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February 21, 2003
Christine Carrillo Most schools in the district met or exceeded their goals of 800 on the 2002 Academic Performance Index (API) Base Report, which for the first time included scores from additional tests. While 18 schools maintained their previous ranks, four schools -- College Park, Paularino and Woodland elementary and Orange Coast Middle College High schools -- improved their statewide ranking. "We feel that they really did well and we're really proud of the schools," said Peggy Anatol, head of testing for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
October 17, 2002
Deirdre Newman "Help, I can't feel my legs," moaned a student at Costa Mesa High School, as she crouched in a corner outside the chemistry lab. An explosion had just torn through the lab and the student was in such a state of shock she didn't even know her name. The chemistry lab explosion was one of many that rocked the campus Wednesday morning during a simulated domestic terrorist attack. The exercise created an apocalyptic tableau as bombs sent mushroom clouds of smoke billowing into the air and cars burning out of control.
July 26, 2005
WENDY LEECE This week, we asked our parent panelists: Next year, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will provide expanded preschool classes to children at College Park Elementary School and Pomona Elementary School, two of the community's poorest performing campuses, although it did not get additional funding. Do these classes help prepare students for school? Should the district try to start even more? Pre-schools aren't the best. Mom is. I would rather see the tax money go for a learning center where English would be taught exclusively.
June 24, 2000
Danette Goulet COSTA MESA - She breathed new life into Killybrooke Elementary School, but now she needs to do the same for her family. After two years as principal of Killybrooke, Mary Ann Gilbreth is returning to her hometown of Chicago to be near her family and care for her sick husband. A move to a position teaching education to undergraduate and graduate students at Northpark University will allow her to do that, she said. After working as a teacher and assistant principal during her 26-year career in education, Gilbreth came to Killybrooke and the Newport-Mesa Unified School District about two years ago. "She's done so much for our school with our virtue wall and really making our school what it is," said Joyce Christiansen, PTA president for the last two years.
October 9, 2004
Marisa O'Neil With new information that schools in California may have been a focus for terrorists, local officials said they are as ready as they can be for an attack. Orange County schools have not received any specific threats in the latest public terrorism warnings, but earlier this week the United States Department of Education sent a letter to school administrators, telling them to take extra precautions and look for unusual behavior in and around schools.
May 22, 2001
Danette Goulet They tied a blue ribbon around the old oak tree, and the fence and the shrubs and the students and every doorknob in the schools. Two Corona del Mar elementary schools -- one public and the other private -- celebrated Monday morning after learning they had been named National Blue Ribbon Schools late Friday afternoon. "It's just such an exciting day," said Karen Kendall, principal of Harbor View Elementary School, the eighth school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to earn the honor.
February 3, 2004
Marisa O'Neil With millions dollars for improvements at stake, local schools will be paying close attention to Proposition 55 voting returns in the March election. State public schools, community colleges and universities stand to get $12.3 billion to build and upgrade schools from the proposed bond sale -- $175 million of that to local schools and universities. With the multi-school Measure A construction project, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District has a lot to lose if voters get overwhelmed by the numerous measures on the ballot and don't pass the proposition.
July 19, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Some parents complain that their teenagers spend too much time online, but Karen Allison doesn't mind. Her son, 17-year-old Newport Harbor High School student Brent Terrones, is one of two-dozen students enrolled this summer in economics and American government, the school district's first online courses. And despite the format, which many worry lacks the inspiration of personal interaction, Brent is more motivated and open about his schoolwork than ever before.
By: Sarah Hill | September 21, 2005
The school district's recent summer school session gave students a chance to catch up on subjects. -- But absenteeism and tardiness persisted, according to a 2005 Summer School Report for the Burbank Unified School District. The report, presented at Thursday's School Board meeting, included information on attendance figures and program effectiveness and teachers' and principals' suggestions for improvement for next year's sessions. One suggestion included in the report was that children in the elementary school program be grouped according to their learning needs.
By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 28, 2013
Local students will soon be able to earn college credit from a private university in Los Angeles County while completing high school courses in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. During a study session of the district's school board Tuesday, Charles Hinman, assistant superintendent of secondary education, introduced a partnership with Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes that would allow juniors and seniors to concurrently enroll in high school classes and college courses covering mostly the same material.
March 25, 2013
Corona del Mar High quarterback Cayman Carter, Newport Harbor tailback Talalelei Teaupa and Estancia running back Robert Murtha highlight three of 17 seniors from Newport-Mesa Unified School District schools nominated to play in the 54th Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game at Orange Coast College on June 28. If selected in the coming weeks, the Newport-Mesa players will be members of the South All-Stars. Carter, who plans to walk on at Southern Methodist University, is one of four players nominated from a CdM team that defended its CIF Southern Section Southern Division championship in December.
By Britney Barnes | October 12, 2012
Parents can learn the tips and techniques needed to teach their kids how to use the Internet and social media safely and smartly at an event next week. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is hosting an all-schools parent Cyber Smart presentation at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the District Education Center. The bilingual presentation ties in with what students are learning during Cyber Smart week, Monday through Oct. 26. "We don't want parents to be fearful of technology. ... It's a wonderful tool," said district spokeswoman Laura Boss.
By Britney Barnes, | March 19, 2011
The Irvine Unified School District has unveiled a 7,300-panel solar project spread across 15 buildings. The venture is expected to save the district $8 million to $10 million over 20 years. The district held a dedication ceremony Wednesday morning at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, 4861 Michelson Drive, to "flip the switch" on the project that will supplement 25% to 60% of each building's electricity consumption. "Kids are really excited about this," said Supt. Gwen Gross.
By Candice Baker | November 12, 2009
Two staff members at two Newport-Mesa Unified high schools have a new skill to add to their résumés: saving lives. A schoolteacher and secretary both have performed the Heimlich Maneuver on people choking on food this past month. On Monday, school support secretary Marykay Jones was having lunch with co-workers at a picnic table at Estancia High School when her friend and fellow secretary Martie Zingg, who was eating carrots, suddenly gasped and stood up, fanning her chest.
By Daniel Tedford | August 5, 2008
For Jess Gilman, the life of a school police officer isn’t as simple as to protect and serve. To Gilman, the job — officially known as school resource officer — is part cop, part cheerleader, part counselor and more. “You wear a lot of hats throughout the day,” said Gilman, who works in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. His ability to adapt and tend to the numerous needs of his students is probably the reason the School Resource Officers Assn.
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 Laura Boss, Director- District Communications | April 23, 2008
Please join us as we recognize the community-wide journey of support and management of the June 6, 2000 Measure A School Bond and celebrate the successful closure of the Measure A modernization projects Monday, April 28, 2008 - 6:30 p.m. Roderick H. McMillian Board Room District Education Center 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, Ca 6:30 p.m. Monday, Roderick H. McMillian Board Room, District Education Center, 2985 Bear Street, Costa...
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.
By Joseph Serna | August 12, 2007
Newport-Mesa Unified School District students and educators need not fear California's budget impasse, school officials say. "We have no reason to anticipate any problems," said Jeff Trader, the district's fiscal administrative chief. "We're used to not receiving money until after the fall." Newport-Mesa is one of California's "basic-aid" districts, meaning the community's property tax revenue is high enough that the district doesn't need extra state aid. The district should be fiscally sound without state aid through December, Trader said.
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