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March 2, 2012
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  From the District 
  • It's Read Across America Day
    Today, March 2, is the annual celebration of someone who was a great San Diegan and whose work continues to captivate kids and adults around the world. It's Read Across America Day, which is held each year to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the late Ted Geisel of La Jolla. What's special about Read Across America Day is that it brings many new volunteers to our schools to read to kids.
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  • JROTC students heading to national leadership conference
    Seven district students in the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps have been selected to attend the American Leaders Youth Summit in April. According to an event partner, the San Diego chapter of the Military Order of World Wars, each attendee ranks as one of the top two students in their junior class and displays strong academic, citizenship and leadership traits. Students from Patrick Henry, Kearny, Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa and Morse high schools will attend. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Area superintendent receives award
    Dr. Brenda Campbell, Area 1 Superintendent, has received The Palavra Tree Education Award. The award recognizes her outstanding achievements in motivating and mobilizing residents. She received the award along with eight other residents during the organization's Multi-Cultural Celebration of Life on Feb. 4. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prop S update: Clairemont High rededicates Ernie Beck Field
    Saturday was no ordinary kick-off for Clairemont High School's baseball season. Alumni from across the country joined Principal Lenora Smith, Athletic Director Gerry Knuppel, Head Baseball Coach Pat Hornbrook, current players, coaches, students and community members as they honored the Chieftains' former long-time baseball coach, Ernie Beck. Beck and his son were on hand to rededicate the baseball field that bears his name.
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  • County Honor Choir Concert on Saturday, March 3
    Not only will the best student choral singers from San Diego Unified be performing at Pt. Loma Nazarene University on Saturday evening, but so will the best from schools across San Diego County. The annual City-County Partnership Honor Choir brings together students from elementary, middle and high schools to make beautiful music. The choir concert is scheduled for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 3 at Brown Chapel, Pt. Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive (92106). Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School News 
  • Adams Elementary readers are local sports legends
    Adams Elementary School students had a Valentine's Day treat as local sports legends Trevor Hoffman and Bill Walton read the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham" and other tales to students. Part of the Rolling Readers Program's special Feb. 14 "Share Your Love of Reading" program, Hoffman and Walton were able to read their favorite books at the delight of the students. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clairemont business students meet, interact with community leaders
    If you're a student in the Academy of Business Technology at Clairemont High School, a real-life business internship could be part of your class work, but how do you prepare for that? How about a meeting with community leaders in person and by conducing mock job interviews? Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rotary picks SD High students' design for camp logo
    Instead of coming from a commercial artist, the logo for this year's San Diego Downtown Rotary Club 33 Camp Enterprise was created by students from the schools of Communications, and Science and Technology, at the San Diego High Educational Complex. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Education leaders learn from SD MET at national conference
    San Diego Metropolitan Regional & Technical (MET) High School was the focus of national education leaders at the Big Picture Learning Principal Conference, held in February in San Diego. Current and former MET students talked with more than 60 principals from around North America about the difference that MET programs made in their lives.
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  • Zamorano second graders learn history through quilting
    At the Zamorano Fine Arts Academy in South Bay, learning sometimes occurs in unusual ways. Second-grade students recently created their version of the historic Gee's Bend Quilts, learning in the process about African-American history, geometric shapes and the women who have made the quilts for six generations. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Parents 
  • Excite kids' minds during S.D. Festival of Science and Engineering week March 17-24
    The San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, which kicks off Saturday, March 17, features a week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering. Most activities are free.
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  • Parent workshops and trainings
    Never stop learning. That's what parents tell their children. The district's Parent Outreach and Engagement Department offers all families and parents many great opportunities to set an example, and never stop learning themselves through a variety of free programs. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • Anti-tobacco journalism event for grades 7-12
    The annual Anti-Tobacco Journalism event for all students in grades 7-12 is scheduled for March 16, from 9-11 a.m., at the Ballard Parent Center. The event is funded by the Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Grant. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Water conservation poster contest for grades 1-6
    The City of San Diego Public Utilities Department is sponsoring the 12th Annual Water Conservation Poster Contest for students in grades 1-6. This year's theme is "San Diegans Waste No Water." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • Orange County official proposes extending school year
    The superintendent of schools in Orange County, Calif., is proposing to extend the school year by 15 days to help better prepare students to compete in a global economy. Superintendent William Habermehl also proposed a lengthening of the school day, and suggested the extra instructional time should be devoted to science, technology, engineering and math -- or STEM -- subjects. "We need to find new ways to compete with countries like Japan, [South] Korea and China, where students are going to school for 200 to 220 days a year," he said. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Data: One-third of Calif. students are in financially struggling districts
    About one-third of students who attend California public schools are enrolled in districts that are struggling financially because of ongoing budget cuts, state data released Thursday show. According to the data, 127 districts are on the state's financial watch list, up from 110 this time last year. "The deep cuts made to school funding -- and looming uncertainties about the future -- are driving school districts to the brink of insolvency," said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction. San Diego Union-Tribune (2/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to make a "flipped" classroom successful
    Education consultant Andrew Miller in this blog post offers suggestions for teachers using or considering a flipped instructional model in the classroom. Educators first must create for students a "need to know" the content presented in pre-recorded teacher lectures, and Miller suggests this step is made easier through project-based, game-based or other engaging learning models. Educators also should consider their technology resources, availability of time and space to implement the model and ensure reflective activities are built into instructional videos, he writes. Miller's blog (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What homework should teachers assign themselves?
    Teachers should work through students' assignments before class to help prepare for and stave off their potential questions and points of confusion, says instructional coach David Ginsburg. In this blog, he writes that teachers who do their homework ahead of time can prevent wasted time in class. The strategy also saves time by being ready to answer questions instead of looking them up as students wait. Education Week Teacher/Coach G's Teaching Tips (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Cool" teachers are selected for Antarctic exploration
    Two teachers have won the "Coolest Teachers in the World" competition, earning the opportunity to travel to Antarctica for two weeks with explorer Robert Swan. Kim Williams, a teacher from Sacramento who was selected, said she plans to maintain a blog during her trip to share the experience with students and answer questions online. The other selected teacher is Cate Arnold of Boston Latin School. The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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