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John Tuttle
7 days ago
Jackson’s Grocery Outlet has announced “Fresh Fridays!” Anyone with a local teacher who deserves to be surprised with fresh fruit for his or her classroom this Friday should nominate him or her today with the Jackson Grocery Outlet’s new, “Feed a Classroom Contest.” Every Wednesday, on Facebook, and all month long, in the store, Jackson’s Grocery Outlet will be accepting submissions. On Friday morning, they’ll count up the votes and the teacher with the most votes wins fresh fruit for his or her class. [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
7 days ago
Amador High Student Taiya Iniguez receives her block letter “A’ for community service. Ledger Dispatch photo by Craig Baracco
A rich new scholarship fund will benefit the students of Plymouth for years to come. At their meeting on May 12, the Amador School Board approved an amended agreement between the school district and the Amador Community Foundation for administration of the the John C. Andreason Trust. The trust is an endowment of $2.5 million to be used to give scholarships to students from the Plymouth area. The agreement between the district and the foundation is not without friction. The amended agreement was approved in closed session on a 3-1-1... [Read more]
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7 days ago
Andy Avery addresses the Argonaut High School student body. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Argonaut High School student body, faculty and staff were treated to an assembly regarding making positive life choices. The event was sponsored by the Amador County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and made possible with funds provided by the Amador County Probation Department.

Andy K. Avery presented his message about making positive life choices and used his life as an example of someone who made negative choices early in life. After coming up in the entertainment...

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Via Press Release
7 days ago
DUI Court 2015 had a strong panel. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson will hold a DUI sentencing before students, faculty and community members at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016.

These will be actual court proceedings, and Amador County citizens who have recently been arrested for DUI have agreed to participate in the assembly in order to demonstrate to the students the consequences of drinking and driving.

Following the sentencing, the Nexus Youth & Family Services Friday Night Live program will facilitate an interactive panel discussion. Members of...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

The theatre students at Argonaut and Amador were rewarded richly for their work at the recent Mother Lode Drama Festival in Sutter Creek.

Competing in a field of ten Northern California schools, Argonaut received a rating of excellent for its original one-act play about the Butte Fire, “Phoenix,” along with a special achievement award for student direction for Amanda Gold.

Also receiving a rating of excellent, Amador’s “14 Main” brought special achievement awards to Alex Dutra and Jenni Knight, who wrote the script and directed...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

On Thursday, May 5, Argonaut High School held its annual local scholarship and athletic awards night, where more than 30 graduating seniors received numerous scholarships and awards from local organizations. The following students were recipients of scholarships or awards:

Travis Andrews: Italian Benevolent Society Scholarship, Argonaut Academic Booster Club Scholarship.

Allison Bish: Rotary Club of Ione Scholarship.

Victoria Borgerding: Bernice Bird - Bill Retelle Scholarship, Colin Campbell Female Track Award.

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, and the State Superintendent of Education, Tom Torlaksen, issued a memorandum designating April 18 to 29 as Voter Education Weeks. Amador High School teamed up with the Amador County Registrar’s Office to conduct a presidential primary for the senior class, as they are the upcoming eligible voters. The Registrar’s office provided information, sample ballots and even voting booths for the students so that they could, as the memorandum states, “become active and engaged participants in... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
Plymouth Elementary students enjoy a day of play on their new field. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Plymouth Elementary School students had their first opportunity to play on their brand-new, grassy field Monday morning. After dedicating the field to the Plymouth Elementary Pep Club, who made the new play-area possible, students got to enjoy a field day, playing outdoor games on the new grass.

The field, which was once just a dirt lot used for extra parking, is just one of several campus improvement projects the Pep Club has spearheaded. Over the course of the last several years, through fundraising efforts, the Pep Club has...

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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago

Ione’s 140th Homecoming celebration begins today, Friday, May 13 and runs through Sunday, May 15. “Once Upon a Time with Benny” is the theme of the three-day celebration, which kicked off last weekend with the 50th annual Miss Ione Scholarship Pageant.

Today’s festivities will include a costume contest 9 a.m., carnival from 4 to 11 p.m., bingo, baseball games, rib cook-off at 6 p.m., live music featuring Route 88 and team roping. Most of the events of the weekend take place at Howard Park, with the exception of the costume and...

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Craig Baracco
04/14/2016 2:32 PM

The Amador County School Board worked on a number of issues at its meeting Wenesday night, establishing a new scholarship fund and committee, as well as an update to the school district’s website.

The board approved the establishment of a new District Scholarship and Loan Fund and the formation of a District Scholarship Committee to administer the new fund, which will awards for excellence in academics or other endeavors. Committee members will include the principals or their representatives from Amador, Argonaut and Independence...

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John Tuttle
04/14/2016 2:30 PM
Two schools in the Amador County Unified School District, Jackson Elementary and Pine Grove STEM Magnet School, have received statewide recognitions. The award-winning schools were recently announced by State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson. The award reflects the schools’ “success in creating a positive learning atmosphere for students and is a direct result of dedicated, creative and talented staff, and a supportive school community,” Superintendent Torlakson said in a letter of congratulations to the winning schools. The... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
03/31/2016 12:07 PM

The Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees worked on a number of issues at its meeting Wednesday night, establishing a new scholarship fund and committee, as well as an update to the school district’s website.

The board approved the establishment of a new District Scholarship and Loan Fund and the formation of a District Scholarship Committee to administer the new fund and make awards for excellence in academics or other endeavors.

Committee members will include the principals or their representatives from...

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Caitlyn Schaap
03/31/2016 11:47 AM
Ryan Savage, left, finished second, and Vela Porto placed first in Amador County Public Schools’ 13th annual Spelling Bear. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Amador County Public Schools hosted their 13th annual Spelling Bear for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students on Thursday, March 24, at the Jackson Civic Center. Competitors were students from Ione Elementary, Ione Junior High, Jackson Junior High, Jackson Elementary, Pine Grove Elementary, Plymouth Elementary, Sutter Creek Elementary and Pioneer Elementary. Twenty-four spellers in total competed, all of whom were top spellers at their respective schools’ competitions.

The pronouncer, or reader of the words to be spelled, was...

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Craig Baracco
03/10/2016 12:58 PM

Details of the Amador County Unified School District Board of Trustees’ settlement with County Education Superintendent Dick Glock have come to light, as the board met Wednesday night to approve new English textbooks for the school district.

In an agreement approved at the previous school board meeting, Glock and the board agreed to a settlement in which Glock will reimburse the Amador County Office of Education $75,000 for legal fees, and make no change to the salary of $36,000 that the board had previously set for Glock as...

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Craig Baracco
02/25/2016 12:13 PM

On Wednesday night, The Amador County School District Board of Trustees announced that it had reached a settlement agreement with County Superintendent of Education Dick Glock.

Coming out a closed session, before the start of the evening’s regular meeting, ACUSD Board President Wally Upper announced that the board had approved a settlement with Glock. However, all discussion had been held in closed session and no details were revealed at press time.

At issue was Glock’s salary. The board had previously set Glock’s salary at...

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Craig Baracco
02/18/2016 12:23 PM
ACUSD Interim Superintendent Frank Porter. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Coming out of closed session at the end of last Wednesday night’s meeting, ACUSD School Board President Wally Upper announced that the board had voted to appoint Frank Porter to serve as interim head of the school district until June 30, 2017. Porter is former Superintendent of the Twin Rivers School District in Sacramento, a position he retired from in 2012. Porter has had a 37-year career in education and has worked as a teacher, principal, administrator and school district superintendent.

In other business, the board held a...

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Via Press Release
02/18/2016 9:29 AM

The Identity Theft Resource Center and Privacy Rights Clearing House want to alert all parents of school-aged children throughout California about a pending deadline to opt out on the potential release of their child’s sensitive personal identifying information. The deadline for parents and adult students to object to the disclosure of personal information and records is April 1, 2016.

Protect your child’s student records from being released by following these simple steps:

1) Visit cde.ca.gov/re/di/ws/documents/form2016jan26.pd...

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01/28/2016 12:32 PM
Achievement Awards: Skyler Guzman, Marina Dunlop, Ella Keller, McKenna Skiba, Austin Ewing, Clay Campbell, Lukas Hunter, Dakota Sanne, Avery Uselton, Brandon Miller, Josiah Sarmiento, Clinton Fage, Hayden Lawton, Jaylynn Hicks, Olivia Lewis, Daniel Grebe, Cydney Charnoski, Chloe McCoy, Declan Morgan, Cella Root, Kate Hicks, Taylor Karr, Isabella Messier, Tyler Jones, John Frachon, Brennan Furnari, Sage Smith, Hailey Hock, Thomas Forbes, Jesse Treat, Austin Lebel, Ezra Fosgate, Brianna Smith, Sierra Doyle, Alexis Haag, Emma Mayer,... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
12/17/2015 11:58 AM

The Amador County Unified School District has new leadership, after Wednesday night’s meeting of the Amador County School Board.

Following a lengthy closed session at the end of their regular meeting, Board President Walley Upper reported that the Board had voted 5-0 to accept the request of Interim School District Superintendent Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti to be assigned as classroom teacher. Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Tim Zearley is appointed to act as Interim Superintendent. Chapin-Pinotti has served as Interim...

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John Tuttle
12/17/2015 11:28 AM
Edward Alan Felenchak of Pioneer cultivated, processed and packaged the marijuana found at the school.

On the afternoon of December 8, a Jackson Police Officer responded to the report of a large quantity of marijuana found at Jackson Junior High School.

The officer responded and located approximately one pound of marijuana packaged in a clear plastic bag concealed at the upper field. The officer began an investigation and was able to identify a 12-year-old male student as being responsible for bringing the marijuana to school. The Amador County Combined Narcotics Enforcement Team (ACCNET) was contacted and a search warrant was...

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