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October 6, 2001
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- More than half of the freshmen in the school district proved they have what it takes to pass the first-ever exit exams required for graduation. The results, released this week, show that 75% of the ninth-grade students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District passed the English language arts portion and 55% passed the math section. Those students have cleared the hurdle and needn't look back. For those who didn't pass the first time, they have plenty more chances.
NEWS
October 7, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Principals today will begin presenting the results from last year's standardized tests, along with their plans for improving performances this year, to the Board of Trustees. It will be the first time principals have met with Newport-Mesa Unified School District board with what they are calling the "Test Result Response Plans," said Laura Boss, coordinator of administrative services for the district. "The purpose of the meeting is to present information, touch base and talk about where we need to go from here in alignment with the district's strategic plan and the established 2003 to 2004 goals and priorities," she said.
NEWS
By Daniel Tedford | May 26, 2008
Stiff and emotionless, Kevin Yahampath stands statuesque as he faces the oncoming hoards of adults, fellow classmates and teachers. They meet face to face and while others are chattering and starring, Kevin doesn’t waver. And then they press a round red button located on his sleeve and presto: Kevin Yahampath becomes Lou Gehrig. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at California Elementary School brought their history project to the school’s open house Thursday night.
NEWS
January 25, 2005
Jeff Benson Fifth- and sixth-grade students in Caryn Weinstock's class can barely hear their teacher, but to someone walking by her classroom, it sounds like she's somehow getting infuriated over language arts. She pointed Monday morning to the overhead projector, where a passage contained a misspelled word and some capitalization problems. "The boys listened to papa grande tell stories out lowd," she read to them at a near yell. Her students, part of the Oral Auditory Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, never flinched as Weinstock's New York accent heightened.
NEWS
August 27, 2002
REPORT CARDS A move to standards-based report cards has been in the works for the past two years. The district's curriculum and assessment are already aligned to the standards for subjects such as language arts and math. Teachers have had some input into the new report cards. Standards for math include number sense, as well as algebra and functions. Kindergartners already have their own standards-based report cards. WHAT TO EXPECT District staff has recommended that the board approve the new report cards.
NEWS
November 18, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- Whittier Elementary School administrators have revamped their version of a nationally acclaimed mentoring program this year after discovering a drop in the test scores of students who participated in it. While the school saw a 73-point jump in its overall Academic Performance Index score released in October, a breakdown of data showed that the results of students who participated in the...
NEWS
December 2, 1999
Danette Goulet One by one, the students in Carol Jewell's third-grade class silently introduced themselves to their pen pal, Danielle Berman. She nodded and smiled in perfect understanding. While Jewell is teaching her students at Andersen Elementary School to read and write, she is also teaching them Danielle's language -- sign language. Danielle is 9 years old and has been deaf since birth. Despite an initial shyness Wednesday morning, Danielle quickly warmed up to the eager 8-year-olds who huddled around her, each trying to sign their many questions to her. "I asked her what kinds of books she likes to read," said Sarah Colgate.
NEWS
August 31, 2003
Deirdre Newman Dawn Baird's kindergarten classroom at Newport Coast Elementary School was hopping with activity Friday, four full days before school started. Little chefs crowded the kitchen play station area, cooking up fake pizza, corn, doughnuts and ice cream. Among them was Lexi Osterberg, 5, decked out in a blue floral dress for the occasion. "She was waiting all day to come to school," said Heidi Moker, a family friend who brought Lexi to check out her new classroom.
NEWS
March 22, 2005
Michael Miller Most teachers discourage drawing comics in class. Elizabeth Whitney encourages it -- so long as it involves similes and metaphors. Whitney, a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, uses a special technique when teaching figurative language to her English students: She has them illustrate phrases in comic book form. Now, as a charter member of UC Irvine Extension's new Reading Certificate Program, Whitney plans to spread her strategy to public school teachers around Orange County.
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By Daniel Tedford | May 27, 2008
Stiff and emotionless, Kevin Yahampath stands statuesque as he faces the oncoming hoards of adults, fellow classmates and teachers. They meet face to face and while others are chattering and starring, Kevin doesn’t waver. And then they press a round red button located on his sleeve and presto: Kevin Yahampath becomes Lou Gehrig. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at California Elementary School brought their history project to the school’s open house Thursday night.
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NEWS
March 22, 2005
Michael Miller Most teachers discourage drawing comics in class. Elizabeth Whitney encourages it -- so long as it involves similes and metaphors. Whitney, a sixth-grade teacher at Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada, uses a special technique when teaching figurative language to her English students: She has them illustrate phrases in comic book form. Now, as a charter member of UC Irvine Extension's new Reading Certificate Program, Whitney plans to spread her strategy to public school teachers around Orange County.
NEWS
January 25, 2005
Jeff Benson Fifth- and sixth-grade students in Caryn Weinstock's class can barely hear their teacher, but to someone walking by her classroom, it sounds like she's somehow getting infuriated over language arts. She pointed Monday morning to the overhead projector, where a passage contained a misspelled word and some capitalization problems. "The boys listened to papa grande tell stories out lowd," she read to them at a near yell. Her students, part of the Oral Auditory Deaf and Hard of Hearing program at Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, never flinched as Weinstock's New York accent heightened.
NEWS
December 13, 2003
Flo Martin Amanda Rubenstein, a Corona del Mar High School senior, wants education in California to focus on teacher quality, not on test scores ("Won't stand for SATs," Dec. 4). She feels that analytical or critical thinking is discouraged since many teachers test with what I call "vomiting onto a Scantron" -- a bubbling-in-with-a-No. 2-pencil form -- for proof of student learning. The way schools test affects the way we teach. And the way we teach affects the way students are expected to learn.
NEWS
October 7, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Principals today will begin presenting the results from last year's standardized tests, along with their plans for improving performances this year, to the Board of Trustees. It will be the first time principals have met with Newport-Mesa Unified School District board with what they are calling the "Test Result Response Plans," said Laura Boss, coordinator of administrative services for the district. "The purpose of the meeting is to present information, touch base and talk about where we need to go from here in alignment with the district's strategic plan and the established 2003 to 2004 goals and priorities," she said.
NEWS
August 31, 2003
Deirdre Newman Dawn Baird's kindergarten classroom at Newport Coast Elementary School was hopping with activity Friday, four full days before school started. Little chefs crowded the kitchen play station area, cooking up fake pizza, corn, doughnuts and ice cream. Among them was Lexi Osterberg, 5, decked out in a blue floral dress for the occasion. "She was waiting all day to come to school," said Heidi Moker, a family friend who brought Lexi to check out her new classroom.
NEWS
August 27, 2002
REPORT CARDS A move to standards-based report cards has been in the works for the past two years. The district's curriculum and assessment are already aligned to the standards for subjects such as language arts and math. Teachers have had some input into the new report cards. Standards for math include number sense, as well as algebra and functions. Kindergartners already have their own standards-based report cards. WHAT TO EXPECT District staff has recommended that the board approve the new report cards.
NEWS
October 6, 2001
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT-MESA -- More than half of the freshmen in the school district proved they have what it takes to pass the first-ever exit exams required for graduation. The results, released this week, show that 75% of the ninth-grade students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District passed the English language arts portion and 55% passed the math section. Those students have cleared the hurdle and needn't look back. For those who didn't pass the first time, they have plenty more chances.
NEWS
November 18, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA -- Whittier Elementary School administrators have revamped their version of a nationally acclaimed mentoring program this year after discovering a drop in the test scores of students who participated in it. While the school saw a 73-point jump in its overall Academic Performance Index score released in October, a breakdown of data showed that the results of students who participated in the...
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