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The Immigration Project:
We are Pajaro Valley

Immigration has been a hot political topic, especially in this election year; so how does a teacher talk with students about it? Not so easy!

ROP teacher Karen Lemon first imagined this project through ongoing contact with Ms. Judy Stabile, Director of the Pajaro Valley Arts Council (PVAC). A project, first proposed by the San Jose Museum of Art, the "Border Cantos" Project, and then adopted by PVAC as "Immigration, Borders, Boundaries and Beginnings," started Mrs. Lemon thinking about what a great opportunity this would be to create a collaboration between several different school sites, teachers, students and academic courses. [ Read More ]

ROP Music Production and Recording Arts

Scotts Valley High's ROP Music Production and Recording Arts class got Universal Audio's Apollo interface installed into their recording studio this week.

"The Apollo features all new A/D and D/A conversion for extremely detailed and open sound, giving you measurably the lowest noise and highest dynamic range in their class." - Universal Audio

Students will be now be able to record their original songs written in class on the most advanced technology used in the industry!
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Santa Cruz biotechnology course charting new, real world course

The stakes are a little higher in Nehal Pfeiffer's Harbor High School classroom.

Nehal Pfeiffer calls herself the CEO of a fictional company made up of her students and run like a Silicon Valley biotechnology laboratory, such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, where she worked before earning her teaching degree. The class business has its own website and is dubbed NTP Biolabs, a student's idea because it is the initials for both Pfeiffer's name and the DNA backbone molecule nucleoside triphosphate.
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