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March 8, 2013
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Message from Supt. Kowba: Transition plan in place for new superintendent
Congratulations to Cindy Marten! This week, the Board of Education officially appointed her to be our next Superintendent as of July 1, following my retirement. The community response to Cindy's appointment has been overwhelmingly positive. She is excited to begin her Superintendency in July. Cindy and I have already met to address a transition plan with the goal of getting her well-oriented to the full range of academic, operational, administrative and leadership matters. We agreed that she will spend the month of March wrapping up her commitments at Central Elementary School and preparing to move to the Central Office on April 1. At the Education Center, Cindy will immerse herself in programs, processes and routines that she will oversee as the next Superintendent. Read more.
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Schools enrolling students now for kindergarten
It's not too early to start thinking about next fall, especially if there's a child in your home entering kindergarten. Children who turn five on or before Oct. 1, 2013, can start kindergarten this fall. Many district schools will be allowing early enrollment, accepting forms and paperwork well ahead of the start of school in Sept. Contact your neighborhood school to schedule a tour, or to see if they are holding a special event for next year's kindergarten parents. Information about Transitional Kindergarten will be available at a later date. Read more.
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Go crazy over the future with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering
Students of all ages can once again discover all about San Diego's science community with open houses, interactive exhibits and a big finale at Petco Park. The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering is coming up March 16-23, and will be held at locations throughout San Diego. Formerly known as the San Diego Science Festival, it features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. Read more.
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Prop. S Update: Morse High Child Development Center dedicated
San Diego Unified School District officially dedicated its new Child Development Center (CDC) at Morse High School on Thursday, Feb. 28. The College, Career & Technical Education facility (CCTE) was funded by Prop. S and a California Prop. 1D matching-fund grant. The local Prop. S funds are being used to match the state's Prop. 1D Career & Technical Education grant monies, so that the district can provide new and/or renovated facilities to accommodate CCTE programs. At Morse High School, the new CCTE facilities include auto body, culinary arts and child development. These programs and facilities provide students with a professional working environment while still in school. Read more.
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Clocks "spring" forward on Sunday, March 10
Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10, at 2 a.m. Remember to set clocks ahead one hour and enjoy the additional daylight in the evenings. Read more.
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School News
New science program makes learning fun at Bayview Terrace Elementary
Students at Bayview Terrace Elementary School are being transformed into scientists as they take a new approach to learning core standards. Through the Full Option Science System, or FOSS Program, the school is using integrated learning to increase the literary skills of its students through an avenue they enjoy: science. By implementing projects they are interested in, students are excited about learning and more invested in the work that accompanies it. Read more.
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JROTC juniors headed to Patriotic Education Seminar
Top performing JROTC cadets from around the district will be heading to Washington, D.C., and Mt. Vernon, Va., during Spring Break to attend the Patriotic Education Seminar. The students are among the top 10 percent in academic, citizenship and leadership skills, and were selected following interviews by members of the Military Order of the World Wars. Nine cadets from the following high schools were selected: Mira Mesa, Patrick Henry, Madison, San Diego, Point Loma, Hoover, Serra, Crawford, and Lincoln. Read more.
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Millennial Tech robotics students work to help seniors
How are the Techies from Millennial Tech Middle School, a senior family member in their lives, and LEGO connected? They were all part of the Senior Solutions Challenge recently at the FIRST LEGO League competition at High Tech High in Pt. Loma. Students in grades 7-8 from Mr. Ashworth's robotics team selected a senior from their own family who encounters specific physical challenges. Students charted the seniors' needs and then researched how robotic technology could help meet those needs. Read more.
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Museum School students provide unique musical performance
Attendees at the March 5 Board of Education meeting were treated to a unique musical performance by students from the Museum School, a district-run charter school located near Balboa Park. The students performed as part of a Gamelan orchestra, a traditional musical ensemble from Indonesia, featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, kendang (drums) and gongs. Watch the video.
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For Parents
District now accepting applications for PrimeTime program
Applications are now available for the districts before- and after-school program PrimeTime. Applications were sent home with all students on Monday, March 4, and are available to print from the district's website at www.sandi.net/PrimeTime. All parents must submit an application for their child to be considered for enrollment, including those students currently participating in PrimeTime and those on the wait list. Applications are due May 3. Read more.
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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.
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For Students
Program to help students jump-start college admissions process
The San Diego Public Library is hosting the "Admit One College Prep Academy," a program aimed at giving high school students a jump start on the college admissions process. This series will be hosted at the Logan Heights Branch Library April 8-27. The comprehensive nine-session program includes practice tests for the SAT and the ACT, test prep sessions and guest speakers on topics related to college entrance. The deadline to apply is March 15. Read more.
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Apply Now for Life Sciences Summer Institute High School Research Program
The High School Student Research Program, a part of the Life Sciences Summer Institute, is an internship program developed for high school students interested in gaining hands-on laboratory research experience. Students will learn how to formulate and test hypothesis, prepare experiments and learn to draw conclusions from those experiments. The eight-week program runs from June 17 to August 9, 2013 and includes one non-paid pre-internship "boot camp training" followed by a seven-week paid internship. The deadline to apply is March 25. Read more.
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Student Voices
Educational News
How nonfiction teaches scientific problem-solving
Nonfiction works written by scientists can help illustrate the process of inquiry, problem-solving and discovery for students, and satisfy common core goals, educators Myra Zarnowski, Marc Aronson and Mary Ann Cappiello write. They offer examples of book titles and questions to pose when discussing books they consider "literature of inquiry." "Teachers have reported that when students closely follow an unfolding inquiry, they feel as if they are accompanying the scientists on their journey," they write. School Library Journal (3/4)
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How students can learn math with Dr. Seuss books
Dr. Seuss can do more than teach reading; his iconic books also can teach math skills, Northwestern University professor Miriam Sherin writes in this blog post. Whether it's "Green Eggs and Ham" or "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," Dr. Seuss' books can teach children how to recognize patterns and try alternative approaches in mathematics, Sherin writes. "Promoting our students' mathematical creativity is an important avenue for advancing their understanding of mathematics," Sherin writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (3/2)
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How to celebrate middle-level students in class and beyond
In recognition of National Middle Level Education Month, held in March, the writers of this blog post suggest several ways to celebrate middle-level students -- those ages 10 to 15. Patti Kinney, a veteran educator, and Dru Tomlin, director of Middle Level Services for the Association for Middle Level Education, suggest, among other things, that teachers give students the opportunity to write about their lives as middle-school students, encourage them to keep a journal of their health habits and allow students to express themselves creatively and artistically. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/5)
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Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity; for if man's power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened."
-- Anne Louise Germaine de Staël,
Swiss author
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