Schools, departments celebrate parents on National Parent Involvement Day | State legislative staff members visit schools on fact-finding mission | School minimum day schedules may change to accommodate lunch
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November 30, 2012
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Schools, departments celebrate parents on National Parent Involvement Day
You may have recently noticed an influx of parents/guardians on school campuses, in classrooms and walking through the quad, side-by-side with their students. Were the students in trouble, you wondered? Were students aging more quickly than ever? Luckily, neither was the case. They were all participating in National Parent Involvement Day. Read more.
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State legislative staff members visit schools on fact-finding mission
The California State Legislative Staff Institute selected San Diego Unified for this year's annual visit by 20 Sacramento legislative staff members who work on education issues. The group visited seven schools, one of which was Kearny High's School of Digital Media and Design, to learn about cutting-edge educational programs and get input from teachers, parents and administrators on legislative issues that they face in Sacramento. Read more.
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School minimum day schedules may change to accommodate lunch
Minimum day schedules at many schools are slated to change over the next few weeks as the schools will be including time for lunch in minimum day schedules. Under state law, all California school children must have the opportunity for a meal during the instructional minutes of the school day. Read more.
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Learning through movement
Becky Paradise, adapted physical education teacher, and Cindy Hess from Action Based Learning, were recently featured on SanDiego6 demonstrating techniques that help children learn through movement. Brain research supports the link between movement and physical activity and increased academic performance. Action Based Learning Labs are held in several district schools. Watch the video.
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Prop. S Update: New performing arts center under construction at CPMA
A new performing arts center is being constructed on the Creative, Performing & Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School campus (formerly Kroc Middle School). The 20,600-square-foot facility will include: a 400-seat theatre, two music classrooms, scene shop, Green Room, restrooms, control room, ticket booths, and support/storage spaces. Construction began in June, and is expected to be completed in spring 2014. Read more.
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School News
Run club brings early risers to La Jolla Elementary
How do you get 75 percent of your elementary school to arrive 20 minutes early in order to run laps before class? Start a Run Club! La Jolla Elementary opens its gates each morning to a horde of eager runners. Students, parents and teachers head purposefully up to the field, pick up their scan cards and begin running or walking laps. Read more.
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Two Lincoln High students join crew on UCSD research ship
Lincoln High School seniors Jonathan Franco and Julie Alvarez are spending 23 days on the R/V Melville, joining researchers from UC San Diego in a voyage off the California coast to take scientific observations and perform other duties. They were the only high school students selected to join the researchers, and both students are blogging about their adventures. Read more.
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Madison robotics a hit at Lindbergh-Schweitzer
The Madison High School Robotics Team amazed students, parents and community members with their "basketball shooting" robot at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School's annual Fall Festival in Clairemont. The event is just one way the Madison Community of Schools is building community involvement and school awareness for the benefit of its students. Read more.
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For Parents
Reminder: Return Federal Survey cards by Dec. 7
The annual Federal Survey determines the number of military and non-military federally connected students in the public school system for whom the district receives impact aid funds. These funds provide partial reimbursement to the district for local tax loss resulting from tax-free federal installations or property. By filling out and returning the survey cards, parents help our schools claim and benefit from the district's authorized share of federal support. Deadline is Dec. 7. Read more.
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Special education workshop for parents Dec. 1
Learn more about the special education by attending the free interactive workshop on Dec. 1 at Cherokee Point Elementary. Hosted by the Parent Outreach and Engagement Department and the Parental Readiness & Empowerment Program, the workshop will discuss the Special Education process, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and how to prepare for an IEP meeting. A youth workshop will be held concurrently. Read more.
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For Students
Leadership development program for scholars and educators
Currently in its ninth year, the Bezos Scholars Program @ The Aspen Institute is a leadership development and scholarship opportunity open each year to 12 public high school juniors and 12 leading educators from across the U.S. The scholars receive a seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 25 - July 1, 2013. Read more.
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Scholarship opportunity for kids of local union members
The John Lyons Memorial Foundation Scholarship is open to any high school senior enrolled in a San Diego or Imperial County school whose parent or legal guardian is a member in good standing of any local labor union. The $5,500 scholarship may be used for tuition, books, and housing at an accredited post high school trade or technical school, community college, four-year university or college. Read more.
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Student Voices
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Educational News
A guide to Twitter for educators
Educators are increasingly using Twitter to connect and share resources and insight, asserts Amy Erin Borovoy, Edutopia's digital media curator. In this blog post, she offers resources to help teachers use Twitter in the classroom. Included are tips for educators new to Twitter, hashtag basics and ideas about what teachers should post. Erin Borovoy's blog (11/23)
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Mobile learning: Beyond the hype
Results from a research project in Singapore show the inclusion of mobile devices in the classroom supports 21st-century instruction by teaching students soft skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, self-directed learning and teamwork, say professors and researchers Elliot Soloway and Cathie Norris, co-founders of the education software provider GoKnow. The pair, who has studied trends in education technology, suggests giving students more control and using mobile devices as essential tools, rather than supplemental ones. T.H.E. Journal (11/27)
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How instructional rounds make better teachers
When teacher observations are conducted in the model of medical-student rounds called "instructional rounds," teachers are able to improve their work rather than be graded only on their performance, principal Cale Birk writes in this blog post. "A concept such as this that allows us to qualitatively describe and replicate elements of good teaching in all of our classrooms through the optic of the skills that we want students to achieve is intriguing to me: [T]his looks to be an inclusive and high-yield process that engages learning at every level," Birk writes. Connected Principals blog (11/25)
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We acquire the strength we have overcome."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
American writer
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