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March 15, 2013
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Get Connected with Superintendent-Designate Cindy Marten
Find out where she'll be visiting and her activities for the upcoming week in Superintendent-Designate Cindy Marten's new "Get Connected" report. Next week, she'll be at the Clairemont Cluster meeting on Thursday, March 14. Read more.
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Read Across America is a great day to read across the district
Elementary and K-8 schools across San Diego Unified School District celebrated Read Across America Day last week, honoring the birthday of San Diegan Theadore Geisel -- better known as Dr. Seuss. Volunteers, neighbors and local celebrities were invited to read "The Cat in the Hat" and other Seuss classics to elementary children. Readers ranged from San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, Board of Education members and district senior staff to members of Engine 18 at the San Diego Fire Department. Read more.
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Hands-on high schools: CCTE programs profiled
IN THE NEWS: "The exercise follows a two-day fetal-pig autopsy and precedes the 12-week clinical internships that all 32 seniors will begin next week at area labs and hospitals.... This is not an advanced-placement class or a room full of pre-selected child prodigies. These students only had to have decent attendance grades and to write an essay about their interest in the medical field to get into this particular biomedical-sciences program. The program, believe it or not, is one of over 100 vocational-training programs in San Diego high schools." Read more from San Diego Reader.
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San Diego Unified high schoolers are on the road to justice
Students from 19 high schools in San Diego County, including six schools from San Diego Unified, recently participated in the County Mock Trial Competition where they took part in a courtroom simulation. During the competition, students had the opportunity to apply their understanding of the American judicial system in a real courtroom setting at the Hall of Justice in downtown San Diego. District teams included: Crawford, La Jolla, Lincoln, San Diego High LEADS, Scripps Ranch and University City high schools. Read more.
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San Diego Unified public auction set for April 16
The San Diego Unified School District will be selling obsolete, broken, beyond economical repair and no-parts-available furniture and equipment at public auction on Tuesday, April 16. The auction will start at 10 a.m. at the San Diego Unified Supply Center Yard, 2351 Cardinal Lane, San Diego (92123). Read more.
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Summer Academic Program for Grades 8 through 11
Improve student college readiness this summer in USD's unique ASAP program. Courses include: Math, Writing, Literature, Fine Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and a culminating personal enrichment program Trailblazer2Changemaker. Click here for more information.
 
School News
CPMA Middle School Jazz Band rocks Board of Education meeting
Ten members of the Creative Performing Media Arts Jazz Band kicked off the March 12 Board of Education meeting with two catchy jazz and blues pieces, including a standard number called "All of Me." Under the direction of Richard Ciavarelli, the jazz band puts in time after school to practice their craft. CPMA is a magnet school offering curriculum focused on specialized training in the creative, performing, and media arts. Watch the video.
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Field Elementary staff, families show that hard work goes beyond the classroom
Field Elementary School staff, families and the community take pride in their school. They recently came together on a Saturday to help make the campus shine even more -- inside and out. A team of volunteers gathered at the neighborhood school campus to participate in the Madison Community of Schools curb-appeal project, which focuses on helping to beautify schools in the Madison cluster. Read more.
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Horton Elementary School wins Healthier US School Challenge Award
Students taking a pre-breakfast lap around the field then eating breakfast at their desks in the classroom are two of the many healthy activities and programs adopted by Horton Elementary School. Their efforts to get healthy have now been recognized by the federal government: the school has won the $500 Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Read more.
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Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary honors volunteers
Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School celebrated Valentine's Day by honoring its volunteers and showing off some of the school's alumni, now members of the award-winning Madison High School Culinary Arts Program. Attended by approximately 75 volunteers, the annual celebration featured chicken/cranberry sandwiches and walnut and egg and dill salads, along with trays of sliced fruits and berries. Many were heard saying "delicious!" "yummy!" "wonderful!" and "I want the recipe!" Read more.
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Kearny High archers soar to the top
The Kearny High School JROTC archery team took first place at the 2013 National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) California State Archery Tournament. This is the second year in a row the Kearny team has taken top honors. Madison High School’s team came in second. Kearny's team shot a 3,121, an increase of more than 200 points from its score last year. Madison High shot 2,940. In addition to winning the team event, Kearny High had the top male and female archers for the second consecutive year. Read more.
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For Parents
GATE lecture on "Perfectionism: Something Positive or Something Negative?"
Hear Dr. Greenspon, a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Minneapolis, where his primary focus for 25 years has been gifted children, adults, and families. No reservations are necessary for the GATE lecture series. Free childcare is available. Read more.
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Free San Diego Symphony Concert, "Meet The Strings"
Meet the string family and learn basic music concepts like melody, rhythm and harmony at this free concert. Featuring musicians from the San Diego Symphony, this concert is a Kinder Koncert specially designed for young children, but will be enjoyed by all ages. Read more.
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For Students
PSAT/SAT study program free to high school students
The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is offering eligible students in the San Diego area the opportunity to participate in a free six-session PSAT/SAT Preparation course for sophomores. Students will receive intensive test preparation and study materials, and learn how to earn the best score possible. Read more.
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Life Sciences Summer Institute High School Research Program looking for students
The High School Student Research Program, a part of the Life Sciences Summer Institute, has openings for interns this summer. Developed for high school students interested in gaining hands-on laboratory research experience, the program helps students looking into the life science industry and related fields of research. Read more.
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Student Voices
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Tips for teachers of the "Last Backpack Generation"
The increased use of classroom technology has forever altered the traditional classroom, notes Zachary Walker, a special educator and technology consultant. In this blog post, he suggests teachers keep in mind three things as they work to prepare the "Last Backpack Generation" to be successful. Among his tips are to be willing to fail in front of students, prioritize creativity, and begin to view the students as types of "co-teachers." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (3/6)
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How to engage students in inquiry learning
Students can discover their own paths to learning -- a process known as inquiry learning, writes former history teacher Diana Laufenberg. Among her eight suggestions for accomplishing this process is for teachers to be flexible, encourage curiosity among students, set ways for students to participate in class and teach students, not subjects. Laufenberg, speaking at the recent SXSWedu Conference & Festival in Texas, also recommended providing opportunities for experiential learning and embracing failure as part of the process. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (3/11)
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10 software programs changing math instruction
Software programs aimed at enhancing K-12 math education share some key features, such as tailoring lessons to students' individual needs and providing student performance data to parents and teachers. This article lists 10 programs that go above and beyond in changing how students learn math. For example, ST Math from MIND Research Institute aims to build students' spatial-temporal (ST) reasoning. IXL Math includes lessons that cover more than 2,000 math skills with added elements to boost student motivation. District Administration magazine (3/2013)
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Editor's Note
Friday Notes has a new look
Notice a change? Friday Notes has the same valuable content but with a reworked design to make reading and sharing stories easier, especially on mobile devices. Have feedback on the change? Send it our way!
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SmartQuote
Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose."
-- Bill Gates,
American businessman
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