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By Britney Barnes | November 8, 2011
COSTA MESA - Some call her the plant lady. She calls herself the Davis Gardner. JoAnn Copp, a 68-year-old retired teacher, who sports a blue streak in the front of her white-blond hair and nine hoop earrings on her left ear, never stopped working at Davis Magnet School. She just happened to trade in her dry-erase markers and red pens for a garden hose and shears. "This is my passion," said Copp, a former special education teacher and longtime Costa Mesa resident. "I love being here at school and I love my plants.
By Candice Baker | May 18, 2009
Prospective Davis Magnet School students and their parents gathered Monday for one of their first looks at the new campus. Principal Kevin Rafferty, just three weeks into his new post, gave the parents an overview of the new school. It is set to open this fall as the Newport-Mesa Unified School District?s first science, math and technology magnet, on the campus of Davis Elementary School. The new magnet school is geared to serve all primary grade levels; construction is underway on a new kindergarten play area, which Rafferty called the largest he?
December 3, 2009
YMCA participants at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa are now plugged into a whole new way to learn and have fun. The Davis Magnet School YMCA Afterschool Program was awarded a $5,000 grant from AT&T for a new computer lab. The Central Orange Coast YMCA and AT&T executives held a “plugging in” ceremony Thursday afternoon in the new lab. Davis is the first magnet school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District’s history,...
By Britney Barnes, | February 10, 2011
COSTA MESA — "Michael Recycle" held up a brown paper bag, several clear plastic baggies and a plastic juice box. He was showing off the items to a crowd of kindergarteners, first- and second-graders eating their lunch Wednesday at Davis Magnet School in Costa Mesa. The students stuck their arms up, with thumbs turned down in disapproval, and booed the supply of hard-to-reuse food and beverage containers. "I'd have to have all this trash, but you guys don't have to do that," said Michael Recycle, aka Mike Carey, as he showed the students what he used to take to lunch when he was a kid. Carey is the sustainability coordinator at Orange Coast College and director its recycling center.
By Britney Barnes, | February 18, 2011
Editor's note: This corrects the grade level of the students who received netbooks at Davis, Sonora, Paularino and Killybrook elementary schools. COSTA MESA — Gathered in the multipurpose room at the end of a recent school day, students in Liz Sawyer's fourth- and fifth-grade combo class awaited the red-carpet premiere of book trailers they had spent the last three months putting together. When the time was right, the students exited the room and came back in on a red paper "carpet" as their books were announced to cheers from a handful of parents and other students.
August 30, 2008
The UCI Medical Center nursing staff celebrated its second time being honored as a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center this week. Established in 1993, the Magnet Recognition program is bestowed upon those nursing staffs that provide patients with the ultimate benchmark to measure expectations of care. Magnet enforces rigorous standards on those it gives its four-year designation. Only about 5% of the nation’s hospitals receive Magnet Recognition, UCI officials said.
By Laura Boss | October 28, 2008
N-MUSD Davis Magnet School Planning - Focus Group Meeting Dates Set The following community-wide focus group meeting dates have been set to continue dialogue about the proposed magnet school options at Davis School.  All focus group meetings will be held at Davis School.   Members of the public are encouraged to attend. November 6, 10:00 a.m. November 6, 5:30 p.m. November 10, 7:00 p.m. November 12, 1:30 p.m. If you cannot attend a meeting but wish to provide feedback, please send your comments to the Board of Education via Nora Roque at nroque@nmusd.
October 28, 2004
What's the most important issue facing the city? The need to elect three council members, devoid of special-interest obligations, who have conviction, courage, hindsight and vision to address, abate and remove, if necessary, the sources or magnet attractions of our growing conditions that are clearly affecting our public schools, our crime rate, our budget, environment, etc. What do you think of the city's joint-use...
By Geoff West | April 28, 2011
On Wednesday, I attended the second meeting of the Costa Mesa Homeless Task Force at the Neighborhood Community Center right by the epicenter of homelessness — Lions Park. The meeting lasted three hours and, in addition to the presentations by the Homeless Task Force members themselves, it included several poignant testimonials by homeless and formerly homeless individuals who recounted their journey to and from homelessness. Chairman of the Task Force, Daily Pilot real estate columnist Steve Smith, and the facilitator of the group, Vanguard University's Larry Haynes, did a good job of keeping the agenda on track.
By Hannah Fry | September 3, 2013
Principal Sean Boulton felt the first-day-of-school jitters as he stepped on campus at Newport Harbor High School. "I was welcoming new students this morning, and they were asking me where to find certain places on campus," he said. "I said, 'I'm just as lost as you are. Let's find it together.'" Around 21,000 students returned to Newport-Mesa classrooms Tuesday, saying goodbye to summer and hello to new school supplies and homework. To most students, this is a habitual return to the school-year routine, but administrators know this is a year of many changes for Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Corona del Mar schools.
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