The Daily Democrat recently published an article regarding our Spartan Girl's Soccer team.
An excerpt is included below by Tommy McCormick:
For the first time ever high school teams from Woodland are playing soccer during the winter since the change was made prior to this season. Esparto, however, is used to playing its schedule at this time of year. The Spartans girls team is off to a solid start after winning their Sacramento Valley League opener 6-3 over Live Oak on Thursday. Junior Elizabeth Montes racked up four goals in the win, while freshman Alicia Montes added a goal and senior Daniela Hernandez tallied one goal and one assist — senior Fernanda Diaz also had an assist.
Esparto (5-3, 1-0 SVL) got to play Woodland Christian — one of the three schools with a team in Woodland — earlier in the season, coming away with a 9-0 win on a day where Diaz led all scorers with three goals. Of their five wins, the Spartans have shut out the opposition four times. Their head coach Maria Vargas said the coaching staff is looking to fix up games against both Woodland and Pioneer in the future, noting that the talent level of both squads would be good experience for her team.
Through eight contests senior Julianna Bailon has team-high 12 goals, second on the team is Elizabeth Montes with nine — there are only two games to this point where neither of them scored.
Meanwhile, Diaz has scored five goals and four assists and Hernandez has two goals to go with four assists — the two are tied for the team lead in the latter category, just ahead of Bailon’s three. While statistically those girls stand out, Vargas said the coaches emphasize the need for the whole team to be involved to win games.
“We like to push the girls to defend as a team and attack as a team,” she said. “We push the forward to work as the first line of defense and try to get our defense to stay involved even when the ball is in the attacking third.”
Students in grades 2-5 have begun preparations to participate in the Spelling Bee. It will begin with a spelling test in individual classrooms, followed by a grade level Spelling Bee.
There will be a school-wide Spelling Bee for the finalists on Friday, January 27th at 1:00 PM. The school is adhering to the Scripps National Spelling Bee protocol and word lists. Parents are invited to contact Erika St. Andre, Principal of Esparto Elementary School to find out more about the upcoming Spelling Bee.
Reminder: The Esparto Unified School District will have non-school days on:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
These non-school days are in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.
The Esparto Unified School District Board of Trustees held a Board Workshop on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 to discuss District Goals in 2017. The workshop, held in the Boy Scout's Cabin, focused on areas for improvement in the upcoming year. The members of the Board of Trustees were joined by district office staff including Superintendent Diego Ochoa. Areas of focus in 2017 include: (1) Elementary School literacy (2) Academic achievement for all students (3) Continued improvements in district facilities and (4) Special Education services. The Board Workshop outcomes will be shared at the January 18th, 2017 meeting of the Board of Trustees.
From Advisor Mr. Wickander:
The National Honor Society held a can food drive for KRCA’s Kids Can! All the food collected goes to support the Yolo County Food Bank. Each homeroom class competed to see who could bring in the most canned food, for a chance to win donuts for the class. We are happy to announce that we received 9 boxes, weighing 330 lbs., of donated food that will directly benefit our community. Mrs. Warde’s second period class won the competition by bringing in 121 lbs. of donated food. Congratulations to our National Honor Society Members for planning and implementing such a great service activity.
State Supt. Tom Torlakson Announces College Readiness Grants
SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that nearly 1,000 school districts will receive grants to help students prepare to attend college. The grants come from a College Readiness Block Grant (CRBG) program administered by the California Department of Education. The grants were established to increase the number of students who enroll in institutions of higher education and complete an undergraduate degree in four years, with a special emphasis on helping English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and foster youth.
Esparto High School has been awarded a $75,000 College Readiness Block Grant and the draft plan for implementation has been crafted by Alexis Kersting, EHS Counselor. For more information about the College Readiness Block Grant, please visit the Esparto High School web page.
Adapted from the California Department of Education web page
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