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By Michael Miller | June 6, 2007
For the first time in years at Ensign Intermediate School, the play's the thing. The Newport Beach campus, which will present Disney's "High School Musical" on Friday and Saturday, hadn't put on a theater production since its last drama teacher retired half a decade ago. Moreover, with the Robins Hall theater closed at nearby Newport Harbor High School, the school didn't have ready access to a stage. This year, though, three parent groups — the PTA, the school foundation and the Navigators, a fathers' support group — banded together to raise $4,500 for a show in the school gymnasium.
April 10, 2007
The Daily Pilot asked students at Ensign Intermediate School, "What's the most valuable thing you've learned in Life Skills class?" "How to handle money." -- Erin Kincaid, 13, Costa Mesa "Probably how to handle peer pressure and bullying." -- Christina Young, 12, Newport Beach "Probably financing — how to manage your money. I wasn't very good with money before." -- Alex Maher, 12, Costa Mesa "The pressure of media and how not to follow it." -- Paisley Muller, 13, Newport Beach "Probably money, because I spend too much, and I need to save it more."
November 6, 2001
Interviews and photos compiled by Bryce Alderton The Daily Pilot asked eighth-graders at Ensign Intermediate School in Newport Beach what Veterans Day means to them. '[In memory] of all the people that died fighting.' -- Ryan Gute, 13 Costa Mesa 'Pay respect to all the soldiers that died.' -- Ronald Martinez, 13 Costa Mesa 'A thank you to all the people that died for the rights of today.' -- Sienna Palmer, 13 Newport Beach 'It reminds me of war -- about all the things dealing with freedom and how everything is different because of what they did.' -- Evelyn Guzman, 13 Costa Mesa 'Freedom and respect.
May 23, 2005
Ensign students show character The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce and Ensign Intermediate School on Tuesday will announce the winners of this year's Ensign Character Awards, given by teachers, parents and administrators to students who demonstrate strong ethical values. Two back-to-back assemblies, honoring seventh- and eighth-grade students, will be held in the school gym, with Mayor Steven Bromberg speaking at the first and Richard Luehrs, chamber president, at the second.
November 18, 1999
'Oklahoma' SCHOOL: Ensign Intermediate School STORY LINE: A turn-of-the-century love story of a cowboy and a farm girl set against the rivalry between ranchers and farmers DRAMA TEACHER: Donna Kelson DIRECTOR: Donna Kelson FEATURED PLAYERS: Michael McLean, Kate Guesman, Marleigh Dunlap, Kim Jenkins, Brittany Cornelius, Patrick Riley, David Murrow, Brandon Crisler, Kevin Lim, Matthew Hansen, Alex Silverman, Lacey...
August 9, 2007
New principals have been assigned to Ensign Intermediate School and College Park Elementary School. They will start their new jobs when the school year begins Sept. 4. Steve McLaughlin takes over as principal at Ensign for Ed Wong, who moved over to Costa Mesa High School as principal on July 1. He comes over from San Clemente High School, where he serves as assistant principal. John Sanders, currently the assistant principal at Ensign Intermediate, will fill the void left at College Park Elementary School after Pat Insley's retirement as principal.
By Joe Serna | December 11, 2007
An Ensign Intermediate School student was arrested Tuesday after bringing a bomb on campus, police said. Newport Beach police took the 12-year-old into custody on suspicion of possession of an explosive device after a bomb squad found materials for an “acid bomb,” which is capable of a 300-foot blast radius, on the student and in his locker, said Sgt. Evan Sailor. The campus was in lockdown for more than an hour after a fellow student reported a suspicious package about 11:15 a.m., Sailor said.
February 8, 2001
Ensign Intermediate School dads are charting the course for the coming months. The Ensign Navigators, an organization of students' dads, works with the school to provide needed resources. The group will meet Friday to discuss upcoming projects. The group is hoping to seal and re-stripe the basketball courts, as well as upgrade the hoops and nets. Many projects such as this are supported by parents, who volunteer time or give in-kind services and direct donations.
October 15, 2003
Jose Garibay was not even a citizen when he lost his life in the service of his country on March 23. The 21-year-old Newport Harbor High graduate was among seven Marines killed in an ambush in Iraq. He was the first from Orange County to die in the war. Garibay, a corporal in the Corps, came to the United States when he was 2 months old from Jalisco, Mexico. He grew up in Costa Mesa and attended Whittier Elementary, Ensign Intermediate School and played football at Newport Harbor.
March 8, 2013
DULIN, Gene July 13, 1917- March 4, 2013 Miss Gene Dulin, 95, of Newport Beach, California passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, March 4, 2013. Gene was born in Missouri, the only child of Eugene and Myrtle (Starling) Dulin. Her father died shortly before Gene's birth. She and her mother moved to Oklahoma to be with relatives for several years before moving to California in the late 1920's. She graduated from Stanford University in 1939 and obtained a clerical job with the Western Air Corp during WWII.
By Sandy Asper | January 31, 2013
Any teacher can point out the students in their classes who have psychological problems. There are clear indications, some even to the casual observer: lack of friends, uncommonly quiet or the opposite, choice of clothes, bodily issues, etc. The classroom teacher has decisions to make regarding the students who appear to be in trouble. Depending on the number of students she is responsible for (150 to 180 students in intermediate and high schools, 23 to 37 in elementary), she/he could try to talk to the student, call the parents (always dicey)
By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 31, 2013
Plain white paper with insults scrawled across it stars in an anti-bullying video produced by a 14-year-old Newport Beach girl. Students from Ensign Intermediate School hold up the words covering their faces in the black-and-white clip: Fat. Stupid. Gross. Then each one holds an insult chest-high, showing her face above an insult that's been hurled at her: Worthless. Dumb blonde. Traitor. Slut. "The pictures that don't show their face, that's names you hear people being called, but the ones where they show their face, that's one that relates to them," said Molly McWhertor, the Ensign student who conceived, shot and edited the 2-minute, 30-second video, "Words Hurt.
By Lauren Williams and Kelly Parker | December 28, 2012
The last year took many notable people from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Whether they were lost to age, illness or tragedy, they are remembered here. The Aegean sailors: Crew members William Reed Johnson, 57, Theo Mavromatis, 49, Kevin Eric Rudolph, 53, and Joseph Lester Stewart, 64, died in a boat wreck during the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race on April 28. Mark David Allen : Died at age 50 on Feb. 1. Allen was arrested in Newport Beach about 520 times and was the subject of a documentary, "Drunk in Public," made by a Newport Beach custody officer.
By Britney Barnes | October 20, 2012
When Alex Posa, 12, was asked if he wanted to meet the president, he didn't hesitate to say yes. The experience didn't disappoint. "I was pretty excited," Alex said. "I couldn't wipe the smile off my face for the next week. " The Ensign Intermediate School seventh-grade student played hooky with his mother, Carol Seguin, Oct. 8 to meet President Obama. After meeting the president, Alex wrote a report about the experience for his teachers to make up for the absence. "It was a chance of a lifetime to meet the president of the United States and the leader of the free world," Seguin said.
By Bryce Alderton | August 30, 2012
Coaches from both Newport Harbor High and Corona del Mar say they face challenging league matches, but both Newport's Scott Tarnow and CdM's Mike Starkweather are excited about entering freshmen to face those challenges. Newport Harbor faces a stern test once Sunset League play begins according to Tarnow. The Sailors will face the likes of Edison, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos, whom Tarnow said all have a "game-changing" player. Newport has two returners off a team that finished .500 last season.
February 5, 2011
TODAY Summer Opportunities Fair A seminar on finding the perfect overnight camp or teen summer program for ages 8 to 18 is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Sage Hill School, 20402 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Beach. Dozens of exhibits and camp directors will be on hand. For more information, contact Jill at (310) 202-8448 or via e-mail at . For more information, visit Headshine Commonwealth Lounge & Grill, 2406 Newport Blvd.
By Brianna Bailey | April 15, 2010
Newport Harbor High School junior Jason Cernius, 17, likes shooting hoops and playing pingpong with his little brother, 15-year-old Andrew. “I didn’t think that he would be able to do the things other brothers do at first, but I taught him how to play sports,” Jason said. Andrew, who has problems with language and social skills, was diagnosed with autism at age 3. He was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 16 months old and given only a 20% chance of survival.
By Candice Baker | August 17, 2009
Incoming freshmen at Newport Harbor High School who enrolled in its Da Vinci Summer Program, part of the school’s math- and science-focused Da Vinci Academy, spent Monday building boats that would float in the school pool. The experiment isn’t as easy as it sounds. These boats were far bigger than a breadbox; they each had to hold a student. To further complicate matters, the students were only given two construction components: cardboard and packing tape. Before heading out to the pool, the kids broke up into small groups, then determined who would be their boat’s “captain.
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