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May 25, 2012
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  From the District 
  • Message from Supt. Kowba
    Now that the Governor's May Revise Budget has been released, the district Finance team is finalizing our budget for the 2012/13 fiscal year that begins July 1. In the past few months, we have watched with growing concern as the state's projected tax revenues have consistently fallen well below projection. This trend prompted Governor Brown to recently report that the state-wide deficit has grown from almost $9 billion to almost $16 billion. Given this sobering news, the Governor's May Revise did not improve the funding outlook for K-12 education in our state. On the contrary, the updated budget points to even deeper potential cuts to education based on the outcome of the November ballot measure. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Special ed tech is Classified Employee of the Year
    A special education technician is the district's 2012 Classified Employee of the Year, with an administrative assistant and community assistant as runners-up. Brenda Bailey-Burks, a special education technician at Serra High School, runners-up Margaret Lathan and Bounhong Khommarath, and 150 site representatives were honored May 22 at the annual Classified Employee of the Year celebration. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honoring those who go above and beyond
    Every spring, the district Community Advisory Committee for Special Education (CAC), in collaboration with Special Education, accepts nominations for the Above and Beyond awards, which recognize parents, employees, students and community members who exemplify the district's commitment to high expectations for all students. The 2012 Above and Beyond award recipients were announced May 10. Congratulations to all the honorees! Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prop. S: Pt. Loma Pointers get new weight room
    The Pointers of Point Loma High School have a new 3,000-square-foot weight room and exercise facility that will be used by all physical education classes and athletes at the school. The new building is located west of the school's track and football field, on land previously occupied by district portable classrooms that were demolished in 2008. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • San Diego Unified may have money for you
    The list of funds that the district has in its custody that have been unclaimed for more than three years is now posted online. The sums of money will become the property of the district on July 17, 2012, unless a claim for such money is presented to the district by the person(s)/entity lawfully entitled to such money. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School News 
  • High school graduation schedule posted
    Mark your calendars. The big day in the lives of our students is coming up, with most high schools holding commencement ceremonies on June 12.
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  • Newsweek honors high schools
    Newsweek Magazine and its sister website The Daily Beast have placed San Diego High School of International Studies, La Jolla and University City high schools, along with Preuss UCSD charter, on their list of the top 1,000 high schools in the nation. The list was compiled by surveying principals at more than 2,000 schools. In order to be considered for the list, a school had to complete a survey requesting specific data from the 2010-2011 academic year. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • De Portola Middle School "Walk and Roll" celebrates friends, fitness
    De Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta had a great day of celebrating fitness, fundraising, and acceptance of friends from all walks of life at the second annual "Walk and Roll" event sponsored by the Circle of Friends club. Students were sponsored by family and friends for each lap walked or rolled (some in wheelchairs) raising money for their club and working on their overall fitness with friends. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clairemont, Madison High auto students take Cuyamaca challenge
    Clairemont and Madison high school automotive technology students recently tested their skills against other San Diego County students in Cuyamaca College's 33rd annual High School Automotive Skills Day. The competition tested the students' skills in areas such as repair of the engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes and air conditioning. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Garfield High culinary students cater luncheon
    Employees of San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) enjoyed a deluxe nacho bar and special dessert on Cinco de Mayo prepared and served by culinary students from Garfield High School. Students prepared, transported and served the delicious Mexican fare for more than 60 employees. The menu included beef or chicken nachos, chipotle cream sauce, salsa ranchero, and tres leches with fresh berries for dessert. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Henry students advance to World Junior Achevement challenge
    Patrick Henry High School students Bryan Nguyen and Armando Narciso have advanced to the World Global Junior Achievement Titan Challenge with their virtual manufacturing simulation, Team 1%. Junior Achievement annually holds competitions around the world to encourage students to learn about business and entrepreneurship. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Parents 
  • Part 3 parent advocacy training June 2
    "Learn Your Rights and Responsibilities in Your Child's Education" will provide support and training to parents about how to be the best advocate for their child, discussing the important issues affecting their child's education, and what families can do about it.
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  • Celebrate Diversity Day June 10
    Offering free admission, the community is encouraged to celebrate the region's diversity, including the many races, religions, national origins, genders and sexual orientations that thrive and contribute to San Diego. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • iHigh summer program offers online courses
    Incoming students in grades 9-12 who live within San Diego Unified boundaries or attend San Diego Unified schools full-time on an approved interdistrict transfer, are eligible to apply for the summer program. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Summer Adventures program open to 5th-8th graders
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Summer Adventures program for students in grades 5-8. This comprehensive, high-quality, full-day summer program is available at no cost to families. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • Engaging activities to end the school year
    Rebecca Alber in this blog post offers six end-of-year projects that include her three essential elements of engaging classroom activities: choices, creativity and constructing. The projects she suggests include writing commercials, on-campus field trips and students teaching other students a favorite topic or skill. Alber's blog (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. schools need more bandwidth for next-gen education
    America's schools will need faster access to the Internet in the future as more next-generation broadband education initiatives -- such as high-definition video streaming and remote learning -- come online, according to the State Educational Technology Directors Association. A recent report from the group predicts that by 2014, the average school will need at least 100 Mbps of capacity for every thousand users, and recommends scaling to 1 Gbps per thousand by 2017. Network World/IDG News Service (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers can develop apps to meet their needs
    High-school teacher Jeff Scheur couldn't find an education mobile application that met his needs, so he worked with a developer to create NoRedInk, a free Web-based app that allows teachers to personalize grammar lessons, track student progress and provide instant feedback. This article highlights Scheur's app and includes links to app-development guidelines and wizards for educators to use to create their own apps. U.S. News & World Report (5/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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