Distinguished School Award goes to 11 elementary campuses | Enjoy Spring Break! | Donation from Masons makes scholarships, reading program possible
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March 30, 2012
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Distinguished School Award goes to 11 elementary campuses
Benchley-Weinberger, Dingeman, Doyle, Hardy, Holmes, Marvin, Kumeyaay,
La Jolla, Tierrasanta, Toler and Torrey Pines have been honored by the California Department of Education with the prestigious 2012 Distinguished School Award. According to the State Schools Chief, each offers a "world-class education to every student." Read on.
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Enjoy Spring Break!
All schools will be closed April 2 to 6 for Spring Break. Traditional calendar schools resume classes April 9; year-round schools reopen May 1. District offices, including those at the Education Center, will be open Monday - Wednesday, April 2-4. Offices will be closed to the public April 5 and 6 because of leadership furlough days and only a limited number of employees will be working. If you need services of a district office on those dates, please call in advance before visiting. Have a restful and relaxing Spring Break.
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Donation from Masons makes scholarships, reading program possible
The Masons of California have donated $178,000 to support reading and scholarship programs around the county, including schools in San Diego Unified. A special ceremony was held at Central Elementary on March 26 in recognition of this generous donation and to kick-off Public Schools Month in April, an annual Masons tradition. Read more.
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Prop S update: Chieftains dedicate new softball field
Clairemont High School's varsity softball team played its first home game on its new field on March 22. The Chieftains marked the occasion with a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting that included Board Member Shelia Jackson, Principal Lenora Smith, the varsity softball team, coaches, parents, community members and district staff. Thanks to Prop S funding, the Lady Chieftains now have a state-of-the-art softball facility. Read more.
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Honor someone who goes above and beyond for special ed students
Each spring, the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education honors individuals who go "Above and Beyond" for district students with disabilities. Nominations are now being accepted through April 12 for parents, staff members, students and community members who exemplify the district's commitment to high expectations for all students. Read more.
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School News
2012 Science Fair winners, participants listed
Congratulations to all the district's budding scientists and engineers. Hundreds of San Diego Unified students participated in this year's Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. Find out which schools participated and how their students fared. Read more.
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Award-winning mission comes from Barnard Elementary
Ashlee and her mission. Ashlee Alaoan, fourth grader in Ms. Cornell's class at Barnard Mandarin Chinese Magnet School, has received the top prize from the San Diego History Center's Fourth Grade Mission Construction Contest. She modeled the Mission Santa Barbara. Read more.
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Challenger, De Portola students take fitness tips from Marines
Fitness instructors from MCAS Miramar have made recent visits to middle schools to help and encourage students stay in shape. The Marines worked out students at De Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta and Challenger Middle School in Mira Mesa. Exercises included pushups, tug of war and relay races, instructed by the Marines as they would new recruits. Read more.
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Mira Mesa High Air Force JROTC cadet recognized
Samantha Nguyen, Cadet Colonel Wing Commander for Mira Mesa High School Air Force JROTC, has been named the Air Force Association California Cadet of the Year. She was chosen for this prestigious award based on her high academic achievements, leadership excellence, extensive community service, and brilliance in all aspects of citizenship. Read more.
Morse, Boone students join in engineering study
High school and elementary school students generally don't mix, but an innovative program that joins Boone Elementary and Morse High schools is helping to train the engineers of tomorrow ... and the day after. The two Skyline neighborhood schools partnered on a recent science night at the Boone campus. Read more.
For Parents
Hands-on math and science: What, why and how?
You are invited to participate in an interactive educational forum for parents and teachers that focuses on formal and informal math and science education for preschool through high school levels. Read more.
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Participate in weight control research program
Are you worried about your child's weight? Do you have an 8-12 year-old child? If you answered yes to these questions, you may qualify to participate in a six-month weight loss program as part of a UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital research study. Read more.
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For Students
"Read With A Pro" contest for grades 2-5 starts April 16
The contest is a comprehensive and exciting reading program that will build a student's confidence inside and outside the classroom. The contest encourages each student to work independently at home with a family member or guardian, as well as a "classroom team" striving to reach a common goal. Read more.
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Express your opinions about the state budget
Next 10, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on critical issues facing all Californians, is reaching out to students of all ages and educational backgrounds with a contest to understand their priorities for the state budget. Read more.
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Student Voices
Principal responds to Clairemont High article: Should APEX courses be abolished or expanded? An opportunity to catch up or an easy way out?
Patty McIntyre, principal at iHigh Virtual Academy, sent an email in response to an article published in The Arrow, the Clairemont High student newspaper. Principal McIntyre wanted to offer additional information about Apex courses and contacted the Clairemont High journalism class and the Friday Notes team. Read on. The Arrow (Clairemont High School, San Diego) (3/9)
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In the News
Educational News
Students' career goals are mapped out in high school
A growing number of schools are developing individualized plans to help students reach their college and career goals. Much of the planning for students' career maps is done online, and some districts pair online tools with in-person mentors to keep students on track. "The focus on individual learning plans is so students enter college prepared to do good work," said Chad d?Entremont, executive director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy. Education Week (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (3/28)
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The benefits of reading, writing with students
Online educator Rebecca Alber in this blog post encourages teachers to write and read alongside their students as a way to show them that adults -- even teachers -- also need to clarify, revise or start over with a new topic. "When we model for students our love -- and struggles -- as readers and writers, they will follow. The more our students fall in love with writing and reading, the more of it they will do," she writes. Edutopia online/Rebecca Alber's blog (2/6)
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Why a diagnosis should not define a student
Many believe that early diagnosis of special needs such as autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is essential in ensuring students get the services they need, but some caution that such a diagnosis should not be seen as a child's defining characteristic. Experts advise parents to inform children of their diagnosis when appropriate, and recommend both parents and teachers focus on children's strengths. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (3/26)
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One is never more on trial than in the moment of excessive good fortune."
-- Lew Wallace,
American general, statesman, lawyer and author
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