Friday, October 22, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

Media Calendar -- Upcoming Events in the San Diego Unified School District
-- October 22, 2010

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 new district website at

(*) New or revised this week.


23 -- Skate for the Kids Barbecue, 1-5 p.m., Robb Field Skate Park, Ocean
Beach. Event will raise funds for Ocean Beach Elementary School. Contact:
Lanette Jorgensen, at or call (619) 225-2317. Open
to the public.

25-29 -- Red Ribbon Week, observed at schools throughout the district. Red
Ribbon Week is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the
country. Some schools may observe Red Ribbon Week at other times. Contact:
Jack Brandais, communications department, (619) 725-5570. Not open to the

26 -- "Best Communities for Music Education in America" Award Presentation,
11 a.m., Oak Park Conservatory of Music, 2606 54th St. (92105).
Representatives of the National Association of Music Merchants will be in
San Diego to present San Diego Unified with the award. Oak Park students
will be performing as part of the ceremony. Contact: Karen Childress-Evans,
Director, Visual and Performing Arts Program, (858) 539-5349. Not open the

* 26 -- School Police News Conference, 4 p.m., School Police Headquarters,
Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal Street (92103). Police Chief
Don Braun is scheduled to discuss the impacts of his department being
eliminated as part of balancing the 2011-12 school year budget. Contact:
Jack Brandais, Communications Department, (619) 725-5570.

26 -- Parent Tech Night, 6 p.m., Dana Middle School, 1775 Chatsworth Blvd.
(92115). Learn how your child can access online textbooks and encyclopedias
at school and home. Explore your child's digital document storage area and
see how they can use it to move files from school to home and back. Contact:
Diane Ryan, Principal, (619) 225-3897. Open to parents/guardians.

26 -- Board of Education Meeting, 5 p.m., Eugene Brucker Education Center,
4100 Normal St. (92103). Agenda and information: Open to the public.

* 26 -- Serra High Parent College Workshop, 6 p.m., Serra High School, 5156
Santo Rd. (92124). Skills and knowledge will students need to succeed in
college and the workplace will be discussed. Contact: Steve Baker (858)
496-8342. Open to the public.

* 27 -- Balboa Elementary School Design Task Force Meeting, 1:30 p.m.,
Balboa Elementary School, 1844 S. 40th St. (92113). San Diego Unified School
District invites you or your representative to participate in a Design Task
Force for the Proposition S-funded whole-site modernization project at
Balboa Elementary School. Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, Prop. S

28, 29, 30, Nov. 4, 5, 6 -- SCPA Presents Macbeth, 7 p.m. (at 2 p.m. and 7
p.m. on Oct 30 and Nov 6), San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts,
2425 Dusk Drive (92139). Little Theater. Information: (619) 475-8556. Open
to the public.

28 -- Angier Elementary Food Drive, all day, Angier Elementary School, 8450
Hurlburt St. (92123). Pre-holiday canned food drive supports Serra Mesa
Community County Food Pantry. Members of the public are welcome to drop off
canned food; students will be bringing their own. Contact: Kimberlee Kidd,
Principal, (858) 496-8295. Open to the public.

28 -- Special Education or 504 College/Post High School Options, 6 p.m.,
Point Loma High School. Panel discussion covers options after high school
options for students with disabilities. Topics include college attendance
(university and community college), adult education programs, vocational
programs, criteria for high school diploma; GED options and the district's
TRACE program, Regional Center and the California Department of
Rehabilitation. Contact: Jane Doft, (619) 223-3121 x1167 or

29 -- Holmes Elementary Halloween Parade, Holmes Elementary School, 4902 Mt.
Ararat Dr. (92111). Mrs. Cross will lead the parade by walking by each
classroom and inviting the children to join in. Students will be wearing
their costumes during the parade around the school. Contact: Evva Cross,
Principal, (858) 496-8110. Open to parents.

30 -- Sunset View Elementary Halloween Carnival, 3:30-7:30 p.m., Sunset View
Elementary School, 4365 Hill St. (92107). The 52nd annual carnival includes
Spooky Sports and a costume fair. Contact: Jacquelyn McCabe, Principal,
(619) 223-7156. Open to the public.

30 -- Holmes Elementary Halloween Carnival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holmes
Elementary School, 4902 Mt. Ararat Dr. (92111). Have a spooktaular time at
one of San Diego Unified's neighborhood schools. Activities include games
sponsored by each classroom and other fun. Contact: Stacy Coulter, Holmes
PTA, (858) 292-5222. Open to the public.

30 -- Toler Elementary Halloween Carnival, 2 a.m. to 5 p.m., Toler
Elementary School, 3350 Baker St. (92117). Contact: Peggy Lewis, Principal,
(858) 273-0294. Open to the public.

30 -- Ross Elementary Fall Carnival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ross Elementary
School, 7470 Bagdad St. (92111).


2 -- Board of Education Meeting, 5 p.m., Eugene Brucker Education Center,
4100 Normal St. (92103). Agenda and information: Open to the public.

3 -- An Evening with Diane Ravitch, 5 p.m., Madison High School, 4833 Doliva
Dr, San Diego (92117). Ravitch, author of "The Death and Life of the Great
American School System," will speak to the San Diego community. For public,
RSVP required as seating is limited. Contact: Linda Zintz, Communications
Director, (619) 725-5570. Open to the public.

* 6 -- Morse High Rising Above Pressure Parent-Student Conference, 9 a.m. to
2 0.m., Morse High School, 6905 Skyline Dr. (92114). Learn how to rise above
pressure with interactive workshops on topics including Internet safety,
applying for college, fitness, culinary arts, high school test prep and
careers. Contact: Harry Shelton, Principal, Morse High School, (619)
262-0763. Open to the public.

6 -- San Diego Fiesta Educativa, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southwestern College, 900
Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista (91910). Fiesta Educativa was founded in
California in 1978 to inform and assist Latino families in obtaining
services and in caring for their children with special needs. A limited
number of scholarships are available; for more information contact Pat
Moulton at (619) 725-7327 or

9 -- Board of Education Meeting, 5 p.m., Eugene Brucker Education Center,
4100 Normal St. (92103). Agenda and information: Open to the public.

6 -- Curie Elementary Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Curie Elementary
School, 4080 Governor Dr. (92122). Sponsored by the PTA at Curie, this
longtime community staple draws more than 100 booths with sellers offering
hundreds of handmade arts and crafts items, food booths, bake sale and
silent auction. The Kid's Corner will feature carnival games and
entertainment. Contact: Curie PTA, (858) 643-9720 or Open
to the public.

11 -- Veterans Day holiday, all schools and offices closed.

* 13 -- Madison Cluster Family Fun Day and Rummage Sale, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Madison High School, 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). Family fun, food,
entertainment and shopping are on the agenda for this day of fun.

13 -- Pt. Loma High 85th Anniversary Gala, 6 p.m., Liberty Station
Conference Center, 2600 Laning Rd. (92106). Point Loma High School will
celebrate 85 years of educational excellence with a weekend of events
including the "Once a Pointer, Always a Pointer" gala and auction. Contact:
Cathy Bohlman, Open to the public.

16 -- Board of Education Meeting, 5 p.m., Eugene Brucker Education Center,
4100 Normal St. (92103). Agenda and information: Open to the public.

22-26 -- Thanksgiving Break. All schools closed. Some district offices will
be open Nov. 22-24. All schools and offices are closed Nov. 25-26.

30 -- Board of Education Meeting, 5 p.m., Eugene Brucker Education Center,
4100 Normal St. (92103). Agenda and information: Open to the public.


20-31 -- Winter break and district office furlough. All schools and offices


3 -- Traditional-calendar schools and district offices reopen.


19-26 -- San Diego Science Festival, on SDUSD campuses and in various
locations around San Diego. More than 75,000 students, parents, scientists,
educators, and other community members are anticipated to take part in this
year's activities, with over 30,000 expected on Expo Day, a
free-to-the-community event. Contact: Mary Jo Ball, San Diego Science
Festival, Managing Director (858) 822-4470. Selected events are open to the


Tuesday: Powwow Workshop Soaring Eagles, 6 p.m. Ballard Parent Center, 2375
Congress Ave. (92110). Enjoy free potluck supper and practice for Soaring
Eagles student dance troupe, and pitch in to help the children learn
history, heritage and performance lessons. Part of Parent Outreach's
American Indian Education Program. Contact: Chuck Cadotte or Vickie Gambala,
(619) 994-0392. Free and open to public

Tuesday: Mira Mesa Farmer's Market, Mira Mesa High School, 3-7 p.m., 10510
Reagan Road (92126). Some proceeds go to the Mira Mesa High School
Foundation. Contact:

Saturday: Scripps Ranch Farmers Market and Art Festival, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
Scripps Mesa Conference Center, 10380 Spring Canyon Rd. (92131). Contact:
Bev Cassity, (858) 586-7933,, or visit
Open to the public.

Sunday: La Jolla Elementary Open Air Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., La Jolla
Elementary School, 1111 Marine St., La Jolla (92037). Proceeds benefit La
Jolla Elementary School. Market hotline, (858) 454-1699. Web site: Open to the public.

Monday: Yoga at Crawford, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Crawford High Educational
Complex, 4191 Colts Way (92115). Free yoga classes open to all, students as
well as community members. Contact Lara Gutierrez, or Open to the public.

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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