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Monday, December 02, 2019


Troy High School grad named a Rhodes Scholar
Leanne K.M. Ho, a graduate of Troy High School in Fullerton, was recently named a Rhodes Scholar, one of the most prestigious honors in higher education. Leanne, currently a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in English Literary and Cultural Studies, will have all expenses paid for two or three years of graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. Thirty-two students nationally were named Rhodes Scholars. Leanne graduated from Troy High in 2016 and is a resident of Orange.


Fullerton School District is asking voters to approve borrowing $198 million through bonds
Most Fullerton voters in March will cast a ballot on three school bond measures: Two for local districts and one for schools statewide. Fullerton School District trustees join Fullerton Joint Union High School District and state education leaders in asking voters’ permission to issue bonds to raise money to finance needed construction and upgrades.

Boy Scout creates roll-playing game to teach youth about threats to marine mammals
That’s the decision Jeremiah Strauss wants kids to make, as they participate in educational programs about ocean stewardship at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach. Strauss, 14, spent a year developing a game that educates youth about marine mammals in the wild and the dangers they face from human impacts such as entanglements, pollution and malnutrition. The role-playing game, called Sea Lion Survival, presents the conflict between those who harm marine life and those who save it.

24 years after a stroke, coach for Orange’s El Modena High is living his dream
Assistant basketball coach Jacob Carmell waits for the start of the JV team’s practice at El Modena High in Orange on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Carmell had a stroke when he was 2-years-old and was in a coma for eight days. Even without the use of his left had, he played, then coached, at Foothill High, got his master’s in sports administration and landed a coaching job at El Modena, not far from his childhood home.


San Diego County pushes esports, says video games can lead to scholarships
The San Diego County Office of Education has taken up an unusual approach to engaging students in school — encouraging more video games. The county office recently held its first esports competition in Fashion Valley Mall involving several school teams around the county. It’s part of growing trend of schools who hope that by creating esports teams these video games can become catalysts for learning, socialization and career development.


Blue Shield of California funds mental health workers in schools
Amid growing concern about mental health among teens, Oakland health insurer Blue Shield of California has committed $10 million to improve access to mental health services in the state’s public schools. It marks one of the company’s first major investments in Oakland since moving its corporate headquarters there from San Francisco this year, and comes amid a rise in rates of suicide, depression and anxiety among adolescents and teenagers.


With expanded Red Flag laws, educators are now key to thwarting school shootings
Eighteen states now have so-called Red Flag laws that allow police and households to petition a judge to remove weapons from a home where a dangerous person lives. But now the law is being expanded to scuttle school shootings. Expanding the Red Flag law to school officials — teachers, administrators, guidance counselors — may be the next step for states looking to find new ways to thwart school shooting. California just added school officials to its Red Flag law, as did Hawaii. according to Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

A New York village averted a potential school shooting. Parents are still furious.
The parents packed the middle school auditorium in the evening, full of fear and anger about school safety in their village of 6,000 people. They'd been told a school shooting plot had been thwarted and three middle schoolers arrested. But their relief was short-lived, and their questions for the superintendent and police chief were just beginning: Will the students be expelled after their suspensions? Will parents be notified if they return to school? Why are the students home with their parents instead of locked up? How many security cameras does the school have? Why don't we have metal detectors?


San Bernardino school district police explorers program teaches key lessons to our youth
Selflessness, leadership, self-discipline, team work, honor, and integrity. This is how the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department defines Post 304 — their Explorer’s program. The department instills these values so that our community youth are equipped with skills for the future.


Schools fail to identify thousands of homeless children, state audit finds
California schools undercounted their homeless students by at least 37 percent in 2017-18, failing to provide them transportation, counseling, connections to social services and other benefits they’re entitled to under state and federal law, according to a recent state audit. The audit, conducted by the office of State Auditor Elaine Howle, found that schools and districts reported only 270,000 homeless children, although it’s likely that at least 370,000 — roughly 10 percent of all the low-income children in California schools — lack stable housing.


LBUSD Seeks Input in Developing LCAP Plan
This week, the Laguna Beach Unified School District began administering a survey to gather community feedback to inform the development of the district’s three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Administered by Hanover Research, the survey asks students, staff, families, and community members to provide feedback regarding the programs and services offered to the district to serve all students. The survey is online now and will be open through Friday, Dec. 13.

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