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Hollister Literacy Program Making Strides


A Hollister elementary school has implemented a new reading program that has increased the percentage of students reading at grade level.

Marion Joseph’s Crusade Is Paying Off


Marion Joseph died last year, but her years-long battle to improve the reading skills of California youngsters through phonics instruction lives on.

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San Juan Elementary graduates its first Guitars Not Guns class

The first graduating class and instructors of the Guitars Not Guns program at San Juan Elementary ended their final lesson on March 8 with a rousing version of Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” in front of proud parents and assorted dignitaries. After …

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Balers get creative in upcoming art show

Students at Hollister High School are drawing up plans in preparation for an art show designed to help art students prepare for their finals. The show, titled “Forest of Mind” will feature over 100 works of art—from scientific illustrations and …

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SBC Office of Education announces STEAM winners

Information provided by SBC Office of Education On March 8, 2023, the San Benito County Office of Education held its annual STEAM Expo. The Expo celebrates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, giving students across the county the opportunity to …

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Aromas-San Juan Unified School District chooses superintendent

At their meeting on March 8, the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District’s Board of Trustees approved a three-year contract for interim Superintendent Barbara Dill-Varga to become superintendent after besting over 20 candidates for the position. Leadership Associates began its candidate …

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School district may relocate academy

This article was written by BenitoLink intern Alexis Castro Juarez The Hollister School District is considering moving the Accelerated Achievement Academy from the Calaveras Elementary School site to Marguerite Maze Middle School where more space is available.  According to the …

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Electives expand Hollister students’ horizons

Local comprehensive middle school students have opportunities to explore interests in such subjects as forensic science, drone flying, digital music and video production, fashion, environmental science, robotics and many more diverse options. At Maze and Rancho San Justo Middle Schools …

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Gilroy Unified won’t pursue school closure, for now

The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education on Jan. 26 decided not to move forward with closing a school. But with enrollment continuing to spiral down, the possibility of shutting down another campus will continue to hang over the …

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Flores announces retirement from Gilroy school district

Deborah Flores, who has led Gilroy Unified School District as superintendent for 16 years, will retire on June 30. Flores made the announcement during the Jan. 12 GUSD Board of Education meeting. “This was one of the hardest decisions I …

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Hollister School District board seeks applicants for Trustee Area 1 seat

The Hollister School District is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on the Board of Trustees due to a lack of candidates in the 2022 election.  The open seat is for Area 1, which encompasses the north-central section of the …

Image caption: Allison Leggett, a fourth-year student at Charles Drew University, on campus in the Watts region of Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2022
Solving the Black Doctor Shortage

Charles Drew University, the only historically Black university in California, will launch a new MD program next year. The goal is to train more doctors of color to help underserved communities in a state where only 3% of physicians are …

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