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Reed board gives itself mostly high marks on self-evaluation

By JEFF DEMPSEY
jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com
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The Reed Union School District board of trustees gave itself high marks for its commitment to students, its focus on district priorities and its respect for members' opinions, according to a recent self-evaluation — but there appeared to be slight disagreement among board members on how well the board prepares for meetings and represents itself at district events, among other issues.

The board discussed the results of the self-evaluation, recommended by the California School Boards Association, at a Feb. 8 special meeting. The discussion was led by Walt Buster, a professor of leadership at Fresno State University and co-author of the book "A Practical Guide to Effective School Board Meetings."

The evaluation consists of 58 different statements on topics such as board unity, roles and responsibilities, operations, meetings, development and accountability. Board members were asked to read each statement — for example,

"The board is focused on achievement for all students" — and respond with one of five choices: almost always, often, less often, rarely or not sure.

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Reed Foundation announces dates for end-of-year fundraisers
The Foundation for Reed Schools will wrap up its 2017-2018 fundraising campaign with its annual fashion show, auction and regatta May 18-19 and Tiburon Night at the Giants June 4.

The end-of-year fashion show and boutique will be held May 18 at Blackie's Pasture, with the auction and regatta taking place May 19 in the same location, said foundation co-president Tracey Turner. The theme of this year's events is "The Great Gatsby," so Turner said parents should "get their flapper dresses ready."

Tickets will be on sale closer to the event.

Tiburon Night at the Giants is scheduled for June 4 when the San Francisco Giants host the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. The Tiburon Schools Chorus will perform the national anthem before the game for the 12th consecutive year. The chorus is composed of Reed Union School District students in grades 3-8 and is directed by district music specialist Jeb Gist.

Game tickets will go on sale in April and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Those who follow the foundation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will have an opportunity to win two tickets to the game; that winner will be announced March 2.

For questions regarding Tiburon Night at the Giants, email event chair Carrie Campbell at cbossingham@msn.com. For more information about the foundation, visit foundationforreedschools.com.

Schools participate in events with goal to foster kindness, inclusion
Students at Reed and Bel Aire elementary schools spent the week of Jan. 22 participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, an international initiative to combat bullying by creating a culture of kindness.

The challenge tasks schools, parents and the wider community with completing as many acts of kindness as they can from a checklist of 50. Included on the list are acts like "Smile at 25 people," "Make a new friend" and "Pick up 10 pieces of trash on campus."

According to nonprofit Kids for Peace, the challenge organizers, more than 10 million students at schools in 103 countries took part in the 2018 challenge, with more than 527 million acts of kindness performed.

At Reed and Bel Aire, students brainstormed their own ways to show kindness, brought the checklists home as homework, wrote and delivered notes of appreciation to former teachers and carried out at least two acts of kindness each during the week.

Del Mar Middle School students, meanwhile, celebrated National No One Eats Alone Day on Feb. 9. The student-led event aims to foster inclusion by encouraging kids to sit with classmates they don't know at lunch time or invite students sitting alone to eat lunch with them. More than 2,000 schools across the country participated in the 2018 event, an initiative of San Rafael-based nonprofit Beyond Differences.

For more information, visit thegreatkindnesschallenge.com or nooneeatsalone.org.


Is your school or class hosting a special event or project? Do you think a student or teacher deserves special recognition for activities inside or outside the classroom? Let The Ark know by contacting education and youth reporter Jeff Dempsey at jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com.

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