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Chloe DePledge Takes Top Honors In “Poetry Out Loud”

MADERA – Chloe DePledge, of Glacier High School, won First Place at the Poetry Out Loud finals in Madera, and now advances to the State Finals Competition in Sacramento. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Madera County Arts Council hosted the Madera County Finals Competition for Poetry Out Loud at Circle Gallery. Students from Madera High School, Madera South High School, Liberty ...

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Special Guest Arco Visits Wasuma Elementary School

AHWAHNEE — It’s a reasonable question. “Because Arco is so smart, can he speak human?” That’s what was on one student’s mind at Wasuma Elementary School on Friday, Feb. 10, when Madera County Sheriff Deputy Drew Kirchert and Sergeant Jim Bernardi brought their K-9, Arco, for a demonstration. Arco is a Belgian Malinois, born and raised for his first two years in France. ...

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Minarets Link Crew Supports Middle School Transition

O’NEALS — With the school year rushing by, eighth graders throughout the Central Valley are preparing for a daunting event: freshmen year. As a way to help and support the seventh and eighth graders at Spring Valley and North Fork Elementary Schools during their transition into high school, Minarets has implemented Link Crew as a part of the Leadership class ...

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School Safety: ALICE And The Ultimate Game Of Hide And Seek

OAKHURST — Four-hundred-plus kids and you couldn’t hear one of them. In what’s referred to as “the ultimate game of hide and seek,” that’s how we want it. At Oakhurst Elementary School (OES) last week, students in grades K-5 were called to the expansive multi-purpose room for a singular purpose: to practice a safety drill in which they would shelter ...

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Minarets Press: Suicide Awareness Week

It’s time to discuss a very serious topic: Suicide. It goes without saying that there are many stressful things we go through in life and it can be especially hard for teenagers in high school. With all of life’s difficulties, everyone goes through low points in their lives, even if it’s not the same for each and every person. Stress, ...

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Minarets FFA at East Fresno/Madera FFA Speaking Contest

O’NEALS — Minarets FFA represents the mountain area very well once more this school year. On Thursday, Feb. 1, Minarets FFA brought 32 speakers to the East Fresno Madera FFA Speaking Contest. The night included creed speaking, impromptu speaking, job interview, extemporaneous public speaking, and prepared public speech.​ In impromptu, sophomores Mackenzie Camacho, Kate Hough, Meranda Adams, and Ella Vermeulen ...

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6th Annual Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding

CLOVIS – The Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding scholarship fundraiser is held to raise money for scholarships awarded to graduating high school seniors in the surrounding mountain area. Participants will want to register for the 6th Annual Gilbert Marshall Memorial Team Branding, which takes place this year on Saturday, Mar. 17, at Blasingame Ranch in Clovis. The first event starts ...

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Engineering In Action: Coach Ward’s 5th Grade Math Class

By “Coach” Robin Ward — OAKHURST — Being a teacher is a lot of work, and it’s rewarding and fun when students are willing to work hard and put forth the effort to do more. Implementing the Common Core math standards brought about quite a stir, mostly for the drastic change in how we teach math to students, and how ...

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Special Meeting Of Yosemite Unified Board Of Trustees

OAKHURST — The office of the recently vacated Superintendent of Yosemite Unified School District has once again announced a Special Meeting of the District Board of Trustees, now scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is being held in the Yosemite Unified Library located at 50200 Road 427 in Oakhurst. District Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg reportedly ...

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Yosemite Unified Superintendent On Leave, Community Group Seeks Change

OAKHURST — Even as the Superintendent has reportedly requested leave from her assigned duties, a group is rallying to effect change within the struggling Yosemite Unified School District. Community members have organized for regular meetings, and they want more people to get involved. On Monday, Feb. 5, at a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the most-recently-hired Superintendent requested ...

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