Talking to your kid’s teacher

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Wedgeworth Elementary in Hacienda Heights will hold an Awards Assembly in the Multipurpose Room at 8 a.m. Friday.

Lassalette Middle School in La Puente will host a Parent Education Meeting at 8:30 a.m. Candace Orozco will talk about Communicating with Your Child’s Teacher.” 

California Elementary will hold a Patriotic Assembly on the West Campus at 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate America with a pizza

The elections are over, but you can still help Fairgrove Academy “Celebrate America.” The second graders will perform their tribute at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria in La Puente.

Elsewhere, Baldwin Academy in La Puente is hosting a fifth-grade literacy night in the school cafeteria at 6 p.m.

If you’re hungry, why not join Los Molinos Elementary, which is holding a family fundraiser at the Hacienda Pizza Company in Hacienda Heights. Come out and enjoy your favorite pizzzzzzza pie from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Yum!!

Better nutrition at Kwis Elementary

Candace Orozco will offer a parent workshop on “Nutrition and Children,” at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at Kwis Elementary School in Hacienda Heights.

Meanwhile, Ed Monteilh will discuss standards based education at a parent education academy at Wedgeworth Elementary. The presentation will be made in the Multipurpose Room from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Hacienda Heights.

Harold hounds kids about health

Harold the Healthy Hound presents “How to be Healthy” - A Playful Puppet Show on Hygiene for Children – presented by Rowland Unified School District’s First 5 Program on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at La Seda Elementary in La Puente.
 
Designed to help parents prepare their children from birth to age five for school, the First 5 program provides resources, educational/literacy programs, child-development information, access to medical services, special needs referrals, and parent group support. Resource kits are available free of charge, in multiple languages with videos and materials to enhance the skills of parents. The First 5 Story Mobile van visits local neighborhoods, providing a variety of literacy experiences for preschool children.
 
For more information, call (626) 854-2228.

Tribune student panel

Question: Should California raise its driving age to 17 or 18 per a report released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last month?

Join the discussion. Post a comment with your answer to this week’s question.

Taylor Moncrief, 16, Diamond Bar High School
No. The way the law is now I won’t be able to take a date to the movies until my third month of college! Kids work and have lives outside of their home and schools. Driving gives you independence and is part of the growing-up process.

Katie Montemayor, 17, Glendora High School
I do not necessarily think the driving age needs to be raised, but the guidelines need to be stronger: a longer learner’s permit period, more driver’s education classes and the like. Instead of raising the age, I think that the laws should be stricter for the younger drivers and that the parents of the young drivers need to hold their children more accountable.

Kasey Haas, 16, Glendora High School
Experience not maturity makes a safe driver, I say “No.” First-time drivers need experience and time behind the wheel. Currently, parents monitor and spend time practicing and developing driving skills, and minors do have driving restrictions, such as who can be in the car.

Derek Klena, 17, South Hills High School
Personally, I disagree with raising the driving age. Students and teens look forward to getting their driver’s license as their 16th birthday approaches. And I believe the safety issue may not change if the age bar is lifted. Even though 17- and 18-year-olds may have a couple more valuable years of life under their belt, judgement and maturity differ with everyone. The common risks of the road will always remain. It’s up to each individual to respect the privilege of having a license.

Amanda McCraven, 14, La Verne Lutheran High School
No, I don’t think California should raise the driving age to 17 or 18. I think they should just enforce all the laws that are already in existence. If they raise the driving age, people are going to still be inexperienced when they start driving. The issue of tickets and accidents is not so much about being a teen, but about being an inexperienced driver.

Rambling wreck from Georgia Tech

Hollingworth Elementary in West Covina is about to launch a new College Awareness program across the campus, planting the seed early (even in Kindergarten) that after high school comes college.
 
Each classroom has chosen a major university from across the country that is their classroom “mascot.”
 
Principal Miriam Kim and Vice Principal Jason Gass will present to each classroom their college “flags” to display. The entire staff is excited about this program that may sound simple, but in other districts has resulted with powerful results.
 
Colleges that will be represented are below:
 
Kindergarten
Georgia Tech
Boise St.
San Diego State
Cal Berkeley
 
First
Michigan State
Maine
Arizona
Boston College
Stanford

 
Second
Arkansas
UCLA
Oregon
Colorado
 
Third
Duke
Texas
Nebraska
Long Beach St.
Oregon St.
 
Fourth (notice they are all Ivy League – they are a smart team)
Cornell
Harvard
Dartmouth
 
Fifth
USC
Yale
Dartmouth
Washington
 
Sixth
Notre Dame
Colorado St.
Washington St.