Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Congratulations to San Diego Unified teacher Caren Waller for being named NBC San Diego iInspirational Teacher of the Month for October. She was nominated by the staff of Rady Children's Hospital for her dedication to teaching students whose current classroom is a hospital room. Watch the NBC San Diego video.
Students participated in a Coastal Cleanup and in return received a free, two-hour surf lesson from professional surf instructors. Surfboards and wetsuits were provided by Billabong.
Students received a surprise visit from Dr. Dave Jenkins, founder of SurfAid Interational. Kearny DMD students are partnering with SurfAid this school year as they develop their global citizenship skills and learn about how they can support victims of natural disasters throughout the world.
For more information, contact Meghann Hughes, educational specialist, at email@example.com.
Friday, October 28, 2011
|Kung fu demonstration|
The elaborate show, excerpts from the traditional Chinese opera “Eastern Rhyme of Passion,” was the Zhejiang perfomers’ first stop on their US tour. It included elaborate, traditional costumes, kung fu and music with traditional Chinese instruments, including the koto, sheng and two-stringed Chinese fiddle or erhu.
“It was an amazing event for all of us at Barnard,” said Eddie Park, Barnard principal. “The performance was something rarely seen in the US, plus our students were able to learn from the actors.”
All of the performers are teachers at the university and were able to share their specialties with the Barnard students. For example, students participated in demonstrations of kung fu and were able to see how many of the unique instruments are played.
|Barnard students learn|
from Chinese musician.
“We want to thank our partners in education, the Confucius Institute at San Diego State University and managing director Dr. Lily Cheng, for arraigning the group to be able to perform for our community,” said Park. “Thank you and Xie Xie!”
For more information on the Barnard Mandarin Chinese program, contact Park at (619) 224-3306.
This College, Career and Technical Education program prepares students for careers in the motion picture industry, and will serve more than 300 students. Features of the remodeled facility include screening and editing rooms, an audio suite and studio, and audio-video hub.
This is one of three active Prop. S-funded projects at Point Loma High School. For additional project information, visit fpcprojects.sandi.net or for Prop. S information, email PropSinfo@sandi.net, visit www.sandi.net/PropS or call (619) 725-7252.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
'When in search of an answer, it’s the journey that’s important'
Getting the right answer is fine, but Jean Chalupsky is much more interested in getting her students to really think deeply about how they’ve come to whatever answer they give, whether it’s right or wrong. Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune»
Representatives from more than 45 colleges, universities and other educational institutions were on hand, along with several local agencies. Not only could students and their parents/guardians speak with representatives individually, a panel discussion was held with staff from San Diego State University, UC San Diego, University of San Diego and City College. Panelists talked about recent changes in entrance requirements and other college conditions, helping to ease concerns and demystify the admission process.
College Night was the culmination of a week of college activities at Hoover in collaboration with GEAR UP and Link Crew. Hoover High’s Counseling Team promoted College Week on campus along with its feeder schools — Monroe Clark & Wilson middle schools — during the week of October 17-21. As part of building a “culture of success” and “college going” atmosphere, Counselors & GEAR UP advisers hosted “college” activities throughout the week during lunch, including:
- “Save Me A Spot in College” ninth grade essay contest
- College trivia
- SAT Essay Word of the Day, create a sentence with SAT word and receive a prize
- Staff and students wore their college gear all week.
Hoover teachers guided their students with quality questions to ask college representatives and they followed up with classroom discussions the following day. Furthermore, many college representatives commented on the politeness and well- behaved students that we have on campus.
For more information, contact Dr. Chuck Podhorsky, principal, at 619-283-6281.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
This year, we’ve made it even easier to tell teachers that you’re thankful for them—with our online form, a note can be submitted in no time! Just visit http://www.missionfed.com/im-thankful.
When the campaign is over, we will return the thank you notes to each teacher, making their Thanksgiving season even more special and making everyone feel like a winner.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Expanding and improving efforts to jointly prepare students for success in college, improved preparation of students for success in careers, and fostering and supporting interaction and collaboration between community college faculty and school teachers regarding common academic expectations and pathways to student success were the themes when the boards of the San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Community College District met recently for the first time in more than two decades.
The boards pledged to build upon their past and existing partnerships in moving forward, and they indicated a unanimous goal of moving forward in a systemic manner based upon overall service and quality assurance, not just ad hoc developments of an individualized nature.
The two districts share a past: before the Community College District was formed in 1972, the colleges were operated by the San Diego Unified School District. They trace their roots to a technical training school for adults that was founded at San Diego High School nearly a century ago.
Systemic approaches and design principles were used to outline the following action steps approved by the boards as future goals:
- Hold a joint board meeting on an annual basis, beginning with fall 2012, in which updated plans and progress will be discussed.
- Increase the number of middle college high schools by at least one additional school.
- Increase concurrent enrollment by 10 percent over a five-year period.
- Increase the number of high schools at which community college faculty provide instruction either on-site or via virtual technology, while taking a fresh look at relevant learning models using a holistic view that includes socialization.
- Institute accelerated career programs linked to internships and service learning experiences.
- Work toward coordinating a standardized spring break between the community college district and the school district, as well as San Diego State University.
- Ensure that students, especially those who are disadvantaged, have comparable opportunities (accessibility to programs, inclusiveness, common standards) throughout both districts regardless of geography or socio-economic characteristics.
- Ensure that there are meetings, workshops, and conferences between the districts’ faculty and teachers, counselors, and administrators, to ensure student success through early assessment, common academic standards and expectations, and appropriately-designed curricula.
AFT Guild President Jim Mahler encouraged the boards to consider standardizing the spring break schedules for students in the two districts; Mesa College Academic Senate President Madeleine Hinkes encouraged consideration of common standards for student readiness; and Miramar College Academic Senate President Daphne Figueroa spoke about Career Technical Education, and pathways to careers and postsecondary education.
Community College District Trustees Rich Grosch, Mary Graham, Bill Schwandt, Maria Nieto Senour, and Peter Zschiesche, and Chancellor Constance M. Carroll; and San Diego Unified Board of Education Members Richard Barrera, Scott Barnett, John Lee Evans, and Shelia Jackson, and Superintendent Bill Kowba began the public session.
The meeting was conducted in the form of a retreat and was facilitated by Dr. Ric Hovda, dean of the College of Education at San Diego State University.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
To help nourish young minds, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Carl Buddig & Company are sponsoring the back-to-school Be A Reader tour, which featured a read-aloud event and book giveaway at Normal Heights Elementary. Through the national Be A Reader partnership, the lunchmeat brand is donating $100,000 to RIF to support children’s literacy programs.
“We’re thrilled to be included on the back-to-school Be A Reader tour,” said Normal Heights Elementary Principal John Aguilar. “Without RIF and committed partners like Buddig, many children in our community would not have access to books.”
“Our brand has been nourishing young minds for more than 100 years, and we believe that reading and literacy go hand-in-hand with good nutrition to support a lifelong love of learning,” said Tom Buddig, executive vice president marketing, Carl Buddig & Company. “We’re thrilled to be sponsoring the Be A Reader tour and proud to be part of the work that RIF is doing in local communities across the nation.”
“Now more than ever, RIF is counting on strong corporate partners like Carl Buddig & Company to fulfill its mission of motivating children to become lifelong readers, prepared to achieve in school and life,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF.
The Be A Reader campaign extends through May of 2012 and encourages families to enjoy reading time together through activities, special promotions, and community outreach. Now through Oct. 30, families can also participate in the Sandwich and A Story sweepstakes (www.Buddig.com/SandwichAndAStory) for a chance to win a Scholastic book library and a Buddig lunchpack filled with school supplies.
To learn more about the Buddig Be A Reader campaign, visit www.buddig.com.To make a donation to RIF, visit www.rif.org/donate.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
The project is titled Operation Student Virtual Learning and will be implemented over a 3-year period. The focus of the grant is to provide military students with expanded access to online courses to help address course deficiencies that often arise due to differing course requirements in other school districts, as well as to allow for accelerated learning.
The grant will support transitioning military dependents by providing expanded access to online courses that will help students complete the district’s core subject and career-readiness requirements, as well as fulfill the University of CA a-g college admission requirements.
Specifically, the grant will provide:
- Expanded access to online math, English and social science core courses for fulltime and dual-enrollment students
- Expanded access to online Advanced Placement (AP) and world language courses for fulltime and dual-enrollment students
- Expanded summer program to include math, English, social science, science and world language courses
- The development of 15 online introductory/intermediate career technical education courses to help fulltime and dual enrollment students meet the new career-ready high school graduation requirements
- Expanded outreach to transitioning military families and collaboration with military school liaisons to ensure that military students are aware of the fulltime and dual-enrollment online opportunities available to meet their educational needs
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The group created the award to honor school food and nutrition directors from across the state who are pioneers in making healthier school meals that kids want to eat.
“We’re proud to give Health Happens Heroes awards to leaders who ‘walk the walk’ to improve health in our schools, neighborhoods and with prevention” said Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO of The California Endowment. “Today we honor school district innovators who understand the important role that good nutrition plays in the fitness and academic success of California’s children.
"These pioneers are embracing and defending new federal standards for healthier school meals and offering kids great-tasting healthy food that they can’t wait to eat.”
"Change is never easy, but our team over the last decade has made significant changes in not only what's on our menu, but in our outlook toward our customers, the students," he said. "Whether its salad bars, vegetarian entrees, breakfast in the classroom or serving fresh local produce through our Farm to School program, our team really believes that we can have wholesome, nutritious and great tasting food at schools."
"And most importantly, they are delivering that to our students every day."
A Mission Bay High student gathers water samples in Rose Creek.
As the only San Diego Unified school with a shoreline, adjacent Rose Creek has long been a unique resource for science and other classes that observe a live ecosystem.
The International Baccalaureate Program requires students to participate in a project that “encourages an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines” utilizing the scientific method.
This project allows students to appreciate the Rose Creek ecosystem, the social and ethical implications of preserving this ecosystem and allows students practical, first hand scientific research skills.
Students develop communication skills in the study of science between group members and scientist from the community. They raise moral, ethical and social implications of using science and technology to research Rose Creek ecological topics.
For more information contact Tamara Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sara will be participating in Linda Vista Elementary’s “Breakfast in the Classroom" program, helping Food Services employees bag meals and going with students to deliver the meals to the classrooms. After visiting 4th and 5th grade classes, she will join a local farmer at Montgomery Middle School to present a health lesson in several classrooms. Her time at Montgomery will also include eating a healthy lunch with students and a tour of their school garden.
For more information, contact Vanessa Forsythe, district wellness coordinator, at (858) 496-1089 or email@example.com, or Vanessa Zajfen,farm to school specialist, at (858) 627-7310 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
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Saturday, October 15, 2011
Over the past several weeks, district staff has been briefing the Board on our General Fund departmental budgets as a starting point for the development of next year’s budget. Unfortunately and concurrently, we are also considering a strategy to accommodate upwards of $30 million in midyear cuts that would be implemented in January. Our district staff, parents, and the greater community must be informed about these activities and this debilitating and deepening budget crisis. During the next 60 days, supporters of public education must voice their concern with all stakeholder groups, especially our state representatives as we approach a midyear trigger decision in Sacramento. We are all in this together and must pursue the most genuine of collaborative and courageous conversations about difficult trade-offs and shared sacrifice.
I truly appreciate your loyalty to public education and our students in these unprecedented times. In closing, I encourage you to read my commentary published this week in the San Diego Union Tribune.
Friday, October 14, 2011
The exhibit was curated by Rogelio Casas, in collaboration with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s Youth Movement program, which is dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders through activities that focus on education, the arts, and culture.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
|Assemblywoman Toni Atkins with|
San Diego High School of Business
culinary arts students.
Business Management/Ownership students from the School of Business at SDHS included Ms. Atkins in setting up their student store for operation while Modern Media Marketing students pitched their new product marketing ideas to her. Virtual Enterprise freshmen included Ms. Atkins as an observing panel member in their mock interviews and Engineering and Design students created 3-D images for her.
Students also shared their competition solar boat with her and explained its design. Culinary Arts students showcased their preparation and cooking skills by creating a delicious lunch served in their state-of-the-art facility.
For more information about career technical education program in the district, please contact the College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) department at (858) 503-1758.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
For additional information contact Julie Harris at 858-496-8400 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
|Above, students show off a test engine. Below, Christi Edelbrock and her legendary father, Vic, show students what makes her vintage race car run.|
The festival, held as part of 2011 Fleet Week Sept. 24-25, gave the students the opportunity to not only meet racing legends such as Vic Edelbrock and his daughter, Christi, but see vintage race cars in action and the work needed to keep them running.
"My parents brought me here before, but we're doing alot more today," said one Crawford student. "I really liked meeting Christi and seeing how her race car works."
Crawford automotive technology teacher Carl Kingsbury transported a test engine from the Crawford shop to the Speed Festival, allowing students to demonstrate what they've learned to the thousands who attended. The running test-bed engine is used by students to learn how to convert gasoline powered engines to operate on cleaner, alternative fuels.
The engine was purchased with funds from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Champions, and also allows students to test the efficiency of various fuels. The students were housed in the Edelbrock Corporation exhibit as the personal guests of the Edelbrocks, strong supporters of San Diego Unified's automotive career paths.
"It was such a pleasure having the students here today," said Christi Edelbrock. "We're honored to help educate the next generation."
Naval Air Station North Island hosted the event filled with exhibitions and fast-paced, thrilling auto racing on the runways used by the U.S. Navy. The students were able to tour the garage areas/pits and watch as the racecars went through their final inspections before hitting the track. For more information, please contact Greg Quirin, CCTE Program Specialist, at (858) 503-1736 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Speed Festival, visit its website.
Monday, October 10, 2011
She has taught 6th and 7th grade science for 17 years, and in three of those years worked as a science resource teacher supporting science teachers throughout the county. She's a champion of inquiry-based science, teaching her students to "do" science like scientists.
Her students use her Moodle web site to access current scientific research, upload assignments, and debate science topics. For the last three years Ryder has collaborated with Scripps Institute and the Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence to create online learning tools to enhance science education and promote ocean sciences.
She uses a variety of innovative technologies to deliver instruction and assess achievement, engaging students with the digital tools and language they've embraced. Congratulations!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Cheer squad, football players and more as kids get up really early for show. Watch video from KNSD-TV»
|Principal Mike Jimenez, left, and Area Superintendent David Lorden, right, join Serra players as renovated stadium is dedicated.|
may still be called “The Hole,” but Serra High School’s stadium now has
a new synthetic turf football field and all-weather track, thanks to
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held prior to the school’s first home game Sept. 23, a 27-13 non-league win over University City High. Athletic Director Jonn Pisapia, joined by Board Trustee Kevin Beiser, Principal Michael Jimenez, and others, cut the ribbon as the football team anxiously awaited play on their new field.
The $2.4 million football field/track improvement project is one of several Prop. S-funded projects planned at Serra High over the next five years.
For more project information, visit our school facilities projects page at http://fpcprojects.sandi.net.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
|The University City High band performs.|
The Blue Angels were nice enough to perform, as were the Standley Middle School and UC High marching bands.
Oktoberfest kicked off EdUCate’s fall Dollardo to www.uc-educate.org. All proceeds from the event and from DAD will fund teacher and principal grants at the five schools this year.
University City and all San Diego Unified schools know how tight things are and appreciate your support in providing UC cluster students with supplemental supplies.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Madison High School student Krissylyn Johnson, center, celebrates her scholarship award with Nordstrom representatives Jenn Campbell, left, and Anita Crandall.
|Two high school students in the San Diego Unified School
District -- one from Madison, one from San Diego High -- have received
four year, $10,000 scholarships from the Nordstrom department store.
Johnson of Madison High and Anita Agoh of the School of Science and
Technology (SciTech) each received the college scholarships from the
store. The scholarship provides the students with $2,500 per year for
four years. |
In 2011, students in the 28 states where Nordstrom currently has an operating full-line store will be eligible to apply for a Nordstrom Scholarship. Eighty scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship will be paid out in equal installments of $2,500 over four years to the selected student's college of choice. Students must be attending a four-year college or university.For more information on the scholarship, go to the Nordstrom Scholarship website.
Anita Agoh of SciTech at San Diego High celebrates her Nordstrom Scholarship award with her family. From left, San Diego High Counselor Andreanna Murphy, Counselor; Anthonia Agoh, Anita's mom; Anita; Anita Crandall, Nordstrom representative; Johne Agoh, Anita's father; Awele Agoh, brother; Anita Crandall, Nordstrom.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Artwork from students at Montgomery Middle School is featured at the San Diego Art Institute at the Spanish Village Art Center in Balboa Park, through this Sunday, Oct. 9.
The artwork, from Montgomery sixth-grade students, is on display in the David Fleet Young Artist Gallery, which features student artwork from all over San Diego County. The school also has an ongoing relationship with Cricket Wireless, which has displayed student artwork from Montgomery in its Kearny Mesa headquarters for several years.
Teachers Lorraine Castro, Edelmira Gomez, Lisa Gardner and Emelyn Leppard have continued to teach art at the school and ensure the students have an outlet for their work. Gomez and Castro make time for art and infuse artistic expression into their sixth-grade social studies classes, while Gardener, the school's art teacher, brings it to ESL classes. Leppard, who at one time taught photography at the Linda Vista campus, works her local connections to ensure the student work gets exhibited.
"Art brings the curriculum alive," said Gomez.
Timothy Field, director of the San Diego Art Institute, says the organization is committed to finding creative ways to infuse art into school curriculum, as well as motivating students through exhibiting their artwork at the Institute. This is the 12th year the student work from Montgomery has been on display.
The Art Institute exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Institute, 1439 El Prado in Balboa Park. For more information about the David Fleet Young Artists Gallery, contact Elizabeth Morton at the Art Institute at (619) 236-0011.
The exhibit at Cricket Wireless headquarters, 5887 Copley Drive, San Diego, is not in an area open to the public.
For more information on this and other programs at Montgomery Middle School, contact Jonathan Ton, Principal, at (858) 496-8330.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Holmes Elementary School in Clairemont celebrated International Walk to School Day with a parade that featured on KUSI's Good Morning San Diego. Watch video»
Exciting test-drive fundraising event will generate much-needed money for Mission Bay High, helping students in the local community.Mossy Automotive Group is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drive One 4 UR School program to Mission Bay High School on Oct. 13 in an effort to raise up to $6,000 for the school.
For every person who takes the wheel and test-drives a new Ford vehicle at Mission Bay High on Thursday, Oct. 13, Mossy Ford and Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Mission Bay High School. The funds will go toward supporting numerous programs and clubs at the school.
“We know funding for school programs is hard to come by, and we want to do our part to help make sure these programs remain available,” said Owen Mossy, General Manager at Mossy Ford. “We’re excited to raise money for Mission Bay High School.”
The event, which will be held from 3pm to 8pm, will feature the many vehicles from Ford’s line-up.
“Whether you are looking to test out our larger vehicles, like the Explorer or F-150, or are more interested in a smaller sedan, like the Focus, we will be able to put you behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle,” said Owen Mossy. Dealership staff on site will be able to assist with all Ford vehicles and provide additional information about each vehicle available for test-drive.
Across the United States, there are vital arts, music and sports programs that are being cut annually due to growing budgetary constraints and lack of funding. Today’s youth are missing out on extremely valuable opportunities to expand their knowledge and diversify their interests, as well as the chance to have a little fun! Mossy Ford wants to keep these opportunities available for our local students at Mission Bay High School.
Since the start of Ford’s Drive One 4 UR School program in 2007, more than $7 million in donations have been generated for high schools nationwide.
To participate in this exciting event and get behind the wheel of your favorite Ford vehicle, please visit
Mission Bay High School from 2-7 p.m. on October 13th.
\Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver’s license. There is a limit of one test-drive per household. All test-drive will last approximately 7-10 minutes.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Students Chelsea Chavira, Erika Ruan, Tess Young Janelle Velazquez and Tashia Williams from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts have recently finished, along with artist Isaias Crow, a 40-foot by 14-foot mural at the McGrath Family JA Biztown facility.
The students worked through the Spring semester and their Summer vacation on the project, which was designed especially for BizTown.
Sponsored by the San Diego International Airport Commission, the mural celebrates travel in San Diego and around the world. The multi-panel, multi-leveled mural was designed in partnership between the student artists, guided and directed by Isaias Crow. It was painted on 4'x8' wood panels, creating a multi-dimensional sculptural mural.
For more photos, visit the project blog. The McGrath Family JA BizTown in San Diego's Mission Gorge neighborhood is a 10,000 square foot mini-city in which kids discover how free enterprise really works.
For more information on the project, contact Cydney DeBenedetto, Visual Arts Teacher, SD School of Creative and Performing Arts, (619) 470-0555 x124.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Rep. Bilbray was at CTA as a speaker at the local meeting of the National Tooling and Machining Association. The machining program at CTA is part of the manufacturing and product development industry sector in California.
Each year, the students build a robot to compete in the FIRST Robotics competition including tooling many of their own, unique parts. The machine tooling course at CTA is applying for certification through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) with the help of many local members of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).
NTMA supports, promotes and represents the tooling, machining and precision manufacturing industry nationwide. NIMS certification is the only accredited precision manufacturing program for education institutions.
See their websites for more information about NIMS or NTMA. For more information about the machining program in SDUSD, please contact Greg Quirin, CCTE Program Specialist at (858) 503-1736 or email@example.com.
Failure to do so will result in the student being excluded from school and daycare beginning Friday, Oct. 7 until the requirement is met. Students will also be excluded from all school-related activities, including athletics, band and clubs.
For a list of free Tdap Vaccine clinics, check the district website at www.sandi.net/tdap or visit www.sdiz.org. Vaccines can also be obtained from your personal healthcare provider and at several local pharmacies.