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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Multiple scholarship winner Dahkota Brown, graduating from Argonaut High School, grabs a sip from the bottle made by one of his scholarship benefactors. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

Argonaut High School senior Dahkota Brown, of Jackson, has been named a winner of the 2016 Hollister Anti-Bullying Scholarship Award, provided by the National Society of High School Scholars Foundation and Hollister Co, a brand of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Brown recalls being ridiculed for his appreciation of his Miwok, Concow and Yuki heritage as a third-grader. He explains that by the eighth grade, he had become accustomed to overlooking offensive statements made during competitive events against teams with race-based mascots,...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Visit the Amador Ledger Dispatch Facebook page for more photos of the Class of 2016 graduation ceremonies.Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Jack Mitchell and courtesy of Craig Conrardy

On Friday, June 3, the Class of 2016 for Argonaut High School and Amador High School lined up for one last time at their respective athletic fields and began their processsion to meet families and friends and receive their diplomas.

There was plenty of laughter, tears and emotions for students and families. It was bittersweet for many of the students from both high schools. Many have been friends since as long as they can remember, traversing the Amador County Unified School District, attending elementary and junior high, and now...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago

On behalf of the Amador Community College Foundation, Supervisor Lynn Morgan presented scholarships last night to Butte Fire victims at Calaveras High School. Scholarships were presented to Mary Anne Linneman attending CSU Stanislaus; Cole Bausch attending Cabrillo Community College; Madeline De Angelis attending Cabrillo Community College; Caleb Bolton attending UC Davis; and Madeline Lambert attending Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo!

These students lost their homes in the Butte Fire last fall. ACCF was pleased to award these scholarshi...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Sarah Autote,Haley Beach, Carter Brashear, Cole Campbell, Lilly Carson, Carson Debeaubien, Shanna Dhaliwal, Ava Eggers, Ian Gillott, Luke Gardner, Gavin Grau, Aaralyn Hanson, Ryan Hollingsworth, Nathan Khattar, Alaine Kiekhaefer, Nolan McMahan, Joseph Moreno, Tabitha Lopez-Rosales, Kayla-Wakalee Parker, Kelsey Patterson, Jasper Peterson, Isabella Reagan, Riley Ristrom, Lukas Sherman, Felix Somary, Claire Tearpak, Caleb Thompson, Alaina Valenca-Smith, Brooke Wages.

5th Grade:

Tiana Bailey-Reed, Anthony Baldenegro,Christian...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago

PG&E did an excellent presentation on electrical education and safety for Ione Elementary. It was one of the best presentations we’ve had this year. Ryan Dorris from PG&E did the presentation with help from Drew Machi and Cory Henness.

After the presentation, PG&E hosted a pizza party for all fourth graders who made honor roll all four times.

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Craig Baracco
05/26/2016 12:36 PM
High school seniors were presented with Community Service Block Letters at the School Board meeting in recognition of there dedication to serving the community. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In a sign of improving economic times, the Amador School Board has voted to lift a transportation fee for students at their meeting Wednesday night.

First implemented in the 2008-2009 fiscal year as the recession caused a massive downturn in revenue for the School District, the bus passes sold by the District would guarantee each paying student a seat on a bus route, with a standard pass costing $150 for one student for a school year. The District raised $29,000 from the fee last year and the District will make up the money from...

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05/26/2016 1:14 PM
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Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson sentenced 3 people for driving under the influence of alcohol before more than 300 students, faculty and community members during an assembly at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016. These actual court proceedings took place in the Argonaut High School gymnasium as part of an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. During the assembly students witnessed the legal implication of drinking and driving, and learned about the consequences of... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
05/19/2016 2:06 PM
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
05/19/2016 3:17 PM
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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Via Press Release
05/19/2016 2:02 PM
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
05/19/2016 1:57 PM
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
05/12/2016 2:12 PM

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
05/12/2016 2:08 PM

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.

Dahkota...

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Via Press Release
05/12/2016 1:44 PM
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
05/12/2016 10:59 AM
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
05/12/2016 2:16 PM

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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