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September 24, 1997, Cloverdale Reveille, Page 3 Fire Department's brand new fire engine has a unique message on the back panel that ou Bruce Reuser, Inc. for your support." This is a richly earned recognition for Reuser a strong supporter of the Fire department as well as other comunity organizations over He is shown with other Fire District personnel at the dedication of the new equipment. from left are: Brad Avansino President of the Volunteer Fireman's Association, Firefighter Gary Derosier, far right, Janet Collins, District chairman, and Fire Chief Jack Front row, I, Captain AI Delsid, Captain Rick Blackmon and Bruce Reuser. Cloverdale fire apparatus dedicated firefighters are en- the delivery of their engine that has a r cab that seats five thus department to forego of putting riders personnel safety is major goals of the Clo- Protection District. engine is also very ver- operates efficiently a rural area where it roads . The equipment is in fighting wild land as structures in the a carries with pump. was dedicated to local businessman o keeps his corn- gallon water tender respond to fires so that it to the department day or night. to Captain Rick use of Reuser's water Saved the District sub- He point- not only does Bruce the water tender but he use. It ;to School night High Oct. 1 are never too old So please come to night on Wednes- 1997. It will be held in gym at 6:30 pm. Class- follow the general as- the gym. Bring your Schedule. CHS is doing some- Spirit will be in back to 40 points to- g Compe- winner gets 30 20, and last 10 points. to school night, your son or daugh- doing in the 1997-98 There will be a sign in class, please only 1997 Burbank Oct. 11 1997 is scheduled from 10-5 pm at the Center for the Rosa. :blend busi- gies and sav- ipants will create a to examine, expo- evaluate cutting-edge and services. lectures, seminars training areas will people and indi- naove beyond simple Internet to realize the of Web strategies For more infor- ,1997.com or is especially handy in areas where there are no fire hydrants. While the department could call on neighboring facilities the time fac- tor is important and having the tender ready and waiting in town has proven to be a big plus in fire suppression, Blackmon said. Blackmon was high in his praise for Reuser who often brings the tender on a fire call himself. If he is not able to respond he sees to it that an employee answers the call, Blackmon reported. A few days ago Jaime Escalan- te, the teacher featured in the hit movie, Stand and Deliver, was in Santa Rosa to deliver a speech. "Top Educator" was how the Press-Democrat described him and he was given credit in the subsequent article for single-hand- edly turning at-risk students into scholars in an East Los Angeles ghetto. Here is what Escalante did to achieve such acclaim: In 1983 thir- ty of this students passed the Advanced Placement (AP) Calcu- lus exam-a test that would give successful students college credit for that course. In 1983, 63 passed, followed by 77, 78, and 87 the next three years. These numbers viv- idly represent Ecalante's accom- plishments; they add a dimension to the bland statement such as "Jaime Escalante is a good teach- er". As one might guess, the movie itself and reality were only loose- ly connected. While Escalante's School, Garfield High, was-and is-in a lower socio-economic area, in the 60"s the neighborhood had evolved into a very stable community with strong connec- tions to the school. Long before Escalante was hired, a group of Garfield teach- ers took advantage of growing student pride and accomplish- ment and set up a series of ad- vanced placement courses, among other things, to enhance college opportunities for their students. This is mentioned in UCLA Pro- fessor Mike Rose's book, Posszlale Lives, which traces the careers of OnlyDel Webbcould create a community like Clover Springs. Nestled in the Alexander Valley, at Cloverdale, "where the vineyards meet the redwoods," Del Webb's Clover Springs is for those 55 and better who deserve more out of life. It's the quality you've come Dd Wobb. designed to meet your active adult lifestyle needs. A community of cozy neighborhoods planned with the amenities you want. 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Unfortunately, that is how many teachers view their jobs- give them their students, their materials, and they will do the job. We often hear the term "teach- er burnout" and expect this to apply to teachers whose careers are winding down. However, it is more often the "new" teachers who are the burnout victims as they often isolate themselves or are isolated behind their class- room door. Recently four different books by professionals-Barth, Glick- man, Rose and Schmoker-all show that the most successful schools are those with teachers working together. These teachers talk about the profession, share ideas, and watch each other prac- tice teaching. That does not di- minish the picture of the "Lone ranger-Lone Teacher", who on his/her own tames a class of 30 D :.,L WE BB'S CLOVER SPRINGS ,i $O. NOMA COUNTY v www.delwebb.com students. However, the "Lone Teacher" becomes the powerful force irPthe classroom with the support of peers. In my short time in Cloverdale I've had a chance to see some teams work together with impres- sive results. One was an assess- ment team put together by high school teacher Scott Holm. This group researched and studied the best practices around the country and over the summer developed an exemplary system already in use this fall. The other example is the full team of sixth grade teach- ers at Washington (Tonya Giusso, Gary Giusso, Jane Jensen, Rina Gerstley). They have established for students "a bridge to higher learning". One of the teachers, in a presentation, wore a T-shirt pro- claiming this set-up as the "Hard Work Caf4", a take-off on the pop- ular restaurant chain. The quartet has agreed on a series of expecta- tions and standards for student workmanship. So will these be the makings of a Hollywood sequel? Who knows- but movies certainly have a dif- ferent way of looking at things. How we do look at education of- ten depends on our vantagepoint. Unfortunately, many choose to take the "Mount Olympus" view: gods looking at schools from above, through the clouds, and occasionally tossing lighting bolts at them. What we need are more people with the vantagepoint from the desk in the back of the class- room. These are he folks who can best describe the reality of teach- ing. l