Monday, June 24, 2013

姚鳳鳳首度舉辦個人舞展,其兄亞洲知名藝人吳建豪鼎力站台。



知名舞者,並於2008年獲得《亞洲小姐才藝冠軍》的 姚鳳鳳,將在返回亞洲進軍演藝事業前夕,於六月三十晚上七時日於南加州洛杉磯Haugh Performing Arts Center劇院盛大舉行「鳳之舞」(A Journey to Dreams) 個人舞展,而她的兄長、亞洲知名藝人 吳建豪 與其他洛杉磯當地重要貴賓也將一起出席於六月二十五上午十一點整在工業市「四季廣場」三樓 東區第一會館 舉辦的記者會,表達對於 姚鳳鳳 本人與這次舞展的踴躍支持。

姚鳳鳳 自小習舞,對於舞蹈的天份在許多最高水準的頂級賽事中展露,並且獲得多項大獎肯定,包括青少年舞蹈大賽《桃李杯》的中國舞優秀表演獎、與《亞洲小姐》選拔中獲得才藝冠軍等等。此外,她在就讀加州大學洛杉磯分校(UCLA)時擔任中國舞舞蹈社的藝術總監。

這次「鳳之舞」舞展,姚鳳鳳 將透過中國最具代表性的劍、扇、袖等多元的藝術形式,為觀眾帶來像是《愛蓮說》、《雪中梅》、《茉莉花》、《孔雀》等具有當代風格的中國古典舞以及與結合民間傳說奇幻色彩的舞蹈表演,在藝術表演和視覺震撼上帶來精彩萬分的演出內容。

本次舞展除了是 姚鳳鳳 對於舞蹈熱情的具體呈現外,也是傳承中國文化與鼓勵年輕學子,尤其是亞裔青年,一起來透過舞蹈展現自我,表達對於藝術的熱愛。為推廣藝術及教育,本次活動之部份收益將用於成立獎學金來幫忙助養孤兒的家庭、低收入家庭、殘障學生與非營利慈善組織,讓 姚鳳鳳 對於舞蹈的熱愛與助人的熱心傳達給需要幫助的人們。

姚鳳鳳 個人舞展「鳳之舞」由知名編導 王馨悅 老師擔任藝術總監、徐文綺、章雅婧 編舞排練,馨悅舞團 協助演出,並由STC順天聯合- 東區第一會館贊助宣傳,記者會由 吳建豪 及 姚鳳鳳 的舞蹈老師兼東區第一會館總監 馬淑芬 主持,購票與活動詳情請致電:(626)592-8958,Email:ajourneytodreams@gmail.com

6/30/2013, 7:00PM「鳳之舞」舞展
Haugh Performing Arts Center
Citrus College
1000 W Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 9174

STC 順天聯合「夢想面對面」,籃壇未來之星 陳山眉


在籃壇「豪小子」林書豪在美國職業籃球NBA站穩一席之地後,越來越多華裔的籃壇潛力新秀尋著他的腳步,往最高籃球殿堂邁進。我們今天的特別來賓 陳山眉(Sabatino Chen),跟林書豪一樣有著優異的學業,更是今年入選PAC-12聯盟明星第一隊、闖入NCAA決賽第三輪的大學強隊球星,確定參加6月27日紐約的選秀會,遵循著林書豪走過的路程來挑戰NBA。

目前 陳山眉 接受NBA規格的訓練與師資,增強本身的投籃能力以及防守技巧,並善用其左撇子的優勢,強化在職業等級球賽中的競爭力,他目前除了已經打開了挑戰NBA的大門,也有機會往歐洲籃壇發展,未來不可限量。

STC順天聯合 秉持著回饋社會,培育青年新秀的使命,特別邀請 陳山眉 來跟大家分享他這一路走來的心路歷程,包括在競爭激烈的籃球運動中,如何跟教練與隊友相處互動,同心協力地朝向勝利的目標邁進、或是說分享他如何精進自己的球藝,透過哪些訓練來增進技巧、以及在心靈層面是需要借助哪些力量,才能夠堅定自己、一心一意地往籃球的世界邁進等,他都會在這場活動中與大家分享親身的經歷,鼓勵熱愛籃球運動的朋友們,勇於追求夢想。

歡迎各位喜愛籃球的朋友,一同來參與這次難得的機會。

STC 順天聯合「夢想面對面」,籃壇未來之星 陳山眉
6/24/2013, 2:00PM四季廣場三樓,東區第一會館
18558 E. Gale Ave., 3F City of Industry CA 91748

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to Choose a School Board Candidate: What Every Voter Should Know


How to Choose a School Board Candidate: What Every Voter Should Know

By GreatSchools Staff

Getting involved with your local board of education doesn't have to mean running your own campaign for a seat or taking detailed notes at every single meeting. The first simple step--one that every registered voter should take very seriously--is voting in the election of school board members.

Read on to find out how school boards work, what they do, how they can be effective and what you should know about the candidates before heading to the polls.

What is a board of education?

School board members make up the largest body of elected officials in the United States. We entrust them to set the policies of our most treasured institutions: our public elementary, middle and high schools. Every district has a board of education, and boards generally meet every month in meetings that are open to the public.

These gatherings range from tame rubber-stamping sessions to intense, provocative discussions with the community where controversial issues are debated and landmark decisions are made.

School boards are nonpartisan. In most districts, members serve four-year terms, and terms are staggered so seats don't become open all at once. In general, to run for school board, you have to be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the state, a resident of the district, a registered voter and eligible under the state constitution to be elected to public office.

In most cases, a school district employee can't be a board member in that district. This means no teacher, principal, librarian, custodian or anyone else that works in a school in the district can serve on the school board, unless they resign from the employed position.

School districts are complex corporations; they' re often the largest employers in a community and the decisions they make reach far, affecting jobs, resources and most importantly, the education of all children.

What do they do?

Somewhere in between the agendas, public comment sessions and resolutions, school boards make a number of important decisions. School boards establish a vision for the community's schools. They have to set up and maintain an effective, efficient organizational structure for the district that lets the superintendent and administrators manage the schools, teachers teach and students learn.

They are responsible for hiring and evaluating a superintendent, evaluating and adopting policies that affect all schools in the district, serving as a judicial and appeals body when conflicts go unresolved, monitoring and adjusting district finances, and managing the collective bargaining process in the district.

A school board has a symbolic role as well. The behavior it shows off in the meeting room, the rapport among school board members and the relationships that members have with teachers and administrators in the district all add up to the climate of public education in a community. Whether healthy or dysfunctional, a school board has a heavy influence on the spirit that characterizes a community's impression of its school system.

How can I tell if my school board is doing a good job?

By attending a few school board meetings, you'll learn firsthand what school boards do. Call your district office to find out where and when meetings are held. Once you've observed your school board in action, you'll be prepared to ask the following questions:
  • How does the school board make decisions? Do the members function as predictable, single-issue advocates, or do they approach each decision with an open mind? Do they seem to make strategic choices for the well-being of the district? Strong decision-making requires analysis, the balancing of needs and concerns, and the ability to see the long-term implications of an action.
  • How's the team spirit?  Does the board exhibit a healthy group dynamic, or is it a parade of egos marching single-file? Do members show respect and trust for each other, and for the operating rules of the board?
  • Is the board's authority well defined?  The classic challenges of management don't skip over your board of education. There's a delicate balance between the board's act of choosing a strong chief executive (the superintendent) and letting him or her lead the way and the board's tendency to get involved with many levels of decision-making.
  • Does the board understand the community?  One of the most difficult parts of school governance is creating a strong relationship with the public. An effective board knows and respects its community, and encourages the community's trust in its school system.

What should I look for in a school board candidate?

First of all, you should think about the issues that are important to you in your school district. Are you concerned about student transportation, textbook adoption, funding for extracurricular activities, new curriculum standards and/or construction of new school facilities? What's your hot button? You'll want to find out where the candidates stand on issues that are important to you.
You might also look for the following qualities:
  • The ability to work well with a team and support group decisions, along with an understanding that the board sets a climate for the entire district
  • A desire to work toward a stronger relationship between the district and the public it serves
  • A keen eye toward serving the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities and backgrounds
  • A professional, poised demeanor and respectful, respectable behavior
  • Respect for diverse points of view
  • Commitment to the time and energy required each week for meetings, phone calls, conversations, visits to schools, and professional development seminars and workshops
  • Knowledge about district policies, guidelines, needs, challenges and strengths

At the heart of it all, members of a district's board of education must believe, unequivocally, in the value of public education. They must be dedicated to serving and teaching all children. They must believe in the democratic process and understand that their role is to act strategically, in line with the interests of the entire school community.