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April 11, 2013
Irvine's Northwood High School is a California Distinguished School for 2013, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Thursday. The Irvine Unified School District campus is one of 218 middle and high schools across the state to be awarded with the honor, according to a news release from the California Department of Education. "These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college," Torlakson said in a prepared statement.
NEWS
August 25, 2011
Residents can raise money for their local schools while getting their grocery shopping done. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is now registering for its 2011 Shop for Schools fundraising program, which donated $90,000 to Orange County schools last year. Schools can earn $1 for every $20 receipt collected between Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 at any Fresh & Easy store. The school that raises the most money in California also gets a $5,000 bonus. The program is open to any K-8 school within a three-mile radius of any Fresh & Easy store.
NEWS
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | November 15, 2010
Newport-Mesa Unified School District maintenance workers were painting over graffiti — some of it reported to be racist in nature — at a pair of schools Monday morning. Newport Harbor High School and Mariners Elementary School were "tagged" with graffiti over the weekend, according to Newport-Mesa Unified spokeswoman Laura Boss. She said the vandalism was reported to Newport Beach police and that officers came out, took pictures and are in the process of investigating.
NEWS
November 4, 2013
The Costa Mesa High School Foundation and We Olive & Wine Bar will celebrate the city's 60th anniversary at a fundraiser Saturday. The Going Green event, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at The OC Mix in the SoCo Collection retail center at 3303 Hyland Ave., will feature wine tasting and appetizers from local restaurants. Proceeds will benefit programs at Costa Mesa High and Middle schools, said Debra Wanbaugh, event chairwoman and financial secretary for the foundation. "Being involved in our community is pivotal," she said.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
CORONA DEL MAR — Four Corona del Mar schools were briefly locked down Thursday as Newport Beach police searched the area for an estranged husband accused of hitting his wife. For more than an hour, kids and faculty from Lincoln Elementary School, Harbor Day School, Pacific Shores Day School and Newport Center United Methodist Preschool were kept in their classrooms until police cleared the area without finding their man. The suspect, 47-year-old Mark Ward from Nevada, did not pose a danger to the kids, police said.
NEWS
March 12, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District wants help identifying employees who go above and beyond the call of duty. The district will honor its quarterly "Super Star" employees at a May 28 board meeting, but first nominations must be submitted. Submit names at http://www.nmusd.us/superstar anonymously or publicly by April 30. The Super Star awards selection committee will then winnow the suggestions to between 20 and 25 people to be honored by the school board. Every employees nominated will receive a congratulatory letter, and all selected Super Stars will receive a pin, certificate and personal engraved star from the school board.
NEWS
July 18, 2013
Orange Coast College will donate 760 surplus computers to about half a dozen nearby school districts and campuses including Newport-Mesa Unified, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District and Fountain Valley High School. At its meeting Wednesday, the Coast Community College District board of trustees — OCC's governing body — approved giving away the equipment. In doing so, trustees acknowledged that the computers were too old to be useful at the campus and not valuable enough to arrange to sell, according to board documents.
NEWS
April 17, 2008
A couple of Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools will see what their peers have to say about them in a few months. Costa Mesa High School will be greeted by the Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges Saturday, and Estancia High School was just visited by a committee from the organization that evaluates schools, according to school officials. The WASC accreditation allows the schools to be seen as valid, said Tom Antal, director of secondary education for the school district.
NEWS
By Patrice Apodaca | September 1, 2012
A few months before his untimely death last October, Steve Jobs was visited by his longtime business rival Bill Gates. The two technology giants talked for hours, at one point discussing their visions of what schools of the future should look like and their mutual disappointment that the educational establishment had failed to fully embrace the computer age. This small but telling anecdote was mentioned in Walter Isaacson's excellent, exhaustive...
NEWS
By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
COSTA MESA — To lighten parents' paperwork in signing children up for the next school year, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District this summer will test an online registration system at Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar high schools. If the pilot run is successful, officials said, the program will be expanded to other campuses. The school board approved a contract Tuesday night with Jireh Information Systems Inc. to try a school registration and student management software program, K-12 Online.
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NEWS
By Hannah Fry | May 3, 2014
A dual-language charter school for English-language learners on Costa Mesa's Westside could be on the horizon, if Caryn Blanton has her way. Blanton has spent the past decade working as the youth development director for Mika Community Development Corp., which helps residents of heavily Latino neighborhoods in Costa Mesa. During that time, she found that Latino students who don't speak much English struggle at local public schools. As envisioned, the public charter school, to be called the Westside Neighborhood Academy, would serve the Westside's primarily Latino population.
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SPORTS
By Barry Faulkner | May 2, 2014
As the son of former UC Santa Barbara baseball coach Bob Brontsema, UC Irvine freshman John Brontsema lugged bats back to the Gauchos' dugout for most of his childhood. Friday night, however, it was his ability to swing one that helped the Anteaters defeat the Gauchos. The younger Brontsema, who chipped in a stellar defensive play at second base, went two for four with an run-producing triple in UCI's 6-2 win to open a three-game Big West Conference series at Anteater Ballpark. The win was the fifth straight for the 'Eaters (30-14, 12-1 in conference)
SPORTS
May 2, 2014
Senior Kole Escher produced five goals, setting a Newport Harbor single-season school record for goals with 52, as the Sailors walloped Edison, 20-5, in a Sunset League boys' lacrosse finale at Davidson Field on Friday. Escher broke Zach Gagnon's mark of 49 set in 2009. Escher became the first Sailor to score a goal in each of the program's regular-season games, helping Newport Harbor win its sixth straight and improve to 8-8 overall and 6-2 in league. The 20 goals also set a single-game school record for Newport Harbor, which placed second in league.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Eight Newport-Mesa Unified elementary schools this week were named California Distinguished Schools - the pinnacle of recognition for public schools in the state. The state bestowed the top honor for 2014 on Eastbluff, Harbor View, Lincoln, Mariners, Newport Coast, Newport Heights, Roy O. Andersen and Woodland elementary schools. "I am extremely proud of the schools and would like to recognize the administrators, staff, teachers, parents and students for their commitment and hard work in supporting the comprehensive and lengthy application process," Newport-Mesa Supt.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | May 1, 2014
Mariners Elementary students greeted UC Irvine basketball players Wednesday afternoon with about as much fanfare as one might expect if a teenage pop sensation visited the Newport Beach campus. The students clamored around the college athletes for their chance at an autograph and, if they were lucky, a selfie with one of the basketball players. Six men and women from UCI's basketball programs visited the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classes at the Newport Beach elementary school to talk about sports and the importance of earning a degree.
SPORTS
May 1, 2014
The Estancia High boys' golf team captured a share of the Orange Coast League championship after defeating Calvary Chapel, 208-225, at Mesa Verde Country Club Thursday. Estancia shared the title with Calvary Chapel. Freshman Kobi Uta shot the low for Estancia, finishing at four-over-par 40. Parker Ohland (41), Gunnar Johnston (42), Davin Ortiz (42) and Brad Ehrhorn (43) also scored for Estancia (11-8, 7-2 in league). Estancia next plays in the OCL individual finals Monday at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 30, 2014
When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks were prompted by happiness. Such has been the overwhelmingly positive response to the Costa Mesa school's Disney-inspired production, Maranian remarked. "These kids were crazy for this show," she said. "They went wild when I just mentioned it. They were on the edge of their seats, crossing their fingers and praying that I would choose it. " Maranian, who makes it a point to consult her students, recalled tossing around ideas including "Catch Me If You Can," "Legally Blonde," "Honk!"
SPORTS
April 29, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL Fountain Valley def. Newport Harbor FOUNTAIN VALLEY - The Sailors suffered a Sunset League upset to the Barons, who won, 21-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11, Tuesday. Newport Harbor (9-17, 4-4 in league) now must win its final two matches of the regular season to reach the CIF Southern Section playoffs. If the Sailors split, they will most likely need to compete in a league-playoff match to qualify. Newport Harbor plays at Los Alamitos on Thursday, and then at home on Tuesday for senior night against Marina.
NEWS
By Hannah Fry | April 28, 2014
Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials are asking parents and district staff to weigh in on the possibility of students starting school in August. The district is circulating a survey that presents the community with four potential options for a revised calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Newport-Mesa students currently begin classes the day after Labor Day. An earlier start time would allow students to have a longer Thanksgiving break, an earlier start to summer vacation or a combination of the two, according to the survey, which can be accessed on the district's website . An August start date could allow students additional time to prepare for Advanced Placement exams, which occur on the same date in the spring for all schools across the nation, officials said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 28, 2014
The threats came quickly. Alix Lambert had only just released a trailer about "Mentor" when she began getting unwanted attention by way of tweets, emails and YouTube messages. The director, nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for the HBO series "Deadwood," was attempting to raise money to finish producing her latest documentary, but residents of Mentor, Ohio saw things differently. Local students and community members criticized Lambert and insinuated illegal bodily harm, claiming that she was dredging up the past.
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