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March 1, 2013
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  • Honor concerts begin Saturday
    Elementary, middle and high school students from throughout the San Diego Unified School District who have been selected by audition will perform in four honor concerts beginning this Saturday, March 2. The students will be under the direction of special guest conductors. Community members, as well as family and friends, are invited to come and share in the accomplishments of these remarkable young musicians. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Supreme Court Justice is a hit with students
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor left a great impression on six San Diego Unified students who attended Justice Sotomayor's recent local appearance at the University of San Diego. "I felt honored to have been at this event," said Abigail Arroyo, a student at Mira Mesa High School. "As a Latina myself I hope one day I will be able to represent individuals who may be inadequately represented." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Summer Academic Program for Grades 8 through 11
Improve student college readiness this summer in USD's unique ASAP program. Courses include: Math, Writing, Literature, Fine Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and a culminating personal enrichment program Trailblazer2Changemaker. Click here for more information.
  School News 
  • Car eases road to a degree for San Diego teen
    IN THE NEWS: Did you know that San Diego Unified has a team of traveling teachers who work with homeless students, helping provide them with basic needs and services so they can better focus on school? These traveling teachers made a difference in the life of one Hoover High School graduate who was homeless during his last year of high school, and is now in college. Read more from KPBS. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • La Jolla High speech students rewarded by Rotarians
    The Rotary Club of La Jolla held its annual "4-Way Test Speech Contest" on Jan. 29. Four La Jolla High School students incorporated Rotary's 4-way ethical test standard into a five-minute speech with a topic of their choosing. The Rotary 4-Way Test asks students, "Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? And will it be beneficial to all concerned?" Read more from the La Jolla Light. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Toler Elementary Literacy Night draws community support
    More than 200 students, families and community members came together Jan. 30 at Toler Elementary School for the neighborhood school's annual Literacy Night. Kathleen Krull, an award-winning children's author who lives in San Diego, was the featured speaker. In 2011, she won the Children's Book Guild of Washington D.C. Nonfiction Award, an honor presented annually to "an author or illustrator whose total body of work has contributed significantly to the quality of nonfiction for children." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Parents 
  • Seminar explores options for students with IEPs
    The district hosts a panel discussion examining options for services and programs offered to students with Individual Educational Programs (IEP) from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Topics range from four-year colleges to Job Corps to the state Department of Rehabilitation. This is an opportunity for parents to ask questions and help guide their student with choices for their future education/career paths. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Understanding the Common Core State Standards
    The California Common Core State Standards were developed in 2010 through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards across the nation for English-language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in the competitive global economy. While San Diego Unified and its teachers prepare to fully implement the standards, here are resources parents can review to understand what the Common Core State Standards mean for them and their children. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering March 16-23
    The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. Events are held throughout San Diego, including the "Home Run Science Challenge," "Engineering the Body," and "Journey from the Earth to the Planets and Beyond." The event culminates in "Expo Day" at Petco Park, where more than 120 science and engineering groups host activities and more. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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 and will be attending college in San Diego County. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • National survey offers snapshot of math, science education
    Students in grades K-6 spend less time learning about math and science than language arts, according to a recent national survey of 7,800 math and science teachers. Data show that while nearly 100% of high schools surveyed offer biology and life sciences, less than 25% offer engineering classes. The findings also reveal that an equal proportion of girls and boys take advanced math classes, but more girls enroll in advanced science courses. Education Week/Curriculum Matters blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SAT to be redesigned with college success in mind
    The College Board will revamp the SAT to make it more valuable to higher education, it was reported Tuesday. Although more students took the SAT in 2012 than ever before, the number of students taking the SAT was surpassed for the first time in 2011 by the number taking the ACT. Most schools accept both exams, but College Board President David Coleman said the redesign will be aimed at ensuring the SAT focuses more on the "core set of knowledge and skills" needed in college. The Washington Post (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to inspire student leadership
    Students of all backgrounds can be empowered to become leaders, middle-school math teacher and coach José Vilson writes in this blog post. He writes how his own students recently decided to take the lead in raising money for Hurricane Sandy relief. Vilson suggests that teachers frame the lesson as a story, feel comfortable with silence if students do not respond immediately and encourage students to be independent.é Vilson's blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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