Tommy McCormick, The Daily Democrat

Tommy McCormick

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Woodland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Tommy:

Trustees approve new LCAP through 2020; More focus on student and community involvement

The district wants to ensure Woodland students have more of a choice in their learning. It plans to work with students to develop electives that align with their passions, allowing them to decide the courses that will help them prepare for college or → Read More

Woodland School District reveals superintendent search timeline

The district’s search for a superintendent will continue through early next year according to a timeline presented by Interim Superintendent Tom Pritchard.Pritchard was appointed the position in mid-April following the district’s → Read More

Pioneer High teen remembered with balloon release one year after death

Thursday marked one year to the day that Andrew Ladd, a then-senior at Pioneer High School, died from injuries sustained in a car accident the previous weekend.Ladd was celebrated with a candlelight vigil last year at Pioneer’s parking l → Read More

Woodland teachers honored by county and district

This past week was filled with staff recognition events both throughout the Yolo County and the Woodland School District.On Monday, the 2017 Excellence in Education Awards celebrated educators from Yolo County, highlighting outstanding teachers → Read More

Woodland High School teacher arrested for molesting a student

A Woodland High School teacher was arrested Friday morning for touching a female student in an inappropriate manner.The suspect, 44-year-old Scott Sorgent, was booked into Yolo County Jail for violation of 288(c)(1) of the California Penal Code → Read More

‘Growing Together’ celebrates 103 years of UC Davis

Picnic Day is back to UC Davis for a 103rd year, and with it comes all the fan favorite attractions.Previous themes were “Cultivating Our Authenticity”, “Heart of Our Community” and “Snapshot”, this tim → Read More

District and WEA declare impasse

The school district and the Woodland Education Association have been discussing bargaining proposals for contract negotiations since last February, but on Thursday it was announced that the two sides had reached an impasse.The district and the → Read More

Digital Minds to compete in Sacramento Regional at UC Davis Pavilion at the ARC

For the third year in a row the Woodland robotics team, Digital Minds, will be competing in the FIRST Sacramento Regional which runs March 23 through 25 at the UC Davis Pavilion at the ARC.After forming in 2014, the team competed for the first → Read More

School Board approves spending to assess Woodland High Stadium berms

With increased pressure from the community to get something done regarding the Woodland High School stadium trustees officially voted to approve the spending of up to $75,000 for structural engineering services to assess the berms Thursday night. → Read More

Woodland students take part in ‘Day Without Immigrants’

Hundreds of Woodland students were absent from school on Thursday as part of the protest called the “Day Without Immigrants.”Specifically, the district reported 1,669 absences, likely in response to the nationwide event where immi → Read More

More Oroville Dam evacuees arrive at Yolo Fairgrounds

The number of evacuees seeking shelter at the Yolo County Fairgrounds in the wake of structural problems at the Oroville Dam continued to grow on Wednesday.Due to worries over whether the eroded spillway would collapse on Sunday, about 300 of t → Read More

UC Davis students, residents hold rally in solidarity with Muslims

President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigrants from seven largely Muslim countries has sparked controversy throughout the U.S., and on Thursday students at some 40 universities across the country — including UC Davis ȁ → Read More

Islamic Center supporters march in Davis

Several hundred supporters of the Davis Islamic Center spoke out against hate and racism Friday afternoon.The people gathered at Central Park in downtown Davis to show support for the Center after it was vandalized early on Sunday.Street → Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters program returns to Woodland

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area is expanding to Woodland, and what better time to do so than in January — National Mentoring Month.For more than 40 years the nonprofit’s goal has been to help children reach → Read More

Seniors looking to spar for space

Woodland seniors are ready to step into the ring when it comes to defending their space at the Community & Senior Center.Some seniors spoke out about the concerns of bringing the Boxing Club, which has been openly advocating for a new home → Read More

School trustees to hold special election

Woodland school Trustees passed a resolution to declare the Area 5 position vacant, after the trustee-elect Juan Muñoz moved out of the district and was unable to fulfill his duties.After Sam Blanco III, Cirenio Rodriguez and Elaine Lytle → Read More

FIRST global robotics kickoff event set for Saturday

Over 3,340 teams and more than 83,500 high school students will be participating in regional and district robotic events in 2017.The ball will get rolling at the FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — → Read More

PIQE graduates 154 parents in Woodland

Parents throughout the district are becoming increasingly engaged in the inner workings of their children’s schools, a credit to the Parent Institute for Quality Education, or PIQE.PIQE graduated 154 parents from the fall program from fi → Read More

Pat Welty does it all at Zamora

A Woodlander since the age of seven, Pat Welty began in the field of medicine. During that time she was required to take child psychology as a volunteer at an elementary school, she chose the school where she went to kindergarten — White → Read More

Elementary students in Woodland cast their votes

At age 18 you can legally vote, but that didn’t stop grade school students from showing support for a certain candidate.Maxwell Elementary gave students the opportunity to vote for the next president on Tuesday thanks to the setup from l → Read More