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By Joseph Serna | January 15, 2010
Chad Edward Smith, the Corona del Mar High School math teacher arrested for giving marijuana to a Newport Harbor student last year, will face sentencing for his crime in December. Smith has resigned from his post, Newport-Mesa school district officials said. He pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of giving marijuana to a student younger than 14. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Smith will have to stay out of legal trouble until Dec. 9, when he will be sentenced.
By Candice Baker | September 30, 2009
Perfection repeats itself in the Bergquist family. Forty years ago, Dwight Bergquist, then 17 and attending high school in Connecticut, achieved a perfect score on the mathematics portion of the SAT. His son Taylor, 17, a senior at Newport Harbor High School, recently found out that he too had scored a perfect 800 on the SAT’s math section. The news that the father-and-son combination had pulled off a double 800 spanning four decades shocked both generations of math whizzes.
By Candice Baker | August 17, 2009
Incoming freshmen at Newport Harbor High School who enrolled in its Da Vinci Summer Program, part of the school’s math- and science-focused Da Vinci Academy, spent Monday building boats that would float in the school pool. The experiment isn’t as easy as it sounds. These boats were far bigger than a breadbox; they each had to hold a student. To further complicate matters, the students were only given two construction components: cardboard and packing tape. Before heading out to the pool, the kids broke up into small groups, then determined who would be their boat’s “captain.
By Paul Oginni | July 13, 2009
Most elementary school students will tell you that math and fun don’t intersect on the coordinate plane. But an experimental math program under development at the MIND Research Institute in Santa Ana may literally change the way students look at math. The software-based program, called ST Math, takes a more conceptual approach to mathematics, using visual elements in the place of numbers and symbols. “Most math is taught with a heavy reliance on language,” said Andrew Coulson, president of the education division at the MIND Institute.
July 8, 2009
This fall, UCI researchers will implement an experimental math program at 50 elementary schools in Orange County. UCI professor Michael Martinez will join with the Orange County Department of Education and the MIND Research Institute in Santa Ana to use alternative methods to teach math to second- through fifth-graders at under-performing elementary schools. The experimental technique will use game-like computer programs to promote the use of visual reasoning skills in math.
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.
By Joseph Serna | June 16, 2009
A Corona del Mar High School teacher who some students said blurred the line between professor and peer was arrested on suspicion of giving marijuana to a Newport Harbor student, police said Tuesday. Chad Edward Smith, 37, who teaches math, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his Newport Beach home after police said they investigated a parent’s concern that their teenager was smoking marijuana with the instructor. “He didn’t make that barrier like ‘I’m a teacher.
By Joseph Serna | May 29, 2009
When Newport Heights Elementary School Principal Kurt Suhr called out Julia Barney’s name for a math award Friday morning, it was met with the collective sigh of hundreds of unsurprised students. Julia Barney winning a math award? Duh. Just a year earlier, the 12-year-old was reciting the Pi sequence out to 100 places for the school talent show. When asked if they’d seen Julia receive a student award before, nearly everyone raised his or her hand. Hate to tell her fellow students, but they’ll probably just have to get used to it. “We have a designated math time in class, and a lot of times my friends will come up to me and ask me ‘How do I do this?
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?
March 24, 2009
The new math- and science-focused Davis magnet school has a new principal. Kevin Rafferty will start his new job April 13. Rafferty, who worked at the Capistrano Unified School District, was the principal of Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch since 2001. “It is my goal to help make Davis the finest science, math and technology magnet school in the United States,” Rafferty said as he was appointed at the Newport-Mesa school board meeting Tuesday. Next month, Rafferty will begin hiring teachers and establishing the school before it opens in September.
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