December 17, 2006
When she won an open seat unopposed on the school board in 2002, Linda Sneen had more or less one job on her resume: parent. Over the next four years, it turned out to be enough. The only Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee with children at the district's schools, Sneen had served as PTA president at Paularino and Davis elementary schools and at Costa Mesa High School before running for office. With her two sons offering reports from the classroom, Sneen devoted her time on the board to advocating for students.
December 26, 2007
Two prospective buyers will visit OCC’s Rabbit Island early next year, OCC Foundation Executive Director Doug Bennett said Wednesday. “It is a little bit of a surprise. I didn’t think much would happen until February or March,” Bennett said. Rabbit Island, a 36-acre island in British Columbia donated to OCC by yachting enthusiast Henry Wheeler in 2003, has been on the market for nearly a year. The college nearly closed escrow on the island in October, but the buyer could not acquire the funding.
May 1, 2001
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board declared the first week in May as the Week of the Teacher. So, if you haven't done so already this year, you may want to take advantage of this week to show your appreciation. While I am not discounting food and flower gifts, a gift that teachers really seem to covet is a handwritten note about what a difference they have made to your child. One teacher told me she framed the one I wrote her and hung it in the bathroom to inspire her to start each day with a positive attitude.
August 15, 2006
On the second-to-last day of summer school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, chemistry teacher Don Ryan gave his students a treat before their final exam: He let them eat ice cream outside on the blacktop. Ironically, it might have helped them to pass the test. During Newport-Mesa's second summer session, Ryan's students crammed down scientific knowledge like never before, finishing 22 labs in 23 days. On Wednesday, the class took an hour outside to create and enjoy ice cream — and the terms "colloid" and "freezing-point depression" were close at hand.
September 15, 2000
WHAT HAPPENED The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education approved a contract agreement this week with the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. WHAT IT MEANS With the agreement signed, sealed and delivered, teachers will receive a 9% pay increase. It also will mean the start of several new programs for teachers, a pay increase of $1 per hour for adult education employees, a new evaluation process for teachers and changes in the teacher-transfer policy.
September 3, 2006
"Everybody does golf tournaments, but I thought, 'We've got to try softball sometime.' They're paid to stay in shape, so they've got the advantage on us." ? Sandy Segerstrom-Daniels, founder of the Festival of Children Foundation and a managing partner of South Coast Plaza, on a softball game held last weekend between Costa Mesa Police officers and mall security; the event brought in more than $2,000. The police won. "I think it's fantastic that so many people brought their children and parents.
February 6, 2001
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College sophomore Eddie Johnson, an All-Mission Conference punter, said Monday he has verbally committed to continue his football and academic career at Idaho State. Johnson, an All-CIF standout and three-time All-Newport-Mesa District selection at Newport Harbor High, may sign a national letter of intent Wednesday, the first day of the signing period. He visited Pocatello last weekend, after making previous recruiting visits to Portland and Arkansas State.
March 30, 2001
WHAT HAPPENED: The school board approved moving summer school from Estancia High School to Costa Mesa High School this summer. WHAT IT MEANS: While there may be additional traffic problems at Costa Mesa with the Orange County Fair, students won't end up in the dark. Estancia is one of the sites targeted by Southern California Edison for energy-use reduction. That means the school is one of the sites expected to conserve energy wherever possible.
July 10, 2003
Deepa Bharath Local school district officials said they are disappointed by the state Board of Education's unanimous vote on Wednesday to postpone the high school exit requirement for two years. The board voted 9 to 0 to require the class of 2006 to pass the standardized test to get a diploma, saying that not all students have been prepared to take the test. Over the last three years, teachers and school officials have motivated Newport-Mesa Unified students to pass the test, said Jaime Castellanos, assistant superintendent of secondary education.
June 29, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Summer school rocks. Students in the Summer Science/Math Institute at Paularino Elementary School learned all about rocks and minerals last week. The popular three-week camp, sponsored by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, also teaches the third- through sixth-graders about the solar system and mathematics. In their class, teachers Giao-Anh Le and Tiana Fox worked with third- and fourth-grade students to identify and analyze rocks and share their knowledge with their families.