Sunday, May 15, 2011

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

NEWS RELEASE -- Media Calendar -- Upcoming Events in the San Diego Unified School District, May 15, 2011

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

For a calendar of noticed public meetings, go to Those meetings might not be included in this listing.

(*) New or revised this week.

* 18 -- News Conference, Tdap Booster Requirement, 11 a.m., County of San Diego Heath and Human Services office, 1700 Pacific Highway (92101). Topic will be the upcoming Tdap immunization requirement for all public school students. Speakers will be Supt. Bill Kowba of San Diego Unified, as well as County Supt. Randy Ward, Health Dept. Chief Dr. Wilma Wooten and Grossmont Supt. Ralf Swenson. Contact: Linda Zintz, SDUSD Communications Director, (619) 725-5568. This is a news conference presented for working media only; not open to the public.

18 -- Youth Suicide Prevention Presentation, 6 p.m., Bell Middle School, 620 Briarwood Rd. (92139). All parents and adults with children in their lives are invited to attend a free presentation to learn what our youth are facing and how to respond and help. Contact: Youth Suicide Prevention Office, (619) 523-0708. Open to the public.

* 19-21. 26-27 -- SCPA Presents the Senior Visual Arts Exhibition, Little Theatre, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, 2425 Dusk Drive (92139). Come see brilliant work from our graduating visual arts students Class of 2011. The exhibition features 2-D, 3-D, and Photography and Mixed Media installations. Curtain times: 19, 20, 26, 27 at 6 p.m. and May 21 at 1 p.m. Contact: Mitzi Lizarraga, Principal or Richard Trujillo, Artistic Director (619) 470-0555. Open to the public.

19 – Teen Iron Chef Competition, San Diego High School, 1405 Park Blvd. (92101). Students from Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Madison and San Diego high schools will compete for the title of top culinary team in the San Diego Unified School District. Contact: Zhee Zhee Aguirre, Mira Mesa High School, (858) 566-2262. Not open to the public.

19-21, 26-27 -- SCPA Presents CONNECTIONS, San Diego SCPA, 2425 Dusk Drive, San Diego CA (92139), Features Master Choreographies from Alvin Ailey, Anna Sokolow, and Donald McKayle, and world renowned dancers Christopher Huggins, Stephanie Powell and Jim May as guest artists, directing SCPA students. Mr. Huggins, Ms. Powell, Mr. May and Mr. McKayle will be on hand to witness this amazing dance concert. The concert is supported by the 21st Century ASSETs grant from the US Department of Education and the California Department of Education. Performances are May 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., and May 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets $4. Media contact: Mitzi Lizarraga, Principal. Information: Box Office (619) 475-8556.

19 -- Clairemont Community of Schools Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Media Center, Marston Middle School, 3799 Clairemont Dr. (92117). Discussion and community dialogue with parents, students, staff and community members in the Clairemont High School area, including middle and elementary schools that feed into Clairemont High. Contact: Julee Jenkins at Open to the public.

19 -- Toler Elementary Family Community Literacy Night, 5:45 p.m., Toler Elementary School, 3350 Baker St. (92117). Author Richard Lederer will be joined by Deborah Ford, District Resource Librarian, and staff from Toler partner Clairemont Public Library for the evening, which celebrates language and literature. Contact: Amy Murad, Toler Library, (858) 273-0294. Open to the public.

* 21 – 25 Year Celebration, Valencia Park Center for Academics, Drama and Dance, 4 p.m., The Jacobs Center Celebration Hall, Joe and Vi Jacobs Center?404 Euclid Ave. (92114). Celebrate 25 years of dance and drama at Valencia Park. Contact: Andrew Gergurich, principal, (619) 264-0125. Open to the public.

* 21 – Mission Bay High School Jazz on the Green, 1:30 p.m., Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave. (92109). Joining the renown Mission Bay High Dixie Jazz Band will be the school's jazz ensemble and concert jazz band. Featured guest is the Rey Vinole Swing Band featuring MBHS alumni Brad Steinway and Joey Carano. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 kids/students. Contact: JP Balmat, music teacher, Mission Bay High, (858) 273-1313 x113. Open to the public.

20 -- Pt. Loma High Rhapsody on the Point 2011, Humphreys, 2241 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106. Annual music show featuring performances by students from schools throughout Pt. Loma. The musicians will be joined by San Diegan Kristina Goettler, Principal Oboe player for the Kansas City Symphony, for the fourth annual Rhapsody on the Point, an evening of beautiful music and a pivotal fundraiser for the Point Loma High instrumental music program. The evening will also honor The Thursday Club, a local philanthropic organization whose mission includes music and arts education. General Admission and premium Cabaret table seating is available on the website, ($45 General Admission; $80 for two; cabaret tables from $250 - $1000). Media contact: Kerri DeRosier, (619) 226-4896. Open to the public.

20-21 – Silver Gate Elementary Garden Gator Fundraiser, Silver Gate Elementary School, 1499 Venice St. (92107). Farmer's Market at Pt. Loma area school, selling fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and potted plants, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the school. Parent contacts: Amy Simms at, Loc Leute at or Jennifer Caltabellota at Open to the public.

23 -- Serra Cluster Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Miller Elementary, 4343 Shields St. (92124). Discussion and community dialogue with parents, students, staff and community members in the Serra High School area, including middle and elementary schools that feed into Serra High. Contact: Susan Levy, principal, at Open to the public.

* 26 – College and Career Program Fair, 4-6 p.m., Celebration Hall, Market Creek Events and Venues at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue (92114). See the best from San Diego Unified's College and Career Technical Education program. Contact: Shawn Loescher, CCTE Director, (858) 503-1754. Open to the public.

26 – Chelsea King Invitational Mile, Lindbergh Schweitzer Elementary School, 4133 Mt. Albertine Ave. (92111). Race benefits Chelsea's Light Foundation. Contact: Mary Lou Baranowski, (858) 496-8400 x4009. Open to the public.

30 -- Memorial Day Holiday. All schools and offices closed.


6 -- Crawford High Cluster Committee Meeting, 6 p.m., Mann Middle School, 4345 54th St. (92115). Discussion and community dialogue with parents and community members in the Crawford High School Complex area, including middle and elementary schools that feed into Crawford High. Contact: Dr. Tony Burks, Area Superintendent, (619) 725-5584. Open to the public.

9 -- Madison Community of Schools Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Madison High School, Room 101, 4833 Doliva Dr. (92117). Discussion and community dialogue with parents, students, staff and community members in the Madison High School area, including middle and elementary schools that feed into Madison High. Contact: Michael Snyder at Open to the public.

10-13 High School Graduations. See schedule at Open to the public. Contact individual schools for details.

13 -- Last day of school, traditional calendar.

17 -- Year-Round Schools Closed.

20 -- Year-Round Schools Closed.


4 -- Independence Day, all schools and offices closed.

21 -- Last day of year for Year-Round Schools


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.

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.

Wednesday: Adams Avenue Farmers Market, 3- 7 p.m., Adams Elementary School playground, 4672 35th Street, San Diego (92116). The Adams Avenue Business Association coordinates the Farmers Market. A percentage of the proceeds go to Adams Elementary for field trips and to maintain the school garden. Contact Principal Derek Murchison at or (619) 284-1158. Open to the public.

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.

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