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Redwood High School senior Jeremy Goldwasser of Tiburon was recently named a 2017 Marin Music Chest scholarship winner, marking his fourth award in the past five years. Goldwasser has been playing the flute since he was 10 years old.

Tiburon teen's passion for flute recognized by Marin Music Chest


For the fourth time in the past five years, 18-year-old flutist Jeremy Goldwasser of Tiburon has been awarded a Marin Music Chest scholarship.

The scholarships are given out annually by the Ross-based nonprofit Marin Music Chest, which was founded in 1933 to provide financial support to Marin students of classical music.

Goldwasser, who was previously named a scholarship winner in 2012, 2014 and 2015, has big plans for his $1,400 prize.

"I plan to buy a piccolo, and I'm hoping to be able to take some flute lessons from a renown flute soloist and teacher at Yale (University), where I'll be going in the fall," Goldwasser says, referring to Ransom Wilson, a Grammy-nominated flutist with more than two dozen albums who is also a conductor with the Metropolitan and New York City operas.

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Reed board approves 2018-2019 calendar with a late winter break

The Reed Union School District board of trustees voted unanimously May 16 to adopt a 2018-2019 calendar that includes a late winter break.

Like this year's calendar and the 2017-2018 calendar that was approved by the board in December, the 2018-2019 calendar closely aligns with the Tamalpais Union High School District.

That includes a winter break from Dec. 24 to Jan. 7. Mid-winter break will run Feb. 19-22. Because Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, the district will hold its fall 2018 parent-teacher conferences Nov. 5-9, a week earlier than usual, said Superintendent Nancy Lynch.
"Even though it's not ideal to reduce the first trimester by a week, this was the best of all of the options," Lynch said.

The late winter break that aligns with the Tamalpais Union district has previously frustrated parents who have said keeping students in school right up to Christmas makes it more difficult to travel and can put a strain on working parents who aren't able to take time off into January while their kids are still at home.

School officials have also expressed concerns that a late winter break causes parents to pull their kids out of school early for vacations; some 564 student absences were reported in the district last Dec. 18-22; winter break began on Dec. 23.

The Reed board has struggled with its decision to align the calendar with the high school district. It met four times to discuss the issue before approving the 2016-2017 calendar and voted 3-2 last December to approve the 2017-2018 calendar, with board Vice President Susan Lambe Peitz and member Nancy O'Neill casting the dissenting votes.

Tiburon's Jack Elders receives Outstanding Student Athlete award

Redwood High School senior and Tiburon resident Jack Elders was honored by the Marin Athletic Foundation on May 8 for his achievements as a student athlete.

Elders was one of 22 Marin County high-schoolers to receive the foundation's Eva & Mario Ghilotti Outstanding Student Athlete award. The award recognizes one male and one female from 11 Marin County high schools who are standout athletes, students and community servants.

At the banquet, held in San Rafael, foundation members said Elders was chosen for his accomplishments on the lacrosse and soccer fields as well as his participation in groups like the North Bay Wildlife Club and his volunteer work in youth lacrosse.

Elders plans to study business and play lacrosse at Georgetown University.

Del Mar receives Gold Ribbon honor as a distinguished school

Del Mar Middle School has been named a 2017 Gold Ribbon School by the California Department of Education. The distinction honors schools that have excelled at implementing state standards in core subjects such as English, math and science.

Del Mar was one of 275 middle and high schools recognized out of 477 applicants. Schools apply by submitting a "model program or practice" that can be replicated by other schools.

The Gold Ribbon award has temporarily replaced the California Distinguished Schools program, which is on hiatus as the state transitions to new assessment and accountability systems under Common Core standards.

Officials from the department of education visited Del Mar in late March. The school's distinction was made official in April.

Student achievements

Sara Scannell of Tiburon, daughter of Bob and Kelly Scannell, has been named to the dean's list at Belmont University in Nashville in recognition of her work during the spring semester. To be eligible, Scannell, a sophomore who is majoring in songwriting, had to earn a 3.5 GPA or higher while carrying a full course load.

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