Monday, August 21, 2017

News Release: Morse High School Students Return to School With New Career Skills Thanks to Summer STEM Solar Work Experience

News Release from the San Diego Unified School District, August 21, 2017

 

Morse High School Students Return to School With New Career Skills Thanks to Summer STEM Solar Work Experience; Innovative STEM program gives students the opportunity to practice their leadership skills with a hands-on experience in the green energy sector

 

San Diego, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 – In collaboration with the Morse High School STEM team, San Diego Unified School District and OpTerra Energy Services developed a five-session summer program for students in the school’s STEM Distinction Program.

 

Students got a unique learning opportunity while the photovoltaic (PV) site was under construction. OpTerra provided solar education resources and hands-on materials, subject matter experts, and guest speakers at the construction site to teach students about solar panel technology and the green energy industry.

 

The 19 students in the program were divided into three groups, each working with a teacher and an OpTerra mentor to research and create a functional solar product that can be utilized by San Diego Unified and OpTerra, allowing the students to meet their summer STEM requirements. The student groups created:

 

•           A video on best practices for maintenance of the photovoltaic panels and best energy use practices for building occupants.

•           A unit on solar energy that can be implemented and used with other San Diego Unified schools.

•           A pilot engineering design to create an inexpensive way to clean PV panels on a more regular basis to maintain better output.

 

“This program provides a unique opportunity for bright and innovative high school students to learn about real life applications of STEM,” said Crista Curtis, Regional Business Development Manager, OpTerra Energy Services. “We are thrilled to work with the San Diego Unified School District on educational opportunities like these.” 

 

Funds from the San Diego Workforce Partnership paid students a stipend for participation in the Summer STEM Solar Program.

 

“It is these innovative programs that encourage students to pursue careers in science,” said Alfred Love, Director of College, Career, and Technical Education at San Diego Unified. “The kids in this program  got to see how science and mathematics can be applied in the real world. They had to work in teams to research and produce a solar product, much like a real job. These students will have a leg-up as they pursue their educational and career aspirations.”

 

Construction of the solar photovoltaic canopies was funded by San Diego Unified’s Propositions S and Z, which are local bond measures approved by San Diego voters to repair, renovate and revitalize neighborhood schools.  In addition to renovation and replacement, bond projects include classroom technology, facilities to support College, Career and Technical Education, classroom air conditioning, safety and security upgrades, and other facilities improvements at traditional and public charter schools throughout San Diego Unified.

 

About College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE): CCTE provides high quality, college and career themed programs that enrich and engage students with state-of-the art, dynamic and challenging courses. These courses integrate core standards and industry competencies with real-world applications that prepare students for success.

 

About OpTerra Energy Services Inc.: OpTerra Energy Services is a national energy company that works with education, local government, commercial, industrial, and institutional organizations to implement efficiency and sustainable energy solutions that save money, enhance safety, improve assets, and protect the environment. As a subsidiary of ENGIE S.A., the number one energy efficiency services provider in the world, OpTerra Energy Services provides a unique and extensive set of energy and sustainability management services to thousands of customers across the U.S. The company has provided more than $2 billion in energy savings for its customers over the past 40 years. To learn more, please visit www.opterraenergy.com or contact Lani Wild, communications manager, at 415-735-9080.

 

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Media contacts:

Lani Wild, Communications Manager, OpTerra Energy Services: lwild@opterraenergy.com , 415-735-9080

Samer Naji, Facilities Communications Supervisor, San Diego Unified School District: snaji@sandi.net, 619-725-7747

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: San Diego Unified Partners with OpTerra Energy Services To Develop Innovative Summer STEM Solar Program at Morse High School

San Diego Unified Partners with OpTerra Energy Services To Develop Innovative Summer STEM Solar Program at Morse High School



WHAT: In collaboration with the Morse High School STEM team, San Diego Unified School District and OpTerra Energy Services developed a five-session summer program for students in the school's STEM Distinction Program. This innovative, client-based integrated project based learning program allows students to meet their summer STEM requirements while participating in a real-word green energy industry experience.



OpTerra provided solar education resources and hands-on materials, subject matter experts, and guest speakers at the construction site to teach students about solar panel technology and the green energy industry. Students in the program worked in teams to produce a functional product that can be used by San Diego Unified and OpTerra. Funds from the San Diego Workforce Partnership paid students a stipend of $220 dollars for participation in the Summer STEM Solar Program. The student teams will present on Wednesday their summer STEM projects to regional energy experts.



WHEN: Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.



WHERE: Morse High School: 6905 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114.



Please park in-the main parking lot and check-in at the office. Office staff will direct you to the event location.



GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS:

Alfred Love, Director of College, Career Technical Education at San Diego Unified.

Lani Wild, Manager of Communications, OpTerra Energy Services

MEDIA CONTACT: Samer Naji, San Diego Unified, 619-548-3388



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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Media Advisory: San Diego Unified Teams with American Idol Star & Teen Startup to Help Ease Student Meal Debt

Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 10, 2017

 

San Diego Unified Teams with American Idol Star & Teen Startup to Help Ease Student Meal Debt

 

WHAT: San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services is partnering with the School Lunch Fairy and American Idol alum Dalton Rapattoni and friends to raise funds to help pay off student meal debts and ensure students stay well-nourished at school. San Diego kids and families will get a free preview of the musicians evening concert with a mini-concert at Allied Gardens Park & Recreation Center during a Summer Fun Café BBQ, where the families can also receive a free barbecue lunch.

 

WHEN: Friday, August 11; 8-10 a.m. (Available for interviews/live set-up shots); Noon (Mini-concert performance and BBQ)

 

WHERE: Allied Gardens Park & Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave, 92120

 

INTERVIEWS: Representative from San Diego Unified, representative from School Lunch Fairy, musicians - Dalton Rapattoni, The House On Cliff, and Lauren Carnahan.

 

VISUALS: Live performance from Dalton Rapattoni, The House On Cliff band, and Lauren Carnahan; students receiving free meals and watching concert.

 

BACKGROUND: Hungry kids can’t learn. That is why San Diego Unified is committed to helping ensure all students have access to nutritious meals at school. As part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, qualifying students may receive free or reduced-price meals. Keeping the high cost of living in San Diego into account, the district helps families on the edge by waiving the reduced price fee, thereby allowing those students to eat for free. Also, 89 district schools qualify under Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2, which allows all students who attend those schools to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at no cost.

 

Unfortunately, there are families just on the edge of the income qualifications that do not qualify for free meals on paper, but in reality need assistance paying for meals for their kids. We do not want any students to fall through the cracks and go hungry, that is why the district is taking the unique approach of partnering with School Lunch Fairy to solicit the support of the community to raise funds to help students who need assistance in paying for school meals.

 

Dalton Rapattoni, The House On Cliff , and Lauren Carnahan  are making a stop in San Diego for their summer tour across 18 cities. The tour will be helping School Lunch Fairy raise funds and increase awareness about the issue of lunch debt.

 

Inspired by a report on NPR news about school lunch shaming, Christian Cordon-Cano and Bernardo Hasbach, both high school juniors in Florida, launched School Lunch Fairy to raise funds to help kids pay for school lunch. In just a few months, they rose over $10,000 and have donated to schools in California, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, and Washington. “But we won´t stop there,” says Christian Cordon-Cano, adding that “our objective is to help kids in every state in the country.”

 

“That´s why we are so excited to help School Lunch Fairy raise funds. These teen-agers rock.” says William Santana, bassist for The House On Cliff, adding “I’ve seen how hard it is for someone to skip a meal or two at school because you don't have money. No kid should ever go hungry at school in America.”

 

CONTACT: Tara McNamara | 858-627-7316 (office), 209-233-1565 (cell) | tmcanamara@sandi.net

 

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY: Free Military Appreciation Event to Help Families, Children Prepare for New School Year

Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 9, 2017

 

Free Military Appreciation Event to Help Families, Children Prepare for New School Year

 

WHAT: The San Diego Unified School District serves more than 9,000 military-connected students each year. Many are new to the area and will be entering a new school in San Diego Unified on August 28, 2017. To help make the transition easier for these families and get a head-start on back-to-school preparations, the district, along with the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, is hosting a Military Enrollment Event. Parents will have the opportunity to enroll new students in the district (appointments are available; walk-ins are welcome) and get vaccinations required for school enrollment (courtesy of Naval Medical Center San Diego). All attendees will receive a free lunch and students will receive free school supplies, courtesy of They Serve 2

 

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

7-9 a.m.: Volunteers from the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will help staff set up for the event.

 

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Hundreds of families will have the opportunity to enroll their student(s), gather helpful information from military and community organizations and district departments, receive free school supplies and free required immunizations, if needed.

 

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Free BBQ Lunch

 

WHERE: De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92124

 

INTERVIEWS: Military families, personnel and volunteers; staff and volunteers from San Diego Unified; and representatives from more than 30 military and community agencies. San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten, Col. Jason Woodworth, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Capt. Roy Love, Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego, and Mary Kirby, Director of Fleet and Family Readiness, will be available between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. for interviews

 

VISUALS: Activities with children, families and military personnel including art, rock climbing and robotics demonstrations.

 

CONTACT: Maureen Magee, San Diego Unified Communications Director, 619-381-7930

 

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Monday, August 7, 2017

San Diego Unified School District - Media Opportunities for week of Aug. 7

Good Morning,

Below is the list of this week’s media coverage opportunities. As always, please confirm your coverage prior to event date.

 

Thank you.

San Diego Unified Communications Dept.

 

Friday 8/11  - 8 a.m. – San Diego Unified Teams with American Idol Star & Teen Startup to Help Ease Student Meal Debt
San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services is partnering with the School Lunch Fairy and American Idol alum Dalton Rapattoni and friends to raise funds to help pay off student meal debts and ensure students stay well-nourished at school. San Diego kids and families will get a free preview of the musicians evening concert with a mini-concert at Allied Gardens Park & Recreation Center during a Summer Fun Café BBQ, where the families can also receive a free barbecue lunch.

*Please see attached media advisory for more details*

Location: Allied Gardens Park & Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave, 92120

Media Contact: Tara McNamara 858-627-7316

 

Saturday 8/12 – 9 a.m. Free Military Appreciation Event to Assist Families Prepare for New School Year

The San Diego Unified School District serves more than 11,000 military-connected students each year. Many are new to the area and will be entering a new school in San Diego Unified on August 28, 2017.  To help make the transition easier for these families and get a head-start on back-to-school preparations, the district, along with the Navy and the Marine Corp, is hosting a Military Enrollment and Family Appreciation Event. The event is free and open to all military families living within the service boundaries of San Diego Unified. The event will also include a free resource fair, a robotics/art demo and Complimentary BBQ lunch from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

*Please see attached flier for more details*
Location:
De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 92124

Media Contact: Maureen Magee 619-381-7930

 

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Post Notices of Change of Time

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Change of Times: Props S & Z ICOC Executive/Governance Subcommittee Meetings—September through December 2017, changed from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Committee Meeting Information: https://www.sandiegounified.org/executivegovernance-subcommittee

·         Notice of Change of Time: Props S & Z ICOC Construction Subcommittee Meeting—September 7, 2017, changed from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Committee Meeting Information: https://www.sandiegounified.org/construction-subcommittee

Please forward to staff and as appropriate, print notice and agendas and post in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.


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

·         Audit and Finance: https://www.sandiegounified.org/node/528

·         CAC: General Membershiphttps://www.sandiegounified.org/cac-2016-17-general-meeting-schedule-and-information; and Executive Boardhttps://www.sandiegounified.org/cac-2016-17-executive-meeting-schedule-and-information 

·         CTEAC: https://www.sandiegounified.org/cteac-2016-17-meeting-schedule-and-information

·         CSFC: https://www.sandiegounified.org/csfc-2016-meetings-schedule       

·         DAC: General Membershiphttps://www.sandiegounified.org/dac-2016-17-general-meeting-schedule-and-information; and Executive Boardhttps://www.sandiegounified.org/dac-2016-17-executive-meeting-schedule-and-information 

·         DELAC: General Membership and Executive Boardhttps://www.sandiegounified.org/delac-2016-17-meeting-schedule-and-information  

·         ICOC: https://www.sandiegounified.org/icoc-meeting

 

Thank you.

 

Melissa Hudson

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board of Education

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA 92103-2682

Office: (619) 725-5550

Fax: (619) 297-5624

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