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January 18, 2013
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  From the District 
  • District's top nurse has advice on coping with this year's flu season
      
    The Nursing and Wellness staff at San Diego Unified School District is urging parents/guardians to have their child vaccinated against this year's flu bugs. High illness rates have been seen in other parts of the country and getting a flu shot is a very good precaution. The number of confirmed flu cases has doubled in San Diego County since last week. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • District employee lives to serve local homeless youth
    IN THE NEWS: Terilyn Burg, a maintenance and operations program assistant with San Diego Unified's Physical Plant Operations Department (PPO), is profiled in U-T San Diego. When Ms. Burg is not working at PPO, she spends her time advocating for homeless children as executive director of the local chapter of "Stand Up for Kids," a program that provides a helping hand to homeless kids. Read more from UT San Diego. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Board member commentary: Grading teachers, scores not reliable
      
    IN THE NEWS: Board Vice President Kevin Beiser states, "All children deserve to have effective teachers. As a trustee of the San Diego Unified School District, my job is to cut through the ideological and political debates about what produces effective teaching and to focus on what actually works. My own experience as a classroom teacher confirms what the broad array of research from around the country and around the world points to as proven best practices in effective teaching." Read more from UT San Diego. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Prop. S update: Joint-use facilities dedicated at ALBA
      
    San Diego Unified School District and the City of San Diego celebrated the newly upgraded joint-use facilities adjacent to ALBA Community Day School in North Park with an official dedication and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Dec. 6. Those marking this occasion included Board Member Richard Barrera, San Diego Council President Todd Gloria, ALBA Community Day School Principal Vernon Moore, students, school staff, city and school district leaders, as well as community members. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Kearny, Mission Bay clusters to hold enrollment fairs Jan. 26
      
    Schools in the Kearny and Mission Bay high school clusters will hold all-school fairs at their campuses on Sat., Jan. 26. Each elementary, middle and high school in the cluster will have displays on their curriculum and what makes the school special. The Kearny-area fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kearny High School. Mission Bay High is the site for the Pacific Beach schools fair from noon to 3 p.m. Both fairs are free and open to the public. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Schools, offices closed Monday, Jan. 21
      
    All schools and district offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Jan. 21 is also designated as the MLK Day of Service, a part of United We Serve, the President's national initiative that calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. Campuses and offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  For Parents 
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Center extends hours
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals office at the Ballard Parent Center Room 1 recently extended its hours and is now open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 619-209-4553. Individuals must bring an original birth certificate and a picture ID. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free workshop offers help with applying for federal funds for college
    The California Student Opportunity and Access Program, or Cal-SOAP, is hosting its "Cash for College" workshop that will offer students and parents assistance with applying for various programs that offer federal funding for college. These programs include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, and Dream Act applications. The workshops will be offered Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and Feb. 23 at high schools throughout the district. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • Education, mathematics, science and STEM scholarships available
    If you're interested in one day teaching in the district or envision majoring in math, science or one of the STEM fields, there are several district scholarships that may be right for you. The San Diego Education Fund oversees multiple scholarships to support students in their pursuit of education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees. Opportunities are open to students graduating in spring 2013 who plan to attend college in San Diego County. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Student video contest takes aim at suicide prevention, mental illness
    High school students throughout California are invited to "Direct Change" by submitting 60-second videos for a statewide contest to prevent suicide and eliminate stigma associated with mental illness. Prizes are awarded at the regional level, and then regional winners advance to a final round for state judging. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Educational News 
  • Games help girls find context for math, science concepts
    Research about girls and video games shows that girls tend to prefer games that include problem-solving, collaboration and real-life elements. Designers of educational technology have found that math and science-based games are most popular with girls when the concepts have some connection to real-world situations and can lead to a solution that supports a "social good." KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Google offers tool for teaching digital literacy
    As educators struggle with how to teach students to conduct proper online research, Google's Search Education is a free resource that offers lesson plans and activities designed to teach digital literacy. To help students develop their online-research skills, the source offers free instructor-led courses on top searching techniques, "A Google A Day" challenges and live training. EdTech magazine (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Do digital devices encourage students to read?
    Technology has had both positive and negative effects on reading among students, according to a study released today by Scholastic Inc. The study finds that more children ages 6 to 17 are using digital devices to read. However, the technology is not necessarily driving an increased desire among students to read, according to researchers who found a drop in students who were self-described as frequent readers. The cause, researchers say, could be attributed to the use of tablets and other devices that allow for activities other than reading. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Admiration is a very short-lived passion that immediately decays upon growing familiar with its object; unless it be still fed with fresh discoveries, and kept alive by a perpetual succession of miracles rising into view."
--Joseph Addison,
British writer and politician


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