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December 1, 2003
Lolita Harper Her role in the community has always been influential, but after an appointment to the Parks and Recreation Commission last week, Mirna Burciaga will have a seat on the dais and a corresponding vote to make it official. Councilwoman Libby Cowan appointed Burciaga -- a business owner, a mother and an advocate for education -- to complete the term of Kelly Feldman, who will resign effective Dec. 31. Burciaga's term will begin Jan. 1, officials said.
November 28, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Less than one week after a popular Westside after-school program closed, Newport-Mesa Unified School District will be opening its own at Wilson Elementary School. News that the Wilson Street THINK Together center would close came a couple weeks ago, leaving its 60 students without a place for after-school activities. Realizing the need for such a program in that area, the district allocated funds from an existing federal grant to open a new, larger program on Monday.
By Dominic Perrone | May 24, 2006
On Friday night, Corona del Mar High's Shelby Buckley will take her mark on the track and as she puts opposing runners behind her, she will do the same to the memories of her freshman track season. Qualifying for the CIF Southern Section Master's Meet is a couple of steps further than Buckley traveled last year. She did so in the 3,200 meters with a second-place finish in the Division III finals. Buckley narrowly missed qualifying in the 1,600 and as part of the Sea Kings' 4x400 relay, despite a season-best time in the latter.
By By Michael Miller | February 16, 2006
Statewide test results show Newport-Mesa students improving and scoring better than state average.English-learner students in Newport-Mesa Unified School District mastered the language more often than their average peers around the state this year, according to standardized test results released Wednesday. On the California English Language Development Test, which nearly all English-learners around the state took in September and October, 49% of the 5,050 Newport-Mesa students who took the test scored as either "advanced" or "early advanced," the two highest marks on the exam.
By Hannah Fry | January 15, 2014
A UC Irvine professor will receive an $11-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand a reading and writing program that assists English-language learners in Southern California middle and high schools. Carol Booth Olson, director of the UC Irvine Writing Project, applied for the grant through the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation competition, which celebrates new approaches to improving student achievement, according to a news release. The money will expand the program that Olson and other professors at UCI's School of Education started to provide 72 teachers in the Santa Ana Unified School District with the training needed to assist English-language learners in understanding, interpreting and writing analytical essays.
By Jose Solorio and Chris Norby | September 4, 2012
It is natural for students to gripe about the chore of going to school. But for some students fluent in English and stuck in an English-language learner (ELL) program, school can be not only pure drudgery, but also may be a place where they feel left behind. Those were the findings of a legislative hearing we conducted recently in Santa Ana. School board members, administrators, teachers, researchers, parents and former ELL students gathered to finds ways for well-intentioned ELL programs to better recognize when students are ready to pick up the pace and join their fluent friends in mainstream courses.
April 22, 2000
Barry Faulkner Just six track meets into her high school sprinting career, Newport Harbor High freshman Amy Burlingham doesn't know much about the string of postseason meets beyond league finals. She is also a novice when it comes to starting blocks, race strategy and which rivals comprise her prime competition. But while Newport Harbor Coach Eric Tweit believes Burlingham will eventually become familiar with all that, he knows his fleet tenderfoot has plenty of something he can't teach.
By Steve Virgen | March 20, 2010
During a track and field meet about four months ago, an argument ensued at the check-in table for the shot-put event. There was Jaycee Olsen, a Corona del Mar High senior, not budging from her stance. She wanted to compete. But the person at the table did not think Olsen looked like a thrower. The person clarified the area was for throwers, and sprinters checked in at a different table. Olsen didn’t back down. She wanted to throw. The person reiterated. Olsen, once again, said she was there to compete in the shot put. “It’s really cool because I ended up winning,” Olsen said.
By Britney Barnes | April 21, 2012
Parents of students who are learning English - some of whom are also learning the language themselves - said having a superintendent who speaks their language and treats all communities the same are two very important aspects. During Thursday's community input meeting, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District's English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC) gave its two cents on the district's strengths and weaknesses, and what they want in a new superintendent. "We're looking for the new superintendent to have the same interest in this group," said DELAC co-Chairwoman Maricela Lopez.
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