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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 28, 2013
Ensign Intermediate School just installed a new monument sign on a corner of its campus highly visible to drivers. But an error also unintentionally rebranded Ensign for a few weeks. Until last week, the 5-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide concrete slab at Irvine Avenue and Cliff Drive in Newport Beach welcomed passersby to "Ensign Middle School. " The mistake has since been fixed. The district happened to make the mistake - substituting "Middle" for "Intermediate" on design drawings, school district spokeswoman Laura Boss said.
NEWS
November 11, 2009
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has set up two Web sites for interested parties to learn more about and discuss the new middle school enclaves planned at the Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa middle and high school campuses. The two enclaves will be created using Measure F funds. Information on the Costa Mesa enclave can be found at http://nmusd.ca.schoolloop.com/cmenclave . To learn about and discuss plans at the Corona del Mar site, visit http://nmusd.ca.schoolloop.
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By Candice Baker | October 27, 2009
The Newport-Mesa Board of Education approved preliminary site master plans for two of its campuses at its Tuesday meeting. The plans for long-term facilities development at the Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa high school sites would pave the way for long-desired performing arts facilities, and separate enclaves for the middle schools that meet on the school sites. Buildings have not yet been designed; the board only approved the projects’ locations and footprints. Each campus would see a net gain in building square footage, and classes from demolished areas would be relocated.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 21, 2013
School officials celebrated a milestone in construction at Costa Mesa High this week. Crews had placed the final structural beam in place for a middle school enclave building, and Friday Newport-Mesa Unified School District board members and administrators penned messages and their names on a portion of the metal skeleton. The project, a high-tech new home for middle schoolers on Mesa's campus, is expected to be complete in September 2014, according to the district. "It's going to give the middle school a further sense of identity," Costa Mesa Middle School Principal Aaron Peralta said.
SPORTS
April 3, 2007
Pat Towersey won the men's open event and Devyn Hartnett captured the women's open to highlight more than 100 competitors who took part in the eight annual Newport Classic surf contest, Saturday and Sunday at 56th Street in Newport Beach. The event, a fundraiser for the Newport Harbor High surf team, awarded champions in seven divisions. Reagan Riley topped the field in the high school division, while Blake Davis won the middle school division. Charlie Waite won the longboard division, while Yuji Kanbayashi was the bodyboard division champion.
NEWS
February 3, 2003
Alex Knost, Nick Johnson and Andrew Doheny were the biggest winners Sunday, the second of two days of the fourth annual Newport Harbor High Surf Classic. The event, contested in surf ranging from 2-4 feet Sunday at 54th Street, included 138 club surfing entrants, competing in seven divisions. Knost, a Newport Harbor senior, won the open longboard division and was second in the high school division (grades 9-12). Johnson, who attends Monte Vista High, won the high school division and was also fourth in the men's open division.
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By: Suzie Harrison | September 9, 2005
Before the first period bell rang Tuesday morning, marking a new school year for Laguna Beach Unified School District, Principal Joanne Culverhouse, Assistant Principal Jenny Salberg and staff welcomed students to Thurston Middle School. Assistant Superintendent Steven Keller was on hand to welcome students. He said he was going to visit all the schools to check in on the first day of classes. He said it's quite a different experience for new sixth-graders to be moving into the middle-school atmosphere.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | June 29, 2011
ORANGE — It was already noisy inside the Vans Skatepark on Wednesday night, but heads really turned when multiple skateboards smacking against the ground were heard. This was maybe a bit violent, but nothing negative. "It's like kudos," Newport Harbor High junior-to-be Gage Boan explained. It meant that skaters in the OC Skateboarding League semifinals and finals were cheering on another competitor during his run. Or her run, if it was Costa Mesa Middle School's Paige La Bare or Ensign Intermediate's Sarah Thompson performing the sick trick to try to impress the three judges.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | January 10, 2011
The school board on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on allowing its architects to draft designs for two theaters and two middle school "enclaves" at Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar high schools. The projects are expected to be financed through Measure F funds, which allows the school district to buy bonds for school projects, said Paul Reed, district deputy superintendent and chief business officer. Estimates of project costs are not available yet, he said. The middle school enclaves will separate seventh- and eighth-graders who now attend the high schools, Reed said.
SPORTS
May 25, 2012
Michael Schmidt of Costa Mesa Middle School and Franky Villani of Costa Mesa High were among those honored during the National Scholastic Skateboarding League awards banquet May 18. The NSSL concluded its third season at Hurley's corporate office in Costa Mesa with its annual dinner and fundraiser. The students from Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine and San Clemente schools took home top honors in individual and overall standings accumulated over the past five months. Schmidt was the top skater in the overall standings for middle school.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | October 24, 2013
From his wheelchair in the Corona del Mar High School gym, Aaron Rubin held up one finger to indicate "yes" and two fingers for "no" as he answered questions about a drug addiction that led him to a catastrophic overdose. "This is Aaron," said his mother, Sherrie Rubin. "Aaron overdosed on OxyContin and prescription meds when he was 23. He was in a coma for three and a half weeks. He had a heart attack and two strokes. " Aaron, now 31, can no longer speak, Sherrie explained, and only about one quarter of his brain was undamaged after the strokes.
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By Jill Cowan | July 26, 2013
Friends of a Corona del Mar Middle School teacher whose wife recently died are raising money to help her three children pay for school and other expenses. Katina Moody Brude, 39, died July 12 following a three-year battle with cancer. Her husband, Chris Brude, teaches English and journalism. The story was first reported by Corona del Mar Today . "The reason I'm so focused on this is Katina was such a great mother and such a great friend," said Daniel Patterson, a close friend of Brude as well as a teacher at CdM Middle School.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 21, 2013
School officials celebrated a milestone in construction at Costa Mesa High this week. Crews had placed the final structural beam in place for a middle school enclave building, and Friday Newport-Mesa Unified School District board members and administrators penned messages and their names on a portion of the metal skeleton. The project, a high-tech new home for middle schoolers on Mesa's campus, is expected to be complete in September 2014, according to the district. "It's going to give the middle school a further sense of identity," Costa Mesa Middle School Principal Aaron Peralta said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 2, 2013
Jene Meece got involved with Kenya on a whim. In 2006, the Newport Beach resident read a news story about Father Henry Simaro, head of the African Child Foundation, visiting the United States to raise money for Fanaka Primary School, in the Kenyan town of Athi River. Now, Meece works alongside Simaro as the executive director of Cradle to Career: Kenya, and she's seen results. To date, the nonprofit has sent hundreds of girls through middle school, and it's looking to build a dormitory at Mt. Olive Academy, also located in Athi River, that will house 200 more.
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Jeremiah Dobruck | April 18, 2013
When Costa Mesa National Little League's vice president started mowing an outfield lawn Wednesday, he didn't notice the aluminum skeleton sitting just outside the right field fence. A maintenance worker from nearby TeWinkle Middle School had to ask what the league had done with the 12-foot-wide bleachers before Trent Christ realized what was wrong with the picture. Someone managed to unbolt five rows of aluminum benches, floorboards, backrests, side railings and cross beams and make off with them without anyone noticing.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams, Jeremiah Dobruck and Jamie Rowe | April 11, 2013
Costa Mesa police arrested a 12-year-old boy Wednesday on suspicion of bringing a drug-laced brownie to TeWinkle Middle School, according to a news release. Police said the actual substance that caused three students to be hospitalized had not been determined, but they believe it was marijuana or a derivative. The boy, whose identity was not released because of his age, was booked on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the release. This was the second such incident at a Costa Mesa school in as many months.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | February 28, 2013
Ensign Intermediate School just installed a new monument sign on a corner of its campus highly visible to drivers. But an error also unintentionally rebranded Ensign for a few weeks. Until last week, the 5-foot-tall, 8-foot-wide concrete slab at Irvine Avenue and Cliff Drive in Newport Beach welcomed passersby to "Ensign Middle School. " The mistake has since been fixed. The district happened to make the mistake - substituting "Middle" for "Intermediate" on design drawings, school district spokeswoman Laura Boss said.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | October 24, 2012
Costa Mesa's only magnet school came together Wednesday morning to celebrate its founding principal on his last day of work. Davis Magnet School Principal Kevin Rafferty was honored for bringing Newport-Mesa Unified School District's science, math and technology-focused school to fruition and creating an environment of successful learning. The efforts helped boost the school's performance on standardized tests, the Academic Performance Index, by more than 200 points. API scores jumped 136 points the first year and climbed another 25 points the second and 43 points in the third.
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By Britney Barnes | September 28, 2012
A drumline and cheerleaders welcomed six visiting Japanese exchange students to Corona del Mar Middle School on Friday. An assembly in a packed gymnasium recognized the visitors from Okazaki. The Japanese students are taking their turn in the U.S. after hosting Newport Beach students over the summer. They leave on Monday for San Francisco. The visiting delegation wrote in calligraphy, shared their dreams and performed traditional dance. Japanese student Yuta Ohura sang the U.S. national anthem for the first time.
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By Brittany Woolsey | June 15, 2012
Ensign Intermediate School's gym fell silent Friday as classmates, friends and family gathered to commemorate Madison "Maddy" Boutelle. The 13-year-old Newport Beach resident suffered a brain aneurysm at a friend's birthday party June 8 and died Tuesday at Children's Hospital of Orange County. Dozens of Maddy's friends jumped at the opportunity to speak, many saying she will always be remembered for her smile and positive attitude. "I think the biggest thing was that she was always happy," said Kira Ellis, 14, Maddy's best friend.
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