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Plein air artists featured at fundraiser

Paint Tahoe Blue, a “paint-in” fundraiser where up to 20 local and regional plein air artists paint and then auction their pieces to guests, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Sand Harbor State Park, five miles south of Incline Village.

The event will be at the group picnic area on the right just after entering the park. The auction will start at 7 p.m.

Half of the proceeds go to the artists; the other half benefits the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club, whose contributions include allocation of funds to support conservation initiatives. Member from the Toiyabe Chapter and Great Basin Group will be on hand, and wine and refreshments will be served.

Schools work to meet Common Core standards

El Dorado County schools are finishing their trial runs of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing, which will gauge student progress toward meeting the Common Core State Standards and be fully implemented in spring 2015.

Testing began in March and includes students piloting the electronic system, teachers and administrators evaluating exam procedures and training materials and information technology professionals reviewing the software and identifying potential technical issues. More than 4 million students have participated in the field tests statewide.

The SBAC exams are conducted on computers or electronic tablets and will replace the existing English/language arts and mathematics state assessments for grades 3 through 8. Information will be provided to teachers throughout the year to measure if students are succeeding or if they require additional assistance. Student participation in the pilot testing is confidential and did not affect any grades.

For more information, go to http://www.smarterbalanced.org.

Stateline man graduates from George Fox University

Allen McLeod of Stateline received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore.

A school-record of 725 students were awarded degrees at the ceremonies, which took place May 1-3.


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