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Taking a Poke at Pokémon

Taking a Poke at Pokémon

A trio of entomologists affiliated with the Bohart Museum of Entomology at the University of California, Davis, recently published a humorous take on the evolutionary development and history of the 646 fictional species depicted in the Pokémon media over the last 16 years.

“We made a very real phylogeny of the very fake Pokémon creatures,” commented lead author Matan Shelomi, the UC Davis entomology graduate student who conceived the idea.

The article, “A Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Pokémon,” appeared in the Annals of Improbable Research (AIR), a tongue-in-cheek journal meant “to make people laugh and then think,” according to the editors.

Board of Trustees recognizes students from Winters Elementary Schools

Board of Trustees recognizes students from Winters Elementary Schools

On Thursday, November 1, 2012, Winters Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized Winters Elementary School students Rylie Schoeder, Calista Cardinale, Grace Wingard, Aislynn Trojanowski, Emily Aguiar, Emma Villanueva and Alyvia Baylor.

Source: Jason Trojanowski

Consider Foster Care or Adoption from Foster Care in Yolo County - Learn More.

Consider Foster Care or Adoption from Foster Care in Yolo County - Learn More.

Have you thought about becoming a foster parent or adopting a local child who needs a permanent home?  Did you know each year loving families within the communities of Yolo County are needed for over a hundred abused and neglected children? 

We invite you to attend a free introduction on foster care and adoption from foster care in Yolo County.  Two sessions are set from 6 to 8:00 pm, first in Woodland on Thursday October 25th at Woodland Community College in Building 700, Room 727 and again in West Sacramento on Monday October 29th at the Arthur Turner Library at 1212 Merkley Avenue in their Community Room.   This is a great opportunity to meet several foster parents will share their foster to adoption journey and you will meet Cherie Schroeder, Foster & Kinship Care Education Instructional Specialist.

EGUSD students ready to “Hoop It Up” with KidTribe

EGUSD students ready to “Hoop It Up” with KidTribe

EGUSD elementary school students throughout the district are ready to “Hoop It Up” with the members of KidTribe this October.

The assemblies, sponsored by the Elk Grove Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services Department, are energetic “community-fitness concerts” that activate heart rates and inspire children to exercise.

“Hoop-A-Pa-Loo-Za is a great activity for the students and coincides well with our district wellness policy,” said Anne Gaffney, a nutrition specialist for the district.  “This event is the perfect opportunity to reinforce healthy eating and exercise habits.”

Will C. Wood Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally

Will C. Wood Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally

Event:  Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally

Event Host:  Will C. Wood High School

Opponent: Napa High School

Event Date:  October 8th, 2012

Event Time:  3:45 PM Freshman; JV 5:00 PM; Varsity 6:00 PM

Location:  Will C. Wood HS Gym,

                998 Marshall Road, Vacaville, CA 95687

Vacaville, CA, This fall 2012, thousands of teams from around the country will participate in the Dig Pink National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally.  High School and College volleyball teams will promote breast health education in the community as well as raising funds to help eradicate Breast Cancer.
 

Music Matters brings music education back to public school campuses

Music Matters brings music education back to public school campuses

Music Matters, a division of the non-profit arts organization, Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM), expands public school music education to 7 Fairfield/Suisun schools. In the spring of 2010 a concerned parent, representing Nelda Mundy Elementary, refused to see their school lose band education. When approached to create an option, Wanda Cook, YACM’s Artistic Director, worked to create a business plan, funded by the lowest possible parent tuition with the recognizable high educational quality for which the conservatory is known. Today, Music Matters Program Director, Jacqueline Crockett oversees a YACM team of 11 profoundly dedicated music teachers responsible for educating nearly 500 students on campuses throughout FSUSD before and after school.
Music Matters boasts valuable community collaborations necessary to support the program.

Clery Act Crime Report for 2011 Released

Crimes reported at the University of California, Davis, in 2011 showed little change from the previous year, campus officials reported today.

"UC Davis is a relatively safe campus," said UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael. "Our job is to keep it that way."

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, universities must report crime statistics annually to the U.S. Department of Education and make the information available to students, faculty and staff. This year's full report can be found online at http://police.ucdavis.edu.

Among major crimes, UC Davis experienced 96 burglaries, five robberies and four aggravated assaults in 2011, compared to 88, two and 11 in 2010. There were 24 forcible sexual offenses, compared to 21 the previous year. There were again no homicides.