Top Mission Bay grads prep for commencement speeches

Posted: Tuesday, June 14th 2016

Mission Bay High School's top graduates — the school's co-valedictorians and salutatorian — are busy preparing their speeches for graduation day.

“I wanted to make something that everyone could relate to, but not be super bored by,” Kyra Forsyth, the co-validctorian, told the Beach and Bay Press. “Hopefully, they're going to laugh at (it). That was the hardest thing: making something funny so people would stay amused and entertained.”

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San Diego Unified announces historic progress in closing achievement gap

Posted: Friday, June 10th 2016

With graduation just over a week away, San Diego Unified is reporting historic progress in closing the achievement gap. Following up on the announcement of 92 percent of high school seniors on track to graduate district wide, San Diego Unified released figures for subpopulations on track to graduate, including African American, Hispanic and English learner students.

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Students, teachers awarded by College Career program, actor Nick Cannon

Posted: Friday, June 3rd 2016

An aquaponics automation project, reducing plastic-disposal at a high school and business plans for acrophonics are among creations awarded by the College, Career and Technical Education Program (CCTE), and actor Nick Cannon, for the 2015-16 school year.

Cannon, a San Diego native and host of NBC-TV's America's Got Talent, awarded three student teams as part of his America's Teen Mogul Competition.

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Burbank Elementary, fan Jason Mraz featured in White House video

Posted: Wednesday, June 1st 2016

Burbank Elementary and one of its biggest fans, popular singer Jason Mraz, were one of the featured schools in the Turnaround Arts Talent Show, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

The music video featured students from Burbank Elementary singing and dancing alongside Mraz, their artist mentor. This new rendition of “Everyday People” by Sly and the Family Stone produced by Playing For Change makes the case that all children deserve to experience the power of the arts and music in school.

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'Salute to Excellence' honors top Class of '16 grads

Posted: Friday, May 27th 2016

The top one percent of San Diego Unified's Class of 2016—more than 75 students—were honored during the district's 10th annual Salute to Excellence.

Each of the students, including all high school valedictorians, were presented by their school's principal or another administrator and received certificates and medals noting their achievement during the event held at Sea World San Diego. Some of these students are the first in their families to go to college.

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State Associate Justice visits PB Middle to salute civics education

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th 2016

California Associate Justice Joan K. Irion visited Pacific Beach Middle School to honor the school's winning a 2016 California Civic Learning Award of Distinction.

Associate Justice Irion, from the Fourth District Court of Appeal, visited the school May 23 and learned about the International Baccalaureate World School’s community service projects and visited with the students.

Pacific Beach Middle was one of just six schools in California selected to receive the Award of Distinction, the second-highest honor for the Civic Learning Awards.

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