The Top Ten of 2019: A Year of #BetterSD Stories

Posted: Thursday, December 26th 2019

In just a few days we will say goodbye to 2019, and open the door to 2020 and all of the opportunities this new year will bring.

Before we do, let's take a quick look back on 2019, as told through the stories of our schools. Through actions big and small, San Diego students, staff, and families showed us the importance of community. By working together to make our city a better place, they left an impact that will carry into 2020 and far beyond.

These are just a few of our favorite #BetterSD stories of the year:

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Home for the holidays: In the season of giving, there’s no place like San Diego

Posted: Saturday, December 21st 2019

No snowflakes will fall in San Diego, but there’s no mistaking that the holiday season is here.

Decorations have sprung up, holiday concerts have filled the air with joyful noise, and families are making memories as winter break begins. Kindness, too, is on display as San Diego comes together for those in need.

Through compassionate acts big and small, it’s clear to see: in this city, ‘tis the season of giving back.

Take a look at just some of the ways our students, staff, and community partners are making a difference this holiday season:

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Nine San Diego Unified schools named to 2020 California Distinguished Schools list

Posted: Thursday, December 19th 2019

The newest list of California Distinguished Schools is out – and once again, San Diego is shining bright.

Released on Wednesday, the 2020 California Distinguished Schools Award Program has recognized nine San Diego Unified elementary schools for closing the achievement gap and for achieving exceptional student performance.

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond highlighted the efforts of staff as well as parents in improving outcomes at these schools, in the California Department of Education’s official news release.

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Final Steel Beam Marks Another Historic Milestone for Community of City Heights

Posted: Friday, December 13th 2019

SAN DIEGO - Two school construction projects are changing the physical landscape - and the learning climate - for students, staff, and community members in City Heights. 

On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Wilson Middle School students joined Central Elementary fifth-graders to watch as the final steel beam was hoisted into its final resting place, for what is an entire site transformation at Wilson Middle School. 

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Personal loss, academic success drive La Jolla to first-ever State Championship game

Posted: Tuesday, December 10th 2019

For the first time in school history, La Jolla High School has advanced to the California State Championship for football.

After securing the San Diego Section title with a close win against Scripps Ranch, La Jolla went on the road and upset Marina High School of Huntington Beach in the Southern California Regional Championship last week.

Now, these Vikings are "sailing the ship" all the way to the title game in tiny Escalon, California - a city 30 minutes north of Modesto, with a population roughly one-fifth that of La Jolla.

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Scripps Ranch JROTC cadets break county record with massive food drive

Posted: Tuesday, December 10th 2019

When it comes to community service, these students more than live up to the challenge of the U.S. Air Force slogan, "Aim High."

In this year's countywide donation drive for the San Diego Food Bank, the cadets of Scripps Ranch High School's Air Force JROTC program not only aimed high, but soared to new heights by hauling in a record-setting 29,848 pounds of food donations.

29,848 pounds - that's more than the weight of an 84-passenger school bus, or roughly 10 Toyota Priuses.

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Growing up in an emerging global #STEM hub, San Diego students dive in to high-tech learning and careers at a young age

Posted: Wednesday, December 4th 2019

San Diego has gained recognition as a growing hub of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity - and students are doing their part even at the earliest grade levels.

Bolstered by partnerships with industry leaders in biotech, defense, blue tech and other emerging fields, San Diego Unified's College and Career Technical Education (CCTE) programs offer students hands-on learning experiences and exposure to real-world STEM environments.

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Gage Gators Hold Ribbon-Cutting for New Playfield Dedicated to Beloved P.E. Teacher

Posted: Monday, November 25th 2019

November 25, 2019

SAN DIEGO –  Gage Elementary School Gators joined Superintendent Cindy Marten and City Councilmember Scott Sherman in a celebration and dedication of their new 163,000 square-foot joint-use field on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Staff, along with the help of District and City leaders, former students, and the community, worked to name the field “The Cindi Elrod Joint-Use Field” after former Teacher-of-the-Year, Cindi Elrod.

WATCH: KUSI News Coverage of the Event 

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