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February 22, 2013
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  From the District 

  • County schools chief talks about funding, Prop. 30
    Dr. Randy Ward, superintendent of the San Diego County Office of Education, addresses the future of school funding in San Diego County on the television program "Salute to Education." Dr. Ward discusses what to expect now that Prop. 30 is in effect and how local school districts, such as San Diego Unified, will operate under the new fiscal conditions. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  School News 
  • Birney Elementary "Kindness Challenge" marks fire anniversary
    It was just over one year ago that an arson fire heavily damaged the cafeteria, auditorium and PrimeTime before/after school facility at Birney Elementary School in University Heights. The early morning fire occurred January 17, the day students were set to return to school after winter break. The school marked the occasion by participating in The Great Kindness Challenge, a week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Pacific Beach Middle School students grow their own lunch
    Students in the Garden Club at Pacific Beach Middle School have grown enough lettuce in their school garden to feature it on the cafeteria's salad bar. Many schools in the San Diego Unified School District have school gardens growing vegetables. These gardens enable schools to include extra items on the salad bar, many of which are organically grown, and a big hit with the kids. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Parents 
  • Are your students ready for college and career?
    San Diego Unified and the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program are hosting a free workshop March 2 to help parents make sure their students are ready for the future. Learn more about the district's new graduation requirements and what preparations are necessary for college and/or career. Volunteer advocates are also available, by appointment, to assess your child's/student's educational needs. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Evening with UC San Diego for high school students, parents March 4
    San Diego Unified School District and the University of California, San Diego are hosting a parent information event March 4, specifically designed for high school students and their parents. UC San Diego leaders and San Diego Unified alumni will explain UC San Diego entrance requirements, provide financial aid information, answer questions, and help you plan your child's educational future. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • SDSU Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory open house March 10
    Do your kids wonder what goes on inside a marine research laboratory? Visit SDSU's Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) during the March 10 Open House to find out. The event will showcase current research at SDSU, the facilities at CMIL, and many fun, educational activities related to marine ecology and conservation. Meet with marine biologists and scientists, play with local sea creatures, and learn all about San Diego's diverse marine ecosystems. The event is free and open to students, parents, teachers and families. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Students 
  • San Diego Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation scholarships available
    The San Diego Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation is offering four scholarships totaling $25,000 to graduating San Diego-area high school seniors. Qualified students must be planning to enroll in and attend a full-time, four-year college or university and have shown evidence of academic standing, involvement in extracurricular activities and have financial need. As important is a demonstrated commitment to equality and service to others. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leadership speech contest for high school students
    The City of San Diego Chapter of the National Management Association is sponsoring the Leadership Speech Contest on March 13. The contest is open to any student in grades nine through twelve in the greater San Diego area. The contest requires a four- to six-minute speech relating to leadership. Topic ideas include leadership in the world, its application to the free enterprise system and what leadership means. Entry forms are due March 1. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • City sponsors student water conservation poster, film contests
    Water is one of our most precious resources and using it wisely is part of what keeps San Diego sustainable. The San Diego Public Utilities Department is hosting a film and poster contest that allows students to convey the importance of using water wisely. Students in grades 1-6 have the opportunity to create a poster with the theme of how their family, school or team "wastes no water," while high school students are asked to get creative with a 30-second public service announcement about water conservation. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
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  Educational News 
  • Videos reveal creative side of math
    To help show the fun and useful sides of mathematics, this collection of eight videos highlights ways to think differently about the concept of infinity, the importance of math in navigation, how geometry and algebra are used to make movies, and even how the doodles in the margins of a notebook can teach a lesson in factoring. Mashable (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Learning resilience through playtime
    Allowing children to have time for "free play" is key to helping them become successful adults, according to Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, an author and pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This blog post describes Ginsburg's seven characteristics of resilience and suggests that unstructured play is the self-learning method children use to develop them. blog (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How students can maximize the benefits of digital feedback
    Students today are inundated with digital feedback, asserts teacher Kristen Swanson, who shares in this blog post three ways in which students can maximize the feedback they get. First, she suggests having students lay out a goal for their work beforehand and examine feedback while they review their initial goal. She then suggests setting specific times in which to consider digital feedback and have students consider ways they have adapted to feedback. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Maria Montessori,
Italian physician and educator

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