Winter break begins Monday for year-round schools, Dec. 24 for traditional schools | New Board of Education seated as mayor swears in board president | Two veteran law enforcement officers join School Police
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December 14, 2012
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Winter break begins Monday for year-round schools, Dec. 24 for traditional schools
Year-round schools in San Diego Unified begin their four-week winter break this Monday, Dec. 17, while traditional calendar schools, child development centers and district offices are closed for their two-week break beginning Monday, Dec. 24. Traditional calendar schools and district offices reopen on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013. Year-round schools return on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. Read more.
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New Board of Education seated as mayor swears in board president
IN THE NEWS: The Board of Education celebrated the start of its 2012-13 term with the swearing in of new Sub-District E member Marne Foster, along with re-elected members Dr. John Lee Evans and Richard Barrera. Mayor Bob Filner administered the oath of office to Dr. Evans, who was reelected Board president. Trustee Kevin Beiser is now vice president of the Board. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/10)
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Two veteran law enforcement officers join School Police
For the first time in four years, San Diego Unified School Police has added two new officers to its ranks. Moises Arellano and Henry Ramelli took an oath of office and were sworn in by Chief of Police Reuben Littlejohn during an official ceremony attended by Supt. Kowba and others on Dec. 3. During the ceremony, Arellano's badge was pinned on by his daughter, and Ramelli's was pinned on by his wife. Read more.
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Operation School Bell rings in the season of giving all year
The Assistance League of Greater San Diego supports our schools and students throughout the school year with its various programs. Operation School Bell is the signature program of the national and local nonprofit organization, providing new clothing to children in grades K-6 who are identified as "in need" by school personnel. Students from Valencia Park Elementary were the most recent participants in Operation School Bell. Read more.
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Free STAR Assessment Reports Booklet
The new STAR Enterprise Assessment Reports Booklet demonstrates the expanded scope of information now available to all educators who implement STAR assessments. Aligned to California State Standards, STAR helps teachers and administrators learn how to get answers to key questions that help improve instruction. Request your free booklet.
 
School News
Barnard Elementary's science night gets SPAWAR visit
Building a robot, making ice cream and determining how rockets fly, along with other science topics were on the table as scientists from SPAWAR, the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, visited a recent science night at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School. The school is located less than a mile from the research facility in Pt. Loma. Read more.
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Central Elementary volunteer part of school's family for decades
IN THE NEWS: He's known as Mr. Flaco at Central Elementary School; not only was Warren LaValle a student at the school when Harry Truman was president, he's been a volunteer since John F. Kennedy was in the White House. His story is a compelling tale of how San Diegans love their schools. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/8)
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Jones Elementary fifth-grade teacher is "hero"
Jones Elementary school teacher Tom Pierce has received the Teachers Are Heroes Award for Nov. 2012 from the San Diego County Office of Education, Lincoln Financial Media and Azusa Pacific University. Pierce has been a classroom teacher for a total of 23 years, with 15 years at Jones. He has taught grades three and four, but for the past several years, has taught fifth grade. Read more.
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Juarez Elementary weather lesson comes direct from Navy
Leading Chief Petty Officer David Hutchinson brought several of his Navy colleagues from North Island's Fleet Weather Center to give first graders at Juarez Elementary an extra special lesson in the weather. Hutchinson talked about the equipment and procedures used to measure air temperature, water temperature, wind velocity, pressure and humidity. All these measurements aid the captain and crew on Navy ships and carriers. Read more.
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Lincoln High's David Dunn named Chargers "Coach of the Week"
Lincoln High School coach David Dunn was named the recipient of the San Diego Chargers' "Coach of the Week" award for week 13. Coach Dunn, the Hornets' head football coach, was honored for his outstanding work with student athletes and was awarded $1,500 from the Chargers Community Foundation. Read more.
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Lindbergh Schweitzer teacher elected to Imperial Beach City Council
The second-grade students in room 20 at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary can now call their teacher either Mr. Patton or Mr. City Councilman. Bobby Patton is the newly elected council member for Imperial Beach. Running for office proved to be a learning experience for himself and his students. Read more.
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Madison High advances to state football championship
IN THE NEWS: Congratulations to the Madison High School Warhawks varsity football team, who beat Monrovia High School 21-17 last Saturday in the state Division III Southern California Regional Championship. They advance to the Division III State Bowl Championship against Marian Catholic this Saturday. San Diego Union-Tribune (12/8)
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Scripps Ranch High JROTC wins Academic Bowl
Supt. Bill Kowba recently presented the Scripps Ranch High School Navy JROTC academic squad with a letter from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta congratulating the team on its victory in the Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl. The cadets placed first in the Air Force international competition against 200 teams from the U.S. and second in tri-service competition among 2,000 high schools around the world. Read more.
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Spreckels Elementary students showcase talents at Board meeting
Five members of the Class of 2020 from Spreckels Elementary shared their talents and plans for the future at the Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting. Showcasing their bilingual skills by presenting in both English and Spanish, each fifth grader described their college and career plans. They also showed how the use of technology and other school activities, like their garden project and music, help prepare them for the future. Watch the video.
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For Parents
Free lunches available to kids during winter break
Free lunch is available to kids age 18 years and under during the winter break, Dec. 17 through Jan. 11 for year-round schools; Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 for traditional-schedule schools. Lunch will be served at city recreation centers and other locations around the district. At the scheduled time, students can receive a nutritious lunch, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. See schedule.
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For Students
Join the high school ASB Food Drive Challenge Jan. 21 - Feb. 2
The San Diego Food Bank is inviting all San Diego County High School ASB organizations to participate in the 2013 Freedom from Hunger Challenge Jan. 21 - Feb. 2, 2013. To enter the challenge, each school must host its own food drive anytime between Jan. 21 and Feb. 2, 2013. All participating schools win just by helping provide food to about 500,000 San Diegans in need. Read more.
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Enter the Innovative Video in Education Program
The Innovative Video in Education (IVIE) Program is a K-12 student video contest that invites students to create a video using live action, graphics, animation, claymation or combination of styles to tell a story that addresses subjects identified in the Common Core State Standards. Students compete at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Read more.
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Student Voices
In the News
Educational News
5 student stereotypes that are wrong
Among the misconceptions people have are that all students are tech-savvy and are disengaged, or don't care about education or the world around them, according to a survey. Other misconceptions are that students are not good at communicating, low-income students can't succeed and students are not spending time outdoors. eSchool News (free registration) (12/11)
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Making the most of interactive whiteboards
In some classrooms, interactive whiteboards go unused or are used as a place to hang posters and student work. To make the most of the devices, experts suggest schools identify teachers who are excited about the technology as "early adopters" and make training relevant. It's also important, experts say in this article, to ensure that teachers have clear goals for the devices. "The goal should be student-centered instruction, moving past using it as a glorified overhead projector," said Shayla Rexrode, manager of education solutions for SMART Technologies, a whiteboard manufacturer. Scholastic Administrator magazine (Late Fall 2012)
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Relaxation lessons help stressed-out students
High-school students need help learning how to manage stress, writes Christopher Pepper, a ninth-grade health education teacher in San Francisco. Pepper developed a curriculum about stress reduction and relaxation, which he said is beneficial for high-school students -- almost all of whom are affected by stress. Pepper writes in this blog post about the health risks associated with stress and about stress-reduction techniques he teaches students, including deep breathing, visualization and "progressive relaxation." Edutopia.org/Christopher Pepper's blog (12/11)
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