June 11, 2002
Deirdre Newman COSTA MESA -- Before she started attending the Shalimar Teen Center, Maritza Barajas had trouble focusing on her homework and earned low grades. Now the high school senior is getting straight A's and has plans to attend Orange Coast College. On Monday night, Barajas celebrated her Shalimar experience at the center's graduation. Twenty-four eighth-graders and seven high school seniors were honored at the ceremony at St. Joachim's Catholic Church.
February 19, 2002
Deirdre Newman It's a mild afternoon and a group of fifth-graders at Wilson Elementary School are writing a play about Encyclopedia Brown solving the case of the Bubble Gum Shootout. "It's my favorite chapter," said Vanessa Venitez, 11. The playwriting is part of the Project Success after-school program, which focuses on literacy for the low-income students it serves. Project Success is just one after-school success story under the umbrella of Costa Mesa Cares, a collaboration between the city and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District cemented last fall.
December 23, 2001
June Casagrande COSTA MESA -- Sometimes the best presents are the ones you earn for yourself -- a fact self-evident to 11-year-old Cassandra Menendez as she pedaled her shiny new bicycle Saturday morning. "I earned it from doing homework," she said. Cassandra is one of about 160 children who swarmed the Christmas tree at Westside Boys and Girls Club early Saturday morning to cash in on hard work they had done throughout the year. The club's after-school program awards points to students who do their homework there and have it corrected by staff.
November 6, 2001
With an unlimited amount of homework and countless other distractions, many high school students are sacrificing valuable sleeping time to finish up math problems or watch an extra hour of TV. But what is not taken into consideration is that sleep deprivation is considered a national health crisis resulting in more than 100,000 traffic accidents yearly, chronic fatigue and decreased mental capabilities. The advent of electricity has effectively created a 24-hour workday, while at the same time causing people to underestimate the importance of getting a good night's sleep.
September 4, 2001
First through sixth grade students from Newport Heights Elementary School and the West Newport community will have the opportunity to participate in an after-school program beginning Sept. 10 at the West Newport Community Center. The program will be limited to 40 children and will feature homework assistance with a lower child-to-staff ratio than the Newport Heights Elementary School program offered in previous years. Parents must register on-site from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept.
April 4, 2001
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- Less than an hour after the last school bell rang, first-graders Elisa and Elika had both finished their homework and read a book aloud. It was their first day at Pomona Elementary Schools' new learning center, which opened Monday and was, for these two anyway, a great success. "They help you with your homework," said Elisa Gonzalez, 6. She and friend Elika Canas, 6, sped through their vocabulary homework without any need for assistance, but were eager to read aloud to an adult for praise and feedback.
October 4, 2000
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- With the teen tutoring program back in session this week, teenagers -- arriving on buses, bicycles and skateboards -- are gradually returning to the Shalimar Learning Center, which is expected to fully reopen Tuesday. The center, quiet for two weeks, came back to life Monday when its program for teens restarted. Elementary school students will return Tuesday. "Now I have somewhere to go and get help again," said Rocio Rosales, a 17-year-old senior at Newport Harbor High School, glancing at the bustling apartment that serves as a teen tutoring center.
September 5, 2000
Photos taken and quotes compiled by Amy Spurgeon We asked kids at Fashion Island: What are your academic goals for this school year? 1. I'm going into seventh grade. Last year I had problems with language arts. So this year, I'll try to read more and make flash cards. And for algebra, I'll probably find a good study partner. BRITTANNY STURGESS, 12 Newport Beach 2. I'm going into eighth grade. I want to keep up my 4.0 grade point average.
August 1, 2000
Students with Internet access can take noncredit computer classes at home or the office with "Distance Learning" classes from Orange Coast College. These hands-on computer workshops deliver homework through e-mail to participants at their desired location. Classes are designed to help students upgrade work skills, learn a new talent or chart a career path at their own pace. Workshops begin every two weeks and include: Introduction to Microsoft's Visual Basic; Internet Security Principles and Practices; computer graphics; Web programming; customer service; paralegal; and personal enrichment classes.
May 31, 2000
Danette Goulet CORONA DEL MAR -- A 13-year-old Corona del Mar Middle School student was taken into custody by Newport Beach Police on Tuesday for allegedly choking a classmate in an attempt to steal a homework pass. The boy he attacked spent two days in the intensive care unit at Hoag Hospital following the May 23 altercation. The boys' names were not released because they are minors. Principal Don Martin said students in a morning gym class had just returned to the school's tennis courts after running a lap when one student grabbed another by the throat, demanding he turn over a homework pass.