Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Green Elementary Participates in Nationwide "Move Your Body 2013"

Reporters and editors: Green Elementary School, 7030 Wandermere Dr.
(92119), is participating in tomorrow's nationwide kids exercise event,
Move Your Body 2013 and is inviting your coverage.

Please join us for this event at 10:15. Dancing will start promptly at
10:42. All 507 students will be participating. Hope to see you here. See
details below on national event.


DeeDee Patterson Green Athletic Magnet
619-460-5755
dpatterson@sandi.net

Dr. Bruce Ferguson (principal)
bferguson@sandi.net
619-460-5755

NEWS RELEASE FROM WAT-AAH! FOUNDATION
+ + +

WAT-AAH! Foundation Kicks Off "Move Your Body 2013," a Nationwide Kids
Exercise Event in Support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
Initiative With a Celebrity Filled Public Service Announcement

WAT-AAH! Foundation Assembles The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Perez Hilton,
Bella Thorne, Eve And Mindless Behavior Amongst Others To Dance And Move
Together In A Psa Against Childhood Obesity

May 1st Youth Exercise Event Excites Over 250,000 Kids In Over 600 Schools
With Special Nyc & L.a. Events Featuring Celebrity Hosts And Musical
Performances


WAT-AAH! Foundation Kicks Off Move Your Body 2013 In Support of The First
Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! Initiative With A Celebrity Filled PSA.
(PRNewsFoto/WAT-AAH!)

NEW YORK, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- WAT-AAH! Foundation, an
organization founded by WAT-AAH!, a brand of functional bottled water for
kids and teens, aimed at improving kids' health through working with youth
focused creative and physical activity groups, announces the 3rd annual
Move Your Body 2013 event, taking place in New York City and Los Angeles,
Wednesday, May 1st at 1:42pm EDT/10:42am PDT. Exciting 250,000 kids in
over 600 schools, the annual nationwide youth exercise event supports
First Lady Michelle Obama 's Let's Move! initiative with a motivational
Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring some of today's biggest
celebrities such as Austin Mahone , Bella Thorne , Blake Michael ,Carly
Rae Jepsen , Coco Jones, Eve, Jacob Latimore , Jada Grace , Jessica
Sanchez , Luke James , Madison Beer , Mindless Behavior, Perez Hilton and
The Wanted. View the PSA.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130424/NY00530LOGO )

Through their commitment to the Let's Move! program, the WAT-AAH!
Foundation continues their pledge to fight childhood obesity. The
foundation raises awareness not only through this PSA video but also
through billboards and media across major markets such as New York,
Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The PSA, directed by Charles
Nordeen of Light of Day Productions, features the celebrities dancing and
moving to Beyonce's flash workout theme song "Move Your Body." The
celebrities share encouraging messages, such as "You've got it!" and "Keep
it going," to inspire the young viewers to keep dancing.

On May 1st at 1:42pm EDT, Move Your Body's national initiative will kick
off with hubs in New York City and Los Angelesaccompanied by schools all
across the nation including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Boston,
Philadelphia, San Diego,Phoenix, Portland and Jacksonville. The special
events will feature celebrity appearances and performances by Hollywood
Records artists Bella Thorne and Coco Jones, teen heartthrob Jacob
Latimore , as well as pop group Mindless Behavior
(Streamline/Conjunction/Interscope) amongst others.

In 2011, WAT-AAH! joined The National Association of Broadcasters
Educational Foundation (NABEF), who teamed up with Beyonce as she debuted
"Move Your Body," for the Let's Move! Flash Workout. The song and music
video instructed a pre-choreographed dance routine re-recorded from her
hit single "Get Me Bodied." It was performed simultaneously by thousands
of school children on May 3rd. The event gained global recognition as
Beyonce surprised students at Harlem's P.S.161 (http://goo.gl/4Efwg) and
First Lady Michelle Obama surprised students at Alice Deal Middle School
in Washington, D.C.(http://ow.ly/k7s8L)

In 2012, due to the overwhelming requests from both students and teachers,
WAT-AAH! took on the challenge and spearheaded the event. Not wanting to
disappoint the kids, WAT-AAH! strived to make it an even bigger event
involving thousands of kids and NFL/NBA athletes in its nationwide Move
Your Body 2012 event (bit.ly/ZdEfiC).
"Thanks to the kids, Move Your Body has taken on a life of its own," says
Rose Cameron , CEO and Founder of WAT-AAH!. "The WAT-AAH! Foundation is
committed to facilitating this event for the thousands of participating
students, acknowledging their hard work and their desire to live healthy
lives. It has become more than a fun, well-choreographed exercise routine
with great music, it is a celebration of the children's efforts to stay
healthy and the WAT-AAH! Foundation will not abandon them. May 1st is the
day we celebrate the children and applaud their efforts," she adds.

Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have
tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight
or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic
communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese.
Studies have shown that chronic obesity-related health problems can cause
such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and
asthma among children.

This year, the WAT-AAH! Foundation looks to encourage even more schools to
take part in the campaign and spread the message of healthy hydration and
physical activity to even more students. To resonate with kids and teens,
WAT-AAH!, recently profiled in Forbes as one of the fastest growing
functional water brands in the U.S. and Billboard for their fun and
contemporary marketing approaches in their initiatives and their exclusive
celebrity affiliations. Some of its major partnerships have included young
celebrities such as The OMG Girlz, Diggy Simmons , Willow Smith , Nick
Cannon , Ryan Beatty , Cody Simpson , along with NFL/NBA athletes such as
Marques Colston of the New Orleans Saints, Pat Peterson of the Arizona
Cardinals and Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks, who have come together to
take a stand for kid's health.

About WAT-AAH!

WAT-AAH! is a line of functional water free of sugar, artificial flavor or
color of any kind and tastes like pure unadulterated water.Rose Cameron ,
the CEO and Founder, created WAT-AAH! after learning an alarming fact that
today's generation of kids are predicted to have a shorter life expectancy
than their parents largely due to childhood obesity. Inspired by her two
boys and Cameron's 20+ years of experience in brand building and
developing successful national marketing campaigns for various industries,
she and her sons worked together to design WAT-AAH!'s screaming boy logo
and its first line of functional products, which entered the market in
2008. Since then, WAT-AAH! has aimed to make water "cool" and contemporary
to kids and teens to encourage their consumption. WAT-AAH! is available in
over 15,000 supermarkets, chains and school districts across the country.

To learn more, visit wat-aah.com.

About the WAT-AAH! Foundation:

The WAT-AAH! Foundation was established in 2012 as the philanthropic arm
of WAT-AAH!. The foundation aims to improve the lives of children through
working with and making donations to organizations dedicated to keeping
kids healthy, creative and active. The WAT-AAH! Foundation is also
committed to providing relief to children and families who have been
effected by natural disasters. To learn more, visit wat-aahfoundation.com

About Light of Day:

Light of Day is a collaborative boutique firm that provides a distinct
visual effects experience in New York City. Owned and run by founders Amy
Taylor , Charles Nordeen , Josh Williams , and Colin Stackpole , it is
genre-agnostic and conjure sophisticated visual effects for any media
endeavor, including advertising campaigns, feature films, music videos,
and digital web content. Light of Day's creative team has fortified a
second-to-none workflow that consists of top industry professionals
working under one roof and in lock step with the client. This allows their
A-team to focus careful and meticulous attention on each client's project,
producing maximum quality and a seamless workflow that makes things
effortless for the client. They are also able to deliver digital dailies
and digital color grading in house. To learn more, visit
http://lightofday.tv

Media Contact:
Sherlen Archibald
PH: 212-366-5801
Email: sherlen@thechambergroup.com



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Exercise Event In Support Of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
Initiative May 1st With Major New York City School Event Featuring Pop
Stars Bella Thorne, Mindless Behav


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Post Special Closed Session Agenda, May 7, 2013

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice and Call of Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information:: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·          Special Closed Session Agenda—Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Kearny High Educational Complex, Multi-Media Room
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

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Thank you.

 

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Board Services

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Post Advisory Cmte Notice

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Change of Time: DAC Executive Board Meeting, Thursday, May 2, 2013
Meeting Information:: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

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Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

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Post Meeting Notices, May 7 & 21, 2013

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice and Call of Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Open & Closed Session Meeting Information:: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

·         Notice of Change of Time for Special Meeting, Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Meeting Information:: http://www.sandi.net/page/3248

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Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

MEDIA CALENDAR -- Upcoming Events in the San Diego Unified School District

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

Through May 25, SCPA Young Art 2013: The Story of Me, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Tuesday through Sunday, The San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park. Contact:
Mitzi Lizarraga, Principal, SCPA, (619) 470-0555 ext. 202. Open to the
public.

27 -- Madison High School 50th Anniversary Open House, Madison High, 4833
Doliva Dr. (92117). Come celebrate Madison's 50th Anniversary Open House
on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a
1950's car show, live entertainment, food and school tours of Madison's
new facilities. Alumni can look at yearbooks from the last 50 years and
will have an opportunity to catch up with classmates and Madison staff.
The event is free and open to alumni, community members, staff and
students. Contact: Greg Williams, Community Relations Coordinator, (858)
496-8410 ext. 4056 or gwilliams3@sandi.net<mailto:gwilliams3@sandi.net>.
Open to public.


29 -- Year-round schools reopen after spring break.

30 -- National College Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, 6-8:30 p.m., San Diego
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall H, 111 West Harbor Drive, (92101). Parents
and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with
representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and
financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions. Contact:
Stephanie Moore, Smoore@nacacnet.org or (703) 299-6823. Open to public.

MAY

1 -- Green Elementary WAT-AAH Move Your Body, 10:42 a.m., Green Elementary
School, 7030 Wandermere Dr. (92119). As part of the First Lady's Lets Move
Campaign, the entire school will be performing Beyonce 's Let's Move Dance
in our courtyard. Contact: DeeDee Patterson, Green Elementary,
619-460-5755. Not open to the public.

2 -- Dana Middle School Family Tour, 3:30 p.m., Dana Middle School, 1775
Chattsworth Blvd. (92107). Fourth grade students and parents are invited
to participate in a school tour. Meet with Principal Ryan and other staff
members during a Q-A session. Tour the library, art studio, science labs,
music rooms, physical education center, and classrooms. Contact: Diane
Ryan, Principal, (619) 225-3897. Open to families.

7 ­ San Diego Unified¹s Day of the Teacher, 4:30 p.m., Kearny High School,
7651 Wellington St. (92111). The district¹s annual Teacher of the Year
recognition for school site Teachers of the Year and the district Teachers
of the Year and runners-up. Contact: Jennifer Cornelius Rodriguez at
jcornelius@sandi.net or 619-725-5598. Closed to the public.

(corrected from May 11) 13 -- Area 6 Cluster Meeting, 5:30 p.m., San Diego
High School Library, 1405 Park Blvd. (92101). Parents, students and
community members are invited to attend this meeting, which discusses
educational issues at the high school and its middle and elementary
schools. Schools in the San Diego cluster are: Birney, Burbank,
Emerson/Bandini, Florence, Garfield, Jefferson, Kimbrough, McKinley,
Rodriguez, Sherman, and Washington elementary schools; Golden Hill, Grant,
Logan, Perkins K-8s; Memorial and Roosevelt Middle Schools; and San Diego
Complex high schools. Contact: Hope del Valle at hdelvalle@sandi.net or
619-725-7210. Open to Area 6 San Diego High Cluster families.

17 -- Rhapsody on the Point, Pt. Loma High concert, 6 p.m., Humprey's,
2241 Shelter Island Dr. Annual concert and fundraiser for Pt. Loma schools
features Pt. Loma High orchestra, chorus and dance. Students will perform
selections from Leonard Bernstein¹s operetta, ³Candide,² and will be
accompanied by a select ensemble choir composed of members from many
distinguished choral groups; and Biebl¹s ³Ave Maria,² guest-conducted by
former Pt. Loma High choir teacher Lewis Phelps and featuring alumni
members of the 1965-1969 Pt. Loma High Madrigals. Contact: Kerri DeRosier,
(619) 226-4896. Open to the public. Website: www.rhapsodyonthepoint.com

* 19 -- Loma Portal Home and Garden Tour and Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 2
p.m., Loma Portal neighborhood. Tour of local neighborhood and sale
benefits Loma Portal Elementary School. Contact: Dominique Miller Mimno,
Dominique.m@cox.net. Admission $20 in advance, $25 day of tour. Open to
the public.

21 ­ San Diego Unified¹s 2013 Classified Employee of the Year, 4:30 p.m.,
Mann Middle School, 4345 54th St. (92115). The district¹s annual
Classified Employee of the Year celebration in which school site and
district facility employees are recognized. One individual will be
recognized as the district¹s Classified Employee of the Year for 2013.
Contact: Jennifer Cornelius Rodriguez at jcornelius@sandi.net or
619-725-5598. Closed to the public.

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-- 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
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Clairemont High¹s AOBT Students are Hungry to Give Back

MEDIA ADVISORY from the San Diego Unified School District, April 25, 2013


Contact: Lisa McDonnell, (858) 503-1841


Clairemont High¹s AOBT Students are Hungry to Give Back


WHAT: Academy of Business and Technology (AOBT) students from Clairemont
High School and their business menotrs will participate in an off-campus,
pre-arranged community service activity with Feeding America in Sorrento
Valley. At the warehouse, they will be rotating around in small groups,
doing multiple service projects such as making backpacks of supplies for
children in need, boxing food for shelters, etc.


WHEN: Friday, April 26, 2013, 10:00 AM-12:00PM Volunteer time at Feeding
America Warehouse


WHERE: Feeding America San Diego, 9455 Waples Street, Suite 135, San
Diego, CA 92121


VISUALS: Student and mentor teams boxing food and making backpacks of
supplies for children in need.


GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Students from the academy, the mentors: Todd
Lane from California Coast Credit Union also AOBT Board President; Mimi
Farrell a Performance Mgmt. / Federal Defense for SPAWAR and also an AOBT
parent; Meagan Nuñez from the Law office of Meagan Nuñez; Mark Belanger
from the U.S. Navy; Greg Cummings from RE/MAX Coastal Properties and Lori
Williams from the Office of College, Career & Technical Education.


BACKGROUND: The Academy of Business and Technology (AOBT) at Clairemont
High School gives students a competitive advantage by preparing them for
college and career, with an emphasis in business and finance. Students
invest in their futures through academic and real-world experiences, team
collaboration, and connections to business and community partners, while
receiving ongoing support in a family environment.
Academy students grow to be innovative, articulate, and socially engaged
young adults who take initiative in their communities and personal
endeavors.


The AOBT is a California Partnership Academy (CPA) funded by a grant from
the California Department of Education. The CPA model is a three-year
program (grades ten-twelve) structured as a school-within-a-school.
Academies incorporate integrated academic and career technical education,
business partnerships, mentoring, and internships.


Eleventh grade AOBT students were assigned a five week project called AOBT
Social Entrepreneur. Each team will consist of three to four students. The
goal of this project is to bring positive social change through writing a
business plan, and thinking through steps of launching a new non-profit
venture that addresses a societal
issue they choose.

A non-profit organization, Kids Korps partnered with AOBT to inform
students about how a non-profit organization works and how volunteering
helps the community become a better place. Teen Korps enhances leadership
skills through training programs and hands on projects. Kids Korps offers
more than 1,300 hands-on
service opportunities each year.


The Office of College, Career & Technical Education supports all
California Partnership Academies in the district including Clairemont¹s
Academy of Business and Technology.



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Monday, April 22, 2013

Post Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Finance/Audit Subcommittees

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Finance/Audit Subcommittee Meeting, April 25, 2013
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3230

 

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Thank you

 

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Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

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San Diego, CA  92103

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Post Meeting Agenda, April 23, 2013

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Regular Meeting Agenda— Tuesday April 23, 2013, 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
BoardDocs Agenda Link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ca/sandi/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=8X5UVB7D25C0.

 

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

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Addition to Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

Reporters and editors: Here's a great event coming up next week that we
somehow left out of this week's media calendar. Please add it to your
daybooks.

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

April

26 -- Clairemont High students volunteer at Feeding America, 10 a.m. to
noon, Feeding America warehouse, 9455 Waples Street, Suite 135 (92121).
Clairemont High students and their business mentors will be helping out
with needs at this important non-profit's warehouse. Activities include
packing backpacks for children in need. The students are from Clairemont's
Academy of Business and Technology and are participating in a project to
learn about non-profit organizations. Contact: Lisa McDonnell, Office of
College, Career and Technical Education, (858) 503-1841. Not open to the
public.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY - Clairemont Day at the Bay Offers Free Family-friendly Fun on Sunday

MEDIA ADVISORY
CONTACT: Linda Zintz at 619-847-6637 or lzintz@sandi.net

Clairemont Day at the Bay Offers Free Family-friendly Fun
First-time event raises funds, shines spotlight on the 16 public schools in the Clairemont/Madison clusters

WHAT: Clairemont Day at the Bay and Fast Time 5K Run/Walk will be held this Sunday, April 21, at DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay Park. The free family-friendly event will spotlight the schools, businesses and community organizations in the Clairemont and Madison high school areas. Schools in the clusters include:  Alcott, Bay Park, Cadman, Field, Hawthorne, Holmes, Lafayette, Lindbergh Schweitzer, Sequoia, Toler and Whitman elementary schools; CPMA, Innovation and Marston middle schools; and Clairemont and Madison high schools. Each will have a booth at the event.

WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 2013
7 a.m. Fast Times 5K Race/Walk
8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clairemont Day at the Bay Festival

WHERE: De Anza Cove, Mission Bay Park, San Diego

DETAILS: The event is two-fold, beginning with the Fast Times 5K Race/Walk, sponsored by the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis. A 2-loop, fast 5K Race with three separate categories beginning at 7 a.m. A 5K Fun Run/Walk geared for families and individuals of all ages and skill levels begins at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the race go to the Clairemont Mesa Educational Foundation.

Clairemont Day at the Bay festivities begin immediately following the race and end at 3 p.m. This free community event will bring the schools, businesses and community members together for a day of fun and educational activities for the whole family. High school and middle school students will provide entertainment throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. Elementary schools will host activities.  For example, Whitman Elementary is sharing a booth with I Love A Clean San Diego and will have an interactive table where visitors can build and fly plastic grocery bag kites. Holmes Elementary is partnering with Fish & Game and Tecolote Canyon to highlight its new native plants landscaping project. Attendees will learn to identify local plants and about predator/prey relationships in our local canyon.

SoCal Bounce and K-Co Construction, Inc. will have obstacle courses and bounce houses for younger children. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Cal-Diego Chapter will showcase radio-controlled cars, airplanes and helicopters. The Boys and Girls Club will have a giant Twister game. Local restaurants will have food for sale. There will also be an electronic waste recycling collection at the event. 
 
VISUALS/INTERVIEWS:
Hundreds of runners, walkers
Student entertainment
36 educational booths
District and school personnel
Local business persons
Representatives from the Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation

ABOUT THE CLAIREMONT MESA EDUCATION FOUNDATION:
The Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation, a 501(c) 3, supports the 16 public schools that make up the Madison and Clairemont high school clusters. This support comes from partnerships with businesses, organizations and residents within the community that assist the schools with financial support and in-kind contributions for programs and projects as requested by school administrations and classroom teachers. For more information about the Foundation, email michaelsnyderfinancial@yahoo.com .

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY --Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Visit California and Discuss Efforts to Reduce Childhood Hunger in Summer

Reporters and editors: Here's a media advisory from the USDA regarding the scheduled visit of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to a joint San Diego Unified School District/City of San Diego Spring Fun Café location at Colina Del Sol Park tomorrow, Thursday, April 18. Sec. Vilsack is scheduled to have lunch with neighborhood kids during the 12:30-1 p.m. lunchtime, followed by a news conference at 1 p.m. Hope you can join us.

Jack Brandais • Communications Department • San Diego Unified School District • (619) 725-5570 (desk) • (619) 607-0477 (cell)


United States Department of Agriculture -- Office of Communications

Media Advisory: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Visit California and Discuss Efforts to Reduce Childhood Hunger in Summer

USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/17/2013 07:00 PM EDT

Contact: USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Visit California and Discuss Efforts to Reduce Childhood Hunger in Summer

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 – TOMORROW, Secretary Vilsack will discuss efforts to reduce childhood hunger in summer months with community feeding program partners in San Diego, Calif.

Last week, Secretary Vilsack called on communities across the country to partner with USDA's Summer Food Service Program to ensure that no child goes hungry when school is out. He also announced an effort by the USDA to provide increased technical assistance to five states with the highest levels of rural or urban food insecurity or historically low program participation rates. Target states include Arkansas, California, Colorado, Rhode Island, and Virginia.

USDA's Summer Food Service Program operates through partnerships between USDA, state agencies and local organizations. Local sponsors, such as schools, local government agencies, faith-based and nonprofit community organizations, and residential and non-residential camps provide free meals and activities to eligible low-income children during the summer months. In 2012, USDA's partners served 144 million summer meals at 38,800 sites, feeding approximately 2.3 million children on a typical summer day.

Thursday, April 17, 2013
12:30 p.m. PDT

WHAT: B-roll opportunity: Secretary Vilsack will have lunch with local officials, parents and children in USDA's Summer Food Service Program.

WHERE: Colina Del Sol Recreation Center 5319 Orange Avenue, San Diego, Calif. 92115 1 p.m. PDT

WHAT: Secretary Vilsack will host a press availability following a roundtable with community feeding program partners and local officials.

WHERE: Colina Del Sol Recreation Center, 5319 Orange Avenue, San Diego, Calif. 92115

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NEWS RELEASE -- Kearny International Business, King-Chavez Primary Academy Charter get Academic Achievement Award

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, April 16, 2012

KEARNY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, KING-CHAVEZ PRIMARY ACADEMY CHARTER GET
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

SAN DIEGO -- Kearny High School of International Business and the
King-Chavez Primary Academy have received the 2012-13 Title I Academic
Achievement Award from the California Department of Education.

The schools must be part of the federal Title I program, which helps
students who live in communities where families are classified as
low-income, and show sustained progress in academic improvement among
low-income students. State Superintendent Tom Torlakson made the
announcement this morning at the department's headquarters in Sacramento.

This is the second honor in a week for the Kearny School of International
Business. On Thursday, the school was named a California Distinguished
School for 2013. A list of previous district schools receiving the award
is available online at http://www.sandi.net/site/default.aspx?PageID=88.

"The students at Kearny International Business have shown continuing
improvement in their academic achievements," said Superintendent Bill
Kowba. "The hard work by the principal, teachers and staff, and the
students has resulted in these important recognitions."

According to the California Department of Education, the school must
demonstrate that all students are making significant progress toward
proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the
school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the
achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

³These schools serve students facing real challenges, and they¹ve risen to
meet them through hard work and dedication,² Torlakson said. ³It is
inspiring to see their students achieve more in the classroom today so
they can enjoy more opportunity in the years to come.²

For more information, go to the California Department of Education website
at http://www.cde.ca.gov.



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District | (619) 725-5570 (Desk) | (619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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FW: News Release: Block conducts education town hall: Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Reporters and editors: We're happy to note that Sen. Block is holding this at one of our schools, University City High School. For questions, please contact Sen. Block's aides: Maria L. Lopez: 916-651-4039; or (day of event contact) Allison Don, 503-936-0973.

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

On 4/15/13 7:02 PM, "Lopez, Maria" <Maria.Lopez@sen.ca.gov<mailto:Maria.Lopez@sen.ca.gov>> wrote:

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For Immediate Release Contact: Maria L. Lopez
April 16, 2013 (916) 651-4039


Thursday, April 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Block conducts education town hall


SACRAMENTO – State Senator Marty Block (SD-39), chair of the State Senate Education Budget subcommittee, will host a community town hall on Thursday, April 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. to hear what constituents think of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed education budget. The town hall will take place at University City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave. in San Diego.

"Voters were very generous in approving Proposition 30 because they understood how California's economic downturn had devastated the state budget and classroom funding," Block said. "Now, it's important to me to receive district input on the governor's proposals."

Gov. Brown's proposals include restructuring the school funding formula for school districts and charter schools. A key proposal, the "Local Control Funding Formula," would change the way state allocations for school districts and charter schools are distributed.

Edgar Cabral, an education analyst with the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, and San Diego Unified Board of Education President John Lee Evans are also participating in the town hall.

For more information, contact Block's district office at 619-645-3133.

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FW: MEDIA PLANNING ADVISORY: Block holds media availability about education budget prior to scheduled town hall on Thursday

Reporters and editors: We're happy to note that Sen. Block is holding this at one of our schools, University City High School. For questions, please contact Sen. Block's aides: Maria L. Lopez: 916-651-4039; or (day of event contact) Allison Don, 503-936-0973.

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

On 4/15/13 6:56 PM, "Lopez, Maria" <Maria.Lopez@sen.ca.gov<mailto:Maria.Lopez@sen.ca.gov>> wrote:

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For Immediate Release Contact: Maria L. Lopez: 916-651-4039 or
April 16, 2013 (Day of event contact) Allison Don: 503-936-0973

Media Advisory
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

Block holds media availability about education budget prior to scheduled town hall on Thursday

SACRAMENTO – Senator Marty Block (SD-39), chair of the State Senate Education Budget Subcommittee, will hold a media availability before and after his education town hall on Thursday, April 18 at University City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave. in San Diego. He will be joined by Edgar Cabral, an analyst with the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office. Cabral will provide an overview of the state education budget during the town hall.

Block is hosting the constituent town hall to hear what his constituents think of Gov. Jerry Brown's education proposals. A key proposal, the "Local Control Funding Formula," would change the way state allocations for school districts and charter schools are distributed.


Date

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Time

5:30 – 6 p.m. and 8 – 8:15 p.m.

Place

University City High School
6949 Genesee Ave. in San Diego




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Monday, April 15, 2013

Post Notice: Charter School Facility Cmte, Schedule of Meetings

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice of Meetings: Charter School Facility Committee, 2013 Schedule of Meetings
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/Page/50502

 

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

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Kindness and a smile are contagious, share them with the world!

 

NEWS RELEASE -- Regional Breaking Ranks 2013 School Showcase, April 20

Reporters and editors: This exciting event is coming up Saturday at our
outstanding San Diego MET high school and features some of the latest
innovations and success stories in education. For questions, please
contact Jay Midwood, Director of Quality Assurance, CSSR, 401-828-0077,
jaymidwood@cssr.us

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


For Immediate Release
Contact: Jay Midwood, Director of Quality Assurance, CSSR, 401-828-0077,
jaymidwood@cssr.us


Regional Breaking Ranks 2013 School Showcase, April 20, 2013; San Diego, CA


Reston, VA ­ The National Association of Secondary School Principals
(NASSP) and the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR) are excited to
announce the first ever Regional Breaking Ranks School Showcase taking
place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at the San Diego Met High School in San
Diego, CA.

The Regional Showcase is a by-product of the highly successful National
Breaking Ranks School Showcase that takes place each year as part of the
NASSP annual conference. The unique and highly informative Regional
Showcase will convene school leaders, teachers, and students from the
nation¹s top middle and high schools located west of the Mississippi River
and will bring them together to discuss and share effective practices,
programs, and strategies with colleagues from across the country.


The Regional Showcase will take place from 8:00 a.m.­4:00 p.m. at the San
Diego Met High School located on the campus of San Diego Mesa College.

³This Regional Showcase provides a wonderful opportunity to learn from
and interact with principals, teacher leaders, and students representing
exemplary middle-level and high school practices² said JoAnn Bartoletti,
NASSP executive director. ³This event is a tremendous value-added benefit
to NASSP Conference attendees.² Schools are chosen to present on the
basis of their outstanding reputations for quality and innovative
practices with challenging populations. At the Regional Showcase, they
will share stories of implementing the Breaking Ranks Framework for school
improvement created by NASSP.


³The schools presenting at this first Regional Showcase are truly
inspirational,² said Jason Midwood, CSSR director of quality assurance.
³As they share their stories of implementing the Breaking Ranks Framework,
participants will become energized about the possibilities. By engaging
in deep conversation around specific student-centered challenges schools
on the west coast are faced with, they will learn strategies that can be
implemented in their own learning environments so that transformational
change can take place.²





The 2013 Regional Showcase schools scheduled to present are:


* Alvarado Intermediate School ­ Rowland Heights, CA
* Arkansas City High School ­ Arkansas, KS
* Dodge City Middle School ­ Dodge City, KS
* Forest Grove High School ­ Forest Grove, OR
* Granger Junior High School ­ National City, CA
* Napa High School ­ Napa, CA
* School of Digital Media and Design at Kearny High School ­ San Diego, CA
* The Academy of Information and Technology (AOIT) at Hoover High School ­
San Diego, CA
* The Preuss School UCSD ­ La Jolla, CA
* The San Diego Met High School ­ San Diego, CA
* William Thomas Middle School ­ American Falls, ID


The Regional Showcase offers 90-minute interactive presentations, plenty
of team collaboration time, and informal discussions that provide
participants an opportunity to engage with school representatives,
students, and other educators from around the country. Secondary school
administrators are highly encouraged to bring teams of educators from
their school to learn new techniques and strategies that will motivate and
inspire the redesign process. Past participants have called this type of
event ³powerful,² ³incredibly informative,² and ³some of the best
professional development I¹ve ever received.²


Recommendations and strategies discussed at this year¹s Regional Showcase
will include, personalized learning and teaching, utilizing data to
improve student achievement, learning beyond the classroom, creating and
sustaining a student-centered school culture, project-based learning,
empowering effective teachers, changing school culture through
collaboration, student-centered instructional strategies, increasing
parental involvement, and creating and maintaining a successful
college-going culture.








For Regional Showcase fees and to register go to
www.nassp.org/regionalschoolshowcase
<http://www.nassp.org/regionalschoolshowcase>. For information or other
questions on the Regional Showcase, please contact Jason Midwood, CSSR
director of quality assurance by calling 401-828-0077 or via e-mail at
jaymidwood@cssr.us.


About NASSP

NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level
and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders
from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world.
The association provides research-based professional development and
resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level
and high school leaders to continually improve student performance.
Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development
as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior
Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association
of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston,
VA, visit www.nassp.org.


About CSSR

Founded in 2005 by Joe DiMartino, The Center for Secondary School
Redesign, Inc. (CSSR) has become a leading provider of ground breaking
technical assistance to support both policy change and change leadership
at the district and school level leading to a richer secondary school
experience for all youth. CSSR provides education leaders with the tools
and strategies to create schools that have collaborative leadership, are
professional learning communities that personalize the school culture, and
have student-centered instruction, assessment, and curriculum. CSSR has
been designated by NASSP as the primary technical assistance provider of
Breaking Ranks II and Breaking Ranks in the Middle. For more information
about CSSR, located in West Warwick, RI, visit www.cssr.us
<http://www.cssr.us> or call 401-828-0077.






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Friday, April 12, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

MEDIA CALENDAR -- Upcoming Events in the San Diego Unified School
District, April 12, 2013

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

13 -- University City High School Music Department¹s Music Festival, 9
a.m., University City High Auditorium, 6949 Genesee Ave. (92122) Come
enjoy a free celebration of music with the Southern California School
Band and Orchestra Association. Contact: Sharon Joe-Hom at
homscouts@gmail.com. Open to the public.

* 16, 18 -- Peninsula Winds and Strings Concerts, 7 p.m., Pt. Loma High
School, 2335 Chatsworth Blvd. (92106). Pt. Loma Nazarene University
students will join students from Pt. Loma High, Dana and Correia middle
school on Tuesday night; on Thursday, Dana and Correia middle school and
Pt. Loma High students will play. Contact:

* 17 -- Food Truck Family Night Benefitting University City area schools,
5-7:30 p.m., Spreckels Elementary School parking lot, 6033 Stadium St.
(92122). Have dinner on campus, with 10 percent of proceeds going to
EdUCate, the University City school foundation. Contact: EdUCate,
UCHSMail@gmail.com. Open to the public.

* 17-20 -- Honors Theatre Students Perform Musical about Cesar Chavez,
Lincoln High School, 4777 Imperial Ave. (92113). Students from throughout
district high schools audition and are brought together to perform during
this "all star" performance, which are at 7 p.m. April 18-19 and 2 p.m.
April 20. This year they are performing "Let the Eagle Fly," a musical
about Cesar Chavez. Cost: $5 students; $10 adults. Contact: Patrick
Garcia, 858-539-5349. Open to the public.

* 18 -- US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits San Diego Schools,
location and time to be announced. The Secretary of Agriculture is
scheduled to inspect San Diego Unified's food services operations and hold
a news conference. Contact: Jack Brandais, Communications Department,
619-725-5570. Not open to the public.

18 -- Area 4 Kearny Cluster Meeting, 4:30, Kearny High, Room 301, 7651
Wellington Street (92111). Parents, students and community members are
invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the
high school and its middle and elementary schools. Schools in the Kearny
cluster are: Angier, Carson, Chesterton, Cubberley, Fletcher, Jones,
Juarez, Linda Vista, Ross, Wegeforth elementary schools; Montgomery and
Taft middle schools; and Kearny High. Contact: (858) 496-8370. Open to the
public.

* 19 -- Hoover High Financial Literacy Ceremony, 1:30 p.m., Hoover High
School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd. (92115). U.S. Bank and EverFi cordially invite
you to join us for a certification ceremony honoring 80 Hoover High School
students who have achieved certification in financial literacy after
completing the U.S. Bank Financial GeniUS Program, an innovative web-based
program. Contact: Chuck Podhorsky, Principal, Hoover High, (619) 283-6281.
Not open to the public.

19 -- EdUCate! Taste of the Triangle, UC San Diego Faculty Club, UC San
Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla. Evening of eating and entertainment
benefits schools in the University City High cluster. EdUCate! is a
nonprofit foundation established in 1993 with the goal of providing
supplemental funds to all five University City public schools. More
information: http://www.uc-educate.org/

21-- Fast Time 5K, 7 a.m., De Anza Cove Mission Bay Park. A fund-raiser
for the Clairemont Mesa Foundation, which supports the 16 schools in the
Madison and Clairemont clusters. Sponsored by the Clairemont Hills
Kiwanis. Contact: http://www.fasttimes5k.com/. Open to the public.

* 27 -- Cabrillo Elementary beautification, 8 a.m. to noon, Cabrillo
Elementary School, 3120 Talbot St. (92106). The San Diego Rotary Club will
be painting the school logo and doing other spruce-up projects with staff
and students. Contact: Nestor Suarez, principal, (619) 223-7154.

29 -- Year-round schools reopen after spring break.

30 -- National College Fair, 9 a.m. to noon, 6-8:30 p.m., San Diego
Convention Center, Exhibit Hall H, 111 West Harbor Drive, (92101). Parents
and students participating in National College Fairs meet one-on-one with
representatives from colleges and universities to discuss admission and
financial aid opportunities at their respective institutions. Contact:
Stephanie Moore, Smoore@nacacnet.org or (703) 299-6823. Open to public.

MAY


* 1 -- Green Elementary WAT-AAH Move Your Body, 10:42 a.m., Green
Elementary School, 7030 Wandermere Dr. (92119). As part of the First
Lady's Lets Move Campaign, the entire school will be performing Beyonce 's
Let's Move Dance in our courtyard. Contact: DeeDee Patterson, Green
Elementary, 619-460-5755. Not open to the public.

2 -- Dana Middle School Family Tour, 3:30 p.m., Dana Middle School, 1775
Chattsworth Blvd. (92107). Fourth grade students and parents are invited
to participate in a school tour. Meet with Principal Ryan and other staff
members during a Q-A session. Tour the library, art studio, science labs,
music rooms, physical education center, and classrooms. Contact: Diane
Ryan, Principal, (619) 225-3897. Open to families.

7 ­ San Diego Unified¹s Day of the Teacher, 4:30 p.m., Kearny High School,
7651 Wellington St. (92111). The district¹s annual Teacher of the Year
recognition for school site Teachers of the Year and the district Teachers
of the Year and runners-up. Contact: Jennifer Cornelius Rodriguez at
jcornelius@sandi.net or 619-725-5598. Closed to the public.

11 -- Area 8 Cluster Meeting, 5:30 p.m., San Diego High School Library,
1405 Park Blvd. (92101). Parents, students and community members are
invited to attend this meeting, which discusses educational issues at the
high school and its middle and elementary schools. Schools in the San
Diego cluster are: Birney, Burbank, Emerson/Bandini, Florence, Garfield,
Jefferson, Kimbrough, McKinley, Rodriguez, Sherman, and Washington
elementary schools; Golden Hill, Grant, Logan, Perkins K-8s; Memorial and
Roosevelt Middle Schools; and San Diego Complex high schools. Contact:
Hope del Valle at hdelvalle@sandi.net or 619-725-7210. Open to Area 8 San
Diego High Cluster families.

21 ­ San Diego Unified¹s 2013 Classified Employee of the Year, 4:30 p.m.,
Mann Middle School, 4345 54th St. (92115). The district¹s annual
Classified Employee of the Year celebration in which school site and
district facility employees are recognized. One individual will be
recognized as the district¹s Classified Employee of the Year for 2013.
Contact: Jennifer Cornelius Rodriguez at jcornelius@sandi.net or
619-725-5598. Closed to the public.

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a weekly digest by signing up for Friday Notes at
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-- 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.

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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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NEWS RELEASE -- Kearny International Business, Mt. Everest Academy are Distinguished Schools

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, April 12, 2012

KEARNY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, MT. EVEREST ACADEMY, HEALTH SCIENCES
CHARTER ARE DISTINGUISHED SCHOOLS

SAN DIEGO -- The School of International Business at the Kearny High
Educational Complex is a California Distinguished School for the second
time in four years, joining independent study oriented Mt. Everest Academy
and charter Health Sciences High on the 2013 list released Thursday by the
California Department of Education.

The state makes the awards to middle and high schools on odd-numbered
years, elementary schools on even-numbered years. For a list of past San
Diego Unified winners go to
http://www.sandi.net/site/default.aspx?PageType=12&DomainId=12&ModuleInstan
ceId=8407&DisplayType=T


"Each of the students, principal, staff, parents, volunteers and the
entire school community should be saluted for excellent work," said
Superintendent Bill Kowba. "This is exciting news for each of these
campuses."

The 2013 California Distinguished Schools Program directly focuses on the
right of California¹s students to an equitable and rigorous education, and
recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic
achievement gap, according to State Superintendent Tom Torlakson.

³These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality
instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and
college,² Torlakson said. ³Given the enormous challenges schools have
faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so
many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no
matter where they come from or where they live.²

To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of
eligibility criteria, including accountability measures. Once schools are
deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them
to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.

The application process consists of a written application, which includes
a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices,
and a county-led site validation review process, which validates the
implementation of those signature practices.

For more information, visit the California Department of Education website
at http://www.cde.ca.gov/

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

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

MEDIA ADVISORY--San Diego Unified Dedicates Motion Pictures Industries Facility Tomorrow

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter 619-546-3378

San Diego Unified Dedicates State-of-the-Art Facility for Motion Pictures Industries Program

WHAT:  San Diego Unified School District has invited students, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the completion of its new Motion Pictures Industries facility at Point Loma High School. The College, Career & Technical Education facility (CCTE) is funded by Proposition S and a California Proposition 1D matching-fund grant. The Motion Pictures Industries Program provides students with a professional working environment while still in school.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 11; ceremony starts at 10:15 a.m. with open house at approx. 10:45 a.m.

WHERE: Point Loma High School, 2335 Chatsworth Boulevard (92106) school website: http://www.pointlomahigh.com/
The event location is near the school's administration office. (Call 619-546-3378 or e-mail creed-porter@sandi.net for site map and parking information.)

VISUALS: Student demonstrations and tours of the new Motion Pictures Industries facility (after the ceremony). The tour includes a screening room, video editing rooms, audio suite, studio, and audio-video hub. Other visuals include the presentation of colors by the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Point Loma Vanguard Band performing the national anthem, guest speakers (including two students), and ribbon-cutting ceremony.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Barbara Samilson, principal; Richard Barrera, board trustee; Jade Martz and Robert Tharp, both seniors in the Motion Pictures Industries Program; Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of Facilities Planning and Construction/Prop. S; and Shawn Loescher, director of College, Career & Technical Education. Staff and other students will also be available for interviews. (Interviews available in English and Spanish.)

BACKGROUND: The Point Loma High School Motion Pictures Industries Program provides career and technical education in the media and design arts pathway of the arts, media and entertainment industry sector. The program prepares students for additional education or for entry-level work in the motion pictures industries. These are important industries in California, and there is a high-demand labor market for qualified technical employees in this field. The California Employment Development Department (EDD, 2012) predicts that California will create 12,900 new jobs for the motion pictures and video industries between 2010 and 2020, an increase of 9.1 percent in the respective industry.

Point Loma High School's new CCTE Motion Pictures Industries facility includes a screening room, video editing rooms, audio suite, studio, audio-video hub, interactive whiteboard, construction tool shed (for building sets), and an instructor's office. This $3.6 million project involved remodeling a 4,804 square-foot portion of the school's Building 900. Construction began in January 2011 and finished in Nov. 2012.

On November 4, 2008, nearly 69 percent of the voters in San Diego passed the $2.1 billion general obligation bond measure, Prop. S, so that San Diego Unified could repair, renovate and revitalize district schools. (By law, bond funds cannot pay for teachers' or administrators' salaries.) For information on Prop. S projects at Point Loma High School see the school's facilities projects web page at https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/Reports.aspx?SchoolName=9354.

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Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Supervisor | Communications Office | San Diego Unified School District
Office: 858-637-3607 | Mobile: (619) 546-3378 | E-mail: creed-porter@sandi.net


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NEWS RELEASE -- SD Unified's Graduation Rates Continue Improvement; Most Dropout Rates Decline

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, April 10, 2013

SD UNIFIED'S GRADUATION RATES CONTINUE IMPROVEMENT; MOST DROPOUT RATES
DECLINE
District still has lowest dropout rate among California's largest school
districts

SAN DIEGO -- A three-year trend of increasing graduation rates has
continued for the San Diego Unified School District, which had 86.9
percent of its students graduate in 2012, an increase of 1.6 percent over
2011 and 4.7 from 2010, according to data released April 9 by the
California Department of Education. San Diego Unified leads the San Diego
County average by 8.4 percentage points.

Only one large school district in California had a higher graduation rate
than San Diego Unified's 86.9 percent: Garden Grove with 87.8. Other large
districts ranged from San Francisco's 82.2 to Oakland's 73.2. San Diego
Unified's overall dropout rate of 6.2 percent was the lowest among the
nine other large urban largest districts in California, with San Francisco
the next lowest at 10 percent.

"This continued improvement means that our district, and most importantly
our students, are on the right path," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "To
have a nearly five percent jump in just three years shows the outstanding
work done every day by everyone in the San Diego Unified School District."

Across San Diego County, the graduation rate is 78.4 percent with a
dropout rate of 10.4 percent, 4.2 percentage points above the county's
largest school district. The statistics report the overall graduation
rate, which is the number of students attending in ninth grade who get a
diploma. The dropout rate is the number of students entering grade 12 but
fail to graduate.

³Attendance figures build on each other," said Kowba. "If the kids are
coming to school day in and day out at every grade level and keep moving
up the ladder and don¹t let up on that emphasis, I think we¹re in a great
place.²

Since 2007, reducing the dropout rate has been one of the district's top
priorities, not only focusing on high school seniors, but starting early
-- as early as sixth grade. Studies show that student who miss 10 days or
more in sixth grade have a higher high school dropout rate than their
classmates who miss fewer days.

"Even with these outstanding overall numbers, the statistics show we were
unable to make an impact on Hispanic students last year," said Kowba.

Among Hispanics, while the dropout rate was unchanged at 9.9 percent, the
graduation rate rose to 80.2 percent from 78 percent. Among other large
ethnic groups, African Americans' dropout rate declined to 7 percent from
7.7 percent and the graduation rate increased to 83.9 from 81.8 in 2011
and 76.9 in 2010.

Programs such as graduation coaches, credit recovery, providing more
options for high school students on campus have been instrumental in
improving the graduation rate, said Kowba. In 2012, state Superintendent
of Schools Tom Torlakson called San Diego Unified a "model of attendance
improvement."

To look up specific schools, go to the California Department of Education
website at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/

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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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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NEWS RELEASE -- Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" screened at Lincoln High School

Reporters and editors: Here's a great opportunity for the students at
Lincoln High School. For questions, please contact the folks at Big
Picture Instructional Design, listed below.

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kimberly Birbrower or Lucky Youngblood, Big Picture Instructional
Design, kim@bigpictureinstructional.com,
lucky@bigpictureinstructional.com, 818-501-3378


STEVEN SPIELBERG¹S LINCOLN SCREENED AT LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL

The two-time Academy Award® winning film will be gifted for school use



Los Angeles, CA and San Diego, CA­ April 9, 2013 ­ Participant Media,
working together with Big Picture Instructional Design, has selected local
Lincoln High School as one of only 15 high schools from around the country
to receive an award as part of their national Stand Tall: Live Like
Lincoln High School Screening Campaign.


Chad Boettcher, Executive Vice President of Social Action and Advocacy at
Participant Media, said, "Prior to the film's release, we engaged Penn
Schoen Berland to conduct a research study to help inform the focus of our
Social Action campaign for Lincoln. Among the findings of the study was
that more than half of Americans think it's important to learn about
Lincoln, but two thirds say they know little to nothing about him, which
clearly indicated the need to remind citizens about the 16th President's
accomplishments."


As a result, this unique high school screening campaign, ³Stand Tall: Live
Like Lincoln,² is designed to use the film to spark educational
conversations on the film's themes of leadership, civic engagement and
public service. Discussions will be facilitated using Disney's
distributed curricula as well as a series of standards-based extension
activities and discussion prompts that were crafted by Big Picture
Instructional Design. Throughout the month of April, the film will be
screened at 15 different high schools in 15 different states across the
country. In addition to receiving their own copy of the film and its
accompanying collateral materials, all the schools will receive a package
of brand new audio-visual equipment.


Steven Spielberg directs two-time Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis
in ³Lincoln,² a revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President¹s
tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the
strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end
the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and
fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment
will change the fate of generations to come. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis,
Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal
Holbrook and Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln is produced by Steven Spielberg and
Kathleen Kennedy, with a screenplay by Tony Kushner, based in part on the
book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris
Kearns Goodwin.


Participant Media (www.participantmedia.com
<http://www.participantmedia.com/>) is an entertainment company that
focuses on documentary and non-documentary feature films, television,
publishing and digital content about the real issues that shape our lives.
For each of its projects, Participant creates social action and advocacy
programs to transform the impact of the media experience into individual
and community action. Participant¹s online Social Action Network is
TakePart (takepart.com <http://takepart.com/>). Founded by Jeff Skoll in
2004, Jim Berk serves as CEO. Participant's films include The Kite Runner,
Charlie Wilson's War, An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for "Superman,² Fair
Game, The Help, Contagion, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Lincoln,
Promised Land and No.


Big Picture Instructional Design (www.bigpictureinstructional.com
<http://www.bigpictureinstructional.com>) gets all the stakeholders in the
educational space talking about ‹ and watching ‹ movies. As former
classroom educators with extensive experience in nonprofit work,
educational administration, and media literacy, BPID increases the reach
and impact of issue-driven films, television projects, and documentaries
by creating custom-designed campaigns and collateral materials that always
put the film at the forefront. Projects include The Soloist, The
Conspirator, ESCAPE FIRE, and Lincoln.


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