This annual conference is regarded as the top professional development opportunity in advanced secondary education. Attendees include teachers of the more than 30 AP courses offered, counselors, superintendents, and school principals.
Published in the Daily Democrat on 2/13/16:
The Capay Valley will celebrate one of its longest standing traditions: The 102nd Annual Almond Queen Pageant on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The dinner and pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at the Guinda Grange Hall, sponsored by the Rumsey Improvement Association.
Members of the Western Yolo Grange will prepare a delicious dinner featuring grilled tri tip and local vegetables. The four contestants will take the stage and deliver a speech prepared on the topic: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples,” which was stated by Mother Teresa, who asked “How are YOU going to create ripples in our world?” Each young lady will also answer a current events and fun question. The three judges will have met with each contestant earlier in the day for an interview and to study each application. The esteemed judges for this year’s pageant are Lynn Martindale of Davis, Alan Humason of Davis, and Rachel Vieira of Esparto. Tickets for the pageant and dinner are still available at The Corner Store in Guinda, the New Reflections Salon or Ace Hardware in Esparto.
This year's contestants are:
Guadalupe Anaya: Guadalupe is an active member of the FFA, Science Club, Spanish Club, and Associated Student Body.
She currently serves as the treasurer of the FFA, Spanish Club president, Science Club vice president, and ASB vice president. Guadalupe has been awarded the Spartan Honors Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive semesters. Last summer, Guadalupe served as the Girl’s State Representative from Esparto High School. In the future, Guadalupe hopes to attend a four-year university to become an occupational therapist to assist children with special needs. Thank you to Guadalupe’s sponsor: The Guinda Corner Store.
Katheryn England: Katheryn currently serves as the Associated Student Body President, Secretary of the FFA Chapter, and is a member of the Science Club, Leo’s Club, National Honor Society, and Volleyball team. Katheryn has been a member of the MAD Club and served as an aide at Esparto Elementary School. Additionally, Katheryn is very involved in her church, where she is a member of the Young Women’s Organization. In the future, Katheryn hopes to attend a four-year university. She also hopes to serve a LDS mission for her church. Thank you to Katheryn’s sponsor: Morgan’s of California.
Lizette Torres: Lizette is involved in the FFA, Leo’s Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, MAD Club, and National Honor Society.
She currently serves as the Leo’s Club president and FFA Chapter President. She has served as the Junior Class President and has received the Celso Robles Award in FFA and Outstanding Stagehand in the MAD club. Outside of school, Lizette has assisted with the Children’s Shopping Day, St. Martin de Porres Festival, and the Lion’s Club Crab Feed. In the future, Lizette hopes to attend a four-year university. Lizette is participating in the Almond Queen pageant because she knows how important the Almond Queen tradition is for the community. Many thanks to her sponsor, El Toro Foods.
Ruby Virgen: Ruby is active in arts, athletics, and leadership activities. Ruby is a member of the FFA, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Science Club, Associated Student Body, Newspaper Club, and soccer team. Ruby has served as the FFA Vice President, Class president, and has held the lead role in two theatrical productions at the Esparto High School auditorium. In 2016, she was awarded Most Valuable Performer by the MAD club. In the future, Ruby would like to become an art therapist. In her spare time, Ruby enjoys making art and spending time with her family. Ruby is participating in the Almond Queen pageant because she wants to make her family proud while improving her public speaking skills. Many thanks to her sponsor, Manas Ranch.
Three Esparto High School Students participated in the Lion's Club Speech Contest on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Students were asked to prepare a 5 to 10 minute speech on the topic of "Is the right to privacy a threat to our National Security?"
The three students spoke gave wonderful speeches in which they summarized the arguments for the individual right to privacy, but recognized the importance of national security. Our two runner-ups were Oscar Murillo and Lizette Torres. They each received a certificate to commemorate their participation.
Ruby Virgen was selected as the winner of the Speech Contest. She will now be moving on to the Lions Club Zone Level. Speakers who make it through all four levels will gain scholarship funds in the amount of $22,000. Wishing Ruby the best in her pursuit of these scholarship funds!
The State Board of Education recently approved a new accountability system for all public schools in California. The new system will be called the California School Dashboard and is designed to provide parents with the ability to evaluate the eight state priority areas.
School districts expect the California School Dashboard to be unveiled in March 2017 on the www.cde.ca.gov website. State Board of Education President Mike Krist described the new system as an important part of the process to improve public schools in California. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson describes the California Dashboard as an example of the collaborative, creative work of the diverse constituencies of the state's educational community.
School principals will hold workshops for parents to visit the webpage and learn about the new system. Please contact your school principals with any questions.
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.”
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Project # 2017-06 Bid Package 2
Esparto High School
Sports Field Improvements
Notice is hereby given that the Esparto Unified School District, hereinafter referred to as the Owner will receive sealed proposals for the Esparto High School Sports Field Improvements Project as detailed in the bid documents. Sealed proposals must be received at the District Office, 26675 Plainfield Street, Esparto, California no later than 10:00 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at which time they will be opened and publicly read. (Bid date changed by Addendum No. 5)
A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (PST) at the Esparto Unified School District Office, 26675 Plainfield Street. Esparto, CA. The architect will be present to discuss the project.
No contractor or subcontractor may be listed on a bid proposal for a public works project (submitted on or after March 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5 [with limited exceptions from this requirement for bid purposes only under Labor Code section 1771.1(a)].
No contractor or subcontractor may be awarded a contract for public work on a public works project (awarded on or after April 1, 2015) unless registered with the Department of Industrial Relations pursuant to Labor Code section 1725.5.
This project is subject to compliance monitoring and enforcement by the Department of Industrial Relations.
Bid Documents will be available on the District website http://www.espartok12.org/bids. A digital copy will be provided at the Pre-Bid Meeting.
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