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AVHS students win 'Honorable Mention' for Common Core film

Students awarded $250

A film documentary produced by three Amador Valley High School students has won "Honorable Mention" in the C-SPAN StudentCam documentary competition.

Jacob Baer, Sophia Holbrook and Katie Grant produced the film, titled "Common Core: A New Branch of Education," which was one of 150 prize-winning documentaries chosen from around 2,800 entries from across the country.

The contest asks middle and high school students to produce short documentaries on an issue of national importance. This year, students responded to the prompt, "The Three Branches and You: tell a story that demonstrates how a policy, law, or action by either the executive, legislative, or judicial branch has affected you or your community."

"We chose to make our film on Common Core because, of all the policies and laws we could think of, we agreed that education affects us the most," said Baer. "Pleasanton is a city that is known for its great schools, and there is a lot of parent support for schools here too."

As "Honorable Mention" winners, the students received $250 to split among themselves.

In honor of the students' win, C-PAN held a celebration event at Amador Valley at the end of March, which included a C-SPAN Mobile News Room.

"Common Core: A New Branch of Education" can be viewed online.

The film was also shown at a student Common Core forum, as well as sent out in a district newsletter.

"We got a lot of positive feedback from almost everyone who watched the film. It was sent to students, parents, and faculty," Baer said. "A lot of students do not like Common Core because it is so different from the old standards, but I think the movie helped them realize the goals of Common Core, the difference it has made, and what the school board hopes to achieve from Common Core in the future."

C-SPAN is scheduled to release more information about its 12th annual StudentCam contest in September on its website. The contest is open to all students nationwide.

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Posted by Angela
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

This article should reference Sophia Holbrook not Sophia Brook.


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Posted by rotten core
a resident of Amador Estates
on Apr 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

And I would like to "nominate" for their independent, analytical and logical thinking over 155,000 New York students who BOYCOTTED taking the Common Core standardized tests recently. They are fighters against the dumbing-down and brainwashing of our precious children toward (failed) leftist ideals.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 25, 2015 at 11:49 am

Note, it's not just Common Core. Pleasanton schools continue to ignore the parent-enforced homework policies. Teachers keep slamming kids with homework in abusive amounts.

Note that across the bay in Palo Alto there is a full fledged meltdown underway because of the excessive homework and stress at Gunn High...causing kids to commit suicide by train. Now there's an article in New York Times criticizing Palo Alto. Also check out PaloAltoOnline.com -- articles and comments everywhere.

Pleasanton is considered #2 in the bay area, in terms of overkill homework stress levels. We've also had kids kill themselves in front of the train. We have massive ADHD medication abuse at our high schools -- no surprise since the schools routinely push parents to put their kids on ADHD meds.

How long before Pleasanton is dragged onto the national stage like Palo Alto has been?


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Posted by LanceM
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:34 pm

The views here are too much homework seem very skewed. I've talked to literally hundreds of high school students and not one of them said they had too much homework. In fact, I got unexpected responses of things like "We don't get enough homework in Spanish". Now, middle school is a different story. There is homework, but there are also project and extra credit project that overwhelm those students.


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Posted by LanceM
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Apr 25, 2015 at 12:36 pm

"parent-enforced homework policies" - if they are parent-enforced, then parents should be enforcing them. Perhaps your language skills are lacking and you mean parent-driven.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Concerned Parent please produce the facts that Pleasanton is #2 for homework stress. Or is this another example of attempting to discredit our schools? My kids teachers all follow the homework policy- Im actually shocked how little they have in high school.

Connecting the tragic suicides to our schools is disgusting. How about you list for us all of the health and safety measures that have been actually implemented in our district. I'd bet you dont even know one! But you do have time to be cruising not only these blogs, but Palo Altos also.


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Posted by Really?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 25, 2015 at 9:22 pm

I apologize for interrupting this positive news with my last post. Congratulations for going above and beyond with your work. This is a huge honor and love to see positive examples of how our students are putting their thinking to work.


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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Yawn. Same old denials.

Meanwhile parents in my neighborhood and in my local church groups continue to be infuriated by the endless, abusive amounts of homework. I know at least 3 parents who have been forced to pull their kids out of the school and enroll them in private schools -- a financial nightmare by the way -- because of the way that Pleasanton schools abuse the homework process.
Hundreds of parents worked together to force the district (against strident opposition) to enact a reasonable homework policy. Now we need to push to get the schools back in line.

@Really. There's nothing "disgusting" about facing facts. Our kids are in danger. Kids are killing themselves, and yes in Pleasanton too. The only thing disgusting is the people who refuse to address it in an honest manner.

@LanceM...Please feel free to look it up...just Google "Pleasanton Homework Policy 2011". Maybe you weren't involved in 2011 when this issue first was addressed. Your comments will be more helpful if you know some history.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Concerned "parent",

I'm a lot more worried about the schools lowering expectations or lightening the already light amount of homework assigned in the schools. Also, not all students need to take AP or honors classes, but those who do take them should expect more challenging homework assignments.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 26, 2015 at 4:07 pm

And congratulations to these three students for working hard and producing this documentary.


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Posted by Another dad
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 27, 2015 at 7:13 am

@BobB

Maybe you feel that way, but you are by far in the minority -- or you've had very light teachers, or you aren't a parent in the current system. Amazing how many people who don't actually have kids in school are pushing for more homework, while the actual parents...the ones who see the destructive effects on our kids...are pushing for less.


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