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By Michael Miller | May 24, 2007
A basketball hoop, a soccer net, hundreds of children and a plush anteater filled the courtyard of Victoria Elementary School on Wednesday morning as the Westside school held its annual Teachers Day celebration. Every spring, Principal Judy Laakso gathered the school community and a number of outside guests to honor the work Victoria's teachers have done. Victoria has won the Title I Academic Achievement Award, which recognizes high-scoring schools with low-income populations, each of the last two years, and was named a California Distinguished School last year as well.
May 17, 2007
Niko Ridge, a student at Victoria Elementary School, took second place statewide in an art contest sponsored by John Wayne Airport. The fourth-grader had received an honorable mention last fall for his colored-pencil drawing of a Boeing-747 landing at the airport. Afterward, John Wayne officials sent the winning drawings to a statewide competition — and Niko ended up in second place, tying with two others from elsewhere in California. On Tuesday, he was honored at a ceremony in the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana. "I didn't know what to say," Niko, 9, said about his victory.
By Michael Miller | April 7, 2007
Victoria Elementary School was one of two Newport-Mesa Unified schools to win a Title I Academic Achievement Award this week — and the prize, which goes to schools with many low-income students, was the latest addition to Victoria's increasingly crowded trophy case. "It's been a great year for everybody," Principal Judy Laakso said. Last spring, the school became the first in Newport-Mesa history to win a California Distinguished School Award and a Title I award at the same time.
March 18, 2007
In the ongoing debate over illegal immigration, it is often noted that the schools on the Westside of Costa Mesa are directly suffering from the influx of non-English-speaking children. Newport-Mesa Unified School District officials have long sought remedies to this ongoing educational challenge, but in the future they need only look to one of their own — Victoria Elementary School Principal Judy Laakso. Laakso, along with Kaiser Elementary Principal Stacy Holmes, was presented with the county's outstanding contribution to education award this year for her work improving the academics and test scores at that school.
By Michael Miller | March 7, 2007
FOR THE RECORD A story Tuesday, "County honors principal," should have included Stacy Holmes on the list of Newport-Mesa Unified School District employees who have won Orange County's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award in the last year. Holmes, the principal of Kaiser Elementary School in Costa Mesa, received the award in January. . . . . . . . . When Judy Laakso became principal of Victoria Elementary School in 1993, she didn't have much of an act to follow — the Westside school, located in one of Costa Mesa's poorest areas, had been closed for a number of years.
By Dominic Perrone | June 3, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Alba Barrios is making the most out of a unique situation. A third-grader on the Adams Elementary girls fifth- and sixth-grade Silver Division team, Barrios is happy with her new surroundings. Barrios scored the first goal in Adams' 3-0 Daily Pilot Cup victory over Victoria at Costa Mesa High on Friday. "My favorite part was when my friends scored a goal and they were really happy," Barrios said. "I got to meet new friends and they start to get to know me, so I have new friends to play with at school."
By Michael Miller | May 25, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Over the next few years, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District will undergo its largest makeover in history. Under the Measure F school bond, construction crews plan to erect towering buildings, spacious theaters, athletic fields and gymnasiums. When district leaders proposed the $282-million bond last year, they gave it a simple slogan: Bringing Newport-Mesa into the 21st century. Meanwhile, over on the Westside, Victoria Elementary School waits quietly to finish the 20th century.
June 3, 2005
Bryce Alderton The opportunity to reach the quarterfinals of the Daily Pilot Cup's fifth- and sixth-grade girls Silver division fueled players such as Eastbluff's Hailey Senske. Heading into Eastbluff's game against Victoria Thursday at Costa Mesa High, Senske, competing in her third Daily Pilot Cup, had yet to play for a team that reached the quarterfinals with an opportunity to win a division championship. But Senske and Eastbluff teammates can rest assured following a 4-0 victory that clinched the pool and vaulted the team into Saturday's quarterfinals.
October 8, 2004
Marisa O'Neil Six months after a string of sexual assaults on Victoria Street, police are still working to solve the puzzling case. In each of the 10 assaults, one to three young men grabbed a woman from behind and groped her -- on one occasion, leaving a victim's 18-month-old son unattended in his stroller. The attacks all took place on Victoria Street between Placentia Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. They stopped in April just as suddenly as they had started in November of last year.
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