Inside Education

Cars and Coffee to hit the streets this spring

Event now in the works, will raise money for area schools


John Kirby is shown standing next to his 2012 SS Camaro. As a passionate lover of cars, Kirby is excited to plan a Cars and Coffee event. He said he is even planning a Trucks and Coffee event, dedicated to the big trucks of Mariposa County. Photo by Matt JohnsonA new event is in the planning stage, and it could […]

A lot going on in Cathey’s Valley

Kids First gives large grant Sierra Foothill Charter School is the recipient of a $2,307 grant that will provide a library management system and eBooks to expand the school’s library offerings digitally for students and classrooms. Kids First board member Kori Smith (left) presented the check to principal Mindy Bolar. Teacher Chelsea Stillwell and parent volunteer Jill Harry helped write […]

Fundraiser to pay for busing to Yosemite

Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 6. Steve’s will serve pancake breakfasts in the morning and spaghetti dinners at night, and proceeds from those orders will help raise funds to allow fourth and fifth graders at Mariposa Elementary School to take enrichment field trips to Yosemite National Park. Specifically, the funds will pay to cover […]

Adult ed classes offered in spring

Starting this semester, the Mariposa County Office of Education is offering new classes for adults. The still growing list of classes includes varied opportunities from earning a diploma to songwriting and jewelry making. Class sessions will be held for six to eight weeks. Mariposa Diploma/GED – Schedule may vary. Adults who would like to complete their high school diploma or […]

High school planning PE lessons for young students in unique partnership



MES students Makayah Gann and Ayden Pendergrast play during a gym class period directed by MCHS students. Photo by Matt JohnsonStudents at Mariposa County High School are getting more out of their gym class periods, thanks to an idea hatched by one of the teachers. Physical education teacher Debbie Leonard was inspired by learning about classes held in Fresno, to […]

Catalina Island trip a valuable experience for eighth graders

Catalina Island offered a wide variety of activities for students. Submitted photoWoodland Elementary eighth graders spent five days on Catalina Island for this fall’s Catalina Marine Science Camp field trip. The students stayed at Fox Landing, a remote camp on the island. At Catalina, students used scientific tools and adventure gear in their exploration of marine biology, oceanography and island […]

They got into the holiday spirit

Woodland Elementary School’s kindergarteners showed up to the school’s holiday program dressed up and ready to perform. The young students opened up the program with “Jingle Bells” and “It Must Be Santa.” Kindergarten teacher Sally Stitt accompanied on the piano while kindergarten teacher Michelle Jones directed the students. Woodland’s program this year, presented by K-4th grade classes, was held at […]

Third graders in County given dictionaries from Rotary

Distribution of books has become a tradition of the local service organization


From left, in the back row, school board member Judy Eppler and Rotarians Ron Iudice, Barbara Silva, Thomas Cooke, Mike Fagalde, Debbie Peters, Wayne Schulz and Susan Robinson stand with third graders at MES as they display the dictionaries. Photos by Matt JohnsonThird graders in Mariposa County received an early Christmas gift last week. The students were given free dictionaries, […]

ABC donors help fund many activities

Group still holding end of year donation campaign

ABC board members Debra Rockwood, Tara Schiff (Career Lunch coordinator), Carol Hart, Jill Harry (president), Naoko Kada (UC Merced lab tours coordinator), Ruth Smiley and Kathlen Pfeffer (treasurer) are shown. Not pictured are David James (vice president) and Jennifer Rider. Submitted photoThe Mariposa County High School Academic Booster Club’s end of year donation campaign is still in the works. ABC […]

Limited number of scholarships are now available for California Naturalist Program

The UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Preserve, the Merced County UC Cooperative Extension Office, and the Upper Merced River Watershed Council are sponsoring the California Naturalist Program at UC Merced from Feb. 15 to April 26, 2018. Students in the California Naturalist Program will become part of a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists, equipped with the […]


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