Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Notes - February 28, 2014

 
 
February 28, 2014
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From the District
Transitional Kindergarten available at all schools in 2014-15
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Transitional Kindergarten, for students who have their fifth birthday between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, will now be held at all San Diego Unified elementary school campuses when the 2014-15 school year begins in September. Families can register their eligible students at their neighborhood school or, through March 7, can request to attend another campus through the Choice Program.  Read more.
 
Board President Beiser honored as 'Music Legislative Leader of the Year'
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The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) has presented Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District's Board President, with the 2013 CMEA Legislative Music Leadership Award. Beiser had earlier received recognition from the San Diego chapter of the CMEA, which nominated him for the statewide honor. Read more.
 
Auditors give SD Unified Propositions S and Z an 'A'
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An independent audit of the district's Propositions S and Z bond programs gave the district the highest audit opinion that a school bond program can receive. The audit performed by Christy White Associates of San Diego gave the school district its fifth straight "unmodified" audit opinion on both the performance and financial audits for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. Read more.
 
Vision 2020 Forums are set for Saturday and Monday
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Stakeholders have two more opportunities in the next few days to weigh in on the future direction of San Diego Unified. The "Vision 2020 Forums: What Kinds of Schools Do We Want" are scheduled for 3-5 p.m., on Saturday, March 1, at Patrick Henry High School (rescheduled from Feb. 18), and 7-9 p.m., on Monday, March 3, at Mira Mesa High. Read more.
 
California Dept. of Education warns public of potential telemarketing scam
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Concerned citizens have been calling the California Department of Education to ask whether the state agency has telephoned their homes asking about the Preliminary SAT® (PSAT), a standardized test, which gives students firsthand practice for the college entrance examination. The agency is warning the public not to share any personal information on the telephone with unsolicited callers. Read more.
 
School News
California All-State Orchestra includes seven San Diego Unified students
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The annual California All-State Orchestra, which brought together the top student-musicians to perform, included seven students from San Diego Unified School District in 2014. Musicians were included from Patrick Henry, Mira Mesa, Point Loma, Scripps Ranch high schools; and Wangenheim Middle. Read more.
 
Students honor Black History Month with songs, performances
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Students from Porter Elementary, Knox Middle, Lincoln High and the School of Creative and Performing Arts staged a variety of performances at the Feb. 25 Board of Education meeting in honor of Black History Month. Fourth-grader Edmund Ives from Porter Elementary started the celebration by sharing why Black History Month is important to him; theater students from Lincoln followed with a Shakespeare performance; Kimie Parker, SCPA junior, then performed a dance excerpt from Donald McKayle's – 'Rainbow Round My Shoulder.' The celebration ended with a Knox student reciting Dr. King's "I Have a Dream' speech and the school's string quartet performing "Songs of Freedom." Watch video.
 
$20,000 in grants to University City schools by local supporters
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Teachers from all five University City public schools received grants from a pool of $20,000 raised by the neighborhood's school-support organization, EdUCate! The organization commits at least one-third of its donations to teachers each year. The Teacher Grant committee carefully considers and scores all grant applications on several factors, including the number of students the grant will impact, its educational value and the project's longevity. Read more.
 
Birney Elementary students collect 2,249 lbs. of shoes in Great Kindness Challenge
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More than 2,000 pairs of shoes — weighing 2,249 pounds — have been collected by Birney Elementary School students as part of their second Great Kindness Challenge. The 2,249 pounds of shoes, all usable and paired, will be sorted and delivered to developing nations by the organization Shoes with Heart. They filled 90 large, green trash bags, packaged and delivered to the charity. Read more.
 
Props. S & Z Update: Mission Bay High breaks ground on new stadium and fields
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Mission Bay High School recently celebrated the beginning of a major renovation project on its stadium, softball field and baseball field. Students, parents, community members and staff marked the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 12. This nearly $12.5 million project is funded by San Diego Unified School District's Proposition Z, the general obligation bond measure approved by voters in 2012. Read more.
 
District's student stores compete for top honors
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The team from Serra High School's Super-Q Store won first place in the annual Student Store competition with a strategy of using mobile racks to reach more students on their campus and bringing in vendors to do product sampling promotions. Second place went to the team from Clairemont High's Chief Hut, who implemented an express line for a top-selling product, and third place went to the team from Kearny High's Komet Corner, who tested a combo meal strategy, pairing top selling items with less popular items. Read more from the Youth Entepreneurship Program.
For Parents
Do you know someone who goes 'Above and Beyond' for Special Education?
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The Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, in collaboration with San Diego Unified Special Education Department, will be honoring individuals who have contributed above and beyond the usual expectation in the area of special education. Nominations may include students, family members, community members or staff members who have been exemplary in their commitment to improve educational outcomes, including social, life and vocational skills of students with disabilities. Read more.
 
Don't miss the Honor Theater Production: 'Snapshot: A Dramatic Anthology'
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San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Scripps Ranch High Falcon Playhouse present The 6th Annual Honor Theatre Project Feb. 28 and March 1. A photograph captures and documents a single moment in time and space -- a snapshot of history, of a reality bounded by the photo's frame. "Snapshot, A Dramatic Anthology" asks what lies outside, beyond, behind the photograph? The performance is recommended for middle school students and above due to mature subject matter. Read more.
For Students
Finish Chelsea's Run March 1
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The 4th annual Finish Chelsea's Run in honor of Chelsea King will be held this Saturday, March 1 at 7:30 a.m. in Balboa Park. Parents and students of all ages are invited to run or walk the scenic 5K route or the new "Short & Sweet" one-mile route. A family festival with interactive displays, hands-on activities for all ages, entertainment, refreshments and more will follow the race. Funds raised will continue to fuel the Chelsea's Light Sunflower Scholarship Fund and the expansion of Chelsea's Law, as well as benefit Girl Scouts San Diego. Read more.
 
ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships
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Named for the first African American to walk in space, ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships are available to 2014 graduating high school seniors. Four scholarships for two males and two females - $5,000 each - will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of the former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman, Dr. Bernard Harris. Deadline for submissions is April 7, 2014. Read more.
 
Student Voices: Selected stories from student media
Read Across America at Walker Elementary, Walker Elementary, Feb. 14, 2014
Bucs Break Ground for New Stadium, The Beachcomber, Mission Bay High, Feb. 13, 2014
California Drought; Wake up and Conserve! The Arrow, Clairemont High, Feb. 20, 2014
 
In the News
Educating early to reduce failure, UT San Diego, Feb. 19, 2014
 
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MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School District

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School
District, February 28, 2014

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.

MARCH

* 1 -- Vision 2020 Forum, 3 p.m., Patrick Henry High School, 6702
Wandermere Dr. (92120). Sub-District B Trustee Kevin Beiser, Board
President, hosts this "Vision 20/20 Forum" which provides input on what is
working, what could be improved upon, and how will the district and
community work together to accomplish the district¹s Vision 2020. The
answers to these questions will help chart the course of California's
second-largest school district. Contact: Moisés Aguirre, Executive
Director, District Relations, (619) 725-7505. Open to the public.

* 1 -- Partnership Honor Choir, 7 p.m., College Avenue Baptist Church,
4747 College Ave. San Diego. Elementary, middle and high school honor
choirs will perform. Voices are selected from choirs throughout the
district. Contact: Karen Childress-Evans, Director, San Diego Unified
Visual and Performing Arts program, (858) 256-2700. Open to the public.
Donation requested.

3 -- Vision 2020 Forum, Superintendent asks San Diegans to "dream
together" and chart course for schools, Mira Mesa High School, 10510
Reagan Rd. (92126). Sub-District A Trustee John Lee Evans hosts this
"Vision 20/20 Forum" which provides input on what is working, what could
be improved upon, and how will the district and community work together to
accomplish the district¹s Vision 2020. The answers to these questions will
help chart the course of California's second-largest school district.
Contact: Moisés Aguirre, Executive Director, District Relations, (619)
725-7505. Open to the public.

* 3 -- Jefferson Elementary Remodeling Dedication, 9 a.m., Jefferson
Elementary School, 3770 Utah St. (92104). Join local dignitaries in the
dedication of the updated and remodeled entrance to the North Park campus.
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378. Open to the public.

3 -- Read Across America Day, various campuses. Celebrities across the
nation mark the anniversary of the birthday of San Diegan Theodor Geisel,
better known as Dr. Seuss. Media contact: Jack Brandais, Communications
Department, 619-725-5570.

8 -- Clairemont High School Baseball Fundraiser, 10 a.m., Ernie Beck
Field, Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Dr. (92117). Players gather
pledges on how far they can hit a baseball; contest is held this day.
Contact: Gerry Knupple, Athletic Director, (858) 273-0201. Open to the
public.

8 -- Auditions for the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, 8
a.m., San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, 2425 Dusk Dr.
(92113). Learn about the audition process for high school students. SCPA
is celebrating its 36th year as a public arts magnet high school, and
features five majors and 11 programs of study in the arts, plus an
outstanding academic curriculum. Students in grades 9-12 must audition to
get into the school. Contact: Richard Trujillo, Artistic Director, (619)
470-0555 ext. 2211. Not open to the public.

10 -- Vision 2020 Forum, 7-9 p.m., Crawford High School, 4191 Colts Way
(92115), Sub-District E and Board Vice President Marne Foster hosts this
"Vision 20/20 Forum" which provides input on what is working, what could
be improved upon, and how will the district and community work together to
accomplish the district¹s Vision 2020. The answers to these questions will
help chart the course of California's second-largest school district.
Contact: Moisés Aguirre, Executive Director, District Relations, (619)
725-7505. Open to the public.

* 13 -- Free plant giveaway for school gardens, 3-5 p.m., San Diego
Unified Food Services headquarters, 6735 Gifford Way (92111). Donated by
Altman Plants, this is one of three locations where the Resource
Conservation District of Greater San Diego County is giving away donated
fruit and vegetable plants to school gardens. Contact: Ashley Cassat, Food
Services, (858) 627-7323. Not open to the public.

* 15 -- Middle School Instrumental Honor Concert, 7 p.m., Brown Chapel,
Pt. Loma Nazarene University, Brown Chapel, Pt. Loma Nazarene University,
3900 Lomaland Drive (92106). Watch the best of San Diego Unified's
musicians in this concert of the Middle School Honor Band and Middle
School Honor Orchestra. Students from throughout the district are brought
together to form the band and orchestra. Information: Karen Childress
Evans, Director, Visual and Performing Arts program, (858) 539-5349. Open
to the public. Free.

* 16 -- High School Instrumental Honor Concert, 3 p.m., Copley Symphony
Hall, 750 B St. (92101). Watch the best of San Diego Unified's musicians
in this concert of the High School Honor Band and High School Honor
Orchestra. Students from throughout the district are brought together to
form the band and orchestra. Information: Karen Childress Evans, Director,
Visual and Performing Arts program, (858) 539-5349. Open to the public.
Free.

* 22 -- Elementary Instrumental Honor Concert, 7 p.m., Brown Chapel, Pt.
Loma Nazarene College, 3900 Lomaland Drive (92106). Concert of more than
100 elementary school students from throughout the San Diego Unified
School District. There will be a band and orchestra performance. Contact:
Karen Childress-Evans, director, (858) 539-5349. Open to the public.

21 -- Curie Elementary School Multi-Cultural Fair, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Curie
Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr. (92122). At our annual Multi-Cultural
Fair all children will get a taste of some of the many cultures and
nationalities that are represented at our school. Contact: Pearl Amos,
Curie PTA, (858) 531-3144 or pearl.amos@gmail.com.

22 -- JROTC Cadet Ball, 5 p.m., Town & Country Resort, Atlas Ballroom, 500
Hotel Circle North (92118). JROTC Cadets and dignitaries from the San
Diego Unified School District will participate in the annual Cadet Ball to
honor military traditions, proper etiquette, customs and courtesies. This
social event develops cadet citizenship and social skills in a formal
setting. Contact: LTC(R) David Guzman, JROTC Program Manager, (858)
496-8203. Not open to the public.

22 -- La Jolla High School Foundation annual fundraiser, 6 p.m., Green
Acre, 10300 Campus Point Drive (92121). An evening with a variety of food
selections at the noted restaurant operated by Chef Brian Malarkey.
Contact: La Jolla High School PTA, 858-454-2865. Open to ticketed guests.

26 -- Patrick Henry High Performing Arts Center groundbreaking, 3:30 p.m.,
Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Drive (92120). The school's
long-awaited auditorium and other improvements begin construction with
this ceremony. Voter-approved bonds are funding part of the project.
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Department, 619-546-3378.

31-April 4 -- Spring Break, all schools closed; administrative offices
open.

APRIL

12 -- Fast Times 5K, 7 a.m., De Anza Cove, Mission Bay. Five-kilometer run
benefits schools in the Clairemont neighborhood, including Clairemont and
Madison high schools. Sponsored by the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis and
Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation. Contact: rdrews2008@gmail.com. Open
to the public.

MAY

3 -- Teen Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roberts Family Branch, Boys and
Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego, 2230 E. Jewett St. (92111), Come meet
local businesses that are hiring teens, organizations offering volunteer
opportunities and local colleges. Contact: 619-247-3598. Open to the
public.

JUNE

13 -- Last day of school, traditional calendar.

JULY

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

21 -- Last day of school, year-round 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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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Post Notices of Cancellation and Change of Date: Charter School Facility Committee

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Cancellation: Charter School Facility Committee (CSFC), Monday, March 3, 2104
Committee Meeting Information
:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/58524

·         Notice of Time Change: Charter School Facility Committee (CSFC), Monday, March 17, 2104
Committee Meeting Information
:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/58524

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notice(s) 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

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Media advisory: Kearny High School Breaks Ground on New Stadium and Baseball Field Project

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Feb. 26, 2014
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378

Kearny High School Breaks Ground on New Stadium and Baseball Field Project

WHAT:  San Diego Unified School District's Kearny High School is beginning a major rebuilding project that includes a new stadium, all-weather track and baseball field. Students, parents, alumni, community members and staff will celebrate the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow.

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27, 10-11 a.m. (rain or shine)

WHERE: Kearny High School, 7651 Wellington St., San Diego 92111 (call for a site map)
Enter through construction gate at south end of Wellington St. Media parking will be available on site.

VISUALS: Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard presenting the colors, student singing the National Anthem, cheerleaders, school mascot, ceremonial ground breaking (participants donning hard hats), architectural rendering, construction signage and equipment.

GUEST SPEAKERS/INTERVIEWS: Associated Student Body president, student in Kearny's Construction Tech Academy, football player and captain of the boys' basketball team; Scott Barnett, Board of Education trustee; Phil Stover, deputy superintendent, Business Support Services; Cheryl Hibbeln and Ana Diaz-Booz, principals, Kearny High School; Gary Stanford, director of Project Management, Facilities Planning and Construction. Alumni will also be available for interviews. (Spanish speakers available.)

PROJECT INFO:
This nearly $13 million construction project is funded by San Diego Unified School District's Proposition Z, the general obligation bond measure approved by voters in 2012. The project includes swapping the locations of the football stadium and the baseball field to allow for proper orientation of the stadium, as well as expansion of stadium facilities. In addition to rebuilding the football stadium (where the baseball field was), the district will also construct a new baseball field (where the stadium was), install a new synthetic turf field and all-weather track; as well as, improve the grading, drainage and irrigation systems. This project also involves making improvements that are needed in order to comply with the American's with Disabilities Act.

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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 -- San Diego schools' Vision 2020 Forums set Saturday, Monday

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, Feb. 26, 2014

SAN DIEGO SCHOOLS¹ VISION 2020 FORUMS SET SATURDAY, MONDAY

SAN DIEGO ‹- San Diegans will have two more opportunities in the next few
days to weigh in on the future direction of the San Diego Unified School
District.

The "Vision 2020 Forums: What Kinds of Schools Do We Want" are scheduled
for 3-5 p.m. this Saturday, March 1, at Patrick Henry High School
(rescheduled from Feb. 18), and 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 3, at Mira Mesa
High. Henry High is located at 6702 Wandermere Dr. (92120); Mira Mesa High
is at 10510 Reagan Rd. (92126). Board of Education members will be hosting
the meetings in their sub-districts: Board President Kevin Beiser at the
Sub-District B meeting on Saturday; and on Monday, Trustee John Lee Evans
of Sub-District A.

The final meeting of this round of "Dream Big" forums is scheduled from
7-9 p.m, Monday, March 10, at Crawford High, 4191 Colts Way (92115). Board
of Education Vice President Marne Foster, the representative from
Sub-District E, is the host.

"We believe that when our priorities are inspired and informed by our
parents, students, employees and community members," said Kevin Beiser,
Board of Education President, "we will have important information for
long-range planning with students at the center."

Superintendent Cindy Marten said that the forums provide important
guidance from the public.

"We look forward to continued stakeholder engagement beyond these forums
as we work together to create quality schools in every neighborhood," said
Marten.

The "Vision 2020 Forums: What Kinds of Schools Do We Want" series offer
parents, staff, students, and community members an opportunity to give
input to the superintendent and the board members on priorities for our
students and schools. The forums will focus on three guiding questions:

1. What do we believe is working on our path to accomplishing Vision 2020?

2. What do we feel and/or think should be improved upon in order to
accomplish our Vision 2020?

3. How will we work together to accomplish our Vision 2020?

Childcare and translation services are provided. To reserve your spot and
for more information, visit the Vision 2020 Forums web pages at
http://www.sandi.net/vision2020forums.

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CONTACT: Linda Zintz, Communications Director, (619) 847-6637 (cell)

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News Release: "Auditors give San Diego Unified School District's Propositions S &Z an "A"

NEWS RELEASE -- Feb. 26, 2014
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, 619-546-3378

Auditors give San Diego Unified School District's Propositions S & Z an "A"

An independent audit of San Diego Unified School District's Propositions S & Z bond program gave the district the highest audit opinion that a school bond program can receive. The audit by Christy White Associates (CWA) of San Diego gave the school district an "unmodified" audit opinion on both the performance and financial audits for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.

"Our district has a proven track record in successfully managing the bond programs," Board President Beiser said. "Each year the district's bond program undergoes an independent performance audit and an independent financial audit, and each year the Props. S & Z bond programs have received the highest audit opinion a school district can receive."

"We have the largest public works program in San Diego County, and with that comes a tremendous amount of responsibility and accountability," Beiser added. "To ensure transparency, we not only have these annual audits, but we also have a board-appointed Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee that monitors the expenditures of bond funds and holds monthly public meetings."

"The district's Facilities Planning & Construction division and Finance Office are implementing and managing the bond program very effectively and efficiently," said Heather Daud, principal of Christy White Associates. "The bond funds are being financed and expended in a very responsible manner."

"The 'unmodified' auditor's opinion indicates an opinion given without any reservations," Daud added. "It basically means that the auditor (CWA) feels the district followed all accounting rules appropriately, and that the financial reports are an accurate representation of the district's financial condition."

This year, as a result of its financial audit, CWA found that the district's financial statements "present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Propositions S and Z Bond Building Fund as of June 30, 2013; and the results of its operations for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America."

As a result of this year's performance audit, CWA found that the Propositions S and Z bond program "complied, in all material respects, with California Proposition 39, as incorporated in Article 13A of the California Constitution and Education Code Section 15264 et seq. during the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2012."

On November 4, 2008, the voters of San Diego County approved Proposition S by nearly 69 percent, authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.1 billion. On November 6, 2012, the voters of San Diego County approved Proposition Z by nearly 62 percent, authorizing the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds not to exceed $2.8 billion.

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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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NEWS RELEASE - California Music Educators Association Names Kevin Beiser Music Legislator of the Year

For Immediate Release

California Music Educators Association Names Kevin Beiser Music Legislator of the Year
San Diego Unified Board President Honored in Bay Area Ceremony

SAN DIEGO - The California Music Educators Association (CMEA) has chosen Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School District's recently elected Board of Trustees President, as the 2013 CMEA Legislative Music Leadership awardee. Beiser had earlier received recognition from the San Diego chapter of the CMEA, which nominated him for the state-wide award.

"After receiving the local section award for supporting music, the CMEA board of directors unanimously decided to give Kevin Beiser our state-level Legislative award," said CMEA President Russ Sperling. "For music to flourish in our schools, it's critical to have supporters like Kevin on our school boards holding the line for music education.  Kevin has been a strong voice advocating that all students have access to a quality education that includes music as an essential."

Beiser fought to protect music funding amid the District's budget crises and worked together with parents and teachers to help organize the community to protect as many of the varied music programs as possible. With his experience as part of school bands during even his earliest elementary school years as well as being a public school Math teacher, Beiser knows the important role music programs play in a well-rounded education.

"I'm honored that my commitment to keeping music programs in our district's schools has been recognized by the CMEA, both locally and throughout the State," Beiser said. "I proudly share this recognition with my fellow Board of Trustees. They voted to protect the funding for music programs as often as possible."

Beiser received his award at the award ceremony held during the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in Fresno, California on February 21st.

Beiser was elected to the San Diego Unified Board of Trustees in 2010 representing District B. Prior to his election his work with students earned him "San Diego Math Teacher of the Year" honors in 2008-2009. In December, 2013, Beiser was selected by his fellow Trustees to be the School District's Board President.

For More Information:
Kevin Beiser
(619) 838-5274
http://www.sandi.net/Page/61026
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Monday, February 24, 2014

Post Notice of Meetings: Board Advisory Committees

PLEASE NOTE:

 

·         Notice and Call of Meetings: Audit and Finance Committee
Committee Meeting Information:
http://www.sandi.net/domain/446.

·         Notice and Call of Special Meeting: CAC Transition Plans and Services AdHoc Committee Meeting—Thursday, February 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/53172.

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

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ --Nelson Mandela

 

Friday, February 21, 2014

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

MEDIA ADVISORY -- Media Calendar from the San Diego Unified School
District, February 21, 2014

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.

FEBRUARY

* 22 -- San Diego County Science Olympiad, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., University
City High School, 6949 Genesee Ave. (92122). More than 80 students from 25
schools are scheduled to compete for prizes and a chance to move up to the
California state championship. Contact: Liz Jabelcki, liz@sandiegoso.org.
Open to the public.

22 -- Military Pathways: College to Success, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., UC San
Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive (92093). Military parents and dependents will
receive information on college admissions, financial aid and Veterans
Administration benefits, panels and other information. More details and
registration: admissions.ucsd.edu/events. Contact: Timothy Borch, UC San
Diego, veteransinco@ad.ucsd.edu. Open to military retirees, veterans and
families.

22 -- CalSOAP Cash for College/FAFSA Workshop, 9 a.m., Hoover High School,
4474 El Cajon Blvd. (92115). College-bound students are invited to this
free workshop to learn about how to get money for college and the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information on the Dream Act
will also be available and participants can win a $1,000 scholarship.
Preregister at www.sandiegocalsoap.com. Contact: CalSOAP, 858-569-1866.
Open to the public.

24 -- Superintendent asks San Diegans to "dream together" and chart course
for schools, 7-9 p.m., Mission Bay High School, 2475 Grand Ave. (92109).
Sub-District C Trustee Scott Barnett hosts this "Vision 20/20 Forum" which
provides input on what is working, what could be improved upon, and how
will the district and community work together to accomplish the district¹s
Vision 2020. The answers to these questions will help chart the course of
California's second-largest school district. Contact: Moisés Aguirre,
Executive Director, District Relations, (619) 725-7104. Open to the public.

* 24 -- Common Core State Standards Mathematics Presentation, 4:30 p.m.,
University City Cluster Committee meeting, University City High School,
6949 Genesee Ave. (92122). Find out about the new math standards as a San
Diego Unified curriculum expert takes parents through this change in how
students are taught in San Diego, California and around the nation. More
information, http://www.uccluster.com. Open to the public.

26 -- Honor Theater Performance, "Snapshot," Scripps Ranch High School
theater, 10410 Treena St. (92123). Honor theater brings together the top
theater students in San Diego Unified in one show. Performances are Feb.
26, 27, 28 and March 6, 7 and 8. Media contact: Dr. Karen Childress-Evans,
director of San Diego Unified Visual and Performing Arts Department, (858)
256-2700. Open to the public.

* 27 -- Snow Day at Silver Gate Elementary School, 12:30-3:30 p.m., Silver
Gate Elementary School, 1499 Venice St. (92107). The school is taking a
snow day in sunny San Diego. Contact: dulce_caldwell@yahoo.com. Not open
to the public.

* 27 -- Kearny High Athletic Facilities Groundbreaking, 10 a.m., Kearny
High School, 7651 Wellington Way (92111). Work will be getting under way
on improvements to the school's stadium and baseball field, funded by
voter-approved bonds. Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, bond communications,
619-546-3378. Open to the public.

MARCH

3 -- Superintendent asks San Diegans to "dream together" and chart course
for schools, Mira Mesa High School, 10510 Reagan Rd. (92126). Sub-District
A Trustee John Lee Evans hosts this "Vision 20/20 Forum" which provides
input on what is working, what could be improved upon, and how will the
district and community work together to accomplish the district¹s Vision
2020. The answers to these questions will help chart the course of
California's second-largest school district. Contact: Moisés Aguirre,
Executive Director, District Relations, (619) 725-7104. Open to the public.

3 -- Read Across America Day, various campuses. Celebrities across the
nation mark the anniversary of the birthday of San Diegan Theodor Geisel,
better known as Dr. Seuss. Media contact: Jack Brandais, Communications
Department, 619-725-5570.

8 -- Clairemont High School Baseball Fundraiser, 10 a.m., Ernie Beck
Field, Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Dr. (92117). Players gather
pledges on how far they can hit a baseball; contest is held this day.
Contact: Gerry Knupple, Athletic Director, (858) 273-0201. Open to the
public.

8 -- Auditions for the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, 8
a.m., San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, 2425 Dusk Dr.
(92113). Learn about the audition process for high school students. SCPA
is celebrating its 36th year as a public arts magnet high school, and
features five majors and 11 programs of study in the arts, plus an
outstanding academic curriculum. Students in grades 9-12 must audition to
get into the school. Contact: Richard Trujillo, Artistic Director, (619)
470-0555 ext. 2211. Not open to the public.

10 -- Superintendent asks San Diegans to "dream together" and chart course
for schools, Crawford High School, 4191 Colts Way (92115), Sub-District E
and Board Vice President Marne Foster hosts this "Vision 20/20 Forum"
which provides input on what is working, what could be improved upon, and
how will the district and community work together to accomplish the
district¹s Vision 2020. The answers to these questions will help chart the
course of California's second-largest school district. Contact: Moisés
Aguirre, Executive Director, District Relations, (619) 725-7104. Open to
the public.

21 -- Curie Elementary School Multi-Cultural Fair, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Curie
Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr. (92122). At our annual Multi-Cultural
Fair all children will get a taste of some of the many cultures and
nationalities that are represented at our school. Contact: Pearl Amos,
Curie PTA, (858) 531-3144 or pearl.amos@gmail.com.

22 -- JROTC Cadet Ball, 5 p.m., Town & Country Resort, Atlas Ballroom, 500
Hotel Circle North (92118). JROTC Cadets and dignitaries from the San
Diego Unified School District will participate in the annual Cadet Ball to
honor military traditions, proper etiquette, customs and courtesies. This
social event develops cadet citizenship and social skills in a formal
setting. Contact: LTC(R) David Guzman, JROTC Program Manager, (858)
496-8203. Not open to the public.

22 -- La Jolla High School Foundation annual fundraiser, 6 p.m., Green
Acre, 10300 Campus Point Drive (92121). An evening with a variety of food
selections at the noted restaurant operated by Chef Brian Malarkey.
Contact: La Jolla High School PTA, 858-454-2865. Open to ticketed guests.

26 -- Patrick Henry High Performing Arts Center groundbreaking, 3:30 p.m.,
Patrick Henry High School, 6702 Wandermere Drive (92120). The school's
long-awaited auditorium and other improvements begin construction with
this ceremony. Voter-approved bonds are funding part of the project.
Contact: Cynthia Reed-Porter, Communications Department, 619-546-3378.

APRIL

12 -- Fast Times 5K, 7 a.m., De Anza Cove, Mission Bay. Five-kilometer run
benefits schools in the Clairemont neighborhood, including Clairemont and
Madison high schools. Sponsored by the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis and
Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation. Contact: rdrews2008@gmail.com. Open
to the public.

MAY

Teen Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roberts Family Branch, Boys and Girls
Clubs of Greater San Diego, 2230 E. Jewett St. (92111), Come meet local
businesses that are hiring teens, organizations offering volunteer
opportunities and local colleges. Contact: 619-247-3598. Open to the
public.

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