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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SCPA, students shine at Ben Vereen Awards

Posted: Monday, June 6th 2016


The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, and one of its students, Jazley Genovese, were award winners at the 2016 Ben Vereen Awards, which selects the best of high school musical theater in San Diego county.

Genovese was selected as Best Actress, while SCPA's production of Chicago was the Best School Performance Winner.

Genovese, along with Cameron Chang from the Canyon Crest Academy in the San Dieguito High School District, will advance to the June 27 Jimmy Awards (National High School Musical Theatre Awards) at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City.

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Business group salutes 120 SD Unified Schools

Posted: Thursday, June 2nd 2016


A national business group that identifies top-performing schools has placed 120 of San Diego Unified's schools on its California Honor Roll lists.

The Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence partners with leaders in the business community in a shared mission to ensure all students are prepared to success in college and career, saluting 1,714 schools in California.

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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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Miramar Ranch school garden comes back to life

Posted: Tuesday, May 31st 2016


Next to a soccer field in the heart of San Diego's Scripps Ranch neighborhood grows a beautiful garden at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. About two years ago, the garden program began to bud due to the hard work of dedicated parents Jennifer Leader, Eric Morgan, and Mike and Somer Gates. Prior to this, the garden had lay fallow for ten years.

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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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Central Elementary parents salute Superintendent for wellness efforts

Posted: Thursday, May 26th 2016


Parents at Central Elementary School have saluted Superintendent Cindy Marten for her role in creating the school's wellness efforts while she was principal of the City Heights campus.

The establishment of the school's Central Elementary Wellness Council in 2011 was the start of an effort to improve the health of the students and community in all of the Hoover High School cluster — elementary and middle schools that feed students to Hoover High School — and the City Heights community.

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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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