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Lockheed Essay and Media Contest

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Presents………... Help That Habitat! An Essay and Multimedia Contest!

Monarch butterflies are largely recognized throughout North America for their distinct orange, black and white wings. Often referred to as the “king” of the butterflies, these majestic creatures are also known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make this massive journey—up to 3,000 miles! Each spring, monarchs fly across California in search of the perfect habitat to lay their eggs. Adults will only lay their eggs on milkweed plants and the caterpillars will only eat milkweed plant. Scientists have long thought of these majestic creatures as an indicator of ecological health and pollinator populations. The future of the western monarch migration is at risk! Over the last 20 years, scientists have monitored California’s overwintering monarchs and found an 80 percent or more drop in butterfly numbers at many sites. Scientists believe monarchs are declining due to loss of milkweed habitat and overwintering groves from herbicide use, urban and rural development and long term drought.

In 250 words or less, can you tell us three ways you can help protect the Monarch butterfly and its habitat?

Students may submit one entry per person documenting Monarch butterfly waystations or habitat restoration in their community or yard in the multimedia form of:

• A 30 second to one minute length video documenting habitat restoration efforts
• A “selfie” photo documenting habitat restoration efforts

There are FIVE prize categories:
Grades 1-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12

First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. Winners will receive a gift card for the following amounts: First place winners will receive $50, second place $25, and third place will receive $15. Kindergarten winners will receive a $10 gift card for all places instead of the above prizes. In addition all winners will receive a Monarch Waystation kit of their very own!!!

Deadline for submission is November 20, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Submissions may be submitted to: MEEC, 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392
FAX: (760) 241-6271
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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News Release - Tom Torlakson

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California Department of Education

News Release

SACRAMENTO - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released updated guidance that assists districts in planning and implementing programs to increase parent participation in their child's education and meet the requirements of the Local Control Funding Formula, which requires family engagement. The Family Engagement Framework: A Tool for California School Districts (PDF; 4MB) is a free publication available in both English and Spanish (PDF; 4MB).

"This is a tool districts can use to increase the participation of parents, family members, and community members in a child's education," Torlakson said. "Research has shown that high levels of parental and community involvement help students succeed in the classroom."

The Framework shows districts how to encourage parents to become more involved in their students' education in many ways. This includes helping with homework, talking about the importance of college and careers, meeting with teachers, attending "Back to School Night," visiting the parent resource center, covunteering and serving on advisory committees, or attending the meetings.

The Framework describes 18 principles that are essential for family and community involvement and describes a range of actions districts can take to implement these principles. It also gives districts methods for evaluating their progress in increasing family and community participation.

The Framework, first issued in 2011 was revised by the California Department of Education in collaboration with the WestEd Center for Prevention & Early Intervention under a contract with Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, with funding support from the Heising-Simons Foundation.

Copies of the revised Framework will be distributed to all school districts in California and will also be posted on the CDE's Parent/Family Web page.

News Release - Opportunity to Participate

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Participate in the ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Adoption

The State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction are seeking canidates to serve on review panels for the 2015 Primary English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Instructional materials Adoption and are especially in need of current classroom teachers. Panel members will evaluate instructional materials for use in kindergarten and garades one through eight (K-8), inclusive, that are aligned with the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Litercy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the California English Language Development Standards. You can learn more about the adoption process on the California Department of Education (CDE) English Language Arts Instructional Materials Web Page and on the ELA/ELD Adoption Reviewer Application Web Page. The online application will remain open until the required number of reviewers is met.