Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT; Military Children Learn Healthy Eating Habits through Gardening Thanks to DoDEA Grant

MEDIA ADVISORY
April 28, 2015
Contact: Linda Zintz, communications director, 619-847-6637

Military Children Learn Healthy Eating Habits through Gardening Thanks to DoDEA Grant

What:
The San Diego Unified School District received a $2.5 million, three-year Operation Learn and Thrive 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 raise English Language Arts proficiency. Under the grant, school gardens were created at Angier, Chesterton, Hancock, Miller and Mason. All of these schools have a high percentage of students from active-duty military families. More than 1,171 students in grades 2, 4 and 5 receive monthly instruction from a UC San Diego Center for Community Health instructor that teaches healthy eating habits through educational, garden-based lessons. The Operation Learn and Thrive grant is administered by San Diego Unified School District's Office of Children and Youth in Transition.

When: Tuesday, April 28
11:35-12:05 p.m. – Garden Lesson and interviews


Why:

· April is the Month of the Military Child. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community.

· More than 6 percent of students enrolled in the San Diego Unified School District are military dependents. Some struggle academically or socially due to frequent transfers, and many do not have access to healthy foods on a regular basis. Operation Learn and Thrive teaches children how to grow their own food and empowers youth by promoting overall wellness through outdoor, hand's-on lessons.

· An estimated 2 million children in the past decade have experienced stress related to deployment, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Childhood obesity and literacy problems are national, but can be even greater challenges for military dependents, "our youngest heroes."

· San Diego is home to the nation's largest concentration of military personnel - with more than 100,000 active duty service members.


Where: Miller Elementary School, 4343 Shields St., San Diego, CA 92124

Who:

· 4th grade students

· Invited military parents

· Tammy Kearney, Teacher

· Fred Hilgers, Vice Principal

· Vanessa Peters, Program Manager, San Diego Unified Office of Children and Youth in Transition

· Shawn Gary, Grant Coordinator, San Diego Unified Office of Children and Youth in Transition

· Meredith Petersen, Program Coordinator, UCSD Center for Community Health



Visuals:

· Children harvesting spinach grown in their school garden.

· Children mixing healthy, colorful ingredients into a hand-crank blender to create a "bunny rabbit" smoothie.

· Children and invited military parents learning about nutrition and gardening.

· Vice Principal, children, teacher and UCSD Center for Community Health available for interviews.
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Post Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Finance/Audit Subcommittee, April 30, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: Finance/Audit Subcommittee (ICOC), Thursday, April 30, 2015
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3230

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post agenda(s) and/or notice(s) in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Post Board Meeting Agendas, April 28, 2015 and May 5, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Closed Session Agenda—Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 2:30 p.m., Room 2249
Open and Closed Session Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·         Regular Meeting Agenda—Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9MHPSU5DCF82    

·         Special Meeting Agenda—Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m., Madison High School
BoardDocs Agenda Link:  http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9MHQLS5EA307

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice(s) and/or agenda(s) and post in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 


 

In addition, refer to the below links for upcoming meetings, agendas, and minutes of the board advisory committees:

·         ACUESP: http://www.sandi.net/Page/63841

·         Audit and Finance: http://www.sandi.net/Page/65823

·         CAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/64789  and http://www.sandi.net/Page/64788

·         CSFC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/58524    

·         CTEAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/64791   

·         DAC http://www.sandi.net/Page/64793 and http://www.sandi.net/Page/64792

·         DELAC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/64834   

·         ICOC: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3226  

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District, April 24, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District, April 24, 2015

 

Your coverage is invited of any of the following upcoming events on the campuses of the San Diego Unified School District. For more items, check out the calendar on the front of the district website at www.sandi.net .

 

Please note that if items are listed as "not open to the public," that means accredited members of the media are invited, but the general public is not. These are generally items during the school day.

 

*Indicates new items added since last week.

 

For a calendar of noticed public meetings, go to www.sandi.net/meetingcalendar. Those meetings might not be included in this listing.

 

APRIL

 

24 -- Star Party, 5-9 p.m., Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Dr. (92117). This free event for all ages will feature telescope star gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association and the Clairemont High School Observatory; hands on activities sponsored by Mesa College and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center; and interactive displays of the solar system and galaxy garden. Food will be available for purchase. Contact: Mike Snyder at 619-548-1552 or michaelsnyderfinancial@yahoo.com. Open to the public.

 

25 -- UC Spirit Run, 7:30 – 10:30 a.m., University City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave. (92122). 5K and 1 Mile Kids Run in support of the five public schools in University City. Entry fees for runners and walkers. Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. Kids Run starts at 9 a.m. 5K starts at 9:15 a.m. UCHS will be selling pancake breakfasts, breakfast burritos and beverages. Spectators welcome. Information and registration at http://ucspiritrun.org. Open to the public.

 

25 -- 31st Annual Children’s Book Party, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Balboa Park Organ Pavilion. Parents and students grade K-12 are invited to the 31st Annual Children’s Book Party. This free, public event features entertainment, refreshments and each student will receive two free brand new books. Contact: Roosevelt Brown at 619-266-4118. Open to the public.

 

25 -- 5th Annual “Jazz on the Green,” 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Avenue (92109). New Orleans inspired event that will feature the high school’s outstanding jazz ensembles and alumni including the award-winning Mission Bay Preservationists. Special appearance by the Euphoria Brass Band. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students/children. There will be food, dancing, activities for children and music for all ages. More information at www.missionbaymusic.com. Open to the public.

 

*27 -- All year-round schools reopen after spring break.

 

27 -- Mira Mesa Cluster School Council meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Mira Mesa High School media center, 10510 Reagan Road (92126). Contact: Bob Turner at rturner4@san.rr.com. Open to the public.

 

27 – The Power of a Restorative School District, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Jacob’s Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Avenue (92114). The free community workshop hosted by the District E Trustee Cabinet will focus on following topics: What does it mean to be a restorative district? What is San Diego Unified doing and where are we going? What are the outcomes for students, schools and community? Contact: JoAnn Fields at joann.fields@gmail.com or 619-363-4783. Open to the public.

 

29 -- Athlete Ally Pledge at Petco Park, 12:25-12:45 p.m. Petco Park, 100 Park Blvd. (92101). Superintendent Cindy Marten, Padres CEO Mike Dee, Athlete Ally Founder Hudson Taylor, students and players will be on the field at Petco Park before the game to take a pledge against bullying. The goal is to educate fans about Athlete Ally and encourage everyone to take the pledge. There will be a 30-second video clip played with a relevant message from Supt. Marten and various pro-athletes. Contact: Josh Ishoo, San Diego Padres Media Relations, 619-795-5000. Open to the public.

 

*29 – Joint-Use Field Public Workshop, 6-8 p.m., Gage Elementary, 6811 Bisby Lake (92119). Community meeting to gather input on the design and construction of a multipurpose field with a walking track at Gage Elementary School, a joint project between San Diego Unified and the City of San Diego. Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at 619-546-3378 or creed-porter@sandi.net. Open to the public.

 

MAY

 

2 -- 21st Annual Taste of the Triangle 2015, 7-10:30 p.m. UCSD Faculty Club 9500 Gilman Drive (92093). "Reach for the Stars"- will be an evening of fun, food and fundraising for University City public schools. Enjoy food from 20 San Diego restaurants, over 100 silent auction baskets, live entertainment throughout the evening, and dancing underneath the stars. Taste of the Triangle is the major fundraiser for University City public schools. Tickets go on sale April 1, 2015. Contact: EDUCATE President Anne St. Louis at president@uc-educate.org. Open to the public.

 

*3 -- Free Heart Screening for Teens 12-19 years, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Madison High School, 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). Sponsored by the Eric Paredes Save a Life Foundation and Scripps Health, parents have the opportunity to have their teens screened for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) at no cost. For more information and to register, visit www.EPSaveaLife.org. Open to the public.

 

5 -- Day of the Teacher Celebration, 4:15-7 p.m., Madison High School, 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). San Diego Unified School District honors its 2015 district and school site Teachers of the Year in a festive off-site board meeting with music and refreshments provided by students. Future Educator, Mashin and STEM Scholars are also recognized. Contact: Jennifer Rodriguez, Communications Department, 619-725-5598. Open to the public.

 

*6 -- Special Board of Education Meeting, 6-9 p.m., 4100 Normal Street (92103). The San Diego Unified Board will be holding a special meeting on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Discussions topics include:  What is LCFF? What does proportionality mean? How does the district allocate LCFF dollars? How does the district determine priorities? Contact: Ursula Kroemer, chief public information officer, at 619-725-7505 or ukroemer@sandi.net. Open to the public.

 

14 -- 2015 Elementary Instrumental Honor Concert, 7-8:30 p.m., Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive (92106). Elementary students from throughout the district will perform. There will be a band and an orchestra performance. Concert is free. Contact: Mark Nicholson at 858-256-2702 or mnicholson@sandi.net. Open to the public.

 

19 -- Classified Employee of the Year Celebration, 4:15-7 p.m., Ibarra Elementary School, 4877 Orange Ave. (92115). San Diego Unified School District honors its classified employees, naming one the 2015 Classified Employee of the Year. The celebratory off-site board meeting features music and refreshments provided by students. Contact: Dao Nguyen, Human Resources, 619-725-8000. Open to the public.

 

*28 -- Day of the Military Child, 7:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Crown Point Junior Music Academy, 4033 Ingraham Street (92109). Activities will include a morning assembly warm-up with members of the military, soldiers reading in the classroom, pancake breakfast for military families and all school assembly with special performances and guest speaker. Contact: Cathy Valenzula at 619-227-7383 or ccalderon@sandi.net. Not open to the public.

 

29 -- 20th Annual International Festival, 4-7 p.m., Doyle Elementary School, 3950 Berino Ct. (92122). Enjoy multicultural performances and booths representing a variety of countries. Performances begin at 5 p.m. Event is free. Food trucks will be available for purchasing tasty dinners and desserts. Contact: Principal Kimberly Moore at kmoore@sandi.net . Open to the public.

 

-- To receive news releases by e-mail from San Diego Unified, go to http://sandi.net/comm/media/signup/ .

 

-- To separate public events from school functions we'd like you to cover, items open to the public are now labeled as such. "Not open to the public" means that you're welcome to cover it, but it's not something to list in an events calendar or announce to the public.

 

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Post DAC Meeting Notices

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: DAC General Membership—Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/64793

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: DAC Executive Board—Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Notice of Special Meeting: DAC Executive Board—Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/64792

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notice(s) and/or agenda(s) in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NEWS RELEASE FROM SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT - District Teachers of the Year announced for 2015

NEWS RELEASE FROM SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, April 23, 2015

 

District Teachers of the Year announced for 2015

 

Michelle Yepiz from Zamorano Fine Arts Academy, Brenda Mueller from De Portola Middle School and Dr. Ronald Lancia from Mission Bay High School have been named San Diego Unified School District's Teachers of the Year for 2015.

 

These three devoted educators will be honored at the Day of the Teacher celebration scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, at 4:15 p.m. at Madison High School. More than 140 Teachers of the Year from individual school sites, District Teacher of the Year runners-up, Future Educator Scholars and Mashin and STEM scholarship winners will also be recognized.

 

“Great teachers make a positive impact on students by consistently creating learning conditions that allow students to meet success,” Superintendent Cindy Marten said. “These three individuals are skillful and passionate professionals who are not only dedicated to improving their own skills but also collaborating with colleagues to create the best learning environment for students. With enthusiasm and purpose, they make a difference every day in the lives of their students and in their school community.”

 

Yepiz, who teaches fifth grade, has been at Zamorano Elementary for 11 years. Her teaching method is an active and engaging style, and her enthusiasm to teach helps encourage her students to learn. In addition to teaching, Yepiz organizes an after-school theater class to expose her students to the arts and coordinates an annual school-wide musical.

 

“I firmly believe in educating the whole child,” Yepiz wrote in her application essay. “My philosophy centers on the idea that the arts are an integral part of education. The arts must be integrated into the curriculum, not as an addition, but as an enhancement to learning.”

 

Mueller has been a teacher for more than 15 years, 11 of them teaching science to seventh graders at De Portola Middle. Constantly honing her craft as an educator, she is currently a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow at San Diego State University. Mueller’s main focus in the classroom is to foster a safe environment in which students can participate in productive discussions and talk about their ideas.

 

“She is able to build strong relationships with her students while simultaneously commanding their best effort,” wrote De Portola Principal Ryan Brock. “Students flock to Mrs. Mueller and often speak of her friendly demeanor. Class observations show a high level of rigorous and demanding instruction. Brenda offers the best of both worlds (rigor and relationship), which makes for an incredibly powerful educational environment.”

 

Lancia has been teaching for 16 years, 11 of which have been at Mission Bay High where he teaches language arts, film, yearbook and AVID. He treats his student as individuals, and seeks to bring them together in collaboration.

 

He also developed a program called ACES, or the After-school Center for Excellence and Support, which offers students academic support across curriculum. For Lancia, the program represents four distinct areas of personal commitment.

 

“Hearts represents the importance of mentorship and service,” Lancia wrote in his application essay. “Clubs represents the club/community effect I deeply value. Diamonds signifies a balanced approach to academics, a notion I’ve appreciated since studying multiple intelligences. And finally, spades represents digging deeper one-on-one and building relationships.”

 

This year’s three runners-up are Mary Lou Baranowski from Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School, Simone Kincaid from Creative Performing and Media Arts Middle School and Shirley Miranda from Morse High School. All six candidates will go on to the county-wide Teacher of the Year competition, and will be recognized by the San Diego County Office of Education in October.

 

Every year, one teacher at each level – elementary, middle and high school – is selected as District Teacher of the Year along with a runner-up at each level. Nominees are first selected by their school sites, and then have the option to go through the application process, which includes writing essays, an interview and a classroom observation.

 

For more information about San Diego Unified’s Teacher of the Year program or for photos of our honorees, contact Jennifer Rodriguez at 619-847-6029 or jcornelius@sandi.net.

 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Post Notice of Change of Date: Audit and Finance Cmte

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice of Change of Date: Audit and Finance Committee—Changed from Wednesday, May 20, 2015 to Thursday, May 28, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/domain/446

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice(s) and/or agenda(s) and post in a prominent, accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams