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By Britney Barnes | May 4, 2012
Newport Elementary School's principal stood in the hallway as the bell rang and students filed out of their classrooms to lunch. Principal Amy Nagy received hellos, waves and hugs - and some news they excitedly had to share. "I've done really good at writing," shouted a kindergartner. She congratulated him. Next was a sheepish first-grader, who showed Nagy his paper about bees. He walked away with a smile and the promise of a "super student" pencil as a writer's reward.
NEWS
December 20, 2000
Danette Goulet NEWPORT BEACH -- With a leader appointed to the top spot at last, the administration at Ensign Intermediate School is ready to tackle some big projects this year. In his 20th year at Ensign, former history teacher Mike McGuire has accepted the position of principal full-time. "The change would be monumental if I hadn't been here, but I'm just changing hats," McGuire said of his appointment. On the top of his to-do list this year, McGuire included seeing Ensign become a California Distinguished School.
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By: Principal, Christine Anderson/Community Correspondent | April 18, 2008
Sonora School was recently recognized as a 2008 California Distinguished School ~ the state’s top honor! Approximately 5% of the state’s public schools win the award each year. Sonora School is one of 343 elementary schools from 189 school districts in the state named as a California Distinguished School. “These outstanding elementary schools represent many different kinds of communities, organizational structures, and student populations,” State Supt.
NEWS
April 24, 2005
EDUCATION Flying to schools' aid On Wednesday, nine Newport-Mesa PTA members joined a countywide coalition in flying to Sacramento to voice educational concerns to state officials. Top on the group's agenda were budgetary woes that resulted from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's cutting of Proposition 98 funds last year. The State Dept. of Education last week named Newport Harbor High School a California Distinguished School for the third time, making it one of 192 middle and high schools in the state to receive the honor this year.
NEWS
May 26, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- An open house at an elementary school once meant that parents squeezed themselves into tiny seats and listened to a spiel -- not unlike a class lesson -- by their children's teacher. Harbor View Elementary School's open house Thursday doubled as a celebration for being named a California Distinguished School. Parents still had a chance to see what their children are doing in class, but the event was filled with pride over the campus' new status as a state-honored school.
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May 9, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- The light rain could not dampen the spirits of the crowd that exploded into cheers Monday morning when the California Distinguished School flag was raised for the first time at Kaiser Elementary School. Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and community members gathered by the campus flagpole as Boy Scouts raised the new flag to wave proudly below that of the country and the state. Kaiser was one of four elementary schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to earn the title of California Distinguished School this year.
NEWS
March 24, 2005
Michael Miller Newport Harbor High School has received a nomination this year for California Distinguished School recognition, marking the third time the school has received such an honor. On Wednesday, a team comprised of six Orange County district and school officials toured the 2,425-student campus to visit classrooms and interview faculty members. The purpose of the visit was to validate the accuracy of the information that Newport Harbor administrators submitted in their application to the California School Recognition Program.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 18, 2006
The eyes of the Newport-Mesa education community were on Victoria Elementary School on Wednesday ? and KCAL-9 news, the Looney Tunes and a Hummer limousine came along for the ride. This year, the Costa Mesa campus won both California Distinguished School recognition and a Title I Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes high-performing schools with low-income populations. Victoria is the first school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to win both honors in the same year.
NEWS
May 22, 2001
Danette Goulet They tied a blue ribbon around the old oak tree, and the fence and the shrubs and the students and every doorknob in the schools. Two Corona del Mar elementary schools -- one public and the other private -- celebrated Monday morning after learning they had been named National Blue Ribbon Schools late Friday afternoon. "It's just such an exciting day," said Karen Kendall, principal of Harbor View Elementary School, the eighth school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to earn the honor.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 23, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Friday that it has selected new principals for TeWinkle Middle and Corona del Mar High schools. The two most recent hires will be the latest principals to join the district during a summer when seven campuses so far have new top administrators. Kira Hurst, formerly an administrator in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, will become principal at TeWinkle. Kathy Scott is leaving her job as principal of Oxford Academy in the Anaheim Union High School District to lead CdM. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve with such a strong and committed school community as Corona del Mar High," Scott said in a prepared statement.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | August 23, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Friday that it has selected new principals for TeWinkle Middle and Corona del Mar High schools. The two most recent hires will be the latest principals to join the district during a summer when seven campuses so far have new top administrators. Kira Hurst, formerly an administrator in the Huntington Beach Union High School District, will become principal at TeWinkle. Kathy Scott is leaving her job as principal of Oxford Academy in the Anaheim Union High School District to lead CdM. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve with such a strong and committed school community as Corona del Mar High," Scott said in a prepared statement.
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By Britney Barnes | May 4, 2012
Newport Elementary School's principal stood in the hallway as the bell rang and students filed out of their classrooms to lunch. Principal Amy Nagy received hellos, waves and hugs - and some news they excitedly had to share. "I've done really good at writing," shouted a kindergartner. She congratulated him. Next was a sheepish first-grader, who showed Nagy his paper about bees. He walked away with a smile and the promise of a "super student" pencil as a writer's reward.
NEWS
Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | June 21, 2010
Of all the schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Newport Coast Elementary, because it's only a decade old, has been hardest hit by the recent layoffs, parents and officials say. The school is poised to lose five teachers and four of its support staff to layoffs, a measure among others taken to cut $13.5 million from the 2010-2011 district budget. But despite the pending layoffs, morale is still high in the hallways at the Newport Beach school, located on Ridge Park Road just off Newport Coast Drive, said principal Richard Rodriguez.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | August 3, 2009
Corona del Mar High School Principal Fal Asrani, who resigned Friday, is making a big leap in more ways than one as she takes a new position as the assistant superintendent of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. First, she will be charged with running 10 schools instead of just one. And the 10 schools were chosen specifically because they have been deemed failing schools in rough neighborhoods, as opposed to her current school, which is one of the most affluent in the country and one of the highest-performing public schools in the area.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | April 2, 2009
Coastline Community College’s Early College High School was one of 261 high schools and middle schools statewide to be named a 2009 California Distinguished School, an honor bestowed on three other Newport-Mesa middle and high schools in the past 20 years. The 3-year-old Costa Mesa alternative high school, in which students take both high school and community college classes, was the only school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to win the award this year. Thirty other schools around Orange County were also named.
LOCAL
By: Principal, Christine Anderson/Community Correspondent | April 18, 2008
Sonora School was recently recognized as a 2008 California Distinguished School ~ the state’s top honor! Approximately 5% of the state’s public schools win the award each year. Sonora School is one of 343 elementary schools from 189 school districts in the state named as a California Distinguished School. “These outstanding elementary schools represent many different kinds of communities, organizational structures, and student populations,” State Supt.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford | April 9, 2008
Five Newport-Mesa Unified School District elementary schools were recognized as California Distinguished Schools on Wednesday — the state’s top honor. About 5% of the state’s public schools win the award each year. Eastbluff, Anderson, Harbor View, Killybrooke and Sonora Elementary won the award, announced the state Supt. Jack O’Connell. The state names 343 elementary schools from 189 school districts as distinguished schools. “It’s a feather in the cap for all the people in the district who are working hard to earn that recognition,” school board member Walt Davenport said.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | November 16, 2006
Two Newport-Mesa elementary schools have been nominated for national recognition in the No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and will be honored in Washington, D.C., next fall if they continue to post high marks. On Tuesday, state Supt. Jack O'Connell announced that Mariners Elementary School and Victoria Elementary School were among 35 in California receiving nominations this week. The program rewards the campuses that make the most impressive growth each year on state and federal standards.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | May 18, 2006
The eyes of the Newport-Mesa education community were on Victoria Elementary School on Wednesday ? and KCAL-9 news, the Looney Tunes and a Hummer limousine came along for the ride. This year, the Costa Mesa campus won both California Distinguished School recognition and a Title I Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes high-performing schools with low-income populations. Victoria is the first school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to win both honors in the same year.
NEWS
By Michael Miller | April 26, 2006
Four sites in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District received California Distinguished School awards on Tuesday, tying the district's record from six years ago. The campuses ? California, Lincoln, Mariners and Victoria elementary schools ? were nominated by the state in March before undergoing visits from an evaluation team. State Supt. Jack O'Connell announced 377 winners of the award on Tuesday, the highest number of California schools ever honored in a single year. The recipients will be honored on May 26 at a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.
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