Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Farb Middle School teacher receives AVID Award

Farb Middle School's AVID Coordinator, Donna Rankin, has been honored by the AVID organization, receiving $10,000 to help the AVID program at her school.
Donna Rankin
Donna Rankin
Rankin was one of five teachers in California to receive the organization's AVID Teacher Advocacy Awards.

"It is such an honor to receive this award, which will allow more students in our school to benefit from AVID strategies and be able to learn the skills that will prepare them for college and their careers," said Rankin. "I want to help students develop the leadership skills, character strengths, and global awareness embedded in the AVID philosophy to take with them in their journey through life.”

Each educator will receive $10,000 to enhance AVID implementation at their school through conference attendance, classroom equipment and materials (including technology and books), professional development and academic coaching.

An anonymous donor generously provided funds to AVID Center to create an award that would give AVID educators in California additional resources to enhance their work with their students. The AVID Teacher Advocacy Award was developed to support California AVID Elective teachers and site team teachers; improve AVID teaching; retain AVID teachers; share best practices and professional learning; and further the AVID mission. The award was presented to five AVID educators in Sacramento, CA, at the General Session of AVID’s Summer Institute on July 9, 2013.

“These teachers exemplify AVID’s spirit and have become great advocates for college readiness for all on their campuses,” said AVID Executive Director Jim Nelson. “We hope this award allows them to continue to help more students achieve their dream of college success.”

AVID began in 1980 by Mary Catherine Swanson, then-head of the English department at San Diego's Clairemont High School. The federal courts issued an order to desegregate the city's schools, bringing large numbers of inner city students to suburban schools. While applauding the decision, Swanson wondered how these underserved students would survive at academically acclaimed Clairemont High.
It has evolved into a non-profit, proven college readiness system that closes the achievement gap.

Today, AVID is implemented in more than 4,900 schools in 45 states and 16 countries/ territories. AVID impacts more than 700,000 students in grades K-12, as well as students in 28 postsecondary institutions. The AVID College Readiness System transforms a school’s academic culture to increase the number of students who enroll in four-year colleges and succeed in higher education and training.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back-2-School Resource and Enrollment Fair for military families coming Saturday

The San Diego Unified School District, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps School Liaison Programs, is holding its fifth annual Back-2-School Resource and Enrollment Fair for military families new to San Diego from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, August 3, at Farb Middle School, 4880 La Cuenta Drive (92124).Graduate

Each summer, many military families move to San Diego after our schools have closed. Our Fair allows them not only to enroll their children in school, but to learn about local district, military, and community resources. Families can explore neighborhood and school choice options, sign up for free or reduced price lunch, find out about many of our district's programs, and get connected with key military and community supports.

San Diego Unified and military representatives will be present to meet with families. All of our past community exhibitors have been invited to send printed information that will be made available to families. All families will be invited to the free lunch provided by Food Services and sponsored by SDG&E. Newly enrolled students will also have the opportunity to win prizes and receive free backpacks.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Digital media design is path to college at Kearny High

One of the four small high schools at the Kearny High Educational Complex, the School of Digital Media and Design offers an innovative path to success for its students. Watch video from Cox 4 and San Diego County Office of Education's "Salute to Education"»

Friday, July 26, 2013

Culinary program is a path to success for Garfield High students

Students at Garfield High School have a state-of-the-art kitchen and great community support for their Culinary Arts Program. Watch video from Cox4's Salute to Education»
Garfield High chef

Thursday, July 25, 2013

San Diego Public Library Summer Reading Program Under Way

Readers of all ages will devour books this summer at the San Diego Public Library. Join the summer reading fun at your local library with prizes, entertainment, story times, music and, of course, lots of great books! It's a great way to enjoy reading over the summer.Summer Reading

All you have to do is sign up (click the age appropriate button at the left), read books, and fun prizes will be yours. If you have someone read to you, that counts too! Receive incentives just for signing up. Read more from the San Diego Public Library»

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ixchel: Humble senior overcomes challenges

IN THE NEWS: Kearny High student is part of UT San Diego's Young Latino Scholars Program this summer. Read more from UT San Diego»

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Summerbridge celebrates 20 years of helping kids get an advance on the new school year

Summerbridge San Diego is celebrating its 20th year of providing academic, leadership, and social-emotional support to students from throughout the San Diego Unified School District in a partnership with UC San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.
Summerbridge students

“Thanks to the experience of Summerbridge San Diego, I was able to obtain a full paid scholarship (Circle of Excellence) to the University of San Diego, said Marcos Arguelles, Chollas Mead Elementary Class of 2006 and University of San Diego Sophomore. "Summerbridge San Diego prepared me for my studies at the University of San Diego by developing my leadership skills, encouraging community involvement, and assisting me in completing the A-G Requirements. I feel privileged to give back to the program, which gave me so much, by coming back as a teacher this year."

Summerbridge San Diego is an independent, privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is celebrating its 20th year. The six-week summer program serves 157 elementary and middle school students with academic classes and leadership development. Students are instructed and assessed in transition according to both the California State Content Standards and the Common Core State Standards for grades five through eight in English-Language Arts, mathematics, and science.

The program is holding its annual Visitors Day starting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at La Jolla High, 750 Nautilus St. (92037). 
For more information, contact Castro at Please visit us at

Monday, July 22, 2013

Top Air Force JROTC academic team is from Scripps Ranch High

After nine rounds of competition, the Scripps Ranch High School Air Force JROTC academic team, composed of William Hang, William Jiang, Stephenie Reid, and Anita Ho took first place in the 2013 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship. It's the second year in a row that Scripps Ranch High has topped the Air Force JROTC competition.

Scripps Ranch JROTC instructor retired Col. Robert M.
Hogan, left,
Stephenie Reid,
William Hang, William Jiang
Anita Ho, the Scripps Ranch High
JROTC Academic Bowl team.
In the Joint Service Academic Finals, Scripps Ranch placed third, ahead of Marine JROTC Rio Rancho High School, Rio Rancho, NM. Taking first prize was was the Navy JROTC of Moon Valley High School, Phoenix, Ariz.; in second was the Army JROTC from Marmion Academy, Aurora, Ill.

Scripps Ranch High School Air Force JROTC team earned top scores out of the more than 200 teams that competed from around the world to win a place in the finals, which included an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The team was one of only 16 Air Force JROTC teams to advance to the finals.

In the two fast-paced rounds of online competition, students were tested on their knowledge of JROTC curriculum, English, math, social studies and science, using SAT/ACT-type questions. According to sponsor College Options Foundations, one of the main goals of the JROTC Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit/graduation exams as well as college entrance exams, such as the SAT and ACT.

The competition was held in June 21-25 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.
According to College Options Foundations, the JROTC Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl is a nationally recognized academic competition created exclusively for JROTC students. By participating, cadets learn the values of citizenship, academic competition, and college opportunity. The competition creates tremendous opportunities for JROTC cadets by allowing them to demonstrate leadership and academic abilities.

College Options Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the academic development of high school students and assisting them in their preparation for higher education. Utilizing academic competitions, college exam study guides, college admissions tutorials and personalized counseling, College Options Foundation has assisted the nation’s 1.1 million JROTC cadets.

Friday, July 19, 2013

$2.5 Million, 3-year Defense Department Grant Goes to Five Schools

San Diego Unified School District has received a $2.5 million, three-year grant from the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) to help more than 3,000 students in five elementary schools learn about good nutrition and English language arts.

Fourth-grade students from
Mrs. Culver's class at Miller Elementary School join
Trustee Kevin Beiser, Navy staff and
San Diego Unified staff at grant announcement.
The grants will serve students at five schools: Angier Elementary in Serra Mesa, Chesterton Elementary in Linda Vista, Mason Elementary in Mira Mesa and Hancock and Miller elementary schools in the Murphy Canyon military housing area. A parent/guardian outreach program will bring the nutrition program to the students' homes.

At a July 18 news conference announcing the grant, Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified Board of Education Vice President, said the programs will help students ­ and their parents and guardians ­ learn about nutrition, while technology and tutoring will help students improve their English language skills. A significant part of the program will bring teacher training on these issues.

"Childhood obesity and difficulty in learning English-language arts are national problems, but some of the challenges faced by military dependents -- our youngest heroes -- are especially difficult," said Beiser. "Anyone who grew up in a family where Dad or Mom was in the service knows the challenges faced."

According to the Department of Defense Education Activity, not only does San Diego have one of the largest concentrations of military dependents in the nation, San Diego County is a preferred posting for families who have kids with special needs due to the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

The grant will provide funds for a three-year effort: $897,948 in 2014; 2015, $813,096; and 2016, $788,096. There are 2,246 military dependents at the five schools, joining 1,038 non-dependents. All will benefit from the programs.

The program is divided into the nutritional and English language arts programs. The nutrition program will include development of gardens at the schools, family-focused health and nutrition promotion, and teacher professional-development and coaching in nutrition education.

For English language arts, student tutoring, integration of English language arts curriculum with the district's i21 technology and teacher professional development are on the agenda.

San Diego Unified School District had more than 9,000 students who are military dependents, 6.2 percent of the district's enrollment, during the 2012-13 school year. Naval Station San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, SPAWAR, Naval Air Station North Island, MCAS Miramar, MCRD San Diego and the Naval Medical Center San Diego are all within the boundaries of the San Diego Unified School District.

In The News

S’mores, and a lot more, for inner city kids

IN THE NEWS: Thanks to a small nonprofit, Central Elementary’s third graders each summer are treated to two days of camping in San Diego County’s backwoods, where they go on hikes with volunteers, learn about native American history from local Indians and study the constellations from stargazers at an astronomy club.  Read more from»

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Stock Market Game makes tycoons of Pt. Loma High students

Cox 4SD and County Office of Education highlight educational program to help students understand how the stock market works.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Breakfast in the Classroom highlighted by ‘Salute to Education’

San Diego Unified's Breakfast in the Classroom program has been highlighted by Channel 4 San Diego's Salute to Education program that looks at the best of San Diego County education.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Writerz Blok spreads the love: New mural in Southeastern San Diego collaboration with Lincoln High School

Mural, courtesy UT San Diego
IN THE NEWS: With the assistance of Writerz Blok, students at Lincoln High School have reclaimed a blighted wall near the school at 47th and Imperial Ave.  A new 60-foot mural, “Spreading Love Through Art,” was officially unveiled Thursday. Read more from UT San Diego»

Friday, July 12, 2013

Irrigation management system upgrades will save district thousands of dollars

Ethernet server device
Installation of new Ethernet communication converters to help manage the district’s irrigation systems will save the district thousands of dollars in the coming years.

Using these new Ethernet devices, which were installed last year at district facilities, will allow greater efficiency and more cost effective remote monitoring of irrigation systems.

Keith Hetzler and Tom Groot, irrigation control specialists, and the Telecommunications Department coordinated efforts to successfully support the installation of Ethernet communication converters in place of old phone lines and modems within the district’s existing Central Irrigation Management Control System. This system monitors and controls irrigation systems using weather, vegetation type, and other data to help the District conserve water usage.

Elimination of phone lines and use of advance technology will result in an annual savings of $22,000 for the district. This changeover in hardware will realize an immediate payback in its first year of operation.

For additional information, contact Jim Hallauer, Planned Projects Supervisor, Scripps Mesa Zone at or 858-627-7116. To learn more about the district’s Irrigation Management System, visit 

CPMA students shine at Disneyland music competition

CPMA students perform They say Disneyland is a magical place where dreams come true.
For nearly 200 students from the Creative, Performing and Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School in Clairemont, their participation in the annual Southern California Music in the Park celebration really did make their dreams come true.

Facing tough competition from as far away as Idaho and Texas, CPMA’s Advanced Orchestra and Choir captured not only first place in their division but best overall middle school orchestra honors as well during the competition on June 1, 2013.

In addition to its amazing orchestra performance, CPMA captured several other top honors throughout the event, including: first place Women’s Choir, first place Treble Choir, second place Advanced Band, and second place Jazz Band. Several CPMA students also took home top honors for their outstanding work, including: middle school Instrumental Soloist, Andrew Nathenson; middle school Vocal Soloist, Molly Hafer; and middle school Student Accompanist, Sean Lambert.

"Congratulations to all our students who participated," said Principal Scott Thomason. "These students really shine as artists. They are wonderful ambassadors for their neighborhoods, which are in every corner of our district."

For more information on the school, visit its website.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kids get hands-on, high-tech summer camp

IN THE NEWS: There is no evidence of the nation’s STEM deficit at Lincoln High School this summer.  Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are occupying the minds of more than 700 students from throughout San Diego County at a three-week program sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers. Read more from UT San Diego»

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Superintendent Marten discusses quality neighborhood schools

Supt. Marten at KUSI.
IN THE NEWS: Appears on morning news programs to outline direction for implementing Vision 2020.

Join the District contingent in this Saturday’s Pride Parade

San Diego Unified employees, students, parents and interested community supporters are invited to join the district's contingent in this year’s Pride Parade taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, July 13, in Hillcrest.

San Diego LGBT PrideSupt. Cindy Marten and members of the district's Safe Schools Advisory Committee will be leading the group. Participants will gather at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street between 8:30 and 11 a.m. The district's contingent number is 63, zone G.

The parade begins at University Avenue and Normal Street, proceeds west on University Avenue to 6th Avenue, turns south on 6th Avenue, ending at Balboa Drive and Upas Street. If you are interested in participating, email Moises Aguirre at Participation is free.

For information about the parade and parking, go to

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Central Elementary continues camping trip tradition

More than 120 students from Central Elementary School continued an eight-year tradition of having an overnight camping trip, learning about the outdoors at the Louis Stelzer County Park in Lakeside.
Central Elementary students learn about rescue dogs. The program, funding by a grant by the Jarrett Meeker Foundation, brings the students from the City Heights school along with teachers and staff to learn about Native American culture, San Diego county's plants and animals and even the stars above.

"This is the first time many of these kids have not only been away from home, but away from their parents overnight," said Superintendent Cindy Marten, who attended based on a promise to her students made in the fall of 2012, before she became the district superintendent.

Students learned about Kumeyaay Indian life from members of the nearby Barona Indian Reservation, owls and rescue dogs from rangers and volunteers from the San Diego County Park and Recreation Department and Sheriffs Department, plus hikes in the park, tent camping, campfires and a camp breakfast. The programs presented are carefully designed to supplement the standard third-grade state curriculum.

"The children from Central live in the middle of the city with very little opportunity to ever experience the outdoors and to camp in a tent," said Judy Meeker, President of the Jarrett Meeker Foundation. Mrs. Meeker and her son, Jon, accompanied the Central kids on the overnight adventure.

Jarrett Meeker suffered an accidental death at age 8. His parents, Judy and Keith, started the foundation in his memory, according to the foundation website, to share their son's "love of nature and people (and) to give kids that aren’t as lucky the same chance to experience and learn about nature as Jarrett had."

"The opportunity that the Meeker Foundation gives the Central kids is outstanding," said Marten. "Over the years, I have seen a profound impact in our kids after they return from the trip. It really opens their eyes and their hearts to the world of nature."

After several years at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park, the program moved to Stelzer Park to provide a wider range of learning opportunities for the students, said Jon Meeker. Louis A. Stelzer County Park is an approximately 374-acre day-use park and was the first park in San Diego County designed to be handicapped accessible.

In addition to the Meeker Foundation, support for the program comes from San Diego County Sheriff Department Canine Search and Rescue, Lake Murray Kiwanis Club, Boy Scouts Troop 362 Rancho San Diego, San Diego Astronomy Association, Urban Corps of San Diego County, Barona Cultural Center and Museum, Stelzer Park Endowment.

Other support comes from Craft by Cindi Lohry and Iris Meyer, Sky Hunters’ Owl Presentations, Krusin' Kritters Animal Presentation, and Young Audiences.

According to the San Diego Reader, Louis Alexander Stelzer purchased the property as a private retreat in the 1940s, calling it Shadow Mountain Ranch. Upon his death in 1972, he deeded the land to the county so that children would have a place for outdoor education. The park is named in his honor and was dedicated in 1982. It became the first recreational facility in Southern California designed to accommodate visitors of all abilities. Interpretive panels are found on the trails. There is also a large camping area reserved for the use of sanctioned youth groups.

For more information, visit the websites of the Meeker Foundation, Louis Stelzer County Park and Central Elementary School.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

JROTC Cadets return from 2013 Leadership Camp

JROTC student at camp
The final day of classes for students in the San Diego Unified School District may have officially ended on June 11, 2013; but for hundreds of JROTC students, their education extends beyond the regular school year. Two hundred JROTC students attended a one-week JROTC Leadership Camp in Cedar Glen, CA, June 21-27.

Cadets gained valuable outdoor experience in the Lake Arrowhead area, while participating in many physically challenging events. This fully-funded camp is sponsored by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and designed to consolidate kids from various San Diego Unified high schools and combine them into five newly formed units. Student leaders will immediately face the challenges of supervising, bonding and motivating their new companies.

Throughout the week, students rotated through various educational sessions to include map/compass orientation, wildlife/habitat sciences, environmental safety awareness, and maintaining personal health and wellness in extreme conditions. However, it was definitely not an all work, but no play adventure. Cadets had plenty of time to participate in extracurricular activities which included horseback riding, archery, canoeing, rock-wall climbing, rappelling, and confidence courses.

Selection to participate was completed at respective high schools, as JROTC teachers identified cadets that had excelled throughout the year in academics, physical fitness and leadership potential. Most importantly, this outward-bound camp experience rewards students for their personal achievements and gives them an opportunity to build new friendships. The life lessons learned at the JROTC Leadership
Camp inspires cadets to step out of their comfort zone and accept new challenges with greater self-confidence and personal motivation.

For more information on JROTC in the San Diego Unified School District, visit the program's website.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Bittersweet time as Barnard Asian Pacific Language Magnet moves to new location

IN THE NEWS: Barnard Elementary closes out its site in Pt. Loma and heads over to Pacific Beach, where the language program will expand at the former Bayview Terrace Elementary School site. Watch video from San Diego 6»

Friday, July 5, 2013

Chargers donate equipment to Scripps Ranch High School

Source: San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers have a rich history of giving back to the city of San Diego.Shoulderpads from Chargers
They continued that June 26, donating approximately 35 shoulder pads and other used equipment to Scripps Ranch High School.

“This is amazing because a lot of the kids that we have at our school are in need of items,” said Joe Meyer, head football coach and athletic director for Scripps Ranch. “It’s good for us to be able to hand out this equipment to them and let them know that they are wanted and welcome anytime. If they have any issues there are people who will take care of them like the Chargers. Having these shoulder pads are appreciated by the Chargers and (Equipment Manager) Bob (Wick). We really don’t get a huge budget to work with. A lot of our money is fundraised. So for them to donate this equipment is very much appreciated.”

Meyer picked up multiple boxes filled to the brim from the Chargers equipment room, and they will be put to immediate use for the 2013 season.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

New Superintendent outlines plans for implementing Vision 2020

IN THE NEWS: Supt. Cindy Marten makes students and learning the "heart of the district."

Serra High wins student store competition

Business management and ownership  students at Serra High School developed a mobile unit for their student store Super Q that helped the team win this year’s College, Career and Technical Education Student Store Competition.

Students at five high schools -- Serra, Mission Bay, Clairemont, Kearny and San Diego -- took on the challenge to create “something innovative to impact sales” in their campus student stores.

Serra High’s team was presented with the Chairman’s Award and the award for Best Written Plan for their mobile unit idea. The students created a mobile storefront that could be set up anywhere on campus. The idea proved to be a huge success, especially on hot days when the students decided to sell popsicles at an additional location on campus.

Mission Bay student shows stats from Facebook
Mission Bay High’s student team used social media sites Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare to promote their student store. They received the awards for Best Oral Presentation and Best Innovation.

Ideas from the other competitors included Clairemont High’s use of a survey to determine what new products to try in small quantities before adding them to the permanent menu at the Chief’s Hut and Kearny High students enhanced their product selection at the Komet Korner.

San Diego High reconfigured their queue lines to allow for faster service, which lead to better customer service at the Rock. This idea, along with increased efficiency at the student store, allowed the annual portion of profits used for scholarships awarded to some of the business management and ownership students working in the student store to increase by $5,000 this year for a total of $18,000.

The five-member business management and ownership student teams met with business mentors connected with the Levin Center at San Diego State University. The mentors helped guide the students in writing a business plan and preparing the oral presentation used to defend their plan during the competition. Business mentors included: Craig Stevens (Clairemont), Doug Wall (Serra), Amy Klingborg (San Diego), Kevin Popovic (Mission Bay), and Robert Reyes (Kearny).

For more information about the Student Store Competition or the business management and ownership course, please contact Dean Darley, CCTE Program Specialist, at

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New Superintendent's first day is at camp

IN THE NEWS: On her first day as Superintendent, Cindy Marten kept a promise made to her third grade students at Central Elementary School: to join them for an overnight camping trip to Stelzer Park in Lakeside. Funded through a grant and support from the Meeker Foundation, Central students have been learning from the overnight trip for seven years.

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California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance honors district staff, programs

The team from Pacific Beach Middle School.
The San Diego branch of the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance recently recognized outstanding health, physical education, recreation and dance teachers and programs in the county at its annual awards banquet at Paradise Point Resort.

Several district staff and programs were honored, including:

Shanna Jennings, Silver Gate Elementary - Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year
Pacific Beach Middle School - Secondary Physical Education Program of the Year
Cesar Santos, Mann Middle School - Outstanding New Physical Education Professional
Brenna Baringer, Department of Physical Education, Health and Athletics - Outstanding Service to the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (HPERD) Profession
Mary Lou Baranowski, Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary - American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD) Southwest District Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Baranowski was also one of six finalists for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Teacher of the Year award.

In addition, those in attendance celebrated the retirement of Adapted Physical Education teacher Harry Smith, who has dedicated more than 25 years to education.

The California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance is dedicated to promoting healthful lifestyles through quality education and programs. To nominate a local exemplary HPERD teacher or program in 2013-14, visit or contact Paige Metz at

For more information on the district’s Health and Physical Education programs, contact Brenna Baringer at

Monday, July 1, 2013

Special Greetings from Superintendent Cindy Marten

Dear San Diego Unified Family: 

It is both a humbling experience and an amazing honor to be given the responsibility to oversee the education of San Diego's children. During my four-month transition, I had the opportunity to meet and talk with students, parents, certificated staff, classified staff, and community stakeholders to explore what is working and how we can improve and build on our strengths. I am inspired and filled with hope after seeing endless opportunities and stellar examples of quality neighborhood schools. Answers to many of our challenges are in our community, in our classrooms, and in our homes. I truly believe that "there is no place like home." Today marks a turning point and an opportunity for renewal, refinement and reflection as we gather to chart the course ahead.

Superintendent Marten As I take the helm of the San Diego Unified School District, I would like to express my special appreciation to Mr. Bill Kowba, who graciously worked alongside me during my transition period. He navigated the district through turbulent waters and leaves us with the positive momentum to move ahead with our Vision 2020. My deepest gratitude to Mr. Kowba for creating a solid foundation for our home.

Moving forward, you have my commitment to work with integrity, dignity, respect and compassion as we create the most vibrant, effective, successful public school system in the nation. With a keen focus on creating a quality school in every neighborhood by implementing our Vision 2020, I have sincere confidence that we can do this TOGETHER.

Our team will focus on the heart of our mission: educating and supporting our students to become actively literate, contributing, participating members of society who make a positive difference in the world. We each play an important role in this mission. I look forward to working alongside you to make sure our students are at the center of our work and every decision we make. We will continue to build a San Diego Unified School District of which we can all be proud because like great cities, great schools are built by generations of people who care.

If you have ideas to share, please email me at I look forward to hearing from you. I also invite you to connect with me via Twitter and Facebook, or subscribe to my email updates.

In closing, I have posted one of my favorite poems, "To Be of Use," by Marge Piercy, to my blog. It is a poem that reminds me how fortunate we are to get up every morning and go to work doing the most important work in the nation: educating our youth. I encourage you to read it.

Have a wonderful summer! Take time to nurture yourself, connect with loved ones and find joy.

Cindy Marten
Superintendent of Public Education

Students take part in U-T Young Latino Journalism Scholars program

IN THE NEWS: Jennifer Brice of Clairemont High School and Ixchel Gonzalez of Kearny High School recently started a summer program designed to help them learn about journalism through real-life work experience at U-T San Diego. Read more from U-T San Diego.