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Reed board approves switch to new learning-management system

By JEFF DEMPSEY
jdempsey@thearknewspaper.com
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The Reed Union School District will adopt a new one-stop learning-management system to help streamline various tasks for teachers, from taking attendance to grading and posting homework assignments, and for students and parents, with centralized class information, calendars and bulletin boards.

The district's board of trustees voted unanimously at its June 20 meeting to approve a three-year agreement to adopt the system, called Alma. Evan McKay, the district's director of technology, said the district currently uses a service called PowerSchool, and something better was "desperately needed."

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Student achievements

• Sasha Boussina of Tiburon was named to the dean's list at Boston University for his work during the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible, he had to earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher while carrying a full course load. Boussina is a junior majoring in business with a concentration in finance. He is the founder of Marin Soccer Academy and a company that builds apps and does website design, branding, marketing and social media.

• Jake Horan of Tiburon was named to the dean's list at South Carolina's Clemson University in recognition of his work during the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible, Horan, a marketing major who recently completed his junior year, had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher.

• Jane S. Swart, daughter of Gregory and Ann Swart of Belvedere, has been named to the dean's list at Colby College in Maine for her academic achievement during the spring 2017 semester. To be eligible, Swart had to earn a GPA of 3.77 or higher. Swart is a junior majoring in biology.

Higher degrees & laurels

• Lucy Ballard of Tiburon graduated from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., in May with a bachelor's in theater design and technology.

• Nicole Love and Daniel A. Kiachko, both of Tiburon, were awarded bachelor's degrees from Boston University in May. Love earned her degree in communication; Kiachko graduated with a degree in business administration and management.


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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