Issue: August 11, 2011

It's back-to-school time (yep, already!)

For Chico Unified, school is officially in session. That means kids on

school buses, wearing backpacks, doing homework ... you name it. Check out

our feature stories--on sports, the new Wildflower Open Classroom charter

school and physical education--but don't miss all the other school-related

features we've got for you this week. There's a fun Q&A with longtime CUSD

bus driver Charlotte Miller; an update on that Tdap shot everyone's been

talking about; and a few other snippets of schoolyard goodness.

Of course, that's not all we've got in store for ya this week: We head out

to the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina to take in a rarely seen ceremony

while catching up on how the monks are doing in their chapter-house-reconstruction efforts (hint: it's close to finished!); there's an update on the county's medi-pot-cultivation ordinance (hint: it's still on hold); and Arts DEVO bids farewell to our beloved calendar editor, Stacey Kennelly (hint: she's priming to take over the world).

Next week we'll be getting everyone ready for the return of college

students, so stay tuned!

Meredith Graham, managing editor