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September 4, 2009
With the state budget crisis costing TeWinkle Middle School money for its after-school programs, an array of volunteer opportunities are available to help local children. Opportunities are available before, during and after school. Adults can help kids with homework or at the fitness center, assisting students with cardiovascular exercises and strength-training equipment. Parents can help supervise the morning breakfast or, during lunch, supervise the tables, teen center or library.
By Candice Baker | August 13, 2009
Buying a beat-up old van to schlep instruments and equipment is a band’s first big commitment to itself. Just ask Moostache, a young band of brothers (and their friend) that’s taken the local scene by storm. After a monthlong May residency at the Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa and the release of their first CD in late July, the band embarked Tuesday on their first tour, up to Washington state and back. “We had to set up a bank account, which made it feel more legitimate,” said 18-year-old Patrick Wardell, the band’s lead singer and guitarist.
By Alan Blank | March 13, 2009
Harbor Day School eighth-grader Jamie Searles recited 2,009 digits of the never-ending decimal Pi Friday morning, defending her crown as the school’s Pi Queen and nearly doubling her last year’s stunning total of 1,111 digits. For five years now, Jamie has held the “Pi Queen” title, and this year’s victory — which seemed to most like a foregone conclusion — was the end of an era at the school. In her final performance, Jamie, a soft-spoken, bashful local celebrity, sat in a chair with her knees together and her feet apart, hands wedged between her thighs, reciting digits in multiples of five while alternately looking at the floor and gazing off into space.
By Michael Alexander | December 8, 2008
There was a snake in the auditorium Monday ? and a tarantula and a desert tortoise and a chinchilla, among several other critters. Bonnie McQuisten, who works for the Orange County Department of Education, held up a ball python longer than her arm and explained to about 20 youths how he can smell to the left and right with his tongue, swallow animals three times as large as his head, and slither out of a room at a moment?s notice. ?Ever been bit by a snake on the job?? one boy asked.
October 13, 2008
The principals of Costa Mesa High School and its associated middle school will be at Karl Strauss Brewing Company in Costa Mesa on Thursday night to spend some time talking with anyone who’s interested. For a $50 donation to the Costa Mesa High School Foundation, parents can come get to know the men responsible for running their kids’ schools. Fundraisers like this are important to the foundation, according to founding board member Bill Sneen, because the foundation has more flexibility on how it chooses to spend the funds.
July 5, 2008
Vicki Snell, a parent of two students in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and a former PTA president at Adams Elementary School and TeWinkle Middle School, has been named president of the Harbor Council PTA. The Harbor Council PTA is a parents’ group that oversees all PTAs in the Newport-Mesa district, relays information from the state and offers training and guidance for PTA presidents. Snell, whose children attend the seventh grade at TeWinkle and the ninth grade at Estancia High School, served as PTA president at Adams and TeWinkle for two years each before taking the Harbor Council post.
By Alan Blank | April 4, 2008
TeWinkle Middle School has made exceptional progress in its quest to be removed from a federal watch list of lagging schools, Newport-Mesa school district officials said today. Nine district educators put in charge of reviewing TeWinkle after it was placed on the No Child Left Behind Act’s Program Improvement list gave high marks to the middle school’s progress and felt confident it would soon be removed from the watch list. The committee’s evaluation didn’t advocate any drastic changes except ending TeWinkle’s sixth-grade instruction, a move that has been in the works for a long time.
By Joseph Serna | November 12, 2007
Cynics who think kids today have no interest in war stories ought to meet Christiana Crabbe. “We’re honoring all the soldiers that fought for us so we can be free,” Crabbe said. “If we didn’t learn about all the people that fought for us, we might not know what to do when we’re older and something happens to us.” The eighth-grade Mariner’s Christian School student read her award-winning essay, “Reflections on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” Friday to about 60 veterans and hundreds of parents, students and others at a Veterans Day assembly at the Costa Mesa school.
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