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October 19, 2012
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  From the District 
  • District surpasses the Academic Performance Index (API) state target
    California's Academic Performance Index (API) results for 2012 show San Diego Unified's overall score at 808, up 11 points from 2011, and above the state target of 800. Among other large districts in California, only three exceed 800: Garden Grove is first at 815; San Diego is second at 808, and San Francisco is third at 807. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Deadline for voter registration is Monday
    Individuals who wish to vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 6 must be registered by Monday, Oct. 22. To register to vote in California, you must be a U.S. citizen, a California resident and at least 18 years old. Voter registration is available online. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  School News 

  For Parents 
  • Military Family Appreciation and Resource Night Nov. 7
    Learn about resources available to assist and support service members and their families -- all in one convenient place. The event is open to military families with students attending schools in the Henry, Scripps Ranch and Serra clusters. Explore information about local services and community organizations, enjoy free food and participate in family activities that focus on academics and resiliency-building. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • Cal-SOAP hosts College Fair 2012 on Oct. 24
    Nearly 100 college representatives will be in attendance to speak with students and parents, and seven workshops will be offered, at College Fair 2012 on Oct. 24 at the Scottish Rite Center in Mission Valley. Admission is free. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • 5 tips for building students' confidence in math
    Middle-school math teacher Jose Vilson offers five tips to create a positive environment in which students can connect with math lessons. For instance, he suggests having students explain math concepts to their classmates and allowing students to make mistakes as they work through problems. "Having a positive environment for kids where they feel like they can actually do math without feeling like they're complete failures matters a lot," Vilson writes. Vilson's blog (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Amazon launches Kindle-management service for schools
    Amazon unveiled Whispercast, a service that lets schools manage a fleet of Kindle tablets and e-readers from one website. The service is part of the company's push to get the Kindle into more classrooms. It lets educators set up and monitor students' user accounts and limit what students can do with the device, the company said. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.)/Reuters (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How schools can effectively use social media
    All school districts should use social media to communicate, says Joel Gagne, of Allerton Hill Consulting. Gagne in this blog post offers some tips to help schools use such tools effectively. Among Gagne's suggestions are to select one or two social media platforms to use, offer a clear message through social media, establish a clear policy and be prepared to explain the value of using such tools to those who have doubts. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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