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Monday, October 09, 2017


Spencer, 13, wanted to be a better gymnast. Now his training invention is vying for a top science prize
For his latest invention, 13-year-old Spencer Green has combined his interest in gymnastics and science to earn national attention. The eighth grader at the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach engineered a device that translates movement into an electronic sound that resembles something you’d hear on an old-school Atari game. Later this month, Spencer, who lives in Huntington Beach, is traveling to Washington, D.C., as a top 30 finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) competition.

Estancia High alumni return for a 50-year reunion tour
Dick Burke stood outside the Estancia High School administration office Friday afternoon and smiled. In front of him, about 30 alumni from the class of 1967 — Estancia’s first graduating class — were busy chatting in the parking lot, seemingly unaware that he was trying to wrangle them into the Costa Mesa campus for a special tour.


Four teachers who are changing the world
Teachers are making an impact on students lives everyday, and they do it in ways that are big and small. On World Teachers Day, here are four examples of teachers that are changing the lives of students, and inspiring the world with their kindness.


Signs of hope amid Smarter Balanced math scores
California’s Smarter Balanced math scores may look nearly identical to last year’s, but math educators said they saw at least one glimmer of hope: 3rd-graders. Third-graders’ relatively high scores on the statewide assessments, administered in the spring of 2017 and released last week, indicated that the Common Core standards — which those children have been learning since kindergarten — may be having a positive impact on math education.


Science Camp Yields Ocean Aware Students
Undaunted by their early departure, Thurston Middle School’s sixth-graders oozed enthusiasm as they scanned the ocean, waiting for the ferries that would shuttle them to Catalina Island. “This is the 17th time we’ve done this trip,” said Richard Selin, who has taught science at Thurston for 20 years and has participated on all of the school’s Catalina adventures.


Foundation created by SchoolsFirst, OCDE offers classroom grants to OC teachers
Are you an Orange County teacher looking for a way to purchase materials or equipment for a classroom project? You might want to consider applying this month for a grant offered by the Education Foundation for Orange County Schools.

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