Westside schools:
Band at open house

       A band playing 1950s music will be an added feature at the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning's open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.
       The public is invited to celebrate the new charter school's “successful beginning,” according to AcademyACL spokesperson Sigrid Meadows. The location is 2510 N. Chestnut St.
       The schedule calls for the ribbon-cutting at the front door at 6 p.m. Classrooms and hallways will be open for touring from 6 to 7. The band, Loose Connections, will play for a “sock hop” in the gym from 6 to 8.
       The former Pike Elementary building, now the home of AcademyACL, opened in 1956. Students have been studying that decade since school began Aug. 17 and will “dress the part” for the dance, including a hula hoop contest, Meadows said.
       Chronicle award
       In its fourth year of existence and first year in the international Quill & Scroll Society, Coronado High's school newspaper, the Cougar Chronicle, gained a second- place rating from the society.
       The award was based on Quill & Scroll's judging of Chronicle publications in the 2009-10 school year, according to Angela Banfield, the newspaper class adviser.
       The judging, called a “News Media Evaluation,” gives points for the various aspects of a newspaper's production, including elements of writing, layout and advertising. To qualify for a second place rating, the Chronicle had to exceed a total of 800 points.
       Banfield said she does not yet know how many schools entered Quill & Scroll's 2009-10 competition, but in the previous year's evaluation 59 schools earned first place (900 points), 35 second place and 4 third place (700 points).
       The Chronicle's evaluation also includes a 33-page critique that will be helpful for the future by noting “areas that the kids need to work on,” Banfield said.
       The Coronado newspaper prints monthly, focusing on school news. Staff members first must take an introductory, one-semester journalism class.
       At a ceremony in the Chronicle classroom/office this week, Principal David Engstrom congratulated the newspaper for the award, adding that it could also be used as a “foundation” for continued improvement.
       Quill and Scroll was organized in 1926 as an “International Honorary Society for High School Journalists,” according to its website.

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