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December 7, 2012
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  From the District 
  • Spotlight on success
    Schools throughout San Diego Unified continue to make significant progress in the area of student achievement, supporting the district's mission to make sure all students graduate with the skills, motivation, curiosity and resilience to succeed in their choice of college and career. A Board of Education workshop held Nov. 27 recognized and celebrated 13 schools representing all areas of the district for their increases in student achievement. Spotlighted schools demonstrated a combination of best practices, academic growth, steady progress over time and closing achievement gaps. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • New Chief Financial Officer joins district
    Northern California school administrator and retired Navy commander Stanley Dobbs joined the district Dec. 3 as Chief Financial Officer. Dobbs was previously the assistant superintendent, business and CFO/COO/CTO at the 22,000-student Hayward Unified School District, where he created the "Fiscal Solvency Solution Strategies" model that is being implemented successfully across many California districts. As a Navy Commander, Dobbs was responsible for managing over 200,000 personnel and working with a $40 billion annual budget. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Prop. S Update: New Sustainable Technologies facility wows guests attending dedication
    Board Trustee Kevin Beiser joined Principal Ann Menna, district and community leaders, as well as SRHS students, staff and parents in dedicating the new Sustainable Technologies facility at Scripps Ranch High School on Nov. 29. Before the presentation of the ceremonial groundbreaking shovel and ribbon cutting ceremony, students Alex Johnson and Shea Polansky told guests what a difference the facility and program have made in their education.
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  • Third grade visual, performing arts programs get $5,000 grant
    The Kinder Morgan Foundation has donated $5,000 to fund a portion of the Grade 3 Exploratory Visual Art Project (EVAP3) serving 18 district classrooms. The program gives grade three students six weeks of basic visual art instruction, one hour per week, taught by trained visual art teaching artists. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  School News 

  • Madison, Lincoln take football league titles
    Congratulations to Madison and Lincoln high schools for earning varsity football championships in their conference divisions this past Saturday. The players not only receive the honor for being champions, they also learn the value of teamwork, good nutrition and exercise. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Mission Bay High, Ross Elementary receive grants from Chargers
    Mission Bay High School will receive $75,000 for weight room improvements and Ross Elementary will receive $4,000 for its physical education programs from the San Diego Chargers "Chargers Champions" program. At Mission Bay High, the weight-room improvements will benefit about 900 students in physical education classes, where they'll have the opportunity to perform cardio, weight and conditioning training. Ross students will receive new physical education equipment for the expanded program. Read More. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Perry Elementary students entertain at Board of Education meeting
    More than 15 third graders from Perry Elementary performed three dance numbers to holiday songs during the Nov. 27 Board of Education meeting. Teacher Fred DeBerg led two choreographed dances while the third was an impromptu number in which students reacted to DeBerg's movements as music played. Students are invited by their board member to give a presentation at every Board meeting. Watch the video. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  For Parents 
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Center closes Dec. 14 for holidays
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) office at the Ballard Parent Center will close Dec. 14 for the holidays and reopen Jan. 9, 2013. The DACA Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Room 1 at the Ballard Center, 2375 Congress St. (92110). Individuals requesting paperwork must make an appointment in person or by calling 619-209-4553. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • Join the high school ASB food drive challenge Jan. 19 - Feb. 2
    All San Diego County high school ASB organizations are invited to participate in the San Diego Food Bank's MLK Freedom from Hunger Challenge. To enter the challenge, each school must host its own food drive anytime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 2, 2013. The top four schools win prizes, but all participating schools win just by helping provide food to about 500,000 San Diegans in need. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Annual student "Writing for Literacy" library essay contest
    Friends of the San Diego Public Library is once again sponsoring its essay contest. Prizes for winners include bookstore gift certificates, and all finalists receive a laptop computer. One special prize of $500 will also be awarded for the best overall essay.
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  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • Educator offers ideas for using video games in STEM lessons
    Professionals who work in science, technology, engineering and math often work in programming, so educator Shawn Cornally writes in this blog post that he incorporates games in his classroom as a segue into programming. Cornally offers lesson suggestions for two popular games, Mindcraft and Portal 2, as well as ideas for teaching students to write their own computer code. For example, Cornally writes, he has his students figure out if the actions in Portal 2 violate the laws of physics. Cornally's blog (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Teachers need differentiation in professional development
    The one-size-fits-all model of professional development available to most teachers does not work, veteran teacher Katrina Stevens writes in this blog post. Stevens suggests a learning community model with daily, ongoing PD focused on student learning. "In order to successfully implement new practices and improve student learning, a learning community needs to 1) focus its efforts, 2) work collaboratively, 3) be willing to reflect and examine what's working and 4) be willing to make adjustments when they aren't seeing the desired outcomes for students," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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