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Torrey Pines Elementary School Named National Blue Ribbon School
09/26/2019
Torrey Pines Elementary School in La Jolla is one of 362 schools across the nation to be named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School. Announced today by the
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With Cheer, Music, and Alumni, Crawford High Colts Race Toward Construction
09/25/2019
SAN DIEGO - The Crawford High cheer team joined a guitarist and cellist, along with their new principal and school alumni, on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking for the first of three phases on their entire site transformation.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Foster Elementary School Student Named Principal for the Day
05/28/2019
WHAT: Second-grader Jameson Thornton will be Principal for the Day at Foster Elementary School. The winner of this year’s silent auction fundraiser, Jameson will start his day by welcoming students at the front gate as they arrive to school. He will spend the day visiting classrooms and the library/STEM Lab, observing students and teachers work on projects. “Principal” Thornton will also read a book to kindergarten students and give the entire student body a surprise extra 15-minute recess.
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NEWS RELEASE – Scripps Ranch High School celebrates new facilities, community garden dedicated to memory of beloved student
05/23/2019
SAN DIEGO – Tragedy met inspiration for Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) and San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) on Wednesday, with the completion of the school’s 15,000-square-foot classroom hall, athletic field renovations, and a new community garden named after a senior who died in a DUI crash more than twenty years ago.
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NEWS RELEASE: Franklin Elementary Celebrates 90th Anniversary Ahead of Major Renovation
04/06/2019
The past meets the future as Franklin Elementary School celebrates its cherished long history and prepares to modernize its 90-year-old campus. Having served generations of San Diegans from in and around Kensington and City Heights since 1929, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Arts & Mathematics) magnet school celebrated its 90th anniversary on Saturday, April 6.
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Science brought to life in new City Heights student center
10/09/2018
A 12,000-square-foot science education center opened in City Heights Sunday called the Living Lab. The center is a partnership between the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) and the Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI). The Living Lab can be used by the thousands of City Heights students in the area during and after school, SDUSD said. “Students will come here and see this facility, and they will know when they walk in the door that they can do science and they can be a scientist,” said ODI Executive Director Shara Fisler.
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San Diego High student receives $100,000 scholarship from Beyonce and Jay-Z
10/02/2018
Article courtesy of KUSI. Watch and read more on KUSI. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego (BGCGSD) Club member Issac Guerrero has been named the San Diegan recipient of the $100,000 scholarship program, presented by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter. The scholarship program awards one exceptional senior high school student, with financial needs, 100K to put towards their enrollment in a college or university.
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Johnson Elementary Receives $5K Grant from Barona Band of Mission Indians
09/26/2018
The Barona Band of Mission Indians has awarded students and teachers at Henry C. Johnson Elementary School in San Diego a $5,000 Barona Education Grant. The grant was sponsored by California State Senator Toni Atkins. Barona Tribal Vice Chairman Ray Welch presented the $5,000 check to students and Principal Tracey Jenkins-Martin.
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Civil Rights Icon John Lewis Recounts Personal Experiences, Encourages Students to Vote in Visit to Morse High
09/21/2018
Congressman John Lewis urged a gym full of Morse High School students on Friday to vote, letting a generation largely unfamiliar with his sacrifices know he was beaten bloody while fighting for their right. “Never give up. Never give in,” Lewis said to the students. “Get registered and vote, and we must vote like we’ve never ever voted before. People gave their lives for it. Only thing I gave, I gave a little blood.” Read more in the San Diego Union Tribune.
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Edison, Kimbrough and Rowan named three of nation’s healthiest schools
09/21/2018
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation released its list of “America’s Healthiest Schools” and three district schools – Edison, Kimbrough and Rowan – received the Bronze level award for their efforts to encourage students to promote healthy eating and physical activity. The three elementary schools were among a record 461 schools from 26 states that were recognized.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Johnson Elementary School to Receive $5,000 Education Grant from Barona Band of Mission Indians; State Senator Toni Atkins Nominated the School for the Opportunity to Apply
09/20/2018
Johnson Elementary School to Receive $5,000 Education Grant from Barona Band of Mission Indians; State Senator Toni Atkins Nominated the School for the Opportunity to Apply WHAT: The Barona Band of Mission Indians is awarding a $5,000 education grant to Johnson Elementary Magnet for STEM. Johnson Elementary was nominated by State Senator Toni Atkins to apply for the grant. Only applicants with the endorsement of a State Legislator are eligible to apply. WHEN: Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 a.m. WHERE: Johnson Elementary School, 1355 Kelton Rd., 92114
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Congressman John Lewis to visit Morse High School with co-creators of “March: Book One” to discuss their graphic novel
09/20/2018
Congressman John Lewis to visit Morse High School with co-creators of “March: Book One” to discuss their graphic novel WHAT: Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell will speak to Morse High students, who have read “March” in history/social studies and art classes. The first book in a trilogy, “March,” offers a vivid first-hand account of the early life of the civil rights icon, John Lewis, including his meeting Martin Luther King. Jr., the start of the Nashville Student Movement, and the non-violent efforts to stop segregation.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Kearny High School to celebrate gym remodel; honor former district employee who gave time, money to school
09/05/2018
Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Sept. 5, 2018 Kearny High School to celebrate gym remodel; honor former district employee who gave time, money to school
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Teacher, student being recognized by American Heart Association for student’s use of Hands-only CPR to save a life
08/29/2018
Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Aug. 29, 2018 Teacher, student being recognized by American Heart Association for student’s use of Hands-only CPR to save a life WHAT: A former Golden Hill K-8 student recently used her Hands-only CPR training to save the life of a young relative. The student received training last year from her teacher at Golden Hill, Robin Carby. Carby is receiving an award from the American Heart Association for her efforts to teach this life-saving technique (the student has chosen to be recognized privately).
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Two district employees nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award
07/29/2018
Two San Diego Unified employees, Robbie DePerro and Moises Arellano, have been nominated for the 2018-19 National LifeChanger of the Year award.
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Five schools win Garden 2 Cafe Harvest Contest
07/12/2018
Challenger Middle and Kumeyaay, Miramar Ranch, Ocean Beach and Valencia Park elementary schools harvested 251 pounds of produce for their school cafeterias this year to win the Garden to Café Spring Harvest Contest.
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AASD recognizes ‘Distinguished Leaders’ for 2017-18
07/06/2018
Administrators from across the district have been honored for their leadership and work ethic by the Administrators Association of San Diego (AASD), the organization that represents many of San Diego Unified's managers, including principals. Honorees for 2017-18 include:
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Students from Morse High School Automotive Program Help Develop Paint Design for New 2018 Ford Mustang, F150 Truck; Vehicles on Display Friday at Morse
05/24/2018
Students from Morse High School Automotive Program Help Develop Paint Design for New 2018 Ford Mustang, F150 Truck; Vehicles on Display Friday at Morse WHAT: The new 2018 Ford Mustang and F-150 Truck will be on display at Morse High School, featuring a paint design that students from Morse High’s automotive program helped create.
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Madison High students win statewide culinary competition
03/21/2018
With a menu that included ceviche, pork tenderloin stuffed with chorizo and cilantro pistou, and salted caramel cremeux, three Madison High School students cooked their way past 23 other teams to win the 16th annual California ProStart Cup.
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Education to Employment program helps students identify career interests, connect with industry professionals
03/19/2018
Would you be drawn to Pay-Doh, building blocks or an odd looking figure made of paper cups, tin foil, paper clips and other random items? Would an empty table with the word “lead” or “mentor” draw you in? As part of the Education to Employment (E2E) program at Kearny High School, students participate in lessons like “Let Them Play,” in which they tour 15 stations like “build,” “lead” or “mentor” and they choose which lessons interest them the most. The idea is that these lessons will ultimately lead students toward a career path most suitable for them.
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Kearny High School to Introduce New Facility for Education to Employment (E2E) Career Development Program
03/19/2018
Kearny High School to Introduce New Facility for Education to Employment (E2E) Career Development Program San Diego Unified School District partnerships with the Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, and Booz Allen Hamilton help connect students with career advice and industry professionals.
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Students participate in peaceful demonstrations to honor Parkland, Florida shooting victims
03/15/2018
Thousands of students at schools throughout San Diego Unified School District joined students nationwide in stepping out of their classrooms to honor the 17 individuals killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February. Students participated in a variety of activities as part of the “Enough! National School Walkout” national movement to take action around gun violence.
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Bird Rock Elementary students changing world, themselves one good deed at a time
03/13/2018
“Be Part of This World and Not Just in It” is the motto that Kristi Nelson’s first-grade students at Bird Rock Elementary practice each and every day. The students have taken part in community outreach efforts that include gathering school supplies for students in Houston after the floods, to gathering clothes for needy children, raising funds for endangered animals and caroling for local businesses and senior centers.
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NEWS RELEASE: Morse High School Students Return to School With New Career Skills Thanks to Summer STEM Solar Work Experience
08/21/2017
Morse High School Students Return to School With New Career Skills Thanks to Summer STEM Solar Work Experience; Innovative STEM program gives students the opportunity to practice their leadership skills with a hands-on experience in the green energy sector San Diego, Calif., Aug. 18, 2017 – In collaboration with the Morse High School STEM team, San Diego Unified School District and OpTerra Energy Services developed a five-session summer program for students in the school’s STEM Distinction Program.
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Foster Elementary fifth-grader wins Bill Howe drawing contest
06/08/2017
Story provided by Bill Howe Plumbing The culmination of our American Heart Association & Bill Howe Sponsored Drawing Contest; Why Bill Howe has a Mission to Give Back to San Diego. When we began Bill Howe Plumbing in San Diego, we had a clear goal to include community service in our mission. We have always believed that if we were to succeed in building Bill Howe into a great company, we had to commit to giving back. San Diego and the many communities from border to border are the places where we play, raise our children, and perform work.
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East Village High student’s artwork to be featured on city bus shelters in June
06/07/2017
Next time you are waiting for the bus in the City of San Diego, take a second look to your left and to your right. The colorful and innovative artwork on the bus shelters are courtesy of East Village High School junior Jon Harper, one of the three grand prize winners of the 14th Annual Laptop Scholarship Contest sponsored by MTS, Coca-Cola Refreshments of San Diego, and the San Diego County Office of Education.
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Scripps Ranch High teacher named ‘Best Local Theatre Teacher’
06/06/2017
Patrick Garcia, theater teacher at Scripps Ranch High School, was named the Best Local Theatre Teacher at the Ben Vereen Awards held recently at the Balboa Theatre in downtown San Diego.
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In the News: Tests show no lead concerns in water at 15 schools
04/14/2017
The latest round of water tests found no high levels of lead at 15 campuses in the San Diego Unified School District. The City of San Diego, the district’s water-supplier, is testing all schools in San Diego Unified at the district’s request under a new state program. The testing process is in the early stages. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune
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Lindbergh Schweitzer's garden blooms thanks to teamwork
03/30/2017
Story courtesy of Food Corp's "Garden Spotlight" Imagine that you are strolling through an elementary school campus on a sunny spring day in San Diego. You turn a corner and happen upon a bountiful garden full of raised garden beds. After pausing to marvel at the kale, arugula, radishes, chamomile, flowers, cucumbers, sunflowers, lettuce, chard, and corn, you continue on through the campus.
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De Portola's Weiner named 'Inspirational Teacher of the Month'
03/29/2017
Sheila Weiner's students at De Portola Middle School in Tierrasanta say she is great because she does things out of the ordinary. NBC 7's Rory Devine presented her with the Inspirational Teacher of the Month award in front of her class and peers.
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Lincoln, La Jolla sports teams win CIF championship titles
03/06/2017
Six San Diego Unified sports teams competed this past weekend for CIF championships in soccer and basketball. Three teams walked away with titles; three fell just a few points short. Champions Girls Basketball Division III Lincoln High School 59, Santana 25 http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/high-school-preps/sd-sp-preps... Girls Soccer Division II
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Clairemont High senior wins state wrestling championship
03/05/2017
From the San Diego Union Tribune Clairemont senior is state wrestling champ Clairemont High’s Stephanie Maldonado learned a valuable lesson in 2016 when she had to battle back through numerous rounds before finishing fourth in the girls state wrestling championships in Visalia: It’s not good to lose early. So Maldonado went one better this weekend — she didn’t lose at all.
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Crawford High Boys Cross Country team excels on and off course
03/03/2017
The Crawford High School Cross Country team’s success in sport was noteworthy this season, but it was their citizenship and sportsmanship that drew the attention of the San Diego CIF office, which recognized the team with the “Victory with Honor” Award. They are the only San Diego County team to receive the award for sports played in fall 2016.
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Encanto Elementary students learn to reduce, reuse and recycle
03/01/2017
Picture this. An outdoor garden living room made from repurposed furniture. A bin full of rich compost made from school salad bar scraps. Strikingly beautiful garden murals painted onto recycled wood slabs. Bird feeders made from cardboard toilet paper rolls, peanut butter, and birdseed. Germination kits made from plastic lunch containers. Bins of empty cans and bottles ready to be recycled. Labeled buckets waiting near the cafeteria tables, ready to collect food, milk and packaging waste during lunchtime.
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Lincoln High dedicates new courtroom facility for mock trials, criminal justice classes
02/14/2017
Students, staff, and respected professionals from the legal field recently came together to celebrate the opening of a new courtroom facility at Lincoln High School. Built with the help of a generous donation from Sony Electronics Inc., the courtroom will be used by Lincoln’s Mock Trial Team and for criminal justice classes as well as the SAY San Diego Teen Court diversion program.
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Three district staff nominated for 2016-2017 LifeChanger of the Year Award
02/02/2017
Amy Denney from Point Loma High School and Terese Cowell and Irene Esper from Spreckels Elementary School have been nominated for a 2016–2017 LifeChanger of the Year Award. National Life Group’s LifeChanger of the Year is a nationwide program that annually recognizes individuals who make a positive difference in the lives of K–12 students.
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Point Loma High student’s summer trip to China captured in 30-minute documentary
01/31/2017
After traveling to China as an observer for a Chinese bridge competition, Point Loma High junior Kassia Love’s passion toward China only grew stronger. In her speech at the bridge competition, Kassia said, "I want to learn Chinese, make Chinese friends, and realize my Chinese dream!"
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Baker Elementary to reveal mural featuring Americans and others of influence
01/31/2017
Media Advisory from the San Diego Unified School District, Jan. 30, 2017 Baker Elementary to reveal mural featuring Americans and others of influence
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Lincoln High senior passes 1,000 points for career
01/30/2017
Photo and story courtesy of the San Diego Union Tribune (photo: Nelvin Cepeda)
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Love is the theme for Kindness Week at Kumeyaay Elementary
01/27/2017
As a way to kick off its week of kindness, Kumeyaay Elementary gathered all students for its annual rainbow picture and honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by selecting “love” as its theme for the week. To promote equity and equality, the school selected a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
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MEDIA ADVISORY: Mira Mesa High School Celebrates Opening of New Culinary Arts Facility
01/23/2017
WHAT: San Diego Unified School District's Mira Mesa High School is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate its new state-of-the-art culinary arts facility. The Culinary Arts
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Garfield High wins Teen Iron Chef competition
01/20/2017
For the second consecutive year, Garfield High School won the coveted Silver Fork at the 18th annual Teen Iron Chef competition.
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Knox Middle hosts Martin Luther King Jr. March
01/19/2017
Not even rain could dampen the spirits and message of the 40th annual Martin Luther King Jr. March at Knox Middle School. Students from Knox, as well as Lincoln and Morse high schools and nearby elementary schools, participated in the program and March.
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Zamorano fourth graders receive big surprise at recent Padres game
06/05/2016
They didn't know it yet, but the Zamorano Elementary fourth graders making their way to Petco Park were in for quite a surprise. The four students and their families were heading downtown to a recent Padres game after being selected to take part in a special on-field ceremony. Before the game, the kids and their school's principal, Derek Murchison, were brought out on the field, joining Padres star player Wil Myers in front of the cheering crowd.
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