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By Jana Sullivan / CMHS PTSA President | September 18, 2008
If you would like to donate a prom or homecoming gown(s), dressy shoes and/or a handbag(s) for our event, please do so on Sept. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. Please come on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. to select a like item. If you do not have a dress to exchange, the doors will open to you at noon and there will be a fee of $10 for each dress selected. Women Helping Women receives donations of special event dresses all year and will offer what they have on hand for our use the day of the event.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | June 19, 2008
For video interviews with the Costa Mesa High School valedictorian along with those from other local schools, click here. Michelle Figueroa didn’t pay for her cap and gown until three days before her high school graduation ceremony. The Costa Mesa High School senior didn’t think she would make it after her turbulent childhood and her adolescence spent without either of her parents. When Figueroa was 5 years old, her father was sentenced to prison. Eight years later, her mother was arrested, imprisoned and later sent to Colombia.
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By Kori Johnson/Community Correspondent | May 15, 2008
The Award Winning Costa Mesa High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a summer youth cheer camp August 4-7 at Costa Mesa High School from 9:00 -11:00 am.  Cost is $60 if registered by June 30 after July 1 it increases to $75.  Girls going into Kindergarten through 8th grade can come and learn cheers, gymnastics, basic stunting and a dance. Participants will receive a t-shirt, snacks, ribbons and certificate of particiaption.  They also will have the opportunity to perform at a CMHS football game halftime at the New Scott Stadium.
NEWS
June 17, 2009
Melissa Centeno Melissa Centeno learned how to run a business, make a marriage work and balance a budget in three years, and that was in just one class. The 17-year-old was part of Costa Mesa High School’s Business Academy where she learned real-life business and financial skills and even created with her classmates a business model for an alternative fuel company that made gasoline from algae. “It was treated like a real business,” she said. “It helped me develop skills that I’ll need in the future and I know a little more, so I’m not clueless when I get out there.
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November 27, 2009
Costa Mesa High School cheerleaders have launched their annual toy drive this year, but unlike past ones, this time they’re aiming specifically to help local families. The girls will be collecting toys and gift cards and donating them to needy families within the high school’s zone set up by the district. That means families with children at College Park, Davis, Killybrooke, Paularino and Sonora elementary schools will get assistance this year. Normally, donations are sent to the Childrens Hospital of Orange County, or the Boys & Girls Club of America.
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By Daniel Tedford | February 17, 2008
Wearing a brown halter top with matching beads lining her neck, one Costa Mesa student makes her turn at the end of the runway in silver high heels. Another shows off her sparkling jeweled brown jacket as she struts in front of onlookers. Cheerleaders know how to play to a crowd. Which is part of the reason three cheerleading squads from Orange County schools, including Costa Mesa High School, were chosen to be the models for a charity fashion show at God’s and Heros in Costa Mesa Sunday night.
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By Michael Miller | October 27, 2006
COSTA MESA — When Jennifer Kuo set up a table for her nonprofit group at Costa Mesa High School on Monday, it almost took her back to her own high school days. Kuo, the program coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, graduated from Costa Mesa High in 1995. On Monday, her group was one of four kicking off the school's second annual Service Learning Expo, in which more than a dozen organizations lay out publicity materials and invite students to volunteer.
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By Michael Miller | April 21, 2007
COSTA MESA — When Costa Mesa High School students created a drive-in movie theater and an advertising firm last fall, they intended them to be fictional businesses. On Friday, they became very real indeed. The business students, who spent the year developing fictional firms as a class project, decided to use their knowledge to net real money after a pair of former classmates met with an unexpected tragedy. Ivan and Ivonne Ruiz, twins who graduated last year, lost their home in February to a fire — and for one night, on Friday, the Image Drive-In and Open Door Productions came alive to raise money for their family.
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April 15, 2014
Costa Mesa High School students and staff returned from spring break this week to a much sunnier parking lot. More than 20 sizable eucalyptus trees with branches that once provided the school's front parking lot with ample shade were removed last week in preparation for work to repair the damage they have caused, according to district spokeswoman Laura Boss. "The existing trees are brittle, have damaged the concrete curbs, walkways, the asphalt parking lot, and the roots have clogged and broken drain lines," she wrote in an email.  To remedy the problem, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District removed the trees and will replace the current asphalt parking lot, drain lines, curbs and gutters over the summer.
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By Hannah Fry | April 10, 2014
Students from Costa Mesa High School's MESA - Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement - program took home 20 ribbons, five medals and one trophy during a regional competition last weekend. The MESA program is made up of high school students who have an interest in pursuing careers in math-based fields, said co-advisor and math teacher Jose Poveda. Poveda and physics teacher Marya Ras oversee the team, which meets during lunch to complete MESA-related exercises. With a budget of only $40, 13 Costa Mesa High students built a prosthetic arm that would be challenged with three tasks during the competition.
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March 17, 2014
The Costa Mesa High School cheer team took top honors over the weekend at the Best of the West Cheer and Dance Invitational in The Pyramid at Cal State Long Beach. The Mustangs won first place and were named division champions, according to an email from CMHS Cheer Coach Kori Johnson. "The team won a trophy, individual medals and a championship banner and this year's title of Best of the West," Johnson wrote. The event was sponsored by U.S. Spiritleaders Cheer and Dance Competition.
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February 18, 2014
The Costa Mesa High School cheer team took home a top honor from the National Cheerleaders Assn. last week. The team won the American School Spirit Award, which names the top overall cheer program in the nation for contributions made in community service, academics, school spirit and cheer skills. Kori Johnson, the Costa Mesa High cheer coach and advisor, said she almost didn't apply for the award this year. "No team had ever won it twice," she said. "I didn't think we'd win again.
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By Bradley Zint | December 24, 2013
Condominium residents near the site of a prospective homeless recovery complex in Costa Mesa are criticizing the plans, contending that while the aim to help the needy is noble, the project has the potential to harm their neighborhood and pose a risk to their children's safety. Earlier this month, the City Council recommended looking into using Civic Center Park, a 2.52-acre grassy expanse across from City Hall and the Orange County Fairgrounds as the site for permanent housing with support services for Costa Mesa's homeless.
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By Hannah Fry | November 6, 2013
Residents living near Corona del Mar High School are becoming increasingly concerned about the effects a newly funded school stadium could have on their quality of life. Increased traffic, parking issues, trash, lighting and vandalism were a few issues discussed last month during a meeting of about 60 residents from the Eastbluff, the Bluffs and the Plaza communities that border the high school, said resident Diana Blaisure. "Because there's such a close proximity of the residences to the school site, there's a definite concern that the stadium is going to have a very negative impact on the community," she said.
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By Hannah Fry | October 23, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees Tuesday unanimously approved refunding Costa Mesa's contribution to the creation of a sports facility at Costa Mesa High School. The decision leaves the city with no claim over the sports facility and all-weather track and field until a joint-use agreement is signed, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. The city and school district have joint-use agreements for several facilities, meaning the district can use them for educational purposes during the day and the city can use them at night, said city Public Services Director Ernesto Munoz.
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By Steve Virgen | October 22, 2013
There were events that involved Costa Mesa High School cheer or athletics when Sue Ross would show what she was all about: amazing, loyal and loving. "She would say, 'I am doing chemo in the morning, but I can be there by 3,'" said Kori Johnson, the Costa Mesa cheer coach. "Or she would say, 'I'm getting a blood transfusion, but I can be there later in the day.'" Ross, a Costa Mesa booster whose two daughters are on the school's cheer squad, died of cancer Sunday morning at age 53. She is survived by her husband, Kea, and their two daughters, Andrea and Allie.
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By Hannah Fry | October 18, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees will consider refunding Costa Mesa's contribution to the creation of a sports facility at Costa Mesa High School during their meeting Tuesday night. Such a move by the board could mean that the city would not have any claim over the sports facility and all-weather track and field. "With the nature of the project now being a dedicated district sports facility rather than a joint-use facility with the city of Costa Mesa, it is now appropriate to recognize and appreciate the efforts of the city and to refund the $15,000 contribution to the joint-use proposal," states a district staff report approved by Paul Reed, the district's deputy superintendent and chief business official.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | September 25, 2013
Costa Mesa is once again bringing a police officer out of retirement to provide a law-enforcement presence at its two high schools. Jess Gilman, a former school resource officer, or SRO, will start working at Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools, splitting his time between the campuses five days a week, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District announced Wednesday. Gilman retired from the Costa Mesa Police Department in October, but returned on contract soon after to work at the high schools because the department didn't have a large enough staff to provide an SRO. Less than a month after classes resumed this year, Gilman has agreed to fill in once again.
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