball team so far this season.

The Coyotes are off to a 10-1 start that includes three victories over the weekend that earned them the championship of their own 21st annual Denair Holiday Classic Tournament for the first time in at least a decade.

They are getting balanced scoring, rebounding and aggressive defense from a deep and talented roster that will add another big man just in time for the Southern League season to begin in two weeks.

They’ve not only survived a grueling early season schedule that required them to play 11 games in 18 days, they’ve thrived.

“We’re playing terrific,” said Coach R.J. Henderson. “There’s trust on the court. … Guys were passing up contested shots for open looks for their teammates. I’m extremely pleased.”

Denair’s depth and willingness to share the ball were apparent in its three tournament victories. There was a different leading score every game and contributions from players up and down the bench.

In Thursday’s 66-61 win over Big Valley Christian, Hayden Feldman led the way with 23 points. Jordan Smith-Sires added 15 points and Jack Henderson chipped in 11. Mario Plasencia led the defense with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

Friday, Denair’s balanced attack was too much for Turlock Christian as the Coyotes won 69-52. Elvis Silva and Cooper Feldman led the way with 10 points each. Four other players scored nine points and Plasencia grabbed 10 rebounds.

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