Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two Las Patronas grants go to Muirlands Middle

Las Patronas, a local philanthropic organization, has donated $17,000 to the Muirlands Foundation to provide new audiovisual equipment at Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla.

According to the foundation, parents Marc Jaffe and Pamela Wagner were instrumental in securing the 2014 La Jolla Public School Grant and a 2014 Spring Minor Beneficiary Grant from Las Patronas. Muirlands Middle School

A new school public address system is projected to be purchased, along with a projector and portable video production camera for the auditorium.

"A huge thank you to parents Marc Jaffe and Pamela Wagner, the Muirlands Foundation, and especially Las Patronas for this generous grant,” said Muirlands Principal Harlan Klein. “This new technology will improve the capabilities of our school and our auditorium.  Many students, staff, parents and the community will certainly benefit from the upgrades."

Las Patronas is a philanthropic organization with a long history of giving. Since its inception in 1946, Las Patronas has donated more than $16 million to over a thousand charitable institutions in San Diego. The funds distributed to these organizations are generated through year-long fundraising efforts and the annual presentation of the Jewel Ball, one of San Diego’s most enduring social, cultural, and philanthropic traditions.

The Muirlands Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit fund-raising organization dedicated to enhancing the middle school experience through financial assistance and community building events for our students, staff and parents. The foundation raise funds through three main fundraisers: its annual giving campaign (Muirlands Gives), Muirlands Rocks, and the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival. For more information on the foundation, visit its web page.

Garfield High partner Cohn Restaurants honored

San Diego restaurant operators have received the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor Award from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for their work with Garfield High School.
Leslie and David Cohn
In 1996, Lesley and David Cohn co-founded the Garfield High School Foundation and the culinary arts program — featuring a $2 million state-of-the-art kitchen, serving line and lecture center — that has graduated 2,000 at-risk youth to date.

Teenage students that are considered high risk for dropping out learn culinary skills to prepare them for future careers in the restaurant industry. The foundation’s annual Thanksgiving fundraising luncheon, run by the students under the guidance of Cohn Restaurant Group’s chefs, has raised more than $300,000 over the past 16 years to benefit the program and staff have volunteered more than 4,000 hours.

The Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award, developed in partnership with American Express, celebrates the outstanding charitable service performed by restaurant operators. Created 16 years ago, this award recognizes the impact restaurants and entrepreneurs have made on their local communities.

In recognizing the Cohns, Rob Gifford, executive vice president of strategic operations and philanthropy for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation said programs like the Cohns at Garfield provide upward mobility for Americans.

“The restaurant industry has provided opportunities for millions of people throughout the U.S. and the recipients of the 2014 Restaurant Neighbor and Faces of Diversity awards demonstrate the incredible opportunities they have been able to create as a result of working in it,” said Gifford. “We are proud to recognize the achievements of these seven national award winners, selected from a pool of hundreds of operators from around the country. Their dedication to the industry and commitment to achieving their dreams is truly exceptional.”

To find out more about the culinary program at Garfield High School, contact the school at (619) 362-4500

Monday, April 14, 2014

Superintendent discusses staff-student 'diversity gap'

IN THE NEWS: Superintendent Cindy Marten says that efforts under way to expand cultural diversity includes a workforce that is culturally proficient.In The News

LJ Elementary staff member rides 6,000 miles to work; is top commuter

Sigurd Kallhovde bikes to work daily, inspiring students and parents at La Jolla Elementary School with a total of 6,000 miles logged in 2013.
For that effort, he's been named a 2014 Diamond Award winner by the San Diego Association of Government for "embracing sustainable commute choices."

The SANDAG iCommute program honored ten organizations and two individuals with Diamond Awards for their outstanding contributions to promoting and participating in alternative transportation choices in the San Diego region.

These winners help relieve traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
and improve mobility by carpooling, walking, biking, taking transit, teleworking, working a compressed schedule, or a combination of these.

In addition to his work at La Jolla Elementary, Kallhovde manages the sdbikecommuter.com forum where cyclists can communicate and motivate one another.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Honor band celebrates music education at Symphony Hall

Honor band performs
The honor band performs.  Photo courtesy Stuart Holmes Photography ©2014
The best musicians from California's second-largest school district joined together recently to make music at the city's premier classical music venue.

Students from 13 San Diego Unified high schools performed in the High School Instrumental Honor Concert on March 16 at Copley Symphony Hall. Selected by audition and performing like professionals, the students were dressed in formal attire as they played major works by Beethoven, Elgar, Bizet, Gershwin, and Sullivan as well as very challenging band selections.

According to Ann Marie Haney, a longtime San Diego Unified volunteer and tireless worker on behalf of young musicians, the concert was tremendous and had a unexpected turn.

"A stunning surprise was the excerpt from Bizet's Carmen Suite in which Mira Mesa High School student Betsy Podsiadlo stepped out of the violin section to the front of the stage and beautifully sang the Habanera with the orchestra," she said. "The audience was on its feet with applause. The student musicians exhibited exemplary discipline as well as obvious affection for their teachers and their guest conductors."

The Honor Orchestra and Honor Band students all received standing ovations. Musicians and their schools included: Clairemont, Christian Arroyo; Hoover, Luis Munoz; La Jolla, Kiya Klopfenstein.

Also, Madison, Emily Svendsen, Katalina Hoffman; Mira Mesa, Giannela Gonzales, Seth Nakanishi, Mai Ngoc Nguyen, Natalie Sitzer, Tiffany Tran, Victoria Holmes, Steven Drooz, Gabrielle Eacock, Nicole Gonzales, Janet Ta, Steven Moreno, Jaylan Worthy-Diaz, Jake Boring, Gabriel Ambrosio, Paul Nguyen, Copal Barrett, Emilio Haro-Pallares, Jacob Hentz, Molly Johnson, Liam Barrett, Thaddeus Demeke, Trevor McCoy, Augustine Vinluan, Jordon Coy, Leah Paty, Aidan Morman, Orion-Song Lewis, Jeffrey Rodriguez, Isaac Lemus, Anna Phan, Madeline Do, Kayla Iniguez, Elizabeth Podsiadlo, Trisha Porter, Kana Rigby, Allison Huynh, Laura Tafolla, Rosalynn Conrady, Patrick Hizon, Adam Guzzardo, Thomas Huang Morse, Leanne Caranza, Ryan Baniel, Julius Batista, Kevin Yturralde Patrick Henry, Yani Thai, Anthony Jaynes, Miles Head, Mathew Voogd, Aryanne Do, Kiera Lathan, Matthew Leveque, Brian Rig , Timothy Toombs and Lloyd Kat.

Also, Point Loma, Nicole Oliveira, Sophia Patella, Astrea Villarrael Sanchez, Bryce Shinohara, Kei Takanami Dalton Omens, Kaitlyn Lund, Lloyd Kay, Clifton McKenzie, Gabriel Silva-Kim, Michael Brown, Daniel Benham, Nick Xitco, Cheyne Hamm; San Diego HS International Studies: Karen Takemura.

Also, School of Creative and Performing Arts: Deanna De Leon, Alyssa Gonzaga, Jenna Richards, John Zinser; Scripps Ranch, Elena Herbold, Concertmaster Tiffany Nguyen, Angela Pham, Carrie Samsen, Imani Silverstein, Kelly Kim, Lily Quach, Thi Vo, Ryan Lopez, Nicholas Vilbrandt, Brianna Deschenes, Leila Adel, Katrina Hizon Nathan Khuu, Kimberly Ngo, Dawei Zhou, Jennifer Munger, Stephen Bieber, Karlos Langum-Sabor Alec Candib, Nicholas Pickett Serra, Killian Voutour, Dennis Feinland, Alexandro Vlassis.
And, University City, Jessica Chen, Jonathan Lilley, Matthew de los Santo, Gia Edusada, Anna Lozada, David Berard, Jordan Collins, Micayla George, Kevin Murray, Darcy Wuhrmann, Leana Yearwood, Claire Hom, Rachel Lipkin, Emi Zeger, Sloan Quessenberry, Alexander Newman, Timothy Notestine, Yooka Kim, Katherine Endsley, Kimia Nouri, Timothy Tran, Lee Hagaman, Eric Wilkinson,


Honor concerts aren't just for high school students. Watch video from the Middle School Honor Orchestra (YouTube — may be blocked at San Diego Unified schools)»

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's a fish story from DePortola Middle School

De Portola Middle School and other schools have gone to sea recently as part of the Partners in Education Program with the San Diego Sportfishing Council.
A catch
This highly rewarding program takes an ocean fishing trip to experience one of San Diego’s most unique resources and historic industries.

De Portola Middle School students have had the opportunity to fish twice this year with their teacher Mr. Blakely. Each year, the San Diego Sportfishing Council donates several half-day fishing trips to each of their participating San Diego schools and youth organizations.

The goal of this program is to introduce the next generation of youth to the experience and joys that ocean fishing can bring.The program that the Sportfishing Council offers, provides an experience that may positively influence a youngster for a lifetime.
For more information, contact DePortola Vice Principal Heather Potter at hpotter@sandi.net.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Inspirational Teacher: Mission Bay's Gualter Moura

IN THE NEWS: Time, treasure and talent. That’s what our inspiration teacher of the month gives to students in Mission Bay High School’s International Baccalaureate program. NBC 7 Education Reporter Rory Devine has the story of the man behind the math. Watch video»