January 29, 2004
INSIDE THE DISTRICT Here are some decisions coming out of Tuesday's Newport-Mesa Unified School District meeting. REVISION TO STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY The board considered changes to Policy 4210, which relates to general student conduct. WHAT IT MEANS This policy relates to suspension, expulsion, involuntary transfer to continuation school and exclusion. In a series of study sessions, the board has been reviewing the policy, which defines causes for student discipline.
August 14, 2004
STEVE SMITH Here's what you don't know about Rick Campo, the guy who was cited for having his Little League team practice at a Costa Mesa field without a permit and whose letter about the incident was published recently in the Daily Pilot. To recap, Campo and his baseball team of 11- and 12-year-olds got kicked off a baseball field at Adams Elementary School on a Sunday by a park ranger who called police to come over and cite him. "We practiced there all week, but it wasn't until Sunday that they gave me a ticket," Campo told me. Campo has been heavily involved with the Costa Mesa National Little League for about 10 years.
February 17, 2006
Vivek Mehta is given an academic acknowledgment from USA Today, one of 20 in U.S. Four years ago, Vivek Mehta graduated from Orange Lutheran High School and headed off to college, hoping to earn a medical degree and star in a few football games along the way. By the time his senior year at UC Irvine neared an end, however, he was aiming for a different kind of heroism. The 21-year-old Orange resident, who this week became the only Californian on USA Today's All-USA College Academic First Team, found his eyes opened time and again as he worked toward his bachelor's degree.
January 1, 2005
Jeff Benson Hiba Shublak's students are so excited to learn that they're jumping up and down about it. Shublak, a 30-year-old Costa Mesa resident, was upset that physical education and health were taking a back seat to test score improvement. So, she decided to take an active approach. She's reaching out to preschool-age through sixth-grade students and Orange County teachers with her Active Learning program, merging academics with physical education.
August 31, 2002
Paul Clinton As public school officials across the nation grapple with obesity among children, local school leaders have also refocused their efforts to serve healthy meals at lunchtime and weed out sugary foods like soft drinks and candy. For the second school year in a row, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is employing a chef, nutritionist and nurse to help educate elementary through high school students about how to eat healthier during the week.
November 17, 2008
I’m still seeing and receiving advice on improving grades and test scores that fails to include the elimination of one activity that doesn’t cost a dime, that promotes reading and has also been proven to help prevent childhood obesity. Yes, I mean turning off the TV, but now there is even more of a reason to quit. According to a recent study of a survey of nearly 30,000 American adults conducted between 1975 and 2006 as part of the General Social Survey, it turns out that unhappy people watch 30% more television than happy people.
March 21, 2006
It might come as shocking news to students who head to the beach for spring break, but yes, Frisbees are educational ? at least they are in Jaime Blandford's class. On Tuesday, Blandford's third-graders at Paularino Elementary spent half an hour exercising on the playground as part of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) physical-education program. One of the exercises involved throwing Frisbees back and forth across a track, then running to the other side to form a relay team.
September 19, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Earlier this week, Gov. Gray Davis announced that he would sign legislation restricting soda sales on school campuses -- something local schools have already done. Elementary and middle schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District stopped selling carbonated soft drinks in 1997, said the district's director of nutrition services, Richard Greene. This year, they put the brakes on soda sales in high schools. "We figured that if it's good for elementary and middle school kids, it's good for high school kids," Greene said.
November 3, 2002
McDonald's night for Rea Elementary a paradox Does anyone else find it both sad and incredibly ironic that Rea Elementary School teachers and administrators recently spent an evening working at McDonald's "to help entice Rea families to eat at the restaurant" while their "day job" is to educate our children about such issues as nutrition (i.e. health); and that such health education is critical nowadays because of the epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes, which is itself in large part a function of the now taken-for-granted but nevertheless abominable practice perfected by McDonald's of marketing directly to children ("the key to attracting kids is toys, toys, toys")
December 23, 2011
A recent study released in pediatrics looks at mounting research showing that a child's media use may be linked to their body weight, not only due to the fact that they don't get as much exercise if they are watching TV and using other media, but also due to other issues related to media exposure. The new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, entitled "Children, Adolescents, Obesity and the Media," states that, "American society couldn't do a worse job at the moment of keeping children fit and healthy — too much TV, too many food ads, not enough exercise, and not enough sleep.