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Class notes
May 25, 2013, 05:00 AM

Middle College High School at College of San Mateo, an alternative education program for juniors and seniors in the San Mateo Union High School District, is accepting applications for fall 2013.

Students and parents interested in the program can contact the Middle College office. Applications are available online or in the SMUSHD counseling offices and college and career centers. 

Middle College includes 60 students who take a combination of high school and college classes. These classes are intended to help the student meet high school graduation requirements and college general education requirements. Students are recommended for admission by parents, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. Other application procedures include student testing, an information meeting with parents and interviews with students and parents. 

For more information contact Principal Greg Quigley at 574-6101 or or visit


Skyline College is currently recruiting prospective students for its second year of the new Massage Therapy Certificate Program. As a result of the 20 percent expected growth in massage therapists by the U.S. Department of Labor, Skyline College formed this new program in 2012.

The nine-month program is a quick and affordable choice for those seeking to start a career in the growing wellness field. Tuition is less than $1,700 compared to more than $10,000 at private schools and includes 500-hours of classroom instruction and practical experience, a massage table and supplies to start a new career. At the conclusion of the program, students are eligible for state certification through the Massage Therapy Certification Council. The deadline to apply is May 31.

In addition to the Massage Certificate Program, there are a variety of massage therapy and wellness related one-day courses offered on weekends throughout the year.

The student lead Massage Spa is now open to the community for discounted massage sessions on Thursday evenings. There are discounts for seniors and Skyline students and staff. Community members that are interested in scheduling appointments at the Massage Spa may do so by calling 738-4363.

For more information about the program contact the Linda Aldridge at 738-4366 or


On Friday, May 24, the AIDS Emergency Fund and Wells Fargo Bank honored Ralston Middle School with a $250 check for the school’s contributions to the Every Penny Counts Campaign.

The Belmont school was the first to reach $40,000 in fundraising efforts (2012). Ralston has participated in 14 Every Penny Counts School Campaigns and has been the top school for seven of those years. This year Ralston raised $4,063.08 bringing their grand total to $44,063.08.

This year marks AIDS Emergency Fund’s 31st year of service to the San Francisco community and Every Penny Counts’ 26th year as the longest running AEF fundraiser. Every Penny Counts School Campaign, which inspires Bay Area students to make a difference in their community, plays a major role in helping the AEF clients. In total, the 2013 Every Penny Counts School Campaign raised just less than $20,000 and helped 40 clients in need. Since 1995, the Every Penny Counts School Campaign has raised more than $376,000.


The Hillsborough Schools Foundation is holding the Hillsborough Family Fun Run (10K, 5K, 2K) starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 2 at North School, 545 Eucalyptus Ave., followed by a pancake breakfast. Medals awarded to top finishers (5K and 10K); all 2K participants receive ribbons. Prizes also awarded for the most spirited team and best costume. Proceeds benefit Hillsborough’s public schools. For more information, or to register, visit All ages and abilities welcome.

Class notes is a column dedicated to school news. It is compiled by education reporter Heather Murtagh. You can contact her at (650) 344-5200, ext. 105 or at



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