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SAN JOSE: At 11:45 a.m., fourth-grade teacher Sarah Payne played for her class a special folk guitar song about student responsibilities that she wrote for students at Bagby Elementary, 1840 Harris Ave. The song is about the need for students to be kind, be safe, be responsible and be respectful, hence the song’s title, “The Bagby B’s On My Mind.” Listen to a recording Sarah made of the song here. Contact: Bagby teacher Alicia Williamson, president of the Cambrian District Teachers Association, at 408-502-2440.
FREMONT: Fremont educators are saying, “Enough is enough!” They protested at a school board meeting on Day of the Teacher that they have worked 312 days without a contract, and that the Fremont Unified School District wants to take seven years to “phase-in class size reduction” in rooms that are packed with students now. The rally/protest by the Fremont Unified District Teachers Association (FUDTA) was 4-5 p.m. at the district’s main office, 4210 Technology Drive. Joined by parents, teachers entered the school board room at 4:20 to speak out. Contact: FUDTA President Brannin Dorsey at 510-331-1663.
OAKLAND: Oakland Education Association members, mobilizing their community to settle their contract with the frustrating Oakland Unified School District, held a 4-5:30 p.m. membership meeting this afternoon, followed by a Day of the Teacher celebration. The meetings were at Oakland High School, 1023 MacArthur Blvd. See www.oaklandea.org for more info. Contact: OEA President Trish Gorham at 510-332-9103.
SAN RAMON: Reaching out to their community to stop cuts to their health benefits, San Ramon Valley Unified educators leafleted parents as they dropped of their kids to school on May 8. The leafleting was at most elementary and middle schools, but media saw many teachers in action at Coyote Creek Elementary, 8700 North Gale Ridge Road. More info is at www.srvea.org Contact: Ann Katzburg, vice president of San Ramon Valley Educators Association, at 925-413-9258.
ANTIOCH: The Antioch Education Association honored local teachers from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Skipolini’s Pizza, 901 Fitzuren Road. Contact: AEA President Robert Strickler at 925-864-1243.
FAIRFIELD: Members of the Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association (F-SUTA) were honored from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Chevy’s restaurant, 1730 Travis Blvd. Contact: F-SUTA President Melanie Driver at 707-290-0153.
VACAVILLE: Educators celebrated CTA’s 150 years from 4-6 p.m. at a gathering hosted by the Vacaville Teachers Association. It’s at Murillo’s, 1591 E. Monte Vista Ave. Contact: VTA President Moira McSweeney at 916-806-2358.
SANTA ROSA: The six-day Public Schools Week celebration at Coddingtown Mall ended on May 8. The event, with a theme of “Touching the Future,” promoted student work and programs in the Sonoma County public schools. Districts that took part include Santa Rosa City Schools, Healdsburg, Cotati-Rohnert Park, Bellevue, Roseland, Rincon Valley, Sonoma Valley, Wright and Piner-Olivet. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.facebook.com/publicschoolsweek. Contact: Andy Witthohn at 707-544-1075.
DAVIS: The Davis Teachers Association honored local teaching with a “Teacher Fest” from 4-7 p.m. at the Symposium Restaurant, 1620 E. Eighth St. Awards were bestowed, and teachers with multiples of five years of service up to 30 years were honored. Teachers celebrated no pink slips in the district. Contact: Davis Teachers Association President Cathy Haskell at 530-848-4309.
YUBA CITY: The CTA Feather River Service Center Council honored 15 teachers from Colusa, Nevada, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba counties at a Day of the Teacher banquet on May 8 at the Refuge restaurant, 1501 Butte House Road. Festivities began at 5:30 p.m. Contact: Tamara Conry at 530-755-2082.
IMPERIAL: CTA Vice President Eric Heins spoke at a CTA Imperial County Teachers Service Center Council dinner honoring local teacher union activists at 5 p.m. at Cheval Farms, 346 Larsen Road. This event was part of CTA’s statewide “We Honor Our Own” WHO awards program. Contact: Bill Guy at 619-709-0028.
SAN DIEGO: San Diego Education Association members and their families celebrated with food, music and prizes from 4-6 p.m. on the lawn in front of SDEA, 10393 San Diego Mission Road. Contact: SDEA President Bill Freeman at 619-283-4411.
CLAREMONT: The Claremont Faculty Association held their annual Day of the Teacher picnic after school at Cahuilla Park, corner of Indian Hill and Scripps, in Claremont. A vendor made homemade tacos for all educators in the Claremont Unified School District. Contact: Kim Breen at 626-827-2448.
TEMECULA: On Thursday, May 9, the Temecula Valley Educators Association will be hosting a celebration for teachers at 3:45 p.m. at Rodrigo’s Restaurant, 39562 Winchester Road. Contact: Chris Lindberg at 951-699-9970.
BAKERSFIELD: CTA Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki joined hundreds of Kern County educators at a picnic dinner with families and friends from 4-7 p.m. at Yokuts Park, located off Westwind/Truxtun Extension. The event was sponsored by the CTA Sierra Service Center Council. Contact: Brad Barnes at 661-345-2382.
SACRAMENTO: At 9 a.m. Thursday, May 9, which is CTA’s official 150th birthday, the California Teachers Association will be honored at a special ceremony on the floor of the California Assembly in the Capitol building. Alen Ritchie, president of the CTA association representing retired educators, will take part. Contact at CTA: Claudia Briggs, 916-296-4087.
MERCED: Teachers in Merced and Mariposa counties celebrated Day of the Teacher during a special awards banquet at 5 p.m. at the Merced Senior Community Center, 755 West 15th St. A number of teachers were presented with awards for their service to their local CTA chapter. Princess Moss, a member of the Executive Committee of the National Education Association, was guest speaker. Contact: Merced/Mariposa Teachers UniServ and Service Center Councils at 209-723-8871.