John Muir High School Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Top of the News College Access Plan (CAP), a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has had the honor of supporting hundreds of underserved students who attend Pasadena’s public schools as they reach for their college dreams. This year, CAP assisted three students, Kimberly Mejia, Logan Patton, and Cecilia Valle, who were all selected as finalists for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS).Thousands of underrepresented minority students apply each year for the opportunities the GMS program offers. According to the GMS website, the program “selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice.” Gates Scholars receive “personal and professional development through…leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.” (http://www.gmsp.org/).CAP is proud to announce that Kimberly Mejia has officially been named a Gates Scholar!Kimberly, who attends John Muir High School, first came to CAP as a freshman participant in CAP’s Footsteps to College leadership program, which encourages students to be leaders around the issue of college attendance at their school and provides participants with college readiness resources and individualized staff support. Logan and Cecilia began attending CAP as juniors, and all three students regularly attend CAP’s drop-in after school program at Muir, which runs in partnership with the PasadenaLEARNs after school program. The Gates application process includes writing eight personal essays and submitting transcripts and multiple recommendation letters, and all three students worked diligently through this challenge with support and cheering-on from CAP’s staff, their teachers, and their counselors.When she was named a finalist, Kimberly told CAP, “In December, I was on the verge of deciding not to finish the [Gates Millennium] application. It was a very intimidating application, but I received so much support from CAP. I can’t believe that I almost did not submit the application because now I am a finalist!”Now an official Gates Scholar, Kimberly, who has also won scholarships from the National Elks Foundation and was named an Edison Scholar, is deciding between UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as her top schools to attend next year. Logan is deciding between UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis, and Cecilia will attend Cal Poly Pomona as an Electrical Engineering major this fall.About College Access PlanCollege Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, Pasadena LEARNs, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost drop-in college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at four PUSD high schools as well as at Washington Middle School. CAP’s programs are open to all students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures. Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Education John Muir High School Student Wins Prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 27, 2015 | 2:26 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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School Daze: How districts are planning for reopening this fall

first_img“It would be nice to return to normal, it’s just what’s the normal going to look like?” said Van Fossen. Another issue is bussing. Though, superintendents are hopeful for some form of in-person instruction. Those who spend their days in the classroom have also been left in a daze this summer. “It’s a lot of communicating to staff and parents, ‘Here’s what we’re doing. We don’t have a lot of answers yet, but we’re working on them'” said Van Fossen. “The degree of change that took place in March, I think the degree of change that can still take place in August makes it still really difficult to predict what will happen,” said Andrews. Earlier this month, the state education department released guidelines on how to reopen. But at this point, it’s still unclear if students will walk the halls. “Our optimism is that we can have students back in the fall, it’s just a matter of what does the model look like knowing that there is a lot of hesitancy and really fear from parents and the community,” said Maine-Endwell Superintendent of Schools Jason Van Fossen. “We are in a very messy conundrum,” said Windsor social studies teacher Sarah Bidwell. “This year, we don’t know what we’re planning. Our curriculum is the same but it’s very different when you’re in-person. Can we collaborate, can we have groupings in our rooms, is everyone going to be sitting on their own, what does that look like? It’s a complete change over from what we’re used to.” “We had some great success with remote learning but I don’t think there’s any substitution for in-person, classrooms, and those interactions and the engagement of students,” said Andrews. “Classroom spacing is one thing, transportation is another. And to be honest with you, that’s probably the biggest challenge right now,” said Van Fossen. (WBNG) — Schools around the Southern Tier are getting ready for the fall. “Whatever it looks like in the fall, it’s focused on kids, it’s focused on really trying to provide that safe learning environment so that we can not have a long-lasting negative impact on this generation. We have to get this right,” said Andrews. “We’ve been systematically replacing desks with tables, flexible seating and so on. So some of the social distancing really flies in the face of the pedagogy in schools that is collaborative in nature,” said Andrews. It would require social distancing in the classroom, one of the biggest challenges looming over administrators. There are three avenues for learning this fall. “That idea of transportation is really important for us in, how are we able to get students here?” said Andrews. School districts across New York have until Friday to submit their reopening plans to the state education department. Superintendents say they’ve had limited guidance as to what school will look like come September. Districts could also put a hybrid version of the two models into place. Final reopening decisions are expected to be announced next week. “To say that I’m upset? No. But to say that it’s an incredible challenge, it’s really about a six week turn around, and it’s a complicated organization to get all of the parts going in the right direction,” said Van Fossen. “Certainly it’s frustrating with that lack of clarity, and I think the biggest challenge is that parents, students, and staff really want to know what to expect,” said Windsor Superintendent of Schools Jason Andrews. “I think that we always need to make sure that we’re keeping ‘Maslow before Bloom’ which means we’re meeting our kids’ socioemotional needs before we’re working on content,” said Maine-Endwell social studies teacher Rachel Murat. Despite the uncertainty, schools are holding onto hope. While some are hoping to teach students in-person, teachers realize many lessons this year won’t be straight out of the textbook. With no decision yet, districts are planning for all three options. “There’s A-B schedules where half the population comes in one day, half comes in the other and then you stagger the student population throughout the building. And then there’s just the idea of giving students and parents options,” said Andrews. “We need to bring life back to the school district but we need to take into consideration that we’re not putting anybody’s lives in jeopardy as well,” said Murat. Districts say no matter how students continue their education in September, they are committed to making health and safety a priority. Preparing to be flexible with an unsettling situation. On the other hand, students could be back in the classroom. Governor Cuomo says schools may open if they’re in a region in phase four and if the daily infection rate is lower than five percent during a 14 day average. The first continues the remote setting students finished with this past year.last_img read more

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Garmin Brings Pregnancy Tracking to Its Wearables, Offers Kegel Reminders and Weight Gain Recommendations

first_imgGarmin has introduced a new feature helpful for pregnant women. It enables pregnancy tracking for its wearable lineup, allowing users to track their pregnancy on a weekly basis and the baby’s growth patterns. It also offers educational content on nutrition and exercise. This feature is available through the Garmin Connect IQ app and can be enabled in the menstrual cycle section. Once enabled and set up, users can easily alter their training goals, and get Kegel practice and hydration reminders.The wearable company has announced this new feature via a blog post. The company notes that the pregnancy tracking feature is available on the Vivomove wearable range. But it could also come to other Garmin wearables, at least those that offer menstrual cycle tracking.- Advertisement – Which are the best truly wireless earphones under Rs. 10,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Pregnancy tracking will have to be enabled in the Garmin Connect app by heading to User Settings > Women’s Health > Cycle Type > Pregnancy. Users will have to offer details on their last period and other information to assess the current status of their pregnancy. After the information is filled in, users will have to download the Pregnancy Tracking Connect IQ app to start using the feature on their wearables.As mentioned, this feature allows for tracking pregnancy week by week. It brings the ability to manually enter and track baby movement and blood glucose levels. There are customised reminders for Kegel practice and setting of hydration goals. This new feature also offers weight gain recommendations, and tracks sleep and ‘Body Battery’ to ascertain weekly body changes.Furthermore, this new Garmin pregnancy tracking feature offers educational content related to exercise and nutrition. It also offers an approximate gestational age of the baby and offers you a visual representation of how big your baby is — by comparing it to fruits and vegetables. These features are similar to what other baby tracking apps like Baby Center offer, but you can get reminders on the wrist with Garmin and the measurements of body changes by a wearable may also be a little more accurate.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Badgers to honor Margie Fitzpatrick

first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team is coming off a heart-breaking loss to No. 10 Minnesota Wednesday. The Badgers lost in three sets to the Gophers, nearly coming back to win the third set, only to fall 28-26. Wisconsin was out-blocked for only the fourth time this season, something Badgers’ coach Pete Waite said his team needs to focus on.“Part of it has to do with Minnesota’s attackers,” Waite said. “There’s some real talent there as far as the players’ ability to avoid the block. That total did surprise me that we were that low, but I would base it more on not what we were necessarily doing wrong but what they were doing really well.”Wisconsin (15-7, 3-6) returns to action Friday as the Indiana Hoosiers (9-12, 1-8) come to town. The Hoosiers won their first conference game earlier this week with an impressive 3-1 win at Purdue. Indiana ranks in the lower half in most conference statistics besides ranking fifth in service aces.Junior outside hitter Jordan Haverly leads the Hoosiers. Haverly leads the team in kills per set with 3.89. She also is second on the team in digs per set at 2.37. Junior Caitlin Hansen leads the Hoosiers with 3.43 digs per set, and senior middle blocker Samantha Thrower leads the team in blocks per set with 1.27. Indiana has been switching between two setters, something Waite said can make preparation for them challenging.“They’re a team going back and forth between two different setters, so you don’t know what style they’re going to have out there,” Waite said. “But they certainly proved themselves against Purdue earlier this week and beat a very high-ranked team in their own gym.”The Badgers beat Indiana in their only meeting last year by a score of 3-1. That match was played at Indiana. This came after a 2010 season in which the Hoosiers dominated the Badgers, beating them 3-0 in both Indiana and Madison. Junior outside hitter Julie Mikaelsen said the Badgers need to be more focused going into Friday’s match.“We need to focus on blocking and defense,” Mikaelsen said. “We need to keep our intensity up. We need to keep up our good play. We tend to have streaks where we play really well, then stop and then go again, so we need to keep the high level of play.”The match Friday also has a little more meaning to it than a normal Big Ten match would. The game will be played for breast cancer awareness, as October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.The Badgers will honor former player and coach Margie Fitzpatrick Friday; she lost her battle with breast cancer in 2004. Fitzpatrick was a four-year letter winner for the Badgers and ranks near the top in almost every statistical category in Wisconsin history. She returned to the Badgers in 1990 as a coach, helping guide the Badgers to their first Big Ten title and NCAA Tournamnet appearance under head coach Steve Lowe. Waite said the impact Fitzpatrick has had on the program is enormous.“I saw her go through a terrible time with that [breast cancer],” Waite said. “I remember her all the time and carry something with me just remembering what she gave all of us and this program. But there are so many people who are affected by breast cancer. Everybody on our team knows somebody who has gone through it, so we all want to support the cause as much as we can.”For Badgers’ senior Mary Ording, breast cancer has especially affected her life.“It definitely hits home right now in my family,” Ording said. “Breast cancer runs in my family and I’ve got family dealing with it right now. So this match really hits home and keeps you focused on what’s really important in life.”last_img read more

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To Honor Stacey Weathers, Friends ‘Pay It Forward’

first_imgBy Danielle SchipaniPeople are turning tragedy and their personal grief into acts of kindness and generosity, following the tragic death of Stacey Gregerson Weathers, 46, of Tinton Falls, who died on Route 34 in Colts Neck during a storm on Oct. 3, when a tree fell down on her car.Weathers was the executive director of New Jersey’s chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for over 11 years and is credited with helping raise $7 million for the society during her time there. Her friends said she was a beautiful, vibrant and caring person.More than 1200 people inspired by Weathers’ life have come together on a memorial Facebook page called “This is Stacey.” They are sharing their stories of random acts of kindness in an effort “to share the generous light she left behind.”They are also raising money for the cause Weathers held so dear. At the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk benefit Sunday the team that called itself “This is Stacey” raised $2,145 for Type 1 diabetes research.Weathers spent much of her time raising money for charity and to remember her, people wish to commemorate her life by helping others. These actions have included buying strangers coffee and gift cards, offering people a car ride, and other acts.One member of the Facebook page, Allison Celmer Cerco, shared with the group, “This morning I paid for the car behind me at Dunkin Donuts. This was something I have always wanted to do but never did. Today I thought it was a good day to do this in honor and memory of Stacey and all the good that she did. I will continue to do random acts of kindness in her honor and will always think of her and share with others what a beautiful, loving and caring person she was.Another member of the page, Santa Myles, told this story: “Today while I was driving through Long Branch, I saw a young man riding his bicycle and struggling to hang onto a backpack and 3 bags. He was having such a hard time as he dropped one of his bags on the street. I turned my car around and asked him if I could help him deliver his bags where he was headed. The look of relief and gratitude that I saw on his face was so uplifting. Would I have done this normally? I would have thought to, but probably would have kept driving, but today I stopped, because of Stacey.”last_img read more

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Sentencing decision for Calgary couple convicted in toddlers infection death

first_imgCALGARY — A Calgary mother and father convicted in the death of their 14-month-old son are to learn their sentences today.A jury found Jennifer and Jeromie Clark guilty last fall of criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessaries of life.Court heard their toddler, John, didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died from a staph infection in November 2013.Prosecutors argued the Clarks waited too long to take the gravely ill boy to hospital and their sentence should send a message of denunciation and deterrence.The Crown has asked Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Jeffrey to impose a prison sentence of four to five years.Jennifer Clark’s lawyer recommended three to eight months in jail followed by probation, while Jeromie Clark’s lawyer asked for no more than eight months or probation.Prosecutor Jennifer Crews said during sentencing submissions Friday that it’s clear the Clarks loved their son very much.But the parents were responsible for the helpless child and their failure to seek medical care as he grew sicker over a period of weeks was not a momentary lapse in judgment, Crews said.Jurors saw photos of the dead boy with a red rash all over his body and with blackened toes. A forensic pathologist’s report said he was malnourished and died from a staph infection.They were also shown screen shots of online searches for natural remedies for gangrene, such as cabbage leaves and cayenne.The couple’s lawyers suggested at trial that doctors at the Alberta Children’s Hospital were to blame because they raised the boy’s sodium and fluid levels too aggressively.David Chow, Jeromie Clark’s lawyer, described the Clarks as “loving parents that were misguided” and questioned what putting them behind bars would accomplish.John Phillips, Jennifer Clark’s lawyer, said the Crown’s recommended sentence goes too far.“This is not a case of a child being starved or abused.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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