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January 25, 2013
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  From the District 
  • Board President, Mayor, local psychologists join to make schools safer
    Dr. John Lee Evans, Board President and a clinical psychologist, recently announced that the San Diego Psychological Association, City of San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District and others will be joining forces to provide a community-wide solution to the problem of extreme violence against schools. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • District's 2013-14 early budget outlook: More cuts but no layoffs
    IN THE NEWS: For the first time in years, the San Diego Unified School District will try to balance its budget without issuing a large number of layoff notices under a plan that's billed as favoring people over property. The school board authorized a new fiscal road map on Tuesday that calls for the sale of more surplus property and a freeze on filling virtually all jobs left vacant through attrition. The goal is to offset a projected $88 million deficit in next year's $1.1 billion operating budget. Read more from UT San Diego. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • African American education conference set March 8-9
    Educators, parents, students and interested community members are invited to attend the Association of African American Educators annual conference, scheduled March 8-9 in San Diego. This year's conference theme is "Still We Rise" and promises to encourage, equip and empower attendees to make a meaningful difference in the lives of African and African-American children. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  School News 

  • Freese Elementary's Safety Patrol gets kudos from SDPD
    The Freese Elementary School Safety Patrol has been selected as the best patrol unit in the San Diego Police Department's Southeastern Division for the 2012-13 school year. Officers from San Diego Police and San Diego Unified School Police who work with Safety Patrol squads observed all squads for their adherence to the rules, consistency in uniform, cleanliness of patrol room, and more. Freese Elementary is located in the Skyline neighborhood, which is part of SDPD's Southeastern Division. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Kearny High School DMD students showcase work
    Four students from Kearny High's Digital Media and Design (DMD) highlighted a variety of multimedia projects at the Jan. 22 board meeting that they've completed for companies like Time Warner Cable and Surf Rider Foundation. Students showcased a flash-animated interactive website they created for Time Warner's Connect a Million Minds initiative to be used in after-school STEM programs, along with brochures, buttons and t-shirts made to promote a beach cleanup. Students at each grade level get the opportunity to work on projects as part of a curriculum that emphasizes arts, media and design. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Montgomery Middle School picked for medical detectives program
    Montgomery Middle School in Linda Vista is part of a 30-school nationwide test of the Medical Detectives curriculum, giving its students the opportunity to explore mysteries in biomedical sciences through hands-on projects and labs. Students investigate vital signs, diagnoses and treatment of diseases, as well as human body systems, such as the nervous system. Exploring genetic testing for hereditary diseases and DNA crime-scene analysis allow students to practice as real-life medical detectives. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Nye Elementary students raise $825 for New Jersey school
    The destruction from Hurricane Sandy inspired students at Nye Elementary School in the Valencia Park neighborhood. It inspired them so much that the students and families raised $825 for Belmar Elementary School in Belmar, NJ. Lead by students in Olivia Flores' second grade class, the effort involved students talking to other students, telling them about the storm and how it affected kids on the other side of the country. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • SD High SciTech classroom gets extreme makeover
    Work funded through a grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation and Lowe's that remodeled the Green Technology and Engineering program classroom at San Diego High's SciTech school is now complete. The 2012 grant funding was for additional tools and equipment. Students and Lowe's representatives recently gathered on campus to install the final elements to transform the old classroom, which was originally used as an auto shop class, into an engineering classroom that focuses on green technologies. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Parents 
  • High Tech Fair student/parent night is Feb. 12
    Can we make energy from mud? Do you wonder how a plane stops? What innovations are happening in biotechnology? If you're curious about these questions, explore the answers with over 50 science, technology, engineering and math industry and research partners during the San Diego Science Alliance's 2013 High Tech Fair. The event is free, and open to all students in grades 6-12. Registration is required. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • Local public service sorority offers scholarships to high school seniors
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, San Diego Alumnae Chapter, recognizes and honors students who are committed to academic excellence, positive leadership and community service. Their scholarship opportunities are open to African-American high school seniors who reside in San Diego County, and demonstrate academic achievement and leadership ability. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Join the Young Reporters for the Environment Competition
    Students between the ages of 13 and 18 are invited to participate in the national Young Reporters for the Environment competition. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a class or group, and must investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants' local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • Video-game technology may play bigger role in STEM education
    Future engineers and urban planners may get their first introduction to those careers by playing video games at school now that SimCityEDU has developed a classroom version of the game for educators to teach students about various topics, including science, technology, engineering and math. SimCity maker Electronic Arts has plans to incorporate teacher feedback into the initiative, which also will be aligned with elements of the Common Core State Standards. Mashable (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: High-school students benefit from college mentors
    High-school students are more likely to enroll in college if they are mentored by college students, according to research by economics professors Bruce Sacerdote and Scott Carrell. The researchers conducted a study in which high-school seniors met weekly with Dartmouth College students to discuss their applications, financial aid and other issues. Even though some meetings didn't start until March, participating students were more likely to go to college. Education Week/Inside School Research blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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