Schools, offices closed Friday, Feb. 15; Monday, Feb. 18
All schools and offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 15, for Lincoln Day, and Monday, Feb. 18 for Presidents Day. Friday Notes will return on Feb. 22.
Free Tdap shots available Feb. 13 at Madison High
The Tdap booster shot -- required for students entering grade seven -- will be available free to students in sixth grade from 2-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Madison High School Room 101, 4833 Doliva Drive (92117). California law requires that all students going into seventh grade be immunized with a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine booster called Tdap. Read more.
Project Ujima grant will help improve outreach
Project Ujima, San Diego Unified's parenting program for African-American families, has received a $1,500 grant from the Neighborhood Unity Foundation and San Diego Neighborhood Funders to establish the parent-to-parent mentoring program. The program will provide Project Ujima parents and caregivers with a stipend as well as the funds for materials to recruit more parents and caregivers to Project Ujima parent classes. Read more.
First class with 'a-g' requirements moving through high school
San Diego Unified's plan to have all students complete the classes required to be eligible to enter the University of California and California State University systems is now under way as the Class of 2016 is more than halfway through ninth grade. The new graduation requirements include taking specific high school courses, called 'a-g,' that are minimum subject-area courses for students to be eligible for admission to University of California and California State University schools. Read more.
Prop. S Update: Marauders' CCTE facilities nearly complete
Mira Mesa High School is getting a double dose of upgrades for its College, Career & Technical Education programs. Both the Broadcast Journalism and the Screen Printing and Computerized Graphic Design program facilities are undergoing extreme makeovers. Plans for the Broadcast Journalism facility included remodeling the existing television studio into a new, state-of-the-art broadcast facility while an old graphic arts classroom was renovated into a new in-screen printing/graphics classroom for the Screen Printing and Computerized Graphic Design program. Read more.
La Jolla High students raise, release seabass
La Jolla High is taking a hands-on approach to conservation, as students in Dave James' marine biology class recently released 18 young white seabass that had been raised from eggs into juveniles into Mission Bay. The hope is that they will thrive and help replenish the depleted species. The students have been nurturing the juvenile white seabass in their classroom since September while also learning about sustainability of natural resources, aquaculture, environmental science and the importance of water quality. Read more.
Cadman Elementary: a little school where big things happen
IN THE NEWS: Principal Elizabeth Ballard of Cadman Elementary talks with the Clairemont Town Council about the school's namesake, American composer Brian Cadman, as well as the school's rapid improvement in academic achievement. Ballard is especially proud of the Cadman's Distinguished School status, as well as the fact that it's now the only fine-arts-focused elementary school in Clairemont. Read more.
La Jolla High students in national WordWright competition
Eleventh graders from La Jolla High School placed 12th out of 582 school teams in the recent WordWright Challenge, a national reading competition for students in grades 9-12. Junior Trevor Menders, who made just one mistake during the meet, was ranked as one of the 63 highest-scoring 11th graders in the nation. More than 58,000 students from around the world participated. Read more.
San Diego Cooperative Charter students dance the salsa, rumba, cha-cha
Eights students from San Diego Cooperative Charter showcased their ballroom dance skills at the Jan. 29 board meeting, turning the auditorium into a miniature version of "Dancing with the Stars." Students energized the audience, dancing the salsa, rumba and the cha-cha to music like "Hey Mambo" and "Rock Around the Clock." More than 100 students at San Diego Cooperative Charter consistently select ballroom dance as their elective. Listen to the music and check out their talent in the video.
Free Family Tennis Day this Saturday
The Mt. View Sports and Racquet Club is hosting a free Family Tennis Day this Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, at its club located at 6401 Skyline Drive (92114). Activities will include on-court clinics for adults and kids, hitting for prizes and snacks. Read more.
UC San Diego seeking participants in weight control research programs
UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital are conducting two no-cost weight control research programs, iROC and FRESH, for overweight children ages 8-12 years old and their families. If you're worried about your child's weight, or if your child continues to snack or eat after a full meal and says he/she is always hungry, you may qualify for one of two studies. The main goal of the programs is to foster high quality research on the prevention and treatment of obesity. No drugs or supplements will be used. Read more.
District offers education classes for American Indian students
San Diego Unified's Indian Education Program, in collaboration with the San Diego American Indian Health Center, is sponsoring a series of 12 classes for Indian youth, ages 12 to 18 years old. Classes are held Mondays from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 4 - May 6. Classes will address topics such as American Indian and Native traditional values, dealing with peer pressure and teen pregnancy prevention education. Read more.
Rewarding college dreams scholarship for high school seniors
San Diego and Imperial Counties Cal-SOAP is awarding multiple scholarships in denominations of $1,000 and $2,000 for high school seniors heading to college. Eligible seniors must be an active member of Cal-SOAP or other college prep programs, such as AVID, Gear Up, Upward Bound or other partner programs. Students may apply for the Community College Award or University Award, and are asked to write a 500 word essay on one of the two provided topics. The deadline for submitting applications is March 15. Read more.
Educator uses social media to lead project-based lessons
Gifted-education teacher Krissy Venosdale uses various digital media tools, including Skype, Twitter and blogs, to take learning to the next level, journalist Suzie Boss writes in this blog post. Venosdale uses KnowGlobe to connect students to others around the world and recently organized a mock election at #KidVote. "My kids are used to that sense of exploring. They want to know. They want to ask. They're constantly thinking," she said. Edutopia.org/Suzie Boss's blog
Report: Successful strategies from top education leaders
Education Week has released a report that highlights 16 education leaders implementing creative ideas in their own districts. "Leaders to Learn From" highlights strategies undertaken by leaders regarding school climate, curbing dropouts, improving services for students with special needs and improving parent participation. Among the leaders profiled is St. Paul, Minn., superintendent Valeria Silva, who has made major reforms to the district's approach to English-language learners. Education Week/District Dossier blog
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