Message from Supt. Kowba -- Thank you, voters | School choice applications now being accepted | Prop. S Update: Bond program making progress
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November 9, 2012
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Message from Supt. Kowba -- Thank you, voters
The quote – "what a difference a day makes" – is certainly relevant to this week's ballot results. Going into Tuesday's Election Day, all of us associated with public education -- Board, staff, parents, students and members of the greater San Diego community -- were anxious and uncertain as to the fate of Proposition 30, the state tax measure designed to add revenue to education; and Proposition Z, the district initiative to fund a $2.8 billion construction bond. Both of these measures passed due to the generosity and support of the community. It is with a tremendous sigh of relief and deep of sense of gratitude I acknowledge this milestone occurrence in this week's Friday Notes. Read more.
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School choice applications now being accepted
San Diego Unified offers excellent educational opportunities around every corner. The best way to meet your child's needs is to first explore the facility and programs offered at your neighborhood school. Other unique options are available through the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options Office. Online applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 school year until Feb. 15. Parents only need to apply during this period if they plan to "choice" out of their neighborhood school. For more information, visit the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options website.
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Prop. S Update: Bond program making progress
Since the passage of Proposition S in 2008, San Diego Unified has received $520 million of the $2.8 billion approved by voters. All district schools have benefitted from those funds through the i21 Interactive Classroom Initiative. Many schools have also benefitted through the construction of permanent classroom buildings, safer student drop-off/pick up areas, and new state-of-the-art College, Career & Technical Education Facilities. Read more.
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Board passes resolution designating Nov. 15 "National Parent Involvement Day"
Board Trustee Kevin Beiser presented San Diego Unified Council of PTAs President Barbara Flannery with a resolution at Tuesday's board meeting designating Nov. 15 as "National Parent Involvement Day." Schools throughout the district, including Miller Elementary and Serra High, have celebrations planned that day to recognize parents and the important role they play in a child's learning at home and at school. For details, visit the Parent Outreach web page or contact your school.
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Veterans Day holiday
All schools and offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day, a national holiday honoring armed service veterans.
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School News
Central, Rosa Parks parents take healthy food class
Healthy food and physical activity help kids grow up better. Thanks to a state-sponsored training program that promotes healthy living, there are now parents at both Central and Rosa Parks elementary schools that will be sharing that knowledge with their fellow parents and neighbors in City Heights. Read more.
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Green School Choir lights up board of education meeting
Students from Green Elementary performed their "flash mob" dance at a recent San Diego Unified Board meeting. Physical Education teacher Dee Dee Patterson collaborated with music teacher Kristy Aragon to choreograph a spectacular display of synchronized dance. Read more.
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Juarez Elementary opens new Parent Room
Juarez Elementary School has become the latest school in the district to open a Parent Room. With many new parent volunteers working to support the district's goal of creating Neighborhood Learning Centers, the new Parent Room is a place for parents, guardians and volunteers to call their own and unwind while not working with students in the classroom. Read more.
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"Geek Squad" -- the next generation growing up at iMiddle
If a student's netbook has a problem at Innovation Middle School, chances are he or she won't be taking it to an adult for repair. The customer service representative, and in many cases the person who repairs the machine, will be a fellow student. Each student at iMiddle receives a netbook computer to use in class and at home. However, when things go wrong, they reach out to students in the Technical Support Services class for help. Read more.
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Marines and technology engage students at Lindbergh Schweitzer
It's not just the iPad that has students excited in Daphne Terrell's classroom at Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School; it's getting to use the iPad alongside United States Marine Jesus Silva. Silva is one of the many Marines who have visited and helped students at the school as part of a partnership that spans more than 25 years. Read more.
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Sunset View Elementary takes "Food Day" crown
Sunset View Elementary emerged victorious at San Diego's Food Day School Passport Challenge, which brought nearly 1,000 San Diego Unified School District students, staff and families to three Farmers Markets around the city. Sunset View edged out Rosa Parks, Central, Cherokee Point, Crown Point and Pacific Beach elementary schools to win a healthy food party catered by local Chef Andrew Spurgin of Waters Fine Catering. Read more.
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For Parents
Clairemont High business/technology program looking for guest speakers
Are you a successful businessperson, an expert in computers or a superb communicator that could share your wisdom with future leaders? Clairemont High's Academy of Business and Technology is looking for guest speakers for its guest lecture series. Help provide students with that authentic link to the "real world" and give them a chance to connect what they learn in school to their futures. Read more.
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For Students
Auditions Dec. 17-19 for all district honor theatre production
This year's production of "Let the Eagle Fly," The Story of Cesar Chavez, provides the opportunity for high school students to celebrate the craft of theatre, create a greater sense of community and be recognized, at the district level, for outstanding work. Read more.
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Annual student Writing for Literacy Library essay contest opens
Friends of the San Diego Public Library is once again sponsoring its essay contest. Prizes for winners include bookstore gift certificates, and all finalists receive a laptop computer. One special prize of $500 will also be awarded for the best overall essay. Read more.
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Educational News
4 questions to ask during parent-teacher conferences
Parents should be as involved in the education of their high-school-aged children as they are for elementary-school children, teachers say. This blog post includes four questions teachers say they wish parents of high-school students would ask during parent-teacher conferences. They include asking how the teachers are faring, what parents can do to make teachers' jobs easier and questions about students' performance. U.S. News & World Report/High School Notes (11/5)
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Educators stick a pin in online resources
A growing number of educators say they are using the social cloud resource Pinterest for classroom resources and as a professional networking tool. One school counselor, Julia V. Taylor, has used her page to pin resources on school counseling, tech-savvy educators, education, leadership and other topics. This article also includes links to resources on Pinterest that may be of interest to educators. T.H.E. Journal (11/5)
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How to be an effective teacher leader
Teacher leaders discover how to speak to all teacher leaders but not spend time in the teachers lounge, writes José Vilson, a middle-school math teacher and coach. Vilson writes in this blog post that transformative teacher leadership means spending time in the classroom with students but not become isolated. He also suggests teacher leaders show others how to become leaders, but he advises against pushing them too hard. Edutopia.org/José Vilson's blog (11/7)
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Leave other people's mistakes where they lie."
-- Marcus Aurelius,
Roman emperor
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