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November 2, 2012
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"Summer Fun Café" honored by San Diego City Council
In recognition of the nine-year partnership between the city's Park and Recreation Department and San Diego Unified's Food Services Department, and for their efforts to help kids have good nutrition during the summer months, San Diego's City Council declared Oct. 23, 2012 as San Diego Summer Lunch Program Day. Read more.
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Parents/guardians can help fund schools by returning Federal Survey Cards
Students at most schools last week brought home Federal Impact Survey Cards, which schools are asking parents/guardians to complete and promptly return back to the school. The returned cards qualify the public schools for significant dollars in federal funds. Read more.
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How will your school celebrate National Parent Involvement Day Nov. 15?
"Come to School With Your Student Day" at Serra High and an "Open House" honoring parents at University City High are just some of the activities schools have planned for National Parent Involvement Day on Nov. 15. No matter the size of the celebration, take time to recognize parents and the important role they play in a child's learning at home and at school. For details, visit the Parent Outreach web page or contact your school.
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Final weeks for SD Energy Challenge
There are just 4 weeks left in the SD Energy Challenge but there is still time for friends and family to sign up and start saving energy in support of our middle schools. The school with the highest percentage of sign-ups and energy savings on Reduce Your Use days will win the grand prize of $10,000. This week, Pacific Beach Middle, CPMA, Roosevelt Middle and Montgomery Middle are leading the district in sign-ups. Read more.
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Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 4
Remember to set your clocks back this weekend as Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.
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School News
Baker Elementary principal shaves head after school's API hits 820
Principal Armando Farias told his students if Baker Elementary's API (Academic Performance Index) hit 800 this year, he would either dye his hair or shave it off. Students picked the latter. When API scores came out in early October, Farias knew what was coming. His students raised their API score a remarkable 77 points from 743 to 820! Read more.
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After school is a busy place at Clairemont High
Clairemont High students who participate in the school's afterschool program showcased their art work, programs and other activities during the school's recent Lights On Afterschool event. Part of a nationwide effort, Clairemont High's celebration was organized by two student groups: YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited), Clairemont's 21st Century ASSETs program; and the Council of Braves, a diverse group of students who meet monthly to review ideas and develop plans for afterschool events. Read more.
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La Jolla High sophomore wins prestigious science scholarship
For her project entitled "Production of Monoclonal Antibodies to Oxidation Specific Epitopes," La Jolla High sophomore Emily Kuo is one of the youngest recipients of The Path to a Future in Medicine award from the College of American Pathologists. Read more.
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SCPA teacher receives national "Outstanding Dance Instructor" award
So you think you can dance? Students at the School of Creative and Performing Arts know they can thanks to their award winning teacher, Aida Anderson. Anderson, who teaches modern dance and choreography, was recently selected as an outstanding dance instructor and had the opportunity to take three lucky students to a local showing of "So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2012." Read more.
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Sherman Academy recognized for "Promising Practice"
Sherman Academy has received national recognition for its efforts to create bilingual and bi-literate students through its dual language immersion program. The program has been designated a "Promising Practice for English Learners" by the U.S. Department of Education's National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Read more.
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University City High biomedical students get "white coats" in ceremony
University City High School celebrated the achievements of 32 students and the growth of the school's biomedical sciences program with the school's first "White Coat Ceremony" an honor normally reserved for high-level university students. The ceremony recognized the first students to take all four classes in the program in their freshman through senior years. Read more.
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For Parents
Nov. 3 workshop focuses on creating connection between teens, adults
For any parent/guardian or educator that has worked or works with teenagers knows that communicating and connecting with them can be challenging. "Create Connection - Building Bridges between Teens & Adults" on Nov. 3 is designed to provide insight and tools on a variety of topics for those who are supporting young women and teens. Read more.
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Military Family Appreciation and Resource Night Nov. 7
Learn about resources available to assist and support service members and their families -- all in one place. The event is open to military families with students attending schools in the Henry, Scripps Ranch and Serra clusters. Explore information about local services and community organizations, enjoy free food, and participate in family activities that focus on academics and resiliency-building. Read more.
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For Students
Education for All photography contest for high-school juniors and seniors
The Education for All photography contest awards three, $1,000 education awards to students for their digital photos conveying, in an educational setting, the themes of diversity, collaboration and achievement. The contest is open to all California high-school juniors and seniors. The deadline for entries is Dec. 6. Read more.
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Student Voices
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Educational News
Should teachers eliminate time limits for students?
Teachers should reconsider their use of time limits, writes Kyle Redford, a teacher at Marin Country Day School in the San Francisco Bay Area. Redford suggests in this opinion piece that establishing such limits for students is a "false metric." Students should be evaluated based on the quality of their work, not how long it took them to complete the task, Redford writes, adding: "Students should get access to the time they need to express what they know." Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (10/30)
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Do the arts help or confuse STEM?
There is a need for the incorporation of arts education in curricula that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, education consultant Doug Haller writes in this blog post. The arts, he writes, already are part of scientific work either consciously or subconsciously, and studies are under way to further explore the connection. "Clearly, something about art brings out creativity and innovation in ways different from but complementary to the sciences," Haller notes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Education (10/31)
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Twin girls earn perfect SAT scores
Twin girls from San Diego scored a perfect 2400 on their SATs, joining about .025% of their peers who achieve the feat each year. The girls, who said they studied before taking the exam this time, both carry 4.5 GPAs and are recognized as top students at their high school. The San Diego Union-Tribune (10/28)
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Other News
Nature does not equally distribute energy. Some people are born old and tired while others are going strong at 70."
-- Dorothy Thompson,
American journalist and radio broadcaster
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