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The Contra Costa

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Superintendent A. M. Phalin called his institute to meet at Crockett, September 4, 5, 6. The 'Trustees, consisting of Theo. Moiles, John Edwards, J. Emil Peterson, and the citizens, spared no pains to make the reception and comfort of the teachers complete and satisfactory in every detail. The fine new school building is a pride to Crockett, and a building that would be a credit to any city. Tbe decorations were elegant. Miss Trimingham,

the principal of Crockett schools, assisted by other There were many important dicussions on the

Friday afternoon the teachers visited the Selby Smelting Works and the sugar refinery.

The Knickerbocker Quartette furnished excellent and most entertaining music. Mrs. Martin Schultz, of San Francisco. delighted the people with her rendition of several songs.

Miss Gretchen Bernett, of St. Paul's Choir, Oak. land, sang “ September" and " The Merry Miller" in a most charming manner.

part of the teachers. Mr. Odel of Richmond gave an instructive and scholarly address on “Spelling Reform.”

The meeting thruout was a success. Superiotendent Phalin was congratulated by the teachers, citizens of Crockett and trustees on the success of his institute

teachers, helped to make the occasion delightful to the visiting teachers. The Crockett Committee secured for the elegant reception Wednesday eve. ning Hynes' Orchestra, served refreshments and aided in securing the Knickerbocker Quartette for the day and evening sessions. The committe issued a handsome souvenir program.

The institute was favored with several virile practical talks on history, geography and language by Frank J. Browne of Berkeley. Mr. Browne is a new man in the State. We have never heard any. one, with the possible exception of Professor Heaton, of the University of California, who has such adequate knowledge of the subjects he dis. cusses. He has the spirit of the teacher. He does not need a freak treatment of a subject to hold the attention of the audience. His work is along the line of sincere, earnest teaching adapted to the needs and purposes and achievements of the public schools.

Alex. B. Coffey, of the University of Washington, now doing special work at Stanford, made his first appearance since his return to alifornia. He has lost none of his old time popularity, but has greatly improved in the power of presentation, and in the application of the principles of pedagogy lo the every day work of the public school teacher. His evening lecture on “Young America" is a masterly effort, whether you judge it from the standpoint of platform rhetoric, from the standpoint of rational patriotism, or from the standpoint of inspiration for young and old to higher ideals of life.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas J. Kirk addressed the teachers, school trustees and Supervisors of the county on Thursday afternoon. It was a notable gathering. Superintendent Kirk gave a practical talk on the duties of school trustees. He gave advice on building and furnishing school houses, on purchase of school supplies, visits to school, selection of teachers, etc.

Mr. Buttner, the clerk of the Port Costa School, made a very interesting and practical address, and related his experiences as school trustee. He insisted on frequent visits on the part of trustees to schools, and the selection of teachers on the basis of merit, and spoke against frequent changes in the teaching force.

The institute season has approached and is here. At least forty counties will assemble the teachers for institutes. Tbis year does not promise much that is new, nor much that is strong in addition to that of other years. Professor Elwood P. Cubberley and Dr. Elmer E. Brown will be missed from many programs. Professor Alex. B. Coffey, who lias been absent from the State for tbree years, will enter the institute field again, and will accept a few engagements that will not interfere with his special studies at Stanford. Frank J. Browne, ex-State Superintendent at Washington, who bas located at Berkeley, is the only new man in the field this year.

President Burk of the San Francisco Normal will be more in demand than others for institute work. Superintendent W. C. Doub of Bakersfield, who made an excellent reputation as an institute iastructor at San Joaquin last year, and who, since that time, bas been prominently before the State, on account of course of study, will be invited to a number of institutes. His topical discussions of geography, history and grammar will be invaluable to teachers. H. H. Johnson of Ohio, more recently of Mt. Vernon, Washington, the author-musician and one of most successful wen in handling music in an institute in the United States, will tour the State in November and December, and will assist a number of counties.

Prof. David S. Snedden, Prof. John T. McManns of Stanford, Dr. F. B. Dresslar, Prof. T. L. Heaton, L. Duport Syle of the University of California, will also be on hand at a number of institutes.

The teachers of the State will certainly have an opportunity to come in contact with the best there is in current educational thought,

G. W. Beattie and bride have sailed for Manila. Mr. Beattie will take the position of superintendent of one of the provinces.

Tulare Union High School Board bas decided to put in a commercial course.

Chas. Bie denboch has been elected principal of the Dwight Way School, to succeed W. H. De Bell.

Mrs L. W. Sweesy of Pasadena has been e'ected special teacher in music in the Berkeley schools.

0 W. Erlewine of the City of Sacramento, has written an able article for the Sacramento Bee on manual training.

Proiessor J. B. Horner, who organized the summer school at Newport, Oregon, is to be congratulated on making an excellent success of it.

F E. Perham who served last year as City Superintendent of San Bernardino, has been appointed to a high school position in San Francisco.

W. F. B. Lynch, at one time County Su. perin'epdent of Public Schools of Alameda County, died at San Leandro last week at the age of 74 years. He was prominent in educational circles for a number of years.

F. N. Miller, formerly of the Commercial Department of the San Diego High S hool, has been elected to the same position in Willows High School. Mr Miller is one of tbe best commercial teachers in the State. What is very necessary in a position of this kind, is that a man shall have good sense and good business habits. Mr. Miller has both.

The Board of Education of Honolulu adopted a new list of text books for the common schools August 5th, The list is one reported by the committee of teachers and approved by the text book committee and in turn adopted by the Buard. These books are to be provided under contract by the government and none of the local buok dealers have laid in a supply. The list so far adopied includes the fo lowing: Bass's Beginner's Reader; Baldwin's Readers; Supplementary Reading — Hawaiian Young People; Home and Scbool C assics; Prince's Arithmetic: Language - The Mother Tongue, Rice's; Rational Spelling; Redway's Geography; Eggleston's History; Dule's Young Citizen.

At a meeting of the San Benito County Board of Education held recently, H. G. Bacon was elected president.

W. J. Doughertv of San Juan, San Benito County, has been elected to the principalship of the Dos Palos schools

M. P. Hubler, an ex teacher, is canvassing San Benito County for school supplies in the interest of M. A. Williamson of Hollister

Superintendent Hartrauft, of King' County, Wash , has arranged to bring to the Northwest L. P. Harvey, of Wisconsin, as institute conductor for King and other counties.

Contra Costa County has established three Union High Schools this year. One is at Martinez, one at Concord and one at Crockett. The latter is named in honor of John Swett.

J. F, Barbee, Superiutendent of Mendocino County, writes that he has formed thirteen new districts in his county. This is the banner county of the State in the formation of new schools.

F. F. Jeffers has been employed as special instructor in music in San Mateo, Palo Alto, and several other places. He is also prepared to instruct in institutes on the subject of music. He is located at Palo Alto.

Miss Teresa Hess, a graduate of the University of California in 1899, has been employed as teaclier of English and German in the High School in College City to succeed Miss Louise J. Holling, who has secured a position in the Oakland schools. Dr. Geo. C. Thompson, who has been principal of the High School at College City for four years, bas been employed as principal of the Marysville High School,

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The State Normal School at San Jose under the work is coming to be recognized more and more as presidency of Morris E. Dailey has begun a most greatly superior to that of the untrained teachers promising session. President Dailey has inaugu- with the Isame native ability. Graduates of the rated the requirement of high school graduation State Normal School at Chico are now employed in for admission. The training department has been over forty counties of California and in a large improved and the other departments have been number of its larger cities. keyed up to make the attempt to secure better The State Normal School at San Francisco results than ever before.

President Burk has had many visitors fiom all The State Normal School at Los Angeles

points of the State during the month of August.

The training department is well organized, and the The catalog of the Los Angeles State Normal

pupil teachers are working out, under direction of shows that President Pierce has not been idle.

President Burk, Jean Parker and other members The president lias gradually worked ou: a harmo.

of the faculty, the problems that confront a new nious correlation of each teacher with 'he training

teacher. school. The Department of Domestic Science and

President Burk has secured positions for over Art has been very successful and each year will

seventy-five per cent of last year's graduating see it attain still greater usefulness. The Kinder

class garten Department is by far the most complete

In June, 1901, after two years' experience. the west of Chicago and graduates of this department

Board, upon motion of Trustee F. A. Hyde, reduced will be in demand from all parts of the country.

to written form its policy of management, in reso. Work has commenced on an addition to the school

lutions which were unanimously adopted, as to cost $20,000. This consists of two floors built

follows: under the gympasium which has a floor space of Whereas, State Normal Schools are supported and 55X1 20 feet. One of these floors is to be devoted to should be conducted for the sole pnrpose of supplying the Manual Training and Domestic Science, and a

public schools with teachers of the highest efficiency:

and, large lunch room 37 by 55 feet. The other floor WHEREAS, The Trustees of the San Francisco State

Normal School desire that the school shall be so con. will contain nine rooms for the use of the Training

ducted that a certificate of graduation therefrom shall School, making it possible for us to accommcdate he esteemed an honorable distinction by the holder

thereof, as being a certain guarantee of thoro training 450 children in that department The new building

and efficiency as a teacher, and so recognized by school is to be connected with the old by an inclosed officials. Now, therefore, b.it bridge or hallway 20 by 70 feet. This will be used

Resolved, First, that it is the determined policy of

this Board that the faculty shall be selected as herelo. in part for museum purposes and in part as a social fore, upon a basis of merit aloue. wholly uninfluenced hall.

by personal or political interference or consideration. aiid the Trustees therefore require that all applications

for positions in the faculty be first submitted to the State Normal School at San Diego. principal of the school, who will nominate to 'he Board President S. T. Black has every reason to be

those whom he may deem most competent and merito

rious congratulated on the continued success of the Nor

second. That the President shall continue to main

tain the present high standard of admission to the mal School at San Diego. A number of his best school, and his judgment and decision in individual teachers have been called to Manila. These have

cases shall be final; and where, after a fair trial, it shall

appear to him that a student shows an incapacity to been replaced with men of the highest professional become a thoroly efficient teacher it shall be his duty training. Many of the graduates of the school have

to discourage the student from further attendance at

the school found good positions in San Diego County. Quite Third. That the President shall certify to the Trustees a number have joined the ranks in the Philippines.

for graduation only those students who can be condently and honestiy recommended to School Trustees,

Superii tendents and Boards of Education, as teachers The State Normal School at Chico. of undoubted capability. President C C. Van Liew makes the following

San Jose Normal School Faculty announcements in his circular: There are many things which combine to render

The rrustees of the State Normal School of San Jose the State Normal School at Chico a desirable place

met recently for the purpose of selecting the faculty

for the ensuing year. Trustees H, C. Browni, (chairman), 10 seek a higher education. The location of the F. C. jacobs, G. W. Pierce. F. H. Short, F. W. Learitt school is liealthful and beautiful. The building is

and State superintendent Kirk were present. Only two an elegant structure, well equipi.ed as to libraries, new teachers were added to the force and one resignalaboratories and apparatus The institution is tion was accepted. Miss Chloe N. Daniels, teacher of under the direction of a large and able faculty, English, resigned. Miss Gertrude Payne was granted a composed of men and women either of university year's leive of absence. Professor C J. C. Bennett, who or other special training: the course of study is full

has been in Europe a year, was reassigued as teacher in and thoro. Tuition is free. There are no library filling a vacancy because of the resignation of Mrs.

pedagogy. Professor H. L. Schemmel, who has been fees.

Goodell, was elected teacher of music. A department The demand for trained teachers is g'owing con

of physical culture was provided, and Miss Alice Bassier stantly. While a large percentage of those who ! of San Jose was elected instructor at $1,000 a vear. The obtain certificates upon examination remain un. I trustees signed a deed by which the City of San Jose is employed, the graduates of the Normal Schools given a lot in the northeast corner of the square for the seldom fail to secure good positions, and their Carnegie Library.

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Education," the oldest high-class educational monthly magazine in the United States, will hereafter be edited by Superintendent Richard G. Boone, of the publc schools of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Boone is one of the best known educators in the country and will bring to Education the fruits of his ripe scholarship, long experience as an educator, and wide acquaintance with teachers. The mag. zine will be published in Boston by the Palmer Company. Mr. Palmer, the President of the company, will be manag. ing editor.

"The Story Reader." By Alfred E. Logie and Claire H. Uecke, assisted by Sarah A. Milner, Principal of Madison Avenue School, Chicago. 128 pages. Price, 30 cents. American Book Company.

This latest addition to the well-known Eclectic School Readings furnishes a series of simple and interesting stories, carefully graded and attractively illustrated, and well suited to appeal to a variety of interests in children.

"The New Basis of Geography," by Jacques W. Redway, The Macmillan Company, publishers, is certainly a book which deserves a place in the teachers' professional library. Some years ago Richard D. Faulkner, President of the California Teachers' Association, developed the idea of trade routes as a new basis for teaching history and geography. Mr. Redway treats of the matter in a systematic manner in the first chapter of this book. Other important chapters are Maps and Their Uses; The Emphasis of Essentials and The Course of Study. Under the chapter of the Course of Study there is a reference to the Stockton Course of Study as furnishing the basis for geographical work, This is certainly a great compliment to Superintendent Barr and his teachers; that of all the courses in the United States that his should be singled out as illustrative of what is good in a course of study. Price, $1.00.

Tehama County. Schools are all closed for the summer. Teachers are nearly all selected for next year. Red Bluff High School has had a most prosperous year and the entire corps of teachers have been reëlected; Principal 0. E. Graves, Prof. J. A. DeCon and Misses Grace Lewis Henley and Rose Hofeld. Red Bluff Grammar School retains G. K. Bingham as principal, and no changes made in the force except Miss Mabel Garvin vice Mrs. Gove (Frankie Albright), resigned. Tehama retains the same body of teachers, J. D. Sweeney, principal. Corning made a grand sweep, Miss Mabel Baker is the only one of the last year's teachers reëmployed; the new principal is Mr. Van Fossen, an Eastern

Miss Mabel Moore became Mrs. Albert Montgomery at the close of her term of school. A. W Glover and Miss Ellen Lynch were appointed on the board of education to succeed themselves. Miss Lena Nangle, in her sixmonth term, has made herself quite popular as a superintendent. Ex-Supt. L. W. Valentine, now assessor, has been quite ill for some time. Ex-Supt. Myron Yager acts as deputy assessor. Ex-Supt. Belle Miller is principal of the Antelope school. The board have revised our course of study and have discarded the tenth grade.

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