Students learn the importance of being drug free | Common Core Standards build foundation for student success | Be informed on Nov. 6 about educational ballot measures
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October 26, 2012
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Students learn the importance of being drug free
Schools across the district are participating in the annual Red Ribbon Week, officially designated as Oct. 23 to 31. Red Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. Formally designated as Red Ribbon Week in 1988, this event serves as an annual opportunity for communities and individuals to affirm their commitment to healthy and drug-free lives. The theme of Red Ribbon Week for 2012 is "The Best Me Is Drug Free." Read more.
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Common Core Standards build foundation for student success
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. So far, 45 states, including California, have adopted the Common Core Standards. Full implementation is expected in 2014-15. Learn more by watching a short video and visiting
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Be informed on Nov. 6 about educational ballot measures
There are local and state initiatives on the Nov. 6 ballot that will have an impact on the future of public education, students and schools. Proposition Z is a local facilities bond measure; Propositions 30 and 38 are state initiatives. To help parents, staff and the general public be better informed about the November ballot propositions, the district has created a website. Read more.
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Get involved! Participate in Parent Involvement Day Nov. 15
The San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Unified Council of PTAs invite YOU to celebrate National Parent Involvement Day on Thursday, Nov. 15. More than 30 years of research indicates that when parents are strategically involved in a child's learning at school and at home, student achievement significantly improves and schools are more effective. For more details, contact your school or PTA.
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School News
Fulton K-8 visited by scientists from Celgene Corp.
Students in grades three and four at Fulton K-8 School have expanded their knowledge of the scientific method, thanks to visiting scientists from local pharmaceutical research company Celgene Corporation. Students learned to use chromatography to see how red and black ink can separate into different colors when diluted in water. Read more.
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Lewis Middle School is epicenter of Great California Shakeout
Students at Lewis Middle School and throughout the district took part in the annual Great California Shakeout, a statewide drill that allows students and staff to practice their emergency plans for earthquakes and other natural disasters. Lewis Middle served as media central for the local effort so students were able to show the city they were prepared to duck, cover and evacuate. Read more.
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Charger game security examined by Lincoln criminal justice students
Lincoln High students recently had the opportunity to see classroom teachings applied in the real world when San Diego Police officers led them on an in-depth tour of the department's Command Center at Qualcomm Stadium just before a Chargers game. Through a partnership with a local youth services organization, students participate in activities like this, and police officers often visit instructor Ray Beattie's classroom to talk with students on various legal issues and discuss career paths. Read more.
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JROTC picnic welcomes new cadets and reunites old friends
More than 1,100 cadets from the San Diego Unified School District Junior Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) units gathered at Admiral Baker Park for their annual "Welcome Back" Cadet Picnic. Each year, the event aims to foster an atmosphere of teamwork and esprit de corps, as well as increase participation and morale within all district JROTC programs.
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Gov. Brown visits Perkins K-8
Gov. Brown visited Perkins K-8 School, speaking with students in Ms. Camacho's second grade class. The governor also spoke with community leaders in the Perkins Library, and held a news conference to talk about education issues in the upcoming election. See photos.
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For Parents
Supplemental Education Services Fair set for Oct. 29
The "Meet the Providers Fair" is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet the different tutoring organizations that are contracted to provide SES Free Tutoring to eligible students. Participating organizations will be there to answer your questions and provide you with information regarding their individual programs. 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
Princeton Review SAT boot camp for high school students Oct. 27
Point Loma High is hosting the Princeton Review SAT Boot Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Open to all high school students, the session will help students work through tough practice questions and learn and apply test strategies. SAT experts will also be on hand to provide feedback. Read more.
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Cal-SOAP dares students to dream? about college on Nov. 3
California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) and UCSD are hosting a seminar for middle and high students, parents and community leaders to help encourage youth to think about college and begin preparing them for that path. "The African American Experience" will be held Sat., Nov. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at UCSD. Registration is required, but admission is free. Read more.
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Educational News
How can schools support real-world STEM training for teachers?
Helping science and math teachers develop hands-on lessons for their students is especially important, as education in science, technology, engineering and math has been identified as a key factor in college and career preparation. However, the day-to-day challenges of classroom teaching sometimes get in the way of such curriculum goals, writes Anne Jolly, a former Alabama Teacher of the Year and a middle-grades science teacher. She lists ways schools can support STEM educators in this endeavor, including providing access to learning communities, greater collaboration and summer workshops. blog (10/23)
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Why writing teachers should model the skill
Teachers should model the role of professional writer for their students to motivate them to learn the skill, educator Steve J. Moore advises in this blog post. Moore recommends that teachers work on the class writing assignments along with students and find ways to practice the craft outside of schoolwork, a process he calls transformative. "They need to see a writer at work, in action, and understand the task at hand is attainable," Moore writes of students. J. Moore's blog (10/20)
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Study: Dating-violence prevention should begin in middle school
As early as the seventh grade, 1 in 6 students have reported physical abuse from a partner, according to a study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Blue Shield of California. The article cites experts in San Bernardino County, Calif., about the problems of teen dating violence and advocates for the introduction of dating education from parents and teachers as early as middle school. "I'm asked many times who's at risk for dating violence, and I tell them everyone. There is no typical victim," said Sheri Dorn, an Upland High School teacher, who includes teaching students about dating violence in her curriculum. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (10/21)
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In any field, find the strangest thing and then explore it."
-- John Archibald Wheeler,
American theoretical physicist
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