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November 16, 2012
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  From the District 
  • Thanksgiving wishes
    All San Diego Unified schools and offices will be closed to the public Nov. 19-23 for Thanksgiving break and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26. During this time, I hope everyone has the opportunity to reflect upon the many things for which they are thankful. May the holiday bring opportunities for you to spend time with special people and partake in activities and interests in your life. Thank you for all you do for the children of San Diego.

    Best wishes,

    Bill Kowba

  • Give your education views in national Speak Up survey
    Parents and students along with teachers and staff have been invited to participate in a survey on educational issues. The 2012 National Speak Up Survey is a series of multiple choice questions, plus an open-ended questionnaire where you can write in responses. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. Findings are summarized and shared with national and state policymakers. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  School News 
  • Angier Elementary receives Target library makeover
    The Angier Elementary community, along with Target, The Heart of America Foundation, Mission Continues and more than 200 volunteers, unveiled the school's newly renovated library. On hand at the Serra Mesa school were Principal Andrew Gergurich, Supt. Bill Kowba and Assemblymember Toni Atkins, along with Angier students, parents and staff. It's Target's third library makeover in San Diego Unified. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Parents 
  • College application and scholarship workshop Nov. 19-21
    Cal-SOAP is hosting three workshops during the Thanksgiving break to help students and parents with college applications and scholarships. Get assistance with personal statements, UC/CSU applications, scholarship searchers and more. Workshops will be held from
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Elementary Institute of Science. Registration is suggested.
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  Educational News 
  • Math teachers find variety of uses for blended learning
    Math teachers in a few California schools are using online programs to supplement instruction and meet all students' needs. One teacher uses Khan Academy videos to free up time for targeted instruction, while another uses ALEKS math on a weekly basis to deepen students' math understanding. A third teacher relies on online math support for remediation. blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Should teachers stop assigning homework?
    Middle-school teacher Mark Barnes gave up on assigning homework. The results, Barnes writes in this blog post, were positive, with many students still choosing to complete academic work -- of their own choosing -- after school. Assigning homework, as he did for years, could be a tradition that needs to be re-evaluated, Barnes suggests, adding that the nightly assignments actually could lead more students to dislike school and learning. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How teachers can use Learnist in the classroom
    English teacher Hauna Zaich writes in this blog post how she uses Learnist -- a website similar to Pinterest and is designed for educators -- in her eighth- and 10th-grade classes. Zaich uses "Learnboards," which are collections of Web resources, for her flipped-classroom lessons such as instruction on grammar where she uses reading, examples, videos and online activities. "I see so many possibilities for Learnist in my classroom and am excited to apply this innovation to my teaching practice," she writes. Zaich's blog (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
  • Friday Notes will not publish Friday, Nov. 23
    In observance of Thanksgiving in the U.S., Friday Notes will not be published Friday, Nov. 23. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others."
--Robert Louis Stevenson,
Scottish novelist, poet and essayist

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