Supt. Kowba: The path to a balanced budget | State Senate hearing held at Perkins K-8 | Choice Program highlighted as deadline approaches
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February 1, 2013
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Supt. Kowba: The path to a balanced budget
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, the district took its first step in developing the 2013-14 budget. The Board of Education held a budget workshop session where I presented the reality of the district's projected $84 million deficit for 2013-14. Two alternative scenarios for balancing our budget next year were presented to the board. One alternative would be to initiate a large layoff process similar to the one we followed last year. The second alternative would be to reduce staffing levels through attrition combined with a significant increase in property sales to generate one-time revenue. The board chose the second alternative. Read more.
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State Senate hearing held at Perkins K-8
Backers of a California state Senate bill that would help school districts upgrade facilities for energy efficiency held a hearing last week at Perkins K-8 School in Barrio Logan. Richard Barrera, San Diego Unified Board of Education Subdistrict D representative; Stan Dobbs, chief financial officer; and Lee Dulgeroff, executive director, Facilities, Planning and Construction, appeared at the hearing. Read more.
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Choice Program highlighted as deadline approaches
IN THE NEWS: The deadline for school choice applications for the 2013-14 school year is Friday, Feb. 15. San Diego Unified offers excellent educational opportunities around every corner. Learn which option may be best for your child by visiting the district's Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options website, or scheduling a tour of your neighborhood school. Read more from UT San Diego.
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National School Counseling Week is Feb. 4-8
National School Counseling Week will be celebrated Feb. 4-8. This special week, sponsored by the American School Counselors Assn., highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. This year's theme is "School Counseling: Liberty and Learning for All." Read more.
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School Board President talks about vote to avoid employee layoffs
IN THE NEWS: Board President Dr. John Lee Evans discussed the budget, state funding, Proposition 30 and the future of public education in a wide-ranging interview. Evans addressed the Board's recent vote to avoid employee layoffs and detailed other possible options the district will explore to offset the projected deficit. Read more from KPBS.
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School News
Dana Middle science program gets $3,250
For the second consecutive year, global software developer Bentley Systems has made a donation to the science program at Dana Middle School in Point Loma. The $3,250 grant will be used to purchase equipment and materials for the school's labs. Last year, the funds were used for a field trip to the Cabrillo tide pools and for other classroom supplies. Read more.
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Edison Elementary student council meets with county supervisor
Members of the Edison Elementary School Student Council recently visited the County Administration Center and met with Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts to see how similar the county government is to their own on-campus panel. The students shared their thoughts for San Diego's future and led the Pledge of Allegiance during a Board of Supervisors meeting. Read more.
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No such thing as hot air in Fulton K-8 balloon-car race
Sir Issac Newton might not have recognized the setting, but his Third Law of Motion was put to the test and proven again in Suzanne Smith's eighth-grade science class at Fulton K-8. For her lesson plan in the Physical Science Forces and Motion Unit, Smith challenged her students to design and build a
balloon-powered car that could travel at least five meters. Read more.
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Hidden in the heart of North Park: Thomas Jefferson Elementary
IN THE NEWS: A North Park parent recently found himself asking why more neighborhood children weren't attending Jefferson Elementary School. With test scores improving, growing involvement in the International Baccalaureate program and major renovations to the campus, he suggests it might be time for parents to reconsider their neighborhood school. Read more from San Diego Uptown News.
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Robotic inventors of the future getting their start with Legos
If you pass by the door of Mrs. Baxter's Room 52 at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School in Clairemont, you might see sixth graders playing with Legos and wonder, "what could be going on?" But once inside this busy classroom you would see that groups of students are confidently completing a series of challenges in their afternoon enrichment "Robotics Lab." Read more.
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Hoover basketball player learning lessons outside the classroom
IN THE NEWS: Family came first for hoops and gridiron star Damonte Holiday, but now he is back in school making a difference on the basketball court. After tending to his family for a year, the Hoover High freshman is helping to lead the No. 2 ranked Cardinals, averaging 20.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 steals a game. Read more from UT San Diego.
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Patrick Henry junior scores on TV talent show
IN THE NEWS: Taylor George, a junior at Patrick Henry High and aspiring professional guitarist, recently caught the attention of the VEVO Network's series, "You Play Like a Girl." The show searches for young female talents, showcasing their stories and skills. What George thought may be a fun hobby at the age of 8 turned out to be a true passion, and she soon discovered that she was a gifted guitarist. Read more from Mission Times Courier.
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For Parents
Free Tdap clinic Feb. 13
Having a Tdap booster is a requirement to enter seventh grade. The district's Nursing and Wellness Program is holding a free Tdap clinic for all sixth-grade students who have not obtained the booster. The clinic will be held Wed., Feb. 13, from 2-6 p.m., at James Madison High School, Room 101, 4833 Doliva Dr., San Diego (92117). Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign the consent. VFC qualification is not required. No appointments needed. Read more.
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Seminar explores options for students with IEPs
The district hosts a panel discussion examining options for services and programs offered to students with Individual Educational Programs (IEP) from 6-9 p.m., on Thurs., March 7. Topics range from four-year colleges to Job Corp to the state Department of Rehabilitation. This is an opportunity for parents to ask questions and help guide their student with choices for their future education/career paths. Read more.
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For Students
Scholarship opportunity for students pursuing health care degrees
Students interested in pursuing an academic degree in health care are invited to participate in the 10th Annual HCC/AMN Scholarship Essay Contest. High school seniors and college students currently enrolled in San Diego County schools who plan to enter the field of health care upon graduation are invited to submit an application for the opportunity to win a $2,000 scholarship. Read more.
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ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships
Named for the first African American to walk in space, ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2013 graduating high school seniors. Four scholarships for two males and two females -- $5,000 each -- will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 2, 2013. Read more.
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In the News
Educational News
Resources to teach students about African-American history
This blog post includes several resources to help educators address Black History Month. Included among the six teaching tools recommended by Matt Davis, an editorial assistant at Edutopia, are resources that focus on February's theme of "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." He suggests interactive resources and timelines that focus on African-American heritage, the Civil Rights movement and other topics. Edutopia.org/Matt Davis' blog (1/28)
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How to use digital games in the classroom
A recent report reinforces the popularity of digital games among teenagers and highlights their potential uses in education. The report, released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Games and Learning Publishing Council, finds a role for both short and long-form games, which could extend beyond a class period. The report also offers a guide for determining when a game is educational -- pointing out that opinions differ on the definition of a "learning game." KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog (1/28)
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High schools take new approaches to help stressed students
High schools nationwide are seeking to help stressed-out students by bringing in therapy dogs, teaching yoga and relaxation techniques, and offering evenings free of homework. Two high schools in Maine are offering massage therapy and other treatments, while high schools in other states are scheduling recess-style breaks for older students. Educators say the approaches are designed to help students slow down and give them time to cope with their hectic schedules. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (1/31)
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Any workout which does not involve a certain minimum of danger or responsibility does not improve the body -- it just wears it out."
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