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March 30, 2012
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  From the District 
  • Distinguished School Award goes to 11 elementary campuses
      
    Benchley-Weinberger, Dingeman, Doyle, Hardy, Holmes, Marvin, Kumeyaay,
    La Jolla, Tierrasanta, Toler and Torrey Pines have been honored by the California Department of Education with the prestigious 2012 Distinguished School Award. According to the State Schools Chief, each offers a "world-class education to every student." Read on. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enjoy Spring Break!
    All schools will be closed April 2 to 6 for Spring Break. Traditional calendar schools resume classes April 9; year-round schools reopen May 1. District offices, including those at the Education Center, will be open Monday - Wednesday, April 2-4. Offices will be closed to the public April 5 and 6 because of leadership furlough days and only a limited number of employees will be working. If you need services of a district office on those dates, please call in advance before visiting. Have a restful and relaxing Spring Break. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Donation from Masons makes scholarships, reading program possible
      
    The Masons of California have donated $178,000 to support reading and scholarship programs around the county, including schools in San Diego Unified. A special ceremony was held at Central Elementary on March 26 in recognition of this generous donation and to kick-off Public Schools Month in April, an annual Masons tradition. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prop S update: Chieftains dedicate new softball field
      
    Clairemont High School's varsity softball team played its first home game on its new field on March 22. The Chieftains marked the occasion with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting that included Board Member Shelia Jackson, Principal Lenora Smith, the varsity softball team, coaches, parents, community members and district staff. Thanks to Prop S funding, the Lady Chieftains now have a state-of-the-art softball facility. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Honor someone who goes above and beyond for special ed students
    Each spring, the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education honors individuals who go "Above and Beyond" for district students with disabilities. Nominations are now being accepted through April 12 for parents, staff members, students and community members who exemplify the district's commitment to high expectations for all students. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  School News 
  • 2012 Science Fair winners, participants listed
    Congratulations to all the district's budding scientists and engineers. Hundreds of San Diego Unified students participated in this year's Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Find out which schools participated and how their students fared. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Award-winning mission comes from Barnard Elementary
      
    Ashlee and her mission. Ashlee Alaoan, fourth grader in Ms. Cornell's class at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School, has received the top prize from the San Diego History Center's Fourth Grade Mission Construction Contest. She modeled the Mission Santa Barbara. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Challenger, De Portola students take fitness tips from Marines
    Fitness instructors from MCAS Miramar have made recent visits to middle schools to help and encourage students stay in shape. The Marines worked out students at De Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta and Challenger Middle School in Mira Mesa. Exercises included pushups, tug of war and relay races, instructed by the Marines as they would new recruits. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mira Mesa High Air Force JROTC cadet recognized
      
    Samantha Nguyen, Cadet Colonel Wing Commander for Mira Mesa High School Air Force JROTC, has been named the Air Force Association California Cadet of the Year. She was chosen for this prestigious award based on her high academic achievements, leadership excellence, extensive community service, and brilliance in all aspects of citizenship. Read more.
  • Morse, Boone students join in engineering study
      
    High school and elementary school students generally don't mix, but an innovative program that joins Boone Elementary and Morse High schools is helping to train the engineers of tomorrow ... and the day after. The two Skyline neighborhood schools partnered on a recent science night at the Boone campus. Read more.
  For Parents 
  • Hands-on math and science: What, why and how?
    You are invited to participate in an interactive educational forum for parents and teachers that focuses on formal and informal math and science education for preschool through high school levels. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Participate in weight control research program
    Are you worried about your child's weight? Do you have an 8-12 year-old child? If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify to participate in a six-month weight loss program as part of a UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital research study. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  For Students 
  • "Read With A Pro" contest for grades 2-5 starts April 16
    The contest is a comprehensive and exciting reading program that will build a student's confidence inside and outside the classroom. The contest encourages each student to work independently at home with a family member or guardian, as well as a "classroom team" striving to reach a common goal. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Express your opinions about the state budget
    Next 10, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on critical issues facing all Californians, is reaching out to students of all ages and educational backgrounds with a contest to understand their priorities for the state budget. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Student Voices 
  In the News 
  Educational News 
  • Students' career goals are mapped out in high school
    A growing number of schools are developing individualized plans to help students reach their college and career goals. Much of the planning for students' career maps is done online, and some districts pair online tools with in-person mentors to keep students on track. "The focus on individual learning plans is so students enter college prepared to do good work," said Chad d’Entremont, executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The benefits of reading, writing with students
    Online educator Rebecca Alber in this blog post encourages teachers to write and read alongside their students as a way to show them that adults -- even teachers -- also need to clarify, revise or start over with a new topic. "When we model for students our love -- and struggles -- as readers and writers, they will follow. The more our students fall in love with writing and reading, the more of it they will do," she writes. Edutopia.org/Rebecca Alber's blog (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Why a diagnosis should not define a student
    Many believe that early diagnosis of special needs such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is essential in ensuring students get the services they need, but some caution that such a diagnosis should not be seen as a child's defining characteristic. Experts advise parents to inform children of their diagnosis when appropriate, and recommend both parents and teachers focus on children's strengths. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (3/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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