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October 7, 2008
Got some old tires in the garage you want to get rid of? The Costa Mesa Sanitary District and Costa Mesa are teaming up for a used tire collection to recycle them. You can drop off the used tires from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the city’s corporation yard, which is across the street from Estancia High School, 2300 Placentia Ave. Unmounted and mounted tires will be accepted for no charge. Recyclers can use the material for playground coverings for local schools or for road paving.
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June 17, 2009
Kylie Wilson Balancing divergent expectations from separated parents was difficult for Kylie Wilson, but the Estancia High School senior came up with a solution that allowed her to continue on her path to medical school. Kylie has wanted to be a doctor as far back as she can remember. Her dad was a ski patrol officer in Big Bear and through him she came to relish the adrenaline rush of medical emergencies and the satisfaction of healing people, she said. Because of her dad’s knowledge of science and math, Kylie spent her high school years living with him. He encouraged her to concentrate all of her effort on her studies, while her mom was adamant that she get a job and learn about responsibility and commitment.
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June 21, 2007
Editor's Note: Daily Pilot reporter Michael Miller spotlights two outstanding students from five area schools. For more student profiles, click here . For the first 17 years of her life, Jaspreet Kaur lived with her family in the Punjab region of western India. Her father was a farmer while her mother worked as a housekeeper. America seemed like such a faraway land that, according to a popular saying in her region, the country had no sun or moon. Before her sophomore year, Kaur's parents moved the family across the Atlantic to give their children better opportunities for the future.
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By Alan Blank | June 18, 2008
High school took Taylor Schow five years to finish — four in the classroom and one in the hospital and rehabilitation center. Just two years ago, near the end of her junior year, she fainted at Estancia High School and was rushed to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian with a brain hemorrhage. Her family and friends never imagined she wouldn’t leave the hospital for two months. Because she was in the highly regulated intensive care unit, most of her friends couldn’t come and visit her, and she lost touch with them.
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By Michael Miller | June 21, 2007
COSTA MESA — Cyndie Borcoman looks around the special-education classroom at Estancia High School twice a month and sees a wide range of young people — some handicapped, some not; some struggling to read and write, and others tutoring them as best they can. But Borcoman, the on-site leader for Santiago Creek Community School in Santa Ana, sees a definite link among all the students. Her school, run by the Orange County Department of Education, services at-risk teens who have dropped out or been expelled, and like many special-needs students, they haven't always had people counting on them to succeed.
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By Julie Hagy | January 11, 2010
Editor’s note: This is the first of three parts. Sweatshirts bearing Australia’s flag have replaced cardinal red and gold spirit attire at Estancia High School. A didgeridoo, the indigenous Australian instrument, lay in a corner of the Costa Mesa school’s administrative office. “Australian Youth Ambassadors Arrive January 16, 2010,” a banner on the school’s website announces. On Saturday, Estancia will open its doors to seven exchange students from the land Down Under.
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By Joseph Serna | November 16, 2007
Abby Koff’s cellphone recognizes only five numbers by voice command. Those numbers are assigned to her mom, her two older brothers, 9-1-1 and “Pops.” When Koff was a fifth-grader at Victoria Elementary, her father died in an accident. She felt drawn then to Costa Mesa Officer Jess Gilman, her school’s DARE representative at the time. She nicknamed him Pops — not because he consoled her about her father’s death, but because he did not. “I don’t know how to explain it,” said Abby, now an Estancia High School senior.
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By Lauren Williams | November 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — About 150 people poured into Estancia High School's gym to celebrate the life of Jim Scott, an avid school booster who pioneered the building of the school's football stadium that today bears his name. The memorial coincided with the Battle of the Bell, a ritual he created in the mid-1980s to foster community traditions and a friendly competition between Estancia and its cross-town rival, Costa Mesa High, said son Jim Scott Jr. The ceremony began and ended with a bagpipe, whose player wore a red kilt and Scott Clan shirt.
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | February 26, 2011
COSTA MESA — A delegation of Estancia High School students returned Monday from Sacramento where they spent five days doing the jobs of senators, lobbyists and a trial court defense attorney. Estancia sent 19 students to the state YMCA Youth & Government's 63rd annual Model Legislature & Court conference, a mock legislature and judicial government where students learn how the process works by doing it themselves. Students wrote and introduced bills, covered the proceedings as print or broadcast journalists and lobbied legislators to support or kill a bill as the worked in the State Capitol building.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2014
When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks were prompted by happiness. Such has been the overwhelmingly positive response to the Costa Mesa school's Disney-inspired production, Maranian remarked. "These kids were crazy for this show," she said. "They went wild when I just mentioned it. They were on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers and praying that I would choose it. " Maranian, who makes it a point to consult her students, recalled tossing around ideas including "Catch Me If You Can," "Legally Blonde," "Honk!"
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By Jim Carnett | April 21, 2014
It was spring break last week at the Carnett household in Costa Mesa. Our three daughters, their husbands and eight grandchildren were all on hand to squeeze into our Mesa del Mar abode for the entire week. The grandkids range in age from 15 months to nearly 15 years. It was chaos! It was bedlam! It was beautiful! We divvied up bedrooms, beds and bathrooms and, somehow, the whole group of us survived. Three granddaughters slept in one double bed. A long and lanky grandson slept on a mattress in my computer room/library.
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By Hannah Fry | April 17, 2014
Regular runners and students from across the city will line up at Jim Scott Stadium at Estancia High School on April 26 for the seventh annual Costa Mesa Community Run to raise money for schools. Two-thirds of the proceeds will go to the Costa Mesa High School Foundation and Estancia and TeWinkle Schools Foundation, with the rest of the funds being split among the city's other schools, said race coordinator Karen Barloon. Phil D'Agostino, who was recently promoted to director of student services at Newport-Mesa Unified, and Barloon, who is the testing coordinator at Estancia High, came up with the idea for the run in 2008.
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By Hannah Fry | March 26, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees welcomed outgoing Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino to his new position as director of student services during their meeting Tuesday night. The 15-year Newport-Mesa employee will assume his new role as head of discipline for the district after spring break, said district spokeswoman Laura Boss. D'Agostino thanked the board for the opportunity to serve the district in his new position. "A very dear friend of mine said the universe puts you in places so you can learn something and grow," he said.
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By Hannah Fry | March 21, 2014
Costa Mesa High School Principal Phil D'Agostino is being tapped to head up discipline for Newport-Mesa Unified, district officials confirmed Thursday. Jane Garland, former director of student services, resigned in February after she accused district administrators of mishandling the cheating scandal at Corona del Mar High School. During her time at Newport-Mesa Unified, Garland assisted with implementing a restorative justice form of discipline, which focuses on helping students develop empathy, understand the reasons for their actions and take responsibility for wrongdoing.
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By Jill Cowan | February 26, 2014
Well-wishers and friends packed into the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's board chambers Tuesday night to honor the district's teachers and classified employees of the year. Mary Widtmann, who teaches a fourth- and fifth-grade combination class, and Kathy Evans, who teaches science at Back Bay High School, were recognized for their work in the classroom. Widtmann and Evans will now serve as Newport-Mesa's nominees for the Orange County Department of Education's Teacher of the Year, who represents the county at the state level.
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By Hannah Fry | January 30, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has decided to appoint a replacement for outgoing member David Brooks. Trustees started the appointment process this week to fill the upcoming vacancy in the Estancia High School zone. Brooks, a longtime district trustee, announced earlier this month that he plans to step down March 11, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. The unanimous vote to begin the process came after much discussion among trustees Tuesday evening regarding the best way to handle filling the post.
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December 13, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustees unanimously elected Karen Yelsey as president during an organizational meeting Tuesday night. The board also voted to begin the twice-monthly meetings an hour earlier, starting at 6 p.m. in January. Yelsey, who served as board vice president this year, will replace Trustee Dana Black as president in 2014. Yelsey has served on the school board since 2006, representing the Corona del Mar area. She was the board president in 2010.
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By Hannah Fry and This post has been corrected, as noted below. | September 25, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board room erupted in applause and cheering after trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to fund the stadium projects at Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar high schools. Mesa and CdM will each receive $7.4 million for their athletics facilities. Estancia High School will receive $1 million toward the planning of a competitive aquatics center. Estancia is the only high school in Newport-Mesa without a competition pool. "I have chills, I am so thrilled about this," board member Katrina Foley said.
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September 13, 2013
Regarding your Sept. 12 story "Sports Stadiums or a Theater?": Many people love a good high school football game. There is no question that kids benefit from athletics. But high school drama programs are just as important. Our son met his wife in the Estancia High School drama program 13 years ago. As supportive parents, we saw many productions at Estancia's small theater. It was a well-used, slightly threadbare facility back then. I doubt that it has improved over the years. Often, productions have to be moved to Newport Harbor High's theater (at considerable expense to the program)
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